Back to School Preparations: Beyond the Backpack

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 26, 2016 7:08 am

File Photo For parents and kids, school preparations are underway for the opening of Branford’s public schools on Monday. New backpacks, sneakers, and notebooks are on the list. All are material items.

But what about the emotional preparation you will need if your kid gets bullied?

The Eagle has recently published two exclusive articles here and here about a serious bullying case at Walsh Intermediate School, a case that, while traumatic for the family, didn’t even find its way onto the school’s official bullying log. And the transfer student who led the bullying attacks against a Jewish student is returning to Walsh this year. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 25, 2016 8:00 am

The Branford Jazz series is winding down for the summer, so catch tonight’s performance. And the New Haven Jazz Festival is not to be missed Saturday evening. Fair season is upon us and the Chester Fair is one of many coming up in the next month or so – it’s a beautiful drive out there. It goes without saying that the Stony Creek Brewery is one of the most happening places along the shoreline – check out their Sun Juice Fest. Looking ahead a bit toward Labor Day… Short Beach Days caps the summer, but there are plenty of cool events coming up in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Thursday, Aug. 25

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$80M Walsh School “Alteration” Faces Challenges

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 24, 2016 7:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The town’s Public Building Commission last week approved the next step in the Walsh Intermediate School renovation and expansion project by voting to select option A, an option that has fewer construction phases, but a greater challenge in terms of reimbursement costs. At more than $80 million, the project is the most costly in the town’s history and full state reimbursement – anticipated at 35 percent at this point – is critical and at this juncture, uncertain.

The total for the option A is $81.7 million; $88.2 was approved by the Representative Town Meeting in June, but that amount is closer to the option B – a “like new” configuration that was rejected by the building commission.

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No Morning Dew on Car Leads to Arrest

by marcia chambers | Aug 24, 2016 7:00 am

Branford P.D. Before sunrise yesterday, an astute Branford police officer noticed that a parked car at a Shell Gas Station on Leetes Island Road in Stony Creek had no morning dew on its windows.

The car seemed oddly out-of-place compared to the other cars parked nearby. The time was 4:30 a.m.

So the officer, Chris Cope, inspected more closely, driving his police car nearer to the parked car. As he did, a man, later identified as Esteban Melendez, 18, of New Bedford, Mass., popped up in the driver’s seat, his hands raised in the air.

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“Woofstock” Reunites Lost Pup with New Haven Family

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 22, 2016 7:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo One minute Casper the young Pit Bull puppy is playing with his family and the next minute he is nowhere to be found. Everyone in the Sanchez family is now in a panic looking for the cute but adventurous young pup.

Sherwin Sanchez, his wife, Janet, and their daughter Jarriellyz were at a relative’s house close to Peat Meadow Park near the Annex section of New Haven one recent Friday evening when 3- month- old Casper decided it was time for a run. So off he went. 

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Republican Chris Kelly Runs for State Rep

by Diana Stricker | Aug 19, 2016 6:59 am

Chris Kelly, the manager of a bagel shop, plans to challenge incumbent State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) in the November state legislative election. Kelly will hit the campaign trail running, especially since he started late in the race.

Kelly, who is also a realtor, was unanimously endorsed by the Republican Town Committee (RTC) to replace candidate Ray Ingraham, the chair of the RTC, who withdrew from the state race late last month after announcing he falsely signed donor forms when applying for state public campaign financing. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Aug 18, 2016 8:28 am

The Shoreline
What’s old is new this week on the shoreline. Experience a blast from our vehicular past at the Shore Line Trolley Museum’s guest operator weekend, or the Working Boats of Stony Creek exhibit at the Stony Creek Museum. Or, dust off your own favorite relics for the Madison Historical Society’s annual Antique Fair, or Branford Rotary’s third annual Classic Car Show.

For a more timeless diversion, check out the Branford Land Trust’s Environmental Camp and the Church of Christ’s annual Peach and Chowder festival. And don’t miss tonight’s Jazz on the Green Act, TIZER Quartet, or next week’s Opius Bliss, rescheduled form their July 7 rain out.

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ZBA Rejects Controversial Shoreline Home

by Diana Stricker | Aug 17, 2016 1:30 pm | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo A Middletown man showed Branford’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) photos of the half-acre lot where he hoped to build a shoreline home, but the board denied his requests for variances, saying he knew when he bought the land last year it was not a buildable lot.

Diana Stricker Photo The ZBA voted unanimously to deny the variances after a two-hour public hearing Tuesday night that attracted about 50 people. The previous owner‘s request for variances was denied in January 2015.

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Woofstock Stays Cool Despite Heat

by Emily Patton | Aug 17, 2016 11:34 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The hot and humid weather was fit for neither man nor beast; nonetheless, there were plenty of both to be found on the Branford Green Saturday at the fourth annual Woofstock music festival, which raised woofing funding for the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter despite the stifling conditions.

“It’s cool down here, this is the place to be today,” said Branford Fire Chief Tom Mahoney, pointing to the water below him from his perch atop the festival’s dunk tank. It wasn’t long before an errant hand (brandished by a giggling child) ushered him underwater once again.

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