Cedar Woods Fair Donates $1,700 to ‘Feed Branford Kids’

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 15, 2017 7:31 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoSmiling faces filled the Hospitality Room at Cedar Woods senior living and retirement community on Cedar Street recently as the residents and staff joined together for the presentation of a $1,700 check to the “Feed Branford Kids” program, the results of their Dec. 2 Holiday Fair.

The Feed Branford Kids (FBK) program started in 2014 with a mission “to see that all our children have enough to eat EVERY day whether it is a school day, a weekend or a holiday.” FBK is run in cooperation with the Branford Public Schools with oversight from the Branford Food Pantry.

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Give a Cop the Bird Nets 182 Turkeys

by marcia chambers | Nov 23, 2017 8:28 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoThe Branford Police Department and the Big Y supermarket joined forces this Thanksgiving for their annual turkey fundraiser to benefit the Community Dining Room and the Branford Food Pantry. By the end of the day the cops had collected a record 182 turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. 

Lt. Dave Galdenzi (top photo) parked a police van outside of the Big Y on Saturday where he and his partner collected the turkeys and put them in the back of the truck.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 22, 2017 7:00 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 15, 2017 8:05 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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Branford’s Coolest Event

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 15, 2017 8:05 am

Branford’s Trifecta

File PhotoWe’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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Dinner With a Message

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 6, 2017 7:00 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThey came for the food and stayed for the message.

The small dining hall at the Shore Beach Union Church was full of those eager to try food from Somalia, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen at the International Dinner last week.

More importantly, the dinner was a benefit for IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), a New Haven-based refugee agency that serves Connecticut. The organization has been grappling with the fallout from the Trump administration’s executive orders banning travel from various Muslim countries.

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Alps Farmers Market Folds but Future is Wide Open

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2016 8:37 am | Comments (1)

File PhotoAlthough the Branford Alps Farmers Market is pulling up its stakes after two seasons, market manager Martha Maguire says she is not leaving the local fresh food movement.

Maguire hopes that someone else acceptable to the town will take over the market. She’s open to hearing new ideas or helping with other markets. “For the powers-that-be to realize that people enjoyed it might make it easier to find a better location,” she said.

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Farewell to Main Street Lunch

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 28, 2016 7:55 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien PhotoCustomers have been streaming in over the past couple of weeks to say goodbye to a Main Street institution, appropriately named Main Street Lunch.

Bill O'Brien PhotoAny time owner Lou Ditolla (pictured) was asked how he was doing the answer was pretty much always, “hanging in there.” It was a cliché often used by many but in Lou’s case maybe it was a sign of things to come.

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From Husk Till Dawn: A Firsthand Account of POCO Festival

by Emily Patton | Aug 12, 2016 7:00 am

The line for parking stretched far down Foxon Road as it neared North Branford’s Augur Farm. It was here that I, your loyal Eagle reporter, began my first foray into the world of the North Branford Potato and Corn Festival (fondly nicknamed the “POCO festival”), which promised to “elevate the two starchy staples to extraordinary heights.”

Emily Patton PhotoThe festival, which ran from Friday Aug. 5, to Sunday, Aug. 7, is now celebrating its 15th year. It boasts not only hearty helpings of potatoes and corn, but also several non-edible attractions including carnival rides, festival games, crafts, music, prizes and more.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Aug 11, 2016 11:17 am

If there’s one thing we know about the shoreline, it’s that we have excellent taste. Luckily, the next few weeks are filled with opportunities to indulge this taste, whether it’s with a relaxing dinner at Burberry Hill Farm or an afternoon of wine at Bishops Orchards.

With PermissionFor non-edible entertainment, check out the dense lineup of local music festivals (including Woofstock on the Green!). Tonight’s “Saxtet” on the Green has been cancelled because of weather concerns. It is expected to be rescheduled. Or go nature’s way with events from the Branford Land Trust and the Hammonasset Nature Center.

Thursday, August 11

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