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3 Questions for Mayor Candelora: Aug. 27

North Branford Mayor Anthony Candelora discusses the Emergency Operations Center, his love for local shopping and his start in the working world.

Before our town officials were, well, town officials, they had other jobs. Think back to your first-ever job. Ever wonder where our town officials, like Mayor Anthony Candelora, got their start in the working world?

North Branford Patch: What's new in your department?
Candelora: We have a new Emergency Operating Center (EOC), which has been installed at to better serve our residents in case of an emergency. We held a two-day training event which both the and the along with , and other department heads attended to help learn and plan for many different types of emergencies.

North Branford Patch: What's something residents should know?
Candelora: I have been trying to do business in town for all our needs. Support our local businesses. I have always shopped right here in town–from shoes to clothing, we have farm-fresh eggs and vegetables. I try to visit a new business each week. We have many interesting businesses as well. On Route 139, we have firewood cut and split, tree removal, ice cream and flowers , plants and much more. Northford hosts many great places as well, from farm-fresh vegetables to great pizza. So let's all support our local businesses–they all support our town.

North Branford Patch: What was your first job?
Candelora: My very first job was at Page's Sporting Goods Store in Branford on Main Street. Mr. Bernie Page hired me when I was 16 and taught me how to print a tee shirt and restring a baseball glove. He was a very good man to work for and taught me a lot. He provided tee shirts to Little League organizations all over the shoreline. I would work after school and on weekends.

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