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Tree Lighting Parade Draws Huge Crowd to the Green

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 30, 2016 8:04 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Saturday couldn’t have been a better night to come to the center of town for the 16th annual Branford Tree Lighting Parade. The weather was cool but pleasant and a large crowd, about 2,500 people, including hundreds of kids and their families came to welcome Santa, view the parade and witness the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Bill O'Brien Photo It was quite an event.

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Hornets Fall to Yellow Jackets on Thanksgiving

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 28, 2016 8:11 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford football team started out the season where they left off last year. The Hornets won five of the last six games last season, including a 10-7 upset win over East Haven knocking the Yellow Jackets out of state playoff contention.

Bill O'Brien Photo This year they started out winning three of the first four before going on a four-game losing streak, including the final game of the season to East Haven 14-0 on Thursday at Frank “Coach” Crisafi Field.

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Field Hockey Dream of Title Falls Short

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 20, 2016 7:37 am

Bill O'Brien  Photo Dreams to win a state championship in field hockey this year came up short on Wednesday night when the Branford Lady Hornets fell to the defending Class M State Champion New Canaan Rams 1-0 at the James L. McDougall Stadium at Trumbull High School.

Bill O'Brien  Photo Branford entered the game ranked third in the division with a 19-2 record to play the number seven Rams, who entered the game with a 13-5-1 record. New Canaan was the defending Class M champions from last year, and defeated the Hornets in the first round on route to the 2015 title.

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Great Effort Falls Short for Boys’ Soccer Team

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 2, 2016 7:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It’s not uncommon in any sport for an underdog to rise up when they play a favorite in a game.

Bill O'Brien Photo Sometimes they pull off the upset and sometimes they fall short. That was the case in a recent match when the Branford boys’ soccer team, with a 5-8 record at the time, hosted the Shelton Gaels, one of the top teams in the SCC, with a record of 10-2-1.

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Volleyball Wraps Up Season Winning 6 of 8 Matches

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 26, 2016 7:04 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls volleyball team has been playing well down the stretch winning six of the last eight matches on route to a 12-6 record and a spot in the upcoming SCC tournament.

Bill O'Brien Photo Included in the six wins at the end of the regular season were five shutouts and one match were they only lost one set. The stretch included 3-0 wins over North Haven, Guilford, Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross and Sheehan. The only win where Branford lost a set came in their 3-1 victory over Lauralton Hall.

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National Bullying Prevention Month is Underway

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 20, 2016 9:00 am

October is National Bulling Prevention Month. It’s part of a nationwide campaign found by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to educate communities and raise awareness. Bullying prevention month encourages participants to wear orange as an expression of solidarity.

The website also offers tips on creating awareness through social media.

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Walsh Plans Headed to State for Grant Approval

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 18, 2016 6:59 am

Sally E. Bahner The Branford Board of Education has approved a third revision of education specifications for the $88.2 million Walsh Intermediate School renovation, which included a net reduction of 6,000 square feet. Now the latest revisions head to Hartford.

The reduction in square footage will bring the design closer to the 150,000 square feet mandated by the state for its 35 percent reimbursement, but the town will still be in need of a space waiver. That reimbursement is based on the highest projected enrollment of 944 students, officials told the BOE at a meeting at the Walsh school Thursday.

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Field Hockey Starts Season With 6 Wins in a Row

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 15, 2016 7:59 am

Bill O'Brien Photo You might think that before starting her 40th year at the helm of the 2016 Branford field hockey team coach Cathy McGuirk might be ready to take it easy. Easier said than done.

Bill O'Brien Photo Not only is she still coaching, but she’s still winning. Branford defeated Hamden last week 2-1, bringing the Hornets record for the season to 6-0. The win brought coach McGuirk’s overall record to 528-129-64-10.

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Building Commission Views Preliminary Walsh Plans

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 12, 2016 7:53 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Public Building Commission (pictured) recently took two steps toward moving forward with the Walsh Intermediate School renovation. At a bit more than $88 million, it’s the most expensive project undertaken by the town.

Michael LoSasso of Antinozzi Architects presented preliminary plans for the three-story addition, which included exterior design and space configurations for administrative offices, physical education, and the district offices, the “lower school,” and the “upper school.” 

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Girls Soccer Loses Close Game to West Haven

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 3, 2016 7:00 am

After an opening day 2-0 win over the North Haven Indians, the Branford Hornets girls’ soccer team hit a rough patch losing five in a row, including a hard-fought 3-2 game to West Haven at Veterans Parks in Branford.

“We’re a young team and have a lot of underclassmen that will gain experience over the year,” said Jen Kohut, Hornets’ coach. Branford only has six seniors on this year’s club.

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