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Politics of Financial Reform; Organized Opposition; Seafood Condemned; and More

“The Towns Around Us” takes a look at what’s making headlines in nearby communities.

NEW HAVEN – Congressman Barney Frank minced no words during his visit to New Haven this week. The Massachusetts Democrat said partisan meddling on the part of Republicans watered down financial reform and left many Americans face-to-face with foreclosure and in otherwise financial dire straights.

Frank, who was chairman of the commission overseeing the banking industry from 2007-11, stopped in Connecticut to visit with fellow Democrat Congressmen, Rosa DeLauro (D-3) and Joe Courtney (D-2), and to discuss financial reforms.

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MILFORD – City officials and residents came together this week in their opposition to a company’s proposal to operate a volume reduction plant on a piece of property that abuts the Housatonic River.

The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously in support of a resolution that opposes Milford Recycling Inc.’s application for a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The permit would allow the company to take in hundreds of tons of material to the site, located at 990 Naugatuck Ave.

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BRANFORD – More than 3,000 pounds of fresh seafood was condemned this week when the truck carrying the load hit a bridge and crashed onto its side.

Montowese Street was closed for about two hours while emergency and service crews cleared the scene, at the Amtrak bridge underpass.

Branford Patch has the driver’s story and a few comments from the market that was expecting the delivery. Check it out.

STRATFORD – The Town Council this week tabled a decision to purchase a fire truck because of concerns that it would not serve all residents.

The model recommended by a committee would not fit under a bridge in town, which some council members saw as a deal-breaker. Yet the interim fire chief says that would not delay the department’s response to any emergencies in town.

The decision is also complicated by the fact that two fire trucks are expected to be back in service in the coming months, after being put out of commission from accidents while in the line of duty.

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