by marcia chambers | Feb 25, 2014 10:48 am
Branford’s Charlie Grady lives two lives. By day he oversees a major gun violence reduction program for Bridgeport’s U.S. Attorney’s office. When he leaves his desk, he enters his second life, the life of an accomplished screen actor.
Next month, from March 14 to 16, Grady’s screen life takes center stage when his latest film, The Word, premieres at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, the city where most of the award-winning movie was filmed. The film explores the dark world of subcultures and a gruesome murder.
by marcia chambers | Feb 24, 2014 7:44 am
Five of Branford’s bravest joined their brethren from across New Haven County at O’Toole’s Irish Pub in New Haven Saturday night to have their heads shaved and their hearts lifted as they raised funds on behalf of childhood cancer research.
Two of the Branford firefighters are related.
They are a father, John Cudgma, Sr. (see top photo) ...
by Diana Stricker | Feb 21, 2014 3:23 pm | Comments (1)
If Bittersweet Farm becomes a new home for the U.S. Army Reserve, it may be just the beginning of further development of the 86-acre property off Route 1 in Branford.
by Diana Stricker | Feb 20, 2014 9:40 am
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) filled one vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Wednesday, but delayed action on appointing Fred Russo, who headed the Stop Tabor movement, to serve as an alternate.
The BOS unanimously approved the appointment of John B. Lust, one of three alternates on the commission, to full member status. Lust, an engineer, fills a vacancy created by the retirement of long-time P&Z member Phil Fischer, who announced his retirement in November. The P&Z is comprised of five full members, and three alternates, all serving five-year terms.
by marcia chambers | Feb 18, 2014 10:42 am
By a 20-7 vote, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) last week approved an agreement between the Town of Branford and the 23-member United Public Services Employees Union Local 405, which covers clerical workers.
It now appears that some RTM members may have thought they were voting on a different town contract.
The Republicans control the RTM by a 19-11 majority. The votes for this contract also reveal the first open split among Republicans, with seven of them voting against the union contract, which runs until June 2016. The RTM meeting took place on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Branford fire headquarters.
by marcia chambers | Feb 17, 2014 9:04 am
Will the roads ever return to the color black? Will heaps of snow at town corners and piled high in shopping plazas ever disappear? Will snow days taper off?
Well, this week looks promising.
Weather forecasters say thaw is on the way but first Branford and other shoreline towns will experience another dose of snow. Forecasters say Monday will be mostly sunny. All public schools in Branford are closed today, Presidents’ Day and on Tuesday, the school district’s built in extra day for winter recess. That should give school bus drivers, parents, administrators, and teachers a rest.
by marcia chambers | Feb 14, 2014 1:36 pm
How do you keep a public school system open when you have faced 13 snowstorms and, who knows how more may be on the way?
School Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez spends a lot of time thinking about that. He is the one to make the call. He was not alone today when he called for closing all Branford schools for the second day in a row. East Haven, Guilford and Madison also called another snow day even though the sun was shining.
by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Feb 13, 2014 11:23 am | Comments (1)
UPDATE—Hours after a near blizzard descended upon Branford, First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said public works crews had taken advantage of a slight break in the storm to get town streets open to traffic. The streets were eerily quiet with few people outdoors.
Many businesses in town were closed and all public schools were closed. Town Hall was open for business.
Cosgrove said that public works crews “are working very hard; some have been out since 2:20 a.m. The plan now is to take another swing at the streets later in the evening. Then the crews will rest for a few hours. They have been working round the clock,” he said.
by marcia chambers | Feb 11, 2014 8:51 am
Caitlin Decesare, who went missing in Clinton six days ago, was found last night in a Plainville house 44 miles away. Police reported Decesare, who is 20, was “found to be safe, healthy and claimed to be in Plainville of her own free will.”
The police were able to locate Decesare to Plainville by tracking her boyfriend’s cell phone number, family members said. For five days, the boyfriend, identified as Mike Stagis, 27, texted Decesare’s father Shaun Decesare. He repeatedly told the girl’s father that Caitlin was not with him, family members said. They obviously didn’t want to be found. Caitlin did not have a cell phone.
by Diana Stricker | Feb 11, 2014 8:19 am
The Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved an operating budget Monday that is slightly less than the original request; and also approved a capital budget that includes money for safety upgrades and computers for the new state tests.
As budget deliberations began last night, BOE chair Michael Krause announced that the $52.7 million the superintendent requested last week could be reduced to about $52.66 million because of another teacher retirement. Click here to read about the superintendent’s budget presentation.