by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 16, 2018 8:28 am | Comments (1)
Medical marijuana is becoming an increasingly important part of the toolbox for treating chronic pain and cancer. And Branford has been in the forefront of meeting that need.
The town’s Bluepoint Wellness dispensary has been operational since 2014 and expanded in 2016 into larger quarters in a former bank building on East Main Street. It’s not just a trendy novelty – the facility serves more than 3,000 patients, prescribed by 1,000 doctors.
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by marcia chambers | Oct 10, 2017 8:33 am | Comments (2)
Thanks to a recent grant, the Walsh Intermediate School Based Health Center will be working with Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) to open 45 minutes before school starts in order to extend current service time to meet the needs of families who may have urgent care needs, are enrolled in the school based health center and are need of services. The new extended hours program begins Nov. 1.
Walsh was selected by the Connecticut Health Foundation, the state’s largest independent health philanthropy, to receive a $25,000 grant that is designed to avoid or reduce school absences and to keep kids out of emergency rooms. Walsh enrolls 916 students in grades five to eight. This is a school based health clinic that is partially funded by the Department of Public Health and YNHH.
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by Diana Stricker | Sep 11, 2017 7:27 am
The Housing Authority and the developer of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing complex are hopeful this year’s revised plans will succeed. The project would replace the dilapidated buildings that house low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
“We’re very optimistic,” said Housing Authority chair Doug Denes at Wednesday night’s meeting, which was held at the Parkside 1 complex at 115 S. Montowese St.
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by Staff | Jun 7, 2017 12:05 pm
State Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr., (D-Branford), last night led a unanimous bi-partisan state senate to adopt a series of major policy changes in how the state fights an ongoing opioid crisis. Kennedy, a health care attorney, said the bill will transform the way Connecticut fights the opioid epidemic on a variety of fronts.
The new bill law establishes a “standing order” model, which will make it easier for friends and family members of opioid addicts to obtain Narcan, the life-saving opioid overdose reversal medication. It also requires doctors to reduce the maximum opioid prescription for minors from seven days to five unless the doctor can document the need for an extended prescription.
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by marcia chambers | Jan 9, 2017 12:10 pm | Comments (2)
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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by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2016 9:37 am | Comments (1)
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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by marcia chambers | Dec 6, 2016 9:04 am | Comments (1)
Dr. Howard Zonana, a forensic psychiatrist who works at the intersection of law and medicine, says the single most pressing issue facing the nation and the state today is the overcrowding of mentally ill patients in prisons, hospitals and emergency rooms.
Dr. Zonana, a professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and a clinical professor of law at the Yale Law School, has been instrumental for the past 40 years in getting both worlds to work together in the field of forensic psychiatry, a field that confronts the most difficult cases, those involving mentally ill defendants.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 31, 2016 7:49 am
When Rob Morris saw a 5-year-old year girl in a red dress in a Southeast Asian brothel with other girls in red dresses, he knew he had to act. A number – 146 – was pinned to her shirt and, he said, he saw defiance in her eyes.
Morris, who co-founded Love146 in 2002 and serves as its president, described that encounter at a recent gathering at the Stony Creek Brewery, titled “Hope is Brewing.” He said he was brought along as an observer by a team investigating the brothel and saw the girls in the red dresses. They had no names, just numbers. “They were shut down with blank stares,” he said. Except for no. 146.
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by marcia chambers | Oct 19, 2016 12:16 pm
The town’s parks and recreation commission has adopted a no- smoking policy for two town beaches, a pond, and all parks, a policy that includes electronic smoking. The new policy comes with “No Smoking” signs but no official ordinance – at least not yet.
Richard Hill, a Branford resident, told the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at its monthly meeting last week that in recent months he went to the Parks and Rec commission seeking a no-smoking ban at the town’s beaches and all parks “but no signs went up” even though the commission adopted the ban last August.
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by marcia chambers | Sep 19, 2016 7:09 am
Pharmacist Nick Tamborrino, the founder and manager of Bluepoint Wellness, asked the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)Thursday to approve his application for a larger medical marijuana dispensary, one that can accommodate a new population, minors with certain verified medical conditions. After a short public hearing, the P&Z approved the application with conditions.
Tamborrino told the commission he had been operating successfully since the town’s first marijuana dispensary opened two years ago this month next door to his proposed new facility, the first floor of a vacant bank. He plans to convert the first floor into separate spaces for adults and minors, including children.
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