Summer Free Meals Blitz, Walsh Plans & A Retirement

by Diana Stricker | Jun 24, 2016 7:16 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Board of Education (BOE) commemorated the retirement of a high school assistant principal Wednesday, and also announced a free summer meals “blitz” and gave an update on the Walsh renovation plans.

BOE chairman Michael Krause (left above) and Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez presented a commemorative chair to Assistant High School Principal Anna Puglia, who has been with the district 28 years. In addition to her duties at the school, Puglia has also served as a liaison between the district and the community for the annual Branford High School senior scholarship program.

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“There Is A Place In My Heart For The Class of 2016”

by marcia chambers | Jun 16, 2016 7:00 am

Mary Johnson Photo Under clear and sunny skies at Town Hall, the Branford High School class of 2016 marched down the Town Green to their front row seats and to the diplomas awaiting them. On stage Friday night was the guidance counselor who had journeyed with them from their earliest days at the Walsh Intermediate School. 

It was a perfect evening for the graduating class and a special evening for Marian Montano, who served as their guidance counselor when they entered Walsh Intermediate School in 5th grade and stayed at their side over the next eight years, giving a special commencement address at their graduation. This class produced a number of scholars and academic leaders, including graduates who will attend Ivy League colleges in the fall.


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RTM Moves Walsh School Renovation Forward

by Emily Patton | Jun 13, 2016 7:59 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The Representative Town Meeting (RTM), in a unanimous bi-partisan vote, gave final town approval for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation and expansion project last week, enabling the Board of Education (BOE) to apply for a state grant for what is the largest building project in the town’s history.

The final approval came at the monthly RTM meeting held at Fire Headquarters. During an hour-long meeting, the RTM approved a series of resolutions, the last required step before the BOE sends its grant application to the State Bonding Committee by June 30.

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Boys’ Lacrosse Win Calls For Traditional Celebration

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 1, 2016 7:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Going to a Branford boys’ lacrosse home game where the team is victorious turns out to be very special with the tradition that comes with it after.

Bill O'Brien Photo After every home victory since 2000 the Hornet team assembles in the locker room for announcements and remarks by coach Jim May. Once coach May is finished he calls upon coach Frank Barron to begin the “Song and Chant Tradition of Victory.”

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Lady Hornets Crush Governors 18-4 On The Road

by Bill O'Brien | May 29, 2016 7:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It’s been a tough season for the Lady Hornets softball team, winning only one game in the first 12 they played this spring. That win was against Wilbur Cross whom they defeated April 25 at home,  20-5.

Two weeks ago the Hornets traveled to New Haven to play the same Governors for the second time . What resulted was another lopsided victory performance for the Hornets, this time winning 18-4.

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Parents Confront BOE on Walsh Bullying Problem

by Sally E. Bahner | May 20, 2016 7:10 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Board of Education (BOE) Wednesday night faced a barrage of emotional comments and criticism from Walsh Intermediate School parents whose children have been the victims of bullying, allegedly by a seventh grade “Project Choice” student. Project Choice is a longtime program that enables the two-way movement of urban and suburban students in the areas neighboring Connecticut’s three largest cities.

The parents spoke during the public comments segment of the meeting, preceded by the warning from BOE chair Michael Krause that individual students could not be discussed and that the incidents will be investigated and actions taken as deemed appropriate. He said the board was not going to offer specific responses to the parents’ comments.

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Girls Lacrosse Beats West Haven 16-5

by Bill O'Brien | May 18, 2016 7:23 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls’ lacrosse team is having a special year. After losing their opening game to Old Lyme 10-8 on April 5 the Hornets have rattled off 11 straight victories.

Bill O'Brien Photo Last week the Lady Hornets played West Haven at Home and defeated the Blue Devils by a score of 16-5. Five sophomores, led by Autumn McHenry (see top photo above)with four goals, scored 14 of the 16 goals for Branford. She also had four assists.

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The Williams School Sinks Hornet Sailors

by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2016 7:41 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The first regatta of the season for the Branford High School sailing team ended in a loss when the team lost two races in a row to The Williams School of New London.  Race competition requires the winner to win two out of three. The regatta was held at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Short Beach last month.

Bill O'Brien Photo “We had some gusty practices and chilly temperatures so our work at practice has mostly focused on boat speed and handling,” Coach Amy Casey said. “Williams was our first race of the season and the first day with winds allowing for a true team race, tapping into tactics and strategy.”

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Sophomore Zane Kmietek Pitches a No-Hitter Against Indians

by Bill O'Brien | May 4, 2016 7:10 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford baseball pitcher Zane Kmietek did something that hasn’t been done on a baseball diamond in Branford since 2009. The young sophomore pitched a no-hitter against the defending state champion North Haven Indians, winning 3-0 on Monday.

“Zane’s performance was dominate,” said coach Steve Malafronte. “He stuck to the game plan and worked ahead in most counts and was able to throw his off speed for strikes. When he is locked in like he was he is a difficult pitcher to hit. Every time he takes the mound he has a bulldog mentality and competes on every pitch.”

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