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Posted on May 19th, 2017

​PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Harry A. Smith, AICP
Town Planner
Town of Branford
Branford, CT 06405
203-488-1255  
todstudy@branford-ct.gov
 
Town of Branford to Study Redevelopment Opportunities near Train Station
Branford, CT
May 16, 2017
 
The Town of Branford is conducting a study of potential redevelopment opportunities in the area around the Branford Shoreline East Train Station.  Called Transit Oriented Development (TOD), this is development that benefits from proximity to transit services.  It includes and would build upon, existing and proposed projects such as Atlantic Wharf, Anchor Reef, and the Stony Creek Brewery.  The Branford Station TOD Plan being developed will be an integral part of a Town and regional initiative to promote growth and redevelopment that is more transit oriented, will increase the tax base, and will provide uses better suited to the current local and regional economy.  The study will also focus on improving pedestrian and bicycle access and walkability, with the goal being to improve linkages between the Town Center, Branford Station and the waterfront.  

Community outreach is a critical component of the Plan to ensure the vision for future development meets local needs. The Branford Station TOD Plan development will provide a host of opportunities for public input including two public workshops, a survey, and stakeholder interviews and focus groups. This outreach for public input will help to define a set of realistic and publicly supported development goals and objectives for the area. The study is supported by technical planning and market professionals so as to develop realistic development alternatives that consider potential impacts and/or constraints, parking, traffic, infrastructure, and other potential impacts on community facilities and services. The study will also identify issues that may require further study. The Plan is also proceeding concurrently with an update to the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).

There are two upcoming public workshops for the Plan. The first workshop will be held on Monday, May 22nd from 7-9 PM at the Canoe Brook Senior Center (11 Cherry Hill Road, Branford, CT). The second workshop will be on Thursday, June 22nd from 7-9 PM at Branford Fire Headquarters (45 Main Street, Branford, CT). All interested residents, property owners and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend both meetings to share thoughts on the vision, goals and objectives for the station area.
 Comments can also be sent to todstudy@branford-ct.gov.

Posted on May 18th, 2017

​Connex Credit Union Recognized as Industry Leader by BauerFinancial, Inc.
Credit union awarded “superior” five-star rating for 2016 performance
 
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (May 18, 2017) – Connex Credit Union is proud to announce it has been designated a Five-Star “Superior” organization by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. This award is reserved for financial institutions that excel in capital, asset quality, profitability and other fiscal areas.
This rating is based on Connex’s 2016 performance in which the credit union grew to nearly 50,000 members, added more than $2 million in capital and approached $500 million in assets – a plateau that was eventually reached earlier this year. With this recognition, Connex solidifies itself as a safe and financially sound credit union operating well above regulatory capital requirements.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by BauerFinancial for our unwavering commitment to providing superior products and services,” said Carl Casper, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Connex Credit Union. “This dedication is one of the core values of our credit union and has enabled us to remain prosperous despite a tough economic landscape.”
BauerFinancial compiles its data from information reported to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the governing federal agency for credit unions. For more information about BauerFinancial, please visit its website at bauerfinancial.com or call 800-388-6686.
For more information on Connex Credit Union, or to discover how they can help you reach your financial goals, please visit connexcu.org or call 1-800-CR-UNION.
 
About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 48,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.

Posted on May 17th, 2017


Posted on May 16th, 2017

​Connex Credit Union Helps Local Children Develop a Love for Learning
With More than $750 Donation to Branford Early Childhood Collaborative
Funds collected through the Coins-for-Change program at Guilford branch 
As part of its ConnexCares philanthropic initiative, Connex Credit Union recently donated more than $750 to support the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative in its mission to develop  a love for learning in local children. This contribution is the result of participation in the credit union’s Coins-for-Change program by visitors to its Guilford branch during the first quarter of 2017.

The Branford Early Childhood collaborative is committed to ensuring all Branford children and families have the opportunity to cultivate a sound foundation for learning during the critical developmental stages that occur from birth to eight years old.

“We are so pleased that Connex Credit Union selected the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative to participate in their Coins-for-Change program,” said Robin Comey, coordinator, Branford Early Childhood Collaborative.  “This contribution enabled us to distribute more than 900 free books in honor of April’s Week of the Young Child and the One Book One Town literacy celebration.”

To learn more, or donate, please visit branfordbecc.org or send an email to branford.becc@gmail.com.

The Coins-for-Change program charges a five percent fee to members, and a seven percent fee to non-members, to use Connex’s coin-cashing machines. Each fiscal quarter, 100 percent of this money is donated to different charitable organizations in the local community, contributing more than $13,000 annually. 

Local non-profit or charitable organizations interested in participating in the “Coins-for-Change” program, are encouraged to contact Roquita Johnson at Connex Credit Union, at 1-800-CR-UNION or rjohnson@connexcu.org. ​

About ConnexCares:
ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.
 
About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 48,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.
 
 

​Branch Manager of Connex Credit Union’s Guilford Branch Kerry Perrotta (left) presents Branford Early Childhood Collaborative Coordinator Robin Comey (middle) and Board Chair Bruce Storm (right) with a check worth $768.98. These funds were raised through Connex’s Coins-for-Change program.

Posted on May 16th, 2017


Posted on May 12th, 2017

​The 60th Anniversary SARAH Gala 2017
 
The 60th Anniversary SARAH Gala with a theme of “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow 1957-2017” was held on Thursday, May 4th at the WoodWinds in Branford, CT.  This year, the Diamond Sponsors - Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery and the Seedlings Foundation were serenaded by the Whiffenpoofs.  A huge thank you to our Media Sponsor ,Shore Publishing and Photographer Judith Barbosa. The 60th Anniversary of SARAH celebration included dinner, drinks, a silent & live auction, music and dancing.  The SARAH Gala is the signature fundraising event for the SARAH Foundation which raises funds each year to support SARAH participants.  We are so grateful to the 60th Anniversary SARAH Gala committee - co-chairs Erin McCallum, Wendi Little, Kristen Eveland, and Committee members Amy Jensen, Duffy Mudry, Connor Dolan and Holly Haringa along with the many volunteers, sponsors, participants and guests that supported the SARAH Gala.  For more information on SARAH visit www.sarahfoundation.org or contact the SARAH Foundation office at 203-453-6531. PHOTO:  (Left to right) SARAH Gala Co-chairs Erin McCallum, Wendi Little and Kristen Eveland. 





 
​PHOTO:  (Left to right) SARAH Gala Co-chairs Erin McCallum, Wendi Little and Kristen Eveland. 

 

Posted on May 12th, 2017


Posted on May 12th, 2017


Posted on May 12th, 2017

​Marc Potocsky at Branford Art Center May 20th
 
Artist Mark Potocsky will be the featured artist at the May 20th Two Year Anniversary Celebration of Branford Art Center, 1229 Main St, Branford, from 5 – 8 PM. His nationally recognized paintings of famous sports, cinema, and music figures will be displayed throughout the gallery and studio.  All are invited to meet Marc and view his work, enjoying the wine, refreshments and smooth jazz music. 
 
Marc Potocsky of Branford, CT, honed his skills in photo realism and portrait painting. Marc has done numerous sports art paintings for Victory Fine Art (VFA)  in Los Angles. Marc was commissioned to do the NFL Super bowl 50th Anniversary painting for VFA. He has been featured on the TV show “This Old House” and “Extreme Home Makeover.” Marc has done work in the newly restored Yale Art Gallery. Marc is a portrait and fine artist and the owner along with his son of MJP Studios, a full service decorative painting company. Marc’s work has been featured at the prestigious Salon, an international gathering of Decorative Artists from all around the world and in books such as “Mural painting-Secrets for success” and “Designer Faux Finishes.” Marc has also lectured on Decorative Painting and Murals at the University of New Haven and has been commissioned to do three paintings of the One World Center-Freedom Tower in NYC. Marc is currently working on a series of Rock Legends for music business clients, establishments and art galleries. You can reach Marc through his website mjpfaux.com.
 
For more information about Branford Art Center, contact Yvonne Gordon-Moser at 860-334-4642 or 1229bacgallery@gmail.com and visit the gallery website www.branfordartcenterct.com

Posted on May 10th, 2017

​Blackstone Library May 2017 Events
All events are free & open to the public

Beatles Tribute Concert
BRANFORD: Performed in replica costumes with the exact instrumentation, The Hofners perform a full set of classic Beatles hits. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m.
 
Uncover Branford Open House
BRANFORD: Join us for this special open house to celebrate Branford, meet your neighbors, and learn more about the best places in Branford to explore and enjoy.  The participants of Uncover Branford will display their community art project to highlight the stories and hidden gems they’ve uncovered in our community. To RSVP call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m.