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Whodunit?  Mystery Unfolds At the Blackstone Library

by marcia chambers | Jun 1, 2015 8:30 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Who killed Agatha Mystry? No, not Agatha Christie, but yes, Agatha Mystry. Come with us to see this “mystry,” not a mystery with an e, but a “Mystry” without one.

To solve this whodunit, an eager audience of sleuths recently became detectives for a night as they attended a reception for Ms. Agatha Mystry, the famous “chick-lit mystery writer” at the Blackstone. She was there to promote her new book.

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Eagle Turns 9

by marcia chambers | Apr 27, 2015 8:30 am

Nine years ago, on April 26, 2006, the Branford Eagle was born. We started as a column and a few years later, in 2009, we grew our staff and became an online news site. We are part of the New Haven Independent, which is published by the not-for-profit Online Journalism Project. The Indy celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

We have had quite a run. 

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The Media Wins One

by Thomas B. Scheffey, Connecticut Law Tribune | Dec 3, 2014 4:03 pm

Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini has vacated an order forbidding The Connecticut Law Tribune from publishing a story about a child custody case.

Daniel Klau, the Hartford lawyer who has been representing the Law Tribune, said the judge issued “a nine-page order, explaining why he vacated his injunction.” The entire order, like the other rulings in this matter, remain under seal, and Klau has been ordered not disclose them to his client.

“The judge also declined to stay his order to vacate,” said Klau, “which means the future appellate review of the matter is unknown.”

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Eagle Named Best Hyperlocal News Site

by marcia chambers | May 13, 2014 7:02 am | Comments (1)

The Branford Eagle has been named Best Hyperlocal News Site in the 2014 “Best of New Haven” readers poll.

The results of the annual poll, now published by the Hartford Courant and formerly published by the now-defunct New Haven Advocate, were announced last week. (The Courant kept the poll alive after deciding to stop publishing the New Haven Advocate, which it owned, and folding it into its weekly “CT Now” arts section.)

The Eagle, which has won numerous statewide journalism awards in serving Branford for the past eight years, won the best local news site category. The New Haven Independent came in second, followed by CTBoom.com, a site with a comedic bent that publishes out of Milford.

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Eagle Turns 8

by Staff | Apr 28, 2014 1:50 am | Comments (1)

Eight years ago, on April 26, 2006, the Branford Eagle was born. We started as a column. In 2009, we grew our staff and evolved into an online news site. We are part of the New Haven Independent, a daily news site published by the not-for-porfit Online Journalism Project. 

We have had quite a run.

In 2013, the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) gave the Branford Eagle and its reporters and photographer 16 awards, including first place awards for its coverage in 2012 of Superstorm Sandy. 

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Senate Leader Stands Up For Freedom Of Information

by Mark Pazniokas | Mar 11, 2014 11:13 am

In testimony delivered in quick succession Monday to two legislative committees, Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, strongly condemned post-Newtown legislation that would restrict public access to 9-1-1 recordings, police photographs and names of witnesses in drug or violent crimes.

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State Legislators Ready To Reverse FOI Restrictions

by marcia chambers | Mar 4, 2014 1:44 pm | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers Photo State Sen. Ed Meyer (D- 12th) long a defender of the public’s right to know, believes that a law hastily adopted last June in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school murders “is a danger to our history.”  He said he would oppose a task force’s recommendation to continue the law when the legislature votes this session. 

“Once government decides to cover up what it is doing, whether it is police or school officials or state senators, then it absolutely attacks our democratic system, democratic with a small d,” he said in an interview on the Branford Eagle’s BCTV cable show

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Meyer Skeptical Of New FOI Attacks

by Hugh McQuaid | Feb 4, 2014 9:13 am

Proposals to change the Freedom of Information Act are on the legislative table again this year in addition to the recommendations of the recently-concluded task force on privacy and public disclosure.

State Sen. Ed Meyer, who represents Branford, worries about a trend toward restricting public access to information.

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Historic Threat Looms To Public’s Right To Know

by Staff | Jan 27, 2014 2:11 pm

(Opinion) The Newtown shootings have led a state task force to suggest eviscerating a generation of freedom-of-information protections and enable police, inveterate violators of current laws, to keep even more public information secret. There’s still time to stop the changes.

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Cosgrove Seeks Multiple Budget Scenarios

by Diana Stricker | Jan 24, 2014 9:17 am

BCTV First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove has a new plan for budget season—- he has asked town department heads to prepare three budget scenarios which would reflect their wishes, a 0 percent increase, and a 2 percent reduction.

Cosgrove discussed the plan during a cable TV “Branford Eagle” program interview with host Marcia Chambers. The complete interview will be shown on BCTV, the town’s public access cable Channel 18, beginning tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m.

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