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A Little Late To Rehearsal—& A Little Wiser

by Remsen Welsh | Oct 8, 2014 12:23 pm

Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader from Branford, plays the role of Rebecca in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience.

I got an e-mail last night before from the production stage manager notifying me that I would be called at 11:30 a.m. today.  My mom and I headed out on our usual route, but because of the traffic going over the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, my mom looked at me and informed me, “You’re probably going to be a little late. Can you text Michelle [the child wrangler] letting her know we’ll be a little late?”

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Girls Swim Team Bows to Wethersfield

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 7, 2014 12:56 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls swim team met their old Class M rivals, the Wethersfield Eagles, in a dual meet on Thursday at the John O’Connor pool at Walsh Intermediate School. Despite winning the last eight times they swam against each other, the Lady Hornets lost 98-86.

Bill O'Brien Photo Winning for Branford was Paige MacNeil, who won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.66—that’s less than 1 second ahead of Alyssa DiFiore of Wethersfield.

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford’s Erika Maercklein (pictured) followed with a win in the 200 Yard IM almost 4 seconds ahead of the Eagles Maura Stewart.

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Kennedy Accused Of Using “Pass-Through” To “Buy Election”

by marcia chambers | Oct 7, 2014 10:33 am | Comments (4)

The state’s Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) has been asked to investigate whether Ted Kennedy, Jr., violated election law when his family and colleagues donated roughly $40,000 to the Democrat State Central Committee, which in turn funneled a similar amount of funds back into Kennedy’s State Senate campaign for staff wages, the hiring of consultants and other costs.

The complaint was filed in Hartford yesterday by Tom Banisch, the Madison Republican Town Committee chairman and the campaign manager for Bruce H. Wilson, Jr., Kennedy’s Republican opponent in the State Senate race in the 12th District. The election will be held Nov. 4. 

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Seniors Want Answers On Senior Center

by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2014 8:40 am

Diana Stricker Photo Even before Branford takes the first step in an assessment of senior citizen needs, a group of seniors want to know what the next step will be in the search for a new senior center.

First Selectman James Cosgrove and Sandra Vlock, president of Arbonies King Vlock, attended last week’s meeting of the Elderly Services Commission to discuss their plans. Cosgrove recently hired the architectural firm to conduct an assessment of senior programs and to hold public forums to determine the needs of the community.

First Selectman James B. Cosgrove and representatives from Arbonies King Vlock will be hosting two public meetings on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Branford Fire Department Headquarters to hear from residents concerning the Senior Center (Due to a conflict the meeting previously scheduled for October 28, 2014 is canceled). He is asking residents of all ages to attend one of the meetings to share their thoughts and ideas concerning the current and future needs of the senior community.

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Boys Soccer Ties Record In Win Over North Haven

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 5, 2014 9:15 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford boys soccer team evened their record to 4-4 with a tough well-played soccer game Tuesday at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Center, defeating the North Haven Indians 3-2. 

Bill O'Brien Photo The Hornets scored first when Max Condon, senior co-captain, blasted a shot past North Haven goalie Joe Russo at 12:12. He was assisted on the goal by Aaron Radulski. The Indians evened the score at 1-1 ten minutes later on a goal by Ethan Pavano.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Oct 3, 2014 10:45 am

Mary Johnson Photo Autumn is in the air and those with four paws know it.  This is a weekend to be outdoors. We hear the rain scheduled for Saturday may hold off until late afternoon. Fingers crossed. This week take your dog, cat or even your bird, to the Branford Green for the St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals. Or head to Guilford for the annual Harvest Festival and/or the make-your-own scarecrow event at Bishops. 

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A Passionate Debate Over A Stony Creek Theatre

by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2014 9:54 am | Comments (4)

Stony Creek residents spoke passionately about why they oppose a renovation permit that was issued to the owners of the Legacy Theatre, but Branford’s Planning and Zoning Department says the permit is valid.

Diana Stricker Photo About 125 people crowded into the community room of the Fire Headquarters in Branford for a public hearing Tuesday night. After almost three hours, the members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted to continue the hearing at the request of the Legacy’s attorney, who said he just became aware of new evidence.

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“We Don’t Want Someone To Go Through That Again”

by Aliyya Swaby | Oct 2, 2014 8:25 am

Sandi Victorio said she endured unwanted advances from her boss at least twice a day. As she stood in the aisles of the Branford clothing warehouse, she feared he would come by and try to grab her, touch her shoulder, or rub her back.

“You wouldn’t know exactly where he’d come from,” she said. “He’d act like he’s friendly, but you can tell his intentions.”

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Football: Wilton Routs Branford 34-7

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 1, 2014 8:45 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornet’s football team fell to 0-2 last Friday with a 34-7 loss to the Wilton Warriors. Wilton, a member of the FCIAC conference in Fairfield County was too much for the young Hornets.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Warriors led 20-0 at the half and put the game out of reach with two additional touchdowns in the third quarter.

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Train Station Progresses With Big Lift

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 30, 2014 9:05 am

Mary Johnson Photo While most residents were getting ready for bed last Tuesday night, some heavy lifting was taking place at the Branford train station.

For the past few weeks, the area in front of the station has looked like someone was playing with an erector set. The components make up the south stair/elevator tower and bridge that will be installed as part of the two-way platform system to accommodate the two separate railroad tracks serving southbound and northbound Shore Line East commuter trains. 

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