Should Branford Create a Coastal Commission?

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2018 7:31 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 9:27 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 8:29 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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Branford Prepares for Next Natural Disasters

by Diana Stricker | Dec 9, 2017 9:24 am

Diana Stricker PhotoIt’s time to update the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan that has already succeeded in bringing federal dollars to Branford projects, particularly Linden Avenue.

Town Engineer Janice Plaziak discussed the process with the Board of Selectmen (BOS) at their meeting Wednesday evening. One of the first steps to update the plan is for Branford residents to complete an online survey that’s on the town’s web site.

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Plan of Conservation and Development Public Workshop Wednesday

by Staff | Nov 28, 2017 8:00 am

File PhotoWhat will Branford look like in 10 years?

Remember: The only public workshop to make suggestions for Branford’s 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) will be this Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Walsh Intermediate School cafeteria, 185 Damascus Road. The state requires municipalities to update the POCD every 10 years. There will also be discussions and surveys with boards and commissions and a phone survey of residents. The POCD committee meetings are open to the public, and comments can be sent to Town planner Harry Smith at

In the spring, there will be a public meeting to discuss the proposed draft, and there will be a public hearing in the fall to discuss the proposed plan. Click here to read more about the POCD. 


What Will Branford Look Like in 10 Years?

by Diana Stricker | Nov 13, 2017 7:50 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoWhat would you like to change in Branford? Do you have suggestions or questions? Now’s the time to speak up.

A public workshop for updating the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walsh Intermediate School, 185 Damascus Road. The POCD is “a tool for guiding the future of Branford. It is intended to be both visionary and action-oriented,” the POCD said in introducing its 2008 report. The POCD is updated every 10 years, and this one is due for completion in November 2018.

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Train Station Area Development Examined

by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2017 7:19 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionA study of the half-mile radius around Branford’s train station shows areas that may be prime for development in the next decade— including Meadow Street, the electric substation site, Branford Landing, and the Anchor Reef complex.

“All of these things, in one way or another, may be in play in the next 10 years. We’re looking at those different development possibilities,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford. 

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Storm Prep: Just in Case

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 18, 2017 7:34 am

Sally E. Bahner photoAhead of Hurricane Harvey, and subsequently Hurricane Irma, (and now there’s Jose and maybe Maria), I mentally checked off what I needed to do to evacuate with my two cats. Much of their stuff is in the family room, so that’s where I started.

Two large carriers with comfy blankets at the ready. Check.

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A Stony Creek Trolley Ride at Low Tide

by marcia chambers | Aug 24, 2017 7:00 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien PhotoAn exhibit “End of the Line: Stony Creek Trolleys,” featuring a hand-carved diorama sculptured by former First Selectman Unk DaRos, has been drawing folks from far and wide to this coastline community, a place unique in history and continuity.

DaRos, a Stony Creek mason who served a total of 12 years as the town’s first selectman, was asked to undertake the diorama, in which he put together a scene of a trolley ride in 1927, a scene with three-dimensional figures. He wove the scene together in a miniature replica so that folks could follow the trolley ride.

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Thimbles Lady Looks To Dump 8 Islands

by marcia chambers | Aug 8, 2017 8:54 am | Comments (1)

Christine Svenningsen and her husband Edmund H. Stoecklein, whom she married in 2015, are seeking to sell an extraordinary collection of Thimble Islands, eight in all, plus a Victorian mansion on Prospect Hill road with a private dock providing easy access to the islands. The islands are part of an archipelago in Long Island Sound, located not far from the Stony Creek harbor.

The eight islands are now priced at $50 million, $28 million less than when they first went on the market a year ago. The islands may also be purchased separately, their realtor says, an indication the Island Lady is serious about selling.

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