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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Dec 19, 2014 9:28 am

Listen to the ‘Messiah’ this weekend or head to New Haven to hear a great Brass quintet tonight. There are events for the kids this weekend and when it’s time for a break from holiday shopping, there’s an important town survey to fill out. 

Friday, Dec. 19

Christmas Concert with the Trinity Choir

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Holiday Greetings From The Eagle Newsroom

by marcia chambers | Dec 18, 2014 8:30 am

Holiday greetings from all of us at the Branford Eagle. We hope you are enjoying the holidays and looking forward to 2015.  We certainly are!

In 2014, we were honored to be named the Advocate’s Best Hyperlocal News site in the New Haven area. 

The Branford Eagle also won 17 awards at the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual excellence awards contest. We won top awards for spot news, in-depth, investigative and photography reporting, among others. 

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SCA & Legacy Theatre Seek To Resolve Issues

by Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Dec 17, 2014 8:41 am

With Permission In the ongoing drama between the Legacy Theatre and the village of Stony Creek, both sides seem optimistic there might be an amicable resolution to their differences.

The Legacy Theatre group has been working diligently to create an upscale repertory theatre at the former Puppet House at 128 Thimble Islands Road. 

And the Stony Creek Association (SCA) has been equally diligent in its efforts to ensure that neighbors won’t be adversely impacted by the theatre’s traffic, parking or hours of operation.

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Wetlands Removal Scaled Back At N.Main St. Project

by Diana Stricker | Dec 16, 2014 8:33 am

Diana Stricker Photo The engineering team for a stalled project at 250 N. Main St. said they listened to the Inland Wetland (I-W) Commission’s concerns last summer and significantly scaled down the proposal.

“We’re saving all the wetlands. The only wetland we’re impacting is at the crossing,” said John Mancini (top photo), an engineer with B L Companies in Meriden. He unveiled the latest plans at a public hearing before the I-W Commission last Thursday. 

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This Video Shows Why Cops Welcome Body Cams

by marcia chambers | Dec 15, 2014 1:54 pm | Comments (3)

While the nation debates whether to outfit cops with body cameras, Branford’s officers are already walking the walk—and praising the results.

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Branford Town Planner Resigns

by Diana Stricker | Dec 14, 2014 8:54 am

Diana Stricker Photo Branford’s town planner is moving up in the world, but not in Branford.

Jose Giner (top photo), who has headed the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Department for about 17 months, tendered his resignation last week. He is meeting with town officials Monday to discuss finding a replacement.

Giner, whose last day is Dec. 24, has accepted the position of Director of Planning and Economic Development in the town of Bloomfield.  The new job is an upward career move and he will be closer to home, but he said the choice to leave Branford was not an easy one.

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Jarvis Creek Marsh Becomes a Lab

by marcia chambers | Dec 12, 2014 1:03 pm | Comments (2)

Bill Horne Photo “It was raining and the wind was strong from the south.  The tide was near the top of the tide range for this lunar cycle, but that would not have been enough to cause this much flooding,” said Bill Horne as he recalled grabbing his camera to capture the scene at the Jarvis Creek marsh. 

Bill Horne Photo Horne, one of the town’s leading environmentalists, said homeowners and motorists who live near or travel on Leetes Island Road between Stony Creek and Guilford know all too well the extremes of unexpected flooding, especially if the wind come up from the South. 

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Dec 12, 2014 9:08 am

Think Christmas and Hanukkah this weekend as traditional and not-so-traditional events unfold in town. There’s holiday music, of course, along with the traditional Stony Creek pageant in which the village relives seven Biblical Christmas scenes. In Short Beach Santa will be on hand for a photo-op with your pet. 

Friday, Dec 12

Winter Fest Holiday Party
Sponsored by: Food Allergy Education Network

Crafts, Games, Music, Raffle, Pictures and Story time with Santa, Ages 0-12. This is a food-free party sponsored by Food Allergy Education Network, a local not-for-profit supporting children and families with food allergies. Donations of raffle items are accepted. Please call 203-415-5613 for more information. Branford Community House, 46 Church St., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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Trailer Park Cats Threatened Once Again

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 11, 2014 9:13 am | Comments (2)

Mary Johnson Photo Once again the community cats, also known as feral cats, at a local mobile home park are facing eviction.

Residents of the Shoreline Mobile Home Community located at 525 East Main St., recently received notice that an East Haven-based pest control company will “take possession and dispose of all feral cats” living at the site starting Wednesday, Dec. 10. 

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In 1st Year, Cosgrove Takes His Time

by Diana Stricker | Dec 9, 2014 8:59 am

File Photo First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove plans to announce the proposed slate of appointments to the new Public Building Commission in the next few weeks—roughly six months after the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) gave him the green light to move ahead.

“We’ll be making appointments soon and hopefully we’ll be moving forward,” Cosgrove told the Eagle during an interview Friday.  He didn’t give a specific time frame, but said the announcement could come “in the next couple meetings.” All appointments must be approved by the three-member Board of Selectmen.

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