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BOS Honors Boys & Girls Ice Hockey Teams

by Diana Stricker | Apr 7, 2014 7:46 am

Diana Stricker Photo It was time for accolades as Branford’s boys and girls ice hockey teams were honored for their championship seasons by the Board of Selectmen (BOS) last week.

The selectmen presented certificates of achievement to the high school teams Wednesday night as family and friends filled the meeting room at Fire Headquarters.

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Branford Awarded Medical Marijuana Program

by marcia chambers | Apr 3, 2014 10:24 pm | Comments (1)

File Photo Branford and five other towns will launch the state’s medical marijuana program this summer, Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced yesterday.

Branford’s facility, which will include patients from New Haven, will be located at 469 East Main St., in a separate section of the building that houses the Planet Fitness gym. The facility has a separate entrance. It previously housed a beauty parlor and a massage therapy facility.

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Pat Widlitz Says Farewell to the Legislature

by marcia chambers | Apr 3, 2014 1:52 pm | Comments (3)

With Permission Longtime state Rep. Pat Widlitz, the co-chair of the powerful House Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, will be on the campaign trail this summer, she said yesterday—“but not for myself.”

Widlitz, a Democrat who represents the 98th Assembly District (Guilford and two sections of Branford), told the Eagle in an exclusive interview that she will not seek reelection this November. She will retire at the end of her current term on Dec. 31.

She has served 20 years as a state legislator. Before that she held local office as a Guilford selectwoman and as a member of the Board of Education.  She turns 69 in July.

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Jazz Tribute “Wheels” In Sunday

by Staff | Apr 2, 2014 11:43 am

Stanton Wheeler’s jazz heart beats on.

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Delivery Man Lives To Tell the Tale

by marcia chambers | Apr 2, 2014 11:33 am

Two would-be burglars arrived in Branford in a pick-up truck, getting off the ramp on I-95 and onto Cedar Street, the town’s main entrance, shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday.

They parked their truck in a small lot outside a condo unit on NorthMain Street, across the street from Dunkin Donuts. The idea was to come via Exit 54 and to leave via Exit 54.

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“March Went Out Like a Lion”

by Mary Johnson | Apr 1, 2014 1:00 am | Comments (2)

Mary Johnson Photo Large fluffy snowflakes hit the shoreline with fierce intensity yesterday morning, lodging on flowers everywhere in what appeared to be a cruel joke. We are recording the event because we are hoping this is our final snow story in what has been a long winter season. 

Our photographer Mary Johnson grabbed her camera and headed out as heavy pockets of snow hit the shoreline. All in all, about three inches of snow fell on Branford and nearby towns. 

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Branford Software Industry Grows

by Diana Stricker | Mar 31, 2014 11:50 am

Contributed Photo Core Informatics LLC is a true hometown success story.

The technology company, founded by two Branford natives in 2006, recently appointed another Branford native as CEO. Now the company is on the verge of an $8.4 million expansion of its Branford headquarters that will add 69 new jobs in the next five years.

And the state of Connecticut is helping.

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Kennedy’s Moment?

by Staff | Mar 30, 2014 12:29 pm

WFSB 3 ConnecticutThe Eagle’s Marcia Chambers dishes with WFSB’s Dennis House about the week’s state Senate political earthquake. Click on the video to watch; click here for the story that got the state talking.

Two Indicted In Hardy Murder Case

by marcia chambers | Mar 28, 2014 2:10 pm

Contributed Photo After eight years, and a long and winding investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday the indictment of two men charged with arson in connection with the death of Kathy Hardy in Short Beach on March 7, 2006.

Both men were known to the police and federal investigators in the days after Hardy’s death was declared a homicide. The case took many turns until it led to this week’s federal indictment. If the charges are proven, John Vailette, now in federal prison, and Steven Martone , arrested in North Branford Friday morning, could receive the death penalty. Others may also face arrest. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told the Eagle today that the federal grand jury’s investigation “is ongoing.”

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Drone Saves Puppy Trapped In Stony Creek Swamp

by marcia chambers | Mar 28, 2014 11:44 am | Comments (2)

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Harley, a year-old beagle, had been howling and crying for hours as he lay trapped in high cattails in a muddy swamp in Stony Creek.

Then he fell silent, exhausted. Brown and white with floppy ears, he blended right into the high spiked cattails.

He wasn’t easy to spot until a fire department drone flying, whirring above him woke him up.  It saved his life.

Harley lives with his family on Bowhay Road. Somehow he got loose mid-Sunday afternoon. He had no collar and no identification. He simply ran free and vanished down the road into a large, deep swamp, the kind that causes humans to sink within the muck.  Before long he became trapped in the cattails. The water was frigid.

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