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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Sep 28, 2018 7:37 am

This is the weekend bibliophiles have been waiting for. The Friends of Blackstone Library’s book tents will anchor the green through Sunday. The Friends collect books all year long just for this event. Come for the book sale, and stay for a whole host of other family-friendly activities – pumpkin decorating, food, the Trinity Church Fair, and did we mention the food? And the books?

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Restoring a Theatrical Legacy at the Legacy

by Diana Stricker | Sep 21, 2018 4:07 pm

Photo by Diana Stricker“It’s going to be amazing,” said Keely Baisden Knudsen, artistic director of the soon-to-be restored Legacy Theatre in Stony Creek.

Knudsen met with the Eagle to announce a $1.2 million donation that will kickstart their capital campaign. Plans call for restoring the theater to its 1930s look when Orson Wells and Sinclair Lewis made history there.

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Aug 3, 2018 8:12 am

Photo by Judith L. BarbosaKeep an eye to the sky! We have activities this weekend that have you covered rain or shine, plus lots more in the weekends ahead. A lot of effort has gone into the production of “Hamlet” by the Shoreline Arts Alliance. If you can’t get to Guilford, be sure to take the kids to the Branford green this morning at 10 a.m. for Hamlet Abridged! 

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P&Z Approves Longtime Proposals

by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2018 7:42 am

Diana Stricker photoThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved changes to the proposed Sterling Ridge housing plan Thursday, but only after the developers reached agreements with neighbors including the Branford Historical Society.

“They’ve done well, working with the neighbors,” said P&Z chair Chuck Andres (center).

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Jul 27, 2018 8:02 am

When it comes to cool events this summer, we’re on a roll. If you missed some earlier – Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market, Jane Bouley’s booksigning, and the popular jazz concerts on the green – there are opportunities for a redo. Be sure to catch the Shoreline Trolley Museum’s trolley parade and pencil in Woofstock, always a favorite, and the Rotary Club’s classic car show. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

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Vets’ Memorial On Green Takes On New Look

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 25, 2018 8:25 am

Bill O'Brien photoThe flagpole memorial on the Green has a new look, and it’s not the first time.

Thanks to the initiative of the members of the Branford Garden Club Evening Committee, who secured the support of town officials and several town departments as well as Van Wilgen’s Garden Center, the Veterans Memorial Garden project got started in May and concluded this past week with a brief ceremony showcasing the new look garden.

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Jul 20, 2018 7:55 am

Storm’s a comin’. This will be a good weekend for inside activities. Take the kids to the library this afternoon – they can learn all about sound, courtesy of the Connecticut Science Center. We’ve been looking forward to town historian Jane Bouley’s new book about Branford’s street names. If you look at old maps of Branford you’ll see many of today’s street names. Bouley will be at the library on Saturday to sign copies of her book. Cuddling kitties is a great indoor activity – Branford Compassion Club is having a food and supply drive. Stop by – you may also find the love of your life. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net.

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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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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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