Hope’s Odyssey Resonates

by marcia chambers | Mar 24, 2017 7:14 am

With Permission Sometimes the story of a dog betrayed takes on a life of its own, and sometimes the process is transformative. So it is with Hope.

Laura Burban, the director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, says when she and her colleagues first saw Hope more than two weeks ago they reacted with “heartbreak and anger.” Now she and her staff have been uplifted and renewed. It is case like no other, she said. 

The emaciated black pit bull-lab mix dog, frightened and near death, was only 30 pounds when a woman brought her by car to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. The woman explained she found her walking and falling down near Branhaven Plaza across town.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 23, 2017 8:12 am

There are those who believe we may be already rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but if you’re looking for some solid entertainment by a talented group of kids, make a beeline to Branford High School Performing Arts production of Titanic, which runs through Sunday at 2 p.m. There are also two opportunities to dine out for good causes – a pasta dinner to benefit the Cosgrove Animal Shelter and an international dinner (have you ever tried Syrian cuisine?) in support of IRIS at the Short Beach Union Church. Looking ahead, there’s lots more! Got a Cool Event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday at noon.

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An Uncertain $112.4M Town-School Budget Emerges

by marcia chambers | Mar 22, 2017 11:09 am

Marcia Chambers Photo A whopping $112.4 million budget, based on as yet-unresolved state education funding and a gubernatorial proposal to have towns and cities pay their share of teacher pension costs, was unveiled before the town’s Board of Finance (BOF) Monday. 

If the state legislature approves the governor’s pension plan, Branford’s budget will increase by at least 6.2 percent, possibly even 1 percent more. If the state legislature rejects the plan, the town budget will increase by about 3.2 percent, Joseph Mooney, the chair of the Board of Finance said at the hearing.

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Hope Plays Ball

by marcia chambers | Mar 21, 2017 4:35 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission Over the weekend Hope’s energy picked up. She was videotaped fetching a tennis ball and appeared generally energetic. She seemed to have no fear of a cat sitting in a room with her though we can’t say the same for the cat. She was upbeat and friendly. “You can really start to see her personality!” Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, reported.

On Sunday morning she did what most of us do on Sundays. She took the morning off, lounging on a couch. She also received lots of snuggles and belly rubs from the staff.

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Building Commission Welcomes New Reps; Hears Walsh Update

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 20, 2017 8:22 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Last week the Public Building Commission welcomed Dagmar Ridgway, Senior Center director, and Alex Palluzzi,Jr., Recreation director, as temporary members for the Community Center/Senior Center renovation project, a project that has now returned to the Building Commission after a long absence. They also welcomed two more members, one a permanent appointee to the building commission and another as a temporary member for the Walsh Intermediate School project. 

Robert Barnett, an architect who has served as project manager for several nationally acclaimed projects and has a child in the Branford School System, was appointed by the Board of Selectmen earlier this month as a permanent member of the Public Building Commission. He had been a temporary member on the Walsh project. Vincent Giordano III, project manager for Giordano Construction Company, his family’s business, took Barnett’s seat at a temporary member on the Walsh (Barnett had been serving on a temporary basis after commission member Paul Cianci moved.)

Overall, the focus of the evening was on the Walsh project. The commissioners met at Fire Headquarters.

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Hope Celebrates Saint Paddy’s Day

by marcia chambers | Mar 18, 2017 7:39 am

With Permission Hope’s caregivers had a surprise for her yesterday. They dressed her up in green ear pieces that said, “Kiss Me!” and they looped a green bowtie around her neck. Then came a dress that didn’t fit her. Never mind. Ham that she is, she loved it and posed eagerly for photos.

It doesn’t get better for this dog, a black pit bull-lab mix with soulful eyes. She was discarded, then found near Branhaven Shopping Center, emaciated and near death and brought to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter about a week and a half ago.

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IWC Approves “Bog Walk” for Red Hill Woods

by Diana Stricker | Mar 17, 2017 8:11 am

With Permission It will soon be a little easier to enjoy the unique wetlands on the Branford Land Trust’s Red Hill Woods property after a wooden “bog walk” is created to span a portion of the site.

The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) unanimously approved a permit to build a 1,200-foot boardwalk that will loop through a floodplain area and cross a 5-foot stream. Construction is expected to begin in April, and will rely on work by Land Trust members and other community volunteers.

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Hope Has a Spring in Her Step

by marcia chambers | Mar 16, 2017 8:43 pm

A day after veterinarians pulled out a small stuffed toy from Hope, a black pit bull-lab mix who was near death when she was brought to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter last week, Hope jumped into a shelter car eager to go for a ride.

Laura Burban, director of the animal shelter, said she was visiting with Hope and brought her to her car to get something. “She jumped in the car and then all around in the car. She was curious, she was wagging her tail and she just looked like a dog that wanted to go for a car ride. That made my heart smile and brought happy tears to my eyes.”

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Vets Remove Small Stuffed Toy from Hope’s Body

by marcia chambers | Mar 16, 2017 7:36 am

With Permission Veterinarians who performed an endoscopy on Hope today discovered and removed a small stuffed toy animal from her body. A few days ago, an ultrasound of Hope’s organs revealed an unidentified foreign object in her intestines, which turned out to be the small stuffed toy.

“Hope did really well through the procedure,” Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter,” reported in today’s update.

Burban was delighted with the result because the dog is too frail for surgery. An endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine an animal’s or a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, a vet can view pictures of a dog’s digestive tract on a color TV monitor. The procedure also allows vets to remove the obstruction, if possible.

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