Along the Shoreline Tabor Trail

by Diana Stricker | Oct 21, 2016 8:00 am

With Permission “This is our pride and joy,” said Judy Miller as she viewed sketches of Branford’s proposed Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) between Tabor Drive and Pine Orchard Road.

Miller shared her feelings about the trail with the Eagle prior to the public information meeting at Fire Headquarters Wednesday evening.  Although it only measures about .6 of a mile, the Tabor section will be an integral part of the proposed 25-mile hiking and biking trail that would extend from Lighthouse Point in New Haven to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

Continue reading ‘Along the Shoreline Tabor Trail’

National Bullying Prevention Month is Underway

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 20, 2016 10:00 am

October is National Bulling Prevention Month. It’s part of a nationwide campaign found by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to educate communities and raise awareness. Bullying prevention month encourages participants to wear orange as an expression of solidarity.

The website also offers tips on creating awareness through social media.

Continue reading ‘National Bullying Prevention Month is Underway’

Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 20, 2016 8:17 am

If you’re a fan of Halloween, your time draws nigh! Pumpkins are everywhere and farm markets such as Rose’s Orchard in North Branford and Bishop’s Orchard Farm Market in Guilford are offering wagon rides and corn mazes. There’s still time to pick your own apples. The Stand in Indian Neck is decked out and there’s still one more week for the Branford Alps Farm Market – its last hurrah for the season is Thursday, Oct. 27. Check out our listings for additional fall-inspired activities.

Saturday, Oct. 22


Continue reading ‘Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond’

All Smoking, Including E-Cigs, Banned at Town Parks and Beaches

by marcia chambers | Oct 19, 2016 12:16 pm

With Permission The town’s parks and recreation commission has adopted a no- smoking policy for two town beaches, a pond, and all parks, a policy that includes electronic smoking. The new policy comes with “No Smoking” signs but no official ordinance – at least not yet.

Richard Hill, a Branford resident, told the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at its monthly meeting last week that in recent months he went to the Parks and Rec commission seeking a no-smoking ban at the town’s beaches and all parks “but no signs went up” even though the commission adopted the ban last August.

Continue reading ‘All Smoking, Including E-Cigs, Banned at Town Parks and Beaches’

Walsh Plans Headed to State for Grant Approval

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 18, 2016 7:59 am

Sally E. Bahner The Branford Board of Education has approved a third revision of education specifications for the $88.2 million Walsh Intermediate School renovation, which included a net reduction of 6,000 square feet. Now the latest revisions head to Hartford.

The reduction in square footage will bring the design closer to the 150,000 square feet mandated by the state for its 35 percent reimbursement, but the town will still be in need of a space waiver. That reimbursement is based on the highest projected enrollment of 944 students, officials told the BOE at a meeting at the Walsh school Thursday.

Continue reading ‘Walsh Plans Headed to State for Grant Approval’

Love Strikes Again as Subaru Expands Dealership

by Diana Stricker | Oct 17, 2016 8:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo The owner of Premier Subaru is hoping to build a new facility, with more than 30 service bays and a museum, on properties across the road from his Branford headquarters (pictured) at 150 N. Main St.

The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) will hold a public hearing Nov. 10 on the proposal, which involves three adjoining properties at 155, 165 and 175 N. Main St. The properties are all owned by Bob Alvine, president and general manager of the dealership, through his Premier Realty Holdings LLC . 

Continue reading ‘Love Strikes Again as Subaru Expands Dealership’

Field Hockey Starts Season With 6 Wins in a Row

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 15, 2016 8:59 am

Bill O'Brien Photo You might think that before starting her 40th year at the helm of the 2016 Branford field hockey team coach Cathy McGuirk might be ready to take it easy. Easier said than done.

Bill O'Brien Photo Not only is she still coaching, but she’s still winning. Branford defeated Hamden last week 2-1, bringing the Hornets record for the season to 6-0. The win brought coach McGuirk’s overall record to 528-129-64-10.

Continue reading ‘Field Hockey Starts Season With 6 Wins in a Row’

Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 14, 2016 9:00 am

Sally E. Bahner photo The event that local book lovers live for is here at last! The large tents are being set up on the green and will be filled with rows and rows of books in every genre. Cat lovers can support homeless felines by dropping off food at Branford Compassion Club’s Feline Rescue and Adoption Center in North Branford; a dedicated group of volunteers cares for local feral colonies. And now that the oppressive heat of summer has passed, take advantage of the walks offered by the Branford Land Trust

Friday, Oct. 13, to Sunday, Oct. 16

Blackstone Library Annual Book Sale

Continue reading ‘Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond’

Wilson Makes Second Try for Kennedy Senate Seat

by Emily Patton | Oct 14, 2016 6:59 am

Emily Patton Photo Lured out of retirement by a mixture of boredom and curiosity, Bruce R. Wilson, Jr. arrived at New Haven’s H. Krevit and Co. in June 2015 on a rescue mission: the local manufacturing company was floundering in debt, and Wilson was tasked with keeping it afloat.

Having succeeded at the latter assignment—the company resurfaced from bankruptcy in the course of four months, adding 30 employees to its original roster of 40—Wilson set his sights on another project: the Connecticut State Senate.

Continue reading ‘Wilson Makes Second Try for Kennedy Senate Seat’

Puppy Kisses and Blessings at Animal Awareness Day

by Vivian Englund | Oct 13, 2016 7:01 am

Vivian Englund Photo The Branford green was filled with puppy kisses and blessings as pets and their families lined up a Sunday ago for the Blessing of the Animals. The animals were calm and orderly, realizing this was a special occasion. 

Mary Johnson Photo The highlight of the day was the Blessing of the Animals, which is why the event is always held as close as possible to the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of all animals. Town Clerk Lisa Arpin took Quincy, her 22-month-old Boston Terrier to the town Green. He was very attentive as Father Matthew Gworek of St. Mary’s Catholic Church bestowed his blessing.

Continue reading ‘Puppy Kisses and Blessings at Animal Awareness Day’