Court Asked to Reverse P&Z Denial of Parkside Redevelopment

by marcia chambers | Jun 11, 2018 7:28 am

File PhotoThe town’s Housing Authority and a developer hired to redevelop Parkside Village have asked a Superior Court judge to reverse a Planning & Zoning denial of the project, declaring a protest petition by neighbors does not apply to the Affordable Housing Act. And, they added, the town’s attorneys knew that or should have known that when they advocated on their behalf.

In January, the Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project was defeated at a special Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting when one aspect of the proposal failed to gain a “super majority” vote. Although the P&Z voted 3-2 in favor of the Parkside project, one of the three applications — a zoning map change —did not get a super majority vote of 4-1. They said that meant the entire project failed.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here &  Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 8, 2018 2:02 pm

Some fun events leading up to the 34th annual Branford Festival. If you haven’t checked out either of the town’s breweries – Thimble Island and Stony Creek –now’s a good time. There are always some fun events held in conjunction with some great brews to sample. Farmers’ markets are reving up for the season and the Dudley Farm in Guilford has locally made goodies along with fun activities – check it out. And don’t forget the Strawberry Festival in Stony Creek! Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, June, 9

Strawberry Festival

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The Fields Are All Right

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 7, 2018 8:31 am

File PhotoMaintaining sports schedules and school and town athletic fields in light of two major construction projects – renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School and the Community Center – is a big juggling act.

Recreation director Alex Palluzzi, Jr., a self-described “field guy,” takes pride in his hands-on approach toward the fields; it’s a cooperative effort between the schools, the Recreation Department, and the Public Works Department.

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Primaries on Tap for State Rep and State Senate Races

by Diana Stricker | Jun 6, 2018 10:00 am

Candidates are knocking on doors as the election season heats up — with potential primaries in both the race for Branford’s State Rep and the 12th District State Senate.  Democrats and Republicans have endorsed their candidates, but challengers are hoping to get their names on primary ballots by collecting enough petition signatures before June 12.

Democrats are expected to face a primary Aug.14 for the State Rep seat in the 102nd District, and also for the 12th District Senatorial seat.  However, no primary challengers have stepped up to challenge the endorsed Republican candidates in either race.

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Boys’ Golf Wins Match Against Foran, East Haven

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018 9:25 am

The Branford boys’ golf team won two matches last Monday at their home course, the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club. With a score of 162 they defeated Foran, whose score was 177 and East Haven with 204. The two wins brought the Hornets record to a 9-9 at the time.

The 162 was the lowest score recorded for the year for Branford whose previous low was 170 in their last match against Fairfield Prep.

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New Effort Underway to Complete I-95’s Exit 53

by Diana Stricker | Jun 5, 2018 8:17 am

Branford is looking at a new study with three alternate proposals to fix the incomplete interchange of I-95 at Exit 53.  Efforts have been ongoing since at least 1992 to address safety concerns and spur development.

The South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) and engineers from BL Companies in Meriden presented information at a public session last week. About 17 people attended the meeting at the community room of Branford’s Fire Headquarters.

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Boys’ Tennis: Getting Stronger Every Year

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018 9:15 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford boys’ tennis team has been on a steady climb over the past four years: from eight wins in 2015, to 10 in 2016 , and 11 last year. This year the Hornets, under coach Matt Fraenza have won 12 matches including six of the last seven.

Bill O'Brien Photo“It’s nice seeing our program get better each year,” Fraenza said. “The boys are committed to playing hard, and it’s been showing more and more in the results. We have been playing pretty well this year.”

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Walsh Athletic Fields Removed for Renovation

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 4, 2018 8:30 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe dual renovation projects – at the Walsh Intermediate School and the Community Center – are resulting in the need to juggle sports schedules. Now it turns out that virtually all the fields at Walsh have been removed and at this juncture there are no funds to revive them.

This latest turn of events came to light at a recent Public Building Commission (PBC) meeting as PBC members, wading through the details of both projects, learned about the overall condition of both the Walsh and the town’s fields.  The PBC has discussed sports schedules over the past year.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 1, 2018 8:48 am | Comments (1)

Is it summer yet? We had a taste last weekend. Summer activities are lining up, so all we need is the accompanying weather. In the lineup, however, are trifecta of town favorites… the Branford Festival, Fireworks, and Branford Jazz on the Green. If you’ve wondered what goes on at the state-of-the-art Fire Headquarters, now’s your chance. The open house on Saturday includes a full tour of the facility. Got a cool event? Email

Friday, June 1

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Dems Pick Robin Comey for State Rep

by Diana Stricker | May 31, 2018 9:29 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoRobin Comey won an overwhelming victory Tuesday over two other candidates vying for the endorsement of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) for the 102nd State Representative seat. Comey earned 35 votes at Tuesday’s DTC meeting, John Prins took 13, and Adrian Bonenberger took 8 votes.

Diana Stricker PhotoComey was also endorsed by State Rep. Lonnie Reed, who recently announced her retirement from the post she held for 10 years.

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