by Mark Pazniokas | Mar 11, 2014 11:13 am
In testimony delivered in quick succession Monday to two legislative committees, Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, strongly condemned post-Newtown legislation that would restrict public access to 9-1-1 recordings, police photographs and names of witnesses in drug or violent crimes.
by marcia chambers | Mar 10, 2014 3:47 pm | Comments (5)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the coy candidate-in waiting, left no doubt Sunday evening that he is running for election this year and offered a preview stump speech on issues on which he is considered vulnerable: the economy and handling of state finances.
Malloy gave the preview at the New Haven home of U.S. Rosa DeLauro at what was billed as “the kick-off campaign” for Congressional and state office holders. After DeLauro introduced him as a person “who has been making a difference in the lives of the people,” Malloy dived into the campaign pitch.
by marcia chambers | Mar 10, 2014 6:49 am
First Selectman Jamie Cosgove will not appeal a recent court ruling that the town of Branford was not covered by insurance when it seized the 77-acre Tabor property by eminent domain a decade ago.
Last month Cosgrove asked Town Attorney Bill Aniskovich to file a notice of appeal in order to preserve a court deadline and buy time for a full review of the insurance case, the last in a series of Tabor-related cases that have dominated Branford’s legal landscape.
by Diana Stricker & Mary Johnson | Mar 6, 2014 10:45 pm
“They know what art is.”
John Prins, a member of the Branford Board of Education, was lavish in his praise for students in kindergarten through 12th grade whose art is on display at the Blackstone Memorial Library.
by marcia chambers | Mar 6, 2014 2:53 pm
Two vehicles collided yesterday when one driver ignored a corner stop sign, kept on driving, collided into another car and then flipped over, police said. Both drivers reported only minor injuries, according to Officer Chris Manner, who investigated the crash.
The accident occurred shortly after 1:15 p.m. and caused Branford police to close off Kirkham Street for about 45 minutes, Police Captain Geoffrey Morgan said.
by Diana Stricker | Mar 6, 2014 8:56 am
Fred Russo, who headed the Stop Public Works at Tabor movement, was unanimously appointed by the Board of Selectman (BOS) Wednesday to serve as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Russo frequently attended BOS meetings last year and was an outspoken critic of plans to build the new public works facility on a portion of the town-owned Tabor Drive property. He headed the Stop Tabor movement, which he claimed included 600 people, some of whom wished to remain anonymous. Click here to read more about the issues.
by marcia chambers | Mar 4, 2014 1:44 pm | Comments (2)
State Sen. Ed Meyer (D- 12th) long a defender of the public’s right to know, believes that a law hastily adopted last June in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school murders “is a danger to our history.” He said he would oppose a task force’s recommendation to continue the law when the legislature votes this session.
“Once government decides to cover up what it is doing, whether it is police or school officials or state senators, then it absolutely attacks our democratic system, democratic with a small d,” he said in an interview on the Branford Eagle’s BCTV cable show.
by Diana Stricker | Mar 3, 2014 12:07 pm | Comments (2)
Branford students and teachers will face new challenges as they participate in a field test of the state’s new “Smarter Balanced Assessment” from March 18 through June 6. But the district is ahead of the game when it comes to rolling out the new Common Core state standards, on which the tests are based.
The new Smarter Balanced achievement tests will measure how well students are learning lessons based on the Common Core standards, which districts are already supposed to be using.
Millions of students across the country will participate in computerized field tests in the next few months to help the test-makers fine-tune the assessment process. No scores will be reported this year, but states are mandated to begin the real testing during the 2014-15 school year. The field tests will include a variety of questions at all skill levels.
by Diana Stricker | Feb 28, 2014 9:12 am
Branford’s Board of Education (BOE) is revising the district’s bomb threat policy after parents expressed concern that school officials failed to report an alleged bomb threat to police last October.
The BOE unanimously approved a draft of the new policy Wednesday, and is expected to give final approval as soon as the proposal is reviewed by the Branford Police Department and state officials.
The policy change comes after an incident in October when an alleged bomb threat was found in a girls’ bathroom stall at Walsh Intermediate School. The threat said that Walsh was in for a bombing the next day at 2 p.m. Above the writing, a police report says, were a series of numbers that appeared to be a date: “/15/13.”
by marcia chambers | Feb 27, 2014 10:17 am
After a brief taste of spring, winter returned to Branford this week as frigid temperatures and a balloon of snow swirled about for 15 minutes at noontime yesterday and then moved on.
Remember the warmer weather of last weekend with that hint of spring in the air? Well, it lasted long enough to melt some snow from roofs and make a dent in the height of the mounds of snow around houses and intersections. Layers of snow remain on the ground.