by Diana Stricker | Aug 20, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (1)
Now that the primary is over and the general election looms in about two months, the question in Branford is: who will be the next Lonnie and the next Ted?
It’s not just a question of who will succeed Democrat Lonnie Reed as state rep in the 102nd District; or who will succeed Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. as state senator in the 12th District.
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by Sally Bahner | Aug 17, 2018 7:45 am
Love classic cars? Head over to Van Wilgen’s on Sunday for the Rotary’s annual show. Reminisce with fellow aficionados and know that you’re supporting local veterans. The weather is iffy for Saturday, but Killiam’s Point is a great place to explore with the Branford Land Trust. Rain? Catch the flick, “Ready Player One,” being shown at Fire Headquarters, courtesy of the Blackstone Library.
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by Bill O'Brien | Aug 17, 2018 7:45 am
Despite the terrible weather, a cadre of volunteers and supporters came to the Branford Green to lend a hand to Woofstock, the Dan Cosgrove Branford Animal Shelter’s largest annual fundraiser.
“The weather is something we can’t control,” said Shelter director Laura Burban, who got a little wet during the early rain. “We plan for a long time to make this a successful fundraiser and then it rains.”
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by Bill O'Brien | Aug 16, 2018 8:03 am
What was written about the Caswell Sisters before they performed on the Branford Green gave every indication the audience would be in for a special treat, and that turned out to be true. They opened up the show with “Song of Life.”
From the BranfordJazz.com website, “The riveting performances of the Caswell Sisters, vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara are the culmination of working together. Their seamless sound combined with their unique interpretation of repertoire ranging from ‘The Great American Songbook’ to contemporary jazz, including their own compositions, is propelled by arresting improvisation.”
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by Sally Bahner | Aug 14, 2018 11:39 pm | Comments (4)
Branford residents cast some 3,584 votes in Tuesday’s state primary election, making for an overall turnout of just 17.5 percent. All numbers reported are approximate and subject to final verification.
Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont and the Democrats led the turnout in all seven districts. Lamont was the overwhelming winner with 1,872 votes over Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim’s 310.
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by Bill O'Brien | Aug 14, 2018 7:49 am
The large audience on the Branford Green was treated on Aug. 2 to another enjoyable evening of jazz. This time it was a dynamic soulful, performance by accomplished flutist Althea Rene. Here she pauses for a moment before coming on stage.
“She and her group were dynamic tonight,” said jazz committee member Terry Elton, who also serves as the town’s special projects manager. “She puts her heart and soul into every song and it was great when she left the stage to go out into the audience and get them involved.”
Continue reading ‘Branford Treated to Night of Soulful Jazz’
by Bill O'Brien | Aug 13, 2018 8:06 am
If you haven’t traveled along Brushy Plain Road using the much-maligned Snake Hill, you’re missing all the changes taking place. Reconstruction is progressing, from the widening the road approaching Snake Hill to dynamiting the area near the bottom to improve the water drainage. Here’s the approach from Brushy Plain Road as drivers approach Snake Hill Road.
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by Sally Bahner | Aug 10, 2018 10:33 am
Branford goes to the dogs this weekend amid the dog days of summer. Woofstock, the annual fund-raiser for the Cosgrove Animal Shelter, hits the green this weekend. Jane Bouley returns to the library to sign copies of her new book – it’s a fascinating read. Take advantage of local produce at its best at the Dudley market and savor some fruit of the vine at the Shoreline Wine Festival at Bishop’s in Guilford. And, don’t forget to vote in the Primary on Tuesday!
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by Diana Stricker | Aug 10, 2018 7:58 am
“We need to turn around the state. Everybody is hurting,” said Haresh Nariyani, owner of Darbar India restaurant on Branford’s Main Street.
Nariyani talked about the difficulties of running a small business in Connecticut when Susan Bysiewicz stopped at his restaurant during a campaign tour of Main Street Thursday afternoon.
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by Diana Stricker | Aug 8, 2018 7:57 am | Comments (6)
Efforts to rebuild the deteriorating Parkside Village 1 affordable housing complex in Branford are at a crossroads.
One of the issues is whether a 1925 statute about neighborhood protest petitions is relevant to projects filed under the 1990 Affordable Housing Statute.
Continue reading ‘At Crossroads, Parkside Plan Tests State Law’