Short Beach Neighborhood Bands Together to Clear Road (Photos, Videos)

Little Bay Lane was cleared down to pavement thanks to some good old-fashioned elbow grease as neighbors cleared the entire street by hand.


While many Branford residents looked out at uncleared streets, the people on Little Bay Lane in the Short Beach section of town decided to take on the Blizzard of 2013 on their own.

"We knew the town was swamped with this snow and we decided to take matters into our own hands," said Jeff Cave. "It started with a path and grew into a good old-fashioned New England neighborhood gathering."

Cave said that some of the families on the street have been there for three or four generations, making for a tight-knit neighborhood, though he admits that the storm "definitely brought us closer."

With many generations living on the street, Cave said everyone in the neighborhood from eight to 80 pitched in. 

"This is the result of the residents of Little Bay Lane in Short Beach pitching in and helping each other," he said. "This was dug out by hand – no town plows were able to get down there so the New Englander in all of us took over."


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Jeff Cave February 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Great job Little Bay lane
Pam D February 13, 2013 at 02:28 PM
This is what I love about Branford!
kenneth haney February 13, 2013 at 03:32 PM
i live in condos in branford! there are still streets in all of ct that havent been plowed! its great that residents are clearing the streets by hand but why do we pay taxes in this state and you have to clear the street by hand? were does all the money go? we pay one of the highest taxes in the usa it just doesnt make sense!
SUZANNE COURTMANCHE February 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Jeff...what a great tribute! I really was thrilled to read your name and hear your voice.... miss you, SUZANNE COURTMANCHE
Jeff Cave February 14, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Hi Suzanne glad you liked it. They did a great job


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