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Cosgrove Wins Republican Nomination

by marcia chambers | Jul 22, 2015 8:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo It came as no surprise that First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove won the enthusiastic support of the Republican caucus last night as he told his supporters he wants to continue to do the kind of work that has “turned Branford around.”

In seeking his second two-year term in office in the November election, Cosgrove, 42, selected incumbent Republican selectman Joe Higgins, a retired New York City fire official who headed the dispatch unit during 9-11, to run with him again.

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Jazz On The Green: A Perfect Night

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 21, 2015 8:39 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last Thursday’s Jazz on the Green drew one of the largest crowds of the summer. Around a 1,000 gathered for an evening of music, refreshments and friendship. Featured performer was ASCAP award-winning songwriter Kathy Kosins.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It was a perfect night for a concert,” said Charlotte Mattei, the evening’s master of ceremonies and one of the event’s organizers. Temperature in the low 70s and no humidity made the cool night even more perfect, especially as the sun was setting.  The Monument crowd gets there early to grab their good seats

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The Stony Creek Quarry’s Monumental Feat

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 20, 2015 8:00 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Since stepping down as Branford’s first selectman in 2013, Anthony “Unk” DaRos has not been sitting idle.

With Permission He has been working on several projects. One dear to his heart centers on the Stony Creek Quarry and its history, in particular the monument at West Point Academy, which is made of granite from the Quarry. 

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Little League Team Learns You Can’t Win Them All

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 17, 2015 11:19 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford 11-year-old Little League team gave it all they had in the recent District 4 playoffs, winning three in a row until they met up with West Haven in the finals last week.

Bill O'Brien Then Branford fell 12-1 and they were eliminated from the competition. Prior to the West Haven game, Branford defeated North Haven 9-8 in 8 innings, Cheshire 10-6, and North Branford 21-7.

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Cool Events Here and Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jul 17, 2015 10:10 am

This is a great weekend to be outdoors, especially in four shoreline towns. Branford, East Haven, Guilford and Madison are holding weekend events near or on the town green. Each one is different. There’s a lot to choose from for kids and families

Friday, July 17

A Day at the Beach

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BOS: Moving Ahead and Not Moving Ahead

by Diana Stricker | Jul 16, 2015 9:54 am

Diana Stricker Photo An architectural firm will begin work Monday on the assessment and concept design phase for renovations of the Community House and the addition of a senior center.

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) Wednesday night unanimously approved hiring the Quisenberry Arcari architectural firm of Farmington, which was recommended by the Public Building Commission.

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Backstage at the Branford Festival

by Marcia Chambers | Jul 15, 2015 1:20 pm

Mary Johnson Photo It’s been a month since the annual Branford Festival drew thousands of people to the Branford Green.

Mary Johnson Photo Much of what the public sees is out front: the road race, the hundreds of vendors on the town Green, the performers on stage and a happy audience.

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Father, Son Arrested For Attack On Teen

by marcia chambers | Jul 14, 2015 10:18 am

Branford P.D. A father and son, furious after learning of a dispute between a teen and a female relative, took matters into their own hands last night. According to police, the father went after the boy with a baseball bat and attempted to choke him in the Kohl’s rear parking lot. The boy, 16, then fled into the nearby Big Y supermarket, where he was attacked by the son, according to police.

Mark Balzano, 49, who lives in Branford and runs a trucking business, got out of his car with a bat and approached a group of four or five kids in Kohl’s rear lot, police said. A commotion with loud shouting ensued. Then he and his son Brandyn Balzano, 19, ran after the teen as he fled into the nearby Big Y supermarket. A fight ensued at the back of the Big Y. 

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Sterling Ridge Condos Face Legal Issues

by Diana Stricker | Jul 14, 2015 10:04 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The Branford Historical Society and neighbors say a new developer’s plan for the proposed Sterling Ridge condos is contrary to a previous court settlement and endangers the nearby historic Harrison House.

File Photo Anthony Solomine, vice-president of the Branford Historical Society, said the proposed blasting and drilling could be hazardous for the Harrison House, which was built in 1724. Click here to read a recent story about the Harrison House.

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Kelly Mittleman Brings Out the Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 13, 2015 9:30 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Despite the forecast of heavy rain in early evening, the crowd came out to the town Green anyway for this year’s third “Jazz on the Green” concert.

Bill O'Brien Photo They came to hear Kelly Mittleman, the popular singer who combines a mix of jazz, soul and R&B. An estimated crowd of 600 showed up with their picnic baskets and lounge chairs, even though the weatherman predicted rain.

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