Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 18, 2017 11:00 am

This weekend is jam packed with Cool Events! When was the last time Branford hosted a carnival? You may hearken back to the days at Hammer Field – who remembers when that was last held? But perhaps a new carnival tradition is being established via the First Annual Tabor Carnival, which has all the makings of the summer institution we love. Speaking of memories, those who loved the drive-in theaters of their youth can at least grab the family and a blanket and head for Foote Park. Also, check out the sales, arts events, car show, and much more. If you haven’t experienced jazz on the green, Thursday is your last chance. Got a Cool Event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Aug. 18

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Legacy Theatre A Go!

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2017 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo With the lawsuits settled, Keely Baisden Knudsen, the artistic director of the Legacy Theatre, says exterior renovations to the historic Puppet House will get underway this month. She said she is delighted.

In a letter to the theater’s supporters, Knudsen says the Legacy has been given a $350,000 gift that will be used for exterior renovations once plans have been reviewed and accepted. “It will be wonderful to see visible progress”on the building, which she expects by year’s end, she said.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 10, 2017 8:18 am

Summer may be winding down, but there’s no shortage of Cool Events. Local wine, art, music, the great outdoors, movies – there’s something for the most discerning townie. Pet lovers – don’t forget to pick out a costume for your pooch! The highlight of the annual Woofstock Music Festival is the Hippie Dog Contest. Tie-dye anyone?

Thursday, Aug. 10

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Perfect Evening Brings Out the Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 9, 2017 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The weather turned out to be perfect on Thursday night at the sixth concert of the Branford Jazz Series summer schedule and a large audience came to the Green to enjoy the music.

Bill O'Brien Photo The estimated crowd of 700 was entertained by the talented group headed by the golden saxophone sensation Andrew Beals and the warm and expressive sounds of Chris Morrison on guitar.Here is Beals on his “golden” sax.

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Thimbles Lady Looks To Dump 8 Islands

by marcia chambers | Aug 8, 2017 9:54 am | Comments (1)

Christine Svenningsen and her husband Edmund H. Stoecklein, whom she married in 2015, are seeking to sell an extraordinary collection of Thimble Islands, eight in all, plus a Victorian mansion on Prospect Hill road with a private dock providing easy access to the islands. The islands are part of an archipelago in Long Island Sound, located not far from the Stony Creek harbor.

The eight islands are now priced at $50 million, $28 million less than when they first went on the market a year ago. The islands may also be purchased separately, their realtor says, an indication the Island Lady is serious about selling.

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Man Arrested For Ramming Branford Police Cruiser

by marcia chambers | Aug 5, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (1)

Branford P.D. A 36-year-old East Haven man, who allegedly rammed a Branford police officer’s cruiser as he was fleeing a parking lot in his car following a tire theft at Al Mac Motors II, was taken into custody Wednesday on an arrest warrant, police said. 

The tire theft took place on July 5 at the tire store, at 117 North Main St. According to Branford Detective Lieutenant John Finkle, the suspect, identified as Janssen Padilla of East Haven, was driving his gray Jeep Cherokee when he rammed into the officer’s cruiser as it was entering the parking lot.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 4, 2017 8:15 am

When it comes to summer, there’s nothing better than fresh corn. Corn (and potatoes) will be king at the Potato and Corn Festival this weekend in Northford. The family event opens tonight and runs through Sunday. Art and music are on the agenda in the upcoming week and, looking ahead, Cosgrove Shelter’s annual Woofstock Music Festival proves that dogs are indeed our best friends. The Shoreline Wine Festival features fruits of the vine from Connecticut Vineyards. Raise a glass to our bountiful state!

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Branford Residents Asked to Weigh In On TOD

by Staff | Aug 4, 2017 7:46 am

With Permission Town Planner Harry A. Smith announced this week that the town is studying opportunities for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the area around the Branford Shoreline East Train Station. This study is an integral part of a town and regional initiative to promote neighborhood scale growth and redevelopment that recognizes the potential benefits of a transit asset.

A public survey has been developed to gather opinions from the diverse range of people who live, work or own property in Branford, on the key issues facing the train station and waterfront area and how they envision its future. The survey can be accessed at: survey


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