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Superintendent Unveils $54.4M School Budget

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 5, 2016 2:26 pm

Sally E. Bahner PhotoSchool Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez presented the Fiscal Year 2017 to the Board of Education Wednesday evening. In simple terms, he is looking for a 2.25 percent increase over last year’s total of $53,230,000. The amount represents $1,197,520, which would bring the anticipated request to $54,427,520.

This is the largest portion of the overall town budget.

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Cosgrove and Sliney Families Seeking to Sell Land

by Diana Stricker | Feb 5, 2016 12:51 pm

Developer Alex Vigliotti is proposing to build a 16-lot residential subdivision on a 10-acre farmland site owned by the Dan Cosgrove family and located near the family compound.

The property at 99 Cherry Hill Road—previously a cornfield—is owned by Cornfield LLC, a corporation created by Susan Cosgrove Barnes, Daniel T. Cosgrove and Mark Cosgrove in September. Their father is the legendary Danny Cosgrove—one of Branford’s most famous political figures. The elder Cosgrove, 98, who was known as the Boss of Branford was the head of the 12th District Democratic Central Committee for more than 20 years. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove is the son of Daniel T. Cosgrove and the grandson of Danny Cosgrove.

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Mystery Surrounds Condo Car Thefts

by marcia chambers | Feb 4, 2016 11:01 am

Branford police arrested two New Haven teenage boys at a condo complex earlier this week, charging them with stealing money from unlocked cars.  But how the two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, found their way from New Haven to the condos at 45 Jefferson Road in Branford remains a mystery.

“We really don’t know how they got there,” Capt. Geoffrey Morgan said in answer to a question posed by the Eagle on whether police had determined the pair drove from New Haven to this particular condo complex. “We don’t know if they have a car.”

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TK2 Considering Second Term

by marcia chambers | Feb 3, 2016 7:30 am

Paul Bass PhotoTed Kennedy Jr. plans to seek a second term as state senator of the 12th District, but has decided to formally announce his candidacy later on in the year.

Kennedy has served for one year. His second year, this one, is known as a short-session year, one that runs from February to May.

Wednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his state of the state address at noon. It will be televised by CT-N.

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Hornets Win on Buzzer Beater

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 2, 2016 7:49 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt wasn’t the prettiest performance of the year, but it sure had an exciting ending; in fact the ending lasted a long 30 feet.
The Branford boys basketball team played host to the North Haven Indians last Friday, and scoring for the most part was at a premium.

Bill O'Brien PhotoNorth Haven led 7-2 after the first quarter before Branford got some momentum scoring 13 in the second quarter to go up 15-12 at the half. At that time, the Branford Dance Team took to the floor. 

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Beneath Rosy Stats, Working Poor Struggle

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 1, 2016 8:15 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoPundits indicate that we’re now in a post-Recession economy. Unemployment in the town is down to 4.3 percent as of November 2015.

This all looks pretty good in contrast to the high unemployment rate and economic uncertainty of the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009.

However, there’s an underlying segment of the population that is still struggling: the working poor, who are often employed in minimum wage jobs. These are people who were never able to obtain sustainable jobs after being laid off during the Recession or who never received the training and education that would help them get ahead. Or they couldn’t find work and stopped looking.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 30, 2016 8:57 am

The next week is supposed to be mild and love is in the air as we look to Valentine’s Day. There are lots of opportunities for learning something new and trying something different. This week we present a new Eagle feature. We are calling it “Our Restaurant of the Week.”

Restaurant of the Week: G-Zen

Vegetarians and vegans – and those into delicious and nutritious foods – have been flocking to G-Zen, at the foot of East Main Street. According to its website ( the restaurant as become a refuge for many seeking sustainable, organic and vegetarian friendly food along the Connecticut coastline. Oh, and you’re requested to turn off your smart phone at the door!

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Vigliotti Scores Partial Win; O’Neill Seeks 2 Projects

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2016 8:45 am

Developer Alex Vigliotti will be allowed to convert two existing office buildings on Summit Place into apartments, but a request to build two new apartment buildings was denied.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission reached a unanimous decision on Vigliotti’s request last week. The original plan would have included 115 apartment units, of which 20 percent would be for moderate income families, also known as “work force” housing.

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Scanlon Qualifies for Campaign Public Financing

by marcia chambers | Jan 28, 2016 10:42 am

Within one week of announcing plans to seek re-election, Democratic incumbent State Rep. Sean Scanlon has qualified for public financing for his 2016 election campaign, he said.

Scanlon sought to raise the funds quickly, he said, so that he could focus on the legislative session, which begins next week in Hartford. So far the Republican party has not announced an opponent.

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Branford Contingent Celebrates Walter Camp Weekend

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 27, 2016 9:58 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBranford’s Chloe Lang of the children’s television show “Lazy Town” was there. So were Branford residents, Dr. Jim Mendillo and Anthony Mortali. State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., who represents the 12th District, celebrated a special occasion at the Walter Camp event. Other Branford fans were spotted in the crowd as well.

The recent 49th Annual awards activities of the Walter Camp Football Foundation attracted several thousand participants to New Haven, including a strong Branford contingent.

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