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Cosgrove Takes First Steps on Senior Center

by Diana Stricker | Sep 19, 2014 9:55 am

File Photo Branford is moving forward with a plan to assess the needs of senior citizens and the need for a new senior center.

First Selectman James Cosgrove announced Thursday that he hired the Branford architectural firm of Arbonies King Vlock PC to “conduct a senior program and services assessment that will become the foundation for a decision on the location of the new Branford Senior Center.”

Members of the group Voices for Branford Seniors, who have been rallying for a new senior center, are hopeful this is a step in the right direction. Many have voiced frustration.  One senior was so upset about the project’s delay that she wanted the seniors to rally in front of Town Hall with signs, wheelchairs and canes.

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Lady Hornets Lose to Cheshire

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 18, 2014 6:40 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Lady Hornets gave the defending state champion Cheshire Rams a pretty good run for their money before losing 25-13, 25-23 and 25-22 in a three- out- of five set of matches Monday. 

The Hornets played hard and gave it their all.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Sep 18, 2014 9:50 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Wow! Something for everyone this weekend, especially the kids. Outdoors there is the great Blackstone Library Book sale on the Branford Green along with the historic Guilford Agricultural Fair. There’s even a clean-up slated for the Farm River. Indoors, there’s a special house tour in Pine Orchard. 

Thursday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 21

Friends of Blackstone Library Annual Books Sale. The annual Friends of the Library book sale takes place from Thursday, Sept.18 to Sunday, Sept. 21.  Branford Green.

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Classic Cars: Up Close and Personal

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 17, 2014 2:29 pm

Sally E. Bahner Photo Branford Rotary Club’s First Annual Classic Car Show on Sunday drew about 130 auto aficionados, who put their spit and polished vehicles on display at Van Wilgen’s Garden Center in North Branford.

Sally E. Bahner Photo A couple hundred admirers strolled among the rows, no doubt reminiscing about vehicles of their youth. Youngsters got a glimpse of the cars driven by their grandparents (and great-grandparents).

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Connecticut’s Top Dems Visit Branford

by marcia chambers | Sep 16, 2014 1:27 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are never far from this year’s state races.

Their message: Shoe leather works. Talking to neighbors works. Postcards work. Working hard is essential because the Republicans are going to outspend the Democrats in the 2014 election, they said. Today Democratic officials said GOP Super-Pacs are poised to spend millions on TV ads to try to defeat Democratic candidates across the state.

Sunday afternoon U.S. Sens. Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy made it to a Pine Orchard home with sweeping views of the Sound. They were joined by Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Secretary of State Denise Merrill. 

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Eye On Short Beach Comes To Life

by marcia chambers | Sep 15, 2014 9:05 am

Mary Johnson Photo As they say farewell to summer, Gail Oberg, her daughter Nicole, Nicole’s friend Maria and Maria’s Mom, Lori Mack are still reminiscing about Short Beach Days when they worked together to create a sculpture they called “Eye On Short Beach.” 

They decided to enter the sand sculpture contest, an event of the annual “Short Beach Days,” which is held over Labor Day weekend. This year marked the 68th anniversary of “Short Beach Days.” Little did they know that “Eye on Short Beach” would win in the category of “funniest.” 

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BHS Boys Soccer Wins Home Opener

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 14, 2014 9:47 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Hornet’s Boys soccer team opened their first home game Friday with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Amity Spartans. The game was played at Branford’s James L. MacVeigh Athletic Complex.

Bill O'Brien Photo At the outset, Branford fell behind 1-0 after an early Amity goal by Dean Schwartz. Branford Co-Captain Max Condon (#18) evened the score at one apiece when he scored the tying goal. 

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Cool Events Here And Elsewhere This Weekend

by Staff | Sep 12, 2014 1:49 pm

Make the most of something new this weekend. Three first-ever events debut in and around town. One celebrates classic cars, another gives the nod to beer and the third is a virtuoso performance by two sisters on violin and piano.   

Saturday, Sept. 13

Make it or Take it Craft

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“That Place Is Like No Other”

by marcia chambers | Sep 12, 2014 5:55 am

Mary Johnson Photo At precisely 8:46 a.m. Branford firefighters, police officers and town officials bowed their heads in prayer as they remembered the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the World Trade Center. On this day 3,356 people in the Towers, including 343 firefighters and 60 police and port authority officers perished. 

The Rev. Sharon Gracen, the Branford Fire Department chaplain, called this the “13th day of remembrance” as she reflected on the nation then and now.

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McGuirk Achieves 500th Field Hockey Career Win

by Staff | Sep 11, 2014 9:50 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Cathy McGuirk,  Branford high school’s longtime field hockey coach, won her 500th game Tuesday afternoon when the Hornets scored a 3-0 victory over Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden.  It was a remarkable milestone and a sweet win for the head coach and her team, especially because it came at the opening game of the 2014 field hockey season. 

“I didn’t think I was going to get emotional, but I still have tears in my eyes,’’ said McGuirk who has coached 38 seasons as the Hornets’ coach and has built the team into a perennial state power. Over the years she has won ten state championships

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