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Two Branford Beaches Face Contamination

by marcia chambers | Aug 3, 2015 8:14 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo The beach at Branford Point, one of Branford’s most famous public beaches, has one of the highest rates of unsafe bacterial contamination of any beach in Connecticut and Johnson’s Beach in Short Beach is not far behind.

With Permission Curt Johnson, executive director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment’s bi-state Save the Sound program, told a recent meeting of the Branford Rotary Club that he was “shocked that the water sampling data collected by our East Shore Health District shows that Branford Point Beach receives a grade of D in the Sound Health Explorer. That makes Branford Point Beach among the five dirtiest swimming beaches in Connecticut,” he said. Johnson’s Beach on Clark Avenue in Short Beach received a “C” rating. 

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BOS Approves Solar Panels For Landfill Area

by marcia chambers | Jul 23, 2015 2:17 pm | Comments (1)

File Photo The Board of Selectmen (BOS) last night approved a solar panel energy contract for two separate systems, one at Ecology Park, the other on land adjacent to the landfill, specifically the town’s Tabor property. Both may well save the town $12 million over the next 20 years. The program is expected to be fully on line a year from now.

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove told the Eagle after the meeting that ultimately the taxpayer will benefit because “by the town saving a half million dollars a year, that is a half million dollars we won’t be having to tax for.”

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Costco Makes It By Slim Margin

by Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Jul 10, 2015 11:39 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Costco has succeeded in its first step to building a warehouse store at Exit 56 in Branford. The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve Costco’s Master Plan and 44-acre Planned Development District (PDD).

After months of drama and debate, the actual vote elicited little reaction from the commission or the crowd. The opposition later told the Eagle they plan to talk with their attorney about a possible appeal.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere On July 4th Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jul 3, 2015 11:30 am

With parades, fireworks, concerts and backyard music of all kinds, shoreline towns, especially Madison, will celebrate Independence Day this weekend with a variety of public events.

In honor of the Declaration of Independence, the town of Madison holds three major events on Independence Day weekend, including a fireworks display, a parade and a concert. 

Friday, July 3

 

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AT&T Withdraws Cell Tower Application—For Now

by Diana Stricker | Jun 29, 2015 10:59 am

File Photo Residents of Rose Hill Road who opposed cell tower construction in their neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now. AT&T has withdrawn an application to build a 134-foot cell tower in the Branford Hills area of town.

AT&T attorney Christopher Fisher sent a letter Thursday to the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC), which has jurisdiction over cell tower placement. Fisher requesting that the application be withdrawn without prejudice, which means it may be re-submitted.

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P&Z Chair Says Farewell

by Diana Stricker | Jun 5, 2015 10:36 am

Diana Stricker Photo Ellsworth “Mac” McGuigan, the paragon of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, is saying good-bye after more than 30 years serving on one of Branford’s most prestigious commissions.

“I have submitted my resignation,” McGuigan said late Thursday night prior to the conclusion of a nearly four-hour meeting. “I’ve been trying to think of a diplomatic way to bow out for six months,” he said with a chuckle. His five-year term ends October 31, 2018. 

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Historic Bell Tower Comes Back To Green – Sans Bell

by marcia chambers | Jun 2, 2015 1:12 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford’s historic bell tower, perched on the Academy, the oldest building on the Branford town green, was badly in need of repair when it was adroitly removed from its perch last fall. Last week, in a complicated set of maneuvers, it was hoisted back up – but without its bell.

Bill O'Brien Photo As it turns out, the bell tower didn’t have a bell when it was first built in 1820 by the Reverend Timothy Phelps Gillett, pastor of the First Congregational Church. Rev. Gillett taught in the Academy and funded it to a large degree. He even provided the firewood.

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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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