Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 20, 2018 9:23 am

A bit of a history lesson. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as a national day to focus on the environment. According to earthday.org, Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin founded the event in response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969. People were driving gas guzzlers and there was an increasing awareness of the problems associated with air and water pollution. Twenty million Americans took to the streets on April 22, 1970, in a movement that led to environmental concerns gaining national attention and resulting in protective legislation. Those concerns from 48 years ago are still in the forefront today as policy rollbacks are underway at the EPA. Make a difference this weekend by taking part in some of the local events listed below. 

Saturday, April 21

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Needed For American Elections: Trust

by Diana Stricker | Apr 18, 2018 8:26 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker PhotoConnecticut’s top election official says the biggest repercussion from Russian hacking is the distrust it has created in the public’s perception of the election system.

“Educating the public is critically needed right now, about what’s going on with the voting system,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill (pictured above). She was the keynote speaker during a forum Saturday sponsored by both the League of Women Voters of the East Shore, and Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible.  The event was televised by Branford’s BCTV. 

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Building Commission Signs Off on Walsh Costs

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 4, 2018 9:31 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoUPDATE—The Public Building Commission (pictured) last week unanimously approved $68,471,807 as the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation and expansion project. The next and final step takes place before the Board of Selectmen.

The difference between the GMP and the $88.2 million total cost of the renovation – approximately $20 million – is for “soft costs” such as furnishings, architects’ fees, legal fees, and owner’s representative (Colliers) fees. The state is providing $30 million toward the project, which is expected to get underway in June.

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RTM Approves New Indian Neck Firehouse

by marcia chambers | Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am | Comments (3)

With PermissionIn a unanimous bi-partisan vote the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has approved construction of a new $1.5 million firehouse in Indian Neck to replace the old Company 9 firehouse, now 92 years old and in need of expansion.

With PermissionThe current two-story firehouse, which is about 2,000 square feet, will be demolished soon. Construction is expected to begin in mid-June and be completed by year’s end.

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Kids Lead the Way at Guilford March for Our Lives

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Mar 26, 2018 8:11 am

Mary Johnson PhotoFrom the stage, State Rep. Lonnie Reed of Branford took in the huge crowd at Saturday’s “March for Our Lives” on the Guilford green. She served as emcee for the event. “It looks like Woodstock,” she said.

Mary Johnson Photo“You all look beautiful!” Reed (pictured) declared.

Along the shoreline, the focus of the march was Guilford, where some 2,000 people packed the green for a day of powerful words and music that was as poignant as it was uplifting.

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Branford High Students Find Their Voice

by marcia chambers | Mar 20, 2018 8:06 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoAbby Boyle, a junior at Branford High School, remembers the moment she took her cell phone to sign up her high school for the national student walkout to raise awareness about gun violence in the nation’s schools. 

It was a moment she and others will never forget because it was part of a national event that has transformed her and hundreds of other Branford students, an event they organized. 

 

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Shoreline Organizes for “March For Our Lives”

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 15, 2018 7:33 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionGuilford is becoming the shoreline nexus for the “March For Our Lives” event planned for Saturday, March 24, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. It’s part of growing, worldwide effort, driven by social media, to call attention to the lives lost to gun violence and the need for stricter legislation. To date, more than 700 events are expected to take place.

Plans coalesced all over the country for marches in response to the shootings Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Guilford resident Frank Blackwell (top photo), a Guilford-based photographer, writer, and corporate filmmaker, began planning for the event immediately after the shooting.

“March For Our Lives” follows on the heels of the March 14 National School Walkout for Gun Control in which students all over the country and Washington, D.C., walked out of classes yesterday, calling for stronger gun control laws on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting.

 

 

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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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Shuttle, Sidewalks & Sewers Raised at POCD Meeting

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2018 8:10 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionBranford needs to promote business and increase tourism, according to discussions about the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). However, one of the main necessities is a transit shuttle to link popular venues and neighborhoods.

Wednesday’s meeting of the POCD Steering Committee centered around economic development strategies related to business and the economy.  About 25 people attended the session, which was held at 4:30 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center. The next meeting will be at the same time and location on Feb. 7 when infrastructure will be discussed.  In addition, the Steering Committee is asking residents to participate in the Online POCD Survey, which can be found on the town’s website.

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All-American Family Treated to All-American Weekend

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 25, 2018 8:01 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien PhotoFootball has been a big part of Dave Callahan’s life. He played football as a youngster, was a star player at Branford High and continued his football playing days at SCSU. Later on, he became a coach for his three young sons, Cooper, Ben and Scout all of whom were major players on several Branford youth teams in the Shoreline Youth Football Conference.

Called by their dad “Number one, Number two and Number three” based on the order of their birth, Callahan made sure they wore team jerseys with those three numbers so their teammates and friends knew who was who during the game’s action.

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