by Diana Stricker & Mary Johnson | Mar 6, 2014 9:45 pm
“They know what art is.”
John Prins, a member of the Branford Board of Education, was lavish in his praise for students in kindergarten through 12th grade whose art is on display at the Blackstone Memorial Library.
by marcia chambers | Mar 6, 2014 1:53 pm
Two vehicles collided yesterday when one driver ignored a corner stop sign, kept on driving, collided into another car and then flipped over, police said. Both drivers reported only minor injuries, according to Officer Chris Manner, who investigated the crash.
The accident occurred shortly after 1:15 p.m. and caused Branford police to close off Kirkham Street for about 45 minutes, Police Captain Geoffrey Morgan said.
by Diana Stricker | Mar 6, 2014 7:56 am
Fred Russo, who headed the Stop Public Works at Tabor movement, was unanimously appointed by the Board of Selectman (BOS) Wednesday to serve as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Russo frequently attended BOS meetings last year and was an outspoken critic of plans to build the new public works facility on a portion of the town-owned Tabor Drive property. He headed the Stop Tabor movement, which he claimed included 600 people, some of whom wished to remain anonymous. Click here to read more about the issues.
by marcia chambers | Mar 4, 2014 12:44 pm | Comments (2)
State Sen. Ed Meyer (D- 12th) long a defender of the public’s right to know, believes that a law hastily adopted last June in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school murders “is a danger to our history.” He said he would oppose a task force’s recommendation to continue the law when the legislature votes this session.
“Once government decides to cover up what it is doing, whether it is police or school officials or state senators, then it absolutely attacks our democratic system, democratic with a small d,” he said in an interview on the Branford Eagle’s BCTV cable show.
by Diana Stricker | Mar 3, 2014 11:07 am | Comments (2)
Branford students and teachers will face new challenges as they participate in a field test of the state’s new “Smarter Balanced Assessment” from March 18 through June 6. But the district is ahead of the game when it comes to rolling out the new Common Core state standards, on which the tests are based.
The new Smarter Balanced achievement tests will measure how well students are learning lessons based on the Common Core standards, which districts are already supposed to be using.
Millions of students across the country will participate in computerized field tests in the next few months to help the test-makers fine-tune the assessment process. No scores will be reported this year, but states are mandated to begin the real testing during the 2014-15 school year. The field tests will include a variety of questions at all skill levels.
by Diana Stricker | Feb 28, 2014 8:12 am
Branford’s Board of Education (BOE) is revising the district’s bomb threat policy after parents expressed concern that school officials failed to report an alleged bomb threat to police last October.
The BOE unanimously approved a draft of the new policy Wednesday, and is expected to give final approval as soon as the proposal is reviewed by the Branford Police Department and state officials.
The policy change comes after an incident in October when an alleged bomb threat was found in a girls’ bathroom stall at Walsh Intermediate School. The threat said that Walsh was in for a bombing the next day at 2 p.m. Above the writing, a police report says, were a series of numbers that appeared to be a date: “/15/13.”
by marcia chambers | Feb 27, 2014 9:17 am
After a brief taste of spring, winter returned to Branford this week as frigid temperatures and a balloon of snow swirled about for 15 minutes at noontime yesterday and then moved on.
Remember the warmer weather of last weekend with that hint of spring in the air? Well, it lasted long enough to melt some snow from roofs and make a dent in the height of the mounds of snow around houses and intersections. Layers of snow remain on the ground.
by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 26, 2014 4:54 am
Students preparing for advanced education and adult high school credit diplomas will get a helping hand, thanks to a $20,000 donation to the Branford based Eastshore Region Adult & Continuing Education Program (ERACE).
The funds will support ERACE’s Transition to a Post-Secondary Program, which provides students with skills to navigate the college system and the application process, learn college vocabulary, and understand financial aid. Students will also learn how to write a resume and cover letter. They will have hands-on experience in the interview process with a member from the Branford business community, and learn “soft skills” that make them desirable employees such as dependability, decision-making, ability to work well with others, and critical thinking.
by marcia chambers | Feb 25, 2014 9:48 am
Branford’s Charlie Grady lives two lives. By day he oversees a major gun violence reduction program for Bridgeport’s U.S. Attorney’s office. When he leaves his desk, he enters his second life, the life of an accomplished screen actor.
Next month, from March 14 to 16, Grady’s screen life takes center stage when his latest film, The Word, premieres at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, the city where most of the award-winning movie was filmed. The film explores the dark world of subcultures and a gruesome murder.
by marcia chambers | Feb 24, 2014 6:44 am
Five of Branford’s bravest joined their brethren from across New Haven County at O’Toole’s Irish Pub in New Haven Saturday night to have their heads shaved and their hearts lifted as they raised funds on behalf of childhood cancer research.
Two of the Branford firefighters are related.
They are a father, John Cudgma, Sr. (see top photo) ...