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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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Harbour Village Home “Unlivable” After Fire

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 6, 2014 9:21 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo A fire at the Harbour Village condominiums on Saturday afternoon was knocked down in about 20 minutes by Branford firefighters.

According to Fire Chief Jack Ahern, thawing pipes in a unit aggravated a smoldering fire condition within a wall. He said the unit is not livable because firefighters needed to tear into walls and cut into the floor to gain access into the crawl space.

Mary Johnson Photo “There’s lots of water and smoke damage,” he said, adding the other units in the section (four total) received smoke damage.

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Wilson Arms Plant Relocates To Branford

by Diana Stricker | Dec 6, 2013 1:30 pm

Diana Stricker Photo A local industry is expanding in Branford, and plans for a housing development on Gould Lane are progressing.

That is the upshot of two recent commission meetings in town.

Wilson Arms, which manufactures gun barrels, is expanding production and consolidating operations by relocating its Wisconsin plant to Branford.

Hugo Vivero, owner of the Wilson Arms facility at 97 Leetes Island Rd., received unanimous approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for site plans at an existing building at 48 North Branford Rd. Vivero told the Eagle that he plans to purchase the property, renovate the building and move machinery from his plant in Bristol, Wisconsin.  He hopes the move will be complete by the end of January.

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Inland Wetlands Asks Tough Questions On Flooding, Failed Projects

by Diana Stricker | Aug 21, 2013 7:18 am

Diana Stricker Photo Members of Branford’s Inland Wetlands Commission are taking recent history into account as they deliberate a proposed housing project on Gould Lane.  They are asking the developer to consider the impact of super storms on drainage and flooding issues.

“We’re getting 50- and 100-year storms all the time,” said Commissioner Richard Orson. Current town standards require developers to design drainage structures to withstand 25-year storms; Orson said recent superstorms have resulted in widespread flooding in various sections of town. He said the frequency of storms in the past few years has caused the commission to become a “bit over-cautious.”

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30 New Upscale Homes For Gould Lane?

by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2013 9:14 am

With Permission Branford’s Inland Wetlands Commission will continue a public hearing Thursday, Aug. 8, for a proposal to build 30 upscale single-family homes on 25 acres of property at 47 Gould Lane.

The project would include 21 lots of single-family homes, and also a cluster of nine single-family homes that would be part of a condominium association. The developers are proposing an open space residential subdivision, and existing wetlands on the property would be preserved as open space.

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