Calling For Volunteer Firefighters!

by Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Sep 26, 2016 8:02 am

Marcia Chambers Photo What the Branford Fire Department wants and needs are more volunteer firefighters like Allen Dallas.

Dallas,(pictured above),has volunteered more than two years with the M.P. Rice Company, and recently completed Firefighter 1 training. He is now state certified as FF1 — a firefighter who can go into burning houses and fight interior fires, instead of exterior only.  He has already started working on his Firefighter 2 courses.

“To me it’s important to be constantly training,” Dallas told the Eagle. The additional courses will provide training in vehicle extrication, hose testing, and incident command.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 23, 2016 7:43 am

Autumn has officially arrived and with it are all sorts of opportunities for enjoying everything the shoreline has to offer. Fairs and festivals continue throughout the area, including the much-heralded Big E (funnel cake fries, chocolate and bacon-covered fries, blueberry pierogi sundae, maple waffle breakfast sandwich, sweet potato dessert fries, a centennial frozen banana, anyone?). Here at the Eagle, we’re looking forward to our own favorite event on Oct. 2, Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals. And running a little late this year is the ever-popular Friends of the Library Book Sale, a veritable feast for bibliophiles, planned for mid-October.

Saturday, Sept. 24


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Klau: Lawyers Should Take Rare Stand Vs. Trump

by marcia chambers | Sep 22, 2016 3:45 pm | Comments (12)

File Photo When a bar association wants to take a stand against proposed legislation it opposes, it files a friend-of-the court brief. In so doing it takes a position on an issue.

It hasn’t done that in presidential campaigns. A prominent First Amendment lawyer is arguing that for the first time, the state’s bar needs to do so— because of an extraordinary threat to democracy.

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Hornets Comeback Nets Victory Over Yellow Jackets

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 22, 2016 7:34 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornets volleyball team found themselves down two games to one and trailing by four points in the fourth game of their match with East Haven on Tuesday.

Bill O'Brien Photo But they turned things around and rallied to win 25-17 to force a fifth and deciding game. They outscored the Yellow Jackets in the final match winning 15-10 for their first win of the season.

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Parkside Village Zoning Changes Face Obstacles

by marcia chambers | Sep 21, 2016 8:10 am

With Permission More than 100 neighbors, some respectful, some rude, challenged plans to redevelop Parkside Village 1 last week, saying a massive new building 40 feet high was out of sync with the neighborhood both in scale and design.

Dissent against the proposed plan to redevelop the low-income senior housing project came not only from a well-organized group of neighbors, but from a few Planning & Zoning commissioners as well as by Harry Smith, the town planner. Smith seemed disheartened by the scale and scope of the proposed changes, which requires that Parkside 1 buildings be demolished and rebuilt. He said the proposed new housing was “more akin to a commercial building.”

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Timeline, Funding, Outlined for Walsh School

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 20, 2016 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The timeline and funding for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation was front and center at the Public Building Commission and Representative Town Meetings (RTM) meetings last week, as questions were raised about state funding for an $88 million renovation. 

Charles Warrington Jr. of Colllier’s International, the owner’s rep for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation, updated the Public Building Commission last week with an anticipated timeline for the project.

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Hornets Football Goes for Two in Win over Guilford

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 20, 2016 7:01 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It’s been seven years since the Branford football team started their season with two consecutive victories. The year was 2009 when the Hornets began with three straight wins defeating North Haven, Platt Tech, and Hillhouse to open the season. 

Bill O'Brien Photo On Friday the Hornets won their second game in a row to open the season, a come-from-behind 15-14 win over the Guilford Indians on the road. “We hung in there,” said coach John Limone. “We didn’t give up, we persevered. It was a great win for us.”

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Seeks Larger Digs

by marcia chambers | Sep 19, 2016 7:09 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Pharmacist Nick Tamborrino, the founder and manager of Bluepoint Wellness, asked the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)Thursday to approve his application for a larger medical marijuana dispensary, one that can accommodate a new population, minors with certain verified medical conditions. After a short public hearing, the P&Z approved the application with conditions. 

Tamborrino told the commission he had been operating successfully since the town’s first marijuana dispensary opened two years ago this month next door to his proposed new facility, the first floor of a vacant bank. He plans to convert the first floor into separate spaces for adults and minors, including children.

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Boys’ Soccer Falls to Lyman Hall, 2-0

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 17, 2016 8:22 am

he Branford Boys’ Soccer team won their opening game last week with an impressive 6-0 victory over rival East Haven and played well enough on Tuesday to win their second game, but came up short losing to the Lyman Hall Trojans 2-0 at Flax Mill Field, their temporary home.

Flax Mill is being used while the repair work on the main field at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Center is being completed.

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P&Z Consensus: Deny Pawson Park Project

by marcia chambers | Sep 16, 2016 1:00 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) won’t vote on a small affordable housing project on what is termed an “unbuildable lot” in Pawson Park until its next meeting, but the commissioners expressed concern and disapproval about the project last night.

The half-acre property at 239 Pawson Road is located in a flood plain, and contains tidal wetlands and an easement to an adjacent 20 acres of state-owned open-space property.

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