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Prank Viewed as Threat; Politics of Financial Reform; Seafood Condemned; and More

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

HAMDEN – For a moment, Legislative Council members thought it was a bomb. They even ran out of the building thinking it was.

During a meeting this week, an unidentified man wearing a turban and a body-length robe came in carrying an object covered in a cloth. He placed the object on a table, removed the cloth and took off.

The object was a 2-foot statue of a baker, and the incident turned out to be a prank.

A political science professor says the incident reveals much about society, especially in post 9/11 America.

Read the story and see what you think.

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.

Click here for the full story.

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.

NORTH BRANFORD – Class of 2011 high school graduates got a taste of the Big Apple, and they didn’t even have to leave town.

New York City was the theme of this year’s Project Graduation, an all-night celebration. Decorations included the Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway, Central Park and other iconic NYC spots.

Check out the fun in this photo slideshow.

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