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Wang Murder Case In Legal Limbo

by marcia chambers | Apr 22, 2014 8:18 am | Comments (1)

With Permission As the fourth anniversary of the murder of Dr. Vanjinder Toor approaches this week, the trial of Dr. Lishan Wang, who is accused of Dr. Toor’s murder, remains in legal limbo.   

On the morning of April 26, 2010, Dr. Wang, then 44, arrived at Dr. Toor’s condo in Branford, where Dr. Toor lived with his then-pregnant wife and young son. (pictured above.) Dr. Wang is accused of gunning down Dr. Toor as he left his condo and went to his car for his daily trip to New Haven. Dr. Toor was then a post-doctoral fellow at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Click here to read the story of Dr. Wang’s arrest.

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“Master of Bird ID” Dishes

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 19, 2014 3:50 pm

With Permission Once again the Blackstone Library packed them in.

This time it was for a talk last month by artist, writer and naturalist David Sibley, whose second edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds has just been published.

With spring in the air, you can’t help but be aware of the morning bird songs and the appearance of familiar feathered friends.

Sibley has been hooked on birding and drawing birds as far back as he can remember. He considers himself lucky that his passion was nurtured in a supportive atmosphere. His father, Fred Sibley, was an ornithologist, and he was coached by another well-known local ornithologist, Noble Proctor, who introduced Sibley on behalf of the Menunkatuck Audubon Society, which has abundant opportunities for nature lovers.

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Board and Commission Appointments Face Change

by Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Apr 17, 2014 11:03 pm | Comments (1)

File Photo Efforts are underway to change the process of how people are appointed to boards and commissions in Branford. This comes at the same time that new commissions are being created—including the potentially powerful Public Building Commission. 

The three-member Board of Selectmen (BOS) makes appointments, typically following recommendations by the town’s political parties. However, volunteers have always been able to go directly to the selectmen rather than the parties, or the selectmen can hand-pick candidates. The three- member board is pictured above. 

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Adopted Dog Showed No Signs Of Aggression At Shelter

by marcia chambers | Apr 17, 2014 8:29 am | Comments (4)

The director, the staff and the volunteers at the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter were stunned to learn that a 2 1/2-year-old dog named Booker attacked a 93-year-old woman on Harbor Street last Sunday., They knew the dog well, they said; he had never shown any signs of aggression. 

Meanwhile, the elderly woman, who’s well-known in the neighborhood, was rescued by two men, who used a baseball bat and her cane to fend off Booker, her son told the Eagle. The dog also tried to attack them but did not succeed. The woman is recovering from serious injuries. He said the surgeon told him yesterday that “the best thing is she will walk again and the worst thing is she will lose her leg. It could go either way.”

Laura Burban, the director of the shelter, said the Matthew Radulski family, which lives at 136 Harbor St., adopted Booker on Oct 2, 2013.  He came to the shelter about six months before after having been found in North Branford by a woman who saw a white pick-up truck stop on a road and discard him. The dog tried to run after the truck but it did not stop.

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Rookie Snaps Up Public Campaign $$

by marcia chambers | Apr 16, 2014 2:32 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission In his quest to replace state Rep. Pat Widlitz, 27-year-old Sean Scanlon raised $5,500 from 165 people in just four days—securing him public financing for his first campaign for public office.

Scanlon, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 98th District state representative seat this fall, cleared that hurdle last week.

His interest in politics dates back to 2004, when Scanlon was a student Guilford High. He read an article in the Shore Line Times about Ed Meyer, who had worked for former Attorney General Bobby Kennedy. Meyer was making his first run for the 12th district state senate seat. He was up against Bill Aniskovich, the Republican incumbent.

“I called Meyer up,” Scanlon said, recalling how his fascination with Bobby Kennedy led to his first political inquiry.   

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Daffodils Say April Is The Cruelest Month

by marcia chambers | Apr 16, 2014 12:59 pm

Mary Johnson Photo And here we thought we had written our last snow story for 2014.

But a harsh blast of cold air moved over the Northeast Tuesday night, leaving a thin layer of snow across the shoreline. This came on the heels of a heavy rain storm Tuesday that caused flooding problems along the coastline. 

Marcia Chambers Photo Spring flowers, especially the daffodils, reacted swiftly to the light, icy snow fall. They fell over. To mark the date, the snow arrived on April 16.

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Rally Highlights Economic Inequality

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 15, 2014 11:39 am | Comments (8)

Yve Larrieu Photo Approximately 20 Branford residents rallied in front of Burger King last week as part of a statewide effort to bring attention to poverty within the state, highlight growing inequality and demand an economy that works for everyone.

Sponsored by Connecticut Working Families, the Branford event was one of 24 held in towns and cities throughout the state where poverty has increased over the last decade. Many were scheduled to be held at fast food restaurants and Walmart’s, which have all been under pressure to pay their employees a living wage.

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“This Dog Is Attacking A Lot Of People”

by marcia chambers | Apr 14, 2014 4:56 pm | Comments (15)

The 911 callers were frantic.

“We need a cop, really, really quickly,” one said. “There is a pit bull attacking a bunch of people here.”

“Where?” the dispatcher asked.

“Oh God, I don’t know where I am at.”

The operator asked again. “Where on Harbor Street?”

“I don’t know,” the caller replied. There did not appear to be a street sign at the intersection.

The caller grew upset: “The dog is attacking a lot of people.”

A second caller put the attack at Harbor and McKinnel Court, the street where a 93-year-old woman has called her home for many years. He also said the dog was attacking many people. So far the police have identified only the woman as having been attacked. Her injuries are serious.

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Prior Costco Site Up For New Development

by Diana Stricker | Apr 14, 2014 7:11 am

Sam Stricker Photo Back in 2003 the owners of a 13-acre site between North Main Street and I-95 in Branford gave Costco an option for potential development.  However, two years later, Branford’s regulatory boards denied a variance that Costco needed in order to build there.

Now the owners are trying again, hoping to attract developers if the peak-and-valley topography of their land can be leveled out. But first the proposal has to be approved by the Inland Wetlands Commission.  And the commissioners said that may not be easy.

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Stan Wheeler’s Muse Fills The Law School

by Staff | Apr 11, 2014 12:55 pm

The Yale Law School auditorium was packed as the 7th Annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert took off with two of the ensembles Wheeler played with during his long tenure at the law school. 

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