A Boutique Hotel for the Branford River

by Diana Stricker | Jun 15, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo Ed Crowley, owner of the popular Stony Creek Brewery, unveiled plans Wednesday to build a 34-room boutique hotel along the Branford River.

Diana Stricker Photo The waterfront hotel would be built on the site of the former Paul’s Wire Rope & Sling company at 4-6 Indian Neck Avenue, which is across from the brewery. The Crowley family, who live in Branford, purchased the property for $600,000 in September 2016.

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House Passes Bill To Curtail Affordable Housing Act Abuses

by marcia chambers | May 31, 2017 12:13 pm

File Photo Shortly before midnight, the state’s House of Representatives passed an affordable housing bill aimed at curtailing exploitation by developers under the Affordable Housing Act. By a vote of 116-13, the House voted overwhelmingly to update the statute.

The bill now goes to the Senate, and if called, is expected to pass. However, the 2017 legislative session heads to mandatory adjournment next week on June 7 and often bills get stuck, dying on the other side of the midnight deadline. 

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Strong Turnout on How To Connect Train Station to Neighborhoods

by Diana Stricker | May 30, 2017 7:33 am | Comments (1)

TOD Photo Sidewalks, directional signs and a trolley bus would help connect the Shoreline East Train Station to surrounding neighborhoods. Those were some basic ideas discussed at a recent public workshop for the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study. More complex ideas include the possibility of re-development and new zoning regulations.

The TOD team is studying the half-mile radius around the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station, an area that includes the riverfront.

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Land Use Judge Combines Two Branford Land Commission Appeals

by Diana Stricker | May 4, 2017 7:17 am

File Photo A half-acre Branford lot that is prone to coastal flooding is gaining notoriety as its owner takes his failed attempts to develop the property to the Land Use section of Hartford Superior Court.

Arsalan Altaf, through his Pawson Road LLC, is appealing denials by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) regarding a single-family home; and denials by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission regarding affordable housing on the same lot. Both cases were moved to the Land Use section of Hartford Superior Court, where Judge Marshall K. Berger Jr. recently approved the request by Altaf’s attorney to combine the two cases.

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“Negro Heads” Sea Buoy May Become “Sowheag Rocks”

by Bill O'Brien | May 1, 2017 10:47 am | Comments (4)

Bill O'Brien Photo A local landmark that has been identified on United States nautical maps for more than 100 years could have a new name after all the “i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.”

State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., D-Branford, has led a campaign for the past year to rename the “Negro Heads” landmark, a buoy and rocks located southeast of Maltby Cove in the Indian Neck section of Branford.

The change requires approval of both federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Fed Plan for High Speed Branford-Guilford Rail Tracks Draws Opposition

by marcia chambers | Apr 21, 2017 10:44 am | Comments (1)

Wikipedia Photo A plan by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to doubletrack railways between Branford and Guilford, part of future project to run Acela high-speed trains along the Northeast Corridor shoreline from Washington, D.C., to Boston, is producing stiff opposition in these close-knit communities. 

In recent months Old Lyme residents have mounted resistance to the FRA plan to build an all-new bypass line that would be created a mile or so inland from the shoreline, a bypass from Old Saybrook to Rhode Island. This new route would run through the town of Old Lyme. The FRA’s idea is to re-route the trains of the future away from the curving track along the shoreline east of Old Saybrook. Click here to read a story in the CT Mirror.

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Kennedy Seeks End to Spraying Toxic Herbicides along State Highways

by Staff | Mar 28, 2017 8:00 am

With Permission The state Senate environmental committee has approved a bi-partisan bill that would ban the Connecticut. Department of Transportation (DOT) from spraying toxic herbicides on state highways and roads. The bill, approved by a vote of 24-6, will soon head to the Senate floor.

As the committee’s business drew to an end, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., (D-Branford), co-chair of the committee, led the passage of the bill, which is designed to stop the practice.

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State Roads Closed as Blizzard Barrels into Branford

by marcia chambers | Mar 14, 2017 8:00 pm

Mary Johnson Photo UPDATE—A blizzard barreled into Branford early Tuesday morning as a serious Nor’easter pounded the state with heavy snow and strong winds. The temperature got warmer as the day unfolded and the snow turned to sleet and rain. Temperatures were expected to plunge tonight, creating potential black ice problems for the morning. Plows were out clearing Branford’s roadways.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered a statewide travel ban, beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday. The ban included all state roads in Branford and surrounding communities. It remained in effect until 5 p.m. today.

At 5:30 p.m, at his final press conference for the day, the governor announced that state offices will be open for business tomorrow and told workers to come to work.

It’s not often that the state closes down its main roads, the governor said at a news conference in Hartford. “We don’t do this frequently. Because we don’t do it frequently people listen. This is New England. We have snow. I’m most appreciative that people listened.” Earlier in the day he urged residents to stay home. “Make brownies,” he said, or “read a book.” His wife took him up on it and a tray of brownies was later delivered and shared with the press corps covering the blizzard. 

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Winter Wakes Up

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 10, 2017 8:12 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien Photo After a relatively mild season that included temperatures in the 50s, winter woke up like a bear from hibernation.

A New England classic, Storm Niko dumped around a foot of blowing snow at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour during its height, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. yesterday. Unlike January’s storm, which had the courtesy to strike on a weekend, Niko made its appearance just in time for the work day.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 2, 2017 10:12 am

Just because it’s the dead of winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t commune with nature. Eagles included. The weekend kicks off the annual watches and cruises. There are so many opportunities to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. And if you’re headed to the Essex area for Eagle education, be sure to stop in at the Griswold Inn. The food is great and the atmosphere, quintessential New England.

Saturday, Feb. 4


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