Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 15, 2017 8:36 am

Hallmark TV Movie at Caron's Corner Grocery StoreIf you were otherwise busy and missed the Stony Creek Pageant and the Branford Chorale Concert, never fear! They’ve both been rescheduled due to last week’s storm. There’s still time to take part in some great holiday events – who doesn’t love a ride on the trolley and the Shore Line Trolley Museum’s Winter Wonderland event makes it all the more special. On Sunday, light the fireplace and pop some popcorn: Branford scenes will be featured on the small screen in a Hallmark movie. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Dec. 15


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Cedar Woods Fair Donates $1,700 to ‘Feed Branford Kids’

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 15, 2017 7:31 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoSmiling faces filled the Hospitality Room at Cedar Woods senior living and retirement community on Cedar Street recently as the residents and staff joined together for the presentation of a $1,700 check to the “Feed Branford Kids” program, the results of their Dec. 2 Holiday Fair.

The Feed Branford Kids (FBK) program started in 2014 with a mission “to see that all our children have enough to eat EVERY day whether it is a school day, a weekend or a holiday.” FBK is run in cooperation with the Branford Public Schools with oversight from the Branford Food Pantry.

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Remember the Eagle This Holiday Season

by Staff | Dec 14, 2017 8:33 am

At this time of year we remind our readers that the journalism you depend on also depends on you.

Please support independent, not-for-profit local journalism. The Branford Eagle is part of the Online Journalism Project, the 501(c) 3 organization that publishes the New Haven Independent, the Valley Independent Sentinel, and WNHH radio, where the Legal Eagle has a show. As a not-for-profit, we pay the bills through charitable donations from readers like you.

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Stony Creek Granite to Adorn New Statue of Liberty Museum

by marcia chambers | Dec 13, 2017 7:49 am

Sean Kernan PhotoStony Creek and Guilford’s variegated pink granite, the distinctive granite used for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, will soon return to Liberty Island for its next historic honor.

This time, the granite will adorn the exterior of a new Statue of Liberty Museum scheduled to open in 2019 alongside the Statute of Liberty. The Museum, which will include a theater, is designed to tell the story of “Lady Liberty,” a universal symbol of freedom.

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Foote Park Trail Named for Tiskus Father and Son

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 12, 2017 7:59 am | Comments (3)

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe end of an era was recognized recently with the unveiling of “Joe Tiskus Way,” a trail dedicated to a father and son who served almost half a century as park managers at Foote Park. 

The late Wallace H. Foote established “The Foote Family Charitable Trust” in 1966 and instructed the trustees “to purchase real estate to be used for parks and recreation for the benefits only of the inhabitants of the Town of Branford and their guests.”  The 44.6 acre site was acquired and the park was opened in 1970 with Joe Tiskus, Sr. hired as the first manager.

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Driver Dies After Crashing Into Tree

by marcia chambers | Dec 12, 2017 7:45 am

A longtime waiter at Lenny’s and Su Casa restaurants in Branford died Sunday after his pick-up truck crashed into a large tree on South Montowese Street.

Police said that Gerald Peterson, 54, known as “Jerry” to the many diners he served over the years, was travelling south on South Montowese Street when his truck swerved off the right hand side of the road and into the tree.

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Legal Questions Raised In Parkside Village Project

by Diana Stricker | Dec 11, 2017 8:17 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoSome legal questions need to be addressed before a decision is made on the proposed Parkside Village 1 affordable housing complex in Branford. A difference of opinion between the town attorney and the developers’ attorney regarding protest petitions may end up in court, depending on how the vote goes. 

The public hearing, which began in October, closed Thursday but the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission did not begin discussions on the proposal.

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Branford Prepares for Next Natural Disasters

by Diana Stricker | Dec 9, 2017 9:24 am

Diana Stricker PhotoIt’s time to update the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan that has already succeeded in bringing federal dollars to Branford projects, particularly Linden Avenue.

Town Engineer Janice Plaziak discussed the process with the Board of Selectmen (BOS) at their meeting Wednesday evening. One of the first steps to update the plan is for Branford residents to complete an online survey that’s on the town’s web site.

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Meghan Shah Sifts Through The Strata

by Lucy Gellman | Dec 8, 2017 7:36 am

Lucy Gellman PhotoMaybe it’s the splatters, thinning out like fingerprints, that catch you from one side of the room and urge you to come closer. A pink line cuts through the left side, canvas ceding to it willingly. It’s a sort of ordered maze, pinks and blues whizzing past each other on their way to somewhere off the canvas.

They’re definitely telling a story. But of its beginning, middle and end, you don’t have to be completely sure. That’s the central thesis of Meghan Shah’s Progression in Strata, a series of abstractions now open at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Stony Creek. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 8, 2017 7:29 am

File PhotoChristmas activities reach a fever pitch this weekend and the next. The touch of snow expected Saturday should lend a festive touch to the annual Stony Creek Christmas Pageant. Check out any number of concerts including the Thimble Islands Sax Quartet, the Branford Chorale, BHS Music Makers, Trinity Church concert in New Haven, and, looking ahead, Branford’s own Messiah. If you’re too busy to bake, pick up some cookies at the Branford Compassion Club. And, most importantly, if you need help obtaining health insurance, stop by the ACA Enrollment Event on Sunday at Fire Headquarters. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Dec. 8

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