P&Z Approves New Deadlines for PDD’s

by Diana Stricker | Mar 19, 2018 7:49 am

File Photo“It effectively resets the clock,” said Town Planner Harry Smith after the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve zoning regulation changes for Planned Development Districts (PDDs).

The time limit change was requested by developers Charles E. Weber Jr. and Al Secondino, whose property is part of the 44-acre PDD at Exit 56. The proposed commercial complex includes seven retail buildings and it also included Costco before the retailer withdrew in 2017.

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Bridget Judd: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen

by Bill O'Brien | Mar 17, 2018 8:30 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoTo say that Branfordite Bridget Judd (pictured) has been very busy since early February would be an understatement. “The past month and a half have been a whirlwind,” said the 2018 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen. “The whole experience is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before,” she said in an interview as St. Patrick’s Day formally arrived today. 

Judd, a Branford native, who is the daughter of Tim and Kristin Judd, lives in Short Beach. She also works as a paraprofessional at the John B. Sliney Elementary School. She’s been busy since her selection as Queen on Feb. 3 at the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club in East Haven. She is a Gaelic football player.

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Shoreline Organizes for “March For Our Lives”

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 15, 2018 7:33 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionGuilford is becoming the shoreline nexus for the “March For Our Lives” event planned for Saturday, March 24, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. It’s part of growing, worldwide effort, driven by social media, to call attention to the lives lost to gun violence and the need for stricter legislation. To date, more than 700 events are expected to take place.

Plans coalesced all over the country for marches in response to the shootings Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Guilford resident Frank Blackwell (top photo), a Guilford-based photographer, writer, and corporate filmmaker, began planning for the event immediately after the shooting.

“March For Our Lives” follows on the heels of the March 14 National School Walkout for Gun Control in which students all over the country and Washington, D.C., walked out of classes yesterday, calling for stronger gun control laws on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting.



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Committee Dishes on Budget; BOE Votes to Approve

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 12, 2018 8:10 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously to approve to FY 2019-2020 budget at its Feb. 28 meeting. Three board members were absent, however – John O’Connor, Ellen Michaels, and Joanne Borrus.

The school budget will go to the Board of Finance (BOF) this week for discussion and approval, then to the Representative Town Meeting for final approval.

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Students, Parents Voice School Security Concerns

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 10, 2018 9:09 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoLocal school district and state policy require that fire drills be held at least once each month in each school building and reported to the superintendent’s office. Fire drill procedure is to be used in case of a bomb threat. All students, teachers, and employees are required to leave the building.

But fire drills are not a part of life in the Branford school district.

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Will the Community House/Senior Center Be Delayed?

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 2, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Public Building Commission this week grappled with the possibility of a later completion of the Community House/Senior Center due to a delay in the fabrication and delivery of structural steel. It’s a delay that shines a light on the logistics of the town handling two major construction projects at one time.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoOne project centers on the $12.1 million Community Center and the other on the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School.  The topic was raised at the most recent Building Commission meeting held at Fire Headquarters.

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Branford Parents Speak Out About School Security

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 28, 2018 8:32 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoSpurred by the recent report of a so-called intruder at Branford High School and the recent shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Branford residents turned out at last week’s meeting of the Board of Education’s Communication Committee (pictured) to request better… communication.

And in response to the Parkland shootings, in which 17 students and faculty were murdered, organizers along the shoreline are planning a march, “March For Our Lives,” in Guilford and Hartford on March 24.

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Developer, Housing Authority Optimistic About Appeal

by Diana Stricker | Feb 21, 2018 10:02 am

File PhotoThe developers of the Parkside Village housing proposal are optimistic that their legal appeal filed Tuesday will eventually lead to construction of the long-awaited affordable housing project.

Branford’s Housing Authority and its developers, Beacon Communities LLC of Boston, are challenging the legality of a recent decision by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission which denied the project.

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