From Husk Till Dawn: A Firsthand Account of POCO Festival

by Emily Patton | Aug 12, 2016 8:00 am

The line for parking stretched far down Foxon Road as it neared North Branford’s Augur Farm. It was here that I, your loyal Eagle reporter, began my first foray into the world of the North Branford Potato and Corn Festival (fondly nicknamed the “POCO festival”), which promised to “elevate the two starchy staples to extraordinary heights.”

Emily Patton Photo The festival, which ran from Friday Aug. 5, to Sunday, Aug. 7, is now celebrating its 15th year. It boasts not only hearty helpings of potatoes and corn, but also several non-edible attractions including carnival rides, festival games, crafts, music, prizes and more.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Aug 11, 2016 12:17 pm

If there’s one thing we know about the shoreline, it’s that we have excellent taste. Luckily, the next few weeks are filled with opportunities to indulge this taste, whether it’s with a relaxing dinner at Burberry Hill Farm or an afternoon of wine at Bishops Orchards.

With Permission For non-edible entertainment, check out the dense lineup of local music festivals (including Woofstock on the Green!). Tonight’s “Saxtet” on the Green has been cancelled because of weather concerns. It is expected to be rescheduled. Or go nature’s way with events from the Branford Land Trust and the Hammonasset Nature Center.

Thursday, August 11

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Walsh Bullying Log Omits Reported Student Hate Crime

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 10, 2016 3:07 pm | Comments (2)

File Photo “Kill the Jew!”

So one member of a crowd allegedly yelled while attacking a Jewish student earlier this year at Walsh Intermediate School.

That incident ended up in an official medical report that the school is required to keep by law. But somehow it didn’t show up in a different public report, a log entitled “Verified Acts of Bullying in Branford Public Schools.”

Now Adrienne Serra is trying to find out why.

Serra is an advocate for Orit Avizov, whose son was the victim of the hate crime. In July Serra received that system-wide bullying report, and couldn’t find the anti-Semitic incident anywhere in it.

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Dr. Joe and Friends Chill Out Big Branford Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 8, 2016 7:19 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Dr. Joe Cardinale loved both music and medicine when he was a youngster. His desire to pursue a career in medicine led to a 30-year career as a well-respected, highly regarded radiology oncologist. About 15 years ago he bought a guitar and rekindled his interest in music.

Bill O'Brien Photo Since then his interest and talents led him to form “Dr. Joe and Friends.” The group performs regularly in the area having a steady “gig” each Sunday evening at Ayuthai Restaurant in Guilford.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Aug 5, 2016 9:46 am

File Photo Lots of Dunkin coming up as in Dunk-a-Cop for the Special Olympics and Dunk- a- Cop and perhaps others at Woofstock next weekend.  Need exercise? Try a potato sack race or a scenic walk at Red Hill Woods or get back into the swing of things at the East Haven Rotary Club’s annual golf tournament in a couple of weeks.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7

Shakespeare on the Shoreline: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Branford’s Jim Bell Heads Up NBC’S Olympic Games

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 5, 2016 8:54 am

NBC Olympics When Jim Bell, executive producer of the NBC Olympic games, unveils the XXXI Olympics from Rio de Janeiro this weekend, he will remember his Branford High singing group experience “that has served me well to this day.”

Bell will oversee his 11th Olympics and will lead a team of over 3,000 people who are tasked with broadcasting nearly 7,000 hours of Olympic coverage worldwide. He is seen in the photo above at NBC’s control center in Rio getting ready for the Opening Ceremonies tonight at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.

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SEEC Sends Ingraham Election Case to Enforcement Unit; Denies Grant

by marcia chambers | Aug 4, 2016 8:18 am | Comments (2)

File Photo The State Election Enforcement Commission’s (SEEC) will conduct an inquiry into Ray Ingraham’s public financing campaign application in connection with his race for state representative on the Republican ticket. The SEEC also voted yesterday to deny Ingraham’s grant application for state public campaign funding based on the application itself.

Ingraham, the chair of Branford’s Republican Town Committee and the majority leader of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), announced he was quitting the state rep race a week ago. The   SEEC had been questioning the authenticity of his campaign application, delaying his funding under the Citizens Election Program (CEP).  He also cited personal reasons for his withdrawal from the race. 

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Counseling Center Gets Grant to Fight Opioid Abuse

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 3, 2016 8:00 am

With Permission On the heels of last spring’s forum and subsequent enactment of state legislation restricting opioid prescriptions, the Branford Counseling Center has received a $10,000 grant to help fight opioid and prescription drug abuse.

State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) called AT&T after the meeting and applied for the grant on behalf of the counseling center; the grant will help identify and address early signs of addiction.

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P&Z Approves 6 Month Moratorium on Oversized Duplexes

by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2016 7:33 am

Diana Stricker Photo There will be a six month moratorium on new applications for duplexes and multi-family homes in R-1 zones, following a unanimous vote by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last week.

Town Planner Harry Smith, pictured above, pointed out the R-1 zones which are located in areas of Branford Hills, the Town Center, and a small portion of lots off Brushy Plain Road.

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New Orleans Native Dazzles Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 1, 2016 7:31 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The large crowd on the Green on Thursday was treated to another enjoyable evening of smooth jazz with the soul-searching music performed by New Orleans native Vandell Andrew.

Bill O'Brien Photo The young alto saxophonist hails from the “Birthplace of Jazz.” At the age of 13, he attended a jazz summer camp where he was introduced to the trumpet. A camp teacher suggested he try the saxophone as well, and as they say, “the rest is history.” This couple would agree.

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