Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Jul 20, 2018 7:55 am

Storm’s a comin’. This will be a good weekend for inside activities. Take the kids to the library this afternoon – they can learn all about sound, courtesy of the Connecticut Science Center. We’ve been looking forward to town historian Jane Bouley’s new book about Branford’s street names. If you look at old maps of Branford you’ll see many of today’s street names. Bouley will be at the library on Saturday to sign copies of her book. Cuddling kitties is a great indoor activity – Branford Compassion Club is having a food and supply drive. Stop by – you may also find the love of your life. Got a cool event? Email

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 13, 2018 8:15 am

It’s a beautiful evening to honor Branford’s volunteer extraordinaire, Eunice Lasala. Hometown Harmonies, which includes musical selections from local groups, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Owenego. Everyone is invited. Branford is brimming with center-centric activities with StoryWalk on Main and the weekly jazz concert on the green. Read on… there’s much more ahead.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 29, 2018 8:38 am

If this weekend’s heat and humidity are getting to you, cool off with the classic film, “Rebecca,” which is part of Blackstone Library’s Great American Read, shown at Fire Headquarters. Art and music take the stage with an opening of works by Diana Wells at the Willoughby Wallace Library. The much-anticipated opening of the Branford Jazz on the Green series – was, sadly, rained out! Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, June 30

Saturday Cinema: “Rebecca”

Celebrate summer reading by watching movies based on The Great American Read, a list of America’s 100 most loved books. The Blackstone Library will sponsor a series of films based on the books.

This month, the 1940 film, “Rebecca,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1938 book by Daphne DuMaurier, will be shown at Branford Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St., Saturday, June 30, 1 to 3 p.m.


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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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It’s Here – Branford Festival Weekend

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 15, 2018 9:00 am

File PhotoThis weekend, there is only one cool event, the Branford Festival. For the 34th year, townspeople, businesses, craftspeople, food vendors, and entertainers will fill the Branford green over three days. Chair Kristine Klarman and her committee have been hard at work finalizing all the details; it’s a process that starts almost immediately after the previous year’s festival. The Branford Eagle will be on hand – be sure to stop by and say hello.

Here’s the schedule.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 1, 2018 8:48 am | Comments (1)

Is it summer yet? We had a taste last weekend. Summer activities are lining up, so all we need is the accompanying weather. In the lineup, however, are trifecta of town favorites… the Branford Festival, Fireworks, and Branford Jazz on the Green. If you’ve wondered what goes on at the state-of-the-art Fire Headquarters, now’s your chance. The open house on Saturday includes a full tour of the facility. Got a cool event? Email

Friday, June 1

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‘Hallelujah’ Ban Angers Sliney Parents, Kids

by Sally E. Bahner | May 30, 2018 8:34 am | Comments (7)

With PermissionThe last-minute elimination of a song from Sliney Elementary School’s spring concert last week has dismayed a number of parents and children. It has also raised questions about why the choir director agreed to let one parent influence the fate of a song.

Songs from the musical “Sing!” were on the program, including the well-known “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, but a day before the performance, “Hallelujah,” was pulled. According to a parent, who heard the news from her child, one parent objected to the song due to its religious content and based only on that parent’s objection, the school administration agreed to ban it. The children and some parents were told that it was school policy. These parents had different views.

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