by Bill O'Brien | Dec 12, 2017 7:59 am | Comments (3)
The end of an era was recognized recently with the unveiling of “Joe Tiskus Way,” a trail dedicated to a father and son who served almost half a century as park managers at Foote Park.
The late Wallace H. Foote established “The Foote Family Charitable Trust” in 1966 and instructed the trustees “to purchase real estate to be used for parks and recreation for the benefits only of the inhabitants of the Town of Branford and their guests.” The 44.6 acre site was acquired and the park was opened in 1970 with Joe Tiskus, Sr. hired as the first manager.
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by Bill O'Brien | Oct 31, 2017 6:17 am
There were a lot of smiling faces at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Community Center last Friday on the grounds of the recently closed Branford Community House. The work has already begun on the much anticipated shared community and senior center facility. Over 40 attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony.
“When this new building is finished it will be the hub of the community,” First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove (pictured) told a crowd of 40 people who attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony Friday morning.
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by Bill O'Brien | Oct 26, 2017 7:33 am
In 1955 the Branford Hills Elementary School on Jefferson Road opened and remained an active school until closing 29 years later, in 1991. The building was used for various activities, such as voting for District 4 and storage, but deteriorated over time.
In 2015, the town appropriated $560,000 for the building’s demolition, which took place in July 2016. An unsuccessful effort was made to develop the property when Republican RTM Majority Leader Ray Ingraham (R-5th) sought to use the Branford Hills school site for a renovated Parkside Village, an affordable housing project. Ingraham’s effort failed.
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