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Will The Creek Become A Village?

by Diana Stricker | Sep 2, 2014 9:19 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo Stony Creek is often called a unique seaside village—- and it certainly is a quaint shoreline neighborhood. However, it is not an official “village.”

But that could change.

On Sept. 4, Branford’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center to discuss whether Stony Creek should become a Village District. The executive board of the Stony Creek Association (SCA) has requested the official designation in hopes of preserving the unique character of its community. Residents will be given the opportunity to express their views.

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Sale in the Works for Main Street Mainstay

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 31, 2014 8:26 am

Sally E. Bahner There aren’t too many businesses in town that have been around for 40 years, let alone one where they know your name (Cue the Cheers theme.)

Branford Book & Card Shoppe on Main Street directly across from Town Hall is just that type of business, but that may soon change.

While the business is for sale, proprietor Bob Esposito says, “We’ll be here to stay through the holidays.” Holiday merchandise is coming in, he adds, and he expects the status quo for another three to four months.

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Opening Day For Branford’s Public Schools

by Diana Stricker | Aug 28, 2014 3:55 pm

Mary Johnson Photo Under sunny skies, the town’s public schools opened for the first day of classes this morning as wistful parents said their good-byes to their kids.   

There were a number of tender moments at the John B. Sliney Elementary School this morning.  Here is Diana Vaicunas hugging her daughter Devina as she heads into Sliney Elementary School. (See top photo)

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Saxophonist Wraps Up Branford Jazz on the Green Series

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 28, 2014 8:34 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Under skies that were a tad threatening, the Branford Jazz on the Green series wrapped up a wildly successful season a week ago today.
Music lovers packed the Green (and Town Hall steps and near-by knoll) to listen to saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa. A native of Seattle, he performed worldwide with The Rippingtons and reunited with them for a 20th anniversary tour in 2006. In his solo venture, he has released nine CDs.

Bill O Kashiwa presented the final show of the season Aug. 21, playing with Trever Somerville on drums, Dave Anderson on bass and Jay Rowe on keyboard. Rowe also wowed them with his own show on the Green this summer. 

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Cool Events Labor Day Weekend

by marcia chambers | Aug 27, 2014 3:02 pm

Summer may be winding down but events are taking off. Make the most of Labor Day Weekend. Head to a carnival, visit Short Beach Days, go to an open dance party, and check out some perennial plants. 

Wednesday, Aug. 27

End of Summer Carnival


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A Day At The Beach

by Kathryn Cross | Aug 26, 2014 9:34 pm | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo Sun’s out, fun’s in.

What could be better than a day on the beach at Branford Point? That’s the sentiment of many as Branford’s long, hot summer winds down. What’s more, this is the last week of beach activity for kids before the town’s public schools open tomorrow.   

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Rotary Club to Town Hall: Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

by marcia chambers | Aug 26, 2014 11:34 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photos First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove took the Rotary Club’s Ice Bucket ALS challenge Friday afternoon along with a group of town employees, Rotary Club members, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members and even the town’s probate judge. They assembled on the town Green after work, standing in a circle and ready to get dunked. The fire chief hovered above. 

For the 40 or so who gathered on the Green, there were no ice buckets. Instead, Fire Chief Jack Ahern, crawling along an outstretched ladder atop a fire truck outside Town Hall found a way to make this event a group dunking. He positioned his truck and himself above the crowd. 

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Clock Runs Out on North Main St. Project

by Diana Stricker | Aug 25, 2014 11:41 am

Diana Stricker Photos Frustration was evident from both the Inland Wetland (IW) commissioners and the property owners of 250 North Main St. as the clock ticked down on a key deadline at a recent public hearing.  The owners were seeking permission to excavate and prepare the site in hopes of attracting a developer.

The property in question, which has hilly topography and extensive wetlands, is a 13-acre site that extends from Route 1 toward I-95. It is adjacent to the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home on one side, and United Tire Inc. and Greystone Manor condominiums on the other side.

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Branford Celebrates the Dog Days of Summer …and More

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 22, 2014 8:21 am

Mark Johnson Photo On the 45th anniversary of the great hippie festival, Woodstock, Branford had its own celebration, albeit a canine-inspired one. Music was a highlight as six bands took the stage throughout the day as the dogs got ready for the feature attraction of the day, the Woofstock Hippie Dog Costume Contest. 

Sally E. Bahner Photo It was all to benefit the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter and their efforts to care for homeless pets. The shelter’s tent collected donations and supplies and displayed posters of pets available for adoption. 

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Cool Events This Weekend

by Emma Zehner | Aug 21, 2014 10:01 am

Headed back to school next week? Summer’s not over just yet.

Spend your last weekend celebrating the season with a boat parade, sunset jazz or an antique show.

Thursday, August 21

Jazz on the Green Series

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