Name Young Adult Arrestees?

by marcia chambers | Mar 15, 2017 12:31 pm | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new proposed criminal justice package provides a no-money bail stipulation for those accused of misdemeanors except in cases of violent crimes or when a judge decides otherwise. It also creates a new “young adults” category in which cases would remain confidential.

Malloy’s proposal to extend “juvenile” status for arrestees up to age 21 did not go over well in the legislature last year, so he pared it back this year. This year’s version defines young adult offenders as those ages 18 through 20 who are accused of committing all but the most serious crimes. They would fall under a hybrid setting, sitting in both the juvenile justice system and the adult system: Their criminal records would remain sealed but their court cases would be open—if you can find them. 

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State Roads Closed as Blizzard Barrels into Branford

by marcia chambers | Mar 14, 2017 8:00 pm

Mary Johnson Photo UPDATE—A blizzard barreled into Branford early Tuesday morning as a serious Nor’easter pounded the state with heavy snow and strong winds. The temperature got warmer as the day unfolded and the snow turned to sleet and rain. Temperatures were expected to plunge tonight, creating potential black ice problems for the morning. Plows were out clearing Branford’s roadways.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered a statewide travel ban, beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday. The ban included all state roads in Branford and surrounding communities. It remained in effect until 5 p.m. today.

At 5:30 p.m, at his final press conference for the day, the governor announced that state offices will be open for business tomorrow and told workers to come to work.

It’s not often that the state closes down its main roads, the governor said at a news conference in Hartford. “We don’t do this frequently. Because we don’t do it frequently people listen. This is New England. We have snow. I’m most appreciative that people listened.” Earlier in the day he urged residents to stay home. “Make brownies,” he said, or “read a book.” His wife took him up on it and a tray of brownies was later delivered and shared with the press corps covering the blizzard. 

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Foreign Object Found in Hope’s Intestines

by marcia chambers | Mar 14, 2017 11:16 am

With Permission An ultrasound of Hope the dog’s organs has revealed an unidentified foreign object in her intestines, Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, said yesterday.

“Unfortunately Hope is not strong enough to undergo surgery at this point, but we also do not want to leave the foreign object in there since it can do quite a bit of damage.” So on Wednesday Hope will undergo an endoscopy, Burban said, “which may tell us what the foreign object is and we may have luck removing it that way.”

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Hope Suffers a Setback

by marcia chambers | Mar 13, 2017 7:34 am

Photo, Renee Fraser, Facebook Hope, a black pit bull-lab mix who was nearly starved to death, has been diagnosed with liver and pancreas issues following blood work and X-rays that were taken Sunday. She had stopped eating or drinking, the staff at the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter reported.

Hope, who is believed to be between 5 and 8 years old, was found by a driver on Route 1 near Branhaven Plaza last week. The driver saw the dog walking and falling down. She stopped, put the dog in her car, and took her across town to the shelter at 749 E. Main St.

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Hope, the Dog, Makes Progress

by marcia chambers | Mar 11, 2017 12:00 pm

With Permission Hope is now walking, sitting, and holding her head up high but she has a long recovery ahead. Last Monday, a woman was driving on Route 1 near Branhaven Plaza when she saw a dog walking and falling down. She stopped, put the dog in her car, and took her across town to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter at 749 E.Main St.

The dog, whom shelter folks later named Hope, was emaciated and near death and could not stand up or walk. Today her temperature has returned to normal and she continues to gain weight though she is not yet out of the woods. She will need to gain about 30 pounds. She is receiving 24-hour veterinary care. The next two weeks are crucial, Laura Burban, the director of the animal shelter, said. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 10, 2017 10:29 am

We’re not quite out of the woods yet in terms of weather, but you might want to venture into the woods (with homage to the Broadway musical) to learn about its denizens with Lauren Brown and the Branford Land Trust. Bundle up. It’s sure to be chilly. If music warms your soul, the longstanding Branford Folk Music Society offers a concert that is sure to delight.

Saturday, March 11

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Hope for a Dog Named Hope

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 10, 2017 8:30 am

With Permission Donations from all over the country are pouring into the Cosgrove Animal Shelter in support of a black pit bull-lab mix that was found emaciated and near death this week at Branhaven Shopping Center on West Main Street. Donations received toward a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the dog’s condition are nearing $10,000. This is in large part to the fact that PETA is contributing $5,000 to a reward fund.

Hope, as she’s been named, was covered in pressure sores, and could not walk when she was found. She is estimated at between 5 and 8 years old and is not spayed. Under 24-hour veterinary care, she is slowly getting stronger, eating small amounts, and beginning to walk again; it was estimated that she was starved for three months and she was on the verge of organ failure.

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Brews, Views and A New Plan of Conservation & Development

by Diana Stricker | Mar 9, 2017 8:42 am

Diana Stricker Photo Brews, views and news about upcoming long-range planning projects were on the agenda of last week’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting.

A public hearing was held for expansion at the Thimble Island Brewery at 16 Business Park Drive, but no decision was reached. The commission unanimously approved — with conditions — a proposal by Solar City Corp. to put a solar display near the town-owned Ecology Park on Tabor Drive. And consultants were chosen for the Plan of Conservation of Development (POCD) and the Transportation Oriented Development (TOD) study. Public hearings on the planning projects could begin by early summer.

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Iconic Blackstone Library To Expand

by Diana Stricker | Mar 8, 2017 8:15 am

With Permission The James Blackstone Memorial Library is kicking off a capital campaign to raise funds for a renovation project that will bring the iconic 1896 library into the 21st century.

“It’s an iconic building in our town. It’s beloved,” Library director Karen Jensen said during a press conference Tuesday morning. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t meet the needs of a 21st century library.”

Plans call for a 2,000 square-foot addition on the ground floor, and reconfiguration of many interior spaces throughout the library. The distinctive front entrance and steps will remain the same. 

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BOS Appoints Two of Four Temporary Building Commission Members

by Diana Stricker | Mar 6, 2017 9:06 am

With Permission Two department heads have been appointed to serve as temporary members of the Public Building Commission to oversee the Community House/Senior Center project; and two seats are still open.

The Board of Selectman (BOS) unanimously appointed Dagmar Ridgway, director of the Canoe Brook Senior Center; and Alex Palluzzi, Jr., director of the Parks and Recreation Department, to serve on the commission.

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