Branford Hills Throws “A Party at the Park”

by marcia chambers | Oct 19, 2017 8:51 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Nestled in an area of dense condos and apartments, local neighborhood folks are throwing a party this Sunday in honor of their first park, a 13-acre area they fought hard to keep.

The site of what was once the Branford Hills Elementary School, at the intersection of Jefferson Road and Burban Drive, will serve residents with green space, a playground, a basketball court, and ball fields for kids of all ages. 

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Mollow Wants a Better Branford

by marcia chambers | Oct 17, 2017 7:41 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Lynda Mollow (pictured) wants to engage the public in town decisions before they are made, get more folks to move to Branford, make greater use of the Branford River as a town treasure, and work hard to keep our coastline resilient.

Mollow, 49, a nurse for 20 years, is seeking her first town-wide position on the Democratic ticket for the town’s top office. She is running with Jack Ahern, the current Third Selectman, who served as Branford’s fire chief for many years. Ahern, a popular town official, is seeking his third two-year-term. 

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Jamie Runs on His Record

by Diana Stricker | Oct 16, 2017 7:40 am

Diana Stricker Photo Editor’s Note: The Eagle recently interviewed the candidates for first selectman, Jamie Cosgrove, the current Republican first selectman, and Lynda Mollow, the Democratic nominee, for their views on a variety of subjects. We interviewed them separately and asked each the same set of questions. The Mollow interview will be published Tuesday. The election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 7.

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove hopes his four-year record will resonate with voters when they go to the polls.

Cosgrove, 44, a Republican, is seeking his third two-year term, running again with incumbent Selectman Joe Higgins Jr., a retired New York City fire official.

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All Creatures Great and Small Are Blessed

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Oct 4, 2017 7:12 am

Mary Johnson Photo The animals were aware indeed on Sunday at the Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day. The green was alive with critters of all kind – dogs and cats, of course, along with mini horses, goats, guinea pigs, and even turtles. Overall, the animals were quiet, standing in line, awaiting their turn.

Mary Johnson Photo The beautiful day drew hundreds, as the green was shared by the Friends of the Blackstone Library, which was holding its annual book sale, and the Trinity Church Fair.

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Standard & Poor’s Gives Branford Another Gold Star

by marcia chambers | Oct 3, 2017 8:36 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The Board of Finance (BOF) heaped praise on the town’s finance director at its meeting last month for helping Branford again achieve a coveted Triple A Rating, an honor that first began when Unk DaRos was first selectman in 2009.

The rating is the best a town can receive from Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the rating agency. At the time Branford was first awarded a Triple A rating, DaRos said, “We’ve been doing this a long time and the credit goes to Jim Finch, his department, and the Board of Finance.”

The current first selectman Jamie Cosgrove would agree. 

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Ground Breaking Soon For Community House Expansion

by Diana Stricker | Sep 26, 2017 7:02 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Board of Selectmen (BOS) awarded a $9.9 million construction contract for the Community House/Senior Center expansion to A. Secondino & Son of Branford, clearing the way for an October start date.

In a related matter, it was announced that there will be a public auction on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at noon at the Community House on Church Street for some leftover furniture and office equipment.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 22, 2017 8:00 am

Fall has officially arrived, but the warmth of summer is lingering. Tag sales, book sales, bike tourneys, and artwork for all tastes can all be found within the borders of our town. If the activist in you has been raised, check out Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible’s fall kick-off meeting with Rosa DeLauro (and be sure that you are registered to vote regardless of your political leanings). Looking ahead, round up your pups and kitties for Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals as its highlight. Need more ideas for activities? Read on!

Saturday, Sept. 23

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Angie Remembers

by marcia chambers | Sep 15, 2017 7:22 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Remember Sept. 11, 2001, after the planes crashed into the Twin Towers in Manhattan when you started calling to find out if family and friends were okay? 

Bill O'Brien Photo Angie Higgins (top photo), the wife of Joe E. Higgins, Jr., now the town’s second selectman, but then a special assistant to the New York City fire commissioner, remembers her every action that day. On this 9/11, she told a compelling story to a rapt audience at Branford’s 9/11 commemoration at Fire Headquarters. 

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Walsh School & Community House/Senior Center Updates

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 14, 2017 7:35 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Public Building Commission (pictured) heard a Walsh update and discussed a list of value engineering (cost cutting) items for the $12.1 million Community House/Senior Center project at its meeting Monday at Fire Headquarters.

Scott Pellman of Colliers International, owner’s representative, said they were working toward the abatement of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenals) at Walsh, which were found to be slightly elevated in the pool and gym areas and a possible hazard to children 12 and under. Langan Engineering is handling the abatement and retesting will be done afterwards, conforming to state and federal regulations. The cost is expected to be $18,300, which is already in the budget.

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Branford ECS Funding Climbs But Falls Short

by marcia chambers | Sep 13, 2017 8:38 am

The CT Mirror In his August state budget proposal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave Branford zero ECS funding for its public schools. This month the governor changed that, giving the town in his latest budget proposal $1.639 million. That’s up over zero but down by $572,506 or 25.9 percent over the 2017 distribution of $2.211.8 million to the town’s school system.

Still, other towns fared worse. Guilford and Madison were still getting zero ECS funding from the state in the governor’s September redo. Click here to read an interactive CT Mirror story on the impact of Malloy’s latest budget proposal on the state’s towns and cities.

 

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