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.”

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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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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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What is Your Vision for Branford?

by Diana Stricker | Jun 12, 2018 9:22 am

File PhotoAnyone wanting to help shape the town’s destiny over the next 10 years may attend a meeting this Wednesday to discuss a proposed draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). One of the top issues is coastal vulnerability.

A public meeting to discuss the proposed draft will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. The meeting is an opportunity for residents and business owners to make comments and ask questions.

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Big Crowd Salutes World War II Vets on Memorial Day

by Bill O'Brien | May 31, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo}For those who woke up early on Memorial Day and looked out the window they might have said, “Not again,” seeing the light mist that was falling. The past two years the Memorial Day Parade had been cancelled because of rain. Here the Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corp march down Main Street.

Bill O'Brien PhotoBut those overcast skies didn’t stop the members of the Branford Veterans Committee who met, as they do every year rain or shine, at the parking lot at Montowese and South Main Streets at 6:30 a.m. to begin their annual walk to the seven cemeteries in town where they conduct services for the 1,749 veterans buried there.  Hundreds marched in the Stony Creek Parade from the flag pole to the cemetery

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