Surprise Work-Party Recruits

Kevin Desiderioscioli, Quint Caruthers, Josh Sansone,

Kevin Desiderioscioli, Quint Caruthers, and Josh Sansone,

Saturday October 25 was a beautiful fall day, perfect for doing anything outside!  Branford’s Trail Maintenance work party (Chet Blomquist, Tony Corso, Leo Cristofer, Jack Wood, and Steve Zaehringer and myself) were just getting started clearing the new Tabor Property trail heading toward Chet’s Pond.  Along came three young gentlemen meandering down the street enjoying their day.  They asked me what we were doing and I told them we were clearing the trail for the Shoreline Greenway Trail.  On a lark, I asked them if they would like to join us.  To my surprise they said ‘yes, we would love to!’  Not wasting any time, we put them to work.  All three, Josh Sansone, Quint Caruthers, Kevin Desiderioscioli  were delightful and very hard workers.  Josh offered to go home and get some additional tools, returning with hedge clippers and a weed whacker, and even water bottles for us all- how thoughtful!   We enjoyed working with all three of these boys and hope to see them again on the trail!  Thank you Josh!  Thank you Quint!  Thank you Kevin! - Jo Zaehringer, SGT board member

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Town of Branford Approves Funding for New Trail Section

Chet's Pond located on the Tabor Property in Branford

Chet’s Pond located on the Tabor Property in Branford

On October 14th, the Branford Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a proposal by Town Engineer Janice Plaziak to apply funds from a federal grant to the design and construction of 1 mile of new trail in Branford.


Branford team members Jack Wood, Peg Stamp, Dave Stamp, and Leo Cristofar are shown listening as Branford Co-Chair Chet Blomquist describes the Tabor section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail to the Board of Selectmen.

The trail will extend from Pine Orchard Road to Meadow Street, passing through the town-owned Tabor property.  Shoreline Greenway Trail already has a temporary trail on this property that runs along Chet’s Pond and exits at Tabor Drive.

This scenic trail section will offer safe off-road biking to families, pedestrian access for joggers and walkers, and handicapped access as well.  It will be a great addition to the recreational facilities of the Town of Branford, adding to the attraction of nearby Ecology Park, which was recently officially opened. When finished, the trail section (known as Branford section B3 of the Shoreline Greenway Trail) will form an important step towards our goal to provide Branford residents an off-road bicycle/pedestrian trail between the town center, the railroad station and the Stony Creek section of town.

Our thanks to the Town Engineer and the Board of Selectmen for their support.
Read more in the Branford Eagle article.

Walkers explore the Tabor Property

Walkers explore the Tabor Property

Shoreline Greenway Hikers Visit the New Ecology Park in Branford

B.FSW.100414Despite predictions of heavy rain, nearly 30 people showed up on Saturday morning, October 4th for the Shoreline Greenway Trail’s “First Saturday” hike in Branford.

Led by Leo Cristofar and Chet Blomquist, with the able assistance of Dave and Peg Stamp, the walkers set off from the Shoreline Kennel Drive off of Pine Orchard Road along the Greenway Trail.  We passed Chet’s Pond and viewed the osprey nest on top of the communications tower on the other side of the pond.   Awesome!

IMG_1752We then turned down the public works road to head for the old dump, long referred to as “Mount Trashmore” and newly dubbed Ecology Park. As the group started up the new road built by the town to the top of the hill, the rain started down in earnest. The group pressed on to the top to discover a lovely gazebo and fabulous views of Long Island Sound and of church spires and the roof of the Branford Library.

B.FSW.100414As the rain became heavier, we huddled in the gazebo along with other visitors to listen to brief messages from First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and Solid Waste Management Commission Chairman Mario Ricozzi officially opening and dedicating the park. A short trail circles the top of the hill, with strategically placed benches. There are several handicapped parking spaces on top, with more parking at the base of the hill. Automobile access is through the old dump entrance on Tabor Drive.   A great new addition to Branford’s open space!


After a visit cut short by the rain, the walkers descended and entered the woods to walk along a section of the white-blazed Branford Trail and back to their cars. Despite the bad weather, fun was had by all and the walkers expressed enthusiasm about the Shoreline Greenway trails and the new park.

October 4th, 10 am: ‘First Saturday’ Walk in Branford

The Trail in BranfordOn October 4, our walk will highlight the new town path up to the top of the old landfill near the Tabor property. The views from the top are spectacular, overlooking Long Island Sound, Branford center, Branford River, and even East Haven. Meet at the end of the Shoreline Kennel drive off Pine Orchard Road, go west on SGT along Chet’s Pond, cross the Public Works road to begin the walk up the hill.  We will return to our starting place via the Branford Trail.  Walk begins at 10 am.   [Read more...]