Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 13, 2018 8:15 am

It’s a beautiful evening to honor Branford’s volunteer extraordinaire, Eunice Lasala. Hometown Harmonies, which includes musical selections from local groups, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Owenego. Everyone is invited. Branford is brimming with center-centric activities with StoryWalk on Main and the weekly jazz concert on the green. Read on… there’s much more ahead.

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Deputy Chief Sworn In

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 11, 2018 7:40 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoJonathan R. Mulhern, six days on the job, was sworn in as Branford’s new deputy chief of police by Police Commission chair Jill Marcus at Police Headquarters Monday. The ceremony was attended by police commissioners, town officials, including First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, police officers, and Mulhern’s family members.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 6, 2018 9:48 am

Did you survive the heat wave? By the time you read this, we should have a break, and the only things that should be hot are the Corvettes at the 26th annual Corvette Show on Sunday. Lots of other outside activities on offer, too, including the Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market, the Camp Rising Sun Night Out, and Branford Jazz on the green. Music and art are at the forefront. Check out the Branford Art Center and the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance. Looking ahead, there are two interesting activities to engage residents and merchants. Read on!

Saturday, July 7

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Branford Land Trust Celebrates 50 Years

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 5, 2018 7:05 am

With PermissionWhen the Branford Land Trust was founded 50 years ago, members had little idea that the organization would encompass more than 1,000 acres in over 130 parcels and conservation easements on another 400 acres in Branford, nurtured by more than 500 volunteers, member families and businesses.

Members and friends came together last month to celebrate that milestone and dedicate the Red Hills Bog Walk, the latest jewel in the land trust’s crown.

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Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776.

by Thomas Jefferson | Jul 4, 2018 10:19 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien PhotoWhen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Click here to read the entire Declaration.

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Spring Sports Season Capped By Title, Honors

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 3, 2018 9:30 am

A couple of Branford spring sports teams concluded their seasons on high notes: One, Boys’ Baseball, made it to the Class L state semi finals before being defeated by a heartbreaking 1-0 score, and the other, Girls Lacrosse,  took it to the mountain for the second straight year, winning 11-8 over an arch rival their second consecutive Class M State Championship.

The Branford baseball team under coach Steve Malafronte finished the regular season winning 11 of the last 14 games, ending up with a 13-7 record and securing a spot in both the SCC and CIAC State Tournament. The Hornets earned an 8-5 upset win over eventual Class LL State Champion Cheshire in the SCC Tournament before bowing to rival Hand 6-3 in the semis.

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Christine Cohen Avoids Primary Challengers for State Senate Seat

by Diana Stricker | Jul 2, 2018 7:35 am

File PhotoDemocrat Christine Cohen’s campaign for the 12th District state Senate seat is in full swing for the November election, with the news last week that there won’t be a primary challenge in August.

Cohen received the Democratic endorsement to fill the vacancy left by state Sen. Ted Kennedy, but two candidates were collecting signatures to force a primary run-off.  However, Westley Jackson and Andy Gottlieb, both Guilford residents, learned last week that neither had collected enough verified signatures to have their names on a primary ballot.

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