Branford Eagle Wins 19 Journalism Awards

by Staff | May 26, 2017 7:48 am | Comments (1)

The Branford Eagle took home 19 Excellence in Journalism Awards last night, awards that covered the presidential campaign and its aftermath, the state campaigns of 2016, a unique planning and zoning case in Pawson Park, and Costco’s attempt to build in Branford.

Our veteran reporters and photographer and our summer intern were honored for their work in 2016 by the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at a dinner held at the Grassy Hill Country Club, a public golf course in Orange. The Eagle won five first place awards, six second place awards, and eight third place awards.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 25, 2017 12:00 pm

File Photo It’s Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer. Time to clean off the deck furniture, fire up the grill, and plant some veggies. But do take some time to enjoy some of Branford’s treasures, the Stony Creek Museum and the Memorial Day Parade. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 620,000 American veterans from World War II are estimated to still be alive as of 2016. World War II veteran, 96-year-old U.S. Army Sergeant Bill Brody, who served in the Army Corp of Engineers, will give the address.

Sunday, May 28

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Softball Picks Up Third Win Over Hillhouse

by Bill O'Brien | May 24, 2017 8:21 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornet’s softball team had an easy time in their recent game against the visiting Hillhouse Academics when they pulled off a 17-5 lopsided victory in an abbreviated five-inning game. The SCC has a “Mercy Rule” to end a game when a team is ahead by 12 runs after five innings.  Here Marissa Minore makes perfect contact on one of her two home runs in the game.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It’s nice seeing our players get a lot of hits and score a bunch of runs,” said coach Chuck Reale after the recent Hornets win. “Those things help when you’re having an off year.”  And here Minore is shown rounding third on her way home. She had 6 RBIs in the game. 

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Memorial Day Parade Activities Set For May 29

by Bill O'Brien | May 24, 2017 8:18 am

The annual Branford Memorial Day Parade will wind through downtown on Monday, May 29. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. and the parade will step off at 10:30 am. The special address will be given by 96-year-old U.S. Army Sergeant Bill Brody (pictured), who served in the Army Corp of Engineers during World War II.

The program will include an Invocation, playing of the National Anthem and greetings by First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove. Musical selections will be played by units participating in the parade.

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Sterling Ridge Housing Complex Moves Along

by Diana Stricker | May 23, 2017 8:11 am

With Permission The new developer of the proposed Sterling Ridge housing complex appears to be close to reaching an understanding with the neighbors.  Attempts by various owners to develop the property over the past decade have been held up by legal appeals filed by the Branford Historical Society and by neighbors.

“We’re very, very close. The applicant has been working with us,” said attorney Chris Smith, of Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, who represents neighbor Ann Trapasso, an opponent of development at that site.

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BOS Acts on Community House Parking

by Diana Stricker | May 22, 2017 7:06 am | Comments (2)

File Photo The Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously approved buying a house and a vacant lot next to the Community House to provide additional parking for the proposed multi-million dollar expansion and renovation. The BOS also unanimously approved the Department of Recreation to manage and maintain the former Branford Hills School property.

The house, located on a .16 acre lot at 26 Church St.; and the adjacent .28 acre vacant lot at 28 Church St., are both owned by Anne Szeligowski. The lots are next to the Community House, which is slated for a major renovation as a recreation/senior center.

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State Budget Crisis Hits Branford; Soaring Mill Rate Possible

by marcia chambers | May 21, 2017 9:33 am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s ’s latest budget proposal cuts an additional $2.1 million from Branford’s funding, creating a possible hike in the mill rate to 7.64 percent, town officials say. It’s an extraordinary jump that would have a far-reaching impact on the town.  Had the state not made drastic cuts in the town’s budget, the taxpayer’s bill would have gone up by 1.42 percent. 
To make matters worse, the three major Wall Street rating agencies downgraded Connecticut’s bonds in the last ten days, casting yet a longer pall over the state’s situation. They are S&P Global Ratings,  Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch Ratings. 


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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 19, 2017 8:10 am

We’re going to the dogs and cats this weekend. Branford Compassion Club is holding its gala at the Pine Orchard Club (tickets are still available) and there’s a Dog Parade at Evergreen Woods. Plenty of opportunities to enjoy the arts at the Branford Arts Center and concerts at our local libraries, not to mention a heavy dose of the arts coming up in June at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. Expand your horizons! 

Friday, May 19

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Wanted: New Ideas to Redevelop Train Station Area

by Diana Stricker | May 18, 2017 8:04 am | Comments (2)

File Photo Have you ever wondered if there could be better linkage between the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station and Branford’s Town Center?  Could improvements in the half-mile radius around the train station tie in with the historic downtown and the waterfront? Are there opportunities for re-development?

Those are some of the topics up for discussion as the Town of Branford hosts the first public workshop for the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study on Monday, May 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Canoe Brook Senior Center. The workshop is open to anyone who lives or works in Branford.

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