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Graduation 2017: “Be the Pebble that Starts the Ripple of Change”

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 14, 2017 7:16 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The decision to hold the high school graduation on the beautiful Branford Green last Friday was held off until late morning due to the threat of thunder showers. As luck would have it, the weather cooperated for the 250 graduates of Branford High School.

Bill O'Brien Photo It turned out to be a perfect evening and a large crowd of families and friends filled the green to witness the event, the awarding of their diplomas to the class of 2017.  Principal Lee Panagoulis (pictured) led the march in to the stage.

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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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Rain Relocates Memorial Day Ceremonies

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 1, 2017 9:57 am

Bill O'Brien Photo For the second consecutive year the Branford Memorial Day Parade was rained out. The Veterans Parade Committee waited to see the weather forecast the night before and when it was obvious that rain was imminent, the decision was made to cancel the parade and move the ceremonies to Branford High School gymnasium at 10 a.m. Bugler Steve Vacca played Taps at all seven cemeteries and at the high school service.

Bill O'Brien Photo All was in place for the outdoor ceremony. Then came the rain.

Bill O'Brien Photo So the ceremony was moved indoors. It began with Lia Whitten singing the National Anthem. State Reps. Sean Scanlon and Lonnie Reed, Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr., parade marshal Bill Brody, and emcee Vincent Giordano look on.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 25, 2017 12:00 pm

File Photo It’s Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer. Time to clean off the deck furniture, fire up the grill, and plant some veggies. But do take some time to enjoy some of Branford’s treasures, the Stony Creek Museum and the Memorial Day Parade. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 620,000 American veterans from World War II are estimated to still be alive as of 2016. World War II veteran, 96-year-old U.S. Army Sergeant Bill Brody, who served in the Army Corp of Engineers, will give the address.

Sunday, May 28

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Memorial Day Parade Activities Set For May 29

by Bill O'Brien | May 24, 2017 8:18 am

The annual Branford Memorial Day Parade will wind through downtown on Monday, May 29. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. and the parade will step off at 10:30 am. The special address will be given by 96-year-old U.S. Army Sergeant Bill Brody (pictured), who served in the Army Corp of Engineers during World War II.

The program will include an Invocation, playing of the National Anthem and greetings by First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove. Musical selections will be played by units participating in the parade.

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BOS Acts on Community House Parking

by Diana Stricker | May 22, 2017 7:06 am | Comments (2)

File Photo The Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously approved buying a house and a vacant lot next to the Community House to provide additional parking for the proposed multi-million dollar expansion and renovation. The BOS also unanimously approved the Department of Recreation to manage and maintain the former Branford Hills School property.

The house, located on a .16 acre lot at 26 Church St.; and the adjacent .28 acre vacant lot at 28 Church St., are both owned by Anne Szeligowski. The lots are next to the Community House, which is slated for a major renovation as a recreation/senior center.

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Wanted: New Ideas to Redevelop Train Station Area

by Diana Stricker | May 18, 2017 8:04 am | Comments (2)

File Photo Have you ever wondered if there could be better linkage between the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station and Branford’s Town Center?  Could improvements in the half-mile radius around the train station tie in with the historic downtown and the waterfront? Are there opportunities for re-development?

Those are some of the topics up for discussion as the Town of Branford hosts the first public workshop for the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study on Monday, May 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Canoe Brook Senior Center. The workshop is open to anyone who lives or works in Branford.

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RTM Backs Out; Parkside Village Stays Put

by marcia chambers | May 8, 2017 8:17 am

With Permission In the end a new park in Branford Hills will remain a park and Parkside Village, an affordable housing complex on South Montowese Street, will expand at the site it has called home for decades. 

An RTM sub-committee’s decision late last month to abandon the idea of placing a newly constructed Parkside Village at a town-owned Branford Hills park across town in Branford Hills was met with strong applause from residents in each neighborhood. They attended the meeting in the community room at Fire Headquarters. Parkside Village, which is overseen by state law, is not a town entity or a town project.

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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 sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Branford Preschool Fair for Families

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 13, 2017 9:00 am

Spring cleaning applies to the town as well as your closets! Take a couple hours, pick up a trash bag and join other on the green to spruce up the town. Looking ahead, celebrate Earth Day on the Branford green or with the Rock to Rock ride to benefit the Shoreline Greenway Trail; there are courses for all levels. And, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those who are observing.

Saturday, April 15

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