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New BOS Acts on IW & Other Commission Appointments

by Diana Stricker | Nov 19, 2015 7:59 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Board of Selectmen (BOS) approved the purchase of a dispatch software package for emergency services on Wednesday.  In addition, selectmen reappointed nine people to various boards and commissions; and moved two alternates to full membership—one on the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC), and one on the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

It was the first meeting of the newly elected board. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and Second Selectman Joe Higgins began their second term in office, and retired Branford fire chief Jack Ahern began his first term as third selectman—the sole Democrat on the board. Click here to read about the ceremony Tuesday when they were sworn into office.

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Judge Orders Forced Meds For Wang

by marcia chambers | Nov 18, 2015 2:13 pm | Comments (1)

With PermissionSaying it was “with great reluctance that I order this,” Superior Court Judge Thomas v. O’Keefe, Jr., today ordered Dr. Lishan Wang to be forcibly medicated so that he could be restored to competency and face trial on charges that he murdered Dr. Vanjinder Toor more than five years ago.

Dr. Wang was arrested in April 2010, and charged with the shooting death of Dr. Toor, a Yale doctor who previously had been Dr. Wang’s supervisor at a New York hospital. Dr. Wang believes Dr. Toor was responsible for his firing in 2008. Dr. Wang travelled from Georgia where he lived with wife and children to Branford and lay in wait for Dr. Toor as he left his Branford condo one morning. He is also accused of attempting to kill Dr. Toor’s wife, a probable cause hearing in the case has found.

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Are You A Hurricane Diehard?

by Diana Stricker | Nov 18, 2015 8:03 am

Mary Johnson PhotoCoastal Connecticut residents don’t have realistic attitudes when it comes to potential hurricane risks, according to two recent studies by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

“We’re self-reliant and independent and we tend to underestimate the risk,” said Dr. Jennifer Marlon, who co-authored the two studies.

Marlon said people’s perceptions of hurricane risks affect their preparedness and their willingness to evacuate.

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Sterling Ridge Development in Settlement Talks

by Diana Stricker | Nov 17, 2015 9:33 pm

Town Hall WebsiteThe Sterling Ridge public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has been re-scheduled for Dec. 15.  The ZBA opened the public hearing Tuesday night but agreed to the delay at the request of the attorney representing Ann Trapasso, whose property abuts the proposed condo project.

A letter from attorney Christopher Smith said the two sides are “engaged in discussions to resolve the appeal.” The property is a 3.45 acre lot at 26 Cherry Hill Road located between Route 1 and Main Street, which is part of the Canoe Brook Historic District. Click here to read a prior story.

Cosgrove Begins Second Term as First Selectman

by Diana Stricker | Nov 17, 2015 9:16 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFirst Selectman Jamie Cosgrove took the oath of office for his second term Tuesday morning and pledged to continue following the advice of his legendary grandfather, Danny Cosgrove, who turns 98 this week.

Bill O'Brien PhotoCosgrove, 42, recalled that two years ago his grandfather gave him some advice a couple days before the swearing-in ceremony. “He told me ‘Do some good,’ and I think over these past two years we have done a lot of good for the town of Branford and for the residents of the town of Branford,”

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A ‘Wish List’ or Two for Walsh

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 16, 2015 9:02 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe Board of Education (BOE) and the design team of DTC/Perkins Eastman heard comments from the board and the public on Wednesday at its first meeting regarding the specific educational specifications for what is likely to be a renovated Walsh Intermediate School.

It’s what could be described as a “wish list,” “dream list,” or, more accurately, a student needs list for the school.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoJoseph Costa, Perkins Eastman principal, presented a draft of the educational specifications, which, when finalized, are presented to the state as a basis for funding. They are not tied to a dollar amount, nor to the final design of the building.

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Veterans Day at BHS Still Going Strong

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 15, 2015 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFor the past 19 years Salvatore Zarra and Rich Biondi have co-chaired the Veterans Day program at Branford High School, inviting about 30 veterans to speak to the students about their experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea and even World War II.

Bill O'Brien PhotoOn Wednesday morning the veterans met early for coffee then congregated in the front lobby of the high school for a group picture before marching into the Commons before the entire student body and faculty. Wednesday was the official Veteran’s Day.

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Cool Events This Weekend And Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 14, 2015 8:00 am

Art, history, music, soup and the great outdoors are all on the agenda for this crisp, cold fall weekend. Pick one or two or choose all. They’re all part of what makes Branford so interesting.

Saturday, Nov. 14

Holiday Art Show Opening Reception

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IWC Chair Cautions Costco

by Diana Stricker | Nov 13, 2015 11:45 am

With PermissionCostco’s new application arrived at the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) Thursday night, triggering a new public hearing date as well as notice to the Costco attorneys that the IWC does not want to have “a continuously changing project.”

IWC chair Daniel Shapiro cautioned Costco’s attorneys that he did not want to keep restarting the process that involves huge applications and three sets of hearings. A new public hearing date was set for Jan. 14.

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Hornets Field Hockey Team Ends Season with 11 Wins

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 13, 2015 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoYear after year the Branford field hockey team keeps on rolling under Hall of Fame coach Cathy McGuirk.

Bill O'Brien PhotoLast year McGuirk won her 500th game in the season opener 3-1 against Sacred Heart Academy. They finished 2014 with a 12-7 record. This year they ended with a record of 11-5-2-1 in the tough SCC.

The Lady Hornets advanced to the SCC semi-finals this year before losing 2-1 to eventual champion Lauralton Hall. They qualified for the state tournament as well as the #10th ranked team but fell to #7 New Canaan 4-1 in the opening round.

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