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Cancer Counselors & Campers Unite

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 29, 2014 7:37 am

Kathryn Cross Photo At the age of 8, Jordan Mann was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma and began attending Camp Rising Sun, a pediatric cancer camp in Colebrook. Melissa Pandolfi was an Ewing’s sarcoma survivor and a counselor at the time.

About two weeks ago, Pandolfi and Mann reunited (pictured above) at Camp Rising Sun’s most recent fundraiser, the Annual Night Out at Branford’s Owenego Inn and Beach Club. 

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45 Student Interns Hit The Trail For Kennedy

by Emma Zehner | Jul 28, 2014 12:37 pm

Emma Zehner Photo Branford High School (BHS) senior Sasha Shpitalnik (pictured with Jared Carlson) is now working on her third political campaign. This one is unlike the others, she said.

In this campaign she is going door-to-door for Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr., who is seeking to become state senator from the 12th District. 

The biggest difference for her, she said: the flood of young people into the campaign.

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Branford Motel 6 Robbery Suspect Arrested

by marcia chambers | Jul 28, 2014 12:00 pm

Branford P.D. A 55-year-old man, convicted in the past of committing larceny in Branford, was arrested again by Branford police on Friday. He was charged in connection with a pre-dawn robbery of Motel 6 in June, Capt. Geoff Morgan reported.

The suspect, Richard Filipelli, 55, of 52 Short Beach Rd, East Haven, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in connection with the robbery, after three Branford officers viewed the video surveillance system at the motel and positively identified one of the suspects as Filipelli. Police are still searching for the second man.

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Car, Cop Cycle Collide

by Marcia Chambers | Jul 25, 2014 2:56 pm

Mary Johnson Photo Police Officer Richard Kenney was on his police motorcycle en route to an emergency call today when his motorcycle was hit slightly by a woman driving her car out of a driveway near Campania’s Ristorante at 284 E. Main St. 

Mary Johnson Photo According to Police Chief Kevin Halloran, the near collision occurred just after noon today as Officer Kenney was traveling eastbound on East Main Street with his lights and siren activated. According to Halloran, the car pulled in front of Kenney’s path of travel , forcing Kenney, a traffic division motorcycle and vehicle officer for many years, to take quick and evasive action in order to avoid a direct head-on collision, the chief said in an interview from the scene. To avoid the car, Kenney controlled both his skid and his slide across the pavement. The motorcycle landed on its side.

Initially police thought there was no contact between the vehicles. It turned out that the woman’s car was slightly damaged on one side, officers said.

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Judge Outlines Trial Process For Branford Murder Suspect

by marcia chambers | Jul 25, 2014 8:35 am

Branford P.D. Walking slowly and with a cane, Thomas C. Malinka entered the sixth-floor courtroom of Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford yesterday morning and listened intently as the judge explained how his murder case will unfold. 

This was Malinka’s second New Haven Superior Court appearance before Judge Clifford since his arrest in June for the murder of John Deveau, his Branford landlord. Malinka and Deveau lived side by side, one at 33C Crouch Rd., the other at 33D Crouch Rd. They were also friends, according to police. Then in late May 2013, after filing a theft report with police against Malinka, Deveau went missing. 

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Cool Events in Branford (and Beyond) This Weekend

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 24, 2014 2:06 pm

Arts are front and center again this weekend. But so are state parks, antique cars, a River museum and Yoga. Take your pick. 

Thursday, July 24

Jazz on the Branford Green Series

At 6:30, sit in some lawn chairs, enjoy beautiful greenery, and listen to jazz as Bill Cofrances (pictured above) performs in a sextet with singer Nicole Pasternak. Cofrances has been featured in the Silver Mine Tavern, Colonial Thymes and Ocean Cliff, and he performs frequently with his own quartet as well. Aside from fronting her own groups, Pasternak appears regularly as the featured vocalist with pianist Alan Simon’s Quartet, the Harold Zinno Jazz Quartet and the Joe Holmes Swing Band.

Friday, July 25


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Landmark State Education Lawsuit Postponed

by marcia chambers | Jul 24, 2014 8:19 am | Comments (1)

File Photo Back in January, a Superior Court Judge in Hartford rejected the state’s effort to delay a lawsuit that challenges the way Connecticut funds its public schools. Judge Kevin Dubay ruled the lawsuit would head to trial Sept. 9.

Now the educational coalition that initially fought the state’s delay has agreed with the state attorney general’s office to a five-month postponement. The trial is now slated to begin Jan. 6, 2015, two months after the gubernatorial and other statewide elections are held. 

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Army Awards $13.5 M Contract To Build Training Center

by Diana Stricker | Jul 23, 2014 8:15 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Construction is expected to begin soon on the U.S. Army Reserve Training Center off Route 1 in Branford, now that a construction contract has been awarded to a Mississippi company.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Louisville, Ky., awarded a $13,543,293 contract earlier this month to Carothers Construction Inc., of Oxford, Miss. Seven bids were received for the project, which includes a 36,887 square-foot training center. According to the Department of Defense website, the estimated completion date for the project is November 2015.

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Jazz Legend Lifts The Green

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 22, 2014 10:11 am

Paul Bass File photo When he was 13, back in 1940, Donn Trenner started his own jazz orchestra, the Donn Trenner Orchestra, at the old downtown Hillhouse High School in New Haven. The orchestra included 16 of his local classmates who played jazz arrangements that Trenner wrote for them.

“Now, there are jazz orchestras in a lot of schools and it’s become a definite art form and it’s very special,” Trenner said. “In my high school, that wasn’t the case.  Mine was the only band,” he told the Eagle in an interview after a recent concert on the Branford Green.

Jazz took over his life, as it has been known to do. He managed to graduate from high school and then took off for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to sign up with a swing band.

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Hillary Loves “Hillary for Pres!” T-Shirt

by marcia chambers | Jul 21, 2014 6:03 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Lynn Wrzosek of Douglas, Mass. (at left in photo), and her niece Lisa Mayer of New Haven’s Morris Cove were beaming. They were standing in line near R.J. Julia’s Booksellers in Madison to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton—“the first woman president of the United States,” they predicted.

What those on line were buying was Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, her inside account of her four years as secretary of state.  They were also buying what many said was an historic moment, a chance to shake her hand as she considers embarking on another campaign to become the country’s first female president.

Wrzosek came down from Douglas that morning. Many came from across Connecticut as well.

Wrzosek and Mayer arrived at 11:20 a.m., snapping up spots three and four for a book-signing event featuring Clinton, the former secretary of state, former U.S. senator from New York, and former first lady. “I am devoted to her,” Wrzosek said. “Wouldn’t it be amazing if in my lifetime we elected a black man and then a woman president?” She called Clinton “the best qualified candidate, and I adore that she’s going to be a grandmother. That’s going to change her life. Her qualifications are absolutely amazing.”

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