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Cool Events Labor Day Weekend Here & Beyond

by marcia chambers | Sep 4, 2015 10:04 am

File Photo. Short Beach Labor Day Parade. Let’s make the most of this Labor Day Weekend, the last fling of summer. Plenty of sunshine is predicted over the long weekend as family events get underway in Madison, Orange and Branford. Lots of food, music, rides and fun await you.

Friday, Sept. 4, Saturday, Sept. 5, Sunday, Sept 6. and Monday, Sept. 7

Greek Festival in Orange

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Klau Sings The “Jailhouse Lawyer Blues”

by marcia chambers | Sep 3, 2015 12:31 pm

Paul Bass Photo Should the UConn Foundation be subject to Freedom of Information laws?

How will body cams transform the work of police, especially if they are subject to Freedom of Information laws?

Are our top judges becoming legislators? 

Dan Klau, a leading First Amendment and open government lawyer and I had a lively conversation about these and other topics on the most recent episode of WNHH radio’s “Legal Eagle.”

He also sang the legal blues—literally.

Our weekly guest, New York Times columnist Linda Greenhouse also joined us at the outset.
Klau and Greenhouse participated in a lively discussion, each at separate times in the show, on the Connecticut Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the death penalty.  Click on the above sound file to hear the entire program.

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Werblow Estate to Sue Branford Police

by marcia chambers | Sep 2, 2015 3:30 pm

The estate of David Werblow, the mentally ill man who died after he was Tasered by police last March, filed notice today of intention to file a civil lawsuit against the town of Branford and possibly four police officers, asserting Werblow’s injuries and death were caused by their “wrongful conduct.”

The Werblow estate notice of the intent to sue came two weeks after Maureen Platt, the Waterbury state’s attorney, and the state police completed a detailed investigation saying the police use of force was justified. Platt said no criminal charges would be filed against the police officers. Click here to read the story.

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P&Z Asked To Reject Sterling Ridge Condos in Historic District

by marcia chambers | Sep 1, 2015 12:01 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo At a recent meeting of the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) commission, neighbors, historians and attorneys urged the commission to reject a developer’s plan for a condo development that would sit near the town’s historic Harrison House, located in an historic district. 

With passion and sometimes anger in their voices, speakers reminded the P&Z that yet another condo development was historically, legally and aesthetically wrong for the town’s Canoe Brook Historic District.

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Rabinowitz, Ahern Go Door-to-Door Seeking Votes

by marcia chambers | Aug 31, 2015 6:50 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Under breezy, sunny skies Democrats Mark Rabinowitz and Jack Ahern kicked off their first major campaign event for first selectman and selectman yesterday as the Dems went door-to-door introducing themselves to potential voters.

Rabinowitz, a longtime former elementary school principal, and Ahern, the town’s recently retired fire chief, are each running for public office for the first time. They were joined on the campaign trail by more than 35 Democrats who fanned out across the seven electoral districts.

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The Coloring (R)Evolution

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 30, 2015 9:21 am

Sally E. Bahner It’s achieved cult-like status around the world.

In terms of stress relief, it’s on par with yoga and meditation. It offers child-like satisfaction, but don’t you dare tell enthusiasts that they’re reverting to their childhood.

It brings out the inner artist in those who thought they could never be creative.

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Cool Events This Weekend & Beyond

by marcia chambers | Aug 28, 2015 9:23 am

This is the weekend for art in various forms. There’s a weekend art show at a special location in Pine Orchard and a re-enactment in Madison of a Civil War battle, live and in uniform. And some weekends from now, get ready to tee it up at a most unusual place, a place that will create a 19th hole for the occasion.  Read on!

This Weekend: Friday, Aug. 28; Saturday, Aug. 29; and Sunday, Aug. 30.

Pine Orchard Chapel Art Exhibit

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Michigan’s Phil Denny Brings Out The Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 27, 2015 8:59 am

Bill O'Brien Photo About 850 people packed the Branford Green on a recent beautiful night to hear the contemporary jazz of a popular newcomer named Phil Denny (pictured) who turned his hobby into his profession.

Born in Florida, Phil’s family moved to Lansing, Michigan when he was a youngster. After high school Phil attended Olivet College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He went into finance, becoming a vice-president for a mortgage broker firm.

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State Takes New Look At Sex-Offender Registry

by marcia chambers | Aug 26, 2015 12:58 pm

Paul Bass Photo The state criminal justice system will conduct a far-reaching inquiry into how the sex-offender registry system is functioning.

Thomas Ullmann, (pictured) the chief of the public defender’s office in New Haven, spoke about the inquiry on the “The Legal Eagle” public-affairs program on WNHH radio.

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Revising Inland Wetlands Regulations Mid-Stream

by Diana Stricker | Aug 24, 2015 9:54 am

Diana Stricker Photo Revising Branford’s Inland Wetlands regulations may be a more daunting task than originally anticipated.

The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) spent more than two hours discussing the proposed regulations Aug. 13, after a committee spent months compiling a 38-page draft. Most of the revisions are based on changes suggested or mandated by the state.

Three IWC members who met Aug. 13 to discuss the new regulations have been removed from the commission. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove recommended three new members last week and the Board of Selectman approved his recommendation by a 2-1 vote. (Click here to read that story.)


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