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Legacy Theatre A Go!

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2017 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo With the lawsuits settled, Keely Baisden Knudsen, the artistic director of the Legacy Theatre, says exterior renovations to the historic Puppet House will get underway this month. She said she is delighted.

In a letter to the theater’s supporters, Knudsen says the Legacy has been given a $350,000 gift that will be used for exterior renovations once plans have been reviewed and accepted. “It will be wonderful to see visible progress”on the building, which she expects by year’s end, she said.

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Thimbles Lady Looks To Dump 8 Islands

by marcia chambers | Aug 8, 2017 9:54 am | Comments (1)

Christine Svenningsen and her husband Edmund H. Stoecklein, whom she married in 2015, are seeking to sell an extraordinary collection of Thimble Islands, eight in all, plus a Victorian mansion on Prospect Hill road with a private dock providing easy access to the islands. The islands are part of an archipelago in Long Island Sound, located not far from the Stony Creek harbor.

The eight islands are now priced at $50 million, $28 million less than when they first went on the market a year ago. The islands may also be purchased separately, their realtor says, an indication the Island Lady is serious about selling.

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Walsh Project Faces Possible State Bonding Cut

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 2, 2017 7:54 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The specter of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis in relation to the Walsh Intermediate School project was finally raised at a special meeting of the Public Building Commission Monday night.

Charles Warrington, Jr., senior project manager for Colliers International, owner’s representative, reported that the cap of the bonding used for school projects statewide through the Office of School Construction Grants and Review (OSCGR) may be halved, from $700 million-$800 million to $400 million.

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Shoreline Railroad Expansion Message: Stay Involved

by Diana Stricker | Jul 24, 2017 7:23 am | Comments (18)

Diana Stricker Photo Greg Stroud (pictured), who led shoreline opposition against railroad expansion plans for 18 months, told Branford residents it’s time to celebrate a victory, but more importantly, it’s time to stay involved as a new capacity study begins.

Stroud, who is director of special projects for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, recently told a small gathering at the Branford Fire Headquarters that the threat of railroad expansion in sensitive areas of Coastal Connecticut will not truly disappear “until we find better solutions.”

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P&Z Approves Sterling Ridge, SolarCity Project

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 20, 2017 9:10 am

With Permission A condominium project with a long and contentious history has received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), along with a 9-acre solar panel project by Solar City on Tabor Drive that will supply power to town facilities.

Sterling Ridge, which has been on the Planning and Zoning (PZC) agenda in some form or another since 2003, was submitted as a Planned Development District (PDD) modification at 26 Cherry Hill Road. As a condition of the approval, the project will be subject to various conditions and specific site plans will have to be submitted.

 

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Cosgrove Seeks Third Term; Kraus Wins Tax Collector Nomination

by marcia chambers | Jul 20, 2017 7:45 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove won the enthusiastic support of the Republican caucus Tuesday night, promising as he did four years ago to follow the words of his legendary grandfather, Dan, to “go do some good.”

In seeking his third two-year term in office in the November election, Cosgrove, 44, will be running with incumbent Republican selectman Joe Higgins, Jr., a retired New York City fire official. Cosgrove called Higgins, “my right hand man.”

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Atlantic Wire Coming Down

by Diana Stricker & Bill O'Brien | Jul 14, 2017 10:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Brick by brick, the dilapidated Atlantic Wire factory buildings are coming down. Their demolition will make way for the upscale Atlantic Wharf residential and retail complex along the Branford river in the heart of town.

Bill O'Brien Photo The smaller structures are being demolished first, and the larger buildings along Meadow Street will be the final ones, according to a demolition schedule filed at Branford’s building department. Some of the initial work was done by hand, but the remainder will be done mechanically.

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A Conversation in a Seaside Town about Tyranny

by marcia chambers | Jun 29, 2017 7:10 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIt is a Friday night in the upscale seaside town of Guilford; it is a warm evening, the kind of evening when the audience gathered to hear the speaker might be on their boats or going out to dinner or fixing a barbeque at the start of the weekend.

Instead some 150 people are at the Guilford Community Center where they await a talk by Timothy Snyder, the author of “On Tyranny,” a book he wrote after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Snyder teaches history at Yale University.

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Four-Track RR Expansion on Shoreline Meets Resistance

by marcia chambers | Jun 28, 2017 7:41 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo State Rep. Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford and Branford) says a projected federal plan to build four railroad tracks in a dense historical district connecting Branford and Guilford is decades away, if at all. That’s the good news,  he says.

The bad news is the attitude taken by top officials at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in refusing to hear the concerns of the area’s elected officials as well as its residents. They have gathered at meetings in the last month to learn from others about the project.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 23, 2017 8:36 am

Mary Johnson Photo The second and third installments of Branford’s Trifecta continue this week with the annual fireworks display launching off Branford Point on Saturday evening and the kick off for the summer Jazz Festival on Thursday. Everyone may be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but you’ll also have a chance this weekend at the Connecticut Irish Festival at the North Haven Fairgrounds. And, girls, Nick Fradiani, will perform Saturday night. Read on for our other cool events.

Saturday, June 24

 

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