Branford Gears Up for Presidential Primary

by Sally E. Bahner, Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Apr 21, 2016 6:59 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Without a doubt, this has been the most colorful Presidential campaign in recent history, punctuated by lively debates and rowdy rallies. According to an article In the New Haven Independent Bernie Sanders may be planning a rally on the New Haven Green Sunday night and Hillary Clinton is scheduled to hold a gun-violence themed event at the YMCA in Hartford in a few hours.

Donald Trump and Clinton won in Tuesday’s New York Primary and a Quinnipiac poll predicts they’ll do the same in Connecticut.

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Boys’ Tennis Beats Cheshire For Third Straight Win

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 20, 2016 10:52 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford boys’ tennis team is off to their best start since 2013 winning their third straight match of the season, a 5-2 victory over the Cheshire Rams last week. In 2013, the Hornets won their first eight matches in a row.

Last year the Hornets lost three of their first four matches and lost twice to Cheshire during the season, 3-4 and 2-5.

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Kelley Mason Wore No Seatbelt

by marcia chambers | Apr 20, 2016 7:00 am

Branford P.D. On Sept. 18, 2009, Kelley Mason was driving northbound on I-95 when her Suzuki drifted to the right onto the grass shoulder, rolled over, hit a light pole, and then a tree. She was alone that night in the car, in what Branford police said was a one-car accident that occurred at about 9 p.m. near exit 55. 

Branford police and first responder ambulance crews were summoned and they tried desperately to save her, but could not. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 23.

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Hornets Baseball Team Beats Yellow Jackets

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 19, 2016 6:59 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornets baseball team broke into the win column for their first win of the season last week with a 5-1 victory over their SCC rival, the East Haven Yellow Jackets.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It’s a new start for us”, said first year coach Steve Malafronte after the win. The Hornets lost their first three games to Law, Sheehan and FCIAC member Brian McMahon of Norwalk.

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Costco Public Hearing Ends on Sour Note

by Diana Stricker | Apr 18, 2016 7:20 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Costco public hearings that began in January ended near midnight Thursday after clashing testimony from both sides, ranging from highly technical scientific debate to reactions about allegations of impropriety.

The main question that remains is— whether the 44-acre commercial complex proposed near Exit 56 adversely impact the wetlands on the site.

The Costco team says there won’t be an adverse impact; and the opposition says there will—and they are asking Costco to provide alternatives to reduce the size of the project.

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Saying Good-Bye to ‘Mr. Branford’

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 16, 2016 7:15 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo With stories personal and political, witty and charming, Danny Cosgrove was remembered yesterday for his style and grace and doing things his way. He died earlier this week at the age of 98.

Scores of family, friends, politicians, local and state attended a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Catholic Church Friday where Cosgrove worshipped all his life and where he was praised for his generosity, especially his financial help in restoring the church school.

Many told their stories.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 15, 2016 2:00 pm | Comments (1)

A bit of English aristocracy, poetry, natural history, and the great outdoors are all among the Cool Events for you to explore this week. All of these activities are bound to work up an appetite, so stop by the Parthenon, our restaurant of the week, to refuel! 

Restaurant of the Week: Parthenon Diner
You can never go wrong stopping by the diner. The Parthenon Diner, an award-winning family-owned business, has served up breakfast, Greek, and American classics since 1985. Open 24/7, they’ll be there for you regardless of the time of day or what you’re craving. For more information, visit

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Opioid Use Front and Center in Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 14, 2016 7:01 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBranford resident Michelle Sember described the struggles of her oldest son, 22-year-old RJ, who went from a high school football players with good grades to a full-blown heroin addict after experimenting with pot, alcohol, and pills.  Her advice: “Be a parent and not a friend.”

The epidemic of opioid use in Connecticut has burst into the public’s consciousness over the past few months. It started with reports of overdoses in the New London area and now extends throughout the state and the country.

Branford is not immune, as Sember explained at a recent panel on the topic held in Branford. The panel, organized by State Rep. Sean Scanlon, took place at fire headquarters. 

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Daniel P. Cosgrove, Master Builder, Dies at 98

by marcia chambers | Apr 13, 2016 7:37 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoDan Cosgrove, a sportsman, political engineer, master builder and philanthropist, died yesterday, surrounded by family and friends. He was 98.

Cosgrove’s funeral is Friday morning.

Cosgrove was both a master builder and a master politician, a man who loved numbers and had an amazing facility to work them in his head, so much so that he daily envisioned transforming the lands of Branford and beyond. He began Cosgrove Construction Company in Branford, the company that until recently was run by First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, one of his grandsons. 

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