Will Medicinal Pot Grow in Branford?

by Diana Stricker | May 21, 2018 8:33 am

Diana Stricker PhotoProspective producers of medical marijuana are looking at Branford as a place to take root, and the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission says those facilities are covered under existing zoning regulations.

In other business Thursday, the commission continued a public hearing on two proposed retail stores on North Main Street, and asked the developer to reduce the amount of excavation.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 18, 2018 11:00 am

If you haven’t yet explored the Stony Creek Quarry, you have a chance on Saturday. Former First Selectmen Unk DaRos (Branford) and Carl Balestracci (Guilford) will lead the group and share the quarry’s fascinating history. Then, kick back and enjoy some Sunday jazz at Home’s Living Room on Main Street. Check out our other listings for many other art- and music-related events.

Friday, May 18

Poetry with the Branford Land Trust

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 4, 2018 8:59 am

This week and looking ahead, we have a diverse collection of events that reflect our connection to land and sea, art and music. Boats and water safety for sailors. Birding walks for bird lovers – this is a great time to spot them, before all the leaves are out. Music of all genres. Thought-provoking films. Poetry. Food. A feast for the body and soul, all within a short drive. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Friday, May 4


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Harbor Bridge Replacement Begins May 14

by Staff | May 3, 2018 8:30 am

File  PhotoThe Harbor Street Bridge over Mill Creek will be replaced starting on Monday, May 14, with completion expected by Sept. 10. As a result, it will take a little longer to get to Parker Memorial Park and Branford Point. The Harbor Street Bridge, built in 1940, spans Mill Creek where it flows into the Branford River.

During construction, the road will be closed to traffic, which will detour by way of Maple Street, Short Beach Road and Stannard Avenue. The project was first outlined two years ago, in April 2016.  At that time construction was supposed to take place between April 2017 and end in the fall. Click here to read our earlier story. .

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BLT Celebrates 50 Years of Land Preservation

by Diana Stricker | May 2, 2018 8:05 am

Bill Horne PhotoIt’s been a busy year for the Branford Land Trust (BLT) as they continue to focus on their 50th anniversary. One unwanted gift was the number of trees felled on trust property due to the four March nor’easters.

“Those were the some of the biggest events we’ve had for knocking down trees in a decade,” said board president Peter Raymond at the annual meeting last week. Raymond said thanks to BLT volunteers, the trees and branches have been safely cleared.

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Permitting Process, Weather May Delay Community Center

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 30, 2018 10:01 pm

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Public Building Commission heard updates on the completion of the Walsh Intermediate School and Community Center projects at its April meeting at Fire Headquarters. Timelines and possible delays regarding resumption of sports activities, specifically football and swimming, were discussed.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoTom Arcari (speaking) of QA&M Architects (formerly Quisenberry-Arcari) said there is “some slippage” in the schedule for the Community Center completion. A 40-day adjustment may be necessary due to inclement weather and in receiving the final building permits from the town.

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Removal of Bradford Pears Underway in Town Center

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Apr 26, 2018 7:42 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien PhotoNineteen flowering Bradford pear trees along Main Street will fall to the axe starting today.  For the short time they’re in bloom each spring, they lent a picture postcard quality to the town, but time and recent storms have taken their toll on them. The process began this morning. Here is the scene at Main and Ivy.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe trees are considered invasive and have only a 20- to 30-year life expectancy. They are quick growing and the limbs become more susceptible to breaking as they age. They were planted in the early 1990s as part of First Selectwoman Judy Gott’s Town Center Revitalization project.

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Lonnie Reed Won’t Seek Reelection

by marcia chambers | Apr 23, 2018 8:50 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionLonnie Reed, who has served as Branford’s State Representative for the 102nd District for the last decade, will not seek a sixth term in office in the November election.

During her tenure, she has been instrumental in bringing biotech businesses to Connecticut and Branford, in preserving Long Island Sound and in making energy cleaner for the environment. She has long promoted renewable energy and led the way for a new law to protect consumers from electric supplier gimmicks that spike prices. Most recently she helped obtain state funds for the costs of a renovated and expanded Walsh Intermediate School and for the Blackstone Memorial Library.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 20, 2018 9:23 am

A bit of a history lesson. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as a national day to focus on the environment. According to, Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin founded the event in response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969. People were driving gas guzzlers and there was an increasing awareness of the problems associated with air and water pollution. Twenty million Americans took to the streets on April 22, 1970, in a movement that led to environmental concerns gaining national attention and resulting in protective legislation. Those concerns from 48 years ago are still in the forefront today as policy rollbacks are underway at the EPA. Make a difference this weekend by taking part in some of the local events listed below. 

Saturday, April 21

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Needed For American Elections: Trust

by Diana Stricker | Apr 18, 2018 8:26 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker PhotoConnecticut’s top election official says the biggest repercussion from Russian hacking is the distrust it has created in the public’s perception of the election system.

“Educating the public is critically needed right now, about what’s going on with the voting system,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill (pictured above). She was the keynote speaker during a forum Saturday sponsored by both the League of Women Voters of the East Shore, and Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible.  The event was televised by Branford’s BCTV. 

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