Branford Festival: Perfect Weather, Big Crowds, Great Food

by Bill O'Brien and Diana Stricker | Jun 20, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe annual Branford Festival is always a crowd-pleaser, and this year it was over-the-top with perfect weather, plenty of music, sumptuous food, politicians greeting constituents, the Craft and Business Expo, and Sunday’s Road Race. 

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe 39th Branford Father’s Day Road Race brought out 2,500 runners and walkers in the Kids’ Fun Run, 2 Mile Health Walk and 5 Mile Race.The first male finisher in the 5 Mile race was Sean Furgeson (pictured) of Shelton with a time of 25:07 .

Kris Klarman had a big smile on her face this weekend. As chairman of the 34th annual Branford Festival she had that perfect weather over the three days, and as a result the crowds came for all the planned activities, which made her sponsors and food vendors very happy.

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BHS Class of 2018 Celebrates with Smiles, Confetti, Horns

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Jun 19, 2018 8:42 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWith the town hall as a stage, decked out in anticipation of the Branford Festival, the Branford High School Class of 2018 took their seats. What would a graduation be without “Pomp and Circumstance”? And the decorated mortarboards.

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt turned out to be a perfect evening and a large crowd of families and friends filled the green to witness the event, the awarding of 220 diplomas to graduating seniors. 

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It’s Here – Branford Festival Weekend

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 15, 2018 9:00 am

File PhotoThis weekend, there is only one cool event, the Branford Festival. For the 34th year, townspeople, businesses, craftspeople, food vendors, and entertainers will fill the Branford green over three days. Chair Kristine Klarman and her committee have been hard at work finalizing all the details; it’s a process that starts almost immediately after the previous year’s festival. The Branford Eagle will be on hand – be sure to stop by and say hello.

Here’s the schedule.

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Should the P&Z Regulate Rock Cuts?

by Diana Stricker | Jun 15, 2018 8:29 am

With PermissionIt appears a proposal to build two retail stores on North Main Street may be headed for approval, but a vote won’t be taken until July.  In other news, there will be a public hearing June 21 for the proposed Sterling Ridge apartments in the historic district across from the Canoe Brook Senior Center.

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) closed the hearing on the North Main retail project and discussed the issues at last week’s meeting. It appears the commissioners may vote to approve the project even though some expressed concerns. One of those concerns centers on major excavations of a rock knoll. 

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Shovels, Hardhats at the Ready: Walsh Groundbreaking

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Jun 14, 2018 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWalsh Intermediate School was built in 1972 at the height of the open classroom concept, a trend that was never completely successful. Opened as Branford Intermediate School for fifth through eighth graders, the school was subsequently renamed in honor of Francis Walsh, who served as principal for more than 20 years, from 1972 until his retirement in 1994.

Bill O'Brien PhotoWalsh, who went on to serve on the Board of Selectmen, was among the town officials, local legislators, and construction representatives attending the groundbreaking last week for the school’s $88.2 million renovation, the largest bonding appropriation undertaken by the town.

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Strong Finish Earns Hornets Playoff Appearance

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 13, 2018 9:13 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe regular season for boys’ lacrosse coach Jim May and the members of the Hornets team ended on a high note when they defeated West Haven 14-9 on Senior Night last month. It was their fifth win out of their last six regularly scheduled games..  That successful stretch earned the Hornets a spot in the state tournament in the Class M division.

Bill O'Brien Photo“If your team was going to play in the upcoming state tournament, it would be much better going in when you’re winning then when you’re losing,” said Coach Jim May. And that’s what the Branford Hornets did as the regular season came to a close.

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What is Your Vision for Branford?

by Diana Stricker | Jun 12, 2018 9:22 am

File PhotoAnyone wanting to help shape the town’s destiny over the next 10 years may attend a meeting this Wednesday to discuss a proposed draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). One of the top issues is coastal vulnerability.

A public meeting to discuss the proposed draft will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. The meeting is an opportunity for residents and business owners to make comments and ask questions.

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New Deputy Police Chief Named

by marcia chambers | Jun 12, 2018 7:43 am

North Haven Deputy Police Chief Jonathan R. Mulhern (pictured), a highly respected and experienced supervisor in diverse areas of police work, is expected to be named Branford’s next deputy police chief, Police Chief Kevin Halloran told the Eagle Monday.

Mulhern emerged as the top candidate in a field of 26 candidates seeking the department’s second highest spot. In recent months, seven of them were interviewed by the Police Commission, which was briefed on the Mulhern hiring last night.  Mulhern was offered the post on condition that he meet certain standards and requirements in the hiring of a lateral transfer police officer,  Halloran said at the meeting. All the candidates were screened by other police chiefs from around the state to make certain they were qualified for the position.

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