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Branford Green Rocks With Sax Great Elan Trotman

by marcia chambers | Aug 1, 2014 12:09 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Green was rocking last night with Elan Trotman on Sax raising the sounds so high the audience stood up to join in.

Bill O'Brien Photo His group played in front of over 1,000 folks who came to the Green for the 6th concert in the Branford Jazz series this summer.

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Puppet House Renovation Permit Appealed

by Diana Stricker | Aug 1, 2014 9:01 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The Legacy Theatre has received a permit allowing the owners to renovate the interior of the former Puppet House in Stony Creek, but the process is not without drama. The Stony Creek Association (SCA) has filed an appeal, and attorneys for both sides have met in an attempt to discuss issues such as parking and programming.

“People who don’t live in Stony Creek have no concept of what could happen” in regard to parking and traffic, said Dan Bullard, SCA president. Parking in the popular seaside village is typically a problem in the summer and whenever special events occur.

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Cool Events in Branford This Weekend

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 31, 2014 9:34 am

Arts are front and center again this weekend, but so is the potato and corn festival in North Branford along with a little magic at the Blackstone.  There is even a hike along the gorgeous Farm River Estuary. Take your pick. 

Thursday, July 31

Jazz on the Green Series

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What Is Summer Without A Bevy Of Weddings?

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 31, 2014 6:51 am

Like a wedding, the event was a year in planning, and when it all came together it was wonderful.

What is a wedding without flowers and floral displays?

As part of “A Gardener’s Wedding,” members of the Branford Garden Club created a series of tableaus anchored by vintage wedding gowns and complementing floral arrangements that told stories representing different eras and circumstances.

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Branford’s Regional Women’s Safe House Gets Renovation Funds

by marcia chambers | Jul 30, 2014 8:17 am | Comments (1)

With Permission BHcare, a regional safe house in Branford for women and children who are the victims of domestic violence, has received $310,025 in state bonding for plumbing renovations and reconstruction of kitchens in a facility long in need of repairs. 

Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) and Rep. Pat Widlitz (D-Branford and Guilford.) announced the state funding for the Branford facility after the state Bond Commission met Friday in Hartford last week. Widlitz, who is retiring this year, is the co-chair of the state Bonding Commission and co-chairs the legislature’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee. Reed serves on the Finance committee and is the chair of the Energy & Technology Committee.

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Cancer Counselors & Campers Unite

by Kathryn Cross | Jul 29, 2014 7:37 am

Kathryn Cross Photo At the age of 8, Jordan Mann was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma and began attending Camp Rising Sun, a pediatric cancer camp in Colebrook. Melissa Pandolfi was an Ewing’s sarcoma survivor and a counselor at the time.

About two weeks ago, Pandolfi and Mann reunited (pictured above) at Camp Rising Sun’s most recent fundraiser, the Annual Night Out at Branford’s Owenego Inn and Beach Club. 

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45 Student Interns Hit The Trail For Kennedy

by Emma Zehner | Jul 28, 2014 12:37 pm

Emma Zehner Photo Branford High School (BHS) senior Sasha Shpitalnik (pictured with Jared Carlson) is now working on her third political campaign. This one is unlike the others, she said.

In this campaign she is going door-to-door for Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr., who is seeking to become state senator from the 12th District. 

The biggest difference for her, she said: the flood of young people into the campaign.

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Branford Motel 6 Robbery Suspect Arrested

by marcia chambers | Jul 28, 2014 12:00 pm

Branford P.D. A 55-year-old man, convicted in the past of committing larceny in Branford, was arrested again by Branford police on Friday. He was charged in connection with a pre-dawn robbery of Motel 6 in June, Capt. Geoff Morgan reported.

The suspect, Richard Filipelli, 55, of 52 Short Beach Rd, East Haven, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in connection with the robbery, after three Branford officers viewed the video surveillance system at the motel and positively identified one of the suspects as Filipelli. Police are still searching for the second man.

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Car, Cop Cycle Collide

by Marcia Chambers | Jul 25, 2014 2:56 pm

Mary Johnson Photo Police Officer Richard Kenney was on his police motorcycle en route to an emergency call today when his motorcycle was hit slightly by a woman driving her car out of a driveway near Campania’s Ristorante at 284 E. Main St. 

Mary Johnson Photo According to Police Chief Kevin Halloran, the near collision occurred just after noon today as Officer Kenney was traveling eastbound on East Main Street with his lights and siren activated. According to Halloran, the car pulled in front of Kenney’s path of travel , forcing Kenney, a traffic division motorcycle and vehicle officer for many years, to take quick and evasive action in order to avoid a direct head-on collision, the chief said in an interview from the scene. To avoid the car, Kenney controlled both his skid and his slide across the pavement. The motorcycle landed on its side.

Initially police thought there was no contact between the vehicles. It turned out that the woman’s car was slightly damaged on one side, officers said.

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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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