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Army Reserve Training Center To Open in 2016

by Diana Stricker | Aug 12, 2015 1:05 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo Construction is progressing at the Army Reserve Training Center near Exit 56 on the former Bittersweet Farm property in Branford.

“They’re in full swing,” said Carol Labashosky, public affairs specialist with the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Labashosky told the Eagle that the project could be complete by February or March. The original completion estimate was November, but Labashosky said the New England winter took a toll. “The project is a little bit behind because of the weather in the winter,” she said.

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Sterling Ridge Condos Face Legal Issues

by Diana Stricker | Jul 14, 2015 10:04 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The Branford Historical Society and neighbors say a new developer’s plan for the proposed Sterling Ridge condos is contrary to a previous court settlement and endangers the nearby historic Harrison House.

File Photo Anthony Solomine, vice-president of the Branford Historical Society, said the proposed blasting and drilling could be hazardous for the Harrison House, which was built in 1724. Click here to read a recent story about the Harrison House.

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P&Z Weighs Sterling Ridge, A New PDD & “The Stand”

by Diana Stricker | Jun 10, 2015 9:20 am

Diana Stricker Photo A new owner has revised the decade-old plans for the proposed Sterling Ridge project on Cherry Hill Road in the center of Branford. The newest revision to the Planned Development District (PDD) calls for half of the 12 condo units to be designed for people with disabilities.

The development team presented the plans at last week’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), and the public will be able to comment when the hearing reconvenes July 9.  Several members of the Branford Historical Society attended the meeting, and one told the Eagle there is concern that proposed blasting could affect the nearby historic Harrison House. The 1724 Harrison House is located at 124 Main St.

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How Much Will Your Property Taxes Go Up? Or Down?

by marcia chambers | Jun 8, 2015 10:19 am

The $103.6M town-school budget is now set and the tax assessor’s office plans to send out property tax bills today. Property taxes are due by August 3. So how much will your taxes go up? Or down? 

In large measure it depends upon what you own and where you live.

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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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Branford’s Top 10 Taxpayers

by marcia chambers | Apr 22, 2015 12:44 pm

Branford’s top 10 taxpayers for 2014 include developers, a power company and a major Thimble Islands owner. And, as it turns out, they are the same top three taxpayers who led the list the year before.

Alex Vigliotti, a well-known Branford developer, the Connecticut Light & Power Company (Eversource), and Christine Svenningsen, who owns a number of the Thimble Islands, are the three top Branford taxpayers in 2014. Vigliotti was number 1 in 2013 as well. He holds multiple real estate and personal properties whose combined tax value came to $41.6 million.

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Everyone Wants A Piece of Branford

by Diana Stricker | Mar 25, 2015 8:49 am

Diana Stricker Photo Businesses are transforming in Branford with a new location for the KIA dealership (pictured), a proposed BBQ restaurant at the Indian Neck Garage, and plans for the historic building that features a new antique shop in Stony Creek.

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) gave unanimous approval for two projects last week—- the KIA relocation; and a zoning change needed for the BBQ proposal. The public hearing on the Stony Creek building at 116 Thimble Islands Road will be continued until April.

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Elderly Services Commission Chair Confronts Cosgrove

by Diana Stricker | Mar 24, 2015 9:25 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The chair of the Commission on Elderly Services said last week she wishes the commission had more input into plans for a new senior center before the Board of Selectmen (BOS) voted to approve the project.

The first public presentation was two weeks ago when the BOS unanimously approved renovating and expanding the Community House on Church Street to include a senior center.

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Yale Pulls Yacht Club Expansion Plan

by Emma Zehner & Marcia Chambers | Jul 15, 2014 1:47 pm | Comments (6)

Emma Zehner Photo After Short Beach residents and their attorneys described a long and difficult relationship with the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (YCYC), Yale’s attorneys shifted course in their expansion plans, withdrawing their application to build a massive boat storage building in the heart of a small seaside residential community.

Joseph L. Hammer, one of Yale’s attorneys, told a crowded, standing-room-only audience Monday at the Branford Fire Headquarters that Yale has “heard your concerns. We still think the property does present an opportunity to improve the yacht club without expanding the programs and without expanding the number of boats.” He said Yale will improve the plan. “It will be resubmitted.” 

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Until They All Find a Home

by Sally E. Bahner | May 18, 2014 10:09 pm

Mark Johnson Photo It was a magical night, one that paid tribute to people and causes near and dear to many hearts.

At the forefront were two people (among many) who have dedicated their lives to the welfare of animals: Eunice Lasala, volunteer extraordinaire, and Joe Dwyer, spokesman for Daniel the Beagle, who both went against lucrative mainstream pathways as a result of their love for animals.

Mark Johnson Photo Animal Carnivale, a fundraiser for the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter on May 9, set the stage for the tributes.

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