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New Farm Market Up and Running

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 30, 2015 7:10 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo All you need are your pots and pans, and a good knife.

When you stop by the new Branford Alps Farm Market, you can come away with the fixings for the perfect gourmet, organic meal. And then some.

Keep in mind that these are local farmers, who are not growing the year-round crops of the factory farms in California. As a result, the produce they’re offering is seasonal to Connecticut, and yes, the prices are higher. You’re just not going to find Connecticut-grown blueberries and zucchini in June.

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AT&T Withdraws Cell Tower Application—For Now

by Diana Stricker | Jun 29, 2015 10:59 am

File Photo Residents of Rose Hill Road who opposed cell tower construction in their neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now. AT&T has withdrawn an application to build a 134-foot cell tower in the Branford Hills area of town.

AT&T attorney Christopher Fisher sent a letter Thursday to the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC), which has jurisdiction over cell tower placement. Fisher requesting that the application be withdrawn without prejudice, which means it may be re-submitted.

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Ohio Jazz Group Has Crowd Jumping

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 29, 2015 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The first jazz program of the summer on the Branford Green started off strong with a crowd estimated at 900 enjoying the music of the Urban Coalition of Columbus, Ohio.

Bill O'Brien Photo The six-member band delivered a steady stream of lively jazz for over two hours Thursday night before an enthusiastic crowd. Some bring their own picnic baskets and others stop at the various restaurants on or near the Green.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jun 26, 2015 12:28 pm

Mary Johnson File Photo This weekend enjoy the start of summer with a number of great events. Branford’s famous fireworks are ready to ignite a week before July 4, the Trinity Church hosts a special dinner to help support Nepalese neighbors devastated by an Earthquake and there’s a special Irish Festival in North Haven. And let’s not forget Mystic Seaport’s annual WoodenBoat show. There’s a lot to choose from. 

Friday, June 26

Summer Reading Kickoff

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Schools: A Farewell, A Welcome and a Raise For Hamlet

by Diana Stricker | Jun 26, 2015 9:07 am

Diana Stricker Photo Branford’s Board of Education (BOE) said goodbye to its assistant superintendent Wednesday night, extended the contract of the superintendent, and hired a new principal for Sliney Elementary School.

Dr. Mary Peraro (pictured above), who is retiring after 39 years in education, is leaving her position as assistant superintendent but she isn’t leaving the Branford education scene. At least for awhile. Peraro told the Eagle she agreed to serve as a part-time consultant through December to help the district ease through the transition.

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Farmington Architectural Firm Selected for Senior Center

by marcia chambers | Jun 25, 2015 12:40 pm

The town’s building commission last night unanimously recommended that First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove open negotiations with Quisenberry Arcari of Farmington to redesign and renovate the town’s community center at 46 Church St. The new center will include facilities for seniors.

The commission acted after interviewing in executive session six architecture firms, all from Connecticut, on June 11. The commission met for six hours that day, hearing from each firm. At the end of this session the informal consensus was to hire Quisenberry Arcari. Click here to read a recent story on the process.

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Key Inland Wetland Appointments In Limbo

by Diana Stricker | Jun 25, 2015 11:22 am

Diana Stricker Photo Concern is growing over First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove’s delay in reappointing three members of the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC).

Third Selectman Bruce Storm, the sole Democrat on the three-member board, raised the issue during the Board of Selectman (BOS) meeting at Fire Headquarters Wednesday.

“The topic is one that is pressing and very important, given the current circumstances, and that is has to do with the reappointment of individuals to the Inland Wetlands Commission,” Storm said.

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Rain? What Rain? Road Race Roars Ahead

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 24, 2015 2:07 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The weekend weather didn’t exactly cooperate, but you would never know it by the large turnout of runners who took part in the 5-Mile Branford Road Race on Father’s Day. The race was the premier event on closing day of the 31st Branford Festival. 

“We caught a break,” said race founder Ray Figlewski. “The rain came earlier than expected and was clearing out in time for the race. So people came.

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Police Seek ID Of Pedophile Suspect

by marcia chambers | Jun 23, 2015 9:25 pm

Branford P.D Branford Police are attempting to identify a man who inappropriately touched a 13-year-old boy, while the boy was fishing at the Supply Ponds off North Chestnut Street on Sunday, June 14, at approximately 4 p.m.

The suspect is described as between 35 and 50 years old, a white male, between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet tall. The teenager said he was heavy, had red hair, brown eyes and freckles on his face, forehead and arms. He was wearing a black T-shirt with white writing and wore grey shorts. He was last seen walking into the woods on the nature trail.

Officer David Atkinson and Detective Arthur Ferris are investigating the incident. Anyone with information should call police at 203-481-4241.


BHS Sends On The Class of 2015

by Diana Stricker | Jun 23, 2015 9:16 am

Mary Johnson Photo Branford School District leaders and graduates talked about making dreams come true during commencement ceremonies on the Town Green last week. 

Mary Johnson Photo The Board of Education, the policy makers for the district, were all smiles as they marched in. 

The district also honored its assistant superintendent, who is retiring after 39 years in education.

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