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Cartier Believes ‘This is My Time’

by Emma Zehner | Oct 20, 2014 9:18 am

After two unsuccessful attempts running for state public office, Cindy Cartier, Republican nominee for state representative in the 98th district, believes “this is my time.” The reality is different this time, she says, because she is not running against an incumbent, a popular Democratic incumbent named Pat Widlitz. 

Cartier, a member of the Guilford Board of Selectman, has spent a good deal of time going door-to-door to meet with voters and on one weekend day she went door-to-door on Valley Shores Road in Guilford, where she lives with her family. The Branford Eagle tagged along. Among the topics discussed along the way were taxes, resources for the disabled and the controversial education program, Common Core.

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Girls Soccer Loses 3-0 To Guilford

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 18, 2014 9:35 am | Comments (1)

The Branford girls soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss to their old nemesis, the Guilford Indians on Monday at the James L. McVeigh Athletic Complex. Their loss to Guilford was their second this year; they lost to the Indians in September by a 3-1 score.

After a scoreless first half, Guilford opened the scoring in the second half when Emma Rusconi (pictured) scored at 44:16. After going back and forth for the next 10 minutes Andrea Basilicato scored on an assist from Allison Stephens at 53:57 to make it 2-0.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Oct 17, 2014 10:57 am

Summer?  Fall? A bit of both?  Saturday and Sunday are great days to be outdoors. The weekend offers a bird walk, a conversation about feral cats and a view of scarecrows on the Branford Green. Jazz, too. Head to Hamden where the town’s art commission welcomes the Hot Cat Jazz Band. 

Saturday, Oct 18

Fall Bird Walk at Branford Supply Ponds.

Walk leader Paul Wolter, an avid birder, will help identify the birds by sight and by call. Bring the kids. The walk begins at 8 a.m. and is sponsored by the Branford Land Trust. Meet at the main parking area. From Route 1 take Mill Plain Road and then the first left onto Short Rocks Road, or take Chestnut Street, which goes directly into the preserve. Admission: Free.


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Shoreline Greenway Trail Takes Big Step

by Diana Stricker | Oct 17, 2014 8:54 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo Branford trailblazer Chet Blomquist and the Shoreline Greenway Trail’s local team received approval Wednesday for the design and construction of a 1-mile trail that will cross the town-owned Tabor property.

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously approved a request to allocate federal funds for the project. In other action, the board approved several reappointments and appointments to boards, including placing the first selectman’s aunt on the Commission for Elderly Services.

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Fire Chief Jack Ahern To Retire

by marcia chambers | Oct 16, 2014 4:26 pm | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo Branford Fire Chief Jack Ahern, who began his career 35 years ago and rose through the ranks to become the head of the department, will retire at the end of the year. 

Mary Johnson Photo Ahern, 54, plans to take another job with a private communications company in a nearby town, he told the Eagle. He has served as fire chief for the past 12 years during which he and other top fire and town officials led the quest for a new fire headquarters. He views the opening of the new headquarters in 2012 as one of his major accomplishments.

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The Specter Of Choate Haunts A Campaign Debate

by marcia chambers | Oct 15, 2014 2:08 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers Photo Choate Rosemary Hall, one of leading private prep schools in the nation, entered the shoreline’s hottest political race of the season Tuesday night—as an epithet.

Republican Bruce Wilson Jr., a retired businessman from Madison, mentioned the private school in a jab at his Democratic opponent, Ted Kennedy Jr., in a campaign debate at Guilford High School. The two candidates are competing for the open 12th State Senate District seat. The district includes the towns of Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. The debate was moderated by WTNH News8 anchor Chris Velardi (pictured in top photo) and was sponsored by both the Shoreline and Madison Chambers of Commerce.

Education emerged in the debate as a key point of contention.

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Three Branford Women Win Beacon Awards

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 14, 2014 10:25 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Beacon Awards recognize a few of the outstanding individuals who selflessly step up to help fulfill the Shoreline community’s promise as a place of opportunity, well-being, and safety for all. The event took place Thursday night at Water’s Edge in Westbrook.

Bill O'Brien Photo Three Branford residents were honored: Eunice Lasala, Kristine Klarman and Brenda Eldridge, (L-R, pictured above), along with two nearby neighbors in Guilford, Kim Beckett and Peter Palumbo, who are shown with the entire group.  The event is sponsored by Shore Publishing.

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Kennedy And Wilson Agree

by marcia chambers | Oct 13, 2014 3:11 pm

Democrat Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Republican Bruce H. Wilson, Jr., who are now vying for the state Senate 12th District seat, may be at odds over how campaign contributions work, but they are on the same page when it comes to key issues patients face as hospitals acquire doctors’ practices.

What their views on other topics may be will be learned when Kennedy and Wilson meet for their first debate Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the Guilford High School Auditorium. The debate, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The 12th District includes the towns of Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Killingworth and Durham. 

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Oct 10, 2014 10:00 am

A fun weekend is on the way and the Blackstone Library is the place to be for fantasy, adventure and surprise as Halloween debuts. Or head to New Haven’s great Goffe Street Armory where City-Wide Open Studios artists show their work. Or if you’re a garlic lover, take a trip to the Garlic and Harvest Festival, now celebrating its 10th year.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Branford Walk Like MADD.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving walk starts at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. and goes to 1 p.m. The walk is dedicated to Lisa DelPrete, who was killed on April 8, 2011 by a drunk driver. Her family is walking in her memory. For additional information visit:

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It Felt Like Entering Grover’s Corners

by Remsen Welsh | Oct 10, 2014 9:28 am

Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader from Branford, plays the role of Rebecca Gibbs in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience. This installment is from “tech day,” the first day the actors move into the theater to check out the lighting, set, sound cues, and costumes.

The start of tech was filled with excitement … and the knowledge that it was going to be a long day.

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