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Schools: A Farewell, A Welcome and a Raise For Hamlet

by Diana Stricker | Jun 26, 2015 9:07 am

Diana Stricker Photo Branford’s Board of Education (BOE) said goodbye to its assistant superintendent Wednesday night, extended the contract of the superintendent, and hired a new principal for Sliney Elementary School.

Dr. Mary Peraro (pictured above), who is retiring after 39 years in education, is leaving her position as assistant superintendent but she isn’t leaving the Branford education scene. At least for awhile. Peraro told the Eagle she agreed to serve as a part-time consultant through December to help the district ease through the transition.

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BHS Sends On The Class of 2015

by Diana Stricker | Jun 23, 2015 9:16 am

Mary Johnson Photo Branford School District leaders and graduates talked about making dreams come true during commencement ceremonies on the Town Green last week. 

Mary Johnson Photo The Board of Education, the policy makers for the district, were all smiles as they marched in. 

The district also honored its assistant superintendent, who is retiring after 39 years in education.

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Spring Sports Bring Honors For Hornets

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 16, 2015 11:30 am

Bill O'Brien Photo This past weekend the high school sports season came to a close.

Bill O'Brien Photo Although a number of Branford teams made it to the post season in either the Southern Connecticut Conference or state playoffs there were no titles.

However, the effort on the part of a number of athletes resulted in their being selected as “All Conference” by the league’s coaches.

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When Girls’ Softball Wins, They Win Big

by Bill O'Brien | May 30, 2015 10:40 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien Photo When the Branford Girls’ softball team wins, they win big.

Bill O'Brien Photo Although the Hornets finished the season with a record of only 5-15 they had a number of high scoring victories.

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Boys’ Track Defeats North Haven For Eighth Victory

by Bill O'Brien | May 27, 2015 11:30 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Coach Rich Biondi was excited when his Branford boys’ track team defeated the North Haven Indians in their dual meet last week. North Haven had a 9-1 record going into the contest and the Hornets defeated them, 82-68.

Bill O'Brien Photo “I was very happy with the win over North Haven,” Biondi said.  “They are an outstanding team, one that is well- coached.”

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Boys’ Lacrosse Team Qualifies For State Tournament

by Bill O'Brien | May 23, 2015 9:55 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The boys’ lacrosse team needed to win one more game this week to qualify for the state tournament. After back-to-back losses against Hand and Guilford the team’s chances of qualifying looked slim when they fell to 5-7.

Bill O'Brien Photo This week, however, the team turned it around, winning three in a row by beating Lyman Hall 12-3, Jonathon Law 16-4 and, most recently, Wilbur Cross 17-3 Thursday night in New Haven.

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Youth In Government Day Canned

by marcia chambers | May 19, 2015 12:35 pm

File Photo As last night’s Board of Finance (BOF) meeting was drawing to a close, board member Kurt Schwanfelder asked chair Joe Mooney what had happened to the Youth in Government Day this year. This was a program that paired high school students with the first selectman and town department heads, giving the students an opportunity to learn how town government works.

Typically the event takes place on the Monday the BOF sets the mill rate, an event that began in the high school and then moved to Town Hall some blocks away. Yesterday would have been the day.

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Branford Sailing Team Ends on a Win

by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2015 9:45 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien Photo When thinking of high school sports teams that compete in the spring most people think of golf, tennis, baseball and softball. At Branford High School you can add ‘sailing’ to the list.

Bill O'Brien Photo Coach Amy Casey and her ‘sailors’ have had a successful season, finishing with 5 wins including a season ending victory recently over Xavier High School at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (YCYC) in Short Beach.

Bill O'Brien Photo The BHS team won the first two races of the best of three.  “The team loves sailing against Xavier,” said Coach Casey. “They are a nice group of young men”.

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Boys Golf Team Falls To Guilford & Hand; Then Rebounds

by Bill O'Brien | May 14, 2015 1:05 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford golf team recently suffered a double loss in their matches against Guilford and Hand high schools.

The matches were held at the Pine Orchard Club in Branford and resulted in Hand winning with a score of 164 followed by Guilford at 173 and Branford trailing at 179. The two loses brought the Hornets record to 6-3.

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RTM Endorses BOF’S $103.6M Budget

by marcia chambers | May 14, 2015 11:40 am

Marcia Chambers Photo This year Republican RTM Representative Marc Riccio, never shy about expressing his views on the budget, left his charts at home.

There was no need for them, he told the Eagle after the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) annual budget meeting, one that in years past might go to midnight or beyond. 

This year was different in a number of ways. Riccio said the players during this budget season “worked very well together. The department managers were great and I was very pleased with the results and pleased with the process. I didn’t have to bring my charts tonight. I didn’t need them.

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