Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 9, 2018 8:30 am

A potpourri of things to do. Eagle watches continue along the Connecticut River and the Branford Land Trust is planning animal tracking classes. Music lovers have plenty to choose from – folk, jazz, love songs. Tickets are now on sale for Branford High’s presentation of “Shrek, the Musical.” Our local libraries – the Blackstone and Willoughby Wallace – are great places to hole up on a winter’s day. We’ve included a few of their activities, but be sure to check their websites for more. And, yes, there’s yet another opportunity for Johnnie-come-latelys to get their flu shots. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Feb. 10

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Kennedy: “The Lock Box has Never Been Locked”

by marcia chambers | Feb 5, 2018 8:15 am | Comments (2)

Harry Droz PhotoWednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session and, State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. has ready a set of environmental and health bills he says are essential to preserving Connecticut in the age of Trump.

Kennedy, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, gave the broad outlines of his environmental and health priorities in a 50-minute radio interview on WNHH FM’s “Legal Eagle” program.

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Co-Op Hockey Team Hot Streak Reaches 10 of 11

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 3, 2018 8:30 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford girls’ co-op hockey team is made up of players from Branford, East Haven, and North Branford high schools. The team, whose nickname is the “Wings,” plays in the SCC South Division and is off and running with a 12-3 record including a streak of 10 out of the last 11 games played.

Bill O'Brien PhotoLast Saturday they defeated the co-op team from Avon-Southington-East Granby-RHAM 6-2 and followed that with an upset 2-1 win over perennial power Hamden on Wednesday.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 2, 2018 8:36 am

While much attention this weekend is on the Super Bowl, there are plenty of activities for those who prefer not to see the pigskin being tossed about. Along with a new art exhibit at Willoughby Wallace, there’s a Branford Forum discussion on race relations with Yale sociology professor Elijah Anderson (pictured) at the Blackstone. Or you can clean your closet, go to the movies, take a nap, explore your neighborhood. Flu season hasn’t reached its peak, so the East Shore District Health Department encourages everyone to get a flu shot; there’s one in East Haven on Saturday. Read on – there are more cool events.

Saturday, Feb. 3

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How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo .Parents and educators all over the country are struggling with how to strike a balance between screen time and face time. A recent survey reveals that 50 percent of teenagers consider themselves addicted to their cellphones. Another survey found that kids spend 6.5 hours a day in front of screens.

Schools struggle with the distraction created by cellphones in the classroom. Some have strict policies, such as locking them away at the beginning of the day and giving them back at the end. Others leave it up to the individual instructors.

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Stony Creek Brewery to Build Brewpub Oasis at Foxwoods

by Staff | Jan 31, 2018 8:07 pm

With PermissionBranford’s Stony Creek Brewery will build a fully operational brewpub inside Foxwoods Resort Casino, the company’s second brewing operation in Connecticut. Construction is set to begin this winter with an expected opening of summer 2018.

As the craft beer category looks to find new audiences and new occasions, Stony Creek Brewery believes it is uniquely positioned to help grow the size of the pie in Connecticut.

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Legislators to DOT: Revoke Shoreline Weekend RR Cuts

by marcia chambers | Jan 31, 2018 2:52 pm | Comments (5)

A group of 18 shoreline state legislators and top town officials, determined to preserve weekend and off-peak Shore line East commuter rail service, gathered as one this morning to condemn the cuts and to declare they would fight to restore them.

State Rep. Sean Scanlon (pictured above), (D-Guilford and Branford) organized the group and the press conference at the Guilford Railroad station. In the frigid cold the shoreline’s elected officials decried proposed cuts that as of July 1 would leave the shoreline without train service on weekends and off-peak hours.

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Mindset Motivates Team’s Success

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 30, 2018 8:32 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWhen there are 14 weight classes in a high school wrestling match, it would seem unreasonable to expect too much success if you don’t have the personnel to fill upwards of five of those spots. Well, that hasn’t happened with the Branford wrestling team and their new coach Jesse Hurlburt.

Bill O'Brien Photo“We wrestled with aggression and pride, which is all we have asked of our kids,” said Coach Hurlburt, after the Hornets’ loss to the Amity Spartans on Tuesday. “It’s very hard to win a dual (meet) when you are forfeiting five weight classes, but that has not stopped this team from winning 13 matches this year.”  Under these circumstances Branford’s record is currently an impressive 13-10 on the season.

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Shuttle, Sidewalks & Sewers Raised at POCD Meeting

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2018 7:10 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionBranford needs to promote business and increase tourism, according to discussions about the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). However, one of the main necessities is a transit shuttle to link popular venues and neighborhoods.

Wednesday’s meeting of the POCD Steering Committee centered around economic development strategies related to business and the economy.  About 25 people attended the session, which was held at 4:30 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center. The next meeting will be at the same time and location on Feb. 7 when infrastructure will be discussed.  In addition, the Steering Committee is asking residents to participate in the Online POCD Survey, which can be found on the town’s website.

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