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Eagle Wins 11 Awards in State Journalism Contest

by Staff | May 29, 2018 4:34 pm

Sam Stricker PhotoThe Branford Eagle took home 11 awards last week at the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards for 2017. The Eagle’s stories covered a range of topics, including affordable housing, politics, the opioid crisis, and the death of a Branford boy.

The Eagle’s Diana Stricker won first place in the hyperlocal category for continuing coverage of Branford’s Housing Authority efforts to rebuild an outdated housing complex that houses low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

Eagle Editor Marcia Chambers took first place for audio storytelling. Her story “Klau: We Need Leakers” centered on an interview with Attorney Dan Klau who voiced concern when President Donald Trump called journalists “the enemy of the people.” Klau made his observation on WNHH radio’s “Legal Eagle” program.

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State Bond Commission Approves $1M Grant for Blackstone Library

by marcia chambers | Apr 14, 2018 8:56 am

With PermissionFor Blackstone Library leaders, Friday was one of those great days. In the morning, Library Director Karen Jensen and Blackstone Board Chair Andy McKirdy were on hand in Hartford with State Rep. Lonnie Reed (pictured) when the State Bond Commission formally approved a $1 million library construction grant.

Bill O'Brien PhotoIn the afternoon, they were back at the Blackstone to announce that individual donations to the library’s capital campaign reached the amount needed to qualify for the Branford Community Foundation’s (BCF) match of $100,000. The $100,000 grant, to be distributed over four years, is the largest single contribution to an organization in the history of the BCF.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 5, 2018 8:30 am

Spring is in the air – musically. Walsh kids have been preparing for their spring musical, “The Little Mermaid.” And on Sunday, jazz aficionados and friends of Stan Wheeler will flock to the Levinson Auditorium at Yale Law School for an afternoon of great jazz. Looking ahead, there are various art- and film-related events, along with opportunities to help you navigate these complicated times. Got a cool event? Email

Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 2, 2018 9:36 am

While much attention this weekend is on the Super Bowl, there are plenty of activities for those who prefer not to see the pigskin being tossed about. Along with a new art exhibit at Willoughby Wallace, there’s a Branford Forum discussion on race relations with Yale sociology professor Elijah Anderson (pictured) at the Blackstone. Or you can clean your closet, go to the movies, take a nap, explore your neighborhood. Flu season hasn’t reached its peak, so the East Shore District Health Department encourages everyone to get a flu shot; there’s one in East Haven on Saturday. Read on – there are more cool events.

Saturday, Feb. 3

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How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 1, 2018 9:00 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo .Parents and educators all over the country are struggling with how to strike a balance between screen time and face time. A recent survey reveals that 50 percent of teenagers consider themselves addicted to their cellphones. Another survey found that kids spend 6.5 hours a day in front of screens.

Schools struggle with the distraction created by cellphones in the classroom. Some have strict policies, such as locking them away at the beginning of the day and giving them back at the end. Others leave it up to the individual instructors.

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RTM Approves Blackstone Library Project

by marcia chambers | Jan 11, 2018 1:45 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIn a bi-partisan vote, the Blackstone Library project was adopted last night by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) after strong views were voiced by residents, virtually all of whom came to support the $5.2 million renovation. The vote was 15-11.

All the Democrats present for the two-hour meeting voted for the renovation, and so did a number of Republicans. Republican RTM member Robin Sandler, vice-president of the Blackstone Library Trustees, recused himself. Two RTM members were absent. The moderator only votes to break a tie.

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Blackstone Library Beckons You to RTM Meeting

by marcia chambers | Jan 10, 2018 9:01 am

With PermissionIn a unanimous vote last month, the Board of Finance approved a $5.4 million bond authorization for the renovation of the Blackstone Memorial Library. The BOF recommended the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) do so as well. Tonight the RTM gets to vote. 

Residents should make their voices heard at the RTM meeting tonight. It will take place in the community room at Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St., starting at 8 p.m.


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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 5, 2018 10:45 am

The new year has brought with it a massive snow storm. By this weekend, cabin fever will be sure to set in, so head for the library for a screen-free game night or the Branford Forum talk. Check out Guilford for Quattro’s jazz brunch or Ayuthai for some jazz and great Thai food; Bassist Jeff Fuller heads up both gigs. Whether you prefer the great indoors (films, art classes) or the great outdoors (BLT’s animal tracking class), there are lots of ways to stave off the winter blues.

Friday, Jan. 5

First Friday Game Group at the Blackstone Library

Game night at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., will feature all types of board games, from fast-paced, hilarious party games to highly strategic games that will leave your head spinning!

F2G2 is all about having fun, learning new games, and making friends. There are games for everyone, regardless of experience level. Participants can bring their own games, as well. Adults of all ages welcome. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441, extension 318, or visit

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Smiling Faces, Teary Eyes: Final Days for Branford Book & Card

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2017 9:30 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBob Esposito of Branford Book & Card Shoppe recalled his first day of store ownership. “I couldn’t sleep. I had my keys in place and hoped my car would start,” he said.

The last day of 2017 will mark the end of a 44-year Branford tradition. Dec. 31 will be the last day of business for Branford Book and Card Shoppe.

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Holiday Giving Idea: Support the Eagle

by Staff | Dec 28, 2017 10:19 am

At this time of year we remind our readers that the journalism you depend on also depends on you.

Please support independent, not-for-profit local journalism. The Branford Eagle is part of the Online Journalism Project, the 501(c) 3 organization that publishes the New Haven Independent, the Valley Independent Sentinel, and WNHH radio, where the Legal Eagle has a show. As a not-for-profit, we pay the bills through charitable donations from readers like you.

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