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Yale Pulls Yacht Club Expansion Plan

by Emma Zehner & Marcia Chambers | Jul 15, 2014 12:47 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 9:09 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 8:21 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 12:30 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 6:18 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 8:14 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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As Seas Rise, So Do Homes

by Diana Stricker | Apr 18, 2013 7:36 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Things are looking up—literally—for the DeRosa family, whose waterfront home in Short Beach was damaged by both Tropical Storm Irene and Super Storm Sandy.

The 100-year-old home at 294 Shore Dr. has been elevated above flood levels, and work on the new foundation is nearing completion.

“Now it’s the best thing we ever did,” said Mary Ellen DeRosa. “We left the dishes in the cupboards, and nothing broke. That’s how perfect it was raised,” she said. “It was the easiest thing, once we made the decision.”

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Blizzard Condo Evacuees Still Waiting For Repairs

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 11, 2013 7:18 am | Comments (2)

Mary Johnson Photo If Krista Hanniford had curtains in her bedroom she might not have noticed the cracks above her windows and down the walls of her home at the Branford Hills condominiums.

Then a couple of other people in adjoining units noticed cracks in their walls.

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Second Upscale Condo Construction Starts Soon

by Diana Stricker | Dec 10, 2012 8:07 am

Diana Stricker Photo Construction is expected to begin by spring on a second upscale condo building along the Branford River at the Anchor Reef complex across from the train station.

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously approved revisions to the original master plans Thursday night. The commission also held a public hearing on a proposal to build a bank and a fast food restaurant in the Stop & Shop parking lot, but no decision was made.

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“It Took Mother Nature Millions Of Years To Create Our Beach”

by Diana Stricker | Nov 21, 2012 11:00 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo Neighbors fear a proposal to build a new house and renovate a seawall (pictured) will adversely affect an adjacent portion of Sunset Beach, which is jointly owned by an association of 38 families in the Pawson Park area of Branford.

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held a two-hour public hearing last Thursday, during which time experts for both sides presented testimony.

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