Countdown to Election Day

by Sally Bahner | Oct 31, 2018 5:47 pm

Branford residents are taking seriously the message to Get Out and Vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. At least that’s evident in the traffic at the Registrar of Voters office.

Deputy Registrar of Voters Nora Vetrano reports that as of Oct. 2, there were 20,161 registered voters in Branford. She said she’s definitely seen an uptick in the number of registrations. “It’s really been busier than during the presidential elections.” She added that a lot of young people have been registering.

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Murphy Drops in to Support Comey, Cohen

by Sally Bahner | Oct 31, 2018 9:47 am

Photos by Sally BahnerU.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Tuesday joined Christine Cohen, State Senate candidate for the 12th District, and Robin Comey, State Representative candidate for the 102nd District, for a well-attended roundtable discussion at Democratic Headquarters.

Murphy was the second Connecticut senator to visit Democratic Headquarters. Richard Blumenthal met with the group two weeks ago.

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Parkside Misses Funding Deadline But Will Persist

by Diana Stricker | Oct 29, 2018 8:07 pm | Comments (1)

Photo by Diana StrickerAlthough a judge has ruled in favor of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project, it’s too late for the Branford Housing Authority to apply for federal funding this year.

However, the developer is still optimistic about the project, which would replace dilapidated public housing that does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Sports Hall of Fame to Honor 11

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 28, 2018 10:06 pm

The 31st Annual Branford Sports Hall of Fame dinner will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at Woodwinds Restaurant, 29 Schoolground Road. Eleven outstanding individuals will be honored for bringing honor and distinction to Branford. Tickets are $55 and are available at the Branford Parks and Recreation Department at 203-315-2355.

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Oct 25, 2018 7:58 pm

Photo by Diana StrickerHalloween is in the air and there are a lot of activities for those who love this spooky time of year. Lay in the Snickers and Reese’s! Enjoy the abundant local talent, as well. Musicians and artists have so much to offer in the upcoming weeks, especially the annual Shoreline Arts Trail. Most of all, be sure to vote on Nov. 6. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

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Judge: Protest Petitions Don’t Apply to Affordable Housing Projects

by Diana Stricker | Oct 25, 2018 6:49 am | Comments (6)

File photoA state Superior Court judge has ruled that neighborhood protest petitions requiring a “supermajority” vote by Branford’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission are not relevant to affordable housing projects like Parkside Village.

During the P&Z public hearings last year, neighbors who opposed the project signed protest petitions that supposedly triggered a state law requiring a zoning change be approved by a two-thirds supermajority vote.

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Building Commissioners Critical of Community Center Delays

by Sally Bahner | Oct 23, 2018 7:59 pm | Comments (1)

Photos by Sally BahnerOnce again, Quisenberry Arcari Architects, the architect for the Community House/Senior Center, came under fire by the Public Building Commission for delays in the project.

Commissioners grilled Project Manager Brian Park at last week’s meeting held at Fire Headquarters. Leonard Tamsin, Jr. said that the project is “lagging on critical paths.” He expressed concern that the building would not be fully enclosed, with roof and exterior walls, before winter.

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McGuirk Named to National Hall of Fame

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 22, 2018 7:44 pm

All photos by Bill O'BrienCongratulations to Branford’s own Cathy McGuirk for being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She will be inducted on Jan. 17, 2019, at the NFHCA annual dinner in Lake Mary, Florida.

“I’m thrilled to receive this high honor,” said McGuirk. “In my wildest dreams I never thought about being chosen for the National Field Hockey Hall of Fame, It’s overwhelming.”

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Blumenthal Meets With Local Democratic Women

by Sally Bahner | Oct 21, 2018 6:49 pm

Photos courtesy of Chris SimpsonU.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal dropped by Democratic headquarters Saturday morning and discussed questions and concerns with local women… and a few men.

12-year-old Evelyn Mollow, daughter of Democratic Town Committee chair Lynda Mollow, asked Blumenthal what boys and girls can do to prevent sexual harassment; she noted that her 14-year-old brother was one of the good guys.

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