RTM Approves New Indian Neck Firehouse

by marcia chambers | Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am | Comments (3)

With PermissionIn a unanimous bi-partisan vote the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has approved construction of a new $1.5 million firehouse in Indian Neck to replace the old Company 9 firehouse, now 92 years old and in need of expansion.

With PermissionThe current two-story firehouse, which is about 2,000 square feet, will be demolished soon. Construction is expected to begin in mid-June and be completed by year’s end.

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Storm Elsa Drops Wild, Wet Snow on Branford

by marcia chambers | Mar 8, 2018 12:30 pm

Debra Kay Levi PhotoAfter a long day of rain, winter snow storm Elsa took control of Branford late yesterday afternoon, depositing heavy wet snow on vulnerable trees. By midnight 13 inches of snow had fallen on the town, according to the National Weather Service. Some towns had more than 2 feet of snow. 

The snow fell at about 2 to 3 inches an hour. Occasionally thunder laced the fast moving snowfall.

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Fallen Tree Engulfs Van; Driver Escapes Unharmed

by marcia chambers | Mar 5, 2018 9:30 am

Patti Piscitelli PhotoStacey Rose, a concert pianist, was driving down Highland Avenue during Friday’s Nor’easter with her dog Louie, never expecting that her van would be engulfed in a huge falling tree.

“All I remember is hearing and feeling a tremendous crash on my car. I screamed. Louie bolted to the back seat,” she told the Eagle Saturday morning. “The tree fell on my hood and my front windshield smashed. My immediate instinct was to cover my head.” She said the huge tree was on property at the corner of Highland and Clark Avenues. The tree fell from the driver’s side.

It was about 2:35 p.m. 

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Branford Braces for Dangerous, Frigid Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jan 5, 2018 10:27 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoFirst Selectman Jamie Cosgrove says the town’s main roads remain open and in relatively good shape despite stiff blowing wind and a fast rate of snowfall that quickly descended upon the town and left one foot of snow yesterday.

Snow and wild wind enveloped the town for more than 12 hours yesterday as the state’s first nor’easter bashed the state.  Schools were closed and will be closed again today. All school-related evening classes and events are also cancelled this evening.

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Fierce Blizzard Hits Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Jan 4, 2018 11:00 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoA major blizzard with strong frigid winds hit Branford early Thursday morning. According to meteorologists, the storm is expected to undergo rapid strengthening, referred to as bombogenesis or a bomb cyclone. The Weather Channel, which thrives on such reporting, dubbed the storm, “Grayson.” Despite the television catching terms it seems a lot like a strong Nor’easter to us.

Meteorologists say winds are gusting in excess of 50 mph. Tides are a little higher than normal.

All Branford schools are closed and public activities and meetings have been canceled for today.

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Storm Prep: Just in Case

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 18, 2017 8:34 am

Sally E. Bahner photoAhead of Hurricane Harvey, and subsequently Hurricane Irma, (and now there’s Jose and maybe Maria), I mentally checked off what I needed to do to evacuate with my two cats. Much of their stuff is in the family room, so that’s where I started.

Two large carriers with comfy blankets at the ready. Check.

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Ben Callahan, 10, Lived a Strong, Engaged Life

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

Bill O'Brien PhotoBen 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 PhotoPolice 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 PhotoThe 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 PhotoAlthough 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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