Developer, Housing Authority Optimistic About Appeal

by Diana Stricker | Feb 21, 2018 9:02 am

File PhotoThe developers of the Parkside Village housing proposal are optimistic that their legal appeal filed Tuesday will eventually lead to construction of the long-awaited affordable housing project.

Branford’s Housing Authority and its developers, Beacon Communities LLC of Boston, are challenging the legality of a recent decision by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission which denied the project.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 16, 2018 8:49 am

Free is always good, so head into New Haven tonight for Yale Concert Band’s Winter Concert at Woolsey Hall. Snow is expected Saturday night into Sunday, but the weather will be clear during the day on Saturday if you’ve been planning to view the eagles along the Connecticut River. While the week itself is quiet, next weekend is chock full of good things, including the opportunity to support a lot of worthy non-profits. Then March comes roaring in with even more cool events! Do you have a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net.

Friday, Feb. 16

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How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo .Parents and educators all over the country are struggling with how to strike a balance between screen time and face time. A recent survey reveals that 50 percent of teenagers consider themselves addicted to their cellphones. Another survey found that kids spend 6.5 hours a day in front of screens.

Schools struggle with the distraction created by cellphones in the classroom. Some have strict policies, such as locking them away at the beginning of the day and giving them back at the end. Others leave it up to the individual instructors.

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Legislators to DOT: Revoke Shoreline Weekend RR Cuts

by marcia chambers | Jan 31, 2018 2:52 pm | Comments (5)

A group of 18 shoreline state legislators and top town officials, determined to preserve weekend and off-peak Shore line East commuter rail service, gathered as one this morning to condemn the cuts and to declare they would fight to restore them.

State Rep. Sean Scanlon (pictured above), (D-Guilford and Branford) organized the group and the press conference at the Guilford Railroad station. In the frigid cold the shoreline’s elected officials decried proposed cuts that as of July 1 would leave the shoreline without train service on weekends and off-peak hours.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 26, 2018 8:19 am

Are we out of the woods? Seems that the spate of snowstorms we experienced have ceased. Time to venture outside for some fresh air. The Branford Land Trust has animal tracking classes and is hosting a lecture on Long Island Sound. The eagles along the Connecticut River can viewed courtesy of the Audubon Shop in Madison. Plus there are opportunities for live music, art classes, and cooking – yes, break out those pots and pans. Got a cool event? Email sebahner @snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Jan. 26

 

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All-American Family Treated to All-American Weekend

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 25, 2018 7:01 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien PhotoFootball has been a big part of Dave Callahan’s life. He played football as a youngster, was a star player at Branford High and continued his football playing days at SCSU. Later on, he became a coach for his three young sons, Cooper, Ben and Scout all of whom were major players on several Branford youth teams in the Shoreline Youth Football Conference.

Called by their dad “Number one, Number two and Number three” based on the order of their birth, Callahan made sure they wore team jerseys with those three numbers so their teammates and friends knew who was who during the game’s action.

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Women’s Marches: Power to the Polls

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 24, 2018 8:32 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionWhatever you care about, whatever your priorities are, there was a place for you at any of the hundreds of Women’s Marches across the state… and across the country. For the second year, millions of women gathered to voice their sentiments about the current political scene and to use their power at the polls. 

The Eagle received comments and photos from marches in Hartford, East Haddam, and New York. 

Rallies last year protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. This year, the agendas grew, reflecting participants’ outrage at events over the past year: the threat to DACA recipients and immigrants, and LGBQT rights; the rise of racism; concerns about health care. The importance of voting and the drive to encourage more women to run for political office were also key. The #MeToo and pro-choice movements were supported, as well as a ban on fracking and threats to the environment. Add to the mix, the government shutdown, which took place at midnight Saturday.

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Are You a Gold Star Parent or Spouse?

by Staff | Jan 20, 2018 8:51 am

Republican RTM Majority leader Ray Ingraham is asking the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to adopt an ordinance that would give a property tax break to those Gold Star parents and spouses whose military family member was killed during military operations.

Towns and cities in Connecticut have the option to adopt such a law though they are not required to do so by a recent state law that took effect in October 2017. The state law provides a “municipal option property tax exemption for gold state parents and spouses.”

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IWC Approves Two Retail Stores

by Diana Stricker | Jan 19, 2018 9:08 am

A retail project on a vacant 14-acre site along Route 1 was unanimously approved by the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) last week. Plans call for two retail buildings, but the names have not been made public. Apparently there is no town requirement to do so.

The property is located at 250 N. Main St., adjacent to the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home on one side; and United Tire Inc. and Greystone Manor condominiums on the other side.

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RTM Approves 3-year Teachers’ Contract

by marcia chambers | Jan 17, 2018 7:38 am

BCTVA three-year contract between Branford public school teachers and the Board of Education (BOE) gives teachers lower yearly salary increases than in past years, requires teachers to pay an increasing amount toward their health costs, and overall, makes significant changes in how the teacher salary system works.

The $22.4 million-a-year contract between the BOE and the Branford Education Association (BEA), the union for the teachers, runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. The BEA represents 283 full-time teachers down from 310 teachers in 2014. This means in the first year the $22.4 million contract will increase by $526.000. In the second year the contract increases by an additional $629,000 and in the third year by an additional $656,000.

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