Recreation

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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Cool Events This Weekend, Here &  Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 8, 2018 2:02 pm

Some fun events leading up to the 34th annual Branford Festival. If you haven’t checked out either of the town’s breweries – Thimble Island and Stony Creek –now’s a good time. There are always some fun events held in conjunction with some great brews to sample. Farmers’ markets are reving up for the season and the Dudley Farm in Guilford has locally made goodies along with fun activities – check it out. And don’t forget the Strawberry Festival in Stony Creek! Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

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Strawberry Festival

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Dog Frisbee Contest Draws Record Number of Entrees

by Bill O'Brien | May 9, 2018 8:47 am | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien PhotoOn the first Saturday of May for the past 15 years, Young’s Pond Park has been the site of the annual “Skyhoundz Dog Frisbee Contest,” organized by Victor Amatori, program supervisor of the Branford Recreation Department.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThis past Saturday, 23 canines were registered by their owners for this year’s competition. “That’s the most we ever had. It’s getting bigger and more competitive each year,” Amatori said. Here Jack, an 11-year-old Aussie, makes a great catch of his Frisbee.

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Permitting Process, Weather May Delay Community Center

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 30, 2018 10:01 pm

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Public Building Commission heard updates on the completion of the Walsh Intermediate School and Community Center projects at its April meeting at Fire Headquarters. Timelines and possible delays regarding resumption of sports activities, specifically football and swimming, were discussed.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoTom Arcari (speaking) of QA&M Architects (formerly Quisenberry-Arcari) said there is “some slippage” in the schedule for the Community Center completion. A 40-day adjustment may be necessary due to inclement weather and in receiving the final building permits from the town.

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Will the Community House/Senior Center Be Delayed?

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 2, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Public Building Commission this week grappled with the possibility of a later completion of the Community House/Senior Center due to a delay in the fabrication and delivery of structural steel. It’s a delay that shines a light on the logistics of the town handling two major construction projects at one time.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoOne project centers on the $12.1 million Community Center and the other on the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School.  The topic was raised at the most recent Building Commission meeting held at Fire Headquarters.

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Stony Creek Brewery to Build Brewpub Oasis at Foxwoods

by Staff | Jan 31, 2018 9:07 pm

With PermissionBranford’s Stony Creek Brewery will build a fully operational brewpub inside Foxwoods Resort Casino, the company’s second brewing operation in Connecticut. Construction is set to begin this winter with an expected opening of summer 2018.

As the craft beer category looks to find new audiences and new occasions, Stony Creek Brewery believes it is uniquely positioned to help grow the size of the pie in Connecticut.

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Foote Park Trail Named for Tiskus Father and Son

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 12, 2017 8:59 am | Comments (3)

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe end of an era was recognized recently with the unveiling of “Joe Tiskus Way,” a trail dedicated to a father and son who served almost half a century as park managers at Foote Park. 

The late Wallace H. Foote established “The Foote Family Charitable Trust” in 1966 and instructed the trustees “to purchase real estate to be used for parks and recreation for the benefits only of the inhabitants of the Town of Branford and their guests.”  The 44.6 acre site was acquired and the park was opened in 1970 with Joe Tiskus, Sr. hired as the first manager.

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Groundbreaking Held for New Community-Senior Center

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 31, 2017 7:17 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThere were a lot of smiling faces at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Community Center last Friday on the grounds of the recently closed Branford Community House. The work has already begun on the much anticipated shared community and senior center facility. Over 40 attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony.

Bill O'Brien Photo“When this new building is finished it will be the hub of the community,” First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove (pictured) told a crowd of 40 people who attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony Friday morning.

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Former School Site Opens as Branford Hills Park

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 26, 2017 8:33 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoIn 1955 the Branford Hills Elementary School on Jefferson Road opened and remained an active school until closing 29 years later, in 1991. The building was used for various activities, such as voting for District 4 and storage, but deteriorated over time.

File PhotoIn 2015, the town appropriated $560,000 for the building’s demolition, which took place in July 2016. An unsuccessful effort was made to develop the property when Republican RTM Majority Leader Ray Ingraham (R-5th) sought to use the Branford Hills school site for a renovated Parkside Village, an affordable housing project. Ingraham’s effort failed.

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