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04
Mar
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Bullets Fired into Occupied home

Hamden, Ct shooter

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Hamden Police Chief Ronald Smith reported shots being fired into an occupied home on West Easton Street earlier this week, but no one was injured.  The bullet came through a window and lodged in a wall in the early evening hours.

Two people were in the house at the time of the shooting.  Hamden police are asking anyone who has information about the incident to contact the department.   The Major Crimes division can be reached at 203.230.4040

Thu
03
Mar
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Tempertures Drop; Snow Expected

Weather

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Temperatures plummet on Thursday and Friday as snow showers are expected overnight.  Today’s low 23 Degrees F and today’s high 37 and sunny with precipitation expected by dawn.  Do not despair, temperatures are expected to reach 70 degrees in the upcoming week. 

Wed
02
Mar
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Papantoniou says Hamden Shooting was Accidental

Shooter Papantoniou

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Under cross-examination by Stacey Miranda, senior Assistant State’s Attorney, the accused killer Nicholas Papantoniou admitted he took a loaded gun from the hands of his accomplish while attempting to rob Larry Dildy in 2014. 

39-year-old Papantoniou of Stratford, Connecticut testified in his defense as his trial moved forwared, he is charged with felony murder, murder, first-degree burglary, criminal possession of a firearm and altering a firearm’s identification marks.  Larry Dildy, 56, was shot to death in his home on Circular Avenue on 19 October, 2014 when two men Papantoniou, and William Countermash, 35, of East Haven arrived at his home and shot him to death. 

Tue
01
Mar
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Hamden School Board Approves $85.8 million budget

Hamden Middle

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

On Monday night the Board of Education approved a $85.8 million budget for next year.  The budget stands nearly as Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler penned it.   The life skills class for middle schoolers (Home economics) was left on the cutting room floor along with the preschool program at Church Hill School. 

Goeler initially requested $86.1millon, but received less, board members are concerned belts will have to be tightened even further when the mayor and Legislative Council masticate it more.  The budget increase for 2014-2015 was .31 percent but on average the increase is about 2 percent. 

Mon
29
Feb
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Hamden Fathers: Burgess's Ballers Defeat NAPA New Haven 28-27 in City Championship

HFBA - Championship Game

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Hamden -- The Hamden Fathers basketball championship game was held on Saturday night for 11-12 year-old boys.  Competing were the Burgess Ballers vs. NAPA New Haven team.    The Hamden Fathers Basketball Association was founded in 1955 a collaboration with the Hamden’s Department of Parks and Recreation.   According to their website, “Our mission is the same as it was then:  teach the children of Hamden the game of basketball and sportsmanship in an environment that promotes recreation and fun for the entire family.”

The participating teams for the 2016 season. 

Team 1 – Colonial Funeral Home

Team 2 – Napa New Haven

Team 3 – Burgess’ s Ballers

Team 4 – Unitas Club

Team 5 – Batters Box

Team 6 -- Ercolano Cleaning

Team  7 – Wayne Tolson Scholarship Fund

Sat
27
Feb
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Hamden: The Nields Performing at The Space on Saturday Night

The Nields

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Hamden, CT -- Looking for something special on a perfect Saturday night?  Then, Hamden, Connecticut is the right place at the right time.  The Nields have completed their 17th studio album and will play, “The Space” on Saturday 27, February, 2016 starting at 7:30 PM. 

XVII is said to be a more personal, introspective and adult view of life.  The genre jumping duo from Northern Virginia are sisters with a perpetual ability to make audible their take on  life.   Nerissa and Katryna Nields have played together for nearly 25 years their synergy as sisters and music cohorts is apparent. 

Wed
24
Feb
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Hamden Dogs Fate Swing in the Balance after Brutal Attack

Kato and Kleo

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Hamden, Connecticut woman Cynthia Reed spent two days in the hospital after a 2012 attack by two Rottweilers while defending her young granddaughter. 

The dogs were slated to be euthanized, but the dog’s owner Kim Millers says the story told is not an accurate accounting of what happened.  In October 2012, police said the dogs escaped their enclosure and came after Reeds 6-year-old granddaughter; when she stepped between the child and the dog and was bitten on the back of the neck.  Neighbors and onlookers beat the animals with a baseball bat and sticks to rescue the woman from further attack. 

Thu
18
Feb
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New York Man Loses Wallet recieves it back in the Mail

New York City Letter

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Reilly Flaherty, 28, discovered he had lost his wallet on 5 February, while attending a Wilco concert at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.   

He received his wallet in the mail with a short note about what happened to the rest of his belongings. 

Wed
17
Feb
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1 Dead in Police Shooting in Fairfield

Fairfield Knife

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Fairfield, Connecticut – Manhattan lawyer Christopher Andrews ,51, was shot down by police Tuesday in his $700,000 Connecticut home after he attacked his wife Kathleen and his three teenaged children. 

The Law firm Partner tried to hit his 15-year-old son with a baseball bat, but the teen managed to take it from him.  Police found the rest of the Andrews family around the house with different injuries, including Kathleen being stabbed in the face. 

The wounded wife was listed in critical condition at a Bridgeport Hospital and the youngest son was flown to Yale-New Haven Hospital with critical injuries.   For mental health reasons the officer involved in the shooting was also taken to a hospital as a precaution. 

Tue
16
Feb
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Married 83 years: Love will Conquer All according to one Connecticut Couple

The Betar's

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

John and Ann Betar eloped in 1932, he was 21 years-old and she was 17 years-old.   Today they are now 104 years-old and 100 years-old respectfully. 

The couple married against her family’s will.  They wanted her to marry a man 20 years her senior believing he would better take care of her.  Instead John and Ann chose each other by eloping and have now been married for nearly 84 years. 

When John was 21 he was a fruit peddler and later opened a grocery store.  He says the early years were not easy financially, but the couple persevered.     

Surprisingly, Ann still cooks, cleans and makes the bed.  John is also still active, driving, handling the finances. 

The couple now resides in Fairfield, Connecticut. 

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