Branford’s Coolest Event

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 15, 2017 9:05 am

Branford’s Trifecta

File Photo We’re heading into the three biggest events of the summer – the Branford Festival, the annual fireworks display, and the beginning of the Jazz series on the Branford green. They all prove that you don’t have to roam far to have a great time.

Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18

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Branford Compassion Club Turns 20!

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 12, 2017 9:20 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Twenty years after its founding by Eunice Lasala, Friskie Wheeler, and Ann Marie Lorello, the Branford Compassion Club has grown from a group of dedicated volunteers feeding feral colonies to a full service brick and mortar adoption facility.

That facility, officially the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue and Adoption Center, now has a full-time shelter manager, Pat Cotton, who oversees the daily care and vetting of all the felines who set paws through the doors. Since opening more than six years ago, close to 1,500 felines have found their forever homes, and approximately 2,000 total since 2008. Cotton is backed up by a team of 50 to 60 volunteers who cover all shifts within the shelter. Another 30 or so help with non-shelter related work such as publicity and fundraising.

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Doors Open for Dog Licenses at Town Hall

by marcia chambers | Jun 7, 2017 10:42 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Town Clerk Lisa Arpin has asked all dogs in Branford to remind their humans to make sure to renew their dogs’ licenses this month.

To do this, the human must go to the first floor Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall, 1019 Main St., on the Branford Green, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

The dog walker must also bring the dog’s current rabies vaccination certificate (from your veterinarian) and cash or a check to pay for your new license tag. On-time licensing ends on Friday, June 30. A $1 per month late fee begins to accrue on July 1.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 2, 2017 9:15 am

Many have been lamenting the lack of sunshine and warm weather, but take heart, the heat will be here soon enough – most likely in time for Branford Festival weekend, June 16 to 18 (details to follow). In the meantime, take part in Connecticut Trails Day with a hike sponsored by the Branford Land Trust, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Shutterbugs will enjoy the Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance exhibit and arts lovers should check out New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas, which kicks off this weekend.

Friday, June 2

Photography At The Academy

More than 20 Branford photographers will take part in the 2017 exhibition at the Academy on the Branford Green, which is expected to be the largest show of photography sponsored by Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 5, 2017 8:07 am

Many opportunities this week to commune with and learn about nature – bird walks, duck talk, tick talk. A heads up for those with kids of all ages: There’s a preschool fair, registration for summer camp, and a deadline for the Rotary scholarship. Lots going on next week in the Creek, too. And finally, several cool events for music lovers and animal lovers are also on the docket. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Branford Preschool Fair for Families

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 28, 2017 8:35 am

File Photo An interesting mix of cool events this week. A bike ride for the hearty, a fun activity for the kids. some great music, and a bit of fashion history are all on the docket. Looking ahead a bit, now that your taxes are done, why not go through all that old paperwork stuffed in your closets and head for the Stony Creek Brewery Shred Event – you still have some time to excavate!  Or head to the cop shop on Laurel Street this Saturday to take back any unused or expired medications for safe disposal. No questions asked.

Saturday, April 29

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Branford Police Canine Officer Sues Over Termination

by marcia chambers | Apr 18, 2017 7:31 am | Comments (6)

File Photo Luigi Amasino (pictured), Branford’s former police canine officer, filed a lawsuit against the town of Branford yesterday, asserting Police Chief Kevin Halloran threatened last December that he either withdraw a grievance against the police department or the chief “would destroy the plaintiff’s career as a law enforcement officer.”

In a four-page civil complaint filed in New Haven Superior Court, John R. Williams, Amasino’s New Haven attorney, says Amasino did not withdraw his grievance, a grievance filed in response to a two- day suspension ordered on Dec. 6 for alleged violations of departmental rules and regulations.

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Hope’s Odyssey Resonates

by marcia chambers | Mar 24, 2017 7:14 am

With Permission Sometimes the story of a dog betrayed takes on a life of its own, and sometimes the process is transformative. So it is with Hope.

Laura Burban, the director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, says when she and her colleagues first saw Hope more than two weeks ago they reacted with “heartbreak and anger.” Now she and her staff have been uplifted and renewed. It is case like no other, she said. 

The emaciated black pit bull-lab mix dog, frightened and near death, was only 30 pounds when a woman brought her by car to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. The woman explained she found her walking and falling down near Branhaven Plaza across town.

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Hope Plays Ball

by marcia chambers | Mar 21, 2017 4:35 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission Over the weekend Hope’s energy picked up. She was videotaped fetching a tennis ball and appeared generally energetic. She seemed to have no fear of a cat sitting in a room with her though we can’t say the same for the cat. She was upbeat and friendly. “You can really start to see her personality!” Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, reported.

On Sunday morning she did what most of us do on Sundays. She took the morning off, lounging on a couch. She also received lots of snuggles and belly rubs from the staff.

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Hope Celebrates Saint Paddy’s Day

by marcia chambers | Mar 18, 2017 7:39 am

With Permission Hope’s caregivers had a surprise for her yesterday. They dressed her up in green ear pieces that said, “Kiss Me!” and they looped a green bowtie around her neck. Then came a dress that didn’t fit her. Never mind. Ham that she is, she loved it and posed eagerly for photos.

It doesn’t get better for this dog, a black pit bull-lab mix with soulful eyes. She was discarded, then found near Branhaven Shopping Center, emaciated and near death and brought to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter about a week and a half ago.

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