Red Hill Woods Joins the Branford Land Trust

by Diana Stricker | Jun 14, 2016 7:00 am | Comments (1)

Branford Land Trust A lush 29-acre coastal forest with walking trails, streams, an overlook, and a Native American rock shelter will be preserved and open to the public, thanks to the efforts of the Branford Land Trust.

“Red Hill Woods adds to the large area of already protected coastal forest. It protects a lot of habitat and it’s going to be a real asset in terms of passive recreation,” said environmentalist Bill Horne, who is a member of the Land Trust’s advisory board.

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RTM Moves Walsh School Renovation Forward

by Emily Patton | Jun 13, 2016 7:59 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The Representative Town Meeting (RTM), in a unanimous bi-partisan vote, gave final town approval for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation and expansion project last week, enabling the Board of Education (BOE) to apply for a state grant for what is the largest building project in the town’s history.

The final approval came at the monthly RTM meeting held at Fire Headquarters. During an hour-long meeting, the RTM approved a series of resolutions, the last required step before the BOE sends its grant application to the State Bonding Committee by June 30.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 10, 2016 1:03 pm

The cycle of graduations is just about complete and families are settling into their summer routines, which includes amusing the kids. Summer reading programs are offered by the town’s libraries and the annual Animal Camp will be offered by the Cosgrove Animal Shelter and the Recreation Department. Everyone looks forward to the Branford Festival and the Jazz series, and, now for the second summer, the Branford Alps Farm Market. Eat, drink, and enjoy the summer.

Restaurant of the Week: Eli’s Branford, 624 West Main St.

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Dog Healers Inspire Us

by marcia chambers | Jun 7, 2016 10:57 am

Chad M Lyons Photo “The Dog Healers,” a first novel by Short Beach resident Mark Winik, centers on the mystery of Isabella, whose work with dogs and horses, is at the heart of a story of love, growth and survival. 

Winik’s novel begins with the disappearance of Isabella and her puppy, Echo, from their home in a small town in Argentina. It takes nearly 200 pages for the mystery to unravel and along the journey, we learn about the power of animal healing and Isabella’s triumph as a jockey with a horse named Tango whom she restores to life and greatness. Through the process, Isabella also learns how to love again.

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P&Z Approves Senior Center-Community House Expansion

by Diana Stricker | Jun 6, 2016 7:00 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo The long-awaited Senior Center is one step closer to reality. The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved plans Thursday to renovate and expand the Community House to include a Senior Center.

The next step for the architects will be estimating the cost of the project, and seeking funding from the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting. If approved, construction could begin in the fall and take about one year.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 3, 2016 6:00 am

Humpback whales were seen in Long Island Sound during the summer of 2015. Photo: Whit Welles from the Menunkatuck Audubon websit Weather-wise, it looks to be a mix of sun and clouds with Saturday the pick for outdoor activities, such as the Plein Air art demonstration and Land Trust Walks. There are also some great dining options, along with opportunities to learn about the world around us… Humpback whales, anyone? And information on the Branford Rotary’s role in the upcoming Branford Festival is just a preview of the three-day event where the town lets out all the stops!

Restaurant of the Week: Asti Ristorante & Bar, 988 Main St.

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Cosgrove Guts IWC; State Investigation Sought

by Diana Stricker | Jun 2, 2016 12:41 pm | Comments (3)

Diana Stricker Photo First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove succeeded in removing another three members from the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) Wednesday night, but the ousted chairman said he will ask the state to take over the duties of the local IWC and place a moratorium a new commercial development until an investigation can be conducted.

In less than one year, Cosgrove has removed six of the 10 members whose terms expired. There was one vacancy due to death, so only three of the 10 people who were serving last summer are still on the IWC.

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Dialing Down: BOF Limits Mill Rate Increase to 1.77 Percent

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 1, 2016 7:01 am

Citing the uncertainty in the European and Asian financial markets (as presented by the town’s financial advisors Hightown Advisors and Wells Fargo), slower growth, and possible cuts resulting in the looming state deficit, the Board of Finance (BOF) took a cautious approach in setting the FY 2017 mill rate.

In keeping with the intent of First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to limit a mill rate increase of 2 percent or less, the BOF raised the mill rate by 1.77 percent – from 26.93 to 27.41. The mill rate is the rate upon which a homeowner’s taxes are based. This budget season the operative words were “dialing down.”  The BOF met last week to set the mill rate.

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Boys’ Lacrosse Win Calls For Traditional Celebration

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 1, 2016 7:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Going to a Branford boys’ lacrosse home game where the team is victorious turns out to be very special with the tradition that comes with it after.

Bill O'Brien Photo After every home victory since 2000 the Hornet team assembles in the locker room for announcements and remarks by coach Jim May. Once coach May is finished he calls upon coach Frank Barron to begin the “Song and Chant Tradition of Victory.”

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Rain Doesn’t Stop Memorial Day Ceremonies

by Bill O'Brien | May 31, 2016 1:42 pm | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien Photo The best-laid plans sometimes go astray. I had the honor of chairing this year’s Memorial Day Parade planned for yesterday, the Monday of Memorial Day weekend. The Veterans Parade Committee met monthly starting in February to plan this important and popular town activity.

Bill O'Brien Photo Members of the committee included Dennis Flanigan, Juris Patrylak, Philip Zielinski, Frank Kinney III, Elliott Hastings, Richard Hansen, Dana Strickland, Vincent Giordano, Joseph Caporale, and Walter Zielinski.

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