RTM Approves 3-year Teachers’ Contract

by marcia chambers | Jan 17, 2018 7:38 am

BCTVA three-year contract between Branford public school teachers and the Board of Education (BOE) gives teachers lower yearly salary increases than in past years, requires teachers to pay an increasing amount toward their health costs, and overall, makes significant changes in how the teacher salary system works.

The $22.4 million-a-year contract between the BOE and the Branford Education Association (BEA), the union for the teachers, runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. The BEA represents 283 full-time teachers down from 310 teachers in 2014. This means in the first year the $22.4 million contract will increase by $526.000. In the second year the contract increases by an additional $629,000 and in the third year by an additional $656,000.

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Girls’ BB Team Loses to East Haven Rivals

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 14, 2018 8:08 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford girls’ basketball team had high hopes going into the game against their long time rival, the East Haven Yellowjackets, now ranked no. 8. But they fell short in their quest to upset their rivals, falling 67-39.

Bill O'Brien PhotoBranford entered the game with a 4-3 record with wins over North Haven, North Branford, Wilbur Cross, and Foran. East Haven came in at 6-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of the New London Whalers, the no. 1 girls team in the state.

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Building Commission Votes to Put Walsh Project Out to Bid

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 4, 2018 12:10 pm

Sally E. Bahner PhotoAfter more than two years of planning and meetings concerning design and educational specifications, bids will be advertised for the $88.2 million renovation to Walsh Intermediate School.

The Public Building Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to advertise for bids starting Jan. 12 for a 3 1/2 –week period ending Feb. 7.

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New BB Coach Takes First Loss in Stride

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 2, 2018 8:36 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt was not the way new boys’ basketball coach Chris Burnham would have preferred to start his tenure at Branford High School, losing to Lyman Hall in the Hornets season opener 61-37. But a win came a week or so later.

Bill O'Brien PhotoBurnham succeeded Jake Palluzzi (pictured at right), who coached the Hornets for 29 years, winning 302 games at Branford; this was his first game at the helm. Prior to Branford, Palluzzi was the coach at North Branford for four years where he had 45 additional victories. He also serves as co-athletic director at Branford.

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Building Commission Discusses Art at Walsh, Project Updates

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 19, 2017 7:25 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe Public Building Commission (PBC) discussed art installations for the renovated Walsh Intermediate School and heard updates on Walsh and the new Community House/Senior Center at its meeting last week. 

Frank Carrano, former chair of the Board of Education, and Jeanette Mobeck of the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA) recommended to the commission that a sundial now at the Early Learning Center (the former Pine Orchard School) be relocated to an appropriate space at Walsh, once the school is completed.

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Wreaths Across America Makes for ‘Branford Proud’

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 16, 2017 7:55 am

Bill O'Bien PhotoDespite the inclement weather on Tuesday, many Branford residents came out to support the Wreaths Across America convoy as it passed through town on its journey from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe convoy was led by Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and his wife Norma. He serves as the Grand Marshal of this year’s convoy to Arlington. Col. Donlon was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.

“We were overwhelmed and very proud when we pulled off Exit 55,” said Dottie Packer. She and her longtime friend and neighbor Pam Bold organized the stop in their home town. Packer is a retired Lieutenant Commander US Navy Nurse Corps, and Bold is a retired Chief Petty Officer, U.S Coast Guard.

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Cedar Woods Fair Donates $1,700 to ‘Feed Branford Kids’

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 15, 2017 7:31 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoSmiling faces filled the Hospitality Room at Cedar Woods senior living and retirement community on Cedar Street recently as the residents and staff joined together for the presentation of a $1,700 check to the “Feed Branford Kids” program, the results of their Dec. 2 Holiday Fair.

The Feed Branford Kids (FBK) program started in 2014 with a mission “to see that all our children have enough to eat EVERY day whether it is a school day, a weekend or a holiday.” FBK is run in cooperation with the Branford Public Schools with oversight from the Branford Food Pantry.

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Wreaths Across America to Make Stop in Branford

by Bill O'Brien | Dec 6, 2017 9:17 am

With PermissionBranford will be in for a special event next Tuesday, Dec. 12 when the Wreaths Across America Honor Convoy stops in town. The convoy is on its way to Arlington National Cemetery with thousands of evergreen wreaths to be placed on the graves of deceased servicemen and women that served in the military.

The stop in Branford will be one of 12 school stops that will be made on the week-long trek from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington. The honor escort is composed of approximately 200 volunteers, including a State Police motorcycle escort, Patriot Guard motorcycle escort, Gold Star families, who lost a family member in service, Blue Star families, who currently have a member serving in the military, Veterans, buses, SUVs and a dozen 18 wheelers.

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