National Bullying Prevention Month is Underway

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 20, 2016 10:00 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 7:59 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 8:59 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 8:53 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 8:00 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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Lady Hornets Sink Dragons for Third Straight Win

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 30, 2016 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls swim team is off to a good start after their 96-86 win over Hamden last week at the John O’Connor Pool at Walsh Intermediate School.

Bill O'Brien Photo Coach Scott Butler is happy with the quick start, but cautious about some upcoming meets.

“We’re off to a 3-0 start with some tough meets starting next week.”  The Hornets will be at SCC Amity, one of the league’s top swim programs, on Monday. 

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Hamlet Gets a Raise

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 29, 2016 8:00 am

The Board of Education announced last week that it had extended the contract of Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez for one more year. Board chairman Michael Krause has the authorization to negotiate the terms, which have not yet been disclosed.

Hernandez’s current salary is $188,546. In 2015, he received a raise totaling $5,046, which was 2.75 percent. Presumably his salary went up.

Hernandez has been with the school district for almost seven years.

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Hornets Comeback Nets Victory Over Yellow Jackets

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 22, 2016 7:34 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornets volleyball team found themselves down two games to one and trailing by four points in the fourth game of their match with East Haven on Tuesday.

Bill O'Brien Photo But they turned things around and rallied to win 25-17 to force a fifth and deciding game. They outscored the Yellow Jackets in the final match winning 15-10 for their first win of the season.

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Timeline, Funding, Outlined for Walsh School

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 20, 2016 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The timeline and funding for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation was front and center at the Public Building Commission and Representative Town Meetings (RTM) meetings last week, as questions were raised about state funding for an $88 million renovation. 

Charles Warrington Jr. of Colllier’s International, the owner’s rep for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation, updated the Public Building Commission last week with an anticipated timeline for the project.

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Hornets Football Goes for Two in Win over Guilford

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 20, 2016 7:01 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It’s been seven years since the Branford football team started their season with two consecutive victories. The year was 2009 when the Hornets began with three straight wins defeating North Haven, Platt Tech, and Hillhouse to open the season. 

Bill O'Brien Photo On Friday the Hornets won their second game in a row to open the season, a come-from-behind 15-14 win over the Guilford Indians on the road. “We hung in there,” said coach John Limone. “We didn’t give up, we persevered. It was a great win for us.”

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