Run N’ Fly: Worth The Wait

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 7, 2018 7:44 am | Comments (1)

All photos by Bill O'BrienThe jazz series was very busy this past week with three concerts in seven days. First was the regularly scheduled Andy Snitzer group on Aug. 23, then came the postponed Run N’ Fly concert, originally scheduled to open this seasons series back on June 28, that was rained out. They made up their concert on Sunday Aug. 26, and that was followed by the exciting Elan Trotman and Tropicality concert to close out this year’s outstanding series this past Thursday. The audience showed early approval for music.

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Sep 6, 2018 7:54 am

Head over to East Haven this weekend for its Fall Festival. Nostalgia is on tap, especially when it comes to music. Local vendors will showcase their services, school musicians will perform, plus there a road race and classic car show. Dudley Farm in Guilford is open to fairies and elves, something surely to delight the kids. Looking ahead… there’s a fall bonanza of activities. Read on! Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

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Legislators Honored For Roles In Economic Development

by Diana Stricker | Aug 24, 2018 7:47 am

Vine & Branch PhotographyTwo Branford legislators were honored Wednesday by Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), for their accomplishments in economic development.

State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) and former State Rep. Pat Witlitz (D-Branford and Guilford) were honored during a Women’s Day luncheon at the Connecticut Open tennis tournament in New Haven.

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Aug 24, 2018 7:46 am

A bonus jazz concert this weekend: Run N’Fly, who was scheduled to appear at the very first concert of the series, will make up their performance on Sunday. Thursday’s concert with Elan Trotman & Tropicality will be the last of the series, which has drawn hundreds to the green each week. Shutterbugs are invited to the Shoreline Trolley Museum to photograph the vintage trolleys spit and polished for the occasion. Hard to imagine that we’re looking at the end of the summer – but it will go out with a bang – just ask Short Beachers as they get ready for their annual three-day celebration.

One note: Our sister publication, the New Haven Independent, will be on hiatus next week and so will The Eagle. We’ll post any breaking news on our Facebook page, so be sure to check there. We’ll be back the following week.

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BOE Votes 2.5 Percent Salary Increase for Schools Superintendent

by Sally Bahner | Aug 21, 2018 8:00 am

Photo by Sally BahnerAfter a two-plus hour executive session, the Board of Education resumed its regular session Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Branford High School, and voted unanimously to extend the contract of Schools superintendent Hamlet Hernandez until 2021 and approve a 2.5 percent salary increase. The board also heard a report on school security from consultant Joe Erardi in executive session.

The board typically does not report on details of its executive sessions.  School security, however, has been discussed at length in recent months.

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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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