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Police Cams Capture Branford Taser Event

by marcia chambers | Apr 24, 2015 3:17 pm | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo The address at 134 Burban Drive is well known to Branford police. They know it is a group home for those with mental disabilities located in a quiet residential neighborhood off Alps Road. Since the facility opened its doors in 2013, the police have answered eight emergency 911 calls at the residential house.

All eight calls to the police, which were made from March 2014 to Oct. 29, 2014, were described as “psychiatric cases.” The Eagle obtained a list of the calls through a Connecticut Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the police department. It is not yet known if any of those 911 calls related to a man named David Werblow, but it is believed that police knew of him.

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Journalist Gil Kelman Passes On

by Paul Bass | Apr 24, 2015 12:07 pm

Joe Turner Photo Gil Kelman, a Stony Creek fixture and a feisty newspaper publisher and mentor to generations of Connecticut journalists and activists, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital Thursday night after a long illness. He was 94.

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Sybil Creek Bridge: Sidewalks? What Sidewalks?

by Diana Stricker | Apr 23, 2015 8:42 am

With Permission Indian Neck residents and businessmen are relieved that the state plans to replace the 1921 bridge that spans Sybil Creek, but they would like the plans to include more improvements for pedestrian and traffic safety.

Several people said the intersection is dangerous because the sightline is limited and the sidewalks don’t extend far enough. They are asking why the $2.8 million project can’t include a few more safety provisions.

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Lady Hornets Tennis Team Falls to Sheehan

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 22, 2015 2:40 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Lady Hornets tennis team lost their match with Sheehan last week 6-1, falling to 0-3 on the season. The match was held at the high school. Sheehan improved to 2-0 with the win over the young Hornets.

Bill O'Brien Photo “Although our team is young and light in numbers, I see improvement every day and a willingness to try new things and embrace the process”, said Coach Bill Previdi. “That’s all you can ask as a coach”. The team’s next match is today. 

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Branford’s Top 10 Taxpayers

by marcia chambers | Apr 22, 2015 12:44 pm

Branford’s top 10 taxpayers for 2014 include developers, a power company and a major Thimble Islands owner. And, as it turns out, they are the same top three taxpayers who led the list the year before.

Alex Vigliotti, a well-known Branford developer, the Connecticut Light & Power Company (Eversource), and Christine Svenningsen, who owns a number of the Thimble Islands, are the three top Branford taxpayers in 2014. Vigliotti was number 1 in 2013 as well. He holds multiple real estate and personal properties whose combined tax value came to $41.6 million.

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Bello & Platt Face Resentencing in Gifting Tables Case

by marcia chambers | Apr 20, 2015 9:40 am | Comments (4)

Saying the trial judge “committed procedural error,” a federal appeals court has vacated the prison sentences for Jill Platt and Donna Bello (pictured L-R), two shoreline gifting tables leaders who were sentenced in the summer of 2013.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which includes the state of Connecticut, ruled last week that the convictions of Bello and Platt would be affirmed, but that their prison sentences would be overturned. Bello and Platt were convicted at a jury trial of multiple counts, including conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, filing a false tax return and wire fraud.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Edges Mercy 10-9 In Thriller

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 20, 2015 7:49 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford-Mercy girls’ lacrosse game was like weather in New England—it can change at any time. That was the case on Tuesday when Branford eked out a 10-9 win after the lead seesawed back and forth a number of times.

Bill O'Brien Photo By the end of last week, the Lady Hornets had racked up two more wins. They also beat Lauralton Hall 11-10 on Wednesday and Sacred Heart Academy 15-5 Friday, making that Branford 3, Catholic Schools 0. They are now 3-1. The Lady Hornets are scheduled to play a home game tonight at 7:00 p.m. against Guilford, weather permitting.

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Costco Plan Raises Serious Watershed Issues

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Apr 17, 2015 3:19 pm | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Bill Horne (pictured), the town’s leading environmentalist, raised serious questions last night about the impact of a proposed Costco Master Plan on water run-off and water quality at two of the town’s most important watersheds. He said Costco’s current plan would fail before the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC), which would deny the warehouse store a permit.

The issues Horne presented at the second session of the public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) will have to addressed by the developers if they hope to have their master plan considered. Typically, once the public comment portion of the hearing is closed, the developers have an opportunity for a rebuttal and a chance to answer issues raised by the commission and by the public.

“In my relatively extensive experience attending meetings of the Inland Wetlands Commission since 1996, I have never seen an application that proposed such a large amount of activity in the upland review area, (the area within 100 feet of a wetland) and I have repeatedly observed the critical scrutiny that the Inland Commission applies to any degree of activity in the upland review area.  Based on my experience and observations, I suggest that the PDD Master Plan will have to undergo extensive revision before it will be able to receive an inland wetlands permit, so extensive that it will become a different plan.”


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Kennedy Takes On Tires

by marcia chambers | Apr 16, 2015 9:30 am | Comments (1)

Taking a cue from Pat Widlitz, his retired fellow legislator from Guilford who succeeded in passing new state laws to re-cycle mattresses, paint and computers, state Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., is now focusing on tires.

This week Kennedy brought his first bill out onto the Senate floor and and it passed in a unanimous and bi-partisan action. Its aim is to find a way to recycle tires found in towns and cities throughout the state and in so doing create new jobs.  The bill now moves to the floor of the House of Representatives. 

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Boys Tennis Beats Sheehan

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 15, 2015 10:40 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Boys tennis team evened its record to 1-1 with a 5-2 victory over the Sheehan Titans on Monday at the Branford courts.

“Despite not having our senior co-captain we played well and I look forward to an exciting year,” said coach Matt Fraenza.

Bill O'Brien Photo Jared Platt was not available to play in the #2 spot but little was lost when Stas Balaji (pictured) filled in, winning 6-4, 6-4 over Sheehan’s John Oliveira.

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