Walsh School & Community House/Senior Center Updates

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 14, 2017 7:35 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Public Building Commission (pictured) heard a Walsh update and discussed a list of value engineering (cost cutting) items for the $12.1 million Community House/Senior Center project at its meeting Monday at Fire Headquarters.

Scott Pellman of Colliers International, owner’s representative, said they were working toward the abatement of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenals) at Walsh, which were found to be slightly elevated in the pool and gym areas and a possible hazard to children 12 and under. Langan Engineering is handling the abatement and retesting will be done afterwards, conforming to state and federal regulations. The cost is expected to be $18,300, which is already in the budget.

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Branford ECS Funding Climbs But Falls Short

by marcia chambers | Sep 13, 2017 8:38 am

The CT Mirror In his August state budget proposal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave Branford zero ECS funding for its public schools. This month the governor changed that, giving the town in his latest budget proposal $1.639 million. That’s up over zero but down by $572,506 or 25.9 percent over the 2017 distribution of $2.211.8 million to the town’s school system.

Still, other towns fared worse. Guilford and Madison were still getting zero ECS funding from the state in the governor’s September redo. Click here to read an interactive CT Mirror story on the impact of Malloy’s latest budget proposal on the state’s towns and cities.


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Branford’s Mike Olt Wraps Up 7th Season

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 9, 2017 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Without a doubt, Branford’s Mike Olt has had an interesting career so far in baseball. From Little League teams to four outstanding years at Branford High School followed by three seasons at Division I UConn and being drafted as the 49th pick in the Major League Draft in 2010 by the Texas Rangers points to that being very true.

Bill O'Brien Photo Mike was a four-year letter winner at Branford. He was an All SCC and All State player for three years and led the Hornets to the 2006 Class L State Championship under coach George Dummar. He holds the school’s hit record with 115 and the career batting average of .475., also led his American Legion team to both State and Regional Championships in 2005 and 2007 and was also the tournament’s MVP winner both years. Here Dummar thanks Mike on Senior Day.

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State of the Schools: Superintendent Dishes on Updates

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 29, 2017 9:38 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez (pictured) updated the Eagle yesterday on curriculum changes, an air quality problem at the Walsh Intermediate School gym and pool area and the Walsh renovation project.

The first official enrollment numbers are submitted to the state Oct. 1, but according to Hernandez, preliminary figures as of yesterday are as follows: Branford High School – 911, Walsh Intermediate School – 908, Murphy Elementary – 395, Tisko Elementary – 384, Sliney Elementary – 316, Indian Neck – 45, for a total of 2,959 students. Hernandez noted that number may change after Labor Day since since some parents hold kids back until after the holiday.

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BOE: Minimal State Budget Impact or Not?

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 22, 2017 9:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Back to school preparations, the state budget, technology costs, and the renaming of school facilities were on the docket for the Board of Education (pictured) last Wednesday.

Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez reported that Aug. 23 is the first school day for teachers, while students will return on Monday, Aug. 28, the second year that students are starting school on a Monday.  “It’s good to have a full week without interruption,” he said.

Hernandez said that bus routes are in place and drivers are doing dry runs. Bus routes and schedules can be accessed here.

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Walsh Project Faces Possible State Bonding Cut

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 2, 2017 7:54 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The specter of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis in relation to the Walsh Intermediate School project was finally raised at a special meeting of the Public Building Commission Monday night.

Charles Warrington, Jr., senior project manager for Colliers International, owner’s representative, reported that the cap of the bonding used for school projects statewide through the Office of School Construction Grants and Review (OSCGR) may be halved, from $700 million-$800 million to $400 million.

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Former Costco Site Gets Controversial Time Extension

by Diana Stricker | Jul 31, 2017 7:29 am

Diana Stricker Photo The developers of the 44-acre Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan at Exit 56, where Costco once planned to build a warehouse, have one more year to submit site plans — maybe.

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) voted 3-2 to grant a one-year extension, but Town Attorney Bill Aniskovich warned that the decision could be appealed.  Zoning regulations say a site plan must be submitted within 24 months of Master Plan approval, or the plans are null and void. However, the regulations do not address the possibility of extensions. The deadline was July 30.

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Branford Baseball Honored

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 27, 2017 8:01 am

Even though the high school baseball season ended several weeks ago, the honors are still accumulating for the 2017 Branford Hornets.

Not since the 2012 season, when they finished 14-6, has Branford had a winning record. Over the past four years they have won no more than nine games in any year. This past year was a break-out year when coach Steve Malafronte and the Hornets finished with a record of 18-7 that included a 12-game winning streak to close out the regular season.

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P&Z On Walsh Traffic, New Zoning Regs and a Vineyard for Branford

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2017 12:01 pm

File Photo More details about the Walsh Intermediate School project were ironed out last week with the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, and the public hearing will continue at a special meeting Thursday at Fire Headquarters. 

In other actions, the commission unanimously approved new zoning regulations for R-1 and R-2 residential zones last Thursday.

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