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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Fierce Blizzard Hits Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Jan 4, 2018 10:00 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 7:34 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 7:00 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 6:59 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 7:20 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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Global Warming Produces High Asthma Rates

by Diana Stricker | Jun 8, 2017 7:26 am | Comments (2)

File Photo“Climate change is about all of us,” said Anthony Leiserowitz,  director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. “It’s about everybody…the voices are emerging from every part of society.”

Leiserowitz said he has heard doctors, nurses, members of the clergy and the business community speaking up about climate change in recent years. “They’re calling on our leaders to take action,” he said.

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Rain Relocates Memorial Day Ceremonies

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 1, 2017 8:57 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFor the second consecutive year the Branford Memorial Day Parade was rained out. The Veterans Parade Committee waited to see the weather forecast the night before and when it was obvious that rain was imminent, the decision was made to cancel the parade and move the ceremonies to Branford High School gymnasium at 10 a.m. Bugler Steve Vacca played Taps at all seven cemeteries and at the high school service.

Bill O'Brien PhotoAll was in place for the outdoor ceremony. Then came the rain.

Bill O'Brien PhotoSo the ceremony was moved indoors. It began with Lia Whitten singing the National Anthem. State Reps. Sean Scanlon and Lonnie Reed, Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr., parade marshal Bill Brody, and emcee Vincent Giordano look on.

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State Roads Closed as Blizzard Barrels into Branford

by marcia chambers | Mar 14, 2017 7:00 pm

Mary Johnson PhotoUPDATE—A blizzard barreled into Branford early Tuesday morning as a serious Nor’easter pounded the state with heavy snow and strong winds. The temperature got warmer as the day unfolded and the snow turned to sleet and rain. Temperatures were expected to plunge tonight, creating potential black ice problems for the morning. Plows were out clearing Branford’s roadways.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered a statewide travel ban, beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday. The ban included all state roads in Branford and surrounding communities. It remained in effect until 5 p.m. today.

At 5:30 p.m, at his final press conference for the day, the governor announced that state offices will be open for business tomorrow and told workers to come to work.

It’s not often that the state closes down its main roads, the governor said at a news conference in Hartford. “We don’t do this frequently. Because we don’t do it frequently people listen. This is New England. We have snow. I’m most appreciative that people listened.” Earlier in the day he urged residents to stay home. “Make brownies,” he said, or “read a book.” His wife took him up on it and a tray of brownies was later delivered and shared with the press corps covering the blizzard. 

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Winter Wakes Up

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 10, 2017 7:12 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien PhotoAfter a relatively mild season that included temperatures in the 50s, winter woke up like a bear from hibernation.

A New England classic, Storm Niko dumped around a foot of blowing snow at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour during its height, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. yesterday. Unlike January’s storm, which had the courtesy to strike on a weekend, Niko made its appearance just in time for the work day.

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