Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 23, 2017 8:36 am

Mary Johnson Photo The second and third installments of Branford’s Trifecta continue this week with the annual fireworks display launching off Branford Point on Saturday evening and the kick off for the summer Jazz Festival on Thursday. Everyone may be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but you’ll also have a chance this weekend at the Connecticut Irish Festival at the North Haven Fairgrounds. And, girls, Nick Fradiani, will perform Saturday night. Read on for our other cool events.

Saturday, June 24


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Rain Doesn’t Dampen 33rd Annual Festival

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 22, 2017 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Although the weather wasn’t perfect, thousands still flocked to the Town Green on Saturday and Sunday to be part of the 33rd Annual Branford Festival on the Town Green.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We were all disappointed that we had to cancel the entertainment on Friday,” said chairperson Camille Linke (pictured.) “Residents were looking forward to seeing the Bon Jovi Tribute band and enjoying the great variety of food being offered by our vendors along the food court.”

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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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Wins, Losses and Bills Left for OT at the General Assembly

by CT Mirror Staff | Jun 8, 2017 11:17 am

CT. Mirror Photo The 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly ended at midnight Wednesday, leaving the usual list of wins, losses and unfinished business.

The biggest item left on the to-do list, of course, is the matter of a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the bills that made it to the desk of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, are on hold until the budget is resolved or got sidetracked in the session that opened on Jan. 4 with a membership nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

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Global Warming Produces High Asthma Rates

by Diana Stricker | Jun 8, 2017 8:26 am | Comments (2)

File Photo “Climate change is about all of us,” said Anthony Leiserowitz,  director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. “It’s about everybody…the voices are emerging from every part of society.”

Leiserowitz said he has heard doctors, nurses, members of the clergy and the business community speaking up about climate change in recent years. “They’re calling on our leaders to take action,” he said.

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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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Sterling Ridge Housing Complex Moves Along

by Diana Stricker | May 23, 2017 8:11 am

With Permission The new developer of the proposed Sterling Ridge housing complex appears to be close to reaching an understanding with the neighbors.  Attempts by various owners to develop the property over the past decade have been held up by legal appeals filed by the Branford Historical Society and by neighbors.

“We’re very, very close. The applicant has been working with us,” said attorney Chris Smith, of Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, who represents neighbor Ann Trapasso, an opponent of development at that site.

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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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