Kennedy, Wilson Differ On Tolls, Undecided On Right-To-Die

by marcia chambers | Oct 23, 2016 10:02 am | Comments (2)

Robert Rattner Photo Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Republican businessman Bruce Wilson, Jr. engaged in a brisk and lively debate last week, agreeing with each other that the state’s education financing structure is broken and disagreeing on the use of tolls at the state’s borders. Each candidate agreed that any proposed right to-die legislation needs to be examined carefully.

A number of the questions raised dealt with seniors in part because their first debate was sponsored by the AARP and the League of Women Voters. (LWV).

About 200 people came out to hear the debate between the two candidates, who were back on stage for the first time since they debated in 2014 when they first ran against one another for what was then an open State Senate seat.  The debate was televised by BCTV.

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Walsh Plans Headed to State for Grant Approval

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 18, 2016 7:59 am

Sally E. Bahner The Branford Board of Education has approved a third revision of education specifications for the $88.2 million Walsh Intermediate School renovation, which included a net reduction of 6,000 square feet. Now the latest revisions head to Hartford.

The reduction in square footage will bring the design closer to the 150,000 square feet mandated by the state for its 35 percent reimbursement, but the town will still be in need of a space waiver. That reimbursement is based on the highest projected enrollment of 944 students, officials told the BOE at a meeting at the Walsh school Thursday.

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Wilson Makes Second Try for Kennedy Senate Seat

by Emily Patton | Oct 14, 2016 6:59 am

Emily Patton Photo Lured out of retirement by a mixture of boredom and curiosity, Bruce R. Wilson, Jr. arrived at New Haven’s H. Krevit and Co. in June 2015 on a rescue mission: the local manufacturing company was floundering in debt, and Wilson was tasked with keeping it afloat.

Having succeeded at the latter assignment—the company resurfaced from bankruptcy in the course of four months, adding 30 employees to its original roster of 40—Wilson set his sights on another project: the Connecticut State Senate.

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Parkside Village Application Abruptly Withdrawn

by Diana Stricker | Oct 10, 2016 7:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo Doug Denes, chairman of Branford’s Housing Authority, said he was “absolutely dumbfounded that we are not receiving accolades” for a project to replace the dilapidated Parkside Village low-income housing.

Then, in an unexpected move, Denes withdrew the application at Thursday’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) hearing just as the developers from Beacon Communities LLC were ready to present revised plans. The original plans met with questions from neighbors and town staff last month. The developers were hoping for approval of both a Planned Development District (PDD) and site plans by early November to meet an annual deadline for federal funding applications.

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Blackstone and Guilford Libraries Receive High Speed Internet Grants

by Staff | Oct 9, 2016 7:31 am

The State Library Board has approved grants to bring high-speed fiber Internet to the James Blackstone Memorial Library (pictured) in Branford and the Guilford Free Library in Guilford. They are among 90 libraries around the state that will receive these grants, which are the product of state legislation passed in 2015.

Blackstone Library will receive $28,700; the funds will be used to install high-speed fiber connections to the Connecticut Education Network. Guilford’s share is $17,440.

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Soft Opening Today for Two-Way Branford Train Station

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 30, 2016 8:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Dare we say it’s happening?

After delays due to site problems, winter weather, elevator parts, and, most recently, the Train Approach Messaging System (TAMS), the actual train moment arrives today. 

As of 6 a.m. today the orange cones and caution tape at the head of the Kiss & Go drive on Kirkham Street were removed and passengers will have access to the north side of the Branford Train Station.

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Second Time Around, Kennedy Campaigns on Record

by Emily Patton | Sep 28, 2016 8:05 am | Comments (1)

Emily Patton Photo In the 2014 election, which marked state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr.’s first run for elected office, Kennedy’s campaign focused on introducing him to voters and familiarizing them with his ideas.  Now, he says, “It’s not just talk; it’s actually what I’ve done.”

As the November election draws near, Kennedy, who represents the 12th senate district, which includes Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford, says he is running on his record. He is also running on bi-partisanship, he says, specifically his commitment to working with Republicans across the aisle to get bills passed into law.

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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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