Girls’ Softball Loses to Career

by Bill O'Brien | May 3, 2016 10:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last year the Branford Hornets softball team had an easy time playing against the ‘city’ teams with wins over Wilbur Cross, West Haven and Career in the tough Southern Connecticut Conference. In fact the Hornets victories over Career were lopsided, with scores of 15-0 and 17-0.

Bill O'Brien Photo This year the Panthers have improved, defeating the Hornets 10-1 last week in a home game at the James L. MacVeigh Athletic Complex.

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An Angel with Three Paws

by marcia chambers | May 2, 2016 7:00 am

She had only three paws. No matter. In her mind, in her heart, in her soul she was a full four-legged dog, ever vibrant, always engaged, showing those who are disabled and frightened that they, like she, could do anything they wanted to do and be who they wanted to be.

She was probably born around Jan. 1, 2013, bred by so-called “backyard breeders” who look to sell puppies to make a buck, but have no plan for a puppy born sick. Broke themselves, they chose not to treat her. She had a wound on her left elbow that shattered and infected her surrounding bones. When the staff of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter found her, they quickly learned she had been left untreated for about five weeks.
Her front leg could not be saved and the shelter raised funds to amputate her leg.

Her life suddenly ended on April 19 after three years in which Angel persevered and helped people throughout Branford, in the process showing how a determined soul can overcome adversity.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 29, 2016 2:08 pm

There’s never a dull week in Branford with an array of activities to nurture the body and soul. Stimulating lectures at the library, an opportunity to learn more about the town, music events, a jamboree, golf, and a walk on the wild side. Lobster, anyone?

Restaurant of the Week: USS Chowder Pot III

The Chowder Pot, as it’s more casually known, has been a Branford staple at 560 East Main St., for more than 30 years. Lobsters from their tanks weigh in at 1 to 15 pounds! In case, you have a hankering for the crustaceans, Monday is Lobster Night – have ‘em steamed or stuffed. Of course, there’s the full range of fried seafood, a raw bar, pasta-seafood delights, and, for landlubbers, some mighty impressive cuts of prime rib. Dine in one of their two large dining rooms or, now that things are warming up, outside on the patio. For more information, call 203-481-2356 or online at

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The Eagle Turns 10!

by Staff | Apr 29, 2016 7:00 am

File Photo Ten years ago this April the Branford Eagle was born. We started as a column and a few years later, in 2009, we grew our staff and became an online news site. We are part of the New Haven Independent, which is published by the not-for-profit Online Journalism Project. The Indy celebrates its 11th birthday this year.

We have had quite a run.

Last year, the Branford Eagle staff, all veteran reporters and photographers, won a record 18 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards for stories and photographs that captured all aspects of Branford life.

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Harbor Street Bridge Gets Makeover

by Diana Stricker | Apr 28, 2016 7:59 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo It’s going to take a little longer to get to Parker Memorial Park and Branford Point in 2017 because of a proposed six-month project to replace the Harbor Street Bridge which was built in 1940..

“You’re going to be doing construction when everyone is heading to the beach and boats,” one woman said during an informational meeting last week. 

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Branford: Bernie Berns, Trump Triumphant

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 27, 2016 1:40 pm

File Photo Democrat Bernie Sanders may have lost Connecticut to Hillary Clinton, but he won in Branford yesterday, possibly fueled by a high turnout of young voters, and a high turnout in general, averaging around 50 percent across the seven election districts.

As expected, Donald Trump carried all seven districts on the Republican side, as well as all the states holding primaries Tuesday.

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Costco Bows Out For Now

by marcia chambers | Apr 27, 2016 12:13 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission Costco yesterday pulled an application to build a new warehouse store off Exit 56 of I-95 — a move that comes as no surprise given that it may have been headed for a regulatory denial.

Costco’s attorney pulled the application a few days before the inland wetlands commission (IWC) was set to begin deliberations and possibly vote. 

Attorney Thomas P. Cody, who has led the Costco team, acted as a final decision neared in what has been a long regulatory process, beginning some 18 months ago when Costco first submitted a Planned Development District (PDD) application to the Planning & Zoning Commission. The PDD was narrowly approved by a 3-2 vote and remains in effect. 

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Presidential Primary Day in Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Apr 26, 2016 6:59 am

UPDATE—Democrat Registrar of Voters Dan Hally predicted this afternoon that turnout for the Branford Presidential primary would be 45 to 50 percent.

As of around 3 p.m., he said 31.9 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots, “a good number,” he said, especially given a windy, rainy day. That translates into 3,106 out of 9,700 Branford voters.

Hally said that District 2 had the highest percentage of voters – 35.6 percent; that’s 371 out of 1,043. District 5 had the highest number overall at 561.

“There’s a lot of passion this year,” he said. “We want an 85 to 95 percent turnout!”

Connecticut is one of five Northeast states holding primaries today and turnout is expected to be higher than in past presidential primaries. In 2012, there was a Republican primary, but no Democratic primary because President Barak Obama was running for re-election.

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Eyewitness Describes Fatal Stony Creek Crash

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Apr 23, 2016 6:59 am

Frank Dee Photo UPDATE—Frank Dee of Trumbull was traveling along Leetes Island Road Friday afternoon when he was almost hit head on by a car driving at great speed. He was forced off the road.

In an interview yesterday, he told the Eagle that the driver of the car was traveling toward Stony Creek at about 80 mph. “Something just wasn’t right,” he said, “It was evident he was gonna crash at the speed.”

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 22, 2016 10:15 am

Pets and pizza: It doesn’t get any better. Who doesn’t love their pets? Who doesn’t love pizza? This is the weekend to indulge in both. History, art, music and golf are also on the menu for the next week or so; and you can even solve a murder! Most importantly, don’t forget to vote in Tuesday’s primary. Check out our Facebook page for details.

Restaurant of the Week: Genaro’s Pizza & Restaurant
The new kid on the block, in terms of pizza and great Italian dishes, is Genaro’s Pizza, located at 26 Shore Drive in Short Beach. “You are what you eat (and drink),” they say and that includes a generous menu featuring classic Italian specialties, hot and cold sandwiches, pasta, seafood, and of course, pizza. Take out or dine in or take away trays of gourmet goodies for your next gathering. Check them out at and on Facebook.

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