A group of residents from Stony Creek, including some leaders in the Democratic party, are banding together to fight a potential Costco in Branford.

A discussion of Costco took place at the Stony Creek Association meeting, and the issue was raised following a lengthy discussion on the groups fight against the Puppet House. The group is considering forming a subcommittee on Costco, and some of its members, notably Democratic RTM member Josh Brooks, spoke against the development, which has not been formally proposed yet.

In the audience was a group, led by Democrat and former town attorney Penny Bellamy, that had met earlier in the day and is looking to grow in opposition to the proposal. Bellamy is best known for her role as town attorney for Unk DaRos when the town took the Tabor property by eminent domain, a move that courts would rule was illegal and would cost Branford taxpayers over 18 million dollars and over a decade in legal battles.

Last week, an email initially sent out by Bellamy made the rounds among the Branford Democratic party, which included a document entitled “10 Reasons Costco Doesn’t Belong in Branford” and a press release from the failed Andrew Campbell campaign for first selectman in 2013 that pushed for development at exit 53 over exit 56.

Campbell lost to Jamie Cosgrove in a campaign where Costco was a significant talking point.

Also speaking against Costco were Democratic RTM members Josh Brooks and Peter Hentschel. Brooks is also on the Board of the Stony Creek Association.

The Costco proposal is not new, nor is it the first time such a proposal has been made in Branford. In the last few years alone, former first selectman Unk DaRos, a Democrat, pushed Costco to another location just off exit 56, to what is known as the Bittersweet property. Interestingly, despite that proposal getting further than the current one, neither Bellamy nor the SCA organized against it.

The list, “10 Reasons Costco Doesn’t Belong in Branford,” which was written by resident Kate Galambos, was emailed to town officials in January, but largely ignored as much as the information is taken out of context or is simply false. Some of the sources of information include the Democratic propaganda site Branford Eagle, which has routinely published inaccurate information on the Costco topic and produced false articles on Cosgrove. At one point, the Eagle published false plans of the proposed development without confirming it with the developers; the developers would later state the plan should be discarded.

On another point, the list references the Eagle in stating that Charlie Weber, who owns some of the impacted property, is an “old friend” of the Cosgrove family, and implies that this raises issue with the development. The document, and the Eagle, fails to mention that Costco had plans to go to the Cooke property well before Cosgrove was even on the Board of Selectmen, and well before he became first selectman.

The remainder of the issues are generally an attack on Costco, stating that it will hurt the economy, the jobs are part time and pay minimum wage. Interestingly, Costco is well known nationally as having one of the highest wages and benefits for such a warehouse club.

Galambos, who wrote the list, spoke at the meeting. She stated that while she lives on the other side of town, the Costco would impact her ride to Guilford if it was built. When she spoke, she was given an ovation by the audience at the SCA meeting.

At one point, a resident compared their fight against Costco to the fight against Broadwater. “We could stop a pipe through Stony Creek,” she said. “We can certainly stop Costco.”

‘Where is Kiki Kennedy when you need her?” responded Dan Bullard, who heads up the SCA. Kennedy, wife of current state senator Ted Kennedy Jr., played a key role in the Broadwater fight.

Where local representatives stand on Costco is unclear. Kennedy and state representative Sean Scanlon have said little on the topic, and state Representative Lonnie Reed has stated she is not opposed to it during the last election, but the proposed Costco is not in her district.

What has been raised for the last few years is the concept that a Costco, and the development that goes with it, would somehow negatively impact the exit 56 area. The development of the exit has long been a plan of the town, and a key aspect of Cosgrove’s 2013 campaign. The reason is that developing around an exit allows out of town traffic to enter and exit easily, and doesn’t force traffic through town to access the retail stores. For example, Costco in Milford is located between two exits, creating significantly more traffic through town than would be seen if it had been built closer to an exit.  

The other consistent argument has been a lingering talking point from the 2013 election that development should happen at exit 53 over exit 56. With the point raised at the SCA meeting, former first selectman John Opie stood to explain that the main reason Costco is not going to exit 53 is that they have not shown any desire to open there, and they prefer exit 56. But 53 also presents significant issues, such as a lack of on and off ramps, and the fact that there are multiple property owners that would need to align to be able to develop the area. At the very least, significant development at 53 is about a decade away.

Overwhelming support has been shown for Costco in Branford over the past year, and especially during the 2013 election. Over 2000 have joined the Facebook page Bring Costco to Branford Now, and the concept has seen strong support in a variety of polls. It remains to be seen if opposition, led largely by political leaders that have opposed the current first selectman in the past election and the Stony Creek Association, which has a history of opposing many projects, including the Puppet House theater and, in past years, even filed losing lawsuits to stop the truck stop at exit 56, will gain any significant traction. Unlike the Puppet theater however, Costco is set to go about 2 miles outside of Stony Creek, in a clearly defined commercial area.

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Anonymous

'But 56 also presents significant issues, such as a lack of on and off ramps, and the fact that there are multiple property owners that would need to align to be able to develop the area. At the very least, significant development at 53 is about a decade away."

Just a typo that I saw towards the bottom. I think you mean "But 53 presents significant issues."


Now I live in off exit 56, I have accepted the fact that Costco and other stores will be going there. I think the SCA and other democrats should focus on making sure the plan does not cause leetes island road traffic increase and cause problems from Chowder Pot light to the Exit 56 North On/Off Ramp. Thats fair to ask about since we are the ones that travel that area more frequently.

They should wait till the master plan is released later this month and then see what they can do. Who knows what is that in master plan. We didn't know till Monday that the 3rd lane at exit 56 was going to be put in so that Creekers/people turning right will now have their own lane instead of waiting behind trucks making the wide left hand turn.

My concern is for people getting back onto I-95 North as that require multiple turns at stop lights with only 1 lane to turn. Now who knows what the plan says the main route will be for people to get back to 95N but I think that is something that needs to be handled as I am assuming that Costco believes the majority of the people that will come from Guilford/Madison/Clinton outwards.

Anonymous

Penny didn't cost the town enough with her lies about tabor and the money she cost this town now she wants to take more.
I heard it said many years ago that they should have dug a moat around Stoney creek and let it float to Guilford. IS IT TO LATE!

Alfred C Whitehead

To those in Stony Creek who oppose the Costco project... Remember what Daniel Patrick Moynihan once warned..." “You're entitled to your own opinions... but you're not entitled to your own facts." It's perfectly fine to state your case as to why you disagree with Costco coming to Exit 56 but no one is going to believe you if you spin and weave the story with falsehoods and fear. The SCA already has the reputation of crying "wolf" when something is proposed in their neighborhood yet they remain conspicuiously quiet when a particular issue is in another part of Town that doesn't affect their precious "village." Mr. Mazzacane of the Branford Seven is ferocious when it comes to the "facts of a story" regard of who is for ar against the issue. You'd better have your facts correct or you will be destroyed by your own lies. Must I painfully remind you what happened to your standard bearers (DaRos and Campbell) in the last election for "manipulating the truth?" Whose next? Josh Brooks? Have a nice day!

Alfred C Whitehead

Tomorrow is President Abraham Lincoln's birthday. It might be appropriate for those malcontents who are spewing inaccurate information about Costco to recall and heed his famous words..."You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." [innocent]

Alfred C Whitehead

"Lord Northcliffe Killed the Penny Dreadful by the Simple Process of Producing a Ha’Penny Dreadfuller"...A.A. Milne

Joe Gordon1

Forbes Magazine has just rated the 10 best retail companies to work for, and they put Costco as number one. Costco has looked at three locations over the past few years, and has said that the Cooke property is "Ideal". The land is zoned for retail, and there are no wetland issues. The area will have limited entrances and the majority of traffic will use Rt 95 and Schoolground Road, which has had recent improvements. The majority of residents are in favor of this development, and the tax revenue will be significant. What's not to like?

Anonymous

Mr. Gordon.... the answer to your question "what's not to like?" is best stated by Albert J. Hettinger: "There Is Nothing So Disastrous As a Rational Investment Policy In an Irrational World."

Anonymous

"The remainder of the issues are generally an attack on Costco, stating that it will hurt the economy, the jobs are part time and pay minimum wage. Interestingly, Costco is WELL KNOWN nationally as having one of the HIGHEST WAGES and BENEFITS for such a warehouse club."
UNLIKE dear Walmart.
Branford could use a Trader Joe's too while we're at it.

Anonymous

Democrats in general and these trolls are miserable people...always angry and unhappy at life....all democrats want to do in life is drag everyone else down and be miserable with them....enough with this sad group of people...they are losers and need to be kept down if we want to go on with nice lives.....go to another town and make other people miserable...you are not getting back into power...look how nice things are with Jamie...nice and calm and things are moving...can you imagine what life would be like if that other pompous dope got into office...he thinks he is the smartest person in the room WHILE people are laughing at him...these people are sad. I feel sorry for them but will always be here to crush them for they are evil spirited petty people in nature. We can't put up with morons anylonger... G.G.

Anonymous

Hey now, let's not put all Democrats in that same boat. I am in no way miserable, angry or unhappy, and I have met plenty of Republicans who fit that bill. I also think it does nothing for anyone or any cause to generalize in such a negative way. How about staying factual and intelligent in your argument for Costco, that's where you'll win, not in the name calling and completely inaccurate generalizations. (to Anon at 12:09pm)
Costco is, in my opinion, a fantastic company. The employees are well paid which makes them happy, which in turn makes Costco a great place to shop. I live in Stony Creak and I am all for this, plenty of us are. It's just a small group who appose it. It's unfortunate that they identify as Democrats since they seem to stand for nothing Democrats stand for (like progress and community), but pitting Democrats against Republicans here will do nothing but see that small group who appose it grow. Use your head, stand united for Costco in Branford, don't let all the ridiculousness of polarizing the parties make this into something it's not.

Anonymous

I'm very curious to know if Lonnie Reed stands with her fellow Democrats and former RTM colleagues on this. According to this website during the election, "She stated that Costco, should they choose to come to Branford, will determine whether they prefer exit 53 or 56."Well they want to come here and it's pretty clear they prefer Exit 56 on the Cooke Property. Then there's this from an article on the Eagle in October: "As part of her plan to aid local businesses, she said on her mailer that she stands ready to help bring Costco and other new businesses to Branford." So she's either clearly against this move by her fellow Democrats, or she's with them and she lied to us all during the campaign. Which is it Lonnie?

Pat Santoro

I wrote the opinion piece "Let's Welcome Costco". My research definitely contradicts the allegations from the SCA. Penny Bellamy must have a vested interest in trying to destroy anything positive for the Branford citizens. I wonder how much she is being paid to constantly put our community at risk. Broadwater, how can you compare a pipeline to a productive retail outlet ?Kate Galambos, really self serving,there is more than one route to Guilford. Not surprised to see Josh Brooks on the committee, at least the SCA has complied with the "Hire the Handicapped" statute.

Anon 12:58 - You are right , there is no need to label people.

This item is not / should not be a political one. You have a small group that want to make it political that way they are able to garner support of people who might not other wise feel the same way. Suddenly i need to support my party becomes more important than ones normal thinking. Its a ploy, its a method used when desperate to not do the will of the people , but satisfy ones own interests.

The move to politicize is clearly shown, Representative Josh Brooks last night pointed out the Republicans from the RTM that represent other districts. They were concerned and wanted to gain input. Representatives Anthony Alfone and Dennis Flanigan should have been commended by that association for taking the time to show up. Not a word from him on others that were not of SCA or the second district in attendance.

Branford last election , selected a group of Republicans, Democrat and unaffiliated to run this town, they overwhelmingly supported this team over last administration (2-1). The reason is because we listen, push for what is right for Branford.

Under Jamie Cosgroves leadership, the best and brightest have been appointed and reappointed to positions regardless of affiliation. I will note I am also Republican Party Chair before it get pointed out in comment.

This project is right for Branford , it is right for the shoreline, it positions us to provide not only tax relief but keeps/brings people here to Branford. Smart local businesses will capitalize on the investment that Costco will make, will make sure those coming to Costco know the wonders of Branford.

Anonymous

Very nice to call someone handicapped. What purpose does that serve?

Anonymous

Why don't the Creekers merely secede from Branford and start their own town instead? Sounds like a win-win situation for both parties!

Anonymous

I am generally not a fan of big business and Branford has a fairly good balance of the old and new already, however COSTCO has been a model for other companies when it comes to employee compensation. Even its CEO takes a small salary as it employees make on average about 40% more than similar employees at say Walmart's Sam's club. Costco is the one big company that can create some better than minimum wage jobs and provide a benefit to consumers in the area (a good mix). Currently people travel out of town to spend that money. It should be spent here and provide jobs for locals.

Anonymous

So no jobs and vacant land is better than paying jobs and a solid anchor store paying taxes? And the workers in Costco will spend some money at Branford stores, so that money stays in town. And how does this really affect Creekers other than the divorced 50 somethings headed to the Chowder Pot? Stony Creek is so great that they never have to leave anyway. Everyone opposed to this and every other non mom& pop store outside of Stony Creek should have to have there picture posted at every Costco, Walmart, Stop & Shop and not be allowed in.

Anonymous

Also for someone that says check your facts. Only 1200 have liked the Bring Costco to Branford page not "over 2000 people"

Anonymous

Josh is the idiot son of the idiot village that is still willing to toe the line for the unk minions

Anonymous

Brooks no show once again how does the second district feel about his fighting for them on RTM only shows to meeting where he can show off otherwise late or no show. Stay on SCA Josh

Anonymous

Josh Brooks is being used like that masonry hammer he swings. He's being set up as the protege, the heir apparent to Unk DaRos but doesn't realize that he will suffer the same fate as his forebearer who got run out on a rail in Town government and discarded by the inner circle of the elite of Stony Creek when he could no longer serve their purpose. Josh...pick your battles. You are going to loose this one big time.

Anonymous

The sooner Costco comes to Branford the better. Will be a great addition to the town and we won't have over the disaster called the Q Bridge to go to Milford. The Stony Creekers want no new businesses in town, but need to realize the businesses pay more taxes.

Anonymous

Lonnie Reed's silence is deafening....

Anonymous

Steve, so it's ok for you to be pro republican, but the eagle can't be pro democrat? if you don't want anyone to call names, maybe you lead by example! The real question is, when Walmart came to town how many stores went out of business? Also, the Costco will cost the Town money, what will be the return on the investment? Why can't we discuss this issue with out all the negativity? This Town never ceases to amaze me!

Steve Mazzacane Staff
Steve Mazzacane

There-in lies a significant issue in this country: if a Democrat disagrees, the opposition is labeled pro-Republican, and vice versa. This is has very little to do with politics, but in case you missed it, Costco is the absolute darling of Democrats nationally. That Democratic leaders locally have chosen to fight it and make it political is unfortunate, and it may go to show that while one may label themselves as belonging to a party, or even register as a party, it means little. The Eagle is not pro-Democrat: they lie and mislead to support the Bellamy/DaRos facton of the Democrats in Branford. The site will lie and mislead readers, attacking anyone that questions the DaRos/Bellamy Dems, including other Dems. That's not bias. Its Glenn Beck style garbage.

Anonymous

Anyone who thinks Steve is pro-republican clearly doesn't know him. He's pretty far left. This issue isnt about party, the facts are reported here, and its the Dems making it about party. Bellamy runs the local Democrats, and they follow her lead off cliff after cliff. That a left leaning writer like Mazzacane can see that and report it is admirable.

Anonymous

The Democrats act like lemmings. Their party has been taken over by a small group of elitist who want to dictate to others what's best for our Town. Tennis and golf season is soon approaching. We will see and hear less from them as the weather improves.

Anonymous

Something seems a bit off-kilter here. It looks more like a small group of vocal NIMBYs who just happen to be Democrats are complaining about something that isn't even in their district and is unlikely to affect them very much at all.
How can this possibly become a partisan issue for Democrats from the other 6 districts??

Anonymous

Steve is that rare journalist for whom a dedication to the truth is more important than spinning a story to fit his political slant.

Pat Santoro

Watch the documentary "The Costco Craze, Inside the Giant Warehouse"presented originally by CNBC. It is available for viewing on You Tube, about 45 minutes long, time well spent. In addition, branding all Democrats as against Costco, narrow minded and stupid. It is the SCA elite who are against anything they can't control. They are so transparent. They pick a new stooge when the old stooge wears out to promote their agenda of no growth,no new tax revenue and the same old rhetoric. Obviously, this no longer works. Branford Republicans and Democrats spoke by electing Jamie Cosgrove.

Anonymous

Please circulate a petition around town against Costco. Publicize that it will be in many local places for residents to sign it, such as local libraries, banks or where ever the public can have access to sign it. Myself & my family will sign against Costco & I will encourage all I know to go sign against Costco. Thanks

Susan Barnes

You who won't even use your name here are going to sign a petition! I cannot stop laughing. Why should Steve circulate a petition ? You want one you do it. However, I would not waste my time contacting the libraries or banks. I don't see them being involved.

Anonymous

Anonymous 11:03.. Why? What are YOUR reasons for not wanting Costco in Branford? What are the compelling issues in this matter?

Pat Santoro

If you are so inclined to sign the suggested petition, you should sign it "Anonymous".

Anonymous

It would be quite droll to have Wayne Cooke start driving his trailer around through Stony Creek every day in response to this move by SCA, eh?
Does Costco have theme music?

Anonymous

Heres Petition Ray put out:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/i-support-costco-coming-to-branford

JGordon

My recollection of the last bit of notoriety for Ms. Bellamy was when the CT Supreme Court stated she and her team had dealt dishonestly in the performance of their public duties for the Town. I would be wary of her contribution. Just my perception.

Anonymous

Hum... Don't you guys think it's time to bring up Warren Gould again?

Joe Gordon1

Please be aware that JGordon and Joe Gordon are two different people.

Anonymous

Anonymous 4:29... Bring up Warren Gould? You just did it without anyone one else mentioning it! What a sap you are! BTW.. don't shoot the messenger about Gould. The truth is...Warren Gould is a dispicable human being.

Anonymous

Warning! Be careful what you wish for Branford! Along with COSTCO pluses, there are plenty of negatives. The tax income to the town will be limited by the amount of police force needed to patrol the area for additional accidents and shop lifting. Don't be foolish to believe that "members" don't try to get a bargin. The costs on infrastructure and traash disposal to the town will pose a factor. Small businesses will close unable to compete with the purchasing power of COSTCO (inlcuding gas stations and liquor stores) and this will change the look and feel of your town. An empty, depressed downtown will not come quickly but may not be avoidable in 5 to 10 years. Think about your property values and actual increases in your taxes as COSTCO will not pay enough for the extra town services they will need. I don't live in Branford, but if you drive once a month to COSTCO in Orange, why do you need them in your backyard?

Anonymous

Nice try creeker, I mean anon:7:34

Anonymous

Still waiting for Branford's most accurate news site to update the 2,000 people have liked the Bring Costco to Branford page, its still only about 1500 even though when you wrote this it was only 1200. Why exaggerate that number you are like Brian Williams. Why overstate the facts.

Susan Barnes

Try holding your breath while waiting.

Anonymous

Anonymous 7:25... Is your silly comment your best shot against the Branford Seven? It's laughable.

Alfred C Whitehead

Anonymous 7:34... You sound like Chicken Little warning people that the sky is falling down. Family businesses are privately owned and operated with no guarantee of their success. There are many marginal businesses, large and small, that go out of business for a variety of reasons. Don't blame a business like Costco that has a good business model for the community, its employees and its customers as the reason why other businesses cease to exist. It's an empty arguement. If marginal businesses followed the Costco model they also would be successful. Business Management 101.

Anonymous

If an Alien landed in Branford and visited this site he would have to report back to his planet that there is no intelligence on earth.

Pat Santoro

The Alien would report back that 90% of bloggers on this site are named Anonymous.

Alfred C Whitehead

My Dear Anonymous 7:34: As Shakespere once wrote.."To be or not to be...that is the question." In a comparative parlance one might ask, "Will Costco be a benefit or a detriment to the Town of Branford?"
Let me attempt to enlighten you by answering the questions that you have grave concern.
Shoplifting: Every retail outlet in every town is unfairly subjected to shoplifting both large and small. Large box stores have internal security systems and personnel to prevent shoplifting. Local police will not be stationed in or around Costco. With your line or reasoning, the Town would have to quadruple it's police force to "protect" all retail outlets from shoplifting. It's a silly argument.
Trash Disposal: Like all commerical establishments, the not responsible or required for their removal of trash. Costco, like other commerical businesses, must pay to have their trash removed. Silly argument #2.
Local businesses will close: There is no evidence that good well run businesses will close if a big retail outlet comes to town. When Walmart came to Branford, it was rumored that Richlin would close. It's still there doing a triving business. Marginal businesses in any town detract from the retail environment along with too many gas stations and liquor stores.
Downtown: The town center of Branford has done business for two hundred years. Its weathered changes from horse and buggies to automobiles. Some how ourTown has changed and adapted to the times. It's you that seems to be having trouble with it. Greater minds that yours have pondered these same questions and have concluded that Costco will only enhance the business climate for Branford.
Costco taxes: Costco will pay more than its fair share of property taxes. They will be a good responsible neighbor and taxpayer that contributes more than they cost the Town. As a non resident of Branford..why do you care at all?

Alfred C Whitehead

I had the opporunity to read the Ten Reasons why Costco does not belong in Branford as submitted by Kate Galambos. I must say that it read like a David Letterman Top Ten List. The objections starts with number 10 and then descends down to number 1. I must say by the time I reached the No #1 reason I was hysterical with laughter. The tears were running down both my cheeks. If I didn't know better, I would have thought that someone had intentionally written a parody of reasons why Costco was a poor fit for Branford. In reality, the writer was dead serious. The problem with her list was that it was full of old, inaccurate and obsolete information. In most cases she provided purely incorrect data. She made the same old heart tugging pleas as to how our town will change and never be the same. If this is the best the Costco opposition has to offer, they need to take a little constructive advice. Don't embarass yourselves with these silly arguments at the public hearings. Step aside, the Town of Branford is about to grow again.

Anonymous

Branfords #1 news source If you win $1200 you have actually won over $2000 at time money was won.

Susan Barnes

Where were the SCA, Henschel, Brooks and Galambos when the former First was promoting its location at Bittersweet? And is Leetes Island Rd not the scenic route to Guilford, Ms Galambos?

Alfred C Whitehead

In 1973 Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics to a song called "Send in the Clowns." It was made popular by a young and talented singer named Judy Collins. The third verse (there are four verses and a bridge) seems to capture the essence of the battle being waged against Costco by The Stony Creek Association and its political sycophants. (Verse 3): Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want -
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother, they're here

Anonymous

So Al, is your point that if you are against something (whatever the reason) you are a clown? If that's the case there should be a big tent over the Tabor region of town too, no?

Steve Mazzacane Staff
Steve Mazzacane

Before that comparison goes too far, those fighting PW at Tabor were impacted directly in that for many, it was their backyard, and the trucks would be driving through their neighborhoods. Unlike the Tabor/PW issue, Stony Creek is about 2 miles from the proposed Costco.

Alfred C Whitehead

Mr. / Ms. Anonymous 5:40...What I am saying (and please don't twist it, take it out of context or take it personal) is that if the shoe fits... wear it. The incongruity of your question requires no response as to your postion concerning Costco. The clowns in the Tabor debacle were not those against Public Works at Tabor. The "protestors" were always on the right side of the debate. Town wide sentiment was in their favor from the very beginning. The real clowns were those who favored Public Works at Tabor. They represented a small narrow minded group of people lead by a misguided First and Second Selectman. The residents of Tabor lived with a contaminated landfill in their backyards for 60 years (and still do) and reasonably asked only that the Public Works building be located in a industrial zone rather than between two surrounding residential neighborhoods. Please don't do yourself a disservice by speaking about something you know very little or nothing about. Your comparison is witless. Clowns are not determined by whether one is for or against an issue. Clowns are those who are on the wrong side of the issue,those who speak against an issue without widespread citizen support and lastly, those who have no credible evidence to make their case. Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results." In 1936, Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned to write a new musical symphony for children called "Peter and the "Wolf." There is a message and a lesson to be learned from that child's story. Stony Creek has cried "wolf" once too often. There are not many people who want to listen to them continually find fault with anything that might remotely affect their precious little village. It will take more than apocryphal and spurious comments to change the hearts and minds of residents and taxpayers on this issue. For the record, I perfer to be addressed as Sir Alfred or Mr. Whitehead. Because you have failed to properly identify yourself ... I shall respectfully refer to you simply as Mr. Anonymous.

Anonymous

Oh Al, you are just too funny, the owner of this site allows anonymous comments....get over it. Someday Tabor will be filled with 350 single family homes, the Town will sell it to reduce the terrible taxes we have here!!! I'm all for Costco and anybody else that wants to come to Town but if you think for a moment that traffic will not be impacted I invite you to see the mess at the west rotary on a weekend in December. Traffic at Tabor would never have been an issue, 11 or so trucks going out at 7am and coming back at 3:30 would be a blip on the radar. The biggest issue would have been bringing utilities and roads in there.....but fear not someone will, it's just a matter of time. The SCA will ultimately lose this battle just as they did when the truck stop came to town. Does anybody remember what was done back then to sway their minds? I do, it was not pretty......but it was brilliant. Al, you once said "I consider myself a recantour and champion for the American way of life and the ideals for which it stands". What exactly is the American way of life? What makes an idea or passion become the wrong side? There will be "winners" and "losers" in this Costco battle but to belittle those that go against your views is just plain childish and does not fit your supposed intelligence.

Alfred C Whitehead

Mr. Anonymous 9;22: It is obvious by your own admission that you find my comments not only satirical but interesting as well. I am aware that this site allows anonymous posts. It's for people like you who hide behind it rather than state your opinion and take whatever blowback comes your way by identifying yourself. I am perfectly fine with you level of self confidence when posting, however, your lack of knowledge is obvious when you make unfounded statements about the Tabor property that are not based on fact but supposition and innuendo. Not to waste valuable space here, I would suggest that you type the word "Tabor" into the Search box on this site and read all of the articles Mr. Mazzacane wrote concerning why Tabor was not an appropriate site for Public Works. Immerse yourself in the facts not the fiction that you spew. The articles are self explanatory. From the content of your comments, it appears that you have very little information about Tabor except some anecodatal information that is incorrect. Just for the record concerning that "traffic blip on the radar." An independent and impartial traffic study was conducted for the Town of Branford and the results stated that there would be at least 200 trips per day accessing the Public Works building through a residential neighborhood. Do your homework before you attempt to discuss a complex isssue with factually incorrect data. The elections results of 2013 for First Selectman confirmed that Tabor was not the correct location and voters spoke resoundedly against Andy Campbell(heir apparent to Mr. DaRos) by losing in a landslide election to Jamie Cosgrove where Democrats outnumbered Republicans 2 to 1. I am neither a D nor a R but I do keep informed of the issues that affect the town and the reasons why and how issues are both won and lost. Sir.. you have failed to do the same. The SCA will lose the battle because they are , as usual, on the wrong side of the issue. (please refer to my Einstein comment made in my previous post). Their comical antics make people shake their heads and see them as an astringent group of people who think they know what's best for the majority. They are not taken serious outside their sacred commune. Even those trapped in their midst don't agree with the handful of SCA leaders but remain quite for fear of retribution. They get others like you to lead the charge while they sit back and use you as fodder in their ineffectual and doomed battles. You mention the word "brilliant" in your comment about the truck stop. Being brillant is cerebral and much more than just a superficial and cosmetic look. You ask, " What exactly is the American way of life? What makes an idea or passion become the wrong side? Although that is an excellent question, I am surprised you would need to ask. Do you live in a commune or a community? If you lived in a community you would know the difference. As Americans we listen to both sides of an issue, debate it and vet it...then do what the majority of people percieve to be best for the common good of the community, the State or the government. Your arguments make you sound like the Emperor without clothes. .. and that's neither pretty nor brilliant. If you consider my views as being childish for going against your views, how should one percieve your views that go against mine and the majority of the Town that supports Costco? Don't be offended by my intelligence. You might learn something.

Anonymous

Mr Whitehead, you seem to be falling for this troll's fishing expedition, I used to like your comments so don't bring yourself down like this.

Anonymous

Mr. Alfred C. Whitehead, it is one thing to abhor anonymous posters, it is another to lie about who you are. You started your comments a while ago with this really affected English persona and now seem to write just like any old American. You chastise the commenter above that you like to be addressed as Sir Alfred or Mr. Whitehead, but you seem to forget posting your bio on another website that you have an MD and a PhD. – so what is it (http://patch.com/users/dr-alfred-c-whitehead)? Further, your handle on the Guilford Atticus is Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead III. Can you explain why your picture associated with the Guilford Atticus profile is of an A. N. Whitehead who died in 1947? (http://grassie.net/resources-and-problems-in-a-n-whiteheads-metaphysics/) Really, a dead person? I chose to make comments anonymously. I do this because I believe I am expressing a view or an opinion that stands on its own. It is not because of who I am or who I know and it is not because I may fear anyone. The contents of your comments are provocative and confrontational. They do much to increase the traffic to this website. One could make the assumption that you are simply a shill drumming up traffic. Who knows? So little about you is real anyway. You seem to have some supporter on this site. Have any one of them actually met you? Susan, have you met Mr/Dr/Sir Alfred?

Susan Barnes

Strange question. Why do you ask?

Anonymous

Anonymous 1:15 A mind is a terrible thing to lose. Have you lost yours? Mr. Whitehead is both entertaining and informative unlike you. I have read his comments and find nothing that indicates that he incorrect or misleading with what he said. On the other hand, you seem to be bitter and angry. Investigating a person who posts on this site is dispicable? You should be ashame of yourself.

Anonymous

Anonymous posting is necessary. At another site where I posted under my name some left wing nut job looked me up and called my home phone with harassing comments.

Anonymous

Anonymous 11:13... Let me see if I understand your logic. You go through great pains to discredit Mr. Whitehead by posting a number of web sites that supposedly he posts on. You look up a name that is similar to his and try to link it to him as if there is some correlation? I am glad his name isn't Alfred C. SMITH!! You could have had a real ball with that one. The most obnoxious thing about your post is to identify a person named Susan who must post on this site and practically accuse her of having some type of hand in Mr. Whitehead's posts. Do you think she is a co-conspirator? Unbelieveable. SMH. You even have the gall to imply that the purpose of Mr. Whitehead's posts " do much to increase the traffic to this website. One could make the assumption that you are simply a shill drumming up traffic." What an insult to Mr. Mazzacane who works very hard promoting the Branford Seven. Your conduct on this site is disgraceful. You own Mr. Mazzacane, Susan and Mr. Whitehead an apology.

Anonymous

Mr. Whitehead is a fabrication. Take a look at the links. The question to Susan is the same to anyone: does anyone personally know him? It just seems unfair that he spends lots of effort criticising anonymous posters when he is a fraud.

Anonymous

I rarely post on this site but am intrigued by the posts written by the Anonymous poster who seems hell bent on "exposing" the identity of Mr. Whitehead while all of his posts are signed "Anonymous." I find that a bit contradictory. I have no skin in the game but I have to chuckle with the absurity of his posts. You call Mr. Whitehead a "fabrication and a fraud" while you post anonymously? At least he has a name. Your behavior tells me that you live by the old "do as I say but not as I do" rule. When you are challenged about your own anonymous posts you claim "it is not because I may fear anyone" yet you readily admit "at another site where I posted under my name some left wing nut job looked me up and called my home phone with harassing comments." You seem to be the perfect compliment for the "left wing nut job." You sound like you could be the "nut job" looking to harass Mr. Whitehead. I have not found one constructive comment that you have made in any of your posts. If I've missed any please direct me to them. Did it ever occur to you that Mr. Whitehead may not live in Branford or even in our state for that matter? With the internet he may be living in India or Florida for all you know. You must read your last sentence. It damages your credibilty to no end. "It just seems unfair that he spends lots of effort criticising anonymous posters when he is a fraud." I think you're guilty of the same hipocrisy that you've accused Mr. Whitehead. Do you think anybody cares if he is Mr, Dr. or Sir Alfred Whitehead or Mr. Whitebread for that matter? Really? BTW, you never responded to Ms. Barnes question. You specifically pointed her out by name in your post and yet you can't give her an honest answer to her question or an explanation why you mentioned her at all. Just for the record, I have never met "Miss/ Mrs./ Ms. / Susan/ Sue. Do you think she too might be a "fabrication and a fraud... a figment of your imagination?" My friend... let it go. You've got one foot in the air and the other on a banana peel.

Anonymous

His name isn't Mr. Whitehead - that's the point. That person refers to "our town", looks forward to shopping at Costco, and knows all of the details of local issues, yet no one knows him, there's no phone listing for him in Branford, and no one under that name registered to vote in all of Connecticut (a 30-second search at http://connvoters.com). So, he's using a false name, but frequently calling out others for posting anonymously. Seems pretty hypocritical to me. I think the previous poster mentioned Ms. Barnes because she's a very well known and well connected person around town, and also tends to support those posts. So it's a fair question as to whether she's ever met "Mr. Whitehead". No one is attacking her or questioning her identity.

Peter Black

Perhaps Alfred C. Whitehead is writing from a jail (or, as he would say, gaol) cell in Tennessee, serving a four year sentence for marijuana. https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/1051409/state-of-tennessee-v-alfred-c-whitehead/
Cheers to all! :)[smile]
PS, Alfred informs me that the pot was self-treatment for PTSD suffered while serving in the Special Forces with our VA Secretary.[smile]

Steve Mazzacane Staff
Steve Mazzacane

And here is why we allow anonymous comments. there have now been days spent researching the identity of an anonymous comment which was posted with what seems like a fake name. Is that any different than simply posting as "anonymous?" Why does it matter if your comments in response are to the content, and not the person? Just as it was posted that Mr. Whitehead is on multiple sites, it is evidence every site allows anonymous comments, it takes mere seconds to create an email address, an account on the site, and comment without using ones real name.

Anonymous

Seems Mr. Al, Sir, Dr. Whitehead has vanished. Wherefore art thou oh great orator? We need more advice as to how to think.

Respectfully,

A. Non E. Mous. PhD

Anonymous

Whitehead? Whitehead? Bueller? Bueller?

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