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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Branford’s World War II Vets To Serve as Parade Marshals

by Bill O'Brien | May 24, 2018 9:14 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFor the first time in the history of the Branford Memorial Day parade there will be more than one parade marshal leading the marchers on Monday, May 28.

Bill O'Brien PhotoSix Branford veterans who served in World War II have agreed to lead the parade this year and will be introduced at the ceremonies on the Green at 10 a.m. prior to the parade stepping off at 10:30 a.m. They will then be driven in convertibles along the parade route to be recognized for their service.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 18, 2018 11:00 am

If you haven’t yet explored the Stony Creek Quarry, you have a chance on Saturday. Former First Selectmen Unk DaRos (Branford) and Carl Balestracci (Guilford) will lead the group and share the quarry’s fascinating history. Then, kick back and enjoy some Sunday jazz at Home’s Living Room on Main Street. Check out our other listings for many other art- and music-related events.

Friday, May 18

Poetry with the Branford Land Trust

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 4, 2018 8:59 am

This week and looking ahead, we have a diverse collection of events that reflect our connection to land and sea, art and music. Boats and water safety for sailors. Birding walks for bird lovers – this is a great time to spot them, before all the leaves are out. Music of all genres. Thought-provoking films. Poetry. Food. A feast for the body and soul, all within a short drive. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Friday, May 4

 

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Harbor Bridge Replacement Begins May 14

by Staff | May 3, 2018 8:30 am

File  PhotoThe Harbor Street Bridge over Mill Creek will be replaced starting on Monday, May 14, with completion expected by Sept. 10. As a result, it will take a little longer to get to Parker Memorial Park and Branford Point. The Harbor Street Bridge, built in 1940, spans Mill Creek where it flows into the Branford River.

During construction, the road will be closed to traffic, which will detour by way of Maple Street, Short Beach Road and Stannard Avenue. The project was first outlined two years ago, in April 2016.  At that time construction was supposed to take place between April 2017 and end in the fall. Click here to read our earlier story. .

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BLT Celebrates 50 Years of Land Preservation

by Diana Stricker | May 2, 2018 8:05 am

Bill Horne PhotoIt’s been a busy year for the Branford Land Trust (BLT) as they continue to focus on their 50th anniversary. One unwanted gift was the number of trees felled on trust property due to the four March nor’easters.

“Those were the some of the biggest events we’ve had for knocking down trees in a decade,” said board president Peter Raymond at the annual meeting last week. Raymond said thanks to BLT volunteers, the trees and branches have been safely cleared.

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