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Farmington Architectural Firm Selected for Senior Center

by marcia chambers | Jun 25, 2015 12:40 pm

The town’s building commission last night unanimously recommended that First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove open negotiations with Quisenberry Arcari of Farmington to redesign and renovate the town’s community center at 46 Church St. The new center will include facilities for seniors.

The commission acted after interviewing in executive session six architecture firms, all from Connecticut, on June 11. The commission met for six hours that day, hearing from each firm. At the end of this session the informal consensus was to hire Quisenberry Arcari. Click here to read a recent story on the process.

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Key Inland Wetland Appointments In Limbo

by Diana Stricker | Jun 25, 2015 11:22 am

Diana Stricker Photo Concern is growing over First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove’s delay in reappointing three members of the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC).

Third Selectman Bruce Storm, the sole Democrat on the three-member board, raised the issue during the Board of Selectman (BOS) meeting at Fire Headquarters Wednesday.

“The topic is one that is pressing and very important, given the current circumstances, and that is has to do with the reappointment of individuals to the Inland Wetlands Commission,” Storm said.

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Rain? What Rain? Road Race Roars Ahead

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 24, 2015 2:07 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The weekend weather didn’t exactly cooperate, but you would never know it by the large turnout of runners who took part in the 5-Mile Branford Road Race on Father’s Day. The race was the premier event on closing day of the 31st Branford Festival. 

“We caught a break,” said race founder Ray Figlewski. “The rain came earlier than expected and was clearing out in time for the race. So people came.

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Police Seek ID Of Pedophile Suspect

by marcia chambers | Jun 23, 2015 9:25 pm

Branford P.D Branford Police are attempting to identify a man who inappropriately touched a 13-year-old boy, while the boy was fishing at the Supply Ponds off North Chestnut Street on Sunday, June 14, at approximately 4 p.m.

The suspect is described as between 35 and 50 years old, a white male, between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet tall. The teenager said he was heavy, had red hair, brown eyes and freckles on his face, forehead and arms. He was wearing a black T-shirt with white writing and wore grey shorts. He was last seen walking into the woods on the nature trail.

Officer David Atkinson and Detective Arthur Ferris are investigating the incident. Anyone with information should call police at 203-481-4241.


BHS Sends On The Class of 2015

by Diana Stricker | Jun 23, 2015 9:16 am

Mary Johnson Photo Branford School District leaders and graduates talked about making dreams come true during commencement ceremonies on the Town Green last week. 

Mary Johnson Photo The Board of Education, the policy makers for the district, were all smiles as they marched in. 

The district also honored its assistant superintendent, who is retiring after 39 years in education.

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Cool Events This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jun 19, 2015 2:48 pm

Mary Johnson PHoto There is only ONE Cool Event this weekend and that is the Branford Festival, now in its 31st year.

Within the Festival there are many cool events, ranging from finding great food to hearing wonderful music. There is a superb road race and lots of family, friends and kids having a ball on the town Green. Bill O’Brien, one of the early leaders of the festival, rightly calls it a homecoming for families and friends near and far.  The Branford Eagle booth is at K-1.  Come by and say hello.

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Costco Vote Postponed

by Diana Stricker | Jun 19, 2015 11:52 am

Diana Stricker Photo Costco is still waiting for a vote from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, and the chair of the commission is postponing his retirement because the draft resolution regarding Costco wasn’t delivered until Thursday night’s meeting.

“I really would like to see a resolution in written form before I act on it as a commission,” said chairman Ellsworth McGuigan.  “I would like to hold this (issue) over as an item, and take a vote on it after we’ve had a chance to look at the written resolution.”

McGuigan announced last month he would be retiring July 1, but would stay longer if the Costco issue wasn’t resolved. The commission discussed a resolution and conditions during the two previous meetings, and anticipated voting June 18. 

McGuigan asked the staff and commissioners to read the newly-delivered six-page resolution and offer comments at the next meeting. “I will stay for one more meeting,” he told the audience. About 40 people attended the meeting. 

Because of the July 4 holiday weekend, the next P&Z meeting is July 9. It will be held at the Fire Department Headquarters.



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FOI “Champions” Honored

by Staff | Jun 18, 2015 10:31 am

Paul Bass Photo Two women who have pioneered online journalism in Connecticut over the past decade were honored as freedom-of-information heroes Wednesday.

The journalists—CTNewsJunkie Editor Christine Stuart and Branford Eagle Editor Marcia Chambers (pictured)—were among the journalists and open-government advocates honored at a luncheon held by the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.

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Branford Police Taser Death Ruled Homicide; Victim Deemed Psychotic

by marcia chambers | Jun 18, 2015 8:43 am

File Photo David Werblow, tasered by police two months ago, suffered “a sudden death following a physical altercation, including electronic shock,” the state’s chief medical examiner said yesterday.

Werblow, 41, was tasered following “resistance” during “a psychotic episode due to schizophrenia,” the medical examiner’s office told the Eagle yesterday. At the time of his death, Werblow lived in a group home for the mentally ill located in a quiet residential neighborhood on Burban Drive. The home is owned by Continuum of Care, a New Haven-based non-profit. The organization purchased the residence after receiving a state grant from the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.

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Branford Explores a Gigabit World

by Diana Stricker | Jun 17, 2015 9:00 am | Comments (1)

File Photo Branford is looking into a gigabit project that would bring high-speed internet service to residents and businesses—-for a price. 

While that sounds intriguing, most people aren’t sure what it involves. That’s why the town is distributing information and conducting a survey to assess interest. Copies of the survey are available on the town’s web site and were also mailed with tax bills this month. 

Connecticut is hoping to become the first gigabit state in the nation and at this point Branford is part of the consortium.

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