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Head-On Crash on Main Street Injures Two

by marcia chambers | Jan 17, 2015 8:53 am

A 66-year-old driver, apparently distracted because he missed a turn-off to a street, decided to rectify his mistake by making an abrupt U-turn on Main Street last week. In doing so he crashed head-on into an oncoming car. 

According to a police report, Dennis O’Neill, who lives at 107 Chestnut St., was driving his utility van West on Main Street, when he missed his turn.  He then attempted a U-turn at the corner of Main and Home streets, near Shelley’s Garden Center, and collided with a car going East on Main St. The car was driven by Madrue Tompkins, 72, of Short Beach Road in East Haven.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jan 16, 2015 9:42 am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday will be celebrated at numerous events in and around Branford this weekend. Dr. King, the leader of the civil rights movement, was assassinated 47 years ago in Memphis, Tenn.  He would have been 86.  Public schools and many businesses are closed Monday to commemorate his life and his work. The Rev. James Manship, who led a civil rights movement in East Haven, will be the keynote speaker at a breakfast in Dr. King’s honor at Branford’s St. Therese’s Church.

Saturday, January 17

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Boys BB Team Defeats Rival Easties

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 14, 2015 12:40 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford High Boys basketball team defeated long time rival East Haven last Tuesday 47-34 at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex Gym.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Hornets were led by junior Kory King (pictured above)with 13 points along with Co-captain Joe Carbone (pictured) and Rich Jacobson who chipped in with 10 each.

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Girls Co-Op Hockey Has Come A Long Way

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 13, 2015 11:46 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Back in 2008 incoming freshman Chandler Fowler told her dad she didn’t want to go back to figure skating and wanted to play hockey at Branford High School. The problem was Branford didn’t have a girls’ hockey team.

Chandler’s dad, Tom Fowler, then the Deputy Police Chief in town, wanted to make his daughter happy. He polled some parents and found others whose daughters wanted to play hockey as well.

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North Main Project Makes It Half Way

by Diana Stricker | Jan 13, 2015 8:00 am | Comments (1)

Sam Stricker Photo The owner of a hilly property on North Main Street finally received approval from the Inland Wetlands Commission (IW) to create an access road to the 13-acre parcel.

However, the commission did not approve a second phase that would have eased the way for a possible developer.  But they did so “without prejudice” which means the owner can apply again in the future.

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Reed Targets Energy Rates, Taxes

by marcia chambers | Jan 12, 2015 8:44 am

Mary Johnson Photo State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-102), who was sworn in last week to her fourth term in office, wants the state to create innovative laws to reduce skyrocketing electricity rates. She also wants towns to work together on joint projects in order to reduce budgets and the high cost of property taxes, she said. She has other items on her to-do list as well. 

“When it comes to energy policy, skyrocketing electricity rates are bad for consumers, bad for business and bad for economic development of all kinds. We are tackling some huge energy issues this session,” she said in reviewing the reasons why companies often decide not to re-locate in the state of Connecticut.

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Atlantic Wharf Focus: Millennials

by Diana Stricker | Jan 10, 2015 10:34 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo The prospective developer who hopes to transform the dilapidated Atlantic Wire industrial site into a “live, work and play” community says the project will attract a demographic that Branford needs - young upscale professionals.

Developer Robert H. Smith Jr. said the average age in Branford is 49, but the average age statewide is 39.  “You’re missing this demographic in your community,” Smith said during a public hearing Thursday at the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).

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Lady BB Hornets Get First Win

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 9, 2015 11:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Lady Hornets broke into the win column a week ago with a 38-26 win over the Shelton Gaels at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex Gym.

Bill O'Brien Photo The team’s win was a result of both good defense, holding Shelton to only 14 points in the first three quarters, and the hot hand of Adrienne DiGioia. DiGioia is the sophomore who led both teams in scoring with 16 points.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jan 8, 2015 12:59 pm

Want to start a project, dream one up or make one? If so, the Blackstone Library is offering a unique event this weekend.  There’s also a great concert, a book reading by a young author, and a class to learn about animal tracking in the woods. It’s a weekend to think about thinking.

Friday, January 9

MakerLab Open House

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Taking Office, Kennedy Vows To Help Seniors, The Disabled

by marcia chambers | Jan 7, 2015 9:54 am

With Permission As he begins his first term as a state legislator, Ted Kennedy Jr. vowed to help more seniors and disabled people live at home instead of in institutions—and to support changes in campaign-finance laws that helped him get into office.

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