Walsh Bullying Episode Draws Outside Agencies

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 15, 2016 8:00 am | Comments (3)

Mary Johnson Photo Adrienne Serra, an advocate for Orit Avizov, whose son was attacked last winter by Walsh Intermediate School students allegedly yelling “Kill the Jew,” has been corresponding with state and federal agencies for months to seek a resolution to the bullying episode.

She has consulted with the state Department of Education (SDE), the U.S. Attorney’s Office (The Department of Justice) and state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr.’s office, she told the Eagle in an interview.

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Walsh Bullying Log Omits Reported Student Hate Crime

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 10, 2016 3:07 pm | Comments (2)

File Photo “Kill the Jew!”

So one member of a crowd allegedly yelled while attacking a Jewish student earlier this year at Walsh Intermediate School.

That incident ended up in an official medical report that the school is required to keep by law. But somehow it didn’t show up in a different public report, a log entitled “Verified Acts of Bullying in Branford Public Schools.”

Now Adrienne Serra is trying to find out why.

Serra is an advocate for Orit Avizov, whose son was the victim of the hate crime. In July Serra received that system-wide bullying report, and couldn’t find the anti-Semitic incident anywhere in it.

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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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