by Bill O'Brien | Jun 22, 2017 8:20 am
Although the weather wasn’t perfect, thousands still flocked to the Town Green on Saturday and Sunday to be part of the 33rd Annual Branford Festival on the Town Green.
“We were all disappointed that we had to cancel the entertainment on Friday,” said chairperson Camille Linke (pictured.) “Residents were looking forward to seeing the Bon Jovi Tribute band and enjoying the great variety of food being offered by our vendors along the food court.”
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by Diana Stricker | Jun 19, 2017 7:28 am
Two volunteers are being sought to fill vacancies on the 10-member Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC); and two current members have been re-appointed. The commission has been in flux in the past two years since six members, who wanted to continue serving, were replaced.
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) also made appointments to the Branford Housing Authority to replace people who resigned.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 15, 2017 9:05 am
We’re heading into the three biggest events of the summer – the Branford Festival, the annual fireworks display, and the beginning of the Jazz series on the Branford green. They all prove that you don’t have to roam far to have a great time.
Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18
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by Bill O'Brien | Jun 14, 2017 7:16 am
The decision to hold the high school graduation on the beautiful Branford Green last Friday was held off until late morning due to the threat of thunder showers. As luck would have it, the weather cooperated for the 250 graduates of Branford High School.
It turned out to be a perfect evening and a large crowd of families and friends filled the green to witness the event, the awarding of their diplomas to the class of 2017. Principal Lee Panagoulis (pictured) led the march in to the stage.
Continue reading ‘Graduation 2017: “Be the Pebble that Starts the Ripple of Change”’
by marcia chambers | Jun 13, 2017 5:30 pm
RTM member Lynda Mollow and Board of Selectmen member Jack Ahern (pictured) will seek the town’s top Democratic positons in the local Branford election this November.
Active and engaged in local education and economic issues, Mollow,49, said she grew concerned that residents did not have a voice in local issues shaping the town of Branford. She decided to run for a position on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in 2015 and won a seat representing the 7th District on the 30-member legislative board. All members of the RTM are up for re-election in November.
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by marcia chambers | Jun 12, 2017 8:02 am
Is it time for the towns in Connecticut to regionalize? To return to a system in which public services are shared? Is it time for towns to give up local control?
Dan Klau, a leading Connecticut First Amendment and open-government lawyer, says “the answer is yes.”
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 9, 2017 8:00 am
We’re heading into the three biggest events of the summer – the Branford Festival, the annual fireworks display, and the beginning of the Jazz series on the Branford green. They all prove that you don’t have to roam far to have a great time. In the meantime, take care of some housekeeping. We’re just going into hurricane season and so learn how to prepare. Update your pets’ vaccinations, and enroll the kids in summer camp. Don’t forget to head outdoors and help the Branford Land Trust celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Saturday, June 10
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by marcia chambers | Jun 7, 2017 10:42 am
Town Clerk Lisa Arpin has asked all dogs in Branford to remind their humans to make sure to renew their dogs’ licenses this month.
To do this, the human must go to the first floor Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall, 1019 Main St., on the Branford Green, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
The dog walker must also bring the dog’s current rabies vaccination certificate (from your veterinarian) and cash or a check to pay for your new license tag. On-time licensing ends on Friday, June 30. A $1 per month late fee begins to accrue on July 1.
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by marcia chambers | Jun 2, 2017 11:03 am
Faced with an as yet uncertain and unresolved state budget, Branford’s Board of Finance (BOF) this week agreed to take up to $6.4 million in funds from the town’s current $21 million undesignated fund balance in order to give the taxpayer a break.
In doing so the BOF set the mill rate at 28.47, up 1.06 mills over 27.41, which was last year’s mill rate. Taxes for homeowners will go up by 3.85 percent. The mill rate is the factor upon which property taxes are determined.
Continue reading ‘Town Leaders Cushion Taxpayer’s Bill’
by marcia chambers | May 30, 2017 11:00 am
First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, Finance Director Jim Finch and members of the Board of Finance (BOF) are working on ways to reduce a potentially stunning hike in the mill rate that could leave taxpayers in a financial pickle.
As the setting of the mill rate draws near (it takes places tonight at Fire Headquarters when the Board of Finance holds a special meeting at 7:30 p.m.), the town’s top officials have sought to find ways to help insulate the taxpayer from unexpected budget increases brought on by a huge state deficit. The town is required by town charter to set its mill rate by June 1.The first payment is due by July 1 and is considered delinquent after Aug 1.
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