Voices for Branford Seniors committee member Helen Laird (standing) moderated a community discussion that drew about 50 participants on Oct. 25 at the Blackstone Library. The grassroots group wants to make an accessible senior center a priority rather than the back-burner issue, citing deteriorating infrastructure, cramped conditions, poor building access via steep stairs/ lengthy three-tier ramp, and other 28 year-old Band-Aid fixes as problems plaguing the historic Canoe Brook Senior Center. Several members of Branford's Commission on the Elderly-as well as Branford's three first selectman candidates, their Republican and Democratic running mates, and a mix of Representative Town Meeting and Board of Education candidates-also attended and spoke at the meeting.
Branford's aging population currently includes some 8,000 senior citizens, of which 1,200 annually visit the senior center, while many more rely on its outreach programs and services, Senior Center Director Dagmar Ridgway told The Sound. For more information on the efforts of Voices for Branford Seniors, call 203-488-1836.