Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 19, 2018 9:17 am

The winter chill continues, but there are plenty of activities to warm the heart. For those missing the fruits (and veggies) of summer, there’s a farmers market. Activists can take part in the Women’s Marches in Hartford and in New York City. And there are cool events for book lovers, would-be artists, film buffs, and music lovers, and much more. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Through March 31

Cityseed Winter Market

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Kennedy Speaks About Silence

by marcia chambers | Jan 18, 2018 7:11 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo“Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter,” state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. said as he spoke the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., to roughly 230 people gathered at St. Therese’s Catholic Church in Stony Creek on Monday. Then he said the words again. And he said them slowly, so their meaning would be felt.

Dr. King’s words formed the theme for the annual King breakfast held each year. Jan. 15 would have been Dr. King’s 89th birthday, a birthday now celebrated as a national holiday. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, nearly 50 years ago this year. He was 49 years old.

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Cool Events this Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 12, 2018 10:09 am

Mary Johnson PhotoThe foot-high snowfall is giving way to expected torrential rains. Rising temperatures are causing the ice in Branford Point to break up – see the great photos by Mary Johnson on our Facebook page. Inside activities dominate the listings, but looking ahead, nature lovers can check out Branford Land Trust’s animal tracking classes. In the meantime, explore the area’s art, music, and cultural events.

Saturday, Jan. 13


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Smiling Faces, Teary Eyes: Final Days for Branford Book & Card

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2017 8:30 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBob Esposito of Branford Book & Card Shoppe recalled his first day of store ownership. “I couldn’t sleep. I had my keys in place and hoped my car would start,” he said.

The last day of 2017 will mark the end of a 44-year Branford tradition. Dec. 31 will be the last day of business for Branford Book and Card Shoppe.

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State Assembly, Town Praise Branford’s Retiring Messiah Tenor

by marcia chambers | Dec 27, 2017 7:52 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBefore the start of the 30th anniversary of Branford’s Handel’s Messiah last Friday, state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., (pictured) presented Dr. Edward Hull, a tenor, with an honorary citation from the Connecticut General Assembly, commending Dr. Hull for his commitment to music as an opera singer and a teacher for many decades. 

Bill O'Brien PhotoKennedy praised Dr. Hull for sharing “his amazing voice as the tenor soloist for Branford’s production of Handel’s Messiah” for the last 30 years.

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Boutique Hotel and Town Boardwalk Make Debut at P&Z

by marcia chambers | Dec 26, 2017 8:29 am

The Branford River took stage center at a P&Z Commission meeting last week as a boutique hotel named the Tidal Lodge was approved in spirit, and the town’s first boardwalk made its debut.

Marcia Chambers PhotoAfter listening to a presentation about the hotel, the P&Z voted unanimously to ask Town Planner Harry Smith to prepare a resolution to approve the hotel project. 

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Will Coastal Issues Become a Key POCD Topic?

by Diana Stricker | Dec 18, 2017 7:07 am

Diana Stricker PhotoPeople will have another opportunity to make suggestions and ask questions about the update of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) before the draft is compiled. In addition, a recent request centers on adding coastal issues to the topics of conservation, development and infrastructure.

After listening to requests for another public meeting, the POCD Steering Committee agreed Wednesday to schedule an open comment session. Town Planner Harry Smith said the meeting could be held in either February or March.

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Wreaths Across America Makes for ‘Branford Proud’

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 16, 2017 7:55 am

Bill O'Bien PhotoDespite the inclement weather on Tuesday, many Branford residents came out to support the Wreaths Across America convoy as it passed through town on its journey from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe convoy was led by Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and his wife Norma. He serves as the Grand Marshal of this year’s convoy to Arlington. Col. Donlon was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.

“We were overwhelmed and very proud when we pulled off Exit 55,” said Dottie Packer. She and her longtime friend and neighbor Pam Bold organized the stop in their home town. Packer is a retired Lieutenant Commander US Navy Nurse Corps, and Bold is a retired Chief Petty Officer, U.S Coast Guard.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 15, 2017 8:36 am

Hallmark TV Movie at Caron's Corner Grocery StoreIf you were otherwise busy and missed the Stony Creek Pageant and the Branford Chorale Concert, never fear! They’ve both been rescheduled due to last week’s storm. There’s still time to take part in some great holiday events – who doesn’t love a ride on the trolley and the Shore Line Trolley Museum’s Winter Wonderland event makes it all the more special. On Sunday, light the fireplace and pop some popcorn: Branford scenes will be featured on the small screen in a Hallmark movie. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Dec. 15


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