Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 9, 2018 8:30 am

A potpourri of things to do. Eagle watches continue along the Connecticut River and the Branford Land Trust is planning animal tracking classes. Music lovers have plenty to choose from – folk, jazz, love songs. Tickets are now on sale for Branford High’s presentation of “Shrek, the Musical.” Our local libraries – the Blackstone and Willoughby Wallace – are great places to hole up on a winter’s day. We’ve included a few of their activities, but be sure to check their websites for more. And, yes, there’s yet another opportunity for Johnnie-come-latelys to get their flu shots. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Feb. 10

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Kennedy: “The Lock Box has Never Been Locked”

by marcia chambers | Feb 5, 2018 8:15 am | Comments (2)

Harry Droz PhotoWednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session and, State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. has ready a set of environmental and health bills he says are essential to preserving Connecticut in the age of Trump.

Kennedy, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, gave the broad outlines of his environmental and health priorities in a 50-minute radio interview on WNHH FM’s “Legal Eagle” program.

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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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Shuttle, Sidewalks & Sewers Raised at POCD Meeting

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2018 7:10 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionBranford needs to promote business and increase tourism, according to discussions about the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). However, one of the main necessities is a transit shuttle to link popular venues and neighborhoods.

Wednesday’s meeting of the POCD Steering Committee centered around economic development strategies related to business and the economy.  About 25 people attended the session, which was held at 4:30 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center. The next meeting will be at the same time and location on Feb. 7 when infrastructure will be discussed.  In addition, the Steering Committee is asking residents to participate in the Online POCD Survey, which can be found on the town’s website.

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Should Branford Create a Coastal Commission?

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2018 7:31 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoOne suggestion for updating Branford’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) includes forming a permanent town board or commission to deal with coastal issues and climate change.

The possibility was mentioned at a meeting of the POCD Steering Committee Wednesday, and it’s included in Booklet 4C, which is part of the POCD materials available on the town’s website.

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Branford Braces for Dangerous, Frigid Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jan 5, 2018 9:27 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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Boutique Hotel and Town Boardwalk Make Debut at P&Z

by marcia chambers | Dec 26, 2017 8:29 am

The Branford River took stage center at a P&Z Commission meeting last week as a boutique hotel named the Tidal Lodge was approved in spirit, and the town’s first boardwalk made its debut.

Marcia Chambers PhotoAfter listening to a presentation about the hotel, the P&Z voted unanimously to ask Town Planner Harry Smith to prepare a resolution to approve the hotel project. 

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Branford Prepares for Next Natural Disasters

by Diana Stricker | Dec 9, 2017 9:24 am

Diana Stricker PhotoIt’s time to update the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan that has already succeeded in bringing federal dollars to Branford projects, particularly Linden Avenue.

Town Engineer Janice Plaziak discussed the process with the Board of Selectmen (BOS) at their meeting Wednesday evening. One of the first steps to update the plan is for Branford residents to complete an online survey that’s on the town’s web site.

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Plan of Conservation and Development Public Workshop Wednesday

by Staff | Nov 28, 2017 8:00 am

File PhotoWhat will Branford look like in 10 years?

Remember: The only public workshop to make suggestions for Branford’s 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) will be this Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Walsh Intermediate School cafeteria, 185 Damascus Road. The state requires municipalities to update the POCD every 10 years. There will also be discussions and surveys with boards and commissions and a phone survey of residents. The POCD committee meetings are open to the public, and comments can be sent to Town planner Harry Smith at

In the spring, there will be a public meeting to discuss the proposed draft, and there will be a public hearing in the fall to discuss the proposed plan. Click here to read more about the POCD. 


What Will Branford Look Like in 10 Years?

by Diana Stricker | Nov 13, 2017 7:50 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoWhat would you like to change in Branford? Do you have suggestions or questions? Now’s the time to speak up.

A public workshop for updating the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walsh Intermediate School, 185 Damascus Road. The POCD is “a tool for guiding the future of Branford. It is intended to be both visionary and action-oriented,” the POCD said in introducing its 2008 report. The POCD is updated every 10 years, and this one is due for completion in November 2018.

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