by Diana Stricker | Apr 27, 2017 7:40 am
The Atlantic Wharf residential and retail complex in the heart of Branford is another step closer to reality now that the a court appeals process has ended. A permit to demolish the crumbling Atlantic Wire building may be the next step.
The option for further appeals was denied earlier this month by the state’s Appellate Court. The Costanzo family, of 33 Wilford Ave., initially filed an appeal in February 2016 in New Haven state Superior Court to reverse the decision of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission regarding approval of Atlantic Wharf. That appeal was dismissed in January 2017 by Superior Court Judge Angela Robinson who issued a 13-page decision. The judge said that “the substantial evidence” in the record “does not support any of the plaintiff’s three claims raised on appeal.”
Continue reading ‘Atlantic Wharf Project Moves Forward’
by marcia chambers | Apr 25, 2017 7:28 am
A group of Democratic Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members rose as one at this month’s RTM meeting to denounce the make-up, legality and the reach of a special RTM sub-committee set up to decide if the Parkside Village affordable housing project will be built at the former site of the Branford Hills Elementary School (pictured above).
The uproar about the RTM sub-committee and its purpose came after RTM Moderator Dennis Flanagan (R-5th) appointed Ray Ingraham (R-5th), RTM Republican majority leader, as chair of the sub-committee. Both Ingraham and Flanagan represent the Fifth District where Parkside Village has been located since the 1970s. The 30-member RTM consists of 19 Republicans and 11 Democrats, representing seven districts.
Continue reading ‘Should the RTM Decide the Site of Parkside Village?’
by marcia chambers | Apr 18, 2017 7:31 am | Comments (6)
Luigi Amasino (pictured), Branford’s former police canine officer, filed a lawsuit against the town of Branford yesterday, asserting Police Chief Kevin Halloran threatened last December that he either withdraw a grievance against the police department or the chief “would destroy the plaintiff’s career as a law enforcement officer.”
In a four-page civil complaint filed in New Haven Superior Court, John R. Williams, Amasino’s New Haven attorney, says Amasino did not withdraw his grievance, a grievance filed in response to a two- day suspension ordered on Dec. 6 for alleged violations of departmental rules and regulations.
Continue reading ‘Branford Police Canine Officer Sues Over Termination’
by marcia chambers | Apr 5, 2017 9:21 am
An ATM employee who had just reloaded funds at an ATM inside Allegra’s restaurant and was heading back to his van was pistol whipped by a group of men who forced him into his van where he was ordered to open up a safe and turn over thousands of dollars.
The robbery, which occurred in broad daylight at Lakeview Plaza, left the employee dazed and bleeding from his forehead as he sought help near his Mercedes van, which was in the parking lot, about 15 feet from Allegra’s. A woman came to his aid, giving him tissue wipes to absorb the blood on his face. An ambulance was called and he was taken to a local hospital.
Continue reading ‘Daylight Robbery at ATM Employee’s Van’
by marcia chambers | Mar 30, 2017 12:16 pm
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have been showing up at the nation’s courthouses seeking immigrants about to appear for court dates. Dan Barrett, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, calls this development “very worrisome.”
“They are becoming aware of when people have court dates,” Barrett stated during an appearance on WNHH radio’s “Legal Eagle” program. In Connecticut, he has not yet heard of ICE going into a courthouse or into a courtroom. Rather, he said, ICE officials typically corral someone outside the building.
Continue reading ‘ICE Given Access To State Data’
by Diana Stricker | Mar 29, 2017 8:17 am | Comments (1)
The possibility of demolishing the former Atlantic Wire factory on Church Street could become a reality if a demolition permit is approved.
That could spur development of the property as an upscale apartment and commercial complex, if another legal appeal regarding the housing complex does not materialize. The developer has renamed the property Atlantic Wharf.
Continue reading ‘Demolition Permit Sought for Atlantic Wire Factory’
by marcia chambers | Mar 24, 2017 7:14 am
Sometimes the story of a dog betrayed takes on a life of its own, and sometimes the process is transformative. So it is with Hope.
Laura Burban, the director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, says when she and her colleagues first saw Hope more than two weeks ago they reacted with “heartbreak and anger.” Now she and her staff have been uplifted and renewed. It is case like no other, she said.
The emaciated black pit bull-lab mix dog, frightened and near death, was only 30 pounds when a woman brought her by car to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. The woman explained she found her walking and falling down near Branhaven Plaza across town.
Continue reading ‘Hope’s Odyssey Resonates’
by marcia chambers | Mar 21, 2017 4:35 pm | Comments (1)
Over the weekend Hope’s energy picked up. She was videotaped fetching a tennis ball and appeared generally energetic. She seemed to have no fear of a cat sitting in a room with her though we can’t say the same for the cat. She was upbeat and friendly. “You can really start to see her personality!” Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, reported.
On Sunday morning she did what most of us do on Sundays. She took the morning off, lounging on a couch. She also received lots of snuggles and belly rubs from the staff.
Continue reading ‘Hope Plays Ball’
by marcia chambers | Mar 18, 2017 7:39 am
Hope’s caregivers had a surprise for her yesterday. They dressed her up in green ear pieces that said, “Kiss Me!” and they looped a green bowtie around her neck. Then came a dress that didn’t fit her. Never mind. Ham that she is, she loved it and posed eagerly for photos.
It doesn’t get better for this dog, a black pit bull-lab mix with soulful eyes. She was discarded, then found near Branhaven Shopping Center, emaciated and near death and brought to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter about a week and a half ago.
Continue reading ‘Hope Celebrates Saint Paddy’s Day’
by marcia chambers | Mar 16, 2017 7:36 am
Veterinarians who performed an endoscopy on Hope today discovered and removed a small stuffed toy animal from her body. A few days ago, an ultrasound of Hope’s organs revealed an unidentified foreign object in her intestines, which turned out to be the small stuffed toy.
“Hope did really well through the procedure,” Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter,” reported in today’s update.
Burban was delighted with the result because the dog is too frail for surgery. An endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine an animal’s or a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, a vet can view pictures of a dog’s digestive tract on a color TV monitor. The procedure also allows vets to remove the obstruction, if possible.
Continue reading ‘Vets Remove Small Stuffed Toy from Hope’s Body’