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A Brewery, A Blessing & A Boom For Branford

by Diana Stricker | Jul 18, 2014 11:05 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photos Thursday afternoon was a time for beer, blessings and talk of renewed economic development in Branford.

Ed Crowley Sr. and his family and friends, along with political figures like Governor Dan Malloy and State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) lifted shovels of dirt at a ground-breaking for the new Stony Creek Brewery along the Branford River. The Rev. Christopher Ford, pastor of St. Mary Church in Branford, offered a blessing of the land where the 30,000 square-foot brewery and beer-tasting facility will be built.

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Cool Events In Branford This Weekend

by Emma Zehner | Jul 17, 2014 1:01 pm

The arts are at your fingertips this weekend. Dance, Painting, Music, Crafts – take your pick. 

Thursday, July 17

Jazz on the Green Series

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At HOME, “Taste As You Go”

by Emma Zehner | Jul 17, 2014 11:11 am | Comments (1)

Mike DiVincenzo sprinkled green onions, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted piquillo peppers into the waiting saucepan. The added ingredients joined the already sizzling corn stock. 

Divincenzo, the executive chef at HOME restaurant in Branford, stepped back from the stovetop. “One thing you’ve got to do, especially at restaurants, is just taste as you go … make sure everything has enough salt and pepper.”

So far, it passed his test.

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Arts Commission Moves Forward; Green Commission Stalls

by Diana Stricker | Jul 16, 2014 3:19 pm

Diana Stricker Photo The Rules and Ordinances Committee (R&O) on Tuesday night approved the creation of an Arts and Culture Commission, and discovered a long-lost ordinance that provides property tax relief for disabled veterans in Branford.

Also a decision was made to keep the question of the Green Committee becoming a commission on the R&O agenda while the first selectman attempts to negotiate a solution among the parties.

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Yale Pulls Yacht Club Expansion Plan

by Emma Zehner & Marcia Chambers | Jul 15, 2014 1:47 pm | Comments (6)

Emma Zehner Photo After Short Beach residents and their attorneys described a long and difficult relationship with the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (YCYC), Yale’s attorneys shifted course in their expansion plans, withdrawing their application to build a massive boat storage building in the heart of a small seaside residential community.

Joseph L. Hammer, one of Yale’s attorneys, told a crowded, standing-room-only audience Monday at the Branford Fire Headquarters that Yale has “heard your concerns. We still think the property does present an opportunity to improve the yacht club without expanding the programs and without expanding the number of boats.” He said Yale will improve the plan. “It will be resubmitted.” 

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History Comes Alive At Stony Creek Quarry

by Emma Zehner | Jul 14, 2014 8:37 am

Chris Randall Photo When the workers swing at the granite walls, they send out echoes from the past. The sounds remind us of 150 years of lives lived and rock removed.

Only now, they are not alone. The modern men work with lights, dancers, directors, and an audience.

Chris Randall Photo They are actors and the Stony Creek Quarry is their stage.

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A Love Story From Camp Rising Sun

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 11, 2014 3:56 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission They met at Camp Rising Sun when he was a kid who had cancer and she was the camp doctor’s daughter. They grew up together, and they fell in love. He also survived his cancer, and last month, on June 21, they married.

Next month they will return to Camp Rising Sun with the groom, Freddy Samoskevich, as an assistant director, and the bride, Joanna McNamara, as a camp nurse.

“The biggest part of Camp Rising Sun was the social aspect of it because when you’re young, you’re going through all kinds of things like hospitals and medication and it’s really hard to make social connections,” Samoskevich said in an interview.  “At camp, you could talk about catheters and chemotherapy and everyone would understand and was friends with you.”

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Cool Events In Branford This Weekend

by Emma Zehner | Jul 10, 2014 8:17 am

If you like jazz and bluegrass, this weekend is for you. If not, that’s okay too: You can find new plants for your garden or join the Blackstone Library for kids’ crafts.

Thursday, July 10

Branford Jazz on the Green Series


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Town Hall Employees Win First Contract Approval

by Diana Stricker | Jul 10, 2014 7:21 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo Twenty-one Branford Town Hall employees have their first contract after the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) unanimously approved the 4-year pact which includes 2.1 percent wage increases each year.

Members of the newly formed Local 1303-458 of Council 4 of AFSCME, AFL-CIO approved the tentative agreement on June 12. The proposed contract was unanimously approved by the RTM’s Administrative Services Committee July 1. Then, in an unusual bipartisan action, the 15 Republicans and 5 Democrats present at Wednesday’s RTM meeting unanimously approved the pact in a roll-call vote.

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The “New Duke” Swings Branford

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 9, 2014 12:33 pm

He plucked his bass string.  Cleo Laine’s voice began to accompany him.  It was 1974 and Carnegie Hall heard jazz double-bassist and composer Brian Torff for the first time—and he was only 20.

Forty years later, Torff is still playing—most recently on the Branford Green.

Today, Torff is a music program director at Fairfield University, Fairfield Arts Council’s 2008 artist of the year, and the Branford Jazz on the Green series’ latest performer.  Click on the video to hear him play Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” last Thursday night on the Green.

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