Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 2, 2018 8:36 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 7:10 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 7:01 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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Women’s Marches: Power to the Polls

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 24, 2018 8:32 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionWhatever you care about, whatever your priorities are, there was a place for you at any of the hundreds of Women’s Marches across the state… and across the country. For the second year, millions of women gathered to voice their sentiments about the current political scene and to use their power at the polls. 

The Eagle received comments and photos from marches in Hartford, East Haddam, and New York. 

Rallies last year protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. This year, the agendas grew, reflecting participants’ outrage at events over the past year: the threat to DACA recipients and immigrants, and LGBQT rights; the rise of racism; concerns about health care. The importance of voting and the drive to encourage more women to run for political office were also key. The #MeToo and pro-choice movements were supported, as well as a ban on fracking and threats to the environment. Add to the mix, the government shutdown, which took place at midnight Saturday.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 19, 2018 9:17 am

The winter chill continues, but there are plenty of activities to warm the heart. For those missing the fruits (and veggies) of summer, there’s a farmers market. Activists can take part in the Women’s Marches in Hartford and in New York City. And there are cool events for book lovers, would-be artists, film buffs, and music lovers, and much more. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Through March 31

Cityseed Winter Market

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Kennedy Speaks About Silence

by marcia chambers | Jan 18, 2018 7:11 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo“Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter,” state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. said as he spoke the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., to roughly 230 people gathered at St. Therese’s Catholic Church in Stony Creek on Monday. Then he said the words again. And he said them slowly, so their meaning would be felt.

Dr. King’s words formed the theme for the annual King breakfast held each year. Jan. 15 would have been Dr. King’s 89th birthday, a birthday now celebrated as a national holiday. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, nearly 50 years ago this year. He was 49 years old.

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Cool Events this Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 12, 2018 10:09 am

Mary Johnson PhotoThe foot-high snowfall is giving way to expected torrential rains. Rising temperatures are causing the ice in Branford Point to break up – see the great photos by Mary Johnson on our Facebook page. Inside activities dominate the listings, but looking ahead, nature lovers can check out Branford Land Trust’s animal tracking classes. In the meantime, explore the area’s art, music, and cultural events.

Saturday, Jan. 13


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

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2017 8:30 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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State Assembly, Town Praise Branford’s Retiring Messiah Tenor

by marcia chambers | Dec 27, 2017 7:52 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBefore the start of the 30th anniversary of Branford’s Handel’s Messiah last Friday, state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., (pictured) presented Dr. Edward Hull, a tenor, with an honorary citation from the Connecticut General Assembly, commending Dr. Hull for his commitment to music as an opera singer and a teacher for many decades. 

Bill O'Brien PhotoKennedy praised Dr. Hull for sharing “his amazing voice as the tenor soloist for Branford’s production of Handel’s Messiah” for the last 30 years.

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