Change is Coming to Branford

by Diana Stricker | Aug 20, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (1)

File photoNow that the primary is over and the general election looms in about two months, the question in Branford is: who will be the next Lonnie and the next Ted?

It’s not just a question of who will succeed Democrat Lonnie Reed as state rep in the 102nd District; or who will succeed Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. as state senator in the 12th District. 

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Cool Events this Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Aug 17, 2018 7:45 am

Love classic cars? Head over to Van Wilgen’s on Sunday for the Rotary’s annual show. Reminisce with fellow aficionados and know that you’re supporting local veterans. The weather is iffy for Saturday, but Killiam’s Point is a great place to explore with the Branford Land Trust. Rain? Catch the flick, “Ready Player One,” being shown at Fire Headquarters, courtesy of the Blackstone Library. 

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Rain Doesn’t Stop Woofstock Supporters

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 17, 2018 7:45 am

Despite the terrible weather, a cadre of volunteers and supporters came to the Branford Green to lend a hand to Woofstock, the Dan Cosgrove Branford Animal Shelter’s largest annual fundraiser.

“The weather is something we can’t control,” said Shelter director Laura Burban, who got a little wet during the early rain. “We plan for a long time to make this a successful fundraiser and then it rains.”

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Talented Caswell Sisters Deliver as Promised

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 16, 2018 8:03 am

All photos by Bill O'BrienWhat was written about the Caswell Sisters before they performed on the Branford Green gave every indication the audience would be in for a special treat, and that turned out to be true. They opened up the show with “Song of Life.”

From the website, “The riveting performances of the Caswell Sisters, vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara are the culmination of working together. Their seamless sound combined with their unique interpretation of repertoire ranging from ‘The Great American Songbook’ to contemporary jazz, including their own compositions, is propelled by arresting improvisation.”

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Branford Goes for Lamont, Stefanowski

by Sally Bahner | Aug 14, 2018 11:39 pm | Comments (4)

Photo by Sally BahnerBranford residents cast some 3,584 votes in Tuesday’s state primary election, making for an overall turnout of just 17.5 percent. All numbers reported are approximate and subject to final verification.

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont and the Democrats led the turnout in all seven districts. Lamont was the overwhelming winner with 1,872 votes over Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim’s 310.

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Branford Treated to Night of Soulful Jazz

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 14, 2018 7:49 am

All photos by Bill O'BrienThe large audience on the Branford Green was treated on Aug. 2 to another enjoyable evening of jazz. This time it was a dynamic soulful, performance by accomplished flutist Althea Rene. Here she pauses for a moment before coming on stage.

“She and her group were dynamic tonight,” said jazz committee member Terry Elton, who also serves as the town’s special projects manager. “She puts her heart and soul into every song and it was great when she left the stage to go out into the audience and get them involved.” 

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Work Progresses on Snake Hill Project

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 13, 2018 8:06 am

Bill O'Brien PhotosIf you haven’t traveled along Brushy Plain Road using the much-maligned Snake Hill, you’re missing all the changes taking place. Reconstruction is progressing, from the widening the road approaching Snake Hill to dynamiting the area near the bottom to improve the water drainage. Here’s the approach from Brushy Plain Road as drivers approach Snake Hill Road.

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Aug 10, 2018 10:33 am

Mary Johnson photoBranford goes to the dogs this weekend amid the dog days of summer. Woofstock, the annual fund-raiser for the Cosgrove Animal Shelter, hits the green this weekend. Jane Bouley returns to the library to sign copies of her new book – it’s a fascinating read. Take advantage of local produce at its best at the Dudley market and savor some fruit of the vine at the Shoreline Wine Festival at Bishop’s in Guilford. And, don’t forget to vote in the Primary on Tuesday!

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