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December 22, 2011
GUV BEARS GIFTS
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivered holiday gifts to Branford in person yesterday, awarding the town a total of $180,000 for two projects, one to complete a pedestrian walkway around the Green and the other to study housing needs for the town’s elderly and the disabled.READ MORE

December 12, 2011
DEADLINES LOOM FOR MANY DEEP PROGRAMS
January 1 probably felt a long way off last spring when legislators were pulling together the hundreds of pages, 140 sections and countless new programs in the final version of the big energy bill. READ MORE

November 16, 2011
REP REED RECEIVES PERFECT SCORE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP
CT League of Conservation Voters Gives Reed 100% on Annual Scorecard.
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November 15, 2011
CELL TOWER COMPANIES SEEK TO HIDE DATA FROM STORMS
The public may never know the full impact that Tropical Storm Irene and the recent surprise autumn snowstorm had on cell service in Connecticut because cell companies are attempting to shield the details from public scrutiny. READ MORE

November 14, 2011
FAITH MIDDLETON SHOW: CONNECTICUT HOSPICE SETS THE GOLD STANDARD
Connecticut Hospice in Branford marks an achievement matched by no other hospice in the nation.

 
CT Hospice, Branford becomes First in the Nation to Receive Gold Standard Certification.

October 29, 2011
JOINT EFFORT LAUCHED BY NY, CONN. TO SAVE SOUND
Legislators and environmentalists from New York and Connecticut vowed Friday to work together, as they did to fight the Broadwater Energy plan, to protect Long Island Sound. READ MORE

October 26, 2011
LEGISLATURE MAKES JOB GROWTH JOB ONE
State Representative Lonnie Reed hailed passage of a comprehensive jobs bill (HB 6801) that will boost Connecticut's ability to grow and retain jobs. READ MORE

State Representative Lonnie Reed hailed passage of a comprehensive jobs bill (HB 6801) that will boost Connecticut's ability to grow and retain jobs. Video

October 21, 2011
STATE GRANT AWARDED TO BRANFORD SENIOR CENTER
Branford has been awarded a Small Cities grant by the state totaling $500,000 to expand energy efficiency. READ MORE

September 30, 2011
HISTORIC DAY FOR GOVERNOR'S MILITARY GUARDS
The Branford Town Center was awash in history as two companies of the Governor’s Foot Guard and two companies of the Governor’s Horse Guard assembled on the Green for the first time since the military units were organized more than 200 years ago. READ MORE

September 26, 2011
CT LAWMAKERS AND ADVOCATES POINT TO LANDMARK BPA BAN AS “A GOOD STARTING POINT TO BROADER REFORM”
Two years ago, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to ban the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from infant formula and baby food cans and jars, as well as a wide range of reusable food and beverage containers. Calling Connecticut a leader in the nation, state lawmakers and advocates today praised the state’s new law that takes effect tomorrow, October 1st. READ MORE

September 26, 2011
TROPICAL STORM IRENE HEARINGS
State Representative Lonnie Reed was among Connecticut lawmakers looking for ways the state could be better prepared for impending severe weather, so week to two week power restoration delays never happen again. Tropical Storm Irene left thousands without electricity for days as she blew through Connecticut in September 2011. Rep. Reed heard from municipal officials and local residents in an effort to produce concrete improvements in the state's prevention and power restoration plans.

TROPICAL STORM IRENE HEARINGS Video

September 19, 2011
LEGISLATORS CALL FOR BETTER RESPONSE IN NEXT STORM
The issue kept coming up Monday during a day-long hearing that is examining the response by the electric companies that frustrated thousands of Connecticut residents - including some who were without power for more than a week. READ MORE

September 15, 2011
“TANK" BACK. MUSEUM NEXT?
Back in August, the National Guard took the town’s historic “tank” from its home at the Branford Armory on Montowese Street without notifying veterans or any town official where it was going or why. Today newly painted and looking spiffy, the tank - actually an armored personnel carrier was returned to its rightful place. READ MORE

September 15, 2011
TANK GOODNESS
Car horns beeped and residents cheered this morning as the M114 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), more fondly called the “tank,” was brought back to Branford after the Connecticut National Guard removed it from the Branford Armory in early August. READ MORE

September 14, 2011
AFTER IRENE: HEARINGS ON STATE’S READINESS AND RESPONSE SET FOR SEPT. 19 & 26
The legislature’s examination of the quality and effectiveness of Connecticut’s readiness and response to Tropical Storm Irene is set for September 19 and 26.
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September 11, 2011
“I THINK WE’RE GOING TO NEED ANOTHER TRUCK”
Hundreds of Branford residents gathered on the Green Sunday afternoon as ceremonies marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The day was crisp and sunny, eerily similar to the same day a decade ago. READ MORE

September 9, 2011
CL&P TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT ITS HANDLING OF COMMUNICATION POST-IRENE
Lawmakers across the state are clamoring for a post-mortem of how Connecticut Light & Power handled its communications during and after Tropical Storm Irene.
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August 15, 2011
TANK RECAPTURED
“The tank is coming back. It’s a victory.”
Democratic state Rep. Lonnie Reed was excited as she announced successful efforts to reclaim the town’s tank (actually an armored personnel carrier) that was snatched without warning from the National Guard Armory on Montowese Street earlier this month. READ MORE

August 8, 2011
SOUNDVISION PLAN DISCUSSED AT PORT JEFFERSON VILLAGE CENTER WITH CONGRESSMAN BISHOP
Report details two-year action plan for preservation and restoration of Long Island Sound
Today, Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Long Island Sound Study (CAC), and Congressman Tim Bishop (NY-1) discussed the SoundVision Action Plan, a two-year action plan for the restoration and preservation of Long Island Sound. READ MORE

August 5, 2011
BIPARTISAN ENERGY REFORM OFFERS MAJOR SAVINGS
FOR NEW HAVEN BUSINESSES

Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney (D-New Haven, Hamden), Senator Toni Harp (D-New Haven, West Haven) and State Representative Lonnie Reed, Vice Chair of the General Assembly’s Energy Committee held a news conference at C. Cowles & Company, a New Haven manufacturer and precision metal stamping company, where they outlined multiple ways in which Connecticut businesses will save on energy costs as major energy reform legislation passed this year takes effect. READ MORE

August 4, 2011
CELL TOWERS MULTIPLY
The state has approved a second cell tower for Branford in a little more than a year’s time, and a public hearing is scheduled for a third tower Aug. 16. The location of a fourth tower is still under discussion. READ MORE

July 31, 2011
FERRY DISTRICT A GO
A special Thimble Island Ferry District has been formally approved in order to provide reliable service for those families with homes on the islands. READ MORE

July 29, 2011
REPS. WIDLITZ AND REED ANNOUNCE STATE BONDING
FOR SHORELINE CARS & ENGINES

State Reps. Patricia M. Widlitz (D-Guilford) and Lonnie Reed announced the State Bond Commission has approved spending $1.7 million for the continuing overhaul of 14 locomotives on the Shore Line East commuter railroad line. READ MORE

June 29, 2011
SUV DRIVERS CAN PARK, RIDE THE RAILS TO WORK
The state’s single largest new parking lot expansion, set against a beautiful backdrop of wetlands, trees and waterways, was unveiled at the Shoreline East railroad station in Branford Tuesday by state and town officials. READ MORE

June 9, 2011
CONN. MOVES TO BAN TOXIC CHEMICAL FROM CASH REGISTER RECEIPTS
Connecticut Wednesday essentially banned BPA from thermal register receipts, often used by retailers, gas stations and banks. READ MORE

June 8, 2011
REP. LONNIE REED USHERS BILL THROUGH HOUSE
Connecticut becomes first state to ban bisphenol-a from thermal register receipts. READ MORE

June 7, 2011
REP. REED & WIDLITZ GET RESIDENTS BACK CONTROL OF THEIR TRANSPORTATION
Bill Passes for Thimble Island Ferry. READ MORE

June 7, 2011
REP. REED VOTES FOR LOWER RATES/PROMOTES CLEAN ENERGY
Sweeping Energy Refore Approved. READ MORE

June 7, 2011
REP. LONNIE REED ON HISTORIC ENERGY LEGISLATION
CT Rep. Lonnie Reed applauded passage of an historic energy bill by the CT House of Representatives. Rep. Reed, Vice Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, helped negotiate the final document. Passing this bill allows Connecticut to lead the nation by growing a truly green economy and by achieving a cleaner, greener, more affordable energy future for the people and businesses of our state. The bill creates a new CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Rep. Reed's interest in energy issues is long term having served as a staffer on the US Senate Energy Committee in Washington.

REP. LONNIE REED ON HISTORIC ENERGY LEGISLATION Video

May 26, 2011
CT HOUSE PASSES REP REED CELL TOWER BILL WITH OVERWHELMING VOTE
Cities and Towns Get More of a Say in Telecommunication Tower Locations.
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May 25, 2011
REP. REED NAMED TO CSG ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY TASK FORCE
Rep. Reed Brings Connecticut's Voice to a National Energy and Environment Platform. READ MORE

May 19, 2011
HOUSE PASSES MEASURE TO BEGIN RECYCLING PAINT
Paint Industry Initiates Recycling Program, Connecticut Says OK. READ MORE

May 6, 2011
BRANFORD LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION FEATURED AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENT
Branford’s top three top state legislators, all Democrats, came together this morning to discuss the state’s newly adopted $40.1 billion biennial budget. They agreed to disagree on approving it. READ MORE

April 29, 2011
400,000 FOR SOUNDVIEW YMCA IN BRANFORD
The State Bond Commission has approved $400,000 - Connecticut's final installment on a $1 million commitment — for the Soundview Family YMCA's swimming pool and activity complex in Branford, Rep. Patricia Widlitz, a member of the commission and the House chair of the legislature's Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, announced Friday. READ MORE

April 26, 2011
COMPASSIONATE FASHION: FASHIONISTA 'PUT ON THE DOG’ (AND CAT) AT BBC FASHION SHOW
The Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club was bursting at the seams Sunday with animal lovers and fashionistas - an estimated 500 who came out for the sold-out Spring Fashion Show and Cocktail Party benefiting the Branford Compassion Club and the town's Cosgrove Animal Shelter. The event raised more than $14,000.
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April 19, 2011
PLACEMENT OF CELL PHONE TOWERS
State Representative Lonnie Reed is pleased a bill she intoduced, which changes the Connecticut Siting Council procedures for locating telecommunications towers is headed to the House floor. READ MORE

PLACEMENT OF CELL PHONE TOWERS Video

February 25, 2011
STATE BOND COMMISSION APPROVES FUNDING FOR BRANFORD, GUILFORD RAIL PROJECT
Shoreline East improvements planned
State Representative Patricia Widlitz, State Representative Lonnie Reed and State Senator Edward Meyer announced that the State Bond Commission approved more than $24 million in funding for Shore Line East rail improvements in Branford and Guilford. READ MORE

February 12, 2011
MALLOY: CUT STATE AID FOR BUILDING NEW LOCAL SCHOOLS WOULD CUT REIMBURSEMENTS FOR MAGNET, NEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will propose sweeping changes Wednesday in the state's school construction program — reducing reimbursements for magnet schools and new public schools. READ MORE

February 10, 2011
REP. LONNIE REED BUSY FOR BRANFORD
Appointed House vice chair of the Energy and Technology Committee
State Representative Lonnie Reed began her second term at the Capitol by introducing a pair of bills designed to protect homeowners and small businesses. The first bill would make adjustments to the Connecticut Siting Council procedures. The second bill would repeal the new surety bond requirement for small businesses.
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