A Witness to the Dangers of Police Work

by Diana Stricker | Jul 16, 2016 11:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo A Branford police officer, who was injured when his cruiser was hit by a DUI driver, was able to steer his damaged cruiser onto the berm to avoid chain-reaction collisions at the busy North Main Street intersection.

I know that because I was there. The force of the impact caused the westbound cruiser to head toward my car, which was stopped in the far left turn-lane of North Main Street, waiting to turn onto Cedar Street. There were cars in the two lanes to my right, and vehicles behind us. But thankfully, no other cars were hit.

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Former Chair Seeks State Takeover Of IWC

by marcia chambers | Jul 15, 2016 1:10 pm | Comments (2)

The former chair of the Branford Inland Wetlands Commission has asked the state’s energy and environmental protection commissioner to take over the function of the agency.

He proposed that the commissioner also place a moratorium on commercial development until an investigation is undertaken into the replacement of former members of the wetlands commission.

In a three-page letter to Rob Klee, commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Danny Shapiro, who served as Inland Wetlands Commission chair for 22 years, asked Klee to intervene on behalf of an IWC “that has been battered. Specifically I am hoping that you will see fit to have the State take on the Commission’s function and place a moratorium on commercial development until this matter in our Town can be investigated.” 

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P&Z and ZBA Face Different Plans for Same Waterview Property

by Diana Stricker | Jul 14, 2016 12:17 pm

With Permission Branford’s regulatory boards have scheduled public hearings next week on proposals to build either a waterfront single family home or affordable housing units on Pawson Road, across the river from Branford Point and overlooking Branford Harbor.

In other business, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission recently approved plans to expand an orthopedic center on North Main Street, and discussed bylaws for the commission.The met in the community room at Fire Headquarters.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Jul 14, 2016 8:01 am

In this month: the outdoors! Whether you’re looking to bike, browse, sit, or stretch, we’ve got every activity under the sun (and moon) – from the annual Guilford Craft Expo to an outdoor movie night at St. George’s Church to a Bubble Run.

Need a break from the heat? The Branford Eagle’s got you covered there as well with plenty of cool indoor events, including an upcoming “Christmas in July” exhibit at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery.

Thursday July 14

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Black Bears in Branford: Don’t Take a Selfie

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 13, 2016 7:32 am | Comments (1)

There’s been a rash of bear sightings throughout Branford over the past several days. Up until this week, the sightings were sporadic, but since the end of last week, bears have been sighted along Alps Road/Burban Drive/RobyCourt/Florence Road (Saturday morning), Palmer Wood Circle and in the vicinity of Fire Headquarters, Lake Saltonsall, and Mill Plain/Short Rocks Roads.

Captain Geoff Morgan of the Branford Police Department issued a B-Informed message Monday night mentioning the Windmill Hill Road/Damascus Road area and referred residents to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website.

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SCA Election Ratifies Proposed Legacy Theatre Agreement

by marcia chambers | Jul 12, 2016 7:11 am

Emily Patton Photo For the second year in a row Stony Creek residents elected a Stony Creek Association executive board whose primary goal is to find a way to make the Legacy Theatre come to life—with restrictions.

The election produced a heavy turnout at the Willoughby Wallace library in what was clearly a referendum on the theater’s future, a hot topic in this seaside village. Voters arrived outside the library as the polls opened at 5 p.m. Voting closed at 8 p.m. and by 10 p.m. the votes had been counted. The turnout, according to SCA president, Dan Bullard, was the largest in memory.

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It’s Time to Take A Walk in the Woods

by Emily Patton | Jul 11, 2016 7:06 am

Matt Reed Photo Though it may only be the beginning of the summer, it appears that Christmas came early this year for the members of the Branford Land Trust, who recently showed off their newest parcel of land – 29 pristine acres in the Red Hill Woods – to an active audience of 20 people and three dogs.

The walk on July 2 not only marked the area’s official opening to the public, it also celebrated a brand new trail, which will provide hikers with better access to the interior of the property, as well as direct access to the area’s wetlands and reputed Native American rock shelter. (See top photo)

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Medical Examiner ID’s Body as Jason Czech

by marcia chambers | Jul 10, 2016 7:22 am

Branford P.D. A body found in a car in a residential neighborhood in Meriden on Friday has been identified as Jason Czech, 39, who lived in Branford and worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Wallingford. He was reported missing to Branford police on July 4.

The chief medical examiner’s office told the Czech family yesterday that the cause of death was pending further study and would not be available for six to eight weeks, the Meriden Record-Journal reports.

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Body Found in Missing Branford Man’s Car

by marcia chambers | Jul 9, 2016 8:08 am

With Permission The body of a man found in a car belonging to Jason Czech, 39, of Branford, was discovered Friday in a residential neighborhood in Meriden.

Capt. Geoffrey Morgan told the Eagle that the police have confirmed that the vehicle belonged to Czech who has not been heard from since July 2. His family members reported him missing on July 4 and Branford police issued a missing person’s report seeking the public’s help in locating him on July 6. 

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