RTM Approves New Indian Neck Firehouse

by marcia chambers | Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am | Comments (3)

With PermissionIn a unanimous bi-partisan vote the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has approved construction of a new $1.5 million firehouse in Indian Neck to replace the old Company 9 firehouse, now 92 years old and in need of expansion.

With PermissionThe current two-story firehouse, which is about 2,000 square feet, will be demolished soon. Construction is expected to begin in mid-June and be completed by year’s end.

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Fallen Tree Engulfs Van; Driver Escapes Unharmed

by marcia chambers | Mar 5, 2018 9:30 am

Patti Piscitelli PhotoStacey Rose, a concert pianist, was driving down Highland Avenue during Friday’s Nor’easter with her dog Louie, never expecting that her van would be engulfed in a huge falling tree.

“All I remember is hearing and feeling a tremendous crash on my car. I screamed. Louie bolted to the back seat,” she told the Eagle Saturday morning. “The tree fell on my hood and my front windshield smashed. My immediate instinct was to cover my head.” She said the huge tree was on property at the corner of Highland and Clark Avenues. The tree fell from the driver’s side.

It was about 2:35 p.m. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 9, 2018 9:30 am

A potpourri of things to do. Eagle watches continue along the Connecticut River and the Branford Land Trust is planning animal tracking classes. Music lovers have plenty to choose from – folk, jazz, love songs. Tickets are now on sale for Branford High’s presentation of “Shrek, the Musical.” Our local libraries – the Blackstone and Willoughby Wallace – are great places to hole up on a winter’s day. We’ve included a few of their activities, but be sure to check their websites for more. And, yes, there’s yet another opportunity for Johnnie-come-latelys to get their flu shots. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Feb. 10

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Kennedy: “The Lock Box has Never Been Locked”

by marcia chambers | Feb 5, 2018 9:15 am | Comments (2)

Harry Droz PhotoWednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session and, State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. has ready a set of environmental and health bills he says are essential to preserving Connecticut in the age of Trump.

Kennedy, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, gave the broad outlines of his environmental and health priorities in a 50-minute radio interview on WNHH FM’s “Legal Eagle” program.

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Legislators to DOT: Revoke Shoreline Weekend RR Cuts

by marcia chambers | Jan 31, 2018 3:52 pm | Comments (5)

A group of 18 shoreline state legislators and top town officials, determined to preserve weekend and off-peak Shore line East commuter rail service, gathered as one this morning to condemn the cuts and to declare they would fight to restore them.

State Rep. Sean Scanlon (pictured above), (D-Guilford and Branford) organized the group and the press conference at the Guilford Railroad station. In the frigid cold the shoreline’s elected officials decried proposed cuts that as of July 1 would leave the shoreline without train service on weekends and off-peak hours.

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Shuttle, Sidewalks & Sewers Raised at POCD Meeting

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2018 8:10 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionBranford needs to promote business and increase tourism, according to discussions about the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). However, one of the main necessities is a transit shuttle to link popular venues and neighborhoods.

Wednesday’s meeting of the POCD Steering Committee centered around economic development strategies related to business and the economy.  About 25 people attended the session, which was held at 4:30 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center. The next meeting will be at the same time and location on Feb. 7 when infrastructure will be discussed.  In addition, the Steering Committee is asking residents to participate in the Online POCD Survey, which can be found on the town’s website.

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Should Branford Create a Coastal Commission?

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2018 8:31 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoOne suggestion for updating Branford’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) includes forming a permanent town board or commission to deal with coastal issues and climate change.

The possibility was mentioned at a meeting of the POCD Steering Committee Wednesday, and it’s included in Booklet 4C, which is part of the POCD materials available on the town’s website.

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Branford Braces for Dangerous, Frigid Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jan 5, 2018 10:27 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoFirst Selectman Jamie Cosgrove says the town’s main roads remain open and in relatively good shape despite stiff blowing wind and a fast rate of snowfall that quickly descended upon the town and left one foot of snow yesterday.

Snow and wild wind enveloped the town for more than 12 hours yesterday as the state’s first nor’easter bashed the state.  Schools were closed and will be closed again today. All school-related evening classes and events are also cancelled this evening.

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Boutique Hotel and Town Boardwalk Make Debut at P&Z

by marcia chambers | Dec 26, 2017 9:29 am

The Branford River took stage center at a P&Z Commission meeting last week as a boutique hotel named the Tidal Lodge was approved in spirit, and the town’s first boardwalk made its debut.

Marcia Chambers PhotoAfter listening to a presentation about the hotel, the P&Z voted unanimously to ask Town Planner Harry Smith to prepare a resolution to approve the hotel project. 

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