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Branford Hills Throws “A Party at the Park”

by marcia chambers | Oct 19, 2017 8:51 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Nestled in an area of dense condos and apartments, local neighborhood folks are throwing a party this Sunday in honor of their first park, a 13-acre area they fought hard to keep.

The site of what was once the Branford Hills Elementary School, at the intersection of Jefferson Road and Burban Drive, will serve residents with green space, a playground, a basketball court, and ball fields for kids of all ages. 

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“Today We Are The First Church Of Las Vegas, Nevada”

by marcia chambers | Oct 9, 2017 7:16 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Branford’s clergy led a vigil on the Town Green last Thursday where Rev. Bill Keane (center)  proclaimed that “as far as I am concerned, today we are the first church of Las Vegas, Nevada.”

Mary Johnson Photo Rev. Keane, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Branford, told some 45 residents and firefighters who gathered at Town Hall for a candlelight vigil that he wanted to hold this service to “share our thoughts, a moment of silence and a short prayer from each of us.”  Five ministers representing a variety of churches in town joined him on the steps of Town Hall for the 25-minute ceremony.

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Train Station Area Development Examined

by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2017 8:19 am | Comments (1)

With Permission A study of the half-mile radius around Branford’s train station shows areas that may be prime for development in the next decade— including Meadow Street, the electric substation site, Branford Landing, and the Anchor Reef complex.

“All of these things, in one way or another, may be in play in the next 10 years. We’re looking at those different development possibilities,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford. 

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What’s For Lunch?

by marcia chambers | Sep 30, 2017 8:24 am

Contributed Photo As we say good-by to summer, even though recent days have indeed been summer-like, we think of a special annual event, Short Beach Days, three days of pure fun for kids of all ages. This was year 71 in the history of the event, one that began in 1946, one year after World War II ended.

Julia Rusatsky, an actress and a photographer, loves Short Beach Days. She grew up in Short Beach in the 1990s, graduated from Branford High, and each year returns for this special weekend. She especially loves the sand sculpture contest. As a kid, she learned the joy of sand art and participated in many of the weekend competitions, including the Lip Sync and the Labor Day parade. 

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Ground Breaking Soon For Community House Expansion

by Diana Stricker | Sep 26, 2017 7:02 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Board of Selectmen (BOS) awarded a $9.9 million construction contract for the Community House/Senior Center expansion to A. Secondino & Son of Branford, clearing the way for an October start date.

In a related matter, it was announced that there will be a public auction on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at noon at the Community House on Church Street for some leftover furniture and office equipment.

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Rep. Reed Goes Rogue

by marcia chambers | Sep 25, 2017 7:33 am | Comments (3)

The state Democratic leadership is incensed that Branford’s longtime state Rep. Lonnie Reed and four other House Dems voted to send a Republican version of a new state budget out of the House and to the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Three breakaway Senate Democrats also enabled the Republican version of the budget.

“Despite an abundance of bullying and threats, I refused to leave the Capitol at 5 a.m. without a budget,” Reed told the Eagle. And the Republican budget, she said, was the only option available. Plus it was much better for Branford than the failed Democratic amendment, she said. As it turned out the Democrats never got their amendments called in the Senate because they did not have the votes.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

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

A big weekend along the shoreline! The Guilford Fair, a perennial favorite, kicks off the agricultural fair season. Every area of the state has its signature events, featuring midways, entertainment, baking contests, horse and oxen pulls, rides, and, of course, food. Kids with guitars (and drums and more) can strut their stuff on the green tonight and aim for stardom, while plant lovers and families stake their claim on Saturday and Sunday. Paddle your canoe (or kayak) along the Branford River and get a glimpse of Broadway as well. Read on! There’s more. 

Friday, Sept. 15

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Angie Remembers

by marcia chambers | Sep 15, 2017 7:22 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Remember Sept. 11, 2001, after the planes crashed into the Twin Towers in Manhattan when you started calling to find out if family and friends were okay? 

Bill O'Brien Photo Angie Higgins (top photo), the wife of Joe E. Higgins, Jr., now the town’s second selectman, but then a special assistant to the New York City fire commissioner, remembers her every action that day. On this 9/11, she told a compelling story to a rapt audience at Branford’s 9/11 commemoration at Fire Headquarters. 

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