Walsh Project Faces Possible State Bonding Cut

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 2, 2017 7:54 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The specter of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis in relation to the Walsh Intermediate School project was finally raised at a special meeting of the Public Building Commission Monday night.

Charles Warrington, Jr., senior project manager for Colliers International, owner’s representative, reported that the cap of the bonding used for school projects statewide through the Office of School Construction Grants and Review (OSCGR) may be halved, from $700 million-$800 million to $400 million.

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Former Costco Site Gets Controversial Time Extension

by Diana Stricker | Jul 31, 2017 7:29 am

Diana Stricker Photo The developers of the 44-acre Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan at Exit 56, where Costco once planned to build a warehouse, have one more year to submit site plans — maybe.

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) voted 3-2 to grant a one-year extension, but Town Attorney Bill Aniskovich warned that the decision could be appealed.  Zoning regulations say a site plan must be submitted within 24 months of Master Plan approval, or the plans are null and void. However, the regulations do not address the possibility of extensions. The deadline was July 30.

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Branford Baseball Honored

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 27, 2017 8:01 am

Even though the high school baseball season ended several weeks ago, the honors are still accumulating for the 2017 Branford Hornets.

Not since the 2012 season, when they finished 14-6, has Branford had a winning record. Over the past four years they have won no more than nine games in any year. This past year was a break-out year when coach Steve Malafronte and the Hornets finished with a record of 18-7 that included a 12-game winning streak to close out the regular season.

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P&Z On Walsh Traffic, New Zoning Regs and a Vineyard for Branford

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2017 12:01 pm

File Photo More details about the Walsh Intermediate School project were ironed out last week with the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, and the public hearing will continue at a special meeting Thursday at Fire Headquarters. 

In other actions, the commission unanimously approved new zoning regulations for R-1 and R-2 residential zones last Thursday.

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Walsh Jazz Band Kicks Off Jazz Concert

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 13, 2017 7:46 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Concertgoers were treated to the Walsh Intermediate School Jazz Band, which performed before the main act of Jay Rowe and Jeanette Harris a week ago on the Green. The band opened with “Night Train.”

Bill O'Brien Photo “It was a thrill for the kids, and all their family members to be the first group to do a warm-up spot for the Jazz on the Green Series,” said recently retired teacher and band director Carol Titcomb. “It was a very special ‘swan song’ for me as well,” she said, referring to her retirement.

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BOE Extends Superintendent’s Contract

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 27, 2017 7:18 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Board of Education (BOE) voted to extend the contract of School Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez by one year last week. The decision was made in executive session on Wednesday, June 21.

In Connecticut, school superintendents are hired for a maximum of three years, as was the case when Hernandez was first hired in 2010; the school year runs from July to July.

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Walsh Interior Plans Revealed

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 26, 2017 8:05 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo A color palette and textures inspired by walks along the Stony Creek Trails and the Stony Creek Quarry along with views of Thimble Islands will serve as the inspiration for the interior of the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School.

Sally E. Bahner Photo The interior design team from Antinozzi Associates presented a set of plans showing the new design to the Public Building Commission recently. The commission met again last week to review the school’s design development budget and authorized Antinozzi Associates to move on to the construction document phase of the project.

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Hail to the Champions! Girls Lax Wins Class M Title

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 16, 2017 8:16 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last Saturday the no. 4 ranked Branford Lady Hornets stopped a 23-year streak of missing a SCC school win a girls’ lacrosse championship when they defeated no. 1 Pomperaug 15-8 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.

Bill O'Brien Photo Before a raucous crowd of supporters from both teams, the Lady Hornets dominated the game from the middle of the first half to the very end. The victory was sweet revenge from an earlier loss to the Panthers on the road, 13-12, in overtime in the rain last month. Here team members show their championship medals as the coach holds the title plaque.

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Graduation 2017: “Be the Pebble that Starts the Ripple of Change”

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 14, 2017 7:16 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The decision to hold the high school graduation on the beautiful Branford Green last Friday was held off until late morning due to the threat of thunder showers. As luck would have it, the weather cooperated for the 250 graduates of Branford High School.

Bill O'Brien Photo It turned out to be a perfect evening and a large crowd of families and friends filled the green to witness the event, the awarding of their diplomas to the class of 2017.  Principal Lee Panagoulis (pictured) led the march in to the stage.

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