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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 AT&T has withdrawn an application to build a 134-foot cell tower in the Branford Hills area of town.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 Fisher requesting that the application be withdrawn without prejudice, which means it may be re-submitted.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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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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