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Cooke-DaRos Settlement Now On Fast Track

by marcia chambers | Nov 14, 2014 1:43 pm

File Photo The town is now moving swiftly to sew up two lawsuits brought by landowner Wayne Cooke against Unk DaRos, the former first selectman, and Town Assessor Barbara Neal.

After abruptly pulling the two cases from the Board of Finance (BOF) agenda Oct. 6., Town Attorney Bill Aniskovich is now preparing a new round of special town board meetings as he seeks final approval for a controversial settlement of the cases—- before Thanksgiving arrives. The town and Cooke agreed to a settlement agreement , filed n U.S. District Court on Sept. 22 and approved by the judge. If the town boards reject the settlement, then either a summary judgment motion will be resurrected or the cases will go to trial. 

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First Town Supervisors Contract Wins RTM Approval

by marcia chambers | Nov 13, 2014 8:31 am

Marcia Chambers Photo After more than two years of negotiations, the first contract for the Town Hall supervisors union was officially approved by a 15-7 vote of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) last night. Those opposing it, all Republicans, voted no for a variety of reasons.

“It’s a bad idea,” said RTM member James Stepanek. “Traditionally supervisors are not in a union. Normally supervisors and managers are leaders,” he said in rejecting the idea. Others who joined him, not necessarily for this reason, included Marc Riccio, Peter Black, Vincent Baglio, John Leonard, Cynthia Nargi and George D. Wells III.

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P&Z To Hear Transformative Town Plan

by Diana Stricker | Nov 12, 2014 8:07 am | Comments (1)

With Permission A proposed “live, work and play” development in the heart of Branford will be discussed during a public hearing at the Dec. 4 meeting of Branford’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. Plans call for creating the upscale Atlantic Wharf project on the former Atlantic Wire property.

Developer Robert H. Smith Jr., CEO and founder of the Milford-based Metro Star Properties LLC, is hoping to develop the 7.5 acre properties that sit along the Branford River. 

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Music Fills The Air On Veterans Day

by Mary Johnson & Marcia Chambers | Nov 11, 2014 10:15 am

Mary Johnson Photo Under sunny skies Branford’s Veterans Day parade wound its way through the center of town Sunday as veterans of all ages and kids of all ages marched in honor of those who fought and died in America’s wars.  But in fact today, November 11, is the day the nation traditionally honors its veterans across the land.

Mary Johnson Photo Master Sgt. Walter Zielinksi whose nickname is “Sarge,” has been in every one of Branford’s Veterans Day parades for as long as he can remember. At 94 he is now one of the few WWII veterans still with us.   

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Seniors Divided About Type of Senior Center

by Diana Stricker | Nov 10, 2014 9:27 am

Diana Stricker Photo Senior citizens made their voices heard at community workshops Thursday, but those voices were divided when it came to a question of who the new center should serve.

“Are we going to have a community center …or a senior center?” asked Brennan, 78, pictured above. “Now that I have white hair, I want to be with white haired. Those are my people,” she told the crowd of about 100 at the morning workshop. “We want to have a place for our contemporaries. You young people stay with your own people,” she said.

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Branford Competes in Unified Soccer Games

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 8, 2014 12:13 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford High School Unified Soccer Team was one of the 13 schools to field a team in the recent Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) soccer tournament held at Amity High School in Woodbridge.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) reports, “Unified Sports is a registered program of Special Olympics that combines approximately equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disability on sports teams for training and competition.

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Police Questions? Have Coffee With a Cop

by marcia chambers | Nov 7, 2014 11:36 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Kelsey Matthews, a junior at East Haven High School, is fascinated by forensics, crime and the law, mostly learned from her favorite television crime programs. Now she wanted a dose of reality, so when she heard that the Branford cops were offering “Coffee with a Cop” she got a ride to the Parthenon Diner so she could talk one-on-one. 

And boy, she said afterward did she learn a lot. Kelsey spent about 30 minutes chatting with Officer Melissa Carney. 

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Cool Events Here And Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Nov 6, 2014 2:30 pm

Nothing could be finer than coffee at the diner. Would you like to chat with a Branford cop in an informal setting? Or help the Branford Land Trust at a special pint sized event? Or hear some real cool jazz? Read on as our weekend events unfold today. 

Thursday, Nov. 6

Coffee With A Cop. Have a cup of coffee with a cop at the Parthenon Diner, 374 East Main St.  Branford police officers will come together with residents at an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and have a cup of coffee together. The majority of contacts cops have with the public occur during emergencies, or emotional situations, not the best time for relationship building with the community. Coffee with a Cop, a new program, breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. Conversation begins at 6 p.m. 

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A Coastal Plan For Super Storms

by Diana Stricker | Nov 6, 2014 9:12 am

Mary Johnson Photo Branford is hoping to create a “coastal resilience plan” to help prepare and protect the coastline from the effects of potential storms and sea level rise. The plan will also address the needs of some neighborhoods that were battered by Super Storm Sandy.

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) on Wednesday unanimously approved a grant application for $150,000 in federal funds that would be administered by Branford and split three ways with Milford and Madison.

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Kennedy, Reed And Scanlon Sweep the Shoreline

by Marcia Chambers, Sally E. Bahner & Diana Stricker | Nov 4, 2014 11:17 pm

UPDATED—Ted Kennedy Jr. won his first campaign for public office tonight as he captured the State Senate seat in the 12th District with close to 60 percent of the vote.

Branford’s heir to the Kennedy family political dynasty, along with incumbent State Rep. Lonnie Reed and first time General Assembly winner Sean Scanlon kept the Shoreline seats blue.

Kennedy’s fame, Reed’s record and Scanlon’s youthful appeal brought a victory to Democrats in Branford last night. 

Kennedy, 53, an attorney, and Bruce H. Wilson, a businessman, sparred often in recent weeks over campaign financing. In the end, the uproar over how Kennedy financed his campaign seemed to carry little weight with the voters. He is the son of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was the youngest brother of President John Kennedy.

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