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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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Alleged Multimillion-Dollar Diet Scam Housed in Branford Condo

by marcia chambers | Jan 8, 2014 2:25 pm

For about two years, a massive $25 million weight-loss scam allegedly operated out of a condo office at Branford’s 420 East Main St., in building 2, Suite 8. The scam allegedly drew in unwitting consumers across the nation, consumers who relied on fake news sites, $79.99 a month at a time.

Over a period of 19 months from September 2010 to April 2011, a Guilford man named Boris Mizhen, along with Richard Chiang, who allegedly operated a company named LeadClick Media in Poway, California, devised “unfair and deceptive” media practices to advertise the benefits of diet supplements and to use “real reporters” to sell the product. The operation was a fake, authorities say. 

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Facebook Group Digs Deep Into Long-Ago Double Murder/Suicide Case

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 31, 2013 12:00 pm | Comments (1)

Sally E.Bahner Photo A former Branford resident posted a simple query about a tragic, horrific event that took place in his childhood home (pictured) more than 50 years ago. He wanted to know what happened.  His curiosity prompted close to 450 comments; finally, he had some answers. 

Bill LaRock, who now lives in Texas, posted his query on the Growing Up in Branford Facebook page

“I’m hesitant to put this out here, but I really would like to know if anyone who has joined this page lived in Branford during the late 1950s – early 1960s? Or maybe your parents did? My mother purchased a home in Branford, I believe in the early 1960s in the Hills section. According to her this house was involved in a horrific crime… a murder/suicide. I wasn’t born yet but she needed an inexpensive house and a way to get my brother and sister out of apartment living in New Haven. Obviously a crime like this wouldn’t go unnoticed in a small community like Branford, so I imagine anyone living in the town at this time knew of this incident. Does anyone have any information about this event or the people involved?”

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Help Keep Our Newsroom Going

by marcia chambers | Dec 20, 2013 10:10 am

File Photo Holiday greetings from all of us at the Branford Eagle. We hope you are enjoying the holidays and looking forward to 2014.  We certainly are! 

As professional journalists, we take great pleasure to know you support our mission. In 2012, The Branford Eagle won 13 awards, including first place in the online general reporting series for its coverage of “Tropical Storm Irene’s Aftermath.” The awards were announced in May at the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual excellence awards contest.

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Puppy Mill Video Pulled From BCTV

by marcia chambers | Sep 18, 2013 4:00 pm | Comments (1)

A 30-minute minute video and an accompanying website about puppy mills, scheduled for airing tonight on the town’s BCTV public-access channel, has been removed from public viewing, the chair of the animal shelter said in an interview last night.

The action came after Town Attorney William H. Clendenen, Jr., at the request of First Selectman Unk DaRos, sent a cease-&-desist letter to Lori Nicholson, the chair of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Commission and commission members. Click here to read our earlier story.

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History’s Pages Return To Life

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 9, 2013 11:10 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner Jeff Bailey describes himself as “Oz behind the curtain.” Peel back the curtain and we find a readily accessible treasure trove of Branford history.

Before the Branford Eagle, the Branford Review, the Sound and the Patch, there was, more than a century ago, the Branford Opinion, a print newspaper.  Now Bailey has brought it back to life via the Internet at branfordopinion.com along with the Branford Gleaner, Branford News, and Guilford Echo, all under the umbrella of the Branford Opinion.

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