by Diana Stricker | Aug 28, 2014 3:55 pm
Under sunny skies, the town’s public schools opened for the first day of classes this morning as wistful parents said their good-byes to their kids.
There were a number of tender moments at the John B. Sliney Elementary School this morning. Here is Diana Vaicunas hugging her daughter Devina as she heads into Sliney Elementary School. (See top photo)
by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 28, 2014 8:34 am
Under skies that were a tad threatening, the Branford Jazz on the Green series wrapped up a wildly successful season a week ago today.
Music lovers packed the Green (and Town Hall steps and near-by knoll) to listen to saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa. A native of Seattle, he performed worldwide with The Rippingtons and reunited with them for a 20th anniversary tour in 2006. In his solo venture, he has released nine CDs.
Kashiwa presented the final show of the season Aug. 21, playing with Trever Somerville on drums, Dave Anderson on bass and Jay Rowe on keyboard. Rowe also wowed them with his own show on the Green this summer.
by marcia chambers | Aug 27, 2014 3:02 pm
Summer may be winding down but events are taking off. Make the most of Labor Day Weekend. Head to a carnival, visit Short Beach Days, go to an open dance party, and check out some perennial plants.
Wednesday, Aug. 27
End of Summer Carnival
by Kathryn Cross | Aug 26, 2014 9:34 pm | Comments (1)
Sun’s out, fun’s in.
What could be better than a day on the beach at Branford Point? That’s the sentiment of many as Branford’s long, hot summer winds down. What’s more, this is the last week of beach activity for kids before the town’s public schools open tomorrow.
by marcia chambers | Aug 26, 2014 11:34 am
First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove took the Rotary Club’s Ice Bucket ALS challenge Friday afternoon along with a group of town employees, Rotary Club members, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members and even the town’s probate judge. They assembled on the town Green after work, standing in a circle and ready to get dunked. The fire chief hovered above.
For the 40 or so who gathered on the Green, there were no ice buckets. Instead, Fire Chief Jack Ahern, crawling along an outstretched ladder atop a fire truck outside Town Hall found a way to make this event a group dunking. He positioned his truck and himself above the crowd.
by Diana Stricker | Aug 25, 2014 11:41 am
Frustration was evident from both the Inland Wetland (IW) commissioners and the property owners of 250 North Main St. as the clock ticked down on a key deadline at a recent public hearing. The owners were seeking permission to excavate and prepare the site in hopes of attracting a developer.
The property in question, which has hilly topography and extensive wetlands, is a 13-acre site that extends from Route 1 toward I-95. It is adjacent to the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home on one side, and United Tire Inc. and Greystone Manor condominiums on the other side.
by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 22, 2014 8:21 am
On the 45th anniversary of the great hippie festival, Woodstock, Branford had its own celebration, albeit a canine-inspired one. Music was a highlight as six bands took the stage throughout the day as the dogs got ready for the feature attraction of the day, the Woofstock Hippie Dog Costume Contest.
It was all to benefit the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter and their efforts to care for homeless pets. The shelter’s tent collected donations and supplies and displayed posters of pets available for adoption.
by Emma Zehner | Aug 21, 2014 10:01 am
Headed back to school next week? Summer’s not over just yet.
Spend your last weekend celebrating the season with a boat parade, sunset jazz or an antique show.
Thursday, August 21
Jazz on the Green Series
by Emma Zehner | Aug 20, 2014 1:50 pm
Governor Dannel P. Malloy attracted several inquisitive glances as he indulged in a local favorite: the Lobster Shack’s “Hot Lobster Roll.” He arrived in Branford last week as part of his fourth annual tour of restaurants, stores and tourist destinations along Connecticut’s south-central shoreline. His first stop was the Lobster Shack.
Soon he sat down at one the restaurant’s picnic tables, observing the afternoon rush and gesturing to land across the Branford River as a nod to future economic endeavors.
by Emma Zehner | Aug 19, 2014 12:47 pm
Jazz musician Jay Howe took the stage on the Branford Green earlier this month to perform before a packed audience. Fans set up chairs throughout the town’s center and others stood on the surrounding sidewalk to listen.
“The best part of the business is making lots of new friends,” Rowe told the audience.
At the Thursday show on August 7, he was joined on stage by Rohn Lawrence on guitar, Trever Somerville on drums and Dave Anderson on bass.