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BOE: Minimal State Budget Impact or Not?

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 22, 2017 9:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Back to school preparations, the state budget, technology costs, and the renaming of school facilities were on the docket for the Board of Education (pictured) last Wednesday.

Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez reported that Aug. 23 is the first school day for teachers, while students will return on Monday, Aug. 28, the second year that students are starting school on a Monday.  “It’s good to have a full week without interruption,” he said.

Hernandez said that bus routes are in place and drivers are doing dry runs. Bus routes and schedules can be accessed here.

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Walsh Project Faces Possible State Bonding Cut

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 2, 2017 7:54 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The specter of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis in relation to the Walsh Intermediate School project was finally raised at a special meeting of the Public Building Commission Monday night.

Charles Warrington, Jr., senior project manager for Colliers International, owner’s representative, reported that the cap of the bonding used for school projects statewide through the Office of School Construction Grants and Review (OSCGR) may be halved, from $700 million-$800 million to $400 million.

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General Assembly Overrides Malloy’s Affordable Housing Veto

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2017 7:44 am | Comments (2)

Rep. Larry Butler, chair of the Housing Committee. UPDATE—Without a vote to spare, the state legislature voted in special session Monday to override the governor’s veto of a bill to upgrade the state’s Affordable Housing statute. The House of Representatives needed 101 votes — and that’s what they got yesterday afternoon. The Senate needed 24 votes, and that was the outcome last night.

Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford),  has worked for many years to upgrade the state’s Affordable Housing statute 8-30g. She was one of the co-sponsors of the bill that will now become law.

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A Roundabout Emerges Near Blackstone Library

by Diana Stricker | Jul 19, 2017 9:03 am

With Permission Residents attending an information session about a proposed roundabout for Main Street seemed intrigued by the idea. The new configuration on the western side of the Town Center would eliminate confusing intersections at Main, South Main, Eades and Laurel streets and would also address traffic issues on Cedar Street near the Blackstone Library.

Diana Stricker Photo Several of the 40 people attending the meeting Thursday night at the firehouse community room asked questions or voiced support for the plans, while a few opposed the idea.

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Legislators Plan Override of Malloy’s Veto of Affordable Housing Revisions

by Diana Stricker | Jul 11, 2017 7:47 am

The CT. Mirror State legislators who overwhelmingly voted to update the state’s Affordable Housing Statute are hoping to override the recent veto by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The bill, which would have prevented exploitation of the statute, received bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives, which voted 116 - 33 in late May; and the Senate, which voted 30-6 in early June.

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Walsh Interior Plans Revealed

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 26, 2017 8:05 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo A color palette and textures inspired by walks along the Stony Creek Trails and the Stony Creek Quarry along with views of Thimble Islands will serve as the inspiration for the interior of the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School.

Sally E. Bahner Photo The interior design team from Antinozzi Associates presented a set of plans showing the new design to the Public Building Commission recently. The commission met again last week to review the school’s design development budget and authorized Antinozzi Associates to move on to the construction document phase of the project.

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Wins, Losses and Bills Left for OT at the General Assembly

by CT Mirror Staff | Jun 8, 2017 11:17 am

CT. Mirror Photo The 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly ended at midnight Wednesday, leaving the usual list of wins, losses and unfinished business.

The biggest item left on the to-do list, of course, is the matter of a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the bills that made it to the desk of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, are on hold until the budget is resolved or got sidetracked in the session that opened on Jan. 4 with a membership nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

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Senate Unanimously Adopts Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic

by Staff | Jun 7, 2017 12:05 pm

File Photo State Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr., (D-Branford), last night led a unanimous bi-partisan state senate to adopt a series of major policy changes in how the state fights an ongoing opioid crisis. Kennedy, a health care attorney, said the bill will transform the way Connecticut fights the opioid epidemic on a variety of fronts. 

The new bill law establishes a “standing order” model, which will make it easier for friends and family members of opioid addicts to obtain Narcan, the life-saving opioid overdose reversal medication. It also requires doctors to reduce the maximum opioid prescription for minors from seven days to five unless the doctor can document the need for an extended prescription. 

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Girls’ Lacrosse Heads to Semi-Finals in State Tournament

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 5, 2017 8:33 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls’ lacrosse team emerged victorious in the first two games in the Class M State Tournament last week, defeating the Foran Lions 15-3 last Tuesday and the Farmington team in a home game on Thursday. Next is the semi-finals against top rated East Lyme on Wednesday, June 7 at Guilford High School at 7 p.m. Here Morgan Gillman has an intense look getting in position to score.

Bill O'Brien Photo Before the lacrosse team, coached by Jackie Ceccolini entered the state tournament, they were up against a series of strong teams, including Lauralton Hall, Cheshire, and Daniel Hand. These are the teams that made up the SCC final four and they played last week. Based on team records for the season Branford was the no. 4 ranked team and drew Cheshire, which was ranked no. 1.  Here Sophie Spencer celebrates after getting a big goal.

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