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selling kettle corn, Simms
said: “You’re crazy!” PAGE B1
RANDALL BEACH
The kettle corn man
is popping on the corner
Protesters gathered at Hobby
Lobby to protest a decision
allowing companies to refuse
health coverage. PAGE A4
SUPREME PROTEST
Demonstrators rally
outside Hobby Lobby
The Branford Historical
Society says Harrison House
is truly haunted, according to
investigators. PAGE D1
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Something strange
going on in Branford
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By Ed Stannard
estannard@nhregister.com
@EdStannardNHR on Twitter
NEW HAVEN » At each hour, some-
one is praying.
Choose an hour, check the
box on the Web page, and say
a prayer for peace, a prayer for
church unity, and a prayer your
own church has asked you to pray.
It’s a basic idea anyone can join
in.
It was “just a thought that I
had” to join in prayer “with like-
minded churches in the area,”
said Pastor Todd Foster of Church
on the Rock on Hamilton Street,
who came up with the Web-based
prayer sign-up. “We do so little to-
gether.”
NEW HAVEN
Pastor
organizes
hourly
prayer
The Rev. Todd Foster
By Peggy McCarthy
Conn. Health I-Team Writer
It’s been nine years since Eu-
nice Ramirez served in Iraq, but
she still sufers from war wounds
— post-traumatic stress disorder,
depression, respiratory problems
and frequent crying triggered by
her memories.
Suzanna Smaldone, who also
returned home from Iraq in 2005,
lives in constant pain and can’t
bring herself to talk about her war
injuries.
Cheryl Eberg, home from Iraq
for seven years, counsels other
veterans, but their war stories can
trigger her own mental health is-
sues.
Though it’s not unusual for vet-
erans of both sexes to struggle
for years with war injuries when
they return home, ofcials say that
women veterans have their own
unique challenges, which can make
their transition to civilian life par-
ticularly hard.
“The trauma and complexity of
these injuries and disabilities far
outweigh anything we can com-
prehend in the civilian world,” said
Linda Schwartz, commissioner of
the Connecticut Department of
Veterans Afairs.
The federal Department of
Veterans Afairs is conducting
a long-term study of post-9/11
women veterans who use the
VA. The research, which began
in Connecticut in 2007, is start-
ing to illuminate some of these
challenges.
More women have served in Iraq
and Afghanistan than in any previ-
ous U.S. conflict.
Years afer coming home, women face unique
challenges in their transition to civilian life
HEALTH
Female veterans endure wounds
MARA LAVITT — NEW HAVEN REGISTER
Danielle Taf was 7 months old when she was killed by a bullet sprayed into her home on Orchard Street A memorial celebration in her honor
was held next to her former home on what would have been her 21st birthday. Bishop Theodore Brooks of Beulah Heights Pentecostal
Church, Danielle’s mother Shirley Troutman and cousin Angel Ogman, all of New Haven, watch as balloons are released.
By Wes Duplantier
wduplantier@nhregister.com
@breaking203 on Twitter
NEW HAVEN » As a chorus of
cheers boomed out over a lot
next to Beulah Heights First
Pentecostal Church on Orchard
Street on Saturday afternoon,
dozens of balloons flew toward
the clouds in memory of Dani-
elle Taft.
As the balloons climbed
higher and higher, many were
scattered by the gusty winds,
but one group of balloons —
purple, pink and white in color
— held together and climbed
steadily into the sky above city.
That group of balloons had
been held by Danielle’s mother,
Shirley Troutman. There were 21
balloons in that bunch, for the
age that Danielle would have
been on Saturday. The colors
were those in which Troutman
laid her daughter to rest after
Danielle was killed at the age of
just 7 months in a shooting the
altered the city’s history on Feb.
3, 1994.
BALLOONS TO HEAVEN
‘NEVER FORGOTTEN’
Memorial remembers Danielle Taf, who was 7 months old when killed by gunfre
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