Environment

P&Z Scrutinizes Details and Big-Picture Plans

by Diana Stricker | Nov 4, 2018 7:55 pm

Branford GISThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission began its review of site plans for the long-proposed Sterling Ridge housing complex in the town’s historic district. The commission also set a date for a public hearing for the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).

In other business at Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners discussed concerns about a tree that was removed from a construction site at 250 N. Main St.; and they denied a request for an interior residential lot on Damascus Road.

They also appointed a new zoning enforcement officer.

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First Of Its Kind Solar Pump-Out Boat Docks In Town

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 20, 2018 6:45 pm

The town of Branford was joined by state, local, and regional leaders on Monday at the Dockside Restaurant to launch a new solar powered pump-out boat. It is the world’s first full-sized solar-powered pump-out boat that will begin operation next spring. It will be housed at Bruce and Johnson’s Marina and when activated will not only serve Branford, but Guilford, East Haven, New Haven, and West Haven as well.

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Oct 11, 2018 8:41 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 sebahner@snet.net. 

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Sea Level Rise Issues: “Extensive and Expensive”

by Diana Stricker | Oct 7, 2018 5:54 pm | Comments (1)

Photo by Diana StrickerAfter 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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RTM Approves Manpower Increase for Fire Department

by Diana Stricker | Sep 17, 2018 6:57 am

Photo by Diana StrickerThe 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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Change is Coming to Branford

by Diana Stricker | Aug 20, 2018 6:50 am | Comments (1)

File photoNow 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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Vets’ Memorial On Green Takes On New Look

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 25, 2018 7:25 am

Bill O'Brien photoThe 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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Branford Land Trust Celebrates 50 Years

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 5, 2018 6:05 am

With PermissionWhen 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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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 22, 2018 7:00 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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