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Rookie Snaps Up Public Campaign $$

by marcia chambers | Apr 16, 2014 2:32 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission In his quest to replace state Rep. Pat Widlitz, 27-year-old Sean Scanlon raised $5,500 from 165 people in just four days—securing him public financing for his first campaign for public office.

Scanlon, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 98th District state representative seat this fall, cleared that hurdle last week.

His interest in politics dates back to 2004, when Scanlon was a student Guilford High. He read an article in the Shore Line Times about Ed Meyer, who had worked for former Attorney General Bobby Kennedy. Meyer was making his first run for the 12th district state senate seat. He was up against Bill Aniskovich, the Republican incumbent.

“I called Meyer up,” Scanlon said, recalling how his fascination with Bobby Kennedy led to his first political inquiry.   

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Daffodils Say April Is The Cruelest Month

by marcia chambers | Apr 16, 2014 12:59 pm

Mary Johnson Photo And here we thought we had written our last snow story for 2014.

But a harsh blast of cold air moved over the Northeast Tuesday night, leaving a thin layer of snow across the shoreline. This came on the heels of a heavy rain storm Tuesday that caused flooding problems along the coastline. 

Marcia Chambers Photo Spring flowers, especially the daffodils, reacted swiftly to the light, icy snow fall. They fell over. To mark the date, the snow arrived on April 16.

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Rally Highlights Economic Inequality

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 15, 2014 11:39 am | Comments (7)

Yve Larrieu Photo Approximately 20 Branford residents rallied in front of Burger King last week as part of a statewide effort to bring attention to poverty within the state, highlight growing inequality and demand an economy that works for everyone.

Sponsored by Connecticut Working Families, the Branford event was one of 24 held in towns and cities throughout the state where poverty has increased over the last decade. Many were scheduled to be held at fast food restaurants and Walmart’s, which have all been under pressure to pay their employees a living wage.

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“This Dog Is Attacking A Lot Of People”

by marcia chambers | Apr 14, 2014 4:56 pm | Comments (14)

The 911 callers were frantic.

“We need a cop, really, really quickly,” one said. “There is a pit bull attacking a bunch of people here.”

“Where?” the dispatcher asked.

“Oh God, I don’t know where I am at.”

The operator asked again. “Where on Harbor Street?”

“I don’t know,” the caller replied. There did not appear to be a street sign at the intersection.

The caller grew upset: “The dog is attacking a lot of people.”

A second caller put the attack at Harbor and McKinnel Court, the street where a 93-year-old woman has called her home for many years. He also said the dog was attacking many people. So far the police have identified only the woman as having been attacked. Her injuries are serious.

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Prior Costco Site Up For New Development

by Diana Stricker | Apr 14, 2014 7:11 am

Sam Stricker Photo Back in 2003 the owners of a 13-acre site between North Main Street and I-95 in Branford gave Costco an option for potential development.  However, two years later, Branford’s regulatory boards denied a variance that Costco needed in order to build there.

Now the owners are trying again, hoping to attract developers if the peak-and-valley topography of their land can be leveled out. But first the proposal has to be approved by the Inland Wetlands Commission.  And the commissioners said that may not be easy.

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Stan Wheeler’s Muse Fills The Law School

by Staff | Apr 11, 2014 12:55 pm

The Yale Law School auditorium was packed as the 7th Annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert took off with two of the ensembles Wheeler played with during his long tenure at the law school. 

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RTM Agenda Battle Ends With Fire Contract Approved

by marcia chambers | Apr 10, 2014 11:34 am

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Wednesday night unanimously approved a long-awaited firefighters contract—but not before the Democratic minority mounted a fight after learning the contract had not been placed on the agenda and no public notice had been published.

Local 2533 of the International Association of Fire Fighters has been working without a contract for more than a year.  Under the new contract, base pay for a firefighter will begin at $65,850. That will rise to $67,760 as of July 2015, the final year of the current contract.

Robert Imperato (R-4),  the chair of the RTM Public Services Committee (see top photo), told the RTM that after a good deal of hard work he believed the contract is fair and equitable to everyone, “including taxpayers.”

“We sent a message, we want to have benefits for the town,” he said.

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Ted Kennedy, Jr. Launches Political Career

by marcia chambers | Apr 9, 2014 7:52 am | Comments (2)

Lori Mack Photo Saying he was proud of his family’s legacy of “standing up for working families, for social justice , for political and economic fairness,” Ted Kennedy, Jr. last night announced he would continue their work by seeking to become a state senator. 

Kennedy, 52, said over the next several months he intends to “hold a conversation” with the voters of the six towns that form the 12th State Senate District in order to hear their views and needs. He said he wants to listen and to learn even as he outlined a number of ideas to take to Hartford. He told the audience he would legislate by consensus, a belief his father, the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, believed in.

More than 200 people filled the grand auditorium of the Blackstone Memorial Library, where it was standing room only for the long-awaited announcement from the Connecticut heir to the Kennedy dynasty.  At 6:30 p.m. he formally announced his candidacy. The crowd stood, applauding and shouting and whistling loudly as a new Kennedy emerged on Connecticut’s political stage.

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Ted Kennedy, Jr., Takes Political Plunge

by marcia chambers | Apr 7, 2014 11:17 am | Comments (1)

Thomas MacMillan Photo In what is the worst-kept secret in the state, Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, Jr., will announce tomorrow night that he will seek the open 12th State Senate District seat, according to associates.

As the Eagle reported two weeks ago, Kennedy is gearing up to run for the office in a district that oversees six towns, including Branford, where he and his family reside. The other towns are Guilford, Madison, North Branford, Killingworth and a section of Durham. Five of the six towns, including Branford, are led by Republican first selectmen.  Killingworth’s first selectwoman, Catherine Iino, is a Democrat. 

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BOS Honors Boys & Girls Ice Hockey Teams

by Diana Stricker | Apr 7, 2014 7:46 am

Diana Stricker Photo It was time for accolades as Branford’s boys and girls ice hockey teams were honored for their championship seasons by the Board of Selectmen (BOS) last week.

The selectmen presented certificates of achievement to the high school teams Wednesday night as family and friends filled the meeting room at Fire Headquarters.

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