July 4 ‘First Saturday Walk’ in Branford

Proud to be an American!

Proud to be an American!

Come celebrate Independence Day with the Shoreline Greenway Trail!  Wear your red, white and blue, bring your children, and meet at the end of Tilcon Road.  Flags will be handed out that we can wave as we parade along the new Tilcon trail section, up Totoket Road to Blackstone Ave, through Young Park and along the Birch Road section of the trail, ending at Pine Orchard Road.  Highlights include the Outdoor Classroom recently cleaned up by Boy Scout Charles Slate and Nature’s Garden that is under renovation.

Directions:  From I-95 exit 55, go west on route 1 past Walgreens.  Make a left at the light by the Mobil station onto Windmill Hill Road.  Take Windmill Hill Road to the end and make a left onto Damascus Road.  Pass Griffing Pond Road (on the right) and bear right onto Totoket Road.  Follow Totoket Road under the railroad overpass, keeping left.  Make a left turn at the Tilcon Road sign until you reach the parking lot at the end.

Contact: Leo Cristofar 203-214-5824


Court of Honor for Eagle Scout Charles Slate

Eagle Scout Charles Slate

Eagle Scout Charles Slate

On Sunday, June 21, a day that was marred by grief over the recent massacre in Charleston perpetrated in hatred by a twisted young man, it was reassuring and inspiring to attend the Court of Honor of Eagle Scout Charles Slate of Guilford’s Scout Troop 474. The ceremony was the perfect blend of seriousness and humor as Charles received his Eagle Scout badge, recited the Boy Scout pledge, and was then “roasted” by his fellow scouts and mentors as they shared stories of Charles’s exploits through his years of Scouting.

Charles’s project, sponsored by the Branford Shoreline Greenway Trail team, was to clear and restore to use Branford’s Outdoor Classroom, which is just off of the SGT Trail between Pine Orchard and Birch Road. With the help of his father and fellow Scouts of Troop 474, Charles cleared vines away from the mafia block seating area, cut down small trees that had sprung up in the clearing in front of the seats, and laid a thick surface of mulch to deter further weed growth. He also had to work with Branford town officials for permitting.

Charles’ project will not only make the Outdoor Classroom available for use by Branford’s schools once again, but also sparked interest in the nearby area that was developed as “Nature’s Garden” and intended as a location for environmental education. So in restoring this Classroom, he has planted a seed that we hope will grow into a tree of education for Branford’s children. He and his fellow Scouts have reminded us that what happened in Charleston was an exception, and that there are many fine young men and women to lead us in the future.

More 5th Graders get introduced to the Shoreline Greenway Trail

6-11-15 Team 5-6
On Thursday, June 11, 2015,  Leo Cristofer led a group of students from Francis Walsh Intermediate School, Team 5-6, and their teachers, Maria Fazzino and Ali Medeiros, along the Birch Road and Tabor sections of the Shoreline Greenway Trail.  As in the earlier walk (5/28), Leo showed the group the Outdoor Classroom and Nature’s Garden.  They tried to spot an Osprey in the nest on the communication tower at Chet’s pond, but the birds were not there.  Everyone enjoyed the day!

Fun events in East Haven in June

June 6 – Shoreline Greenway Trail Trolley Ride and Walk

Connecticut Trails Day 2015Connecticut Trails Day 2015

Cloudy skies, the threat of rain and cool weather didn’t deter visitors from attending the third annual  Shoreline Greenway Trail Trolley Ride and Walk on Saturday, June 6th  in celebration of Connecticut Trails Day Weekend.  An estimated 100 people participated in the trolley ride and two mile walk, which was cosponsored by East Haven/Branford Shoreline Greenway Trail town teams and the Shore Line Trolley Museum.

 June 24 – Ride with International Arts and Ideas

On Wednesday, June 24, at 5:30 pm, Paul Proulx (Elm City Cyclists) led a bike ride as part of the International Arts and Ideas program from the New Haven Green to East Haven that featured the Shoreline Greenway Trail.

Jo Zaehringer and Sue Stacy met the group at Lighthouse Point where Jo gave a little history about Lighthouse Point and why Shoreline Greenway Trail decided on its being the trail’s westernmost terminus.  Sue led the group into East Haven to view and ride on the trail behind D.C. Moore school.  We then met Barbara Brow at Cosy Beach where we stopped for ice cream and Barbara spoke about the East Haven section of the trail, the Farm River and East Haven’s future plans.  A fun time was had by all!