Parkside Village Plans Moving Forward

by Diana Stricker | Sep 11, 2017 7:27 am

With Permission The Housing Authority and the developer of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing complex are hopeful this year’s revised plans will succeed.  The project would replace the dilapidated buildings that house low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

“We’re very optimistic,” said Housing Authority chair Doug Denes at Wednesday night’s meeting, which was held at the Parkside 1 complex at 115 S. Montowese St.

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Imperato Appointed to Board of Finance

by Diana Stricker | Sep 10, 2017 9:00 am

File Photo Bob Imperato (pictured), a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the prestigious Board of Finance (BOF).

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously approved the appointment Wednesday night. Imperato, a Republican, will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of long-time BOF member Ken Kaminsky.  At last month’s BOF meeting, it was announced that Kaminsky was leaving due to illness.

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Branford’s Mike Olt Wraps Up 7th Season

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 9, 2017 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Without a doubt, Branford’s Mike Olt has had an interesting career so far in baseball. From Little League teams to four outstanding years at Branford High School followed by three seasons at Division I UConn and being drafted as the 49th pick in the Major League Draft in 2010 by the Texas Rangers points to that being very true.

Bill O'Brien Photo Mike was a four-year letter winner at Branford. He was an All SCC and All State player for three years and led the Hornets to the 2006 Class L State Championship under coach George Dummar. He holds the school’s hit record with 115 and the career batting average of .475., also led his American Legion team to both State and Regional Championships in 2005 and 2007 and was also the tournament’s MVP winner both years. Here Dummar thanks Mike on Senior Day.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 8, 2017 9:10 am

If all else fails, there’s music! The Branford Jazz Series entertained us throughout the summer and now it’s time for the long-standing Branford Folk Music Society to begin its season. The music continues with the sixth annual Young Musicians’ Showcase where kids can try out their talents. In addition, there are plenty of chances to get out and enjoy the beautiful late summer weather along the Branford River, enrich your mind, and pick up some bargains at the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and Short Beach Union Church Tag Sale. Need help sleeping? There’s a discussion on that, too!

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Rec Dep’t Honors Family, Friends

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 7, 2017 8:07 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Before the Town’s Recreation Department and the Community House, which is its headquarters, undergoes a major building renovation this year, the department honored family and friends for all they do for the town. The Konesky family donated a wheelchair swing at Foote Park. The cutting of the ribbon signifies the swing is ready to be used.

Bill O'Brien Photo And Dylan Palluzzi was recognized by the Recreation Board with a plaque, thanking him for 15 years of volunteering at the Community House in various capacities, including teen travel counselor, coach, and assisting with the town’s After School Program. (Full disclosure: The writer of this story is a member of the Rec Board.)

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First Annual Fed-Up Rally

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (2)

“Fed Up” with the epidemic of opioid use in town and in the state a small group of concerned citizens gathered on the green last week for the first annual International Overdose Awareness Day.

The rally coincided with legislation signed on Thursday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy designed to strengthen the state’s efforts in combating the opioid crisis.

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An Overlay Zone Studied for RR Station Area

by Diana Stricker | Sep 5, 2017 7:59 am

Diana Stricker Photo The area around the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station could see the addition of an optional Overlay Zone for areas that are currently zoned industrial. The new designation could include residential or retail if the developer constructs flood-resilient buildings, sidewalks, and public access to the riverfront where possible.

“We see the Overlay as wise from the Branford viewpoint. We’re not for forcing anyone to use it —we’re giving them another option,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford.  The consulting firm is conducting a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study of approximately a half-mile radius around the train station.

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Construction Manager Proposed for Community House/Senior Center

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 2, 2017 8:51 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo A. Secondino & Son Inc., a well-known Branford-based construction company, was the low bidder for the $12.1 million renovation of the Community House/Senior Center.

Tom Arcari, principal of Quisenberry Arcari Architects LLC, explained the details to the Public Building Commission at its meeting Wednesday night at Fire Headquarters. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 1, 2017 8:00 am

File Photo Cool Events in the next couple of weeks or so have the Branford Green as a focus as well as the river and shore and the town’s iconic library. Labor Day weekend brings the ever-popular Short Beach Days (pictured) and a walk along the Greenway Trail with the Branford Land Trust. The popular Guilford Fair kicks off the fall agricultural season. The weather is blissfully cool (as well)… there will be plenty of time to hunker in within the coming months with books collected from the annual Friends of Blackstone Library book sale. Speaking of the shore, we’re thinking of those who have been displaced in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. We’re aware of our vulnerability here; we remember Sandy and Irene and the Texas disaster gives us pause to rethink our own plans.

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Home Stretch for Atlantic Wire Demo

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Aug 31, 2017 8:38 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The demolition of Atlantic Wire has been underway since July, making way for a 7.5-acre residential and commercial project, Atlantic Wharf, which was approved in January 2016.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Atlantic Wire factory, which began operations in 1906, declared bankruptcy and closed in 2008 after being charged with federal crimes and state violations for polluting the Branford River. At that time, former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called Atlantic Wire one of the worst polluters in the state. Here is the building prior to demolition.

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