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Hornets Beat Cross, Ending 9-Year Drought

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 21, 2015 6:38 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo Over the past nine years the Branford Hornets gave their divisional New Haven foes Career and Wilbur Cross all they could handle in their twice yearly battles but always came up short.

Bill O'Brien Photo That all ended on Tuesday night at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex Gym with a hard fought 48-42 upset victory over the Wilbur Cross Governors.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Feb 20, 2015 10:06 am

Yes, even in frigid weather there are cool events. If you are game head to New Haven for a great concert or learn how to track animals, courtesy of the Branford Land Trust or stay home and read a good book. 

Friday, February 20

EagleWatch & Winter Wildlife Boat Cruises

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Wrestling Has Come A Long Way

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 19, 2015 8:08 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford wrestling team honored four seniors last week at a special Senior Night that was held before the Hornets match with the Foran Lions got underway.

Bill O'Brien Photo The seniors were joined by their family and coaches for the celebratory moment. This was a special night and there was a good crowd in attendance to support the home team. The seniors were Bijaya Jaisi, Nick Temple, Cameron O’Neill and Alex Rasmus.

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Costco Master Plans Make Their Debut

by Diana Stricker | Feb 18, 2015 8:10 pm

Master sketch of Costco and seven  other buildings The master plans for the Costco complex near Exit 56 in Branford arrived this afternoon.

The conceptual plans, which were delivered to the Planning and Zoning Department Wednesday, call for developing about 44 acres of land between Route 1 and East Industrial Road off I-95. The proposal includes five properties.

With Permission The proposed Costco store would be 158,070 square feet, and would include 635 parking spaces. The total maximum commercial space, including Costco, would be 247,160 square feet.

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Condo Market Slide Affects Grand List

by marcia chambers | Feb 18, 2015 11:25 am | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers Photo Branford’s 2014 net grand list, the economic engine of the town, has dropped to $3,487,400,800 after veterans and disability exemptions, a decrease of 0.67 percent since last year. The grand list drop was not unexpected; indeed some town officials thought it might come in lower.

“It is consistent with our expectations,” Jim Finch, the town’s financial director, said in an interview, especially since this grand list comes during a state-mandated five-year revaluation of all commercial and residential properties in town.

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Two Branford Women Convicted In Gifting Tables Tax Cases

by marcia chambers | Feb 17, 2015 11:17 am | Comments (1)

The so-called gifting tables recently produced two more gifts for the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Haven, this time involving two women who live in Branford.  They are the latest women to be convicted for failing to pay taxes on the bounty they received in what was actually an illegal pyramid scheme.

Unlike the major players in the gifting table fraud, these women are not charged with fraud. Both pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, and one was sentenced last week to probation.   

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Dance Team Excels in 10th Year

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 16, 2015 1:31 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It was in 2005 that Jackie Dunn started the Branford High School Dance Team as the team’s first coach. In just ten years the team has spread its wings, becoming an official sport, a state champion and a powerhouse of a team. The team has brought many honors to the town. 

Bill O'Brien Photo “I was hired in 2003 and two years later I was approached by some students to ask about starting a dance team”, said Dunn.” They had one when they were at Walsh Intermediate School and said they would like to compete for a team at the high school,” she said. “I spoke to Dave Maloney, who was an assistant principal at the time, and he supported the students’ request.”  He has since retired. The team has thrived.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Feb 14, 2015 9:10 am

This is Valentine’s Day weekend and the theme of love is everywhere – at the theater, at the symphony, at a local jazz club and at a church on the Branford Green. Brave the elements and enjoy the events.

Saturday, Feb. 14

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Ed Board OKs Budget After Fixing Million-Dollar “Typo”

by Diana Stricker | Feb 12, 2015 1:47 pm | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved a 2015-2016 operating budget of $53,281,439 last night—which appears to be about $1 million more than the proposed budget presented Feb. 4. The superintendent said the discrepancy is due to a “typo” in his presentation packet last week.

The BOE also unanimously approved a capital budget of $1,285,650 last night.  One major change in the capital plan occurred when board members asked that a total of $150,000 be included for bathroom repairs at the high school and at Walsh Intermediate School. That would be offset by delaying a request that $250,000 be earmarked toward replacing the synthetic turf at the high school.  The capital budget was made public for the first time last night.

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Boys Hockey Clips T-Birds 6-3

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 11, 2015 3:35 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo It shaped up to be a very close game last week at the Northford Ice Pavilion with the North Branford Thunderbirds with a record of 9-2 going into the game facing the Branford Hornets who were 9-1.

And for two periods it was as close at it could be with the clubs tied at three goals each. It was Branford’s home game even though both teams play there.

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