HARTFORD, CT – Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. (D-Branford) today sent a letter (attached) to Margaret Thomas, the Connecticut State Geologist, asking for her assistance renaming a navigational buoy off the coast of Branford. The buoy and the geologic formation it marks have been identified on United States nautical maps as “Negro Heads” for roughly 100 years. As Connecticut’s representative on the State Geographic Names Board, Margaret Thomas is able to suggest a name change for this landmark.

“The name of this buoy and the corresponding land mass is antiquated and offensive to me and the citizens of Branford. I believe that this buoy name and other similarly-named landmarks should be changed,” said Senator Kennedy. “This kind of term has no place in our society, and I am eager to work alongside our State Geologist and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to have it removed from our state.”

The landmark in question is located just off the southeastern coast of Branford. This reef of rocks can be a hazard to boats traveling the nearby waters, and is marked with a lighted U.S. navigational buoy to warn of the hazard. The landmark is regularly used by people navigating their vessels around Branford.

The Connecticut State Geologist is Connecticut’s representative on the State Geographic Names Board (SGNB). The SGNB is responsible for submitting a new name to the United States Board of Geographic Names, which is the organization capable of officially changing the name on all National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) nautical charts and government maps.

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Anonymous

Is this all you have to do with your time.. There are issues in our state, like the budget deficit, that are more important. This is a non existent issue that only effects people like you who own a boat. Just for your information.. it WAS CHANGED TO Negro Head. The original maps had it listed as Ni**erhead.

Anonymous

Wow. I am speechless. We have much bigger issues in this state than this. Glad I didn't vote for this left leaning liberal democrat who is not born and raised in CT. Another reason to dislike transplants. Look up the term, it is not what these libitards think it is. It is the name among a host of things but also a nautical part known as a bollard.

Marcintosh

If you're this wretched about a buoy's name change what are you going to do when something really big happens?
Impress your family and neighbors, act like an adult.

AGL

First off the buoy does not have a name it has a number and a color: Red #4
Second, the name is for the underwater rocky shoal and was changed to Negro Head to be more PC.....I hate PCness by the way. Mariners will keep referring this position by it's current name. To do otherwise would only cause confusion and safety concerns. Just as the Q Bridge is still called that and not Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. Landlubbers can things what you want. Mariners know otherwise.

AGL

Sorry my sentence should read as " ...can call things..."

Anonymous

I er-a don't think er-a we should change the er-a name of the land mark buoy in the er-a story. But I also would like to er-a suggest a new more modern name er-a for the buoy. We could call it the er-a Kennedy head.

Anonymous

Guess what the Spanish word for "black" is, folks....

Why not just call it Black Head?

Sailsalot

Perhaps we could change the name to Chappaquiddick rocks or The Kopechne Memorial bouy.

Anonymous

I find the Kennedy name offensive, it must be changed.

Anonymous

To Anon 11-19 at 1:23 PM. Just wait, in 20 years the word "Black" will somehow be found to be just as offensive as the Spanish translation is today. After all, 20 years ago the current name was so acceptable that a widely-supported charity bore its name (The United N*gro College Fund).


Hmm...what is Senator Kennedy's position on the name of that organization, eh?

Susan Barnes

What do you mean 20 years ago? In 2014 the Koch brothers gave the United NEGRO College Fund $25 million dollars and, if I recall correctly, JFK gave the proceeds of his book Profiles in Courage to UNCF. Senator, with all going on the world, this is an issue for you? Get real. Tell me, have any vets been moved into the long vacant veteran's housing in Rocky Hill, or is it still being "studied" as Malloy is bringing unknown Syrians to live in New Haven. How about we take care of our own first. Ed, you are really out of line, BTW.

Sailsalot

If I recall correctly, Susan, Kennedy Sr's driving was out of line. History can not be denied or ignored.

Susan Barnes

SO WHAT, ED!!!! Our Senator Kennedy, living here in Branford, was HOW OLD when his DAD was involved in this horrifying situation??? A VERY young kid. What the hey does it have to do with Ted K, the younger. And as Ted K , the younger, well knows, I DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM! I disagree with his political point of view, but what his Dad did has NOTHING to do with him. There are lingering issues that he could and should , in my opinion, be taken to task for, but no writers here, or elsewhere, seem to want to take then on. Obviously, their own political persuasions prevent them from criticizing Ted, the younger, in anyway. But, bottom line, Ed, folks, such as yourself, that continually put the sins of old Kennedy on his
son, are truly disgusting.

Anonymous

Let's end all the controversy and call it ..."Head"

Anonymous

Good for Senator Kennedy. Words matter, and the lack of sensitivity displayed by the posters above is appalling.

Sailsalot

Susan, please take your meds.

Susan Barnes

I need meds? You apparently need rabies shots with the mad dog statements you make.

Anonymous

If lack of imagination, blatant mimicry, mean spirited obsessiveness, jealousy and ignorance were crimes, Susan would be in jail.

Susan Barnes

1:01 - at least Ed uses his name. Give me an example of each of your , oh so clever, criticisms listed above, explain how they would be criminal acts and identify your cowardly self.

Pat Santoro

Anonymous 101
What are you talking about,jail,really ?So,you are saying that anyone with an opinion that you don't agree with should be incarcerated ? No wonder you remain anonymous.

Anonymous

Susan and Pat are the most embittered, partisan, mimics I have ever seen. Stop plagiarizing ladies and perhaps we can talk... Until then all you are is two old ladies with an ability to mimic, and huge chips on your shoulders. AKA: Losers.

Susan Barnes

Whom do we mimic? How are we embittered? What are we ladies plagiarizing? Where do you see the "chips"? I can say, from reading the comments on this site with regularity, Ms Santoro has a wealth of knowledge on subjects, about which SO many , do not want to speak, defending a cause not her own, and never has to back down from what she states. YOU, COWARD, have so little courage of conviction, you will not even identify yourself. You castigate, Ms Santoro and me, for all those things of which YOU are guilty. Try ANY church service in the morning. Perhaps it will help.

Anonymous

The truth hurts, as evidenced by yet an other unhinged response. Pat and
Susan are rabid. And they have no imaginations. Pity...

Susan Barnes

Oh, Joy to the world!

Anonymous

God, Mazzacane, do you pay these attack dogs or do they work for free?

Anonymous

I lived for 55 years in Branford and my family was there for at least 150 before that. I knew there were rude and unkind people there as there are everywhere. I have been reading this site for about a year and the level of nastiness blasted at a couple of people makes me rather glad I "got out" when I did! I do not know Susan Barnes or Pat Santoro at all but the things they are accused of have NO relation to anything they are actually posting on this site. It almost sounds like the "Anonymous" person is the one who is the Loser! This is my opinion and I suppose "Anonymous" can graciously add me to their list of evil, rabid people. However, I was taught by my parents that injustice should be stood up to, though I suppose Ms. Barnes and Santoro can speak quite well for themselves. To Anonymous I say, life is short, is this level of vitriol how you want to live yours?! Signed, Priscilla Vedder Purse

Pat Santoro

First,we don't get paid to post.Branford Seven is a great vehicle to speak your mind and present the truth to the public.The vicious attack from 101 has no basis in fact.Yes,we are older citizens,but with age comes wisdom.I certainly am not going to continue defending my position against an anonymous poster,reveal yourself and I would be glad to continue this conversation.
Thank you, Priscilla for your mindful statement.

Anonymous

For some, the Kennedy name is just as offensive being in Branford as the shoal of rock he wants to rename off the shores of Branford.

Anonymous

We should be proud to have Senator Kennedy representing us. He is doing a great job. You are simply an embittered, right wing extremist, fanatic.

Anonymous

Pat, don't flatter yourself. I am not asking you to continue this conversation. I am asking you to leave.

Pat Santoro

Instead of bashing Mr Kennedy today,I think we should have a moment of silence and prayer for his uncle,President John F Kennedy on this day,November 22nd.America lost so much on that day and in my opinion have never truly recovered.

Pat Santoro

In response to 1126,not leaving,ever.If you read all the posts in this article,I did not bash Mr Kennedy nor did Susan,she stuck up for him regarding his father's past history.If you have something intelligent to say instead of playing attack dog,please say it.

Anonymous

Pat, you are absolutely right - all three Kennedy brothers spent their lives in service to this country, two of them quite literally giving their lives. It is good and proper to remember this.

Anonymous

Pat, I'm sure your age, and lack of any real illustrious accomplishments has left you bitter, angry, and at a loss for words... So you mimic other posters in hopes of appearing intelligent. Sadly, it makes you appear desperate and dumb. Keep posting...Please... Keep posting and lying and switching identities... You are hanging yourself.

Susan Barnes

Ms. Santoro - I believe she needs the same meds being forced on Dr Wang in an effort to return him to competency. Perhaps, we should be careful in engaging her. She knows where we live. lol I wonder if she is armed as was Wang. I do hope she attended a church service this morning. If anyone was ever in need, it is evident she is. Each post is a bit more off the wall than the last. What a kook!

Pat Santoro

I agree.I believe we both know who she is and it's a shame she has lowered herself to such vicious postings.Life goes on.

Anonymous

Lord have mercy! To embittered busy body old ladies with nothing better to do than post on this site, day in and day out, stalk strangers, and bash the Kennedy's. You project your neurotic perceptions on to others without so much as a "how do you do?" You are the low lives here. But sadly you don't have the self-awareness or intellect to know when to stop posting and go away. Here's some more rope...

Anonymous

I'm beginning to think Anonymous 7:58 is related to the poster who signs themselves as i.s. - all that is missing is a bunch of maniacal "hahahahahaha's" at the end! I've watched this play out on at least one other thread; two people posting under their own names and one person hiding behind a mask, becoming more and more irrational. I have said it before, if this is what Branford is becoming I'm not sure I'm far enough away! Priscilla Purse. By the way, that's "Two (not To) embittered busy bodies" ;-)

Susan Barnes

Pat & Priscilla: This famous quote comes to mind (she)"....... is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets (her) hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.
— Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28) ( so as not to plagiarize, lol)

As you point out, Priscilla, she does not know the difference between the words to, too - and, thinking about it, perhaps, even two, is ignorant of plurals and possessives and seems to lack reading comprehension skills. Who here has bashed the Kennedys ( no apostrophe)? But, Pat, we are ignorant. It is possible that owning rope could be dangerous for her as she becomes more and more irrational.

Anonymous

Wow! These hostile old ladies really do not have lives! Besides being right wing extremists and Kennedy haters, they are ignorant, mean, and bitter. They completely lacking any self awareness and only seem to be interested in causing others pain. Notice the jokes and smiley faces posted after they receive a bit of constructive criticism... Truly dysfunctional and bordering on sociopathic.

Anonymous

Uhhhhhhhhhh............. I thought this was about re-naming a nav aid and shoal? Having met Mr Kennedy after the election when he came into our store, I can honestly say he was an arrogant buffoon. Just jumping on the Misou, Yale & BLM bandwagon Mr K?

Anonymous

Arrogant? Hardly... I have also met the Kennedy's and they are warm, welcoming, kind, and genuine.

Anonymous

The NAAP thanked Senator Kennedy for his sensitivity. Enough said.

Anonymous

Ladies and Gents... this week we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Everyone.. please take a deep breath and end this battle by not posting beyond this post. Peace and Goodwill to All... Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous

How can the word "Negro" be offensive, when both Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor accidentally caught on fire and Don Imus thoughtfully created "The Ignited Negro College Fund".

Anonymous

There is no "JOY" in this town, nor did this town ever vote for it. God bless the Negro"black" Heads!

Anonymous

Hey Ted, please include "Black Friday" in you list of names to be changed.

Asiseeit

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