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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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Malloy Gets a Taste of Branford

by Emma Zehner | Aug 20, 2014 1:50 pm

Emma Zehner Photos Governor Dannel P. Malloy attracted several inquisitive glances as he indulged in a local favorite: the Lobster Shack’s “Hot Lobster Roll.” He arrived in Branford last week as part of his fourth annual tour of restaurants, stores and tourist destinations along Connecticut’s south-central shoreline. His first stop was the Lobster Shack. 

Soon he sat down at one the restaurant’s picnic tables, observing the afternoon rush and gesturing to land across the Branford River as a nod to future economic endeavors. 

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Jay Rowe Brings Smooth Jazz to Branford Green

by Emma Zehner | Aug 19, 2014 12:47 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo Jazz musician Jay Howe took the stage on the Branford Green earlier this month to perform before a packed audience.  Fans set up chairs throughout the town’s center and others stood on the surrounding sidewalk to listen. 

“The best part of the business is making lots of new friends,” Rowe told the audience.

At the Thursday show on August 7, he was joined on stage by Rohn Lawrence on guitar, Trever Somerville on drums and Dave Anderson on bass. 

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School Summer Programs Get High Praise

by Diana Stricker | Aug 17, 2014 8:28 pm

Diana Stricker Photo Branford Public Schools celebrated the completion last week of two successful summer programs—feeding both the body and the mind.

About 8,000 meals were served during Branford’s first federally-funded summer meals program which offered free breakfast and lunch for kids for seven weeks.

The summer meals were free to any kids or teens from any economic level. There were no registration forms, no identification required and no questions asked. Kids participating in summer programs sponsored by Parks and Recreation and by the Soundview YMCA were transported by bus to the school cafeterias.

And 90 youngsters were honored for completing the Summer Scholars program which helped them shore up their reading skills.


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Cool Events This Weekend

by Emma Zehner | Aug 14, 2014 8:19 am

Head to the Green for music, plays and plants.  Even your pets can get involved this weekend at the town’s version of Woodstock, i.e. Woofstock.

Thursday, August 14

Round Robin Shakespeare

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Farid Brothers Seek Town Taxpayer Info

by marcia chambers | Aug 14, 2014 7:29 am

File Photo A New Britain tax judge has granted the town additional time to produce and review extensive amounts of material sought by Tariq and Kamran Farid, owners of Edible Arrangements International, in connection with their Branford Islamic Academy tax case.

In seeking a 30-day delay, Carolyn W. Kone, the town attorney handling the case, cited the Farids’ request to produce information about every property in Branford that received a full or partial tax exemption over the past five years.

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McKinney Takes Branford; Foley Takes State

by Emma Zehner | Aug 13, 2014 8:13 am

Emma Zehner Photo Although Greenwich native Tom Foley captured the Republican nomination statewide on Tuesday, Branford residents voted decisively in favor of state Sen. John McKinney, the Republican minority leader.

McKinney received 329 of 569 votes on what was a slow day at the seven election districts in town. In November, Foley will face Governor Dannel P. Malloy, in a rematch of the 2010 general election.


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Will Stony Creek Association Have Input in Future of Puppet House?

by Diana Stricker | Aug 12, 2014 8:24 am

Diana Stricker Photo It appears the curtain won’t be closing anytime soon on the saga involving the Stony Creek Association (SCA) and the Legacy Theatre board, which is trying to renovate the former Puppet House and open a repertoire theater. 

Some SCA board members and residents have expressed concerns about parking, programming, and the number of hours and days the building will be used. They are also concerned that the venue may be rented out for parties or other functions.

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Foley v. McKinney: Voters Decide Tuesday on Republican Candidate for Governor

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2014 8:21 am

The town’s seven voting districts will be open for voters tomorrow (Tuesday) as voters decide on the next Republican candidate for Governor, Lt. Governor and Comptroller. Either Tom Foley or John McKinney will emerge as the gubernatorial candidate to square off against Governor Dannel P. Malloy in the November election. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Registered Republicans will be able to vote in Tuesday’s primary. (There is no primary race for Democrats.) Unaffiliated and unregistered voters still have to time to vote in the primary if you do so by noon Monday at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall.  There are emergency absentee ballot applications on line for this primary. Click here for the emergency application, which may only be submitted within six days of the primary or the election. Click here for an absentee ballot application in English. Click here for an absentee ballot in Spanish. They will be counted as long as they are received by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th, the time the polls close.

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