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Listed below are the latest messages from Town Hall that impact our Community:

Community Message

November 13, 2020

Yesterday, the US and many States documented their largest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day, and unfortunately, the Town of Branford also experienced its highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in a single day since the pandemic began.  The cases affect individuals ranging in age from 13 to 76, solidifying that this virus has no bounds.  In addition, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed a fatality from COVID-19 in Branford. The deceased was a male between the ages of 70-80 years old.  As a community, we are deeply saddened to announce that another Branford resident has died as a result of contracting COVID-19. “This terrible virus has taken another life in our community, and that loss of life gives each of us pause and fills us with sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family” Cosgrove said.

As we navigate through these unprecedented times and it is imperative that we work together to reduce the spread of this virus.  First Selectman Cosgrove stated “I am particularly concerned with the upcoming holidays and indoor gatherings.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to follow guidance and personal protection precautions provided by the CDC, State of CT Department of Public Health and the East Shore District Health Department”.

Wearing a face covering and social distancing are crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.  We are also recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home as much as possible and not interact with individuals outside of your own household.

  • The spread of COVID-19 happens most frequently due to close contact.   Hosting or attending a gathering puts you and others at higher risk of contracting the virus.
  • Your elderly family members such as grandparents and those that have underlying health conditions are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering severe effects. 
  • People who look healthy can still be infected and can spread the virus to you and your household.
  • Gatherings should be limited to only those that live in your house.

If you decide to go to or host a small gathering (max.10 people per Governor’s EO) please consider the following:

  • Wear your face covering at all times especially inside.
  • Do not shake hands or hug anyone. 
  • Social distance and stay 6 feet away from others at all times.
  • Set-up tables and chairs so that households can sit 6 feet apart.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Don’t share any items with anyone.
  • If possible, bring your own food and beverages—use disposable plates and utensils.
  • Use paper towels in the bathrooms instead of shared hand towels.
  • Leave windows open to provide additional ventilation.
  • Place hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes near the entry way and in bathrooms.

Please see the attached links for guidance and protocols.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

http://www.esdhd.org/

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November 13, 2020

Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library

Due to the rise in the increasing number of Branford residents who are testing positive for COVID-19, effective Monday, November 16, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020 public access to Town Hall will be limited.  In person services will be by appointment only.  All offices will continue to be staffed during normal business hours.  We have instituted many changes in an effort to expand the availability of services to our residents and businesses. Many services are available without having to make a trip to Town Hall or other offices.  We strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of the availability of these services via online or by phone.  Please visit our website at www.branford-ct.gov or contact the department directly for assistance:  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 and our residents.  We will evaluate the COVID-19 data as provided by the state and the ESDHD during the week of December 4 to determine if this process will need to be extended.

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

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Community Message - COVID-19                         

November 13, 2020 

Town Hall Operations

Due to the rise in the increasing number of Branford residents who are testing positive for COVID-19, effective Monday, November 16, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020 public access to Town Hall will be limited.  In person services will be by appointment only.  All offices will continue to be staffed during normal business hours.  We have instituted many changes in an effort to expand the availability of services to our residents and businesses. Many services are available without having to make a trip to Town Hall or other offices.  We strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of the availability of these services via online or by phone.  Please visit our website at www.branford-ct.gov or contact the department directly for assistance:  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 and our residents.  We will evaluate the COVID-19 data as provided by the state and the ESDHD during the week of December 4 to determine if this process will need to be extended.

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

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COMMUNITY MESSAGE – OCTOBER 30, 2020

GATHERINGS DURING COVID-19

WHILE YOU MAY THINK IT’S HARMLESS TO HAVE GATHERINGS DURING THIS TIME, HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE:

  • GATHERINGS = PERSON TO PERSON CONTACT: SPREAD OF COVID-19 HAPPENS MOST FREQUENTLY DUE TO CLOSE CONTACT.   HOSTING OR ATTENDING A GATHERING PUTS YOU AND OTHERS AT HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS.
  • YOU COULD BE PUTTING LOVED ONES AT RISK: YOUR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS SUCH AS GRANDPARENTS AND THOSE THAT HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE AT HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING COVID-19 AND SUFFERING SEVERE EFFECTS.  IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THOSE AT HIGHER RISK.
  • BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: PEOPLE WHO LOOK HEALTHY CAN STILL BE INFECTED AND CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS TO YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD.  THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAY AWAY FROM THOSE OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSEHOLD, EVEN IF THEY DON’T SEEM SICK.
  • HOUSEHOLD = THOSE THAT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE: GATHERINGS SHOULD BE LIMITED TO ONLY THOSE THAT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE.  EXTENDED FAMILY AND GUESTS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED OVER FOR ANY OCCASION.

THE SAFEST GATHERINGS DURING THE PANDEMIC ARE THOSE THAT ARE VIRTUAL—CONSIDER CALLING OR SETTING UP VIRTUAL CALLS TO CHAT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

GATHERING SAFETY TIPS

IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO OR HOST A SMALL GATHERING PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • WEAR YOUR FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES ESPECIALLY INSIDE.
  • DO NOT SHAKE HANDS OR HUG ANYYONE. 
  • STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHERS.
  • SET UP TABLES AND CHAIRS SO THAT HOUSEHOLDS CAN SIT 6 FEET APART.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS OR USE HAND SANITIZER FREQUENTLY.  DON’T SHARE ANY ITEMS WITH ANYONE.
  • IF POSSIBLE, BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND BEVERAGES—USE DISPOSABLE PLATES AND UTENSILS.
  • USE PAPER TOWELS IN THE BATHROOMS INSTEAD OF SHARED HAND TOWELS.
  • LEAVE WINDOWS OPEN TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL VENTILATION.
  • PLACE HAND SANITIZER AND ANTI BACTERIAL WIPES NEAR THE ENTRY WAY AND IN BATHROOMS.

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Community Message – Storm of 08/27/20

Message 7

Update 09/10/2020

Reminder - Storm Debris 

As stated previously, the town sustained massive damage town wide during the storm on 8/27.  DPW crews have been out collecting and cleaning up debris.  The amount of debris that was left behind from this storm is enormous and it will take several more weeks to collect debris.  Crews will only make a one-time pick up.

We are asking for everyone’s help with clean up efforts and urge residents, if possible, to take as much debris as you can to the Transfer Station instead of leaving it curbside. 

If you are unable to bring limbs to the Transfer Station the Town will provide curbside collection service for tree debris less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.

Hired tree/landscape contractors should not be placing debris at the curb. Materials left at the curb by contractors will not be picked up. 

Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be broken up and placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels and left out with your weekly garbage.  The collection contractor will collect up to 3 bags/barrels per week.  In addition, small bagged debris can be brought to the Transfer Station and discarded with the garbage.  If possible we urge residents to bring these materials to the Transfer Station.

The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  A resident sticker or trip pass is required.

We are asking for everyone’s continued patience.  We are fortunate that during this storm we did not have any residents sustain any critical injuries or loss of life.  As a community, we will continue to work together to clean up, recover and rebuild after this devastating storm. 

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Community Message – Storm of 08/27/20

Message 7

Update 09/03/2020

Storm Debris Cleanup Assistance

The Town of Branford has announced that additional assistance in the clearing and hauling to the curb of storm damaged brush and limbs from the tornado and thunderstorm of August 27th will be available beginning Saturday, September 5th.

The Town is appreciative of the efforts of Team Rubicon and other Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) including United Way 211, The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, to coordinate this project and provide much needed assistance to those severely impacted by this event.

Residents may call 211 and select option 3 and remain on the line, or visit their website at: www.211ct.org/tornadodamagect  to register their address and complete a short survey to determine needs and eligibility.  Priorities will be given to those with financial hardship, senior citizens, functional needs, veterans and similar factors.

All removal work will be coordinated through the Town’s unified command and the State of CT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Local residents who are also interested in volunteering their time to support this effort, may contact 211.

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Community Message – Storm of 08/27/20

Message 6

Update 09/02/2020

Storm Debris

As stated previously, the town sustained massive damage town wide and it will take weeks to finish the clean up of debris.  The amount of debris that was left behind from this storm is enormous.  We are asking for everyone’s help with clean up efforts and urge residents, if possible, to take as much debris as you can to the Transfer Station instead of leaving it curbside. 

  • If you are unable to bring limbs to the Transfer Station the Town will provide curbside collection service for tree debris less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.
  • Hired tree/landscape contractors should not be placing debris at the curb. Materials left at the curb by contractors will not be picked up.
  • Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be broken up and placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels and left out with your weekly garbage.  The collection contractor will collect up to 3 bags/barrels per week.  In addition, small bagged debris can be brought to the Transfer Station and discarded with the garbage.  If possible we urge residents to bring these materials to the Transfer Station.
  • The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  A resident sticker or trip pass is required.

We are asking for everyone’s continued patience.  We are fortunate that during this storm we did not have any residents sustain any critical injuries or loss of life.  As a community, we will continue to work together to clean up, recover and rebuild after this devastating storm.

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Storm of: 08/27/20

Message 3

Update: 08/28/2020

As of 5:00 p.m. 42% of the town is still without power.  Crews have made significant progress in clearing storm debris and in restoration efforts.  We are asking for everyone’s continued patience. 

  • Please do not call the police or fire departments for power outage status. They are overwhelmed with emergency calls related to the storm.
  • Please call 911 to report any carbon monoxide alarms.
  • DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.
  • Assume that all downed power lines are live.  If you see a downed wire, call Eversource at 800-286-2000 or 911.
  • Before you use a generator, make sure it is connected by a qualified electrician. Always operate it outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • All Restaurants without power or a generator previously approved by the town must remain closed at this time.
  • Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin next week. The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.
  • Charging stations are available at: Branford Fire Headquarters and Town Hall 
  • The Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street open as a cooling center for Branford Residents on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance. All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

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Storm of 08/27/20

Message 2

Update 08/28/2020

As you know, Branford was devastated by the storm that hit our community yesterday creating massive damage town wide.  At this time we are still assessing the impacts of this storm. Many roads are still closed. Eversource crews are in town and working on opening roads and restoring power.  As of 1:00 p.m. 55% of the town is still without power.  At this time we do not have estimated restoration times.  We are asking for everyone’s patience as we tackle the enormous tasks ahead of us.

  • Please do not call the police or fire departments for power outage status.  They are overwhelmed with emergency calls related to the storm.
  • Please call 911 to report any carbon monoxide alarms.
  • We are asking residents limit travel and please use extreme caution if you have to travel and DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.
  • Assume that all downed power lines are live.  If you see a downed wire, call Eversource at 800-286-2000 or 911 to report it.
  • Before you use a generator, make sure it is connected by a qualified electrician. Always operate it outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • All Restaurants without power or a generator previously approved by the town must remain closed at this time.
  • Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin next week. The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.
  • Charging stations are available at: Branford Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St.; Town Hall, 1019 Main St. There are outlets available outside in each of those locations.
  • The Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will continue to remain open as a cooling center for Branford Residents today until to 7:00 p.m. Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance. All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

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August 14, 2020

Storm Isaias

Debris collection continues following the aftermath of Storm Isaias.  The Department of Public Works crews have been collecting and/or chipping large trees and limbs that are left at the curb are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter. 

Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be broken up and placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels and left out with your weekly garbage.  The collection contractor will collect up to 3 bags/barrels per week.

Residents can also bring clean wood/green waste to the Transfer Station Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  A resident sticker or trip pass is required.

If you placed limbs at the curb and they haven’t been picked up by Wednesday, August 19, 2020 please call the Department of Public Works at 203-488-4156 to be placed on a pick up list.  We expect to have pick up completed by the end of next week.

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August 8, 2020

Storm Isaias

As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon approximately 20% of Branford customers are currently still without power.  Restoration efforts continue to move forward and several critical infrastructure facilities are now back on line and some major roads have been opened.  If your neighbors have power but yours is still out please contact Eversource to let them know.  We understand residents’ frustration with the continued delay in restoration, please be assured that we are continuing to put pressure on Eversource regarding restoration efforts.

  • CVS at Short Beach Road is still closed if you normally receive your prescription at this location please try calling CVS in East Haven at 203-468-6594.
  •  Please DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.  Downed electric wires should always be treated as live as they can become energized at any time.
  • Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street is will remain open as a cooling center for Branford Residents on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance. All visitors must adhere to COVID-19 Safety Protocols.  Charging stations are also available.
  • Outdoor charging stations are also available at Branford Fire Headquarters, Indian Neck Fire Station, Stony Creek Fire House, Short Beach Fire House and Town Hall. 
  • Curbside Collection of tree debris has begun. Crews will continue picking up and/or chipping tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter. 
  • Small debris – less than 3 feet in length can be placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels.  These bags should be placed with your weekly garbage.  The collection contractor will pick up 3 bags/barrels/bundles per week. 
  • The Transfer Station will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday to accept clean wood or green waste only.  Trash and other household items will not be accepted 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Some town department phone lines are down.  Residents are able to leave voice mail messages that will be retrieved by staff and calls will be returned at quickly as possible.
  • All town beaches are now open. 

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August 7, 2020

Storm Isaias

Cooling center

The Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will remain open as a cooling center for Branford Residents on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance.

DO NOT VISIT THE FACILITY IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR HAVE TRAVELED TO A STATE THAT IS ON THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT TRAVEL ADVISORY LIST.

All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

  • Have your temperature checked upon arrival.
  • Sign in by providing your name and contact information.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Wear a face covering at all times while inside the building (unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing one).
  • Practice social distancing at all times and maintain a 6 foot distance between you and others.

If you fail to comply with the above protocols you may be asked to leave the facility.

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August 7, 2020

Storm Isaias

As of 11:00 a.m. this morning approximately 32% or Branford customers are currently without power.  Restoration efforts continue to move forward and several critical infrastructure facilities our now back on line and some major roads have been opened.  We are awaiting the arrival or a restoration crew assigned to Branford from Massachusetts.  We understand residents’ frustration with the continued delay in restoration, please be assured that we are continuing to put pressure on Eversource regarding restoration efforts.

PHARMACIES/PRESCRIPTIONS – CVS at Short Beach Road is currently closed due to loss of power.  If you normally receive your prescription at this location please try calling another branch for assistance.  The closest location is CVS, 369 Main Street, East Haven 203-468-6594.

TRAVEL – Please use extreme caution when traveling and DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.

COOLING CENTER – Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will continue to remain open as a cooling center for Branford Residents today from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance. All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols.  Charging stations are also available.

CHARGING STATIONS – Outside outlets are available for charging electronics at Branford Fire Headquarters, Indian Neck Fire Station, Stony Creek Fire House and Town Hall. 

DEBRIS COLLECTION – Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin tomorrow.  The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.  Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels.

TRANSFER STATION – The Transfer Station will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday to accept clean wood or green waste only.  Trash and other household items will not be accepted after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday or after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

TELEPHONE OUTAGES – Due to loss of power at some town departments the phone lines are down.  Residents are able to leave voice mail messages that will be retrieved by staff and calls will be returned at quickly as possible 

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August 6, 2020

Storm Isaias

Town Beaches and Shellfishing areas

The town beaches and shellfishing areas are now open.  Clark Avenue Beach remains closed pending additional water quality tests. 

For updates on beach and shellfishing openings/closures please visit the East Shore Health Department website http://www.esdhd.org/

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August 6, 2020

Storm Isaias

Currently, there are approximately 50% of Branford customers without power.  Eversource crews are slowly responding to power outages.  Branford’s Public Works Department has been continually working on tree removal that does not involve wires.  Unfortunately, any trees involving wires require specialized power crews from Eversource.  We understand residents’ frustration with the continued delay in restoration, please be assured that we are continuing to put pressure on Eversource regarding restoration efforts.

PHARMACIES/PRESCRIPTIONS – CVS at Short Beach Road is currently closed due to loss of power.  If you normally receive your prescription at this location please try calling another branch for assistance.  The closest location is CVS, 369 Main Street, East Haven 203-469-6594.

TRAVEL – Please use extreme caution when traveling and DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.

COOLING CENTER – Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will open as a cooling center for Branford Residents.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance.

The hours will be as following:

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols.  Charging stations are also available.

CHARGING STATIONS – Outside outlets are available for charging electronics at Branford Fire Headquarters, Indian Neck Fire Station, Stony Creek Fire House and Town Hall. 

CURBSIDE COLLECTION – Curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.  Collections normally scheduled for Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday and collections normally scheduled on Thursday will be picked up on Friday.

DEBRIS COLLECTION – Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin tomorrow.  The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.  Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels.

TRANSFER STATION – The Transfer Station will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday to accept clean wood or green waste only.  Trash and other household items will not be accepted after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday or after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

BEACHES/SHELLFISHING – The town beaches, shellfishing areas will be remain closed until water quality testing results are within acceptable levels.  For updates on beach and shellfishing openings/closures please visit the East Shore Health Department website http://www.esdhd.org/

TELEPHONE OUTAGES – Due to loss of power at some town departments the phone lines are down.  Residents are able to leave voice mail messages that will be retrieved by staff and calls will be returned at quickly as possible

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August 5, 2020

Storm Isaias

Cooling center

Due to current power outages within the Town of Branford, the Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will open as a cooling center for Branford Residents.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance.

The hours will be as following:

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

DO NOT VISIT THE FACILITY IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR HAVE TRAVELED TO A STATE THAT IS ON THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT TRAVEL ADVISORY LIST.

All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

  • Have your temperature checked upon arrival.
  • Sign in by providing your name and contact information.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Wear a face covering at all times while inside the building (unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing one).
  • Practice social distancing at all times and maintain a 6 foot distance between you and others.

If you fail to comply with the above protocols you may be asked to leave the facility.

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August 5, 2020

Storm Isaias

High winds from Tropical Storm Isaias resulted in significant damage to trees and power lines resulting widespread power outages.  Currently, there are approximately 50% of Branford customers without power.  Eversource crews are responding to power outages.

  • Assume that all downed power lines are live.
  • If you see a downed wire, call Eversource at 800-286-2000 or 911 to report it. Stay as far away as possible until Eversource arrives to make the area safe.
  • Stay clear of all fallen tree limbs and electrical wires as well as anything they are touching—such as puddles and metal fences.
  • If you have to drive, watch out for trees and wires in the roadway. Do not drive across a downed power line. Treat all nonworking traffic lights as stop signs and proceed cautiously at intersections.
  • If you have lost power please report it directly to Eversource by calling 800-286-2000 or by using the following link:  https://www.eversource.com/customercare/ReportOutage
  • If all of your neighbors have their power back on, but yours is still out, report your outage again by calling 800-286-2000.
  • Customers are encouraged to sign up to receive storm outage updates on the channel of their choice (text, email, phone call) at www.eversource.com.

GENERATOR SAFETY – Before you use a generator, make sure it is connected by a qualified electrician. Always operate it outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

TRAVEL – Please use extreme caution when traveling and DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.

RESTAURANTS – All Food Service establishments without power or a generator previously approved by the town pre-approved generator must remain closed at this time.

CURBSIDE COLLECTION – Curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.  Collections normally scheduled for Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday and collections normally scheduled on Thursday will be picked up on Friday.

DEBRIS COLLECTION – Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin tomorrow.  The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.  Bagged debris should be placed curbside with your weekly garbage.

BEACHES/SHELLFISHING – The town beaches and recreational shellfishing areas will be remain closed until water quality testing results are within acceptable levels.  For updates on beach and shellfishing openings/closures please visit the East Shore Health Department website http://www.esdhd.org/

CHARGING STATIONS – Charging stations are available at the following locations:  Branford Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St.; Indian Neck Fire Station, 9 Linden Ave.; Stony Creek Fire House, 41 School St.; Town Hall, 1019 Main St.  There are outlets available outside in each of those locations.

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August 4, 2020

EVERBRIDGE MESSAGE NUMBER 1 STORM ISAIAS

Below please see the transcript of a recorded message from First Selectman Cosgrove:

Hello this is First Selectman James Cosgrove with an important message regarding Tropical Storm Isaias

Tropical Storm Force winds and associated bands of tropical thunderstorms are expected in our area between 3 and 9 p.m.

The primary threat to the Town of Branford is isolated tree damage with scattered power outages and possible flooding of poor drainage areas.

The Emergency Operations Center is open and monitoring the situation closely.

  • All curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.
  •  Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • Bring inside any loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  •  Prepare for possible power outages, make sure cell phone batteries are charged.

Additional Information may be found on the Town of Branford website and Facebook page.

Updates to this message will follow as necessary.

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August 4, 2020

Storm Isaias

Trash and Recycling curbside collection

Due to the heavy winds anticipated with Storm Isaias all curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.  Collections normally scheduled for Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday and collections normally scheduled on Thursday will be picked up on Friday.

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August 4, 2020

Storm Isaias

Preparedness Update

Readiness Condition: Monitoring

TORNADO WATCH ISSUED FOR SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT…TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSSETTS…STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING BETWEEN 2:00 – 7:00 PM… 

At 8:00 AM Tropical Storm Isaias was located near 37.7 N 76.8 W or approximately 15 miles south southeast of Tappahannack, Virginia.  Isaias has maximum sustained winds of 70 MPH and is moving to the north northeast at 33 MPH.  Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for all of Southern New England.   

The center of T.S. Isaias is forecast to make its closest approach (close to western CT) at approximately 4:00 PM this afternoon.  The latest runs of the NAM-HRES and HRRR models are indicating that the right eye wall will move thru Fairfield county and then western Connecticut between 2:00 – 6:00 PM.  The models are indicating that the tropical storm is going to still be packing gusts between 65 – 75 MPH in Western Connecticut and between 55 - 65 MPH in Eastern CT as it’s rain bands move thru the state.      

The most likely timing for the tropical storm force winds is now from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The primary threat from Isaias will be from strong winds.  Based on the current NHC forecast we can expect a high end moderate to borderline major impact to trees and powerlines.  As with all dying tropical systems there is also the risk for weak tornadoes to occur and a tornado watch has been issued for southern Connecticut.  There is a high risk for at least a few weak tornadoes according to the Storm Prediction Center.  The tropical storm will also be accompanied by some heavy rain of 1” – 3” especially in western CT and minor urban flooding is possible.  The earlier arrival timing continues to bring the strongest winds into the coast at low tide.  Therefore, only minor coastal flooding is expected which may inundate a few low lying coastal roads with wave splash over but no structures. 

ACTIONS

Please be prepared and take the following precautions:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • To prepare for a possible power outage, make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.
  • If you are a property owner, builder, contractor, and/or crane operator, secure your construction site(s), building(s), and equipment.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas.
  • Prepare your home and family, review your emergency plans, test your generator and other similar activities. You can find additional information here:

 

  • Sign up to receive Community Messages by email, Click the black “create account” button
  • Sign up to receive Emergency Messages or update your contact information from CT Alert
  • Predetermine where you would evacuate if it should become necessary. Due to COVID-19 it is best to shelter with family or in a hotel, congregate sheltering should be your last resort.
  • Check on elderly neighbors or other vulnerable community members who may need assistance.

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August 3, 2020

Storm Isaias

Preparedness Update

Readiness Condition: Monitoring

OVERVIEW

TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE BEFORE MAKING LANDFALL IN THE CAROLINA’S TONIGHT…TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR COASTAL CONNECTICUT…  

After landfall Isaias is forecast to weaken back down to a tropical storm and move quickly up the U.S. east coast during the day on Tuesday.  The center of T.S. Isaias is now forecast to reach southwestern Connecticut at approximately 6:00 PM Tuesday evening.  Tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive a few hours sooner at approximately 3:00 PM Tuesday afternoon.     

On the official forecast track our state can expect tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 45 – 55 MPH and gusts in the 55 - 65 MPH range Tuesday afternoon and evening.  The most likely timing for the tropical storm force winds is now from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tuesday. This timing may continue to change by a few hours as we get closer to the time of impact. The primary threat from Isaias still appears to be from strong winds.  Based on the current NHC forecast we can expect a high end moderate impact to trees and powerlines. The storm will also likely be accompanied by some heavy rain of 2” – 4” especially in western CT.  Minor to moderate coastal flooding is also possible around midnight which may inundate some low lying coastal roads and a few structures.  Minor to moderate urban flooding is expected.  

ACTIONS

Please be prepared and take the following precautions:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • To prepare for a possible power outage, make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.
  • If you are a property owner, builder, contractor, and/or crane operator, secure your construction site(s), building(s), and equipment.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas.
  • Prepare your home and family, review your emergency plans, test your generator and other similar activities. You can find additional information here:

 

  • Sign up to receive Community Messages by email, Click the black “create account” button
  • Sign up to receive Emergency Messages or update your contact information from CT Alert
  • Predetermine where you would evacuate if it should become necessary. Due to COVID-19 it is best to shelter with family or in a hotel, congregate sheltering should be your last resort.
  • Check on elderly neighbors or other vulnerable community members who may need assistance.

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August 3, 2020

Presidential Preference Primary Absentee Ballots

If you are a qualified Democrat or Republican and have completed an application for absentee ballot, the Secretary of the State’s office has confirmed ballots are in the mail as of today.   Any applications received in Branford as of 7/30/2020 are being processed locally in the Town Clerk’s office, and ballots are directly mailed from the Branford post office (rather than the State’s mail house.)

Look for absentee ballots in your mailbox this week.  Voters are encouraged to drop completed ballots in the secure drive-up election ballot drop box in front of Town Hall by Primary Day, August 11, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. in order to be counted.

Voters who will be out of town before receiving your ballot in the mail, may complete an application for a replacement absentee ballot.  Your original ballot will be voided, and a new one issued to you over the counter at the Town Clerk’s office. 

The deadline for new voters, and for unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party for voting in the primary is Thursday, August 6, 2020You may apply in person to the Town Clerk’s Office or the Registrar of Voters Office until 12:00 noon on Monday, August 10, 2020.

For additional information please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 203-315-0678.

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August 1, 2020

Storm Isaias

Preparedness Update

Readiness Condition: Monitoring
 

OVERVIEW

  • Hurricane Isaias is forecast to track north and off the east coast over Connecticut the morning of Tuesday, August 4. On the official forecast track our state can expect the potential for tropical storm conditions (wind gusts in a 40 - 60 MPH range especially in southeastern CT) to enter the state Tuesday around 6:00 PM in the evening. The storm will also likely be accompanied by heavy rain (4” – 6”) and moderate coastal flooding which may inundate many low lying coastal roads and some structures
  • While the exact track of this hurricane is still uncertain, we’re closely monitoring forecasts and making preparations.

 

ACTIONS

 

  • Sign up to receive Community Messages by email, Click the black “create account” button
  • Sign up to receive Emergency Messages or update your contact information from CT Alert
  • Predetermine where you would evacuate if it should become necessary. Due to COVID-19 it is best to shelter with family or in a hotel, congregate sheltering should be your last resort.
  • Check on elderly neighbors or other vulnerable community members who may need assistance.

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July 24, 2020

Presidential Preference Primary polling locations

Due to the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, polling places have changed for the August 11, 2020 Presidential Preference primary to maximize safety, security and ease of voting.    Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for registered Democrat and Republican voters who have not previously voted by absentee ballot

Some polling locations have changed – Please see below:

  • Districts 1 and 5 will vote at: The Community House - 46 Church Street
  • Districts 2, 3 and 7 will vote at: St. Therese Church Hall - 105 Leetes Island Road
  • Districts 4 and 6 will vote at: The Main Firehouse - 45 North Main Street

In addition, the following safety precautions have been implemented for poll workers and voters:

  • All voters should wear a face covering;
  • All poll workers will be wearing face shields or have table shields;
  • Markings will be placed on the floors to assist with social distancing - Stay 6 feet apart;
  • Voting booths will be appropriately spaced;
  • Voters will be given their own individual, one-time use pen to fill out the ballot.

For additional information please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 203-483-3998 or the Town Clerk’s Office at 203-315-0678.

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July 10, 2020

Beach and Shellfishing areas reopened

Water quality testing has indicated that the water is now safe for swimming and fishing.  All Branford beaches and shellfishing areas are now open. 

For updates on beach and shellfishing opnings/closures please visit the East Shore Health Department website http://www.esdhd.org/

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July 10, 2020

Tropical Storm Fay

TROPICAL STORM FAY GETTING A LITTLE STRONGER THAN EXPECTED…SUSTAINED WINDS NOW UP TO 60 MPH… TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR THE CONNECTICUT COAST… FLOOD WATCHES IN EFFECT FOR THE REST OF THE STATE… Easterly winds along the Connecticut coast are currently sustained at 10 – 15 MPH with gusts to 20 MPH at times. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting that Fay will remain at it’s current intensity for the next 6 hours as the Tropical Storm hugs the coastline. T.S. Fay is forecasted to move north along the NY / CT border between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM Saturday morning.  On this track the heaviest rain is still expected to occur in Western CT where a total of 2” – 4” inches may fall. Slightly less rainfall (1” – 2”) is expected in eastern CT. Flood watches are now in effect for the entire state. Winds are forecast to gust to 55 – 65 MPH along the coast and 40 – 50 MPH inland this evening between 8:00 PM and midnight. A minor to moderate number of power outages may occur. As with most tropical systems there is also a chance for an isolated tornado (5% along the coast and 2% Inland). T.S. Fay is forecast to depart the state by daybreak on Saturday.

Please be prepared and take the following precautions:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • To prepare for a possible power outage, make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.
  • If you are a property owner, builder, contractor, and/or crane operator, secure your construction site(s), building(s), and equipment.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas

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July 8, 2020

Beach and Shellfishing area closures

The Greater New Haven Waste Water Treatment Plant has confirmed that 2.1 million gallons of raw sewage was released into the Mill River and it entered Long Island Sound. The discharge affects the cities of New Haven, West Haven and the towns of East Haven and Branford.

Effective immediately all Branford beaches and shellfishing areas are closed until further notice.  We anticipate that the closures will last for the next 2-3 days depending on water quality testing.  This applies to all public and private beaches.

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Last Updated: Fri, 11/13/2020 - 2:38pm