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The Eagle Turns 11!

by Staff | Apr 28, 2017 8:00 am

File Photo Eleven years ago this week the Branford Eagle was born. We started as a column and a few years later, in 2009, we grew our staff to become an online news site. We are part of the New Haven Independent, which is published by the not-for-profit Online Journalism Project.

We have had quite a run.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 20, 2017 12:02 pm

Saturday, especially, is jam-packed with all sorts of cool events. Celebrate Earth Day on the Branford green, take part in a bicycle ride in support of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, or March for Science. There are some great musical events as well, including a Fife and Drum Corp Jamboree at St. Mary’s School and, looking ahead, the Peace Project concert, a huge musical effort put together by the choral department at Branford High School. Add to all this, there are plenty of opportunities for …shall we say… intellectual enrichment!

Saturday, April 22

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Blackstone Welcomes $100,000 Community Foundation Matching Grant

by marcia chambers | Mar 31, 2017 8:22 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Earlier this week visitors lined up at the top of the James Blackstone Memorial Library steps, waiting for the library doors to open. Some were headed for a computer. Some came to sign out a book. (Yes, books made of paper remain popular). It was just before 9 a.m. 

Among those waiting in line were Eunice Lasala and Kathleen Fox, members of the board of the Branford Community Foundation who came to mark a special occasion – the donation of a $100,000 matching grant, the foundation’s largest grant ever. It will go toward the library’s $4.8 million renovation and will be distributed over four years. The idea is that the foundation will match all gifts up to $1,000 to support the library’s fund-raising campaign.

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Iconic Blackstone Library To Expand

by Diana Stricker | Mar 8, 2017 8:15 am

With Permission The James Blackstone Memorial Library is kicking off a capital campaign to raise funds for a renovation project that will bring the iconic 1896 library into the 21st century.

“It’s an iconic building in our town. It’s beloved,” Library director Karen Jensen said during a press conference Tuesday morning. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t meet the needs of a 21st century library.”

Plans call for a 2,000 square-foot addition on the ground floor, and reconfiguration of many interior spaces throughout the library. The distinctive front entrance and steps will remain the same. 

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Klau: “We Need Leakers”

by marcia chambers | Mar 1, 2017 8:56 am | Comments (3)

Paul Bass Photo When President Donald Trump called journalists “the enemy of the people,” Dan Klau, a leading Connecticut First Amendment and open-government lawyer, took notice.

“I have to admit to being very scared when I heard that. Everybody understands that this president engages in hyperbole. But if you look at his track record since his election and particularly since the inauguration, his attitude toward the press has escalated,” he said. 

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EBooks Aside, Book Sale Draws Hundreds to Branford Green

by Vivian Englund | Oct 26, 2016 12:13 pm

Vivan Englund Photo Despite today’s fixation on Kindles, related devices, and eBooks, print books are alive and well as seen in the success of the Friends of the Blackstone Library’s annual book sale.

The 26th annual sale drew book lovers far and wide. According to event chairperson Mary Hally, John Loeb, a well known Branford historian, newspaperman, and library supporter, started the sale in1990 with few resources and earned just $300.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 14, 2016 9:00 am

Sally E. Bahner photo The event that local book lovers live for is here at last! The large tents are being set up on the green and will be filled with rows and rows of books in every genre. Cat lovers can support homeless felines by dropping off food at Branford Compassion Club’s Feline Rescue and Adoption Center in North Branford; a dedicated group of volunteers cares for local feral colonies. And now that the oppressive heat of summer has passed, take advantage of the walks offered by the Branford Land Trust

Friday, Oct. 13, to Sunday, Oct. 16

Blackstone Library Annual Book Sale

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 23, 2016 7:43 am

Autumn has officially arrived and with it are all sorts of opportunities for enjoying everything the shoreline has to offer. Fairs and festivals continue throughout the area, including the much-heralded Big E (funnel cake fries, chocolate and bacon-covered fries, blueberry pierogi sundae, maple waffle breakfast sandwich, sweet potato dessert fries, a centennial frozen banana, anyone?). Here at the Eagle, we’re looking forward to our own favorite event on Oct. 2, Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals. And running a little late this year is the ever-popular Friends of the Library Book Sale, a veritable feast for bibliophiles, planned for mid-October.

Saturday, Sept. 24


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Dog Healers Inspire Us

by marcia chambers | Jun 7, 2016 10:57 am

Chad M Lyons Photo “The Dog Healers,” a first novel by Short Beach resident Mark Winik, centers on the mystery of Isabella, whose work with dogs and horses, is at the heart of a story of love, growth and survival. 

Winik’s novel begins with the disappearance of Isabella and her puppy, Echo, from their home in a small town in Argentina. It takes nearly 200 pages for the mystery to unravel and along the journey, we learn about the power of animal healing and Isabella’s triumph as a jockey with a horse named Tango whom she restores to life and greatness. Through the process, Isabella also learns how to love again.

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