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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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Audience Enjoys Shawnn Monteiro’s Mellow Sounds

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 1, 2017 8:15 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Those jazz fans who ventured to the Branford Green on Thursday, even with a slight threat of rain, were treated to a relaxing night of captivating sound with vocal artist Shawnn Monteiro and her trio including the legendary 88-year-old Jimmy Cobb on drums, saxophonist Javon Jackson, rising newcomer Matt De Champagne on keys, and veteran Dave Zinno on bass.

Bill O'Brien Photo You didn’t have to come from that golden era of music in the ‘40s and early ‘50s with vocalists like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald to remember some of the hits back then with songs like, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and “Somewhere There’s Music.” So when Shawnn performed them on Thursday it brought back fond memories of that bygone era. Here she sings “I Didn’t Know What time It Was.”

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Former Costco Site Gets Controversial Time Extension

by Diana Stricker | Jul 31, 2017 7:29 am

Diana Stricker Photo The developers of the 44-acre Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan at Exit 56, where Costco once planned to build a warehouse, have one more year to submit site plans — maybe.

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) voted 3-2 to grant a one-year extension, but Town Attorney Bill Aniskovich warned that the decision could be appealed.  Zoning regulations say a site plan must be submitted within 24 months of Master Plan approval, or the plans are null and void. However, the regulations do not address the possibility of extensions. The deadline was July 30.

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Jazz Concert Reaches Beyond Branford

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 26, 2017 7:15 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The sky began to change near the start of the Oli Silk and JJ Sansaverino jazz concert on the Branford Green last Thursday night. One look at the Weather Channel website on your cell phone indicated thunderstorms might well play a role in the fourth scheduled concert of the Branford Jazz Series.

Bill O'Brien Photo Turned out there was no rain or thunder, but Oli and JJ made sure there was plenty of lightning with their dynamic music. A large crowd filled the town green from Branford and beyond. 

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Mollow & Ahern Seek Town’s Top Elected Posts

by marcia chambers | Jul 22, 2017 7:45 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Saying it was time for “new leadership” for Branford, Lynda Mollow, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), accepted the Democratic nomination for first selectwoman Thursday night. Incumbent selectman Jack Ahern was at her side as they both pledged to work for change in Branford.

“I believe it is time for new leadership in our town,” she told the caucus of about 125 people who gathered at the Canoe Brook Senior Center Thursday night. “In addition to new leadership we need someone at the helm with a new vision,” she said. Mollow, 49 and a nurse, has served on the RTM for the past two years.

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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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Rowe and Harris Light Up The Green

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 17, 2017 8:27 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Green became electric on a recent Thursday night when Jay Rowe of Milford, well-known and popular keys player, teamed up with the exciting and passionate saxophonist Jeanette Harris of Fresno, California, in a sort of an “East meets West” hot jazz performance.

Bill O'Brien Photo Rowe {pictured) is somewhat of a regular at the Branford Jazz Series, performing with his own group or as part of other guest artists groups. In either case, he’s well received every time he’s in town and has a group of followers that are always here when he performs.

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RTM Committee Approves Town Energy Conservation Project

by marcia chambers | Jul 8, 2017 9:04 am

Marcia Chambers Photo If the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) agrees, about 20 town buildings, including the high school, the elementary schools, Town Hall, the police building, the transfer station, and the water pollution facility, will receive an energy makeover. The makeover is designed to reduce energy costs and consumption and to save the town money by devising a new energy budget.

Marcia Chambers Photo The largest price tag will be the schools because they have the greatest square footage, Aldo Mazzaferro, director of project development for the ECG Group, told the Eagle in an interview. Mazzaferro serves as the Owner’s Representative for all members of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities. The CCM has endorsed this program for cities and towns throughout the state. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 7, 2017 8:14 am

If you’re skipping the road trip or airport hassle and opting for a staycation this summer, you won’t feel deprived. Cool events abound, whether you’re into arts and crafts, autos, authors, or animals. Or just relax on a town beach and enjoy summer weather that couldn’t be more perfect. Email your cool events to sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Sunday, July 9

 

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