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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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Town Wins Transfer Of Islamic School Tax Case to New Britain

by marcia chambers | Jul 18, 2014 3:53 pm

File photo A New Haven Superior Court judge has agreed to transfer a complex Branford school tax case involving Tariq and Kamran Farid, owners of Edible Arrangements International, to a special tax court in New Britain.

Judge John Joseph Nazzaro agreed earlier this week with the town’s attorney that the Islamic school tax case was sufficiently complex to require transfer to the specialized court. 

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A Brewery, A Blessing & A Boom For Branford

by Diana Stricker | Jul 18, 2014 11:05 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photos Thursday afternoon was a time for beer, blessings and talk of renewed economic development in Branford.

Ed Crowley Sr. and his family and friends, along with political figures like Governor Dan Malloy and State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) lifted shovels of dirt at a ground-breaking for the new Stony Creek Brewery along the Branford River. The Rev. Christopher Ford, pastor of St. Mary Church in Branford, offered a blessing of the land where the 30,000 square-foot brewery and beer-tasting facility will be built.

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Cool Events In Branford This Weekend

by Emma Zehner | Jul 17, 2014 1:01 pm

The arts are at your fingertips this weekend. Dance, Painting, Music, Crafts – take your pick. 

Thursday, July 17

Jazz on the Green Series

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At HOME, “Taste As You Go”

by Emma Zehner | Jul 17, 2014 11:11 am | Comments (1)

Mike DiVincenzo sprinkled green onions, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted piquillo peppers into the waiting saucepan. The added ingredients joined the already sizzling corn stock. 

Divincenzo, the executive chef at HOME restaurant in Branford, stepped back from the stovetop. “One thing you’ve got to do, especially at restaurants, is just taste as you go … make sure everything has enough salt and pepper.”

So far, it passed his test.

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