Hornets Win on Buzzer Beater

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 2, 2016 7:49 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It wasn’t the prettiest performance of the year, but it sure had an exciting ending; in fact the ending lasted a long 30 feet.
 
The Branford boys basketball team played host to the North Haven Indians last Friday, and scoring for the most part was at a premium.

Bill O'Brien Photo North Haven led 7-2 after the first quarter before Branford got some momentum scoring 13 in the second quarter to go up 15-12 at the half. At that time, the Branford Dance Team took to the floor. 

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Beneath Rosy Stats, Working Poor Struggle

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 1, 2016 8:15 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Pundits indicate that we’re now in a post-Recession economy. Unemployment in the town is down to 4.3 percent as of November 2015.

This all looks pretty good in contrast to the high unemployment rate and economic uncertainty of the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009.

However, there’s an underlying segment of the population that is still struggling: the working poor, who are often employed in minimum wage jobs. These are people who were never able to obtain sustainable jobs after being laid off during the Recession or who never received the training and education that would help them get ahead. Or they couldn’t find work and stopped looking.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 30, 2016 8:57 am

The next week is supposed to be mild and love is in the air as we look to Valentine’s Day. There are lots of opportunities for learning something new and trying something different. This week we present a new Eagle feature. We are calling it “Our Restaurant of the Week.”

Restaurant of the Week: G-Zen

Vegetarians and vegans – and those into delicious and nutritious foods – have been flocking to G-Zen, at the foot of East Main Street. According to its website (www.g-zen.com) the restaurant as become a refuge for many seeking sustainable, organic and vegetarian friendly food along the Connecticut coastline. Oh, and you’re requested to turn off your smart phone at the door!

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Vigliotti Scores Partial Win; O’Neill Seeks 2 Projects

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2016 8:45 am

Developer Alex Vigliotti will be allowed to convert two existing office buildings on Summit Place into apartments, but a request to build two new apartment buildings was denied.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission reached a unanimous decision on Vigliotti’s request last week. The original plan would have included 115 apartment units, of which 20 percent would be for moderate income families, also known as “work force” housing.

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Scanlon Qualifies for Campaign Public Financing

by marcia chambers | Jan 28, 2016 10:42 am

Within one week of announcing plans to seek re-election, Democratic incumbent State Rep. Sean Scanlon has qualified for public financing for his 2016 election campaign, he said.

Scanlon sought to raise the funds quickly, he said, so that he could focus on the legislative session, which begins next week in Hartford. So far the Republican party has not announced an opponent.

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Branford Contingent Celebrates Walter Camp Weekend

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 27, 2016 9:58 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford’s Chloe Lang of the children’s television show “Lazy Town” was there. So were Branford residents, Dr. Jim Mendillo and Anthony Mortali. State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., who represents the 12th District, celebrated a special occasion at the Walter Camp event. Other Branford fans were spotted in the crowd as well.

The recent 49th Annual awards activities of the Walter Camp Football Foundation attracted several thousand participants to New Haven, including a strong Branford contingent.

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Lady Hornets Hold on for Win

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 26, 2016 10:44 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Lady Hornets came out against the North Haven Indians last Tuesday looking like the UConn Lady Huskies. They jumped to a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and increased it to 27-13 at halftime.

Branford built the lead to 19 after three periods before the Indians made a strong run in the final stanza, outscoring the Hornets 20-12 before bowing 46-35.

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Community Digs Out; Firefighters Keep Busy

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Jan 25, 2016 1:55 pm | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo Branford and the shoreline communities are digging out of a foot of snow or more as town trucks clear roads and folks begin shoveling out under sunny skies. When the winds subsided and the snow stopped after nearly a day of blizzard-like conditions, Branford accumulated 11 inches of snow. Guilford had about 16 inches.

The town’s public works department plowers were busy lifting snow from the streets. State workers cleared highways and Metro North has resumed operating a regular weekday schedule.

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Factory Demolition This Summer Clears Way for Atlantic Wharf

by Diana Stricker | Jan 25, 2016 10:19 am

Diana Stricker Photo The transformation from Atlantic Wire to Atlantic Wharf will begin this summer as the outdated factory is torn down and an upscale residential and retail complex takes its place.

The project was unanimously approved by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured above)Thursday. 

“We hope to start the development process this summer beginning with demolition and environmental remediation,” Robert H. Smith Jr. told the Branford Eagle.

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Blizzard Slams Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Jan 23, 2016 7:15 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo UPDATE: 7:10 p.m. As evening approached and snow continued to fall at a fast clip, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged Connecticut motorists to stay off the state’s roads. “We are closely monitoring storm conditions, which vary greatly from area to area.” The blizzard is expected to taper off this evening. He urged those in the southern part of the state, which is more affected by the storm, to stay off the roads if possible.

Motorists seemed to be listening.  I-95 near exit 53 and 54 was virtually deserted because visibility is extremely poor. Snow was falling between 1 and 3 inches an hour, packing a punch as it hit the ground.

The DOT Twitter feed is reporting many accidents along I-95 from Stamford to New London and along I-84 in Waterbury.

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