Ben Callahan, 10, Lived a Strong, Engaged Life

by marcia chambers | Jul 9, 2017 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Ben Callahan, just 10 years old when he died, was an outstanding athlete, a kid who loved to play football, basketball, and lacrosse. His coaches said he “pushed himself to the max in each sport and would often wear his heart on his sleeve.”

They called him a talented player who played like “a true warrior.” And they were devastated this weekend to report to their community that Ben, their warrior, had died Friday afternoon in a tragic accident on the Branford River.

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Body of Missing Boy Found in Branford River

by Staff | Jul 8, 2017 7:59 am

Mary Johnson Photo Police Capt. Geoff Morgan and Fire Chief Tom Mahoney announced yesterday that the body of a 10-year-old boy, reported missing along the Branford River, has been found. The initial call was tweeted by the Branford Fire Department around 1 p.m.; the boy’s body was found about 50 yards away from shore by divers around 4 p.m.

Bill O'Brien Photo The boy, whose identity has not been disclosed, was playing along the Branford River along Tabor Drive/South Montowese Street with his two brothers and, according to officials, lost his footing and was “sucked into a culvert.” His brothers, one older, one younger, tried to help him. He was found by the Guilford dive team in the initial search area, although the search extended along the Branford River toward Indian Neck. 

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Rain Doesn’t Dampen 33rd Annual Festival

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 22, 2017 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Although the weather wasn’t perfect, thousands still flocked to the Town Green on Saturday and Sunday to be part of the 33rd Annual Branford Festival on the Town Green.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We were all disappointed that we had to cancel the entertainment on Friday,” said chairperson Camille Linke (pictured.) “Residents were looking forward to seeing the Bon Jovi Tribute band and enjoying the great variety of food being offered by our vendors along the food court.”

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Global Warming Produces High Asthma Rates

by Diana Stricker | Jun 8, 2017 8:26 am | Comments (2)

File Photo “Climate change is about all of us,” said Anthony Leiserowitz,  director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. “It’s about everybody…the voices are emerging from every part of society.”

Leiserowitz said he has heard doctors, nurses, members of the clergy and the business community speaking up about climate change in recent years. “They’re calling on our leaders to take action,” he said.

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Rain Relocates Memorial Day Ceremonies

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 1, 2017 9:57 am

Bill O'Brien Photo For the second consecutive year the Branford Memorial Day Parade was rained out. The Veterans Parade Committee waited to see the weather forecast the night before and when it was obvious that rain was imminent, the decision was made to cancel the parade and move the ceremonies to Branford High School gymnasium at 10 a.m. Bugler Steve Vacca played Taps at all seven cemeteries and at the high school service.

Bill O'Brien Photo All was in place for the outdoor ceremony. Then came the rain.

Bill O'Brien Photo So the ceremony was moved indoors. It began with Lia Whitten singing the National Anthem. State Reps. Sean Scanlon and Lonnie Reed, Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr., parade marshal Bill Brody, and emcee Vincent Giordano look on.

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State Roads Closed as Blizzard Barrels into Branford

by marcia chambers | Mar 14, 2017 8:00 pm

Mary Johnson Photo UPDATE—A blizzard barreled into Branford early Tuesday morning as a serious Nor’easter pounded the state with heavy snow and strong winds. The temperature got warmer as the day unfolded and the snow turned to sleet and rain. Temperatures were expected to plunge tonight, creating potential black ice problems for the morning. Plows were out clearing Branford’s roadways.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered a statewide travel ban, beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday. The ban included all state roads in Branford and surrounding communities. It remained in effect until 5 p.m. today.

At 5:30 p.m, at his final press conference for the day, the governor announced that state offices will be open for business tomorrow and told workers to come to work.

It’s not often that the state closes down its main roads, the governor said at a news conference in Hartford. “We don’t do this frequently. Because we don’t do it frequently people listen. This is New England. We have snow. I’m most appreciative that people listened.” Earlier in the day he urged residents to stay home. “Make brownies,” he said, or “read a book.” His wife took him up on it and a tray of brownies was later delivered and shared with the press corps covering the blizzard. 

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Winter Wakes Up

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 10, 2017 8:12 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien Photo After a relatively mild season that included temperatures in the 50s, winter woke up like a bear from hibernation.

A New England classic, Storm Niko dumped around a foot of blowing snow at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour during its height, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. yesterday. Unlike January’s storm, which had the courtesy to strike on a weekend, Niko made its appearance just in time for the work day.

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Shoring up Branford’s Coastal Neighborhoods

by Diana Stricker | May 9, 2016 7:10 am

File Photo Frequent flooding on Meadow Street and Hammer Field could be reduced by installing a flood gate and a pumping system. That’s one of numerous community-wide options discussed in Branford’s proposed Coastal Resilience Plan. The plan outlines changes in neighborhoods from Short Beach to Stony Creek and includes upgrades in drainage systems in specific areas. 

The draft of the comprehensive plan was presented at an informational meeting Tuesday by town engineer Janice Plaziak; and engineer David Murphy of Milone & MacBroom Inc. of Cheshire. The federally-funded plan has been in the works for several months, and previous public sessions were held in November and February.

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Short And Sweet Spring Snow

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Mar 21, 2016 12:01 pm | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo The adage says that March goes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb, but given this weird winter the opposite was true. Albeit the lion that departed this morning was more like a lamb. 

And no one is surprised.

Mary Johnson Photo In fact the weather pundits have been hyping the storm all week. Accumulations have ranged from 4 to 8 inches, 2 to 4 inches, before finally settling on 3 to 5 inches.

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Heavy Snow Today; Schools Closed

by Staff | Feb 8, 2016 12:46 pm

Mary Johnson Photo Here’s the thing about predictions. They are just that. Three to 6 inches of snow were predicted last night at 6 p.m. and now that’s risen to 5 to 9 inches. Heavy snow, which may rise to near-blizzard conditions, is expected to continue along shoreline throughout the afternoon. Tides are expected to be about 2-1/2 feet above normal (high tide was at 10:45 a.m.).

Mary Johnson Photo Thus far the snow is light and fluffy as opposed to the wet, heavy snow from last week. The town’s plow trucks are clearing the roads.

 

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