by Sally Bahner | Oct 11, 2018 9:41 pm
Music! Music! Music! There are various opportunities coming up, depending on your taste – folk/bluegrass, jazz, Broadway, classical, and even the Whiffenpoofs. There are outdoor events as well – bird lovers will remember Dr. Noble Proctor – an artists’ reception, and events that celebrate the spirit of the season. If you have kids, don’t forget the OPEN event at Branford High School with BMX pro Tony Hoffman. Got a cool event? Email email@example.com.
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by Diana Stricker | Oct 7, 2018 6:54 pm | Comments (1)
After four nor’easters in March and a summer of record rainstorms, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission began its review of the proposed Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), which addresses climate change and sea level rise among its top issues.
Consultant Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics (above) is overseeing the POCD updating process.
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by Diana Stricker | Sep 19, 2018 9:23 am
Branford’s 10-year plan is almost complete!
The draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) has been finalized and is being sent to the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission for a public hearing and adoption.
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by Diana Stricker | Sep 17, 2018 7:57 am
The Branford Fire Department will increase staffing with eight new firefighters; the town is purchasing a 14-acre property on Tabor Drive; and the second contract has been approved for town supervisors and department heads.
With bipartisan action, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved all three proposals by a unanimous vote of the 25 members present Wednesday night. The RTM’s Ways and Means Committee and the Public Services Committee previously voted unanimously in favor of the proposals.
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by Diana Stricker | Aug 20, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (1)
Now that the primary is over and the general election looms in about two months, the question in Branford is: who will be the next Lonnie and the next Ted?
It’s not just a question of who will succeed Democrat Lonnie Reed as state rep in the 102nd District; or who will succeed Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. as state senator in the 12th District.
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by Bill O'Brien | Jul 25, 2018 8:25 am
The flagpole memorial on the Green has a new look, and it’s not the first time.
Thanks to the initiative of the members of the Branford Garden Club Evening Committee, who secured the support of town officials and several town departments as well as Van Wilgen’s Garden Center, the Veterans Memorial Garden project got started in May and concluded this past week with a brief ceremony showcasing the new look garden.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 5, 2018 7:05 am
When the Branford Land Trust was founded 50 years ago, members had little idea that the organization would encompass more than 1,000 acres in over 130 parcels and conservation easements on another 400 acres in Branford, nurtured by more than 500 volunteers, member families and businesses.
Members and friends came together last month to celebrate that milestone and dedicate the Red Hills Bog Walk, the latest jewel in the land trust’s crown.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am
This year has been a big one for 50th anniversary events, and there’s a special one right in our front yard: the Branford Land Trust. The land trust is the ever-vigilant custodian of Branford’s open space, overseeing more than a 1,000 acres in over 130 parcels. The organization, which is run by volunteers and supported by more than 500 members, also holds easements on an additional 400 acres in Branford. Celebrate with them on Saturday. And don’t forget Saturday night’s fireworks, held this year at Foote Park.
Saturday, June 23
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by Diana Stricker | Jun 18, 2018 7:38 am | Comments (1)
How does Branford put some “teeth” into the proposed 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) which is basically an advisory document.
“A major problem seems to be implementation and enforcement, and actually putting teeth in the POCD,” said Greg Ames, an architect from Stony Creek. “How do we do that?”
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by Diana Stricker | Jun 15, 2018 8:29 am
It appears a proposal to build two retail stores on North Main Street may be headed for approval, but a vote won’t be taken until July. In other news, there will be a public hearing June 21 for the proposed Sterling Ridge apartments in the historic district across from the Canoe Brook Senior Center.
The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) closed the hearing on the North Main retail project and discussed the issues at last week’s meeting. It appears the commissioners may vote to approve the project even though some expressed concerns. One of those concerns centers on major excavations of a rock knoll.
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