Families Belong Together Marches

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 1, 2018 1:25 pm | Comments (2)

Barbie Dubois.PhotoRallies and marches are continuing across the country. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, people across the country have rallied for women’s issues, health care, gun control, and now protection of immigrants. Despite the intense heat and humidity over most of the country, people turned out in droves. More than 750 demonstrations were held covering each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Barbie Dubois.PhotoThree Connecticut towns hosted rallies Saturday – in Middletown, where US Rep. Rosa DeLauro spoke; the Two Wrassling Cats, in the small town of East Haddam, which is turning out to be a hotbed of progressive activity; and Deep River Town Hall.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 29, 2018 8:38 am

If this weekend’s heat and humidity are getting to you, cool off with the classic film, “Rebecca,” which is part of Blackstone Library’s Great American Read, shown at Fire Headquarters. Art and music take the stage with an opening of works by Diana Wells at the Willoughby Wallace Library. The much-anticipated opening of the Branford Jazz on the Green series – was, sadly, rained out! Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, June 30

Saturday Cinema: “Rebecca”

Celebrate summer reading by watching movies based on The Great American Read, a list of America’s 100 most loved books. The Blackstone Library will sponsor a series of films based on the books.

This month, the 1940 film, “Rebecca,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1938 book by Daphne DuMaurier, will be shown at Branford Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St., Saturday, June 30, 1 to 3 p.m.

 

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Sexton Appointed as Branford’s Assistant Superintendent

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 28, 2018 7:56 am

With PermissionRachel Sexton has been appointed as Branford School District’s next Assistant Superintendent of Schools. She begins work on July 1. Sexton is described in a press release as “an exemplary educational leader with vast experiences in public education. She has worked extensively in urban and suburban school districts to develop viable curricula for students.”

She replaces Dr. Anthony Buono, who will serve as assistant superintendent of schools in Westport beginning July 1.

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Parents Raise Concerns About Transgender Kids

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 27, 2018 7:18 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoParents have been speaking up at recent Board of Education meetings about a variety of problems, going back to security concerns stemming from the February shootings in Parkland, Florida.

At the May meeting, Greg Jerolman, a parent, called out the board on problems such as lying, bullying, and school safety. Bullying problems have been discussed at length by the board and one case led to a lawsuit.

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A Fireworks Downpour

by marcia chambers | Jun 26, 2018 7:40 am

Mary Johnson PhotoFrom the point of view of Alex Palluzzi, Jr., the town’s recreation director, Sunday’s fireworks at Foote Park “was the best ever!”

Despite the torrential rain, the thunder and the lightning,  Palluzzi said more people could view the fireworks (from inside their homes, of course). He received many kudos from folks living in different parts of town, he told the Eagle. If you were indoors, looking up you had a great spectacle unfold before your eyes.

Our photographer, Mary Johnson, snapped away from the second floor of the Stony Creek Brewery.

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Restoring History with a Twist

by Diana Stricker | Jun 25, 2018 8:12 am

With PermissionA Branford doctor received unanimous approval Thursday to restore an 1850 vintage house in the Town Center and create new offices and a surgical suite.

In other business, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed to postpone a public hearing for the proposed Sterling Ridge housing to give the developer a chance to meet with neighbors who are not happy with potential changes.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

This year has been a big one for 50th anniversary events, and there’s a special one right in our front yard: the Branford Land Trust. The land trust is the ever-vigilant custodian of Branford’s open space, overseeing more than a 1,000 acres in over 130 parcels. The organization, which is run by volunteers and supported by more than 500 members, also holds easements on an additional 400 acres in Branford. Celebrate with them on Saturday. And don’t forget Saturday night’s fireworks, held this year at Foote Park. 

Saturday, June 23

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Want to Play A Tune on the Green? Meet Your Rescue Piano

by Diana Stricker | Jun 21, 2018 7:18 am

Sam Stricker PhotoGreg Nobile thinks “we’re all in the mood for a melody,” as the Billy Joel song goes, so he’s placing 8 creatively painted pianos outdoors in public venues in Branford, Guilford and Madison.

“The purpose is twofold, to create spontaneous moments of expression and to take music to the streets and make it accessible to everyone,” Nobile told the Eagle.

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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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