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AG Jepsen Investigating Home Depot Cyber-Attack

by marcia chambers | Sep 10, 2014 8:39 am | Comments (1)

Attorney General George Jepsen said yesterday his office, along with the attorneys general of California and Illinois, will lead a multi-state investigation into a major credit and debit card cyber attack at Home Depot stores. Branford and New Haven residents typically shop at Home Depot stores in East Haven and North Haven. 

There are 28 Home Depot stores in Connecticut and 2,200 stores in the United States. Canada has 180 stores. There is no evidence the breach hit online customers. It is believed to have taken place in April or May but has just come to light. It may well prove bigger than the 40 million card numbers stolen from customers’ credit cards at Target stores last year.

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BHS Class of 1964 Celebrates 50th Reunion

by marcia chambers | Sep 9, 2014 8:25 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford High School Class of 1964 recently celebrated its 50th class reunion and members did so with laughter, joy and style.

There were 219 graduates from the town’s high school in 1964. Twenty-nine graduates have since died. Many of the graduates live and work in town. Those living outside of Branford came from California, Florida and states in between to attend the August event. In all 82 alums returned to Branford, many with their spouses. The total attending this special event was more than 130, a strong turn-out for the class. 

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Safety A Top Priority As Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens

by Diana Stricker | Sep 8, 2014 8:16 am | Comments (1)

Pharmacists and technicians at Branford’s medical marijuana dispensary are working hard to ensure the safety of their patients as the Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut facility opens this month. 

At the same time, Branford’s police chief is concerned about the location of the store and is taking measures to keep the area safe, he said. 

Bluepoint Wellness is located at 469 East Main St., in the rear portion of the Planet Fitness building. Six dispensaries, including the one in Branford, are opening this month and will be operational as soon as marijuana is shipped from the four licensed production facilities. The Branford dispensary is expected to draw most of its patients from the New Haven area.

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The Bells Toll Again At Short Beach Union Church

by Emma Zehner | Sep 7, 2014 8:35 am

After five years of silence, the bells of Short Beach Union Church, the oldest currently operating non-denominational church in the state, are ringing once again.

Before a recent Sunday service began, Reverend Lee “Skip” Ferry allowed attendees to try their hand at ringing the bell, which can be operated by pulling down on a rope in the front of the church. Two young children were the last to ring the bell before the service began at 14 Pentecost St. 

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To Be A Village Or Not To Be A Village?

by Diana Stricker | Sep 5, 2014 3:49 pm

Diana Stricker Photos To be a village—or not to be, that is the lingering question. Several people spoke for and against the issue of Stony Creek becoming an official “village” at Thursday’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) meeting, but the public hearing was continued until Oct. 16.

The executive board of the Stony Creek Association (SCA) is requesting the Village District designation to help protect the unique character of its community. If approved,  a review board would be appointed to make recommendations to the P&Z regarding major renovations or sizable new construction of both residential and commercial buildings. Click here to read a previous story.

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Cool Events Here And Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Sep 5, 2014 8:30 am

Make the most of the rest of the summer. Learn some Guilford history, head for the Trinity Episcopal Church Fair, take a Greenway Trail walk and listen to jazz at Home Restaurant. 

Friday, Sept. 5 to Sunday, Sept.7

Coates to Wompom: The 1639 Guilford Trade Goods

Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford.

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Do You Want Early Voting? Voting By Mail? No-Excuse Absentee Ballot?

by marcia chambers | Sep 4, 2014 3:51 pm | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien Photo Sasha Shpitalnik, a senior at Branford High School, says making voting easier for young people is essential since so many of them view voting as a hassle.

Carl Balestracci, a former Guilford first selectman, says providing seniors with transportation to the polls on a particular Tuesday in November is becoming a serious issue.

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New Playscape At Hammer Field Sings & Swings

by marcia chambers | Sep 3, 2014 12:19 pm

Marcia Chambers Photos A buoyant new playscape quickly captured the fancy of kids at the John B. Sliney, Jr. Elementary School yesterday as it made its debut at the Hammer Field Basketball Court. 

Alex Palluzzi, Jr., the town’s director of parks and recreation, gathered the town’s top town and education officials to Hammer Field, which is across the street from the John B. Sliney, Jr., Elementary School, a school long in need of a new play facility. This one came into being through the efforts of parents, business leaders and town officials. Parents mounted a campaign before the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to renovate two dilapidated playgrounds at Hammer Field. The RTM approved $73,000 toward the project.  School officials provided guidance but no funding because the new playscape is not on school grounds.

Palluzzi told the audience that this was a Kompan Playscape and that “it is state-of-the-art, innovative and creative and the first ever handicap accessible play space in Branford.” It is designed to serve kids ages 5 to 12.

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Branford Cops to Drivers: “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”

by marcia chambers | Sep 3, 2014 9:10 am | Comments (1)

To stop texting while driving has long been a priority for Branford cops.

Over the Labor Day weekend, for example, police issued summonses to 13 motorists who used their phones while driving to either text or talk. All 13 must appear in court. They face fines starting at $150.  Stopping drivers for illegally texting or talking on phones while driving is a daily reality in Branford.   

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Will The Creek Become A Village?

by Diana Stricker | Sep 2, 2014 9:19 am | Comments (4)

Diana Stricker Photo Stony Creek is often called a unique seaside village—- and it certainly is a quaint shoreline neighborhood. However, it is not an official “village.”

But that could change.

On Sept. 4, Branford’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center to discuss whether Stony Creek should become a Village District. The executive board of the Stony Creek Association (SCA) has requested the official designation in hopes of preserving the unique character of its community. Residents will be given the opportunity to express their views.

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