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Bill Ludwig is helping share his appreciation for the meditative practice of labyyrinth walking through a newly completed 72-foot diameter path along the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Branford. Photo courtesy of Bill Ludwig

Bill Ludwig: Taking the Path Less Traveled

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

A publisher by trade, Branford resident Bill Ludwig was searching for an image for the cover of a book about spiritual meditation, and that’s when it happened.

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The Sound

Branford Community Foundation (BCF) board member and Community Investment Committee chair Rita Berkson invites the Branford community to come out to the beautiful grounds of the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club on Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. to enjoy “Hometown Harmonies & Branford’s Official 375th Birthday Party,” hosted by BCF. To help BCF plan for a crowd, advance reservations (pay-what-you-can) are requested.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

BCF’s Berkson Helps Hometown Harmonies Celebrate Branford’s 375th

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Did you hear? With Hometown Harmonies, Branford Community Foundation (BCF) is throwing Branford’s official 375th birthday bash, and everyone is invited.

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The Sound

Grammy-nominated jazz drummer and composer Dan Pugach brings the Dan Pugach Nonet featuring Nicole Zuraitis to open the free Branford Summer Jazz Series on Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. on the Branford town green.

Photo courtesy of www.danpugach.com

Back in Branford: Dan Pugach Nonet Opens Branford Jazz Series June 27

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Dan Pugach Nonet featuring Nicole Zuraitis opens the free Branford Summer Jazz Series on Thursday, June 27, fans will be arriving from across Connecticut to hear the sound put together by the band of Dan Pugach, the Grammy-nominated jazz drummer/composer who’s career has blown up since the last time he played the Branford green, back in 2012.

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The Sound

North Branford High School (NBHS) Class of 2019 president Allie Augur capped an incredible career at NBHS by being named 2019 valedictorian and bringing national attention to town as a twice-named All American soccer goalie. Next fall, she’ll attend Boston College (BC), where she’ll play soccer. She committed to BC in the summer of her freshman year at NBHS. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Hometown Support Behind Augur’s Successful Years at NBHS

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

She may be following in her sibling’s footsteps—both her brother and sister were also class presidents—but it’s a pretty safe bet that North Branford High School (NBHS) may not see another spectacular student like Allie Augur for some years to come. She says her success is due to the support of her hometown.

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The Sound

The Animal Haven manager Michelle DeRosa says both Tank and Mario are looking for new homes, just like more than a hundred other animals currently staying in the shelter. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Sound

Michelle DeRosa: Advocating for Animals

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As manager of The Animal Haven shelter, Michelle DeRosa is working hard to make it the best shelter it can be.

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The Sound

2019 Branford Festival chair Melissa Nicholson is excited and honored to lead a dedicated group of volunteers who will bring the 35th annual Branford Festival to the Branford Town Green Friday to Sunday, June 14 to 16. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

The Best of Branford: Nicholson Chairs 2019 Branford Festival

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Between Friday and Sunday, June 14 and 16, the 2019 Branford Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary while also recognizing Branford’s 375th birthday and the 40th run of the Branford Road Race.

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The Sound

Branford’s own Alyssa Sachs, 21, is the current Miss Shoreline and could win the title of Miss Connecticut on Friday, June 7. She says her time as Miss Shoreline has already given her a great opportunity to share her ‘Kids are Kids’ platform with others. 

Photo courtesy of Alyssa Sachs

For Kids: Branford’s Alyssa Sachs Competes for Miss CT Crown June 7

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As Miss Shoreline 2019, Branford’s own Alyssa Sachs could win the title of Miss Connecticut on Friday, June 7—and her ticket to be in the running to become Miss America.

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The Sound

Don Gentile keeps honey bees, like this healthy bunch, in his Branford backyard apiary. Recently, one of his colonies experienced the deaths of thousands of bees, likely due to exposure to toxins in a mosquito control solution applied to a nearby property. Now, in his friendly way, he’s working to get the word out about pollinator-friendly options to help keep bees, and other pollinators, safe. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Keeping Bees Safe: Gentile Shares Pollinator-Friendly Tips

Published May 22, 2019 08:30 a.m.

A few weeks back, Don Gentile found thousands of his honey bees piled up, dead, at his Averill Place apiary in Branford.

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The Sound

Branford’s David Mayer, co-founder of Two Owls Sustainability Partners, is bringing his waste-diversion know-how to his home town, starting with a recent pro bono audit and analysis that will assist the Community Dining Room. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

From Zero-Waste Super Bowl to CDR: Mayer Makes Sustainability a Priority

Published May 15, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In 2018, David Mayer’s company, Two Owls Sustainability Partners, LLC, helped to deliver America’s first zero-waste Super Bowl. Imagine what it will do for Branford’s Community Dining Room (CDR).

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The Sound

Branford native Ryan Bloomquist (left) has co-authored a new book with his friend, Sam Gold (right) based on their popular podcast. The book is Riverdish: The Unauthorized Case Files of Riverdale (Dey Street Books). Photo courtesy of Ryan Bloomquist

From Podcast to Print: Bloomquist Co-Authors Riverdish

Published May 01, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On May 7, Branford native Ryan Bloomquist will officially welcome the publication debut on Tuesday, May 7 of Riverdish: The Unauthorized Case Files of Riverdale, a new book he co-authored with his friend, Sam Gold.

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The Sound

Friends of the Blackstone Library’s new fall book sale chairman Joe Genua invites novel ideas from volunteers to help support the library. On Saturday, May 18, the friends will host a mini book sale on the Branford Green from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Genua Gathers ‘Novel’ Ideas to Help Friends of the Blackstone Library

Published April 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

To help Friends of the Blackstone Library (FOBL), its new fall book sale chairman, Joe Genua, will soon institute the first of what he hopes will be many novel ideas: hosting a mini book sale on the Branford Green.

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The Sound

Carla Cerino, who teaches academic writing and reading to adult English as a second language learners through ERACE, inspires her students with goals including having their stories published in a national magazine, The Change Agent. In March, five of Cerino’s students had their stories published. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Write On: ESL Writers Inspire ERACE Educator Carla Cerino

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Every semester, adult students from across the globe take Carla Cerino’s class to learn English academic reading and writing skills, but by the time they leave, they always manage to teach Carla new lessons about the human spirit.

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The Sound

Meghan Scanlon joined Women & Family Life Center as its first full-time director about nine months ago and has been on a mission to bring important service and support goals into focus, raise awareness and funds, and find ways to partner to expand free services for shoreline women and families in crisis or transition. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Invigorated Focus, Amazing Energy: Meghan Scanlon Leads WFLC

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Meghan Scanlon first joined Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) as its executive director about nine months ago, she went out into the community on a fact-finding mission.

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The Sound

Branford’s Matt Schell has opened Spark Cycleworks, offering electric bikes that are unique to his company. Bikes are assembled at the Spark Cycleworks “lab” at 67 North Branford Road. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

With Spark Cycleworks, Matt Schell is Going Places

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The doors to Spark Cycleworks officially opened on March 30, and the buzz is already building about Matt Schell’s unique Branford business.

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The Sound

North Branford resident Jerry Begley is a multi-talented individual who gives back as a volunteer chef and a musician. Shown here cooking at Community Dining Room (CDR), Begley is helping to organize the ninth annual Arti Dixson’s Help Our People Event (HOPE) coming Sunday, April 28 to Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, where food donations will be collected to benefit CDR and several other food support programs in Connecticut. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Begley Brings HOPE to Help Fight Hunger

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Whether he’s making music or making meatballs, Jerry Begley loves to use his talents to give back to others in need.

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The Sound

In 2013, North Branford resident Rebekah DeVivo was in the running to be a contestant on TV’s American Idol when a rare spinal tumor detoured that dream. Her long period of recovery led to discovering a passion for another form of artistic expression, felting. DeVivo’s unique take on the ancient textile art is on display at Northford’s Edward Smith Library during the month of March. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

From American Idol to Ancient Art Form: DeVivo’s Artistic Journey

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In 2013, Rebekah DeVivo’s voice launched her to Hollywood to compete in television’s American Idol. But when her journey was detoured by a battle with a rare spinal tumor that took years to overcome, she kept her faith, and found a new creative outlet in one of the world’s oldest art forms—felting.

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The Sound

North Branford Totoket Valley Elementary School (TVES) 5th-grade special education teacher Jackie Thurston is a national Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program grant winner. This summer, she’ll use tech to take students and the community with her to teach in India. She’s also helping TVES kids develop their own ideas to make the world a better place, based on 17 Global Goals set by the United Nations. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Think Globally, Act Locally: North Branford’s Thurston Named Fulbright Global Classrooms Teacher

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Jackie Thurston is about get North Branford thinking globally and acting locally.

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The Sound

Volunteer Jackie Crosby meets Frisco, a newly arrived one-year-old domestic rabbit at Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. One way Jackie assists the shelter is by sharing her prolific knowledge of bunnies, which she has been raising as pets since the early 2000s. Another way Jackie helps out is by assisting with shelter fundraising events. Tickets are on sale now for the shelter’s annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser, set for Sunday, March 31.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

From Raising Rabbits to Raising Funds, Crosby Helps Cosgrove Shelter

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

She’s on the books to volunteer once a week at the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, but that’s never stopped Jackie Crosby from coming in to help four afternoons a week, every week.

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The Sound

Branford High School senior Sophia Irzyk is relatively new to creating watercolor paintings and low-relief sculpture, but her work in both mediums has just won notable awards in the 2019 Connecticut Scholastic Art Exhibition (including a Gold Key, which carries an $80,000 scholarship to Hartford Art School) and Shoreline Art Alliance’s Future Choices High School Art Competition. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

A Year of Artistic Firsts for Irzyk

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

She only started working in watercolors about a year ago, and took up low-relief sculpting with cardboard as a challenge for the first time last fall.

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The Sound

Notable artist Arthur Guagliumi of Northford shares some of his remarkable watercolors in a special exhibit on view throughout the month of February at the Edward Smith Library in Northford. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Part of the Process: Guagliumi Shares His Art

Published Feb. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

A beautiful collection of watercolors on display at Northford’s Edward Smith Library frame is just a tiny segment of the vast creative inventory generated by artist Arthur Guagliumi. The display is on view through the month of February at the Smith Library.

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The Sound

Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 2019 Patriot’s Pen essay contest winner Nathaniel Kerr has claimed the state title and is now in the running to win the national VFW essay contest in March. Kerr, age 12, entered the essay as part of his studies at East Shoreline Catholic Academy in Branford, where Kerr attends 7th grade.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Kerr Wins 2019 CT VFW Patriot’s Pen State Prize

Published Feb. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Seventh-grader Nathaniel “Nathan” Kerr has already done much to make East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA) proud of this remarkable student in recent months.

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The Sound

In her science classroom at North Branford Intermediate School, Kathy Granfield doesn’t teach about veterans, but her actions as founder of non-profit Veteran Angler Charters speaks volumes. In January, Granfield was named Connecticut’s VFW 2019 Teacher of the Year. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Walk the Walk: Kathy Granfield is CT VFW 2019 Teacher of the Year

Published Feb. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Since the first day Kathy Granfield began captaining a 34-foot vessel and offering free charter fishing trips to veterans, she only wanted one thing: to give active duty, retired, wounded and recovering veterans the solace and healing she knows comes with being out on the water.

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The Sound

As activities coordinator for Branford’s Canoe Brook Senior Center, Nancy Cohen plans a huge range of interesting, inspiring, and educational events, programs, and activities geared to serve residents from ages 60 to 100. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Nancy Cohen Helps Seniors Take Flight at Canoe Brook

Published Jan. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In her job, it’s not unusual for Nancy Cohen to join senior citizens suited up to fly like skydivers or zipline through the open air.

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The Sound

Lonnie Reed, shown here advocating for the growth and support of the state’s bio-science sector, is excited to begin the next chapter of her work. Reed, who announced her decision to retire as Branford’s State Representative (D-102) in 2018, served in the General Assembly for five elective terms.  A founder and co-Chair of the legislature's Bioscience Caucus, Reed said she cares deeply about ensuring that this sector, which she describes as, 'dedicated to alleviating human suffering,' continues to thrive in Connecticut, growing jobs and fortifying the economy. Reed plans to continue supporting their work. 

Photo courtesy of Lonnie Reed

For Lonnie Reed, The Work Continues

Published Jan. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In her 10-year career as Branford’s 102nd District State Representative, Lonnie Reed built a remarkable track record of working to protect and enhance her community—but the work didn’t start on her first day in office, and it won’t end now that she’s officially retired from the post.

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The Sound

After a career in medical research, Dan Rabin found the Branford Forum an invaluable tool for staying updated on important issues—so much so he;s now the group’s president. Photo courtesy of Dan Rabin

Dan Rabin: Bringing Education and Intellect through Branford Forum

Published Jan. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For the past decade, the Branford Forum, which was founded by Marc Schwartz, has hosted a free public education series for residents. The presentations and subsequent discussions are held monthly on Sundays at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library. Five years ago, Dan Rabin discovered the series and began attending on a regular basis.

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The Sound

Phoebe Chandler brings decades of service—and now a special keynote speaker, her daughter Beth Chandler—to the shoreline’s 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Breakfast. The breakfast, which celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. King, is set to take place Monday, Jan. 21, at 8:30 a.m. at a new location, Branford High School, 185 East Main Street. Photo courtesy of Phoebe Chandler

Phoebe Chandler: Decades of Support for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Published Jan. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On Monday, Jan. 21, Phoebe Chandler’s 34-year-connection and decades of humble work supporting the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Breakfast will celebrate a full circle moment when her daughter, Beth Chandler, returns to Branford as this year’s MLK breakfast keynote speaker.

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The Sound

Andrea Brow helps to find new adopters for horses, like Mystery, who have been retired to Cranbury Horse Auction, in danger of being sent to slaughter through networking.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Sound

Andrea Brow: For Each Retired Horse, a Home

Published Jan. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Andrea Brow has been riding horses since she was two years old. Now, she helps to rescue those horses who have finished their working lives.

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The Source

With the end of 2018, Branford resident Ted Kennedy, Jr., concludes four years as District 12 state senator. He recently met with the The Sound at Branford’s Parthenon Diner to talk about his work on behalf of the district and the state, and what’s ahead for him next. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Two Terms, Many Accomplishments: Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., Concludes District 12 Legislative Service

Published Dec. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Following a productive four years as a state senator, Ted Kennedy, Jr., says his decision to step away from Connecticut’s legislative landscape at the end of 2018 was difficult, but allows him to fully focus on helping to protect disability rights at very critical point in the nation’s history.

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The Sound

Katie Trainer, music teacher at the North Branford High School, is the winds instructor for the East Haven/North Branford Co-Op Marching Band. The marching band recently took home a second win in the state-wide and New England championships.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Sound

Taking Playing Together to the Next Level

Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As an educator and a musician, Katie Trainer always strives to find new ways to bring people and music together. She started with music at a young age and soon decided to make a career of it.

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Standing beside one of the Main Street planters she recently filled with holiday greens as a member of Branford Garden Club (BGC), Pat Sanders has high praise for the many civic contributions of the all-volunteer group, which she will lead for the next two years as BGC president, beginning Friday, Dec. 7. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Breaking New Ground: Sanders is Incoming BGC President

Published Dec. 05, 2018 08:30 a.m.

She’s broken glass ceilings here and abroad; now, Patricia “Pat” Sanders is about to break new ground as incoming president of Branford Garden Club (BGC). Pat will be inducted to the BGC post for a two-year term on Friday, Dec. 7.

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