RTM Approves Manpower Increase for Fire Department

by Diana Stricker | Sep 17, 2018 7:57 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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Branford Remembers 9/11

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 14, 2018 7:47 am

All photos by Bill O'BrienThe town of Branford once again has looked back to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 to acknowledge the bravery, courage and sacrifices made that day and the days after that have followed. Police Chief Kevin Halloran (left), Deputy Chief Jonathan Mulhern, and Assistant Fire Chief Shaun Heffernan gathered before the ceremony.

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A Tale Of 2 Credit Reports

by Thomas Breen | Jul 25, 2018 10:22 pm

Diana Stricker PhotoStandard & Poor’s gave Branford its highest bond rating, saying the town’s fiscal management is doing the job right.

A week later it downgraded New Haven’s rating, with dire warnings about the city’s fiscal future.

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Branford Festival: Perfect Weather, Big Crowds, Great Food

by Bill O'Brien and Diana Stricker | Jun 20, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe annual Branford Festival is always a crowd-pleaser, and this year it was over-the-top with perfect weather, plenty of music, sumptuous food, politicians greeting constituents, the Craft and Business Expo, and Sunday’s Road Race. 

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe 39th Branford Father’s Day Road Race brought out 2,500 runners and walkers in the Kids’ Fun Run, 2 Mile Health Walk and 5 Mile Race.The first male finisher in the 5 Mile race was Sean Furgeson (pictured) of Shelton with a time of 25:07 .

Kris Klarman had a big smile on her face this weekend. As chairman of the 34th annual Branford Festival she had that perfect weather over the three days, and as a result the crowds came for all the planned activities, which made her sponsors and food vendors very happy.

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Shovels, Hardhats at the Ready: Walsh Groundbreaking

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Jun 14, 2018 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWalsh Intermediate School was built in 1972 at the height of the open classroom concept, a trend that was never completely successful. Opened as Branford Intermediate School for fifth through eighth graders, the school was subsequently renamed in honor of Francis Walsh, who served as principal for more than 20 years, from 1972 until his retirement in 1994.

Bill O'Brien PhotoWalsh, who went on to serve on the Board of Selectmen, was among the town officials, local legislators, and construction representatives attending the groundbreaking last week for the school’s $88.2 million renovation, the largest bonding appropriation undertaken by the town.

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Walsh Athletic Fields Removed for Renovation

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 4, 2018 8:30 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe dual renovation projects – at the Walsh Intermediate School and the Community Center – are resulting in the need to juggle sports schedules. Now it turns out that virtually all the fields at Walsh have been removed and at this juncture there are no funds to revive them.

This latest turn of events came to light at a recent Public Building Commission (PBC) meeting as PBC members, wading through the details of both projects, learned about the overall condition of both the Walsh and the town’s fields.  The PBC has discussed sports schedules over the past year.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 1, 2018 8:48 am | Comments (1)

Is it summer yet? We had a taste last weekend. Summer activities are lining up, so all we need is the accompanying weather. In the lineup, however, are trifecta of town favorites… the Branford Festival, Fireworks, and Branford Jazz on the Green. If you’ve wondered what goes on at the state-of-the-art Fire Headquarters, now’s your chance. The open house on Saturday includes a full tour of the facility. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net.

Friday, June 1

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Big Crowd Salutes World War II Vets on Memorial Day

by Bill O'Brien | May 31, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo}For those who woke up early on Memorial Day and looked out the window they might have said, “Not again,” seeing the light mist that was falling. The past two years the Memorial Day Parade had been cancelled because of rain. Here the Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corp march down Main Street.

Bill O'Brien PhotoBut those overcast skies didn’t stop the members of the Branford Veterans Committee who met, as they do every year rain or shine, at the parking lot at Montowese and South Main Streets at 6:30 a.m. to begin their annual walk to the seven cemeteries in town where they conduct services for the 1,749 veterans buried there.  Hundreds marched in the Stony Creek Parade from the flag pole to the cemetery

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Branford’s World War II Vets To Serve as Parade Marshals

by Bill O'Brien | May 24, 2018 9:14 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFor the first time in the history of the Branford Memorial Day parade there will be more than one parade marshal leading the marchers on Monday, May 28.

Bill O'Brien PhotoSix Branford veterans who served in World War II have agreed to lead the parade this year and will be introduced at the ceremonies on the Green at 10 a.m. prior to the parade stepping off at 10:30 a.m. They will then be driven in convertibles along the parade route to be recognized for their service.

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