P&Z Approves Sterling Ridge, SolarCity Project

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 20, 2017 9:10 am

With Permission A condominium project with a long and contentious history has received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), along with a 9-acre solar panel project by Solar City on Tabor Drive that will supply power to town facilities.

Sterling Ridge, which has been on the Planning and Zoning (PZC) agenda in some form or another since 2003, was submitted as a Planned Development District (PDD) modification at 26 Cherry Hill Road. As a condition of the approval, the project will be subject to various conditions and specific site plans will have to be submitted.


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Cosgrove Seeks Third Term; Kraus Wins Tax Collector Nomination

by marcia chambers | Jul 20, 2017 7:45 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove won the enthusiastic support of the Republican caucus Tuesday night, promising as he did four years ago to follow the words of his legendary grandfather, Dan, to “go do some good.”

In seeking his third two-year term in office in the November election, Cosgrove, 44, will be running with incumbent Republican selectman Joe Higgins, Jr., a retired New York City fire official. Cosgrove called Higgins, “my right hand man.”

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A Roundabout Emerges Near Blackstone Library

by Diana Stricker | Jul 19, 2017 9:03 am

With Permission Residents attending an information session about a proposed roundabout for Main Street seemed intrigued by the idea. The new configuration on the western side of the Town Center would eliminate confusing intersections at Main, South Main, Eades and Laurel streets and would also address traffic issues on Cedar Street near the Blackstone Library.

Diana Stricker Photo Several of the 40 people attending the meeting Thursday night at the firehouse community room asked questions or voiced support for the plans, while a few opposed the idea.

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P & Z Digs Deeper into Walsh Renovation Project

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 18, 2017 8:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Traffic circulation and the effect of the construction process on the students and neighborhood were among the hot button topics raised at a recent Planning and Zoning Commission (P & Z) public hearing as it heard plans for the renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School.

The details of the structure – both interior and exterior – have been discussed at length at meetings of the Board of Education and the Public Building Commission, and approvals have been granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Inland Wetlands Commission. However, the July 6 meeting of the P & Z brought to light concerns about traffic flow, both during the construction process and once the project is completed. Walsh students will be attending school during the construction process, although the school calendar has been adjusted for earlier summer closing to accommodate the demolition and construction process. Click here to read an earlier story.

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Rowe and Harris Light Up The Green

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 17, 2017 8:27 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Green became electric on a recent Thursday night when Jay Rowe of Milford, well-known and popular keys player, teamed up with the exciting and passionate saxophonist Jeanette Harris of Fresno, California, in a sort of an “East meets West” hot jazz performance.

Bill O'Brien Photo Rowe {pictured) is somewhat of a regular at the Branford Jazz Series, performing with his own group or as part of other guest artists groups. In either case, he’s well received every time he’s in town and has a group of followers that are always here when he performs.

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Mourning Ben, Little Leaguers Fall One Game Short in Playoffs

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 17, 2017 7:49 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It was a very emotional time for the 11 and under young men who played a lot of baseball four of the past five days in the Little League playoffs and in the aftermath of the tragic death of their friend, Ben.

Bill O'Brien Photo Many of the players were close friends of Ben Callahan, 10, who drowned in the Branford River in a tragic accident July 7.

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Atlantic Wire Coming Down

by Diana Stricker & Bill O'Brien | Jul 14, 2017 10:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Brick by brick, the dilapidated Atlantic Wire factory buildings are coming down. Their demolition will make way for the upscale Atlantic Wharf residential and retail complex along the Branford river in the heart of town.

Bill O'Brien Photo The smaller structures are being demolished first, and the larger buildings along Meadow Street will be the final ones, according to a demolition schedule filed at Branford’s building department. Some of the initial work was done by hand, but the remainder will be done mechanically.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 14, 2017 8:29 am

Arts and crafts lovers are drawn to Guilford every summer for the annual Craft Expo, which gets bigger and better every year. The juried exhibit and sale features the best of the best in terms of fine crafts presented by 180 artists. Short Beachers (old and new) anticipate the annual Community Picnic, which is a prelude to Short Beach Days at the end of the summer. And, what would a summer week be without the Branford Jazz Series? Very… unmusical!

Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16


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Police Seize Opioids After Car Stop

by marcia chambers | Jul 14, 2017 8:08 am

Branford Police Photo Branford police confiscated eight kilograms of narcotics, a combined mixture of Fentanyl and Tramadol, both opioids and valued on the street market at $2 million, after stopping a car with very heavily tinted windows Wednesday.

They arrested Carlos Albert Hernandez-Salazar, 27, of Canton, Ohio, after Officer Josef Herten stopped the car because of the windows. The stop occurred at about 5:15 p.m. but police did not say where in Branford or where on a highway it took place. Maria Zambrano, 20, was driving. Their two children were with them. 

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Walsh Jazz Band Kicks Off Jazz Concert

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 13, 2017 7:46 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Concertgoers were treated to the Walsh Intermediate School Jazz Band, which performed before the main act of Jay Rowe and Jeanette Harris a week ago on the Green. The band opened with “Night Train.”

Bill O'Brien Photo “It was a thrill for the kids, and all their family members to be the first group to do a warm-up spot for the Jazz on the Green Series,” said recently retired teacher and band director Carol Titcomb. “It was a very special ‘swan song’ for me as well,” she said, referring to her retirement.

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