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Town Gets $500,000 State Grant for New Indian Neck Firehouse

by Staff | Sep 27, 2016 7:03 am

The 90-year-old Indian Neck Fire Station, housing volunteer Company 9, will be replaced with the help of a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant. Branford’s legislative delegation announced the $500,000 grant yesterday.

Located at 6-10 Linden Ave., the new structure will be compliant with federal standards for storm resiliency. Company 9, which operates out of the Indian Neck Fire House, serves a large portion of Branford that includes some critical operations, such as the town’s water treatment plant on Block Island Road and the Eversource substation on Meadow Street.

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Timeline, Funding, Outlined for Walsh School

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 20, 2016 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The timeline and funding for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation was front and center at the Public Building Commission and Representative Town Meetings (RTM) meetings last week, as questions were raised about state funding for an $88 million renovation. 

Charles Warrington Jr. of Colllier’s International, the owner’s rep for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation, updated the Public Building Commission last week with an anticipated timeline for the project.

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September Train Station Opening? Briefing Wednesday

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 30, 2016 11:00 am | Comments (2)

File Photo Two days before a briefing by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) on the much-delayed Branford Train Station project, the Eagle has learned that the opening is now planned for the end of September. Fingers crossed.

The briefing, open to the public, will take place at the Branford Fire Headquarters on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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Republican Chris Kelly Runs for State Rep

by Diana Stricker | Aug 19, 2016 6:59 am

Chris Kelly, the manager of a bagel shop, plans to challenge incumbent State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) in the November state legislative election. Kelly will hit the campaign trail running, especially since he started late in the race.

Kelly, who is also a realtor, was unanimously endorsed by the Republican Town Committee (RTC) to replace candidate Ray Ingraham, the chair of the RTC, who withdrew from the state race late last month after announcing he falsely signed donor forms when applying for state public campaign financing. 

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SEEC Sends Ingraham Election Case to Enforcement Unit; Denies Grant

by marcia chambers | Aug 4, 2016 8:18 am | Comments (2)

File Photo The State Election Enforcement Commission’s (SEEC) will conduct an inquiry into Ray Ingraham’s public financing campaign application in connection with his race for state representative on the Republican ticket. The SEEC also voted yesterday to deny Ingraham’s grant application for state public campaign funding based on the application itself.

Ingraham, the chair of Branford’s Republican Town Committee and the majority leader of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), announced he was quitting the state rep race a week ago. The   SEEC had been questioning the authenticity of his campaign application, delaying his funding under the Citizens Election Program (CEP).  He also cited personal reasons for his withdrawal from the race. 

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Latest Train Station Delay Dubbed ‘Embarrassing’

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 18, 2016 10:07 am | Comments (5)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The delay in completion of a two-way Branford Train Station, now five years or two years beyond deadline depending on how you count, continues. And Department of Transportation Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton is not happy.

Fullerton learned last week of the latest delay in the two-way project, which was first announced in August 2008, with an expected June 2011 completion at that time.  Then came years of delay before shovels hit the ground. 

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RTM Moves Walsh School Renovation Forward

by Emily Patton | Jun 13, 2016 7:59 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The Representative Town Meeting (RTM), in a unanimous bi-partisan vote, gave final town approval for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation and expansion project last week, enabling the Board of Education (BOE) to apply for a state grant for what is the largest building project in the town’s history.

The final approval came at the monthly RTM meeting held at Fire Headquarters. During an hour-long meeting, the RTM approved a series of resolutions, the last required step before the BOE sends its grant application to the State Bonding Committee by June 30.

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Malloy Signs Opioid Abuse Bill into Law

by Sally E. Bahner | May 28, 2016 12:04 pm

With Permission It wasn’t unexpected, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill increasing access to opioid-reversal drugs on Friday. The bill includes several other measures to combat the epidemic of opioid use in Connecticut, including prohibiting a prescription for opioid use for more than seven days and prohibiting pre-approval from health care providers for the use of naloxone (Narcan), a life-saving medication to treat overdoses; it also requires first responders to be trained in the administration of Narcan.

In Branford, first responders already have administered Narcan on various calls.

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State Rep. Lonnie Reed Kicks Off Campaign

by marcia chambers | May 24, 2016 6:59 am | Comments (2)

State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) kicked off her 2016 election campaign last week, saying it was time to “re-imagine Connecticut,” to bring back the economy, and to build on the town’s bio-tech, medical and manufacturing sectors to help lead the way. 

She described the difficult last days of the legislative session and the serious cuts to the state budget “because the money is just not coming in. ...It is never going to rain money the way it was when we were living in the bubble like everybody else.”

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