Walsh Renovation Budget Heads for Final State Review

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 21, 2017 9:45 am

Sally E. Bahner PHoto The Public Building Commission and the Board of Education met jointly recently to review the initial construction document budget for the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School prior to submittal to the state.

Before the meeting, the Building Commission met in executive session to discuss the hiring of a “clerk of the works” for the Community House-Senior Center project and subsequently voted to recommend that the town enter into a contract with Arcadis, out of Middletown.

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BOE Dedicates Cathyann Roding Auditorium

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 20, 2017 9:04 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Amid a chorus of her beloved students, Cathyann Roding was honored for her dedication to Branford High and her musical profession at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

Then the Branford High School Auditorium was officially renamed as the Cathyann Roding Auditorium. Roding retired this year are more than 30 years of directing choral groups and producing musicals at the high school.

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Hornets Lose Hard Fought Title Game To Tigers In OT

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 14, 2017 8:17 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It was one of the best high school games of the year. On a recent Saturday, the Branford Hornets girls’ field hockey team battled the Hand Tigers through a scoreless 60 minutes of regulation and three 10-minute overtime periods before falling 4-2 in the penalty stroke session in the SCC title game at Guilford High School.

Bill O'Brien Photo SCC Commissioner Al Carbone presented the Regular Season Championship plaque and Runner Up plaque to captains LanLe Crotty (left), Brittney Bunbanlu, Sabrina Torcellini, coach Cathy McGuirk, and Autumn McHenry

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State Budget Passed – Walsh School Funds Secured

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 27, 2017 1:43 pm

With Permission UPDATE—After months of crossing its collective fingers and moving forward step by step with its plan for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation amid the state budget deficit and stalled budget, word was received yesterday that the anticipated $30 million via a state grant is a go.

State Rep Sean Scanlon (D-98), made the announcement, praising the budget as bipartisan. The bond is separate from the budget, but could not be awarded until the budget was determined.

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BHS Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 26, 2017 1:00 pm

Sally E. Bahner Photo A message left on an answering machine at Branford High School just before 9 a.m. that an explosive “may be placed” in the school led this morning to the evacuation of the school.

Branford Police called in the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad to search the school.By early afternoon Police Chief Kevin Halloran said the school “is safe to reopen.”

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Will Branford Students ‘Fall Into Literacy’?

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 24, 2017 6:49 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo At its meeting last week, the Board of Education (pictured) discussed a new English Language Arts curriculum being implemented in the elementary schools, welcomed an additional group of new certified teachers, and revisited whether to assess an annual fee for use of technology devices.

Assistant Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Buono and Curriculum Coordinator Lauren Skultety presented details concerning a new English Language Arts curriculum that is being rolled out in Grades 1 through 3, titled “Fall into Literacy.” 

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Win Over Law Bright Spot of Football Season

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 21, 2017 7:30 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It’s been a tough season so far for the Branford football team. With a bye week coming up the Hornets are 1-5 with their only victory being against Jonathan Law 45-21 back on Oct. 6. The Eagle was there as Jackson Seward breaks free on his way to a 32 yard gain for the Hornets.

Bill O'Brien Photo They have fallen to Guilford, New Fairfield, Sheehan, Notre Dame and no. 5 ranked Fitch.  Here Dalton Carden leaps to bring down a Law player

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Branford Hills Throws “A Party at the Park”

by marcia chambers | Oct 19, 2017 7:51 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Nestled in an area of dense condos and apartments, local neighborhood folks are throwing a party this Sunday in honor of their first park, a 13-acre area they fought hard to keep.

The site of what was once the Branford Hills Elementary School, at the intersection of Jefferson Road and Burban Drive, will serve residents with green space, a playground, a basketball court, and ball fields for kids of all ages. 

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Field Hockey Keeps Rolling Along

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 12, 2017 12:00 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford field hockey team has made it a habit of winning the past several years. Last season the young Hornets won 19 games and made it to the state championship game before falling to perennial power New Canaan 1-0.

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford’s Hall of Fame coach Cathy McGuirk said after that game, “Don’t hang your head. You played a very good team tonight and you played very hard. I’m very proud of you.”

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Walsh Intermediate School Extends Student Health Care Hours

by marcia chambers | Oct 10, 2017 7:33 am | Comments (2)

Thanks to a recent grant, the Walsh Intermediate School Based Health Center will be working with Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) to open 45 minutes before school starts in order to extend current service time to meet the needs of families who may have urgent care needs, are enrolled in the school based health center and are need of services. The new extended hours program begins Nov. 1.

Walsh was selected by the Connecticut Health Foundation, the state’s largest independent health philanthropy, to receive a $25,000 grant that is designed to avoid or reduce school absences and to keep kids out of emergency rooms. Walsh enrolls 916 students in grades five to eight. This is a school based health clinic that is partially funded by the Department of Public Health and YNHH. 

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