by marcia chambers | May 19, 2015 4:26 pm
The Board of Finance held its final budget approval meeting last night where it set the mill rate for the 2015-16 tax year.
“It is what you started with back in March,” Jim Finch, finance director, reported to Mooney. (In an unusual development, the Representative Town Meeting, which is now controlled by the Republicans, did not make any further decreases to the town-school $103.6 M budget.)
by marcia chambers | May 19, 2015 12:35 pm
As last night’s Board of Finance (BOF) meeting was drawing to a close, board member Kurt Schwanfelder asked chair Joe Mooney what had happened to the Youth in Government Day this year. This was a program that paired high school students with the first selectman and town department heads, giving the students an opportunity to learn how town government works.
Typically the event takes place on the Monday the BOF sets the mill rate, an event that began in the high school and then moved to Town Hall some blocks away. Yesterday would have been the day.
by Mary Johnson | May 18, 2015 11:42 am
In an exultant sign of spring, a crown of blossoms has again burst forth all over Branford.
The burst of pink and white buds is an annual event, one marking the arrival of spring, a word we have waited for over a long, difficult winter.
Depending on the weather, the Cherry Trees bloom for perhaps ten days to two weeks before falling to the ground. The process has already started in some places.
by marcia chambers | May 15, 2015 1:02 pm
Art? Let’s welcome a new artists’ co-op in town. And Crafts? Yes, an arts and crafts fair, along with a community gardens plant sale, is on tap on the Green. And if you want a chance to Dunk-A-Cop, this, too, can be accomplished this weekend.
Friday, May 15
Branford Art Center Gallery & Workshop Opens
by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2015 9:45 am | Comments (1)
When thinking of high school sports teams that compete in the spring most people think of golf, tennis, baseball and softball. At Branford High School you can add ‘sailing’ to the list.
Coach Amy Casey and her ‘sailors’ have had a successful season, finishing with 5 wins including a season ending victory recently over Xavier High School at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (YCYC) in Short Beach.
The BHS team won the first two races of the best of three. “The team loves sailing against Xavier,” said Coach Casey. “They are a nice group of young men”.
by Bill O'Brien | May 14, 2015 1:05 pm
The Branford golf team recently suffered a double loss in their matches against Guilford and Hand high schools.
The matches were held at the Pine Orchard Club in Branford and resulted in Hand winning with a score of 164 followed by Guilford at 173 and Branford trailing at 179. The two loses brought the Hornets record to 6-3.
by marcia chambers | May 14, 2015 11:40 am
This year Republican RTM Representative Marc Riccio, never shy about expressing his views on the budget, left his charts at home.
There was no need for them, he told the Eagle after the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) annual budget meeting, one that in years past might go to midnight or beyond.
This year was different in a number of ways. Riccio said the players during this budget season “worked very well together. The department managers were great and I was very pleased with the results and pleased with the process. I didn’t have to bring my charts tonight. I didn’t need them.
by marcia chambers | May 12, 2015 8:59 am
A 28-year-old man from Meriden named Jellybean Quintana, whom state police had ordered re-arrested after he failed to appear in court on felony risk of injury to a child charges five years ago, was arrested at Motel 6 in Branford Sunday night on a series of felony drug charges.
Quintana, Ivan Bruno, 39, of New Haven and Heather Kydon, 31, of Branford, were arrested in their motel room at 320 East Main St., after police found a stash of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, packaging supplies and other drug paraphernalia in their room. All three have prior criminal records.
by marcia chambers | May 11, 2015 9:00 am | Comments (1)
Branford Firefighters hopped the trolley Saturday afternoon to get to a spreading, smoky brush fire in a dense section of woods off the Farm River. To get to the remote fire near the old Quarry, about a half mile from Clark Avenue, one had to travel by boat or by foot.
Or by trolley.
by Diana Stricker | May 9, 2015 8:38 am | Comments (2)
It seems Branford would have some say in the design of a new Costco warehouse and in improvements to surrounding roads. And the Costco team says it will try to reduce the amount of impervious surface to meet local regulations.
But whether those assurances are enough to quell concerns about the Master Plan for 44-acres of land near Exit 56 won’t be known until the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission votes on the project.