Field Hockey Dream of Title Falls Short

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 20, 2016 7:37 am

Bill O'Brien  Photo Dreams to win a state championship in field hockey this year came up short on Wednesday night when the Branford Lady Hornets fell to the defending Class M State Champion New Canaan Rams 1-0 at the James L. McDougall Stadium at Trumbull High School.

Bill O'Brien  Photo Branford entered the game ranked third in the division with a 19-2 record to play the number seven Rams, who entered the game with a 13-5-1 record. New Canaan was the defending Class M champions from last year, and defeated the Hornets in the first round on route to the 2015 title.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 18, 2016 8:11 am

Yes, it’s barely Thanksgiving and already the signs of Christmas are evident. Do take some time and enjoy these fall moments – the colors are still vibrant – before the Christmas crush. Put on your dancing shoes and check out the Connecticut Governor’s Foot Guard Dance Bank concert, and take a walk in the Van Wie woods, and play a little golf to benefit the Blackstone. Then, take a deep breath and prepare for the next round of holiday activities. 

Friday, Nov. 18

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State Grants Awarded to Preserve Branford, Madison Woodlands

by Staff | Nov 17, 2016 8:10 am

File Photo State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) announced yesterday that Branford and Madison would receive major state grants aimed at preserving nearly 100 acres of significant forest land within their towns.

Kennedy was joined by Representatives Lonnie Reed (D-Branford), Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford), and Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison) as he announced that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program had approved $91,000 for Branford’s Red Hill Road property. The Red Hill property, located off Exit 56 at I-95, was recently acquired by the Branford Land Trust (BLT). This 29.1-acre undeveloped wood lot is within the Hoadley Creek watershed and contributes to an existing greenway of forest land.

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Legacy Theatre Gets Green Light

by marcia chambers | Nov 16, 2016 7:30 am

File Photo It was a drama worthy of a new play, the long, often contentious story of trying to restore and re-open a dormant theater in Stony Creek. At one point it appeared that everyone would have to face off in Superior Court in New Haven in what was described as a protracted legal battle that was scheduled to start next month.The final climax, a fight over parking spaces, was resolved by the chair breaking a tie vote.

These events unfolded at a meeting last week of the Stony Creek Association (SCA). Before it ended, the SCA board voted 6-5 to work out a stipulated agreement with the Legacy theater, with a group of abutting co-plaintiffs new to the table and with the town of Branford. After two long years of mediation, the reality of a new Legacy Theatre arising from the old Puppet House in Stony Creek appears to be in sight.

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Subaru Unveils Proposed Dealership

by Diana Stricker | Nov 15, 2016 8:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo The architect for the proposed new Subaru dealership in Branford said owner Bob Alvine couldn’t attend Thursday’s public hearing with the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) because he was meeting with Subaru officials in Japan.

“I designed the building with Mr. Alvine,” architect John Mathews of Madison told the commissioners. “He really wants to make the town proud of this facility,” he said. “The existing one is overflowing.”

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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured In Collision

by marcia chambers | Nov 15, 2016 7:40 am

A 52-year-old West Haven motorcyclist traveling on East Main Street was seriously injured Sunday after a car driven by the former chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) attempted to turn left onto Mill Plain Road and collided with the cyclist. 

Ellsworth (Mac) McGuigan, 79, the longtime and now retired P&Z chair, was attempting to make a left-hand turn off East Main Street and onto Mill Plain Road when he collided with Christopher Scranton, who was driving West on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. McGuigan was uninjured.

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Branford Celebrates Veterans Day in Town, at High School

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 14, 2016 7:24 am

Lexie Klarman Photo It might have been a little windy and chilly or perhaps it was the two major televised football games that kept attendance low, but it didn’t take anything away from the 2016 Veterans Day parade and the over 500 marchers who came out to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans. It was a celebration that carried through the week, concluding on Friday with the 19th annual Branford High School Student Council and Horizons Program.

Marcia Chambers Photo Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday observed annually and honors military veterans. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which were celebrated in other countries to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Spectators came in many varieties, were dressed accordingly and paid attention.

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Branford’s Tributes to World War I Veterans

by Vivian Englund | Nov 11, 2016 8:00 am | Comments (1)

Vivian Englund Photo World War I ended 98 years ago today, on Nov. 11, 1918, but it is commemorated in the center of Branford and in Stony Creek where one of the nation’s most famous veterans lived.

J. Andre Smith, a World War I veteran, a noted military artist and an architect, designed the town’s largest World War I monument, the cenotaph, at 1019 Main St. Carved in Stony Creek granite is “Pro Patria 1917-1918,” just below a Distinguished Service Cross.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 10, 2016 12:41 pm

Seek out music, arts, and the great outdoors, if you’re looking to recover from the madness of this presidential election season. There are also opportunities to learn about Branford’s emergency services and its important role in the community, and the story behind Japanese-Americans’ fight for citizenship. But then, there are plenty of leaves to be raked and football games to watch!

Saturday, Nov. 12

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Girls’ Field Hockey Defeats Cheshire to Win First SCC Title

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 10, 2016 9:03 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When the chips are on the line, it is safe to say don’t ever underestimate Coach Cathy McGuirk and the Branford Hornets field hockey team. In her 40th season as coach of the girls’ team, she is still having fun.

Over the years, McGuirk has won over 500 games and 10 state championships but last Thursday won her first SCC championship, a 2-1 win over the conference’s #1 ranked Cheshire Rams.

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