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State Rep. Lonnie Reed Wins Perfect Environmental Score

by marcia chambers | Oct 5, 2015 9:59 am

With Permission The state’s leading environmental watchdog group has given State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-Branford), a perfect 100 percent score for supporting key pieces of environmental legislation this legislative session.

The watchdog group, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV), said Rep.Reed also earned a lifetime score of 96 percent. Reed is House chair of the Energy and Technology Committee.

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Boys Soccer Game Leads To Scoreless Tie

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 5, 2015 8:33 am

Bill O'Brien Photo For a game that had no scoring the boys’ soccer game between Branford High and Xavier High was actually pretty exciting, as Branford coach Paul Hunter said.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It was a battle of two halves.  We did well in the first half and they did well in the second half,” the coach (pictured) said.The game ended in a 0-0 tie. Xavier is located in Middletown.

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Hurricane Hype or Proper Preparation or Both?

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 3, 2015 8:40 am

File Photo Meteorologists are having a field day this week second-guessing the path of Hurricane Joaquin as it churns up the Atlantic. As of Friday morning, it was still a serious slow-moving Category 4 storm over the Bahamas.

The now-ubiquitous spaghetti models showed landfall all up and down the East Coast and even heading for Connecticut as of Thursday; talk about its possible landfall along the shoreline started as early as Tuesday this week for an anticipated arrival this Monday. However, as of Friday morning, the storm is moving toward the northeast, out to sea and away from Connecticut and the East Coast.

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Cool Events This Weekend And Beyond

by marcia chambers | Oct 2, 2015 4:29 pm

Fall is in the air. And that means a walk in the woods or a walk to end drunk driving (next weekend) or getting on your bike to help BCTV.  Make sure you first check rain dates! 

Saturday, Oct. 3 : Update: Because of weather conditions, this walk will now take place on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Fall Bird Walk for Beginners

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Atlantic Wharf’s Site Plans Make Their Debut

by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2015 12:26 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission Imagine living, working and playing in a new neighborhood in the heart of Branford where a dilapidated factory now stands.

That day could become a reality after site plans arrived this week that would transform the former Atlantic Wire factory site on Meadow Street into upscale apartments, retail and restaurants. During its meeting Thursday night, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Canoe Brook Senior Center.

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As The Legal Wheel Turns

by marcia chambers | Sep 30, 2015 3:52 pm | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo In the 20 years since he began practicing law in Connecticut, Gerry Giaimo has witnessed major changes in the life of Connecticut law firms, including the closing of Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn LLP, in 2008 and the opening of Halloran & Sage’s New Haven offices in 2011. 

Giaimo pressed for a New Haven office because so many of the firm’s attorneys were commuting long hours even though they lived in the New Haven area. Giaimo’s family is well-known in New Haven. The late congressman Bob Giaimo and Gerry Giaimo’s father, Tom, were cousins.

Starting as a young associate, Giaimo, now a partner in his law firm has witnessed major changes in law firm life. The younger lawyers, he said, are trying to change entrenched habits of law firms, from work schedules, to dress codes, to a desire for a different lifestyle. All issues still in transition, he said.

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Girls Soccer Gets First Win against Wilbur Cross

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 30, 2015 1:15 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The first win of the season is always special for any team and the Branford girls’ soccer team achieved that win last week with a 3-0 victory over the Wilbur Cross Governors at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex. 

Bill O'Brien Photo “The first win’s nice,” said Coach Jen Kohut (pictured) after the game. “We moved the ball around today and got some goal production; that was the difference.”

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Branford High Mourns Tally Sepot, a Natural Leader

by Marcia Chambers & Bill O'Brien | Sep 29, 2015 12:49 pm | Comments (1)

Photo by Bill O'Brien Bill Previdi, Branford High School’s tennis coach and the members of his team are heartbroken over the death of Tally Sepot, a player he described as a “natural leader,” and a “wonderful sport” no matter what the outcome of a match. 

“She was a very gutsy player and never gave up. Her matches were the longest ones of any member of the team because she was such a fighter and never quit,” he said in an interview yesterday.

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Car Crash Kills Penn State Student From Branford

by marcia chambers | Sep 28, 2015 12:05 pm

Vitalya “Tally” Sepot, who lived in Pine Orchard and was a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University, was killed in a one-vehicle car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday, university authorities announced. Six other students were injured.

She was 19 and the daughter of Joe Sepot, a prominent Branford architect, and Claudia Sepot.   

Sepot played for the Branford High tennis team and was graduated from the high school in 2014. She was studying graphic design at Penn State. Officials at the high school said they were devastated by the news.

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Firefighters Honored For Main Street House Rescue

by marcia chambers | Sep 26, 2015 8:18 am

Mary Johnson Photo The Police and Fire Insurance Association (PFIA) this week honored the Branford Fire Department and individual firefighters for their speed and quick thinking at an April house fire in the heart of town.

When the firefighters arrived at 674 Main St., three occupants were hanging out the front of the third floor windows. A mother, her daughter and a man were taken down the ladders to safety. Their apartments were at the top of the house. Six cats perished. Click here to read the story.

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