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Branford Remembers 9-11

 September 17, 2014

The Branford Fire Department held a ceremony on Sept. 11 starting with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Supt. Hernandez: Talking About Transportation

 September 17, 2014

This month's column is about school transportation. I understand the topic can be rather dry, especially if you don't have children riding a school bus. However, ask a parent or guardian of a child riding a school bus, and his or her response most likely will be...

North Branford Food Pantry Seeks Crowd-funding Support

 September 17, 2014

NORTH BRANFORD - On Sept. 3, Lynn Riordan said she would put her energies toward fundraising for food for residents in need. By Sept. 6, an Internet crowd-funding campaign was up and running. As of press time, Food Pantry of North Branford...

Inside the Doors of Pine Orchard

 September 17, 2014

Do you remember McGowan's Garage? Long-time residents of Pine Orchard certainly do. The McGowans, who operated the garage that housed antique autos, were also well known for their musical talents as The Fabulous Farquahr. The garage has been carefully renovated...

Honoring 12 Shoreline Heroes

 September 17, 2014

The skirl of bagpipes will resonate and bright voices will sing as a crowd gathers to honor 12 local fire and police heroes from Branford, North Branford, and Guilford on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

CT Hospice Hosts Sept. 11 Drum Circle

 September 17, 2014

On Sept. 11, a drum circle of Connecticut Hospice patients, family, staff, and friends joined drum circle facilitator Mark Zarrillo (standing) for a meditative hour, sharing the music of their hearts.

Branford Tops in Common Core Communications

 September 17, 2014

When it comes to being out in front with communicating to parents about the Common Core, Branford just proved it's one of the best districts in the state doing the job.

Branford Cares Issues Block Party Challenge

 September 17, 2014

Branford Cares challenges all neighborhoods and blocks to have some fun while doing good by our neighbors who struggle to afford life's basic needs. The Block Party Challenge is a new campaign to keep Branford residents in touch with each other and share with...

NB Food Pantry's Crowd-Funding Campaign

 September 15, 2014

On Sept. 3, Lynn Riordan said she would put her energies toward fundraising for food for residents in need. By Sept. 6, an internet crowd-funding campaign was up and running. As of this posting, Food Pantry of North Branford (FPNB) has received nearly $3,000 in pledges...

All Aboard Branford's All-Access Playground

 September 10, 2014

After seeing the final colorful pieces put in place over Labor Day weekend, some very excited kids and happy local officials cut the ribbon on Branford's first all-inclusive, disabilities-accessible playground at Hammer Field on Sept. 2.

Creekers Will Be Heard Sept. 16

 September 10, 2014

The town's zoning enforcement officer may have signed off on a tenant fit-up permit for the Legacy Theatre in July, but many members of the Stony Creek Association (SCA) say a special exception permit should have been sought instead and they are hoping the...

Broadway-Bound 'Witness Uganda' Cast, Creators Here Sept. 24

 September 10, 2014

Just a few years ago, Greg Nobile was a kid was putting on "Lemonade Gang" fundraising cabarets at Branford’s Owenego Inn. On Sept. 24, the 22 year-old, Tony-Awarding winning Broadway producer and Branford native helps bring creators and cast of...

Branford Cares Issues Block Party Challenge

 September 9, 2014

Branford Cares challenges all neighborhoods and blocks to have some fun while doing good by our neighbors who struggle to afford life's basic needs. The Block Party Challenge is a new campaign to keep Branford residents in touch...

Premium Content Lobster fishermen taking enforced break

 September 8, 2014

As another lobster fishery closure begins today, the state's few remaining lobstermen say catches continue to dramatically decline, something they attribute to pollution and rising water temperatures.

Honoring Shoreline Heroes: First Responders

 September 8, 2014

The skirl of bagpipes will resonate and bright voices sing as a crowd gathers to honor 12 local fire and police heroes from Branford, North Branford and Guilford on Sept. 23.

Mayor Responds to Food Pantry Vote

 September 5, 2014

Mayor Anthony Candelora said he faced a difficult decision in voting with the majority of Town Council against leasing North Branford Hall to the Food Pantry of North Branford (FPNB) on Tuesday night.

All-Access Playground Open at Hammer Field

 September 4, 2014

After watching the final colorful pieces being put into place over Labor Day Weekend, on Tues. Sept. 2, some very excited kids and happy local officials cut the ribbon on Branford's first all-inclusive, disabilities-accessible playground at Hammer Field.

Love Your Library? #BookmarkBranford to Support the Blackstone

 September 3, 2014

You may usually go to the library to read stories, but with the Blackstone Memorial Library's new #BookmarkBranford campaign, the library wants to hear your story about what the library means to you.

A Royal Welcome

 September 3, 2014

Not only did Mary R. Tisko Elementary School students receive a warm welcome from teachers like Joni Thomas (at left) on the first day of school last Thursday, Aug. 28, but they were also greeted by Princess Lydia Kroeber. Here, Colin Fryer...

Beware of #SlineyMonsters!

 September 3, 2014

BRANFORD - The staff at John B. Sliney School scared up some fun for the first day of school thanks to art teacher Frank Dormer's idea of having monsters on hand to welcome students back to school for 2014-'15 school year on Aug. 28.

Council Denies Food Pantry Lease at NB Hall

 September 3, 2014

After some initial green lights, followed by weeks of wrestling with the particulars of entering a lease with Food Pantry of North Branford (FPNB), the Town Council finalized the conversation last night with a 6 – 3 vote against leasing historic North Branford Hall...

Cops Cracking Down on Cell Phone Users

 September 2, 2014

Texting and driving: you're not supposed to do it anyway, but in the next weeks, Branford cops will be cracking down harder than ever on offenders.

Driver Sentenced to 14 Years in Triple Fatal DUI Wrong-Way Crash

 August 29, 2014

Frank J. Sundstrom, who was drunk and driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 on Dec. 11, 2012, when he caused a head-on collision that killed three women, offered a weepy apology to the victims’ survivors Friday as he was sentenced in New London Superior Court to...

SWAT Mutual Aid Won't Include MRAP

 August 27, 2014

NORTH BRANFORD - A local police enforcement SWAT Team compact that began as an agreement between North Branford, North Haven, and then East Haven has now grown into a six-town proposition with Branford, Guilford, and Madison joining in.

Federal Grant to Benefit Parkside Villages

 August 27, 2014

Two of Branford's affordable senior and assisted living residences, Parkside Village One and Parkside Village Two, will receive upgrades thanks to $448,500 in funding coming from a federal grant given through U.S. Department of Housing.

Businesses in Brief

 August 27, 2014

Business and Organization Updates

Ice-Cold Buckets of ALS Support at BHS

 August 21, 2014

That’s ice cube-cold water dousing (l-r) Branford High School (BHS) Assistant Principal Joseph Briganti, Principal Lee Panagoulias, Assistant Principal Anna Puglia and Dean of Students Dianne Dadio, as they simultaneously take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge on the...

Woofstock returns to the Branford Green

 August 20, 2014

It was a good day to be a dog: Aug. 16 brought Branford's second annual free Woofstock Music Festival to the Branford Green. Woofstock is a non-profit fundraiser created to assist the Branford/North Branford Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. Hector the greyhound...

Tate's Play Date Helps Pay Pet Cancer Bills

 August 20, 2014

Branford professional Carrie Potoff helps children by day as a child therapist. But, for the second year in a row, Potoff is also working to help families in need pay medical bills of pets undergoing cancer treatment.

One Step Forward, No Lease Yet

 August 20, 2014

NORTH BRANFORD - On Aug. 12, Town Council members aired concerns while also making a small step toward allowing Food Pantry of North Branford (FPNB) to operate from a portion of town-owned North Branford Hall.

North Branford Police Ask for Help to Stop Quad Damage

 August 20, 2014

NORTH BRANFORD - The mayor and police chief are seeking the public's help in curbing ATV riders who are tearing up private and public property.

North Branford Goes Back to School Aug. 28

 August 20, 2014

North Branford Public Schools will welcome students back Thursday, Aug. 28 for a full day of school, followed by a full day on Friday, Aug. 29. There will be no school on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1.

Ed Meyer: The Common Core Will Help

 August 20, 2014

Do you remember when our nation panicked after Russia put the first man in space? We responded with the world's greatest and most effective space program. Now, there is the new challenge of falling academic achievement in our public schools, as demonstrated by...

Branford 2.0: New Town Website Launched

 August 20, 2014

Branford's town website has made a dramatic change with the launch of its newly redesigned web page two weeks ago. On Monday, Aug. 25, more technological fireworks will arrive when the town launches MyBranfordCT, its first mobile app.

Aug. 28 is Back to School in Branford

 August 20, 2014

Branford Public Schools (BPS) will welcome students back Thursday, Aug. 28 for a full day of school, followed by a full day on Friday, Aug. 29. There will be no school on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1.

A Surprise Engagement

 August 20, 2014

Branford-North Branford Animal Control Officer and Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter Director Laura Selvaggio Burban can now say that rescuing dogs truly runs in the family. Her brother, Joe Selvaggio of Branford, was walking his rescued pup, Nikita, at Branford's...

Arrests Made in Early Morning Auto Theft

 August 18, 2014

An early morning tire theft from a vehicle at Branford auto dealership led police to recover an un-reported stolen car just before 4 a.m. this morning; and the arrest of three suspects.

Branford School Bus Routes, Start Times Posted

 August 18, 2014

Back to school in Branford on Aug. 28 means school buses will be out and about picking up kids first thing in the morning.

Curbing ATV's: NB Citizens Can Help

 August 18, 2014

The mayor and police chief are seeking the public’s help in curbing ATV riders who are tearing up private and public property.

Fast Progress for St. Mary's Fife & Drum Corps

 August 15, 2014

Aug. 2014: Organized in Oct. 2012 under the inspiration of Father Christopher Ford, Pastor of St. Mary Church and School in Branford, the St. Mary Fife & Drum Corps made its first public appearance nine months later in Branford's 2013 Memorial Day...

STW Lot Closed Aug. 18 and Aug. 19

 August 15, 2014

Big changes to the parking lot at Stanley T. Williams Community Center mean the lot will be closed on Mon. Aug. 18 and Tues. Aug. 19, said North Branford Public Works Director Fran Merola.

Reed: $448,500 Grant to Fund Parkside Village Upgrades

 August 14, 2014

Branford's affordable senior/assisted living residences Parkside Village One and Parkside Village Two will receive upgrades thanks to $448,500 in funding from a federal grant given through U.S. Department of Housing.

Summer’s Last Sail

 August 13, 2014

Joseph Coyne brings his mom, Beth, back to shore, safe and sound (and dry), during the final day of the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club Summer Sailing Program. The program participants celebrated by taking their parents out for a cruise and then gathering for a...

Reed Receives Perfect Rating from Environmental Group

 August 13, 2014

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) recently awarded State Representative Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) a 100 percent rating for her support and advocacy of environmental and energy initiatives in its 2014 Environmental Scorecard.

Creekers Making Waves over Legacy Theatre

 August 13, 2014

With questions about the Legacy Theatre's operating hours, facility uses, parking issues, and more, the Stony Creek Association (SCA) met Aug. 5 to rally residents of the village.

Almost Here: Medical Marijuana in Branford

 August 13, 2014

A plain black canopy over a windowed entrance with white lettering is the public's only view of Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut.

NB Food Pantry: One Step Forward, No Lease Yet

 August 13, 2014

During a sometimes tense two-hour discussion last night, the Town Council aired concerns and took a small step forward toward allowing Food Pantry of North Branford (FPNB)to operate from a portion of North Branford Hall.

Branford 2.0: New Design for Town Website

 August 12, 2014

Branford's town website has made a dramatic change with the launch of it's newly redesigned web page. On Aug. 25, more technological fireworks will arrive when the town launches MyBranfordCT, its first mobile app. '

Celebrating Another Successful Summer Camp Season

 August 11, 2014

The Branford Recreation Department 64th consecutive summer camp came to a close last week. Just under 300 youngsters attended the camp for the past seven weeks at Hammer Field, Veteran's Park, Stony Creek and Foote Park. All campers came together this week and Vet's Park...

STEAP Grant Funding Green's Sidewalk Work

 August 11, 2014

Excavation underway got underway last week at the edge of the Branford green from a point on Montowese Street to one continuing along South Main Streets.

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