Restoring a Theatrical Legacy at the Legacy

by Diana Stricker | Sep 21, 2018 4:07 pm

Photo by Diana Stricker“It’s going to be amazing,” said Keely Baisden Knudsen, artistic director of the soon-to-be restored Legacy Theatre in Stony Creek.

Knudsen met with the Eagle to announce a $1.2 million donation that will kickstart their capital campaign. Plans call for restoring the theater to its 1930s look when Orson Wells and Sinclair Lewis made history there.

Continue reading ‘Restoring a Theatrical Legacy at the Legacy’

Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Sep 21, 2018 8:06 am

Fall has officially arrived and there is a virtual cornucopia of events to herald its arrival. Just within the stretch from Guilford – the Guilford Fair – to East Haven – Trolley Museum – there’s a bumper crop as plentiful as the pumpkins at Bishop’s! Paddle your own canoe (or kayak), ride the Super Hero trolley, pedal your bike, or party at the pond. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Continue reading ‘Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond’

RTM Approves Manpower Increase for Fire Department

by Diana Stricker | Sep 17, 2018 7:57 am

Photo by Diana StrickerThe Branford Fire Department will increase staffing with eight new firefighters; the town is purchasing a 14-acre property on Tabor Drive; and the second contract has been approved for town supervisors and department heads.

With bipartisan action, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved all three proposals by a unanimous vote of the 25 members present Wednesday night. The RTM’s Ways and Means Committee and the Public Services Committee previously voted unanimously in favor of the proposals.

Continue reading ‘RTM Approves Manpower Increase for Fire Department’

Branford Remembers 9/11

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 14, 2018 7:47 am

All photos by Bill O'BrienThe town of Branford once again has looked back to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 to acknowledge the bravery, courage and sacrifices made that day and the days after that have followed. Police Chief Kevin Halloran (left), Deputy Chief Jonathan Mulhern, and Assistant Fire Chief Shaun Heffernan gathered before the ceremony.

Continue reading ‘Branford Remembers 9/11’

Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Sep 14, 2018 7:46 am

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Good local offerings at the Dudley Farm Market, a new season of folk music, and an opportunity for activism. Looking ahead, there’s a bumper crop of activities – paddle with BLT, party with the Rotary, celebrate with the Elks, and, of course, the Guilford Fair. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Continue reading ‘Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond’

SBA Scores Show Little Improvement

by Sally Bahner | Sep 12, 2018 9:31 pm

The results of the Smarter Balance Assessments for 2017-2018 for the Branford School District show flatline or slightly lower results than previous years.

The tests are designed to measure students’ progress based on Common Core State Standards designed to improve teaching and learning. Tests are given to elementary and middle school students in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.

Continue reading ‘SBA Scores Show Little Improvement’

Field Hockey Alumni, Families Honor McGuirks

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 12, 2018 7:51 am

All photos by Bill O'BrienA large number of former players and many parents recognized legendary coaches Cathy and John McGuirk at a casual get together at the Branford Yacht Club recently for their years of dedicated coaching of the Branford field hockey teams.

Cathy McGuirk is the longest serving head coach in Branford sports history, according to co-athletic director Jake Palluzzi She coached the Hornets continually for 41 years. Her husband John is close behind, assisting his wife for 38 years.

Continue reading ‘Field Hockey Alumni, Families Honor McGuirks’