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Local Updates for The Town of Branford - From The Office of The First Selectman:

Income and Expense forms

May 29, 2020 

Pursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7S Item #10 the taxpayer filing deadline set forth under Section 12-63c of the Connecticut General Statues has been extended.  The deadline for filing Income and Expense Statement forms has been extended from June 1, 2020 to August 15, 2020. 

If you have any questions please contact the Assessor’s Office at 203-488-2039

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Infrared Thermometers for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

May 28, 2020 

The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entities that would like to request a thermometer can fill out the forms located at ct.gov/coronavirus in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section, or through the links provided below:

  • Small businesses: Any small business in the state that has between 2 and 100 employees are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. Eligible businesses seeking to request thermometers should click here.
  • Nonprofits: Nonprofits located within Connecticut are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for nonprofits, click here. Social services and direct care nonprofits may request a thermometer through the process outlined in this memo.
  • Places of worship: Places of worship are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for places of worship, click here.

This ordering portal is for Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits with 100 employees or less and is for infrared thermometers only.
Please limit your request to 1 thermometer per company. Companies with more than one physical location, however, may place an order for one thermometer per location provided their total employee count is 100 or less; please enter each location's order separately with the physical location included in the company name.

Delivery occurs through the municipality in which the entity is located. It may take up to a week (at most two weeks) for distribution to occur. Requesting entities will be contacted by their municipality with a date, time, and location for distribution. If you do not hear from your municipality within two weeks from your request please contact your municipality's local emergency management director.

For specific questions please contact: Covid19.jic@ct.gov

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Local Updates for The Town of Branford - From The Office of The First Selectman:

TEMPORARY OUTDOOR DINING

May 19, 2020

In response to Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7MM, the Town of Branford has created a process to allow for the expedited review of Outdoor Dining in support of our restaurants and food service establishments.  

The Town of Branford has created a Temporary Outdoor Dining Certificate Application for outdoor dining not previously approved and a Temporary Encroachment Application for outdoor activities on public throughways. Also available is an Existing Outdoor Dining Reopening Application and Checklist from East Shore Health Department.

Applications and additional information to assist with reopening can be accessed on the Town's website:

https://www.branford-ct.gov/community/covid-19-temporary-outdoor-dining-information

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Town Staff with any questions. Contact information can be found using the link above.

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Local Updates for The Town of Branford - From The Office of The First Selectman 

Resident Stickers

May 15, 2020  

As Town Hall remains closed to the public and residents cannot obtain a resident sticker we have instituted the following changes to the current policy to allow residential access to our facilities:

The expiration date for the current resident stickers (green stickers that expired on March 31, 2020) has been extended to June 30, 2020. 

Resident Stickers are now available by mail: All motor vehicle taxes must be paid up to date.  Please mail a copy of your license, motor vehicle registration and check or money order payable to the Tax Collector, Town of Branford in the amount of $5.00 to P.O. Box 136, Branford, CT  06405 and the sticker will be mailed to you.  If you are 65 or over, please just send registration and license copy for 1 sticker free of charge per household. Stickers will only be issued if taxes for the vehicle are paid to date.  New residents should contact the Tax Collector’s Office for additional information concerning proof of residency.

Until June 30, to access Branford Point Parking:

  • Bring your expired sticker.
  • If you don’t have an expired sticker, please bring your license and registration to the Park to verify Branford residency.
  • Parking is limited and is available first come, first serve.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times.

Until June 30, to access the Transfer Station:

  • Bring your expired sticker.
  • If you don’t have an expired sticker please bring your license and registration to the Transfer Station to verify Branford residency.
  • Trip passes are currently unavailable, please bring your license and registration to the Transfer Station to verify Branford residency.  If you are using a borrowed vehicle please bring your license and the registration for your vehicle with you in the borrowed vehicle to prove residency.
  • Please move through Transfer Station expeditiously.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times.

Please be reminded to continue practicing social distancing and follow personal precautions in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the wellbeing of your loved ones and neighbors.

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From the Office of the First Selectman and the East Shore District Health Department

May 4, 2020:

As the First Selectman for the Town of Branford, I want to provide our community an update on the local Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic situation.  Like other Connecticut towns and cities, and throughout the US, we have had a number of COVID-19 positive cases among our residents. As of today, we have had a total 270 cases of COVID-19, and, it saddens me to inform you we have suffered 32 fatalities.  It is important to note that these cases are spread throughout our entire community and affect various age groups.  It is paramount that everyone continues to follow safety precautions as recommended by the CDC in an effort to reduce the spread of this virus within our community.   For the most current updates and statistics issued by the state please visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Please be assured, Branford town officials are closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19, and we are actively planning on a phased and measured reopening of our businesses and other services as allowed by the Governor’s office.  The Branford Town Hall Building, the Public Libraries, the Senior/Parks & Recreation Center, both Fire & Police Stations, Branford DPW Highway, and all other town related programs remain open to serve our community, however public access continues to be limited to the public until further notice.  Again, we have made this determination in an effort to ensure the health and well-being of citizens and staff alike, and appreciate your patience during this critical time. 

Branford Parks, Playgrounds and Open Space:

All Town playgrounds, basketball courts, and tennis courts remain closed until further notice.  Branford parks, conservation trails and beaches remain open to the public at this time.  Please protect your mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers and neighbors’ loved ones by adhering to all social distancing guidelines. We are all one community. There are many wonderful trails and beaches in Branford, and I am asking everyone to please do your part and enjoy them responsibility.

 

While it was difficult decision, the Branford Town Festival is cancelled this year, and I sincerely thank everyone who worked on this event.  My staff and I whole-heartened share your disappointment in this long-standing traditional event.  In addition, all town-sponsor events are cancelled through at least May 20 to conform to the Governor’s social-distancing guidelines.  We will continue to evaluate and assess the COVID-19 Pandemic situation, and we be making our decisions based on the Centers for Diseases and Control (CDC)/State guidance, local data and public health best practices.

Schools:

Branford Public Schools (BPS), along with all State public schools, remain closed by Executive Order of the Governor, through May 20, 2020.  We anticipate receiving further guidance from the Governor’s Office and State Commissioner of Education in the near future. 

BPS continues to implement BPS Flex Learning.  The District is providing meals from Branford High School between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to individuals 18 years old or younger.  Access to District buildings is directed by the administration.  

To our Branford Community:

The Town is working closely with the East Shore District Health Department and the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health to ensure the safety and health of our residents. Guidance for businesses and services continue to be released by the State and by the CDC for changes in the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to plan for an eventual re-emergence from our isolation. 

As we look ahead and review the epidemiological predictive models, Michael Pascucilla, our Local Director of Public Health expects COVID-19 cases to continue and fluctuate within our community, although a slow decline through the first half of the summer is predicted. Furthermore, based on both State and Federal projections, there is a strong probability that the US may experience a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the fall season.  Please be assure we are enhancing and preparing our local pandemic response plans across all town services to safeguard our community, while carefully balancing the public health response measures with our everyday quality of life services and local economy.  

With that in mind, I am asking that our residents to please adhere to the State social distancing and wearing cloth face coverings directives.  As the weather gets warmer everyone will want to be outside and we are asking everyone to respect each other’s space and not wander into situations where they find themselves within 6 feet of other people. 

Our schools are working diligently to keep students engaged with online lessons and long-distance learning. While we may not be physically together in schools, at our libraries and other town-sponsor social events, we can still connect and socialize, and celebrate accomplishments through our technologies. Over the last month, I have witnessed the many acts of kindness from our residents, businesses and children, it reminds me of our communities’ resilience and why we all call Branford home – thank you.

Again, please DO NOT plan any gatherings they may put our community and/or your health at risk. We are in this together

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Local Updates for The Town of Branford - From The Office of The First Selectman

Business Guidance Document:                                

May 1, 2020

During his daily news briefing yesterday, Governor Lamont presented an approach his administration is considering to reopen Connecticut’s economy in phases beginning May 20, 2020. 

In an effort to provide guidance to businesses the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has forwarded a COVID 19 RE-Opening Best Practices guidance document as prepared by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The ICSC is closely tracking COVID-19 developments on behalf of the retail real estate industry. 

Please click on link below to access the document:

https://www.icsc.com/uploads/t07-subpage/Coronavirus_Reopening_Guidance_final_043020.pdf?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Eloqua&utm_campaign=2020MEM&utm_term=1&utm_content=Members

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May 1, 2020

The weather is expected to be great over the weekend and we expect many people will be outside taking advantage of our community’s many recreational parks and areas.

REMINDERS TO ALL:

All parks and natural areas and trails remain open at this time for walking, hiking, biking, running - activities which do not involve close contact and where 6 feet of social distancing can be achieved.

However, all Branford playgrounds, outdoor sports courts, basketball, tennis, and pickle ball courts are closed and should be avoided.  Unfortunately, these activities cannot be conducted while maintaining a safe distance or avoiding repeatedly touching objects touched by others.

DO:

  • Visit parks that are close to your home
  • Prepare before you visit
  • Wear a face mask or cloth face cover
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) and take other steps to prevent COVID-19
  • Avoid touching your face - eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

DO NOT:

  • Visit parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19
  • Visit areas or parks that are crowded
  • Use playgrounds
  • Participate in organized activities or sports.

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Small Businesses surgical masks availability

April 27, 2020  

The State of Connecticut has partnered with CBIA-CONNSTEP to assist in a one-time distribution of donated surgical masks to eligible, essential small businesses with 50 employees or less.  These eligible, essential small businesses and their employees located within our community are the backbone of our economies and these masks will help to ensure their continuity.

The Town of Branford will participate in this program and set up a distribution site for participating local businesses once the masks are available.

The list of essential businesses as designated by the state is available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Business-Exemptions-for-Coronavirus

To make a request, business must visit the CBIA-CONNSTEP Portal at the following link: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/ct-smb-surgical-mask-requests.
Eligible, essential small businesses and employees that have limited contact with the public are strongly urged to create their own facemasks following CDC guidelines. We must ensure the limited supply of surgical masks is available to eligible, essential businesses that need them the most.   

Requests are limited to eligible, essential small businesses with a maximum request of 2 surgical masks per employee. The maximum request should not exceed 100 masks.  

Supplies are limited at this time; therefore, it is possible that not all requestors will receive the masks they request.

Once, the masks are received businesses will be contacted directly concerning distribution.

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April 21, 2020

On behalf of Branford Counseling & Community Services:

Branford Home Delivery Service

The Town of Branford, realizing the importance of keeping our residents safe during this COVID-19 pandemic, has initiated a program designed to help senior citizens and/or immunosuppressed individuals with their shopping needs. In cooperation with local vendors Caron’s Corner and Big Y, the Town has developed a food delivery program to help those residents who are considered high risk is contacting this virus. These include senior citizens and immunosuppressed individuals. This program is free to Branford residents.

Branford Counseling & Community Services (BCCS) staff will be responsible for processing the food order via telephone or email, Monday through Friday 9am to 12pm.

To place an order, complete a Grocery Order Form (as well as a prepared meals list from Caron’s Corner, if needed) and call (203) 481-4248 or email to Hollye Lane at hlane@branford-ct.gov.

Food Gift Cards

If you lost your job or cannot work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to receive a food gift card. Please complete the application. This fillable form can be e-mailed or scanned to Hollye Lane at hlane@branford-ct.gov or printed and mailed to Branford Counseling & Community Services at 342 Harbor Street, Branford, CT 06405. You will be contacted once your application is processed.

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April 20, 2020

On behalf of the East Shore District Health Department

East Shore Health Recommends Strategies for Grocery Shopping

The East Shore District Health Department wants to share some tips and tools with the public on how to grocery shop safely.  The biggest risk to the public when shopping is being in the store with other people. 

Options to consider for low-risk shopping:

  • Ask a family member or friend to do the shopping for you.
  • Contact your local Senior Center to see if there is a program or volunteers available to do the shopping for you. 
  • Many larger retailers offer online ordering.  Consider ordering online for delivery or store curbside pick-up.
    • Big Y/CVS - Instacart.com
    • Stop and Shop - peapod.com
    • Shoprite - shoprite.com
    • Bishop Orchards – bishoporchards.com
  • Other stores such as pharmacies/smaller retailers/miscellaneous retailers also offer online or phone orders - Contact the store directly for ordering and pick up options.

If you must shop, please plan ahead, limit shopping to once a week or less.

If possible, go to the store alone, it is recommended that only one person from a household do the shopping.

CDC recommends everyone wear a cloth face covering in public settings, unless you have a medical condition that prohibits it.

Wipe down your cart handle with a sanitizing wipe.

Bring a list. Be as efficient as possible. Go in with a list,  get your items, check-out, and go directly home. The less time spent at the store, the better - this allows others to safely shop.

Remember this is not a time to socialize, it is important to remember to maintain social distancing in and out of the store.

Keep Moving through the store.

Be respectful of other people.  

Maintain social distancing while you're in the store.

Thoroughly wash your hands when you get home.

After putting your groceries away, wash your hands again

For questions or more information go to www.esdhd.org, call 203-481-4233 or go to www.CDC.gov

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Local Updates for The Town of Branford - From The Office of The First Selectman 

On behalf of the Branford Festival Committee:

April 19th, 2020

Dear Branford Festival Community, Supporters, Family and Friends,
We hope that this letter finds you healthy and safe. During this unique and challenging time of
COVID-19 we need to come together to support each other and our community. The Branford
Festival has always been the kick off to summer bringing the community together. Since the
very beginning of the pandemic, we have closely followed communications from federal, state
and local authorities, our local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. As more information has continued to emerge, it has become clear that the
Branford Festival Corporate Board would be faced with a heartfelt decision of canceling the
2020 Branford Festival.

The Branford Festival Corporate Board met virtually on Friday, April 17th to discuss the effects
of the COVID-19 pandemic on this year’s festival celebration. Unfortunately, after careful
deliberation and discussion, the Board unanimously decided to suspend all Branford Festival
activities for this year. This decision was painful and not easy for all involved, as this was the
first time in 36 years that a festival had to be cancelled. We are confident with our decision as
it was necessary in keeping our community safe. While we won’t be coming together for our
festival traditions of music, strawberry shortcake, pancake breakfasts, laughter, reunions with
family and friends and the Father’s Day Road Race, we will continue with the planning in order
to have the green alive in 2021. The Corporate Board along with the committee will continue
working to bring the community back together for the 2021 Branford Festival. Just as you have
supported the festival over the years, we ask that you continue to support each other during
these trying times.

The Corporate Board and Branford Festival Committee eagerly await the time when we can
welcome you all back to the Branford Green to reunite us as a community to share good food,
our headliner bands; Almost Queen and The 70’s Rock & Roll Roadshow, children’s activities,
the craft and business expo and more!

Wishing you and your families strength, health and safety.

Sincerely,
Dale Izzo, President
Branford Festival Corporate Board

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Transfer Station Residential Access

April 17, 2020  

The Transfer Station remains open to the residents of Branford during normal business hours.

Please visit our website https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments/solid-waste-recycling for holiday or limited access dates due to chipping.

  • The current resident stickers (green stickers) that expired on March 31, 2020 have been extended to May 31, 2020.
  • Residential trip passes are currently unavailable.  Please bring your license and registration to the Transfer Station to verify Branford residency.
  • Please move through Transfer Station expeditiously.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times.

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April 17, 2020

Governor Lamont Announces Launch of Connecticut’s First Rapid COVID-19 Testing Center in New Haven

Test Results Delivered in 30 Minutes at No Cost to Patients

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut has formed a partnership with CVS Health in an initiative that will make free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to eligible Connecticut residents. This includes the opening today of the state’s first rapid testing site at the former Gateway Community College campus at Long Wharf in New Haven.

Using the new Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 test, CVS Health is planning to conduct up to 750 tests per day, seven days a week. All patients seeking to be tested will be required to pre-register in advance online.

Follow the link here to read more...

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April 16, 2020

Local Updates for The Town of Branford - From The Office of The First Selectman 

Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 When Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities

Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind  and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others.

However, all Branford playgrounds, outdoor sports courts, basketball, tennis, and pickle ball courts are closed and should be avoided.  Unfortunately, these activities cannot be conducted while maintaining a safe distance or avoiding repeatedly touching objects touched by others.

All parks and natural areas and trails remain open at this time for walking, hiking, biking, running - activities which do not involve close contact and where 6 feet of social distancing can be achieved.

Know Before You Go: While these facilities and areas can offer health benefits, it is important that you follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

DO:

  • Visit parks that are close to your home
  • Prepare before you visit
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) and take other steps to prevent COVID-19

DO NOT:

  • Visit parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19
  • Visit crowded parks
  • Use playgrounds
  • Use hot tubs, spas, water playgrounds, or water parks
  • Participate in organized activities or sports.

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April 14, 2020

Please be reminded to continue practicing social distancing and follow the personal precaution recommendations listed below in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the wellbeing of your loved ones and neighbors. Remember you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you don’t feel sick.

  • Stay Safe, Stay Home
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face - eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor, if you have a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

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April 9, 2020

On behalf of the Branford Counseling & Community Services: 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL BRANFORD RESIDENTS

If you lost your job or cannot work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to receive a food gift card. 

Please complete the application, which can be found by going to https://www.branford-ct.gov/files-docs/20-04-08/bccs-food-gift-card-application. 

This fillable form can be e-mailed or scanned to Hollye Lane at hlane@branford-ct.gov or printed and mailed to:

Branford Counseling & Community Services

342 Harbor Street

Branford, CT 06405. 

You will be contacted once your application is processed.

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Local Updates for The Town of Branford - From The Office of The First Selectman      

April 6, 2020

The CDC now recommends that everyone should wear a cloth face cover over your mouth and nose when they have to go out in public.  This should be in addition to (NOT INSTEAD OF) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions.

A properly made cloth face covering will help prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. It will stop the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes. This is especially important in the event that someone is infected, but does not have symptoms.

Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example, to the grocery store for essential food purchases or to pick-up other necessities.

Children younger than 2 years should not wear a cloth face covering because of concerns that they might suffocate.

Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker as they are in limited supply.

Continue to keep about a 6 feet distance between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Please continue to wash your hands regularly and often for 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, mouth, eyes, nose and wash commonly touched items and consider every surface as possibly contaminated.

Below is link to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for making a home-made face covering:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

  • Wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Masks should be washed with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle.
  • If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
  • Discard cloth face coverings that:
    • No longer cover the nose and mouth
    • Have stretched-out or damaged ties or straps
    • Cannot stay on your face
    • Have holes or tears in the fabric

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March 30, 2020

Official Statement from The Office of The First Selectman and East Shore District Health Department regarding Branford's first COVID-19 related Fatality

Branford Loses First Resident to COVID-19

Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the first fatality from COVID-19 in Branford. The deceased was a female between the ages of 80-90 years old.

Selectman Cosgrove made the announcement just 7 days after learning of the first case, “we are deeply saddened to announce that a Branford resident has died as a result of her contracting COVID-19. This terrible virus has taken a life in our community and that loss of life gives each of us pause and fills us with sorrow. Our prayers go out to the family” Cosgrove said.

“As we see more positive cases of COVID-19 reported in our community daily, we are saddened to hear of any fatalities from this virus” said Michael Pascucilla, Director of Health for the East Shore District Health Department. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the individual in our district who died from complications due to the coronavirus,” he said in a release.” Our local public health department also wants to inform our communities we are in regular communication with all of our senior living environment and facilities and we are working closely with state health officials in our investigations.  We have also implemented the strictest public health interventions/residence protections in cooperation with every senior living environment within our health district communities.    

Selectman Cosgrove wants to express that the Town of Branford’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus. He also wants to assure our residents that his leadership staff and all town departments are working daily with the local public health department, along with state and federal officials. “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and the Town of Branford is recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household” said Pascucilla. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.

Selectman Cosgrove said, “We must remain diligent in exercising the prudent recommendations   to slow the spread of the virus. These measures will help protect our community against a widespread outbreak. Our strength as a community is galvanized when tragedy occurs.  The loss of a fellow resident underscores the fact that we must be united in taking preventative measures to protect our community.”

Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves. Branford has closed all of our public buildings for in person appointments and has closed its outdoor recreational playgrounds and park/recreation facilities. School buildings also remained closed, however remote learning is occurring for our school-aged children. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, avoid crowds, wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, stay home if you’re sick. For the most current updates and recommendations, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. For general questions, please call 2-1-1.

COVID-19 is a Novel Coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019, and is now considered a global pandemic outbreak. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses while practicing social distancing, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.

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March 29, 2020

Please read this important message regarding the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency from First Selectman Cosgrove:

The Town of Branford has more than 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. It is essential that we continue to practice Social Distancing and take all the following personal preventative measures seriously.
• Stay Safe, by Staying Home.
• If you must go out into public places, please maintain a 6-foot distance.
• Social Gatherings are not advisable, and are restricted to 5 (five) persons.
• Please dispose of used gloves and masks properly in a sealed bag in a trash bin. Never throw them on the ground!
• Wash your hands properly and frequently.
• If you do become ill, contact your doctor immediately.
• If you are an out of state resident, please self-quarantine for 14 days.

Following these Public Health Recommendations will keep you, your family and our community safe and help shorten the duration of the pandemic.

Together, I assure you, we will get through this situation.

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March 27, 2020

Positive Thoughts

As we continue to navigate through the uncharted waters and concerns with COVID-19 we continue to take the necessary steps to protect our employees, our residents and our entire community. During this time we also think it is important to help keep us all connected and maintain a positive outlook.

We believe that positive messaging is an important way to help each other get through this turbulent time.

  • Did you write a message at the end of your driveway in chalk?
  • Did your child color a picture that has a positive or encouraging message?
  • Did you take a picture of a beautiful sunset?
  • Do you have a positive quote you would like to share?

Send those thoughts or images to the following email address: positivethoughts@branford-ct.gov.

Each day we will select some of those thoughts or images to share with the entire community by posting them on the town departments Facebook pages.  All thoughts or images will also include your first name and last initial.  So if you send us something check out our Facebook pages to see if we shared it.

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March 25, 2020

Building Department – Increased availability of services electronically

In an effort to continue to serve the Town of Branford’s residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to Town Hall offices have been suspended to the public. All Building permit applications will temporarily only be accepted by e-mail. All required documents are made available either from the Town of Branford website at www.branford-ct.gov or accessed by visiting the Town Hall lobby for all Building applications, forms and supporting documentation to be submitted. We encourage you to contact us by e-mail: building@branford-ct.gov  with any questions you may have regarding your submittal.

As of now all received applications will continue to be processed and you will be contacted by staffing utilizing e-mail or phone to discuss your application.  You will also be provided with a fee payment amount associated with your application to be processed by staffing. Fee payments will only be accepted utilizing our new on-line payment portal located on the Building Department website at www.branford-ct.gov or mailed checks made payable to the Town of Branford.

We will continue to issue those permits which are easily processed but some permits may not be issued if we cannot access records needed for review. Applications which require review by multiple departments are expected to take longer in order to process but will continue to be conducted within the 30 day review period per CGS 29-263. Please remember those applications which require multiple department reviews may require additional applications/forms from those departments to be submitted along with your building permit application. Completed applications, forms and supporting documentation can be e-mailed to building@branford-ct.gov

In order for this process to be successful, we ask you to carefully and legibly provide all of the information required of that particular permit application including a phone number and e-mail (if available) so we may properly contact you. Incomplete applications may be delayed or rejected. Inspections will be conducted and limited to non-occupied buildings and those deemed essential or determined a safe environment to complete.

If you have any questions about the applications or what is required, please send an e-mail to building@branford-ct.gov or contact us directly at 203-315-0674.

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March 25, 2020

Parks and Recreation – partial closures

We are continuing to encourage residents to remain active and exercise regularly.  However, all Branford playgrounds, outdoor sports courts, basketball, tennis, and pickle ball courts are closed effective immediately and should be avoided.  Unfortunately, these activities cannot be conducted while maintaining a safe distance or avoiding repeatedly touching objects touched by others.

All parks and natural areas and trails remain open at this time for walking, hiking, biking, running - activities which do not involve close contact and where 6 feet of social distancing can be achieved.

  • People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home. 
  • Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a park, trail, or natural area, or any other public space.
  • Follow CDC social distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others at all times, including interacting with other visitors. If you can’t maintain that distance, find another location or come back another time. 

While on trails, announce your presence to others and step aside to let others pass.

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March 24, 2020

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Grease Trap Shutdown

Due to the unfortunate SHUTDOWN of many food preparation establishments across the State of Connecticut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Branford WPCA is reaching out to inform facilities of the proper shut down procedures for indoor Active Grease Recovery Units (AGRUs). If your establishment has already SHUTDOWN or is going to SHUTDOWN, please UNPLUG or DE-ENERGIVE the AGRU (grease trap) to prevent equipment damage caused by long periods with no drain water inflows. FAILURE TO UNPLUG OR DENERGIZE AGRUS DURING FACILITY CLOSURES CAN CREATE A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD! These units are often known by names including, but not limited to Big Dipper, Grease Guardian or Grease Stopper.  The units are frequently located under 3 bay pot washing sinks, pre-rinse sinks, work-stations, or other fixtures that are likely to discharge Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG). The AGRUs may even be in the basement of your facility. If your establishment shuts down, you must UNPLUG or DE-ENGERGIZE all electric grease traps. The manufacturers have reached out to the Branford WPCA to relay this information to facilities that have AGRUs installed that may shut down.

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March 23, 2020

From the desk of The East Shore District Health Department

Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the first positive cases of COVID-19 among two Branford residents. These individuals are male and between the ages of 63 and 70 years old.

“Positive cases of COVID-19 in Branford have been expected as community transmission of the virus has been occurring in the area” said Michael Pascucilla, Director of Health for the East Shore District Health Department.  The East Shore District Health Department will work with the individual to ensure all appropriate CDC guidance is followed to limit any potential for exposure. 

Selectman Cosgrove wants to express that the Town of Branford’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus. He also wants to assure our residents that his leadership staff and all town departments are working with the local public health department, along with state and federal officials.  “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and the Town of Branford is recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household” said Pascucilla. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected. 

Selectman Cosgrove said, “We must remain diligent in exercising the prudent recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. These measures will help protect our community against a widespread outbreak.”

Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves, these include:

  • Staying home if you are sick except to get medical care.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Washing your hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands after.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you do become ill, call your doctor immediate.

COVID-19 is a Novel Coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019, and is now considered a global pandemic outbreak. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses while practicing social distancing, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.

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March 20, 2020  

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, Town Hall will be closed to the public.  All offices will still be staffed during normal business hours.

Protocols have been put into place to continue to provide services to the public.

Please use the following link to contact the respective department directly for assistance:  https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments

If you require additional service please call 203-488-8394

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March 19, 2020  

Presidential Preference Primary has been postponed to June 2, 2020

After consultation with local election officials, the leadership of the Town Clerk’s associations and the bi-partisan legislative leadership of the General Assembly, Secretary Merrill and Governor Lamont have decided to postpone the April 28, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary to June 2, 2020.  Additional information will be provided at a later date.

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March 19, 2020

We are continuing to encourage residents to remain active and exercise regularly.    We are fortunate to have many parks, several beaches, and a vast amount open space with many trails.  Now is a great time to take advantage of all the outdoors spaces we have in our community.  Practicing social distancing is paramount, please continue to maintain a minimum of 6 feet between you and others.

At this time, we are also encouraging residents to refrain from letting children use the playground equipment at the public parks.  So much is still unknown about the sustainability of this virus on objects.  Out of an abundance of caution we are asking the public to avoid using the playground equipment.

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March 17, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Connecticut small businesses suffering substantial economic injury, since January 31, 2020 and continuing, as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  SBA issued Disaster Declaration  CT-00046, for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program, following a request from Governor Ned Lamont on March 15, 2020.

This disaster declaration makes the SBA EIDL Program available throughout the entire state of Connecticut. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid due to the impact of the Coronavirus.

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020. 

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus and https://ctsbdc.com/covid19-businessresourcecenter/

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March 16, 2020

The town is initiating the following measures to limit the exposure of our residents and staff to the virus:

Resident Stickers – The expiration date for the current resident sticker (transfer station/beach pass) will be extended from March 31, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

Board of Finance – The Public Hearings for the FY ’21 Budget are postponed until further notice.

We are strongly encouraging residents to utilize online resources as much as possible.  At this time, all town departments will be staffed during normal business hours.  Contact information for all departments can be accessed through the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments.

The town remains committed to providing essential services during this public health emergency while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

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March 14, 2020

As you know, The Town of Branford is working closely with the East Shore District Health Department, federal, state and healthcare providers to monitor the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The town is initiating the following measures to limit the exposure of our residents to the virus:

Schools - All schools will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 including all after school activities until March 27, 2020.

Parks and Recreation - Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, the Parks and Recreation Department will suspend all programs for two weeks. For more information, please click the following link http://branfordct.myrec.com/info/default.aspx or call 203-488-8304.

Senior Center – Beginning Monday, programs and activities held at the Canoe Brook Senior Center will be suspended for two weeks. Other services such as social service assistance applications will still be available. For more information, please click the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments/senior-center or call 203-315-0684.

Libraries - Beginning March 13, the James Blackstone Memorial Library and Willoughby Wallace Library are closed to the public. Please contact the libraries via phone or email for additional information. For more information, please click the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/facilities/… or call JBML 203-488-1441 or WWML at 203-488-8702.

Animal Shelter - Effective today, the Daniel Cosgrove Animal Shelter will suspend all volunteer activity for two weeks and the building will be closed to walk in visitors. Please contact the shelter directly to schedule an appointment. For more information, please click the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments/animal-shelter or call 203-315-4125.

We are strongly encouraging residents to utilize online resources as much as possible. At this time, all town departments will be staffed during normal business hours. Contact information for all departments can be accessed through the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments.

The town remains committed to providing essential services during this public health emergency while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

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March 12, 2020

At this time, Town Hall remains open. However, we are encouraging residents to access municipal services through our website at https://www.branford-ct.gov/ 

Before coming to Town Hall please consider contacting the office directly via phone or email, click on this link https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments for a list of departments and contact information.

You can also download our mobile app (myBranford-CT.gov) or use the online portal to report any non-emergency issues you find in your community. If you want to stay connected throughout the resolution process, you’ll ================================================================== 

March 11, 2020

The Town of Branford is working closely with the East Shore District Health Department, federal, state and healthcare providers to monitor the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are holding meetings with our local departments and participating on conference calls with other towns and state officials to monitor this very fluid situation.

As testing becomes more readily available, we anticipate the number of cases to increase statewide. As those cases increase, we do expect there will be some impacts to our community.

Currently there is no significant risk to Branford residents. While the immediate risk of this new virus to our community is low at this time, everyone should use these practices to keep themselves healthy:

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your face - eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick. Children should stay home from school or daycare if they are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
• Thoroughly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Call ahead before visiting your doctor, if you have a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing.

Please visit the following websites for more information:
CDC Website at https://www.cdc.gov/
ESDHD website: http://www.esdhd.org/
Connecticut DPH website: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/

As the nation's health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

Last Updated: Mon, 06/01/2020 - 9:09am