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Will The Costco Master Plan Shrink?

by Diana Stricker | May 22, 2015 1:15 pm

Diana Stricker Photo There wasn’t any vote on Costco Thursday night, but it appears that three of the five Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners may eventually approve the 44-acre Master Plan. The other two commissioners expressed serious concerns about traffic and economic impact.

However, there was general consensus that the amount of impervious surface has to be reduced, which could decrease the number of buildings and the size of the parking lots.

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Golden Opportunity for Historical Society, Harrison House

by Bill O'Brien | May 20, 2015 12:41 pm | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien Photo What started out to be routine meeting between the tenant and the landlord turned out to be an opportunity of a lifetime for the Branford Historical Society.

The story unfolded at the historical society’s recent annual meeting held at the Owenego Inn when members learned the historical society has been given the chance to buy the historic Harrison House for $132,500, instead of leasing it as they have since 1974. The 1724 Harrison House is located at 124 Main St.

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A Crown of Blossoms Bursting Forth

by Mary Johnson | May 18, 2015 11:42 am

Mary Johnson Photo In an exultant sign of spring, a crown of blossoms has again burst forth all over Branford.

Mary Johnson Photo The burst of pink and white buds is an annual event, one marking the arrival of spring, a word we have waited for over a long, difficult winter.

Mary Johnson Photo Depending on the weather, the Cherry Trees bloom for perhaps ten days to two weeks before falling to the ground.  The process has already started in some places.

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Kennedy Goes Green

by marcia chambers | Apr 30, 2015 11:22 am

Marcia Chambers Photo State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., co-chair of the legislature’s Environment Committee, moved on several major environmental and legislative fronts this past week in concert with the annual celebration of Earth Day.

He advocated for the “Long Island Sound Blue” plan, after the bill won unanimous passage in the House of Representatives. He pressed for passage of new bills to phase out single-use plastic bags and to prevent the sale of toothpastes and cosmetics that contain harmful microbeads. Kennedy and State Rep. James Albis (D-East Haven,) the House chair of the Environment Committee, said single-use plastic bags clog up “our waste stream and pollute our waterways,” including Long Island Sound.

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Stony Creek Village District Honored

by Diana Stricker | Apr 29, 2015 7:00 am

The Stony Creek Village District, and the people who helped create it, have been honored with a Connecticut Preservation Award.

Stony Creek was one of 10 entities recognized for “outstanding preservation” efforts of the state’s historic buildings and places. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation presented the award to Stony Creek and Branford on April 8 at the Polish National Home in Hartford.

Betsy Wieland, who chaired the Village District Exploratory Committee, said the award was a great honor for everyone involved. The committee, which included Ted Ells, Greg Ames, Linda Reed and Josh Brooks, worked for five years on the project.

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Kennedy Takes On Tires

by marcia chambers | Apr 16, 2015 9:30 am | Comments (1)

Taking a cue from Pat Widlitz, his retired fellow legislator from Guilford who succeeded in passing new state laws to re-cycle mattresses, paint and computers, state Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., is now focusing on tires.

This week Kennedy brought his first bill out onto the Senate floor and and it passed in a unanimous and bi-partisan action. Its aim is to find a way to recycle tires found in towns and cities throughout the state and in so doing create new jobs.  The bill now moves to the floor of the House of Representatives. 

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Powassan Tick Virus Scare Is Just That

by marcia chambers | Apr 12, 2015 10:23 am | Comments (2)

Back in 2008 tick researchers detected the Powassan virus in ticks found near Lake Gaillard in North Branford and Lake Success in Bridgeport.  That was seven years ago.

These days researchers are doing more research to test if this type of black-legged deer tick may be found in other locations and to see if it is carrying that virus. That is what researchers do.  The research in Connecticut is being done by the Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Disease at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

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“Shared Solar” Gets 2nd Look; Utilities Opposed

by Jan Ellen Spiegel/ CT Mirror | Apr 10, 2015 10:59 am

Clean Energy Collective Bill O'Brien Photo Shared solar, a concept that could make solar power available to the 80 percent of homes in Connecticut that are otherwise unsuited for it, appears headed for another rocky run through the state legislature. In the middle of the action is Branford State Rep. Lonnie Reed.

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Another Cell Tower For Branford?

by Diana Stricker | Mar 31, 2015 10:20 am | Comments (3)

Diana Stricker Photo Residents of the Rose Hill Road area of Branford say they don‘t want or need another cell tower because they already have good service. 

That was the sentiment of about 40 people who turned out Monday to voice their opposition to a 134-foot cell tower proposed for their residential area, which is in the Branford Hills section of town.

“We are 100 percent against this tower,” said Jackson Pierre-Louis. “We do not want it. We do not need it.”

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Governor Presses For Greater Long Island Sound Protection

by marcia chambers | Feb 11, 2015 12:40 pm

With Permission Long Island Sound contributes more than $5.5 million for the local economy.  It is home to more than 120 species of finfish and countless varieties of birds and other animals.  Between New York and Connecticut, the Sound’s coastline stretches more than 600 miles, according to a state report. 

But this great natural resource has also been the scene of major environmental battles over the last decade, especially in Branford.

So it was it was fitting that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy came to Branford Monday morning to emphasize his support of legislation called a “Blue Plan,” which is designed to protect the future use of Long Island Sound waters and submerged lands in a number of different ways.

The Blue Plan directs the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and UConn to convene relevant state agencies, academic institutions, and stakeholders to compile an inventory of the natural resources and the human resources of the Long Island Sound, and to use that information to develop a plan to guide future uses of the Sound’s waters and submerged lands.

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