Building Commission Views Preliminary Walsh Plans

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 12, 2016 8:53 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Public Building Commission (pictured) recently took two steps toward moving forward with the Walsh Intermediate School renovation. At a bit more than $88 million, it’s the most expensive project undertaken by the town.

Michael LoSasso of Antinozzi Architects presented preliminary plans for the three-story addition, which included exterior design and space configurations for administrative offices, physical education, and the district offices, the “lower school,” and the “upper school.” 

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Dr. Wang Dozes Off As Forced Medication Debated

by marcia chambers | Oct 11, 2016 10:23 am

File Photo At an evidentiary hearing in New Haven Superior Court last week, Public Defender Tom Ullmann pressed state psychiatrist Dr. Mark S. Cotterell on the specific steps he will follow in the event that Dr. Lishan Wang is forcibly medicated and subsequently has an adverse reaction. 

Whether Dr. Wang will in fact be forcibly medicated, as a recent Connecticut Supreme Court decision found he can be, will be up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The public defender’s appeals bureau has decided to seek a writ of certiorari before the nation’s highest court and has requested a stay of the state Supreme Court’s order that Dr. Wang be forcibly medicated. Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Eugene Calistro Jr. said at the hearing Thursday that the state’s appeals bureau has not yet responded to the public defender’s motion for a stay. 

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Parkside Village Application Abruptly Withdrawn

by Diana Stricker | Oct 10, 2016 7:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo Doug Denes, chairman of Branford’s Housing Authority, said he was “absolutely dumbfounded that we are not receiving accolades” for a project to replace the dilapidated Parkside Village low-income housing.

Then, in an unexpected move, Denes withdrew the application at Thursday’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) hearing just as the developers from Beacon Communities LLC were ready to present revised plans. The original plans met with questions from neighbors and town staff last month. The developers were hoping for approval of both a Planned Development District (PDD) and site plans by early November to meet an annual deadline for federal funding applications.

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Blackstone and Guilford Libraries Receive High Speed Internet Grants

by Staff | Oct 9, 2016 7:31 am

The State Library Board has approved grants to bring high-speed fiber Internet to the James Blackstone Memorial Library (pictured) in Branford and the Guilford Free Library in Guilford. They are among 90 libraries around the state that will receive these grants, which are the product of state legislation passed in 2015.

Blackstone Library will receive $28,700; the funds will be used to install high-speed fiber connections to the Connecticut Education Network. Guilford’s share is $17,440.

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American Polyfilm, Inc: A Win-Win for Branford

by Diana Stricker | Oct 7, 2016 8:26 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo A Branford family who founded a specialty plastics business 18 years ago, celebrated the completion of a new state-of-the-art facility in their home town this week, one that will more than double their manufacturing capacity.

Victor Cassella, who founded American Polyfilm, Inc. in 1998, said Wednesday that his company’s growth is a part of a new trend in manufacturing.

“In the past few years, we heard a lot of doom and gloom about the decline of the manufacturing economy, but we have a different idea about what’s happening here,” Cassella said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  “We see a rebirth of manufacturing in America and I believe we’re headed in the right direction.  It’s not with growth from big corporations with thousands of employees but with small corporations that make high-value products.”

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 6, 2016 1:00 pm

The word ‘o the weekend is pumpkin. They’re appearing on doorsteps, at the Branford Alps Farmers Market (in blue, even!), in garden centers, and at harvest festivals. Of course, there ’s the now-ubiquitous Pumpkin Latte at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. And Ashley’s Ice Cream on Main Street has its annual pumpkin indulgences – pumpkin gingersnap and pumpkin oreo. Grab a spoon!

Saturday, Oct. 8, to Monday, Oct. 10

Connecticut Renaissance Faire

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Community-Senior Center Costs Rise to $12.24M

by marcia chambers | Oct 5, 2016 1:49 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission The Board of Finance (BOF) learned last night that the cost for a renovated-expanded senior center-community house project had risen to $12.24 million, the result of recently discovered contamination in the soil under the community house and the need to purchase property for additional parking.

In addition, the newly renovated center at 46 Church St. will be transformed into a flood resistant facility in order to serve “as a full refuge for the community,” the lead architect told the BOF. 

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Harrison House Honors Contributors

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 4, 2016 7:41 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo It was a garden party… in the lovingly maintained gardens of the Harrison House, Branford’s own historic treasure.

The 1724 Harrison House can truly be called Branford’s own since the Branford Historical Society successfully raised the funds in just one year for its purchase from Historic New England (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities).

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Girls Soccer Loses Close Game to West Haven

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 3, 2016 8:00 am

After an opening day 2-0 win over the North Haven Indians, the Branford Hornets girls’ soccer team hit a rough patch losing five in a row, including a hard-fought 3-2 game to West Haven at Veterans Parks in Branford.

“We’re a young team and have a lot of underclassmen that will gain experience over the year,” said Jen Kohut, Hornets’ coach. Branford only has six seniors on this year’s club.

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Parkside Village Project Downsized

by Diana Stricker | Oct 3, 2016 7:00 am

With Permission The developer seeking to rebuild Parkside Village I, which houses low-income seniors, has downsized the project after complaints that the proposed building was too large for the site.

“We’re really trying in good faith to find a solution,” said Dara Kovel, president of Beacon Communities LLC of Boston.  Beacon is working with Branford’s Housing Authority on the project.

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