Hornets Qualify for SCC, CIAC With Win Over Easties

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 21, 2017 7:43 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Over the last few weeks it looked bleak for the Branford boys’ basketball team in its goal to qualify for both the upcoming SCC conference tournament and the CIAC state tournament.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Hornets lost four games in a row to Cheshire, West Haven, Amity, and Career and needed two wins in their last four games to make the end of season playoffs. The East Haven game always brings out a big crowd.

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Branford Swimmers Say, “Bring It On”

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 18, 2017 8:36 am

What the Branford/Guilford boys swim coach Ray Beaulac says about his team would fit the old Mark Twain saying, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

After the Branford/Guilford co-op team lost its most recent swim meet last Friday to perennial power Cheshire, coach Beaulac said, “We pride ourselves on never backing down from a race, no matter the opponent, even though we often are competing against teams twice our size.”

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Public Has Its Say at First Walsh Outreach Meeting

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 14, 2017 8:30 am

With Permission The public had its say last week regarding plans for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation, which is expected to begin during summer 2018.

Its concerns? Parking, the noise level, possible disruption to students, and the use of solar panels and energy-saving construction methods.

At around $88 million, it’s the largest project approved in the town’s history. The meeting took place at Walsh, attended by approximately 40 people, including town officials and Walsh neighbors who live on or near Damascus Road. 

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Hornets Stand at 6-6

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 6, 2017 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When you are a hockey team midway through the season playing at or below .500, every game is important to win in order to reach your goal to qualify for the state tournament. The Hornets are trying to attain their goal.

Last Wednesday, the Hornets defeated Hand 4-2. “That was a big win for us,” said Branford Coach Jim Dinapoli. “Hopefully it will give us momentum for our next game on Saturday [Feb. 4] with Cheshire.” Not quite. It was close but the Hornets lost 4-3 to Cheshire at the Wesleyan Rink.

The Hornets are now 6-6 including the Hand and Cheshire games. Their next game is at New Fairfield/Immaculate (Danbury) is on Wednesday Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and their next home game is against Watertown-Pomperaug on Friday Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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School Budget Comes In at $55.3M

by marcia chambers | Feb 3, 2017 8:36 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez (pictured) has proposed a $55.3 million school budget for FY2018, a 1.96 percent increase over last year’s budget, even though enrollment across the school district is declining. Funding the town’s schools is the largest portion of the overall town budget.

“This is the tightest budget I have ever submitted in my seven years here,” Hernandez told the board when he ended his 30-minute presentation Wednesday night.. He spoke before educators, elected officials and parents, about 30 in all at Branford High School. Jim Finch, the town’s finance director, attended the meeting along with Don Neel, the Chief Operating Officer for the Branford public schools. BCTV, Branford’s public television station, filmed it.

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Branford Takes Hand, Winning 54-44

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 31, 2017 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford boys’ basketball team moved a set closer to qualifying for the state tournament with a hard-fought 54-44 win over the Hand Tigers on Monday at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex. The Hornets succeeded with stamina and grit by delivering a strong 4th quarter. 

Bill O'Brien Photo Cheerleader Elena Gruendel sang the National Anthem before the game got underway.

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Walsh School Renovation Makes It to Priority List

by Sally E. Bahner & Marcia Chambers | Jan 26, 2017 8:30 am

File Photo Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez reported at last week’s Board of Education meeting that he and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove had met with state Reps. Lonnie Reed and Sean Scanlon and state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. regarding the progress of the Walsh Intermediate School renovation project. The project has now been listed on a priority list.

The underlying issue, all understood, was the uncertainty about the state budget and possible cuts to 49 projected school project grants across the state totaling $450,469,953. The estimated project costs for all 49 projects totaled $778,306,838. 

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Lady Hornets Fall to Sacred Heart Academy

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 25, 2017 10:27 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Lady Hornets basketball team didn’t help their chances to get to this year’s state tournament, losing to Sacred Heart Academy 63-55 at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex on Friday.

Bill O'Brien Photo {The loss was the fourth in a row, dropping their record to 4-8 with eight regular season games remaining. They will have to win four of the eight to qualify.

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Wrestling Captain Heads to West Point

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 24, 2017 8:23 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When Branford’s wrestling team match with Shelton was scheduled, it looked like it would be pretty even. Both teams had some good wrestlers in the different weight classes. But a series of illnesses and injuries over the season have resulted in the Hornets not being able to field a complete lineup.

But there was one highlight of the evening. It came with an announcement by Coach Christopher Bonagiuso that senior captain HyunJin Lim, who was injured and didn’t wrestle on Wednesday, was accepted at the United States Military Academy at West Point and would be attending the school.  “This is a great honor for HyunJin, his family, Branford High School and the entire community,”  the coach said. Lim is also a student representative on the Branford Board of Education  

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Girls’ Hockey Splits Two Games with Conard-Hall

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 18, 2017 8:02 am

Bill O'Brien Photo In 2015 the Branford girls’ hockey team had a successful season finishing with a 16-3 record and winning the SCC D-II championship. As a result the Hornets were required to move up from Division II to Division I for the next two years. Last season the Hornets fell to a 9-10-1 record against the more difficult D-I schedule.

Bill O'Brien Photo Welcome to the more competitive division and the mostly bigger schools.

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