by marcia chambers | Dec 5, 2013 1:09 pm
In the end, the core issue facing the pet industry is the care, quality and health of thousands of puppies shipped into the state and then sold to residents from one of the 16 commercial pet stores now operating in Connecticut.
It is a big business. Leaders, lobbyists and employees in the commercial pet industry and animal advocates seeking a new business model for pet stores (sell dogs and cats from shelters and private breeders) came to Hartford yesterday to testify before a special legislative task force that will report its findings to the legislature next year.
Possible legislation could restrict or ban the sale of commercially bred puppies and kittens in the state’s 16 pet stores. Branford’s All Pets Club is one of them. It has been the site of a number of protests over the sale of sick puppies. Click here for story.
by marcia chambers | Dec 4, 2013 8:59 am
Shortly before Ryan St. Pierre’s ninth birthday, he and his mom discussed toys he might want to receive as gifts. Then Ryan told his mom that he wanted to do something different.
Ryan, whose dream is to someday become a police officer, specifically a canine police officer, thought that instead of getting more toys, maybe he could take his toy money and give it to a canine unit—if Branford police had a canine unit.
by Nancy Barnes | Dec 3, 2013 12:33 pm
Should the latest iteration of the Stony Creek Theater as the home of the Legacy Theatre ever revive a Broadway musical, the ever-popular Kismet would seem a good choice.
“It has been uncanny how many charmed moments this project has seen,” said Keely Baisden Knudsen, a Guilford resident who co-founded the repertory company that purchased the 100-year old structure in March. “My board members no longer scratch their heads in wonder; it happens so often, we just shrug and say, ‘it’s charmed!’” Click here to read the story.
by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Dec 2, 2013 8:58 am | Comments (9)
A master plan for a significant retail development is in the works for Branford, including the new Costco proposed by First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove as part of his election campaign.
The new development would include several restaurants, a large drug store, a Costco gas station and possible relocation of roads leading from the highway interchange at Exit 56, according to an early site plan submitted to Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission.
The proposed Costco development, which has been discussed for months behind the scenes, came to light at the Nov. 21 P&Z meeting. A combined acre aerial site plan was submitted to the commission and became part of the public record. It is marked “Exhibit #2.” (See photo above.)
by marcia chambers | Nov 28, 2013 8:47 am | Comments (3)
A local Sunoco station in town offered customers fuel, coffee, soda, and, it turned out, pot according to police.
The station, located on Branford Hill near Beaver Road, also employed a clerk, who,is now charged with selling marijuana to a Branford customer on the eve of Thanksgiving.
Police arrested two men last night, the clerk, a customer and a third Branford man who received an infraction for possessing what is believed to be his own marijuana. The store clerk and the customer were released on bond.
by Diana Stricker | Nov 26, 2013 11:09 am
There’s a new $71 million pot of money available for homes and businesses damaged by Super Storm Sandy that are still in need of repairs. Federal money that was promised after the storm last year is finally available for distribution.
The good news is that homeowners can receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000. The bad news is that it’s only for damage that has not yet been repaired. Officials said once all the priority cases are met, there may be money to reimburse homeowners who already paid for repairs.
by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 25, 2013 6:44 am
When you talk to Alex Palluzzi Jr., (pictured) you can almost see the ghost of his mentor, Joe Trapasso, looking over his shoulder.
Alex and Joe have been the only two directors in 50 years of the Branford Community House’s history. An open house celebration will take place Sunday, Dec. 1, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Joe Trapasso gym.
If you look back far enough in Community House history, you will find passing mention of a few directors, but the Branford Recreation Department and the Community House as we know them took root on June 15, 1951, when Trapasso (pictured) was named director. He served until Dec. 31, 1992. That’s 42 ½ years for anyone doing the math. Palluzzi, who was assistant director, became director on Jan. 1, 1993. Trapasso died on March 23, 2003, at the age of 83.
It’s hard to separate the two directors and their programs from the building itself, which served as a model for other facilities when it was constructed in the early 1960s.
Before then, Trapasso took a run-down building at the corner of South Main and Montowese Streets, dubbed the Dustbowl, and recruited those “unruly teenagers” of the ‘50s to paint and repair it.
by Diana Stricker | Nov 22, 2013 7:22 am
Branford’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously approved a proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary to open on East Main Street—if the site is one of the few that receive state licensing approval.
Pharmacist Nick Tamborrino (pictured above) of Fairfield presented his business plan at a public hearing conducted by the P&Z Thursday night. The Bluepoint Apothecary LLC would be located at 469 East Main St., in a separate section of the building that houses Planet Fitness.
by Diana Stricker | Nov 21, 2013 1:07 pm
Republicans took the helm at both the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and Board of Education (BOE) meetings Wednesday night as newly elected officials replaced long-standing Democrats in leadership positions.
It was no surprise that First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove took the occasion to remove the Tabor property as the preferred site for the proposed public works facility.
by marcia chambers | Nov 20, 2013 3:04 pm
The real action of the Representative Town Meeting last night happened before the meeting began.
When the Democratic minority arrived at the second floor meeting room at fire headquarters they found three tables lined up in a row instead of two tables on one side for the Republican majority and one table facing them for the Democrats.
The Democrats then engaged in a symbolic revolt—they picked up their table and put it back where it used to be.
The game of musical chairs reflected the new power dynamics on the RTM, where Republicans have just replaced Democrats as the majority.
The new Republican majority leader, Rep. Ray Ingraham (pictured standing above), said he had had moved the tables into a new arrangement because his constituents had asked him to change the seating plan of the meetings. Ingraham said in an interview that he believes that RTM members should reflect the view of their neighbors, rather than what their party ideology might ask. Mixing up the representatives to get greater thought and discussion is beneficial, he argued.
Democrats said they were steamed over Ingraham’s decision because they had previously arranged via e-mail to have party leaders meet with the new moderator, Dennis Flanagan, after last night’s meeting to discuss the issue. They criticized Ingraham for acting without consulting them or taking a vote; Ingraham said nothing in the rules requires a vote. The Democrats said they are concerned that if everyone is mixed together, it will not be clear who voted for what and that in the end both parties are different philosophically.
One route the Dems might be willing to take is having representatives sit by district, one of them told the Eagle. Ingraham said that idea is worth discussing and perhaps the RTM tables might be placed in horseshoe fashion in the center of the room, with the moderator and the clerk seated to the side.