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Utility Pole Cracked in Half; Power Outage Hits 4,100 Customers

by marcia chambers | Jul 29, 2015 5:57 pm

Mary Johnson Photo About 4,100 Eversource customers are without electrical power this afternoon after a construction worker working near the town’s railroad station off Kirkham Street damaged a utility pole, causing the pole to crack in half.

It is not clear what the construction worker was doing when he damaged the pole but the state Department of Transportation has been at work for many months on a new North side platform.

It turns out this was the worst pole to hit because it was designed to carry two major circuits on the same pole.

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It’s Mark & Jack vs. Jamie & Joe

by marcia chambers | Jul 29, 2015 8:00 am

Mary Johnson Photo Mark Rabinowitz, a former elementary school principal, and Jack Ahern, a former town fire chief, were nominated to the top Democratic posts as first selectman and selectman last night.

Before a standing-room-only convention, Rabinowitz and Ahern, with decades of public service behind them, embarked on something new: running for public office. Those who nominated them praised their leadership abilities, their understanding of working with teams, their ability to produce budgets and their desire to work in public service.

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Do You Know This Man?

by marcia chambers | Jul 28, 2015 11:24 am

Branford Police Department Do you know this man? 

If you do, Branford detectives are asking you to help identify him because, they say, he was engaged in a bank robbery at about noon yesterday.

The robbery took place at the TD bank, located at 1003 West Main St., near Alps Road.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 30 to 40 years old. He is believed to be between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall. He has either short hair or is balding. He wore a baseball cap (green front with light colored mesh on rear), a short-sleeved, grey-colored T-shirt and blue cargo styled shorts with sneakers and white socks. He wore nothing to disguise his face, Capt. Geoff Morgan said.

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A Lively Evening on the Green!

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 28, 2015 9:48 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Green was moving and shaking Thursday night during the fifth jazz concert of the summer, featuring renowned guitarists Vinny Raniola and Frank Vignola before another large crowd estimated at approximately1,000 people. 

Bill O'Brien Photo “We wondered how just two performers would go over, but I think it’s safe to say it was very well received,” said Charlotte Mattei, an organizer and committee member said after the show. “The audience loved them.”

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Core Informatics Raises $17.5 M To Grow Business

by Diana Stricker | Jul 27, 2015 9:30 am

Marcia Chambers Photo A Branford-based software firm is expanding and increasing its workforce, thanks to a $17.5 venture capital investment.

Core Informatics hopes to increase employment from the current 68 company-wide to 100 by the end of the year. A company spokesperson said most of those jobs will be in Branford. Of the current 68 employees, 46 work at the Branford site. By comparison, there were only 15 employees about 18 months ago.

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Branford Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Boy

by marcia chambers | Jul 24, 2015 2:52 pm | Comments (1)

Branford P.D. A 66-year-old Branford man was arrested and arraigned this week on felony sexually assault charges in a case that began when the boy was 14-years-old, police say.

Police arrested Frank Kistler Cole, of 148 E. Main St., two days ago after they obtained an arrest warrant in connection with the case. Cole is charged with three felonies: Sexual Assault in the 1st degree, a B felony, Sexual Assault in the 2nd degree and Risk of Injury to a Child, both C felonies. 

Police say they first received a complaint from the 18-year-old victim in May, 2014. The case has been under investigation ever since.The youth accused Cole of sexually assaulting him from June 2011 to January 2014. Police did not disclose how the two met or whether they are related. Nor would they give Cole’s current or prior occupation.

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Two Men Charged In Branford Wine Heist

by marcia chambers | Jul 24, 2015 1:54 pm

A 28-year-old East Haven man has been arrested and arraigned in connection with the theft of nearly $250,000 worth of wine from Murphy Distributors, an upscale wine and beer distributor located on North Branford Road in Branford.

The man, David Moon, was released on bond. An arrest warrant has also been issued for a second man, Richard Worthington, a former employee of Murphy Distributors who worked in the company’s warehouse. Worthington is now in prison on another conviction, police said. The two men, the police say, are linked to the thefts, which took place over more than a year. 

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BOS Approves Solar Panels For Landfill Area

by marcia chambers | Jul 23, 2015 2:17 pm | Comments (1)

File Photo The Board of Selectmen (BOS) last night approved a solar panel energy contract for two separate systems, one at Ecology Park, the other on land adjacent to the landfill, specifically the town’s Tabor property. Both may well save the town $12 million over the next 20 years. The program is expected to be fully on line a year from now.

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove told the Eagle after the meeting that ultimately the taxpayer will benefit because “by the town saving a half million dollars a year, that is a half million dollars we won’t be having to tax for.”

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Cosgrove Wins Republican Nomination

by marcia chambers | Jul 22, 2015 8:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo It came as no surprise that First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove won the enthusiastic support of the Republican caucus last night as he told his supporters he wants to continue to do the kind of work that has “turned Branford around.”

In seeking his second two-year term in office in the November election, Cosgrove, 42, selected incumbent Republican selectman Joe Higgins, a retired New York City fire official who headed the dispatch unit during 9-11, to run with him again.

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Jazz On The Green: A Perfect Night

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 21, 2015 8:39 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last Thursday’s Jazz on the Green drew one of the largest crowds of the summer. Around a 1,000 gathered for an evening of music, refreshments and friendship. Featured performer was ASCAP award-winning songwriter Kathy Kosins.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It was a perfect night for a concert,” said Charlotte Mattei, the evening’s master of ceremonies and one of the event’s organizers. Temperature in the low 70s and no humidity made the cool night even more perfect, especially as the sun was setting.  The Monument crowd gets there early to grab their good seats

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