Should Branford Create a Coastal Commission?

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2018 7:31 am

Diana Stricker PhotoOne suggestion for updating Branford’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) includes forming a permanent town board or commission to deal with coastal issues and climate change.

The possibility was mentioned at a meeting of the POCD Steering Committee Wednesday, and it’s included in Booklet 4C, which is part of the POCD materials available on the town’s website.

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Parkside Village Approval Could Be Complicated

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2018 2:31 pm

Beacon CommunitiesThe Parkside Village I proposal could be approved by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission next week or in early February. However, a simple majority vote may not be enough to approve one of the three applications involved in the project.

At a special meeting Monday night, a majority of the commissioners directed the town planner to draw up resolutions in favor of the Parkside affordable housing project.

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RTM Approves Blackstone Library Project

by marcia chambers | Jan 11, 2018 12:45 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIn a bi-partisan vote, the Blackstone Library project was adopted last night by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) after strong views were voiced by residents, virtually all of whom came to support the $5.2 million renovation. The vote was 15-11.

All the Democrats present for the two-hour meeting voted for the renovation, and so did a number of Republicans. Republican RTM member Robin Sandler, vice-president of the Blackstone Library Trustees, recused himself. Two RTM members were absent. The moderator only votes to break a tie.

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Blackstone Library Beckons You to RTM Meeting

by marcia chambers | Jan 10, 2018 8:01 am

With PermissionIn a unanimous vote last month, the Board of Finance approved a $5.4 million bond authorization for the renovation of the Blackstone Memorial Library. The BOF recommended the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) do so as well. Tonight the RTM gets to vote. 

Residents should make their voices heard at the RTM meeting tonight. It will take place in the community room at Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St., starting at 8 p.m.


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Building Commission Votes to Put Walsh Project Out to Bid

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 4, 2018 12:10 pm

Sally E. Bahner PhotoAfter more than two years of planning and meetings concerning design and educational specifications, bids will be advertised for the $88.2 million renovation to Walsh Intermediate School.

The Public Building Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to advertise for bids starting Jan. 12 for a 3 1/2 –week period ending Feb. 7.

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Smiling Faces, Teary Eyes: Final Days for Branford Book & Card

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2017 8:30 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBob Esposito of Branford Book & Card Shoppe recalled his first day of store ownership. “I couldn’t sleep. I had my keys in place and hoped my car would start,” he said.

The last day of 2017 will mark the end of a 44-year Branford tradition. Dec. 31 will be the last day of business for Branford Book and Card Shoppe.

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Holiday Giving Idea: Support the Eagle

by Staff | Dec 28, 2017 9:19 am

At this time of year we remind our readers that the journalism you depend on also depends on you.

Please support independent, not-for-profit local journalism. The Branford Eagle is part of the Online Journalism Project, the 501(c) 3 organization that publishes the New Haven Independent, the Valley Independent Sentinel, and WNHH radio, where the Legal Eagle has a show. As a not-for-profit, we pay the bills through charitable donations from readers like you.

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Boutique Hotel and Town Boardwalk Make Debut at P&Z

by marcia chambers | Dec 26, 2017 8:29 am

The Branford River took stage center at a P&Z Commission meeting last week as a boutique hotel named the Tidal Lodge was approved in spirit, and the town’s first boardwalk made its debut.

Marcia Chambers PhotoAfter listening to a presentation about the hotel, the P&Z voted unanimously to ask Town Planner Harry Smith to prepare a resolution to approve the hotel project. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 22, 2017 7:44 am

File Photo lThe Christmas countdown is underway. If you have last minute shopping to do, avoid the traffic and the malls, and stop by Branford’s many shops along Main Street and elsewhere. Take some time for savor the season. Branford’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah is sure to put things in perspective. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the staff of the Branford Eagle. 

Friday, Dec. 22

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BOF Approves $5.4M Bonding for Blackstone Library Renovation

by marcia chambers | Dec 20, 2017 8:54 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIn a unanimous vote, the Board of Finance this week approved a $5.4 million dollar bond authorization for the renovation of the Blackstone Memorial Library. The BOF recommended the RTM do so as well.

In August, the BOF heard detailed plans from library officials on plans and funding for the library, plans that will bring the iconic 1896 library into the 21st century. The library provides a rich variety of resources for town residents, including computer services. Plans call for a 2,000-square-foot addition on the ground floor, and reconfiguration of many interior spaces throughout the library. The distinctive front entrance and steps will remain the same.

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