The Branford SGT team is saddened by the loss of founding member and dear friend, Art Johnson. Art was a regular at our monthly meetings, and we miss his colorful language and humorous anecdotes about his youth in Branford. He frequently joined us on our First Saturday walks as well as on the Friday morning walks with the Branford Walkers. Art would be trudging along at his own pace and often surprised the group by coming to the end of the walk ahead of us by following his own path.
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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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.
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.