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School, Food and Ice Discussed This Week

Because your opinion matters, here’s a look at some comments of the week.

It was a busy week in Branford, especially for the school system. shuffled the while canceling all schools on Wednesday and as a precautionary measure to remove snow.

wrote: “Nicole - Would you please ask Superintendent Hernandez what specifically they are doing concerning all other Branford schools? Specifically, I am VERY concerned about the Branford Early Learning Center's roof on Birch Road where my 3-year-old attends…”

The excess ice turned our Branford into a slippery, yet sparkling winter wonderland.  

wrote: “Great shots of our own freezing fabulous Branford!”

History columnist explored the settlement of Pine Orchard in her weekly column .

wrote: “Out of curiosity, how exactly was Mr. Young able to acquire that much land in the Pine Orchard area AND do so much with it? Was he a railroad tycoon like Timothy Blackstone? Great article.”

responded: “Hello Nicole: The following is provided: The Branford Electric Railway on May 12, 1897; The Branford Electric Railway Company was chartered by means of a resolution of the Connecticut General Assembly. … The primary backer of and spokesperson for the new road was Alden M. Young, a resident of Waterbury who made his summer home in the Pine Orchard section of Branford. Mr. Young was active in developing summer shore resort properties; this may have contributed somewhat to his interest in the project."

A call from a business owner to Branford Patch led to a story of area businesses marketing themselves in unique ways due to weather taking a hit on their bottom lines.

wrote: “Branford RULES! Shop local...stay CENTERED!”

wrote: “Spray painting the snow is very unfriendly to the environment.”

In her weekly column dishes up an appetizer for dinner and uses something called a broiler? Rumor has it, every oven has one.

wrote: “This one sounds yummo, especially since my grill is buried in snow for the foreseeable future... interesting fun fact too; sweet potatoes happen to be one of the very few veggies I like, yet they're one of most nutritional!”

tells you what’s going on with her dose of , Monday through Friday. She offers some food for thought with every installment and to her notion that adults need more laughter…

wrote: “Debbie, I'm going to use your laughter arithmetic in my fb status today... what an appalling statistic! Stay safe today, everyone...”

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