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The Specter Of Choate Haunts A Campaign Debate

by marcia chambers | Oct 15, 2014 2:08 pm | Comments (4)

Marcia Chambers Photo Choate Rosemary Hall, one of leading private prep schools in the nation, entered the shoreline’s hottest political race of the season Tuesday night—as an epithet.

Republican Bruce Wilson Jr., a retired businessman from Madison, mentioned the private school in a jab at his Democratic opponent, Ted Kennedy Jr., in a campaign debate at Guilford High School. The two candidates are competing for the open 12th State Senate District seat. The district includes the towns of Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. The debate was moderated by WTNH News8 anchor Chris Velardi (pictured in top photo) and was sponsored by both the Shoreline and Madison Chambers of Commerce.

Education emerged in the debate as a key point of contention.

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Three Branford Women Win Beacon Awards

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 14, 2014 10:25 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Beacon Awards recognize a few of the outstanding individuals who selflessly step up to help fulfill the Shoreline community’s promise as a place of opportunity, well-being, and safety for all. The event took place Thursday night at Water’s Edge in Westbrook.

Bill O'Brien Photo Three Branford residents were honored: Eunice Lasala, Kristine Klarman and Brenda Eldridge, (L-R, pictured above), along with two nearby neighbors in Guilford, Kim Beckett and Peter Palumbo, who are shown with the entire group.  The event is sponsored by Shore Publishing.

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Kennedy And Wilson Agree

by marcia chambers | Oct 13, 2014 3:11 pm

Democrat Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Republican Bruce H. Wilson, Jr., who are now vying for the state Senate 12th District seat, may be at odds over how campaign contributions work, but they are on the same page when it comes to key issues patients face as hospitals acquire doctors’ practices.

What their views on other topics may be will be learned when Kennedy and Wilson meet for their first debate Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the Guilford High School Auditorium. The debate, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The 12th District includes the towns of Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Killingworth and Durham. 

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Oct 10, 2014 10:00 am

A fun weekend is on the way and the Blackstone Library is the place to be for fantasy, adventure and surprise as Halloween debuts. Or head to New Haven’s great Goffe Street Armory where City-Wide Open Studios artists show their work. Or if you’re a garlic lover, take a trip to the Garlic and Harvest Festival, now celebrating its 10th year.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Branford Walk Like MADD.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving walk starts at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. and goes to 1 p.m. The walk is dedicated to Lisa DelPrete, who was killed on April 8, 2011 by a drunk driver. Her family is walking in her memory. For additional information visit:

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It Felt Like Entering Grover’s Corners

by Remsen Welsh | Oct 10, 2014 9:28 am

Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader from Branford, plays the role of Rebecca Gibbs in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience. This installment is from “tech day,” the first day the actors move into the theater to check out the lighting, set, sound cues, and costumes.

The start of tech was filled with excitement … and the knowledge that it was going to be a long day.

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Consideration Of Proposed Cooke Settlement Delayed

by marcia chambers | Oct 8, 2014 1:22 pm | Comments (1)

Diane Stricker PhotoA proposed town settlement of two lawsuits filed by landowner Wayne Cooke (pictured) against former Branford First Selectman Unk DaRos and Assesor Barbara Neal was abruptly pulled from the Board of Finance agenda Monday evening. 

The six-member Board of Finance (BOF) expected to discuss in executive session “a proposed settlement in the Cooke v. DaRos lawsuit.” By law legal issues, such as settlements, take place in executive session. The results are announced publicly.

The item had been fast-tracked and was to be heard at a special BOF meeting. However, Joseph Mooney, the BOF chair, told the board the discussion on the settlement had been deferred at the request of William Aniskovich, the town attorney. Mooney said the postponement was necessary because the paperwork regarding the cases was not complete. 

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A Little Late To Rehearsal—& A Little Wiser

by Remsen Welsh | Oct 8, 2014 12:23 pm

Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader from Branford, plays the role of Rebecca in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience.

I got an e-mail last night before from the production stage manager notifying me that I would be called at 11:30 a.m. today.  My mom and I headed out on our usual route, but because of the traffic going over the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, my mom looked at me and informed me, “You’re probably going to be a little late. Can you text Michelle [the child wrangler] letting her know we’ll be a little late?”

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Girls Swim Team Bows to Wethersfield

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 7, 2014 12:56 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls swim team met their old Class M rivals, the Wethersfield Eagles, in a dual meet on Thursday at the John O’Connor pool at Walsh Intermediate School. Despite winning the last eight times they swam against each other, the Lady Hornets lost 98-86.

Bill O'Brien Photo Winning for Branford was Paige MacNeil, who won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.66—that’s less than 1 second ahead of Alyssa DiFiore of Wethersfield.

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford’s Erika Maercklein (pictured) followed with a win in the 200 Yard IM almost 4 seconds ahead of the Eagles Maura Stewart.

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Kennedy Accused Of Using “Pass-Through” To “Buy Election”

by marcia chambers | Oct 7, 2014 10:33 am | Comments (4)

The state’s Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) has been asked to investigate whether Ted Kennedy, Jr., violated election law when his family and colleagues donated roughly $40,000 to the Democrat State Central Committee, which in turn funneled a similar amount of funds back into Kennedy’s State Senate campaign for staff wages, the hiring of consultants and other costs.

The complaint was filed in Hartford yesterday by Tom Banisch, the Madison Republican Town Committee chairman and the campaign manager for Bruce H. Wilson, Jr., Kennedy’s Republican opponent in the State Senate race in the 12th District. The election will be held Nov. 4. 

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Seniors Want Answers On Senior Center

by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2014 8:40 am

Diana Stricker Photo Even before Branford takes the first step in an assessment of senior citizen needs, a group of seniors want to know what the next step will be in the search for a new senior center.

First Selectman James Cosgrove and Sandra Vlock, president of Arbonies King Vlock, attended last week’s meeting of the Elderly Services Commission to discuss their plans. Cosgrove recently hired the architectural firm to conduct an assessment of senior programs and to hold public forums to determine the needs of the community.

First Selectman James B. Cosgrove and representatives from Arbonies King Vlock will be hosting two public meetings on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Branford Fire Department Headquarters to hear from residents concerning the Senior Center (Due to a conflict the meeting previously scheduled for October 28, 2014 is canceled). He is asking residents of all ages to attend one of the meetings to share their thoughts and ideas concerning the current and future needs of the senior community.

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