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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, 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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Groundbreaking Held for New Community-Senior Center

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 31, 2017 6:17 am

Bill O'Brien Photo There were a lot of smiling faces at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Community Center last Friday on the grounds of the recently closed Branford Community House. The work has already begun on the much anticipated shared community and senior center facility. Over 40 attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony.

Bill O'Brien Photo “When this new building is finished it will be the hub of the community,” First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove (pictured) told a crowd of 40 people who attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony Friday morning.

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Former School Site Opens as Branford Hills Park

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 26, 2017 7:33 am

Bill O'Brien Photo In 1955 the Branford Hills Elementary School on Jefferson Road opened and remained an active school until closing 29 years later, in 1991. The building was used for various activities, such as voting for District 4 and storage, but deteriorated over time.

File Photo In 2015, the town appropriated $560,000 for the building’s demolition, which took place in July 2016. An unsuccessful effort was made to develop the property when Republican RTM Majority Leader Ray Ingraham (R-5th) sought to use the Branford Hills school site for a renovated Parkside Village, an affordable housing project. Ingraham’s effort failed.

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Parkside to Miss Funding Deadline but Won’t Give Up

by Diana Stricker | Oct 23, 2017 7:08 am

Diana Stricker Photo The developers of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project learned Thursday that public hearings won’t conclude until after the Nov. 1 funding deadline, but they don’t plan to give up.

Diana Stricker Photo Attorney Timothy Hollister (pictured), a partner at the Shipman & Goodwin law firm in Hartford, who represents the developers, asked that a special session be scheduled to continue the hearings this month, in hopes of making the $17 million in private funding deadline.

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Branford Hills Throws “A Party at the Park”

by marcia chambers | Oct 19, 2017 7:51 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Nestled in an area of dense condos and apartments, local neighborhood folks are throwing a party this Sunday in honor of their first park, a 13-acre area they fought hard to keep.

The site of what was once the Branford Hills Elementary School, at the intersection of Jefferson Road and Burban Drive, will serve residents with green space, a playground, a basketball court, and ball fields for kids of all ages. 

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Public Hearing Scheduled for TOD

by Staff | Oct 16, 2017 9:30 am

Now that the town has looked at various options for redevelopment in the area around Branford Shoreline East Train Station, a public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St. Residents, property owners, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback.

Called Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the project is designed to take advantage of sites – existing and proposed – close to transit services. It includes, and would build upon projects such as Atlantic Wharf, Anchor Reef, and the Stony Creek Brewery.

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“Today We Are The First Church Of Las Vegas, Nevada”

by marcia chambers | Oct 9, 2017 6:16 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Branford’s clergy led a vigil on the Town Green last Thursday where Rev. Bill Keane (center)  proclaimed that “as far as I am concerned, today we are the first church of Las Vegas, Nevada.”

Mary Johnson Photo Rev. Keane, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Branford, told some 45 residents and firefighters who gathered at Town Hall for a candlelight vigil that he wanted to hold this service to “share our thoughts, a moment of silence and a short prayer from each of us.”  Five ministers representing a variety of churches in town joined him on the steps of Town Hall for the 25-minute ceremony.

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Housing Authority Attorney Seeks to “Seize the Moment”

by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2017 8:30 am

With Permission The Housing Authority is hoping to “seize the moment” and have a public hearing for the new Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project before the November 1 deadline to apply for federal funding.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed last night to set the hearing Oct. 19 — but the issue is whether the the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will have time to comment before then. Since the 5.7 acre housing site is in the coastal boundary area,  the DEEP has to be notified 35 days ahead in case they want to comment. The applications were referred to DEEP Sept 27.

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What’s For Lunch?

by marcia chambers | Sep 30, 2017 7:24 am

Contributed Photo As we say good-by to summer, even though recent days have indeed been summer-like, we think of a special annual event, Short Beach Days, three days of pure fun for kids of all ages. This was year 71 in the history of the event, one that began in 1946, one year after World War II ended.

Julia Rusatsky, an actress and a photographer, loves Short Beach Days. She grew up in Short Beach in the 1990s, graduated from Branford High, and each year returns for this special weekend. She especially loves the sand sculpture contest. As a kid, she learned the joy of sand art and participated in many of the weekend competitions, including the Lip Sync and the Labor Day parade. 

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