Larger Turnout for Vets Parade Despite Rain

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 10, 2017 8:40 am

Bill  O'Brien Photo Would there be a good turnout for the Veterans Day Parade?

Bill  O'Brien Photo The committee that oversees the annual parade was eager to find out.  An effort was made to “get the word out” that unless attendance improved this might be Branford’s the last parade. Instead there would be a ceremony. Looks like getting the word out worked. Here the crowd gathers on Main Street as the parade steps off on the wet street.

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“Riffraff” Phobia Emerges At Parkside Hearing

by Diana Stricker | Nov 9, 2017 10:02 am | Comments (9)

Diana Stricker Photo Some opponents of low-income housing in Branford say the town will no longer be quaint, and the neighborhood will no longer be safe, if poor families are allowed to move into the proposed Parkside Village I apartments.

About 150 people attended the second session of a public hearing conducted by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last Thursday night at Fire Headquarters. Neighbors are questioning whether proposed low-income housing on South Montowese Street should be for seniors and people with disabilities; or for people of all ages.

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Cosgrove Sweeps Branford

by Sally E. Bahner, Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Nov 8, 2017 7:38 am

Mary Johnson Photo —UPDATE—Despite Democratic hopes of a “Trump effect” voter backlash in 2017, Republican First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove sailed to a reelection victory in Branford Tuesday, winning six of the seven voting districts against Democratic challenger Lynda Mollow. He took 60 percent of the vote. The Republicans kept a strong majority on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) as well. But the Dems took the competitive Tax Collector’s race. 

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Steady Voter Turnout in Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 7, 2017 3:59 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo The political climate has changed significantly over the last year. So how are Branford residents responding?

Voters took to the polls this morning under sunny, crisp skies as they cast their vote for the town’s next first selectman, other top town posts and the next Representative Town Meeting, the town’s legislative body. Voting was described as steady throughout the morning. Polls remain open until 8 p.m.

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Murphy, DeLauro: Voters Paying Attention to Local Elections

by marcia chambers | Nov 6, 2017 10:03 am | Comments (2)

The state’s top Democratic leaders, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, told a packed room at the Owenego Inn last night that this year people are paying attention to local elections.

“This is a local election, the first since Donald Trump won the presidency a year ago,” Murphy told the local Democratic Town Committee and more than 100 guests at its pre-election dinner last night at the Owenego Inn.  And it may be a unique one. Voters, he said, “are angry about what’s happening at the national level and if you can get them to make that connection between their anger about what’s happening in Washington and their desire to be a part of the process and the solution locally,” then this election will be a game changer, he said.

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Cosgrove, Mollow on Public Works, Coastal Issues

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 4, 2017 8:22 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The need for a town Public Works building was discussed at length at Wednesday night’s Selectman’s debate between Republican incumbent Jamie Cosgrove and Democratic contender Lynda Mollow, the first they have held this campaign season.

The one-hour debate, cordial in tone, was sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV )of the East Shore and aired on Branford Community TV. Click here to listen to the debate. .

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 3, 2017 7:59 am

Your attendance is requested… on Sunday, especially. Branford’s Veteran’s Day Parade steps off from the town green at 1 p.m. Attendance has been down in recent years and its future is in jeopardy. So forego the football game and pay your respects to the brave veterans who have defended our country. In between, there are plenty of opportunities to meet with authors, take in some great music, and get acquainted with local artists. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Nov. 4

 

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Scarecrows On Display Till Sunday

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 3, 2017 7:24 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford is going to the scarecrows. But only until Sunday. So get yourself over to Town Hall to see this scary monster.

Bill O'Brien Photo The seventh annual Branford Garden Club Scarecrow project can be viewed until this Sunday on the Town Green, so hurry and bring the kids before it’s over. The Garden Club Scarecrow sign welcomes visitors to the town green.

 

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On Putting a Town Shelter in a Flood Plain

by marcia chambers | Nov 2, 2017 6:46 am | Comments (2)

News Analysis. Part 2
File Photo Was it wise to place a town shelter in a flood plain?

The decision to make the renovated Community House-Senior Center a town shelter for the community in the event of a major hurricane was made without oversight from the Public Building Commission or the public even though the community house is located in a flood plain, off Meadow Street, a road that experiences serious flooding. (See top photo)

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Is the Town’s Public Building Commission Serving Its Municipal Role?

by marcia chambers | Nov 1, 2017 6:09 am

News Analysis. Part 1
With Permission Is the town’s Public Building Commission ordinance serving its municipal role? An analysis of the first three projects to come before the commission shows each one taking a different route, in part because the overall ordinance is vague, ambiguous and, it turns out, advisory.

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) adopted the Public Building Commission ordinance in June 2014. The idea was that all building projects would be decided by one town building commission, a commission established and in place, not one created for a specific project as in the past. This was First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove’s idea when he was first elected.

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