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All Creatures Great and Small Are Blessed

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Oct 4, 2017 7:12 am

Mary Johnson Photo The animals were aware indeed on Sunday at the Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day. The green was alive with critters of all kind – dogs and cats, of course, along with mini horses, goats, guinea pigs, and even turtles. Overall, the animals were quiet, standing in line, awaiting their turn.

Mary Johnson Photo The beautiful day drew hundreds, as the green was shared by the Friends of the Blackstone Library, which was holding its annual book sale, and the Trinity Church Fair.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 29, 2017 8:04 am

File Photo Explore someplace new this weekend. On Saturday, the North Branford Women’s Club is hosting a hike around Lake Gaillard, a treasure tucked away in North Branford. The public is seldom allowed into this property owned by the Regional Water Authority, so here is a unique opportunity. As always, the Branford Green is the place to be this weekend, with the Friends of Library Book Sale (you can never have too many books), the Trinity Church Fair, and Animal Awareness Day, highlighted by the Blessing of the Animals. What better way to honor our beloved pets?

Friday, Sept. 29

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 22, 2017 8:00 am

Fall has officially arrived, but the warmth of summer is lingering. Tag sales, book sales, bike tourneys, and artwork for all tastes can all be found within the borders of our town. If the activist in you has been raised, check out Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible’s fall kick-off meeting with Rosa DeLauro (and be sure that you are registered to vote regardless of your political leanings). Looking ahead, round up your pups and kitties for Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals as its highlight. Need more ideas for activities? Read on!

Saturday, Sept. 23

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 8, 2017 9:10 am

If all else fails, there’s music! The Branford Jazz Series entertained us throughout the summer and now it’s time for the long-standing Branford Folk Music Society to begin its season. The music continues with the sixth annual Young Musicians’ Showcase where kids can try out their talents. In addition, there are plenty of chances to get out and enjoy the beautiful late summer weather along the Branford River, enrich your mind, and pick up some bargains at the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and Short Beach Union Church Tag Sale. Need help sleeping? There’s a discussion on that, too!

Saturday, Sept. 9

 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 1, 2017 8:00 am

File Photo Cool Events in the next couple of weeks or so have the Branford Green as a focus as well as the river and shore and the town’s iconic library. Labor Day weekend brings the ever-popular Short Beach Days (pictured) and a walk along the Greenway Trail with the Branford Land Trust. The popular Guilford Fair kicks off the fall agricultural season. The weather is blissfully cool (as well)… there will be plenty of time to hunker in within the coming months with books collected from the annual Friends of Blackstone Library book sale. Speaking of the shore, we’re thinking of those who have been displaced in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. We’re aware of our vulnerability here; we remember Sandy and Irene and the Texas disaster gives us pause to rethink our own plans.

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Blackstone Seeks Town Support for Library Renovations

by marcia chambers | Aug 30, 2017 8:22 am | Comments (1)

Silver/Petrucelli Associates The Board of Finance (BOF) heard an update Monday night on the plans and funding for a $4.9 million renovated Blackstone Memorial Library, a plan that will bring the iconic 1896 library into the 21st century. The library provides a rich variety of resources for town residents, regardless of age but it needs restructuring. 

Bill O'Brien Photo On Tuesday morning library officials unveiled a “Campaign for the Blackstone” progress thermometer, installing it on the library’s lawn. 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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A Conversation in a Seaside Town about Tyranny

by marcia chambers | Jun 29, 2017 7:10 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIt is a Friday night in the upscale seaside town of Guilford; it is a warm evening, the kind of evening when the audience gathered to hear the speaker might be on their boats or going out to dinner or fixing a barbeque at the start of the weekend.

Instead some 150 people are at the Guilford Community Center where they await a talk by Timothy Snyder, the author of “On Tyranny,” a book he wrote after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Snyder teaches history at Yale University.

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Branford Eagle Wins 19 Journalism Awards

by Staff | May 26, 2017 7:48 am | Comments (1)

The Branford Eagle took home 19 Excellence in Journalism Awards last night, awards that covered the presidential campaign and its aftermath, the state campaigns of 2016, a unique planning and zoning case in Pawson Park, and Costco’s attempt to build in Branford.

Our veteran reporters and photographer and our summer intern were honored for their work in 2016 by the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at a dinner held at the Grassy Hill Country Club, a public golf course in Orange. The Eagle won five first place awards, six second place awards, and eight third place awards.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 19, 2017 8:10 am

We’re going to the dogs and cats this weekend. Branford Compassion Club is holding its gala at the Pine Orchard Club (tickets are still available) and there’s a Dog Parade at Evergreen Woods. Plenty of opportunities to enjoy the arts at the Branford Arts Center and concerts at our local libraries, not to mention a heavy dose of the arts coming up in June at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. Expand your horizons! 

Friday, May 19

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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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