Community Cats: Vulnerable But Cared For

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 24, 2017 7:59 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo It was a quiet morning at the Saltonstall colony, home to 10 or 12 community cats.

One small brownish-gray feline was sunning herself in the large open area between the tidy semi-circle of huts and the brush-filled “playscape.” With her coloring, she almost melted into the ground, if it weren’t for the sun puddle she was sitting in.

Sally E. Bahner Photo No one else appeared to be around until an orange kitty shot across the clearing from the huts into the brush. The brownish-gray kitty joined him and they perched together on a downed tree, watching. They were obviously friends.

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Judge’s Order for Wang’s Forced Medication Carried Out

by marcia chambers | Feb 23, 2017 7:55 am

With Permission Fifteen months ago, Superior Court Judge Thomas V. O’Keefe, Jr, ordered the forced medication of Dr. Lishan Wang, saying it was the only way to restore his mental health and his competency to stand trial in the murder of a former associate, Dr. Vajinder Toor.  Now, two major appeals later, the judge’s order was carried out yesterday.

Dr. Wang was arrested on April 26,  2010, and charged with the shooting death of Dr. Toor, a Yale doctor who previously had been Dr. Wang’s supervisor at a New York hospital. Dr. Wang believes Dr. Toor was responsible for his firing in 2008. Dr. Wang traveled from Georgia where he lived with wife and children to Branford and lay in wait for Dr. Toor as he left his Branford condo that day.  He is also accused of attempting to kill Dr. Toor’s wife, a probable cause hearing in the case has found.

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Reed Seeks Changes in Affordable Housing Laws

by Diana Stricker | Feb 23, 2017 7:50 am

File Photo State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) has introduced four bills to update the state’s Affordable Housing statute. The bills would prevent the statute from being exploited; and would also give Branford and similar communities credit for housing that is affordable even if it’s not on the state list.

“The support for these bills is bipartisan and building in strength,” Reed told the Eagle this week. A similar bill passed the House last year, but the legislative session ended before it could be taken up by the Senate.

However, she said there is some opposition to amending the state stature.

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Wang Petition

by marcia chambers | Feb 21, 2017 7:44 pm

File Photo The United States Supreme Court today declined to review a Connecticut Supreme Court decision requiring that Dr. Lishan Wang be forcibly medicated in order to try to restore him to competency so he may stand trial for the murder of Dr. Vajinder Toor. Toor, a Yale University doctor, was 34 when he was killed.   

Last September, the Connecticut’s Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, found that Dr. Wang should be forcibly medicated.  Dr. Wang, 51, is charged with Dr. Toor’s murder outside the Meadows Condominiums on Blueberry Lane on April 26, 2010. He is also charged with attempted murder; he shot at Dr. Toor’s wife but missed.

The one-word decision today—“denied”—means that the Connecticut Supreme Court decision stands and that Dr. Wang, who is now a patient at the Whiting Forensic Institute, will be forcibly medicated.

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Hornets Qualify for SCC, CIAC With Win Over Easties

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 21, 2017 7:43 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Over the last few weeks it looked bleak for the Branford boys’ basketball team in its goal to qualify for both the upcoming SCC conference tournament and the CIAC state tournament.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Hornets lost four games in a row to Cheshire, West Haven, Amity, and Career and needed two wins in their last four games to make the end of season playoffs. The East Haven game always brings out a big crowd.

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Branford Swimmers Say, “Bring It On”

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 18, 2017 8:36 am

What the Branford/Guilford boys swim coach Ray Beaulac says about his team would fit the old Mark Twain saying, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

After the Branford/Guilford co-op team lost its most recent swim meet last Friday to perennial power Cheshire, coach Beaulac said, “We pride ourselves on never backing down from a race, no matter the opponent, even though we often are competing against teams twice our size.”

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 18, 2017 7:30 am

Temps in the 40s. How does that sound? Have we seen the last of the snow? Looks good for the next week or so. If you’ve been holding off on an outdoor excursion, now is the time. Explore Meigs Point and check out the eagles before they fly the coop. If you’re more the cozy-up type, take in a preview of Dvorak’s Rusalka and catch up on some classic literature by southern women. Revelers anticipating St. Patrick’s Day will have their day at Bar80, as will those who enjoy art and a brew or two.

Saturday, Feb. 18

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Costco Bags Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Feb 16, 2017 3:28 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission Costco, the national warehouse retailer, has announced a “business decision” not to build a 158,000-square-foot store in Branford off Exit 56. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said in an interview with the Eagle yesterday he would work on finding the best strategy to increase the commercial tax base in town.

Cosgrove said he was a “little bit disappointed. It would have been a good project for the town.” He said Costco did not say why it had not resubmitted the application it withdrew last April after it became clear the Inland Wetlands Commission would turn down Costco on a number of grounds. The developer’s option to purchase the Costco property expires in March.


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DOT: I-95 Bridge at Exit 55 in Poor Condition

by Diana Stricker | Feb 15, 2017 8:15 am

With Permission Plans to replace the aging, well-travelled I-95 bridge at Exit 55 and widen Route 1 will result in the same number of lanes for now, but will allow space for additional lanes if needed in the future.

Veronica Calin, DOT transportation engineer, said a recent bridge inspection resulted in a rating of 4, which indicates poor condition. The scale runs from 1, which is imminent failure; to 9, which is excellent.

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Public Has Its Say at First Walsh Outreach Meeting

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 14, 2017 8:30 am

With Permission The public had its say last week regarding plans for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation, which is expected to begin during summer 2018.

Its concerns? Parking, the noise level, possible disruption to students, and the use of solar panels and energy-saving construction methods.

At around $88 million, it’s the largest project approved in the town’s history. The meeting took place at Walsh, attended by approximately 40 people, including town officials and Walsh neighbors who live on or near Damascus Road. 

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