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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Building Commission Welcomes New Reps; Hears Walsh Update

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 20, 2017 8:22 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Last week the Public Building Commission welcomed Dagmar Ridgway, Senior Center director, and Alex Palluzzi,Jr., Recreation director, as temporary members for the Community Center/Senior Center renovation project, a project that has now returned to the Building Commission after a long absence. They also welcomed two more members, one a permanent appointee to the building commission and another as a temporary member for the Walsh Intermediate School project. 

Robert Barnett, an architect who has served as project manager for several nationally acclaimed projects and has a child in the Branford School System, was appointed by the Board of Selectmen earlier this month as a permanent member of the Public Building Commission. He had been a temporary member on the Walsh project. Vincent Giordano III, project manager for Giordano Construction Company, his family’s business, took Barnett’s seat at a temporary member on the Walsh (Barnett had been serving on a temporary basis after commission member Paul Cianci moved.)

Overall, the focus of the evening was on the Walsh project. The commissioners met at Fire Headquarters.

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IWC Approves “Bog Walk” for Red Hill Woods

by Diana Stricker | Mar 17, 2017 8:11 am

With Permission It will soon be a little easier to enjoy the unique wetlands on the Branford Land Trust’s Red Hill Woods property after a wooden “bog walk” is created to span a portion of the site.

The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) unanimously approved a permit to build a 1,200-foot boardwalk that will loop through a floodplain area and cross a 5-foot stream. Construction is expected to begin in April, and will rely on work by Land Trust members and other community volunteers.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 10, 2017 10:29 am

We’re not quite out of the woods yet in terms of weather, but you might want to venture into the woods (with homage to the Broadway musical) to learn about its denizens with Lauren Brown and the Branford Land Trust. Bundle up. It’s sure to be chilly. If music warms your soul, the longstanding Branford Folk Music Society offers a concert that is sure to delight.

Saturday, March 11

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Brews, Views and A New Plan of Conservation & Development

by Diana Stricker | Mar 9, 2017 8:42 am

Diana Stricker Photo Brews, views and news about upcoming long-range planning projects were on the agenda of last week’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting.

A public hearing was held for expansion at the Thimble Island Brewery at 16 Business Park Drive, but no decision was reached. The commission unanimously approved — with conditions — a proposal by Solar City Corp. to put a solar display near the town-owned Ecology Park on Tabor Drive. And consultants were chosen for the Plan of Conservation of Development (POCD) and the Transportation Oriented Development (TOD) study. Public hearings on the planning projects could begin by early summer.

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BOS Appoints Two of Four Temporary Building Commission Members

by Diana Stricker | Mar 6, 2017 9:06 am

With Permission Two department heads have been appointed to serve as temporary members of the Public Building Commission to oversee the Community House/Senior Center project; and two seats are still open.

The Board of Selectman (BOS) unanimously appointed Dagmar Ridgway, director of the Canoe Brook Senior Center; and Alex Palluzzi, Jr., director of the Parks and Recreation Department, to serve on the commission.

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P&Z Acts on Subaru, Ecology Park and a Tiny Lot by the Sea

by marcia chambers | Feb 28, 2017 12:17 pm

With Permission A new Subaru dealership gets the green light, a developer using the state’s affordable housing statute to build on a small “unbuildable” lot does not (for the second time) and a solar panel system designed to sit atop scenic ecology park runs into “view” trouble and awaits further discussion.

These were the major actions taken at a Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting held earlier this month at Fire Headquarters.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 18, 2017 8:30 am

Temps in the 40s. How does that sound? Have we seen the last of the snow? Looks good for the next week or so. If you’ve been holding off on an outdoor excursion, now is the time. Explore Meigs Point and check out the eagles before they fly the coop. If you’re more the cozy-up type, take in a preview of Dvorak’s Rusalka and catch up on some classic literature by southern women. Revelers anticipating St. Patrick’s Day will have their day at Bar80, as will those who enjoy art and a brew or two.

Saturday, Feb. 18

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Costco Bags Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Feb 16, 2017 4:28 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission Costco, the national warehouse retailer, has announced a “business decision” not to build a 158,000-square-foot store in Branford off Exit 56. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said in an interview with the Eagle yesterday he would work on finding the best strategy to increase the commercial tax base in town.

Cosgrove said he was a “little bit disappointed. It would have been a good project for the town.” He said Costco did not say why it had not resubmitted the application it withdrew last April after it became clear the Inland Wetlands Commission would turn down Costco on a number of grounds. The developer’s option to purchase the Costco property expires in March.


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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 11, 2017 10:27 am

Thursday’s storm packed a pretty good wallop and what might be a lot more snow is expected over the next few days, beginning Sunday, so keep an eye to the sky. Hearty souls and eagle lovers can still take advantage of tours, talks, and exhibits – this is the best time of year do this. There are also other opportunities to learn about the wild side of the area, including Long Island. For those who prefer tamer activities, there’s music tonight and looking ahead, the best of craft beer! 

Saturday, Feb. 11

Transatlantic mix at Branford Folk

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