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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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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