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Cool Events Here and Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Oct 31, 2014 2:59 pm

Here’s Halloween….Need we say more? Get ready for kids in costumes hitting the streets. This weekend offers walks in the woods and a trip to the Green to see scarecrows. Get ready to turn back the clock. 

Friday, Oct 31  

Halloween Pumpkin Spectacular at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa features more than 350 locally grown, hand-carved pumpkins that will be on display during the first annual “Pumpkins On The Point.”  And there’s more: trick or treat trials, hayrides, a haunted cemetery tour, a farmer’s market, music and food. Admission is free and open to the public. Events begin at 4 p.m. at 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook.

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Who’s “Polluting”?

by marcia chambers | Oct 31, 2014 12:16 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers Photo Ted Kennedy Jr. went on the attack against his opponent Bruce Wilson Jr. Thursday night—for attacking him.

The gloves came off in the final debate between the two candidates for the open 12 State Senate District seat, as Democrat Kennedy accused Republican Wilson of negative campaigning for his repeated criticism of Kennedy’s fundraising tactics.

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Lonnie Reed Runs On Her Record

by Emma Zehner & Marcia Chambers | Oct 30, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments (1)

As the 2014 election comes into the stretch, State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-102nd) says that if she has “the honor of returning to Hartford,” she knows exactly what her goals are going forward.

If re-elected, she says she has a crowded agenda before her, one that invigorates the biotech, technology, manufacturing, energy and aerospace industries for Branford and for the state. “I will also look for programs that are essential for encouraging and growing our small businesses and attracting more tourism.”

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Kennedy Won’t Return $94K in Public $$$

by marcia chambers | Oct 29, 2014 11:07 am | Comments (6)

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Ted Kennedy Jr.‘s opponent has called on him to return the public money his state senate campaign received given the fact that he also accepted $207,000 in separate “pass-through” money from the state Democratic Party.

Kennedy’s response: No.

The back-and-forth between Democrat Kennedy and Republican Bruce Wilson is the latest chapter in an ongoing money-in-politics disagreement that has marked their campaign for the open 12th State Senate District seat on the Shoreline.

The disagreement has centered on both the letter and the spirit of campaign finance law. Kennedy (pictured above) accepted public-financing in the campaign—and accepted strict limits on donations and spending—as part of what he called a determination to limit the “polluting” influence of money in politics. Then his campaign quietly benefited from a loophole: Kennedy’s family has funneled over $90,000 to the state Democratic Party. The party in turn “passed through” money to support Kennedy’s campaign, twice what the campaign can spend on its own under campaign-finance rules. Kennedy now has a large financial advantage in the race.


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On The Campaign Trail with Paul Cianci

by Emma Zehner | Oct 28, 2014 9:51 am

Paul Cianci, the Republican nominee for state representative says that residents are often surprised at his young age when he shows up at their doorstep to meet a prospective voter. 

Overall, Cianci thinks these reactions are a good sign. 

“For the most part people like seeing our younger generation getting out to make a positive difference,” said Cianci, who is 28 and is seeking his first run for public office. He believes that the community needs a fresh face to deal with “old broken promises” he says people are “sick and tired of.” He did not give specifics.

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New Book Pays Tribute to Branford’s Civil War Soldiers

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 27, 2014 9:54 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo “They’re like my children.”

For 30 years, town historian Jane Peterson Bouley (pictured) collected information on the Branford area men who served in the Civil War. Then it took her six years to write The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, Connecticut, North Branford and Northford, the 557-page book that documents the histories of nearly 450 men who served.

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A Conversation With Clarence, Sam And Sonia

by marcia chambers | Oct 26, 2014 1:22 pm | Comments (2)

Clarence Thomas found his voice, a voice one rarely if ever hears from the U.S. Supreme Court bench, in New Haven this weekend.

Appearing at a reunion weekend forum with two other fellow alums who sit on the Supreme Court—Sonia Sotomayor and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. —the famously reticent Thomas, who can go years without speaking from the bench, told stories, gave insight into life at the court and explained his former sour feelings toward the Yale Law School.

He told current law students “not to do what I did,” adding back in the day, “there was so much here that I walked right by, that I closed my eyes and my heart to.”

Justice Sotomayor admitted that when she gets immersed in her work she shuts everything else out. “I become oblivious to those around me,” she said, adding to a perception that she is combative. “I am trying to correct some of that.”

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Cool Events Here And Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Oct 24, 2014 11:42 am

Ah, the Stony Creek Quarry, a special place and it beckons this fall weekend. A book also beckons, one about Branford’s Civil War soldiers written by Town Historian Jane Bouley.  There’s a nature walk, too. What better time than now?

Saturday, Oct. 25

Stony Creek Quarry Tour, Quarry Road, Branford.  Tour benefits the Guilford Keeping Society and the Stony Creek Museum. Unk DaRos and Carl Balestracci, both quarry historians and descendants of quarrymen, will share stories of the quarry’s history. Both are former first selectman, DaRos of Branford, Balestracci of Guilford. Tour begins at 11 a.m.  No children under 10. Tickets are $15. For more information contact:

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Branford Welcomes Mount Sinai Genomics Research Center

by marcia chambers | Oct 24, 2014 10:45 am | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers Photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took the first official tour of a new genomics research lab yesterday, a lab that brings the renowned Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai to Branford. The arrival of state-of-the art DNA lab expands a long-range plan to create a new biomedical industry for Connecticut. And Branford is a big part of the plan. 

With 12 days to go before the election, Malloy, along with members of the town’s legislative delegation, came to Branford to announce the arrival of a new business along with new jobs. They toured the new generation sequencing lab at the site of what once was Roche’s 454 Life Sciences facility at 1 Commercial Dr. The new Mount Sinai facility is expected to open soon. It will join Yale, the University of Connecticut Health Center and Jackson Labs in Malloy’s effort to reconfigure the economic future of the state along with advancing health research. 

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The Legacy of the ‘House of the Rising Sun’

by Diana Stricker | Oct 23, 2014 3:46 pm

Diana Stricker Photo Stony Creek residents fear a new theatre at the site of the former Puppet House could turn into the raucous teen-age hangout it became in later years. The owners of the proposed Legacy Theatre say they will produce high caliber theatre and hold occasional fund-raisers and educational programs.

Diana Stricker Photo Passionate speakers for both sides of the issue aired their views for two hours at a public hearing of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Tuesday that attracted about 150 people. The initial hearing in September lasted about three hours. Click here to read about that.

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