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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | May 29, 2015 11:30 am

File Photo This is the weekend to be out and about. There’s a great tour of the Stony Creek Quarry, a puppy fundraiser that is four paws to the wind, a half-marathon that ends at the new Stony Creek Brewery and on Monday, a terrific Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for the Special Olympics at Lenny’s restaurant. 

Friday, May 29

Madison Farmer’s Market

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Branford Schools In Transition

by Diana Stricker | May 28, 2015 1:30 pm

Diana Stricker Photo Branford School District demographics are changing—there are more students who are economically disadvantaged; a “surprisingly high” number who enter or leave the district before the school year is over; and more students who are learning to speak English.

The district has an enrollment of about 3,108 students—of that number about 745 are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program, which is an indication of poverty; about 500 students moved into or out of the district in a one-year time frame; and about 115 students are learning to speak English from a background of 40 different native languages.

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Boys’ Track Defeats North Haven For Eighth Victory

by Bill O'Brien | May 27, 2015 11:30 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Coach Rich Biondi was excited when his Branford boys’ track team defeated the North Haven Indians in their dual meet last week. North Haven had a 9-1 record going into the contest and the Hornets defeated them, 82-68.

Bill O'Brien Photo “I was very happy with the win over North Haven,” Biondi said.  “They are an outstanding team, one that is well- coached.”

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New London Planner Comes Aboard

by Diana Stricker | May 27, 2015 10:00 am

UPDATE—Harry A. Smith, the city planner in New London for 11 years, will take over the helm as Branford’s new town planner in June.

“I am certainly looking forward to working with everyone,” Smith told the Eagle Thursday. “It seems like there’s a lot of interesting projects.”

Smith said in addition to development projects, he is also interested in coastal resiliency issues. And he noted that it will soon be time to begin updating the town’s 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development.

“All these things are very exciting,” Smith said.

The announcement was made yesterday in New London’s The Day newspaper.  According to The Day, Smith will step down from his New London post on June 4 and begin work in Branford in mid-June. 

Smith will arrive at a pivotal time for Branford as several new development proposals are on the horizon, including Costco and the Atlantic Wharf projects. 

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Words, Music & Branford High War Memories

by marcia chambers | May 26, 2015 12:30 pm

On this Memorial Day, Branford residents turned out in droves to attend ceremonies and parades from Stony Creek to the town Green. On what was a beautiful Memorial Day morning, the village of Stony Creek, their kids and their dogs, followed the Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps up the hill and to the cemetery.

Mary Johnson Photo With music, words and prayer, the day unfolded as Abraham Lincoln wrote in his Gettysburg Address, to those “who here gave their lives that that nation might live.” The children carried flowers to place on the graves of those veterans who served the nation.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere

by marcia chambers | May 23, 2015 11:53 am

File Photo This is a weekend for parades as towns and cities across the state reflect on Memorial Day ceremonies for those who died while serving the United States in the military. Branford’s ceremonies for this special day take place in Stony Creek and on the Green. New Haven’s Memorial Day events take place on Sunday.

Saturday, May, 23 and Sunday, May 24

Mystic Seaport Kicks Off Summer  

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Boys’ Lacrosse Team Qualifies For State Tournament

by Bill O'Brien | May 23, 2015 9:55 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The boys’ lacrosse team needed to win one more game this week to qualify for the state tournament. After back-to-back losses against Hand and Guilford the team’s chances of qualifying looked slim when they fell to 5-7.

Bill O'Brien Photo This week, however, the team turned it around, winning three in a row by beating Lyman Hall 12-3, Jonathon Law 16-4 and, most recently, Wilbur Cross 17-3 Thursday night in New Haven.

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Will The Costco Master Plan Shrink?

by Diana Stricker | May 22, 2015 1:15 pm

Diana Stricker Photo There wasn’t any vote on Costco Thursday night, but it appears that three of the five Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners may eventually approve the 44-acre Master Plan. The other two commissioners expressed serious concerns about traffic and economic impact.

However, there was general consensus that the amount of impervious surface has to be reduced, which could decrease the number of buildings and the size of the parking lots.

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Branford Eagle Wins 18 SPJ Awards

by Staff | May 22, 2015 10:38 am | Comments (1)

The Branford Eagle staff, all veteran reporters and photographers, won a record 18 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards last night, awards that captured all aspects of Branford life.

The Eagle won seven first place awards, five second place awards and six third place awards. Staff members Sally E. Bahner, Diana Stricker, Mary Johnson, Bill O’Brien and Emma Zehner, our summer intern, were all honored for their work. Missing from the photo above is Diana Stricker, who, like a loyal journalist, was covering a meeting.

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Controversy Erupts Over P&Z Appointment

by Diana Stricker | May 21, 2015 11:29 am

Diana Stricker Photo The selectmen filled a vacancy on the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Wednesday night, but not without controversy.

Concerns were raised by Third Selectman Bruce Storm; and by Chris Sullivan, the Democratic minority leader of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

The selectman unanimously approved the appointment of Paul Higgins Jr. as an alternate to the P&Z, replacing Marci Palluzzi who stepped up to full membership. The P&Z commission is comprised of five full-time members and three alternates.

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