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Cool Events Here And Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Oct 24, 2014 11:42 am

Ah, the Stony Creek Quarry, a special place and it beckons this fall weekend. A book also beckons, one about Branford’s Civil War soldiers written by Town Historian Jane Bouley.  There’s a nature walk, too. What better time than now?

Saturday, Oct. 25

Stony Creek Quarry Tour, Quarry Road, Branford.  Tour benefits the Guilford Keeping Society and the Stony Creek Museum. Unk DaRos and Carl Balestracci, both quarry historians and descendants of quarrymen, will share stories of the quarry’s history. Both are former first selectman, DaRos of Branford, Balestracci of Guilford. Tour begins at 11 a.m.  No children under 10. Tickets are $15. For more information contact:

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Branford Welcomes Mount Sinai Genomics Research Center

by marcia chambers | Oct 24, 2014 10:45 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took the first official tour of a new genomics research lab yesterday, a lab that brings the renowned Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai to Branford. The arrival of state-of-the art DNA lab expands a long-range plan to create a new biomedical industry for Connecticut. And Branford is a big part of the plan. 

With 12 days to go before the election, Malloy, along with members of the town’s legislative delegation, came to Branford to announce the arrival of a new business along with new jobs. They toured the new generation sequencing lab at the site of what once was Roche’s 454 Life Sciences facility at 1 Commercial Dr. The new Mount Sinai facility is expected to open soon. It will join Yale, the University of Connecticut Health Center and Jackson Labs in Malloy’s effort to reconfigure the economic future of the state along with advancing health research. 

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The Legacy of the ‘House of the Rising Sun’

by Diana Stricker | Oct 23, 2014 3:46 pm

Diana Stricker Photo Stony Creek residents fear a new theatre at the site of the former Puppet House could turn into the raucous teen-age hangout it became in later years. The owners of the proposed Legacy Theatre say they will produce high caliber theatre and hold occasional fund-raisers and educational programs.

Diana Stricker Photo Passionate speakers for both sides of the issue aired their views for two hours at a public hearing of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Tuesday that attracted about 150 people. The initial hearing in September lasted about three hours. Click here to read about that.

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Scanlon Targets Young Voters & Seniors

by Emma Zehner | Oct 21, 2014 9:30 am

Democratic nominee for state representative Sean Scanlon was paying close attention the last time he knocked on Stony Creek doors.

“When I was here before, your wife was making a big fish dinner,” Scanlon said to a resident, referring to his trip to the Branford neighborhood a few months earlier.

The man looked impressed and said he thought he remembered the meal. 

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P & Z Ponders Stony Creek “Village” Designation

by Diana Stricker | Oct 21, 2014 8:54 am

Diana Stricker Photo Stony Creek will have to wait several weeks to learn if it will become an official Village District. The designation would allow an architectural review board to scrutinize plans for sizable building projects—an issue which has mixed reactions among residents.

Branford’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) completed a public hearing Thursday, which had initially been convened in September. Under a recent change, projects under 3,500 square feet, including houses, would not be subject to the review board.

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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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