“We Are All Immigration Lawyers Now”

by marcia chambers | Jan 13, 2017 8:59 am | Comments (2)

Lucy Gellman Photo As the Trump administration prepares to take office, David Rosen, a longtime New Haven civil rights attorney, and fellow lawyers are preparing to tackle new areas of law in order to protect people who may need them. 

“We are all immigration lawyers, now,” Rosen said quoting a colleague responding to comments by president-elect Trump that he plans to round up and deport undocumented immigrants and penalize “sanctuary cities” like New Haven. Trump will have broad presidential powers to crack down on those cities, USA Today wrote this week.

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Election Reflection: Professionals’ Perspectives

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 12, 2017 7:00 am

File Photo It’s safe to say that there has never been an election with the impact of the one that took place in November. Sentiments are still running high in the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Facebook has become a big platform for those struggling to understand what happened and how to cope with the future. People are reflecting, reaching out to each other, and mobilizing, Branford residents included.

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P & Z Approves Building and Expansion Projects

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2017 7:20 am

With Permission Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists’ expansion plans that were approved in July have expanded even before construction began. The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission approved revised plans last week for the North Main Street facility that will provide more outpatient surgical space; and also more overnight recovery rooms, which is a new concept for the Branford site.

The commission also approved plans for a kick-boxing fitness facility on West Main Street; and previously approved plans for an office building on Cedar Street; and a new storage facility on Harbor Street for Cherry Hill Glass Co.

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Town’s Top Public Works Leaders Quit

by marcia chambers | Jan 9, 2017 11:10 am | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers Photo Branford’s first major snowstorm of the year hit the town with a fury this past weekend and Department of Public Works crews, the town’s first responders in a snowstorm, were out plowing the town’s streets and byways. But this storm was different.

It was different because the Department of Public Works’ two top officials, the men who have led the department, were not there to oversee the operation. They resigned their leadership posts within the last month.

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Boys’ BB Team Picks Up Second Win in Holiday Tourney

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 7, 2017 8:39 am

Bill O'Brien Photo As 2017 began, the Branford boys’ basketball team picked up their second win of the season by beating the Academy of Aerospace 49-37 in the consolation round of the North Haven Holiday Tournament at the Fred Kelly Gymnasium at North Haven High School. The Hornets fell to the host team in the first round 53-47.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We didn’t play our best against them tonight,” said coach Jake Palluzzi(pictured), “but we’ll take it.”

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Town Becomes Formal Party in Legacy Theatre Lawsuits

by marcia chambers | Jan 6, 2017 7:45 am

With Permission New Haven Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Corradino has granted a motion to make the town of Branford a formal party to two Legacy Theatre lawsuits after attorneys agreed the town’s involvement was necessary to achieve a stipulated judgment to settle the case. The final issue? Parking spaces.  If this works, the hope is the theater may open in 2017. 

The idea that the town would be willing to become a party to the lawsuits was announced at a Stony Creek Association (SCA) meeting in mid-November by Attorney Mark K. Branse, who represents a group of neighbor-abutters who live on Thimble Islands Road. In becoming a formal party to the litigation, the town, in effect, agrees that any judgment reached among the four parties will be binding on the town.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 5, 2017 8:20 am

Winter is settling in and the focus is on indoor activities. Lots going on at the Blackstone, plus various other opportunities for expanding your horizons. Looking ahead, it’s not too soon to make reservations for the annual Eagle Watch along the Connecticut River – take some time to view these magnificent birds and enjoy lunch afterwards. 

Thursday, Jan. 5


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Motel 6 Is Scene of New Year’s Day Arrest

by marcia chambers | Jan 4, 2017 8:07 am

Branford Police Department A 37-year-old West Haven man has been charged with robbery, unlawful restraint and strangulation in connection with a series of events in a room at Motel 6 in the early hours of New Years Day.

Christopher Pruitt, of 129 Park St., West Haven, was arrested on charges of assaulting and robbing two women and a man in their motel room. According to Officer Ryan Gotowala, who investigated the incident, Pruitt allegedly “robbed, assaulted and held the two women and a man captive.”

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Independent Study Backs Land Trust in Medlyn Farm Dispute

by marcia chambers | Jan 3, 2017 7:40 am | Comments (1)

The Branford Land Trust (BLT) today set the record straight when it comes to salt water flooding at the historic Medlyn Farm in Stony Creek.

Pete Raymond, president of the BLT, says it is time for members and friends of the Branford Land Trust to understand that the land trust’s removal of a cracked earthen berm near Jarvis Creek in 2012, did not prompt salt water flooding at the Medlyn farm. The land trust removed the berm after the state’s environmental agency and the federal Army Corps of Engineers approved the action.

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Alps Farmers Market Folds but Future is Wide Open

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2016 8:37 am | Comments (1)

File Photo Although the Branford Alps Farmers Market is pulling up its stakes after two seasons, market manager Martha Maguire says she is not leaving the local fresh food movement.

Maguire hopes that someone else acceptable to the town will take over the market. She’s open to hearing new ideas or helping with other markets. “For the powers-that-be to realize that people enjoyed it might make it easier to find a better location,” she said.

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