Win Over Law Bright Spot of Football Season

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 21, 2017 8:30 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It’s been a tough season so far for the Branford football team. With a bye week coming up the Hornets are 1-5 with their only victory being against Jonathan Law 45-21 back on Oct. 6. The Eagle was there as Jackson Seward breaks free on his way to a 32 yard gain for the Hornets.

Bill O'Brien Photo They have fallen to Guilford, New Fairfield, Sheehan, Notre Dame and no. 5 ranked Fitch.  Here Dalton Carden leaps to bring down a Law player

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Branford Hills Throws “A Party at the Park”

by marcia chambers | Oct 19, 2017 8:51 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Nestled in an area of dense condos and apartments, local neighborhood folks are throwing a party this Sunday in honor of their first park, a 13-acre area they fought hard to keep.

The site of what was once the Branford Hills Elementary School, at the intersection of Jefferson Road and Burban Drive, will serve residents with green space, a playground, a basketball court, and ball fields for kids of all ages. 

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Field Hockey Keeps Rolling Along

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 12, 2017 1:00 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford field hockey team has made it a habit of winning the past several years. Last season the young Hornets won 19 games and made it to the state championship game before falling to perennial power New Canaan 1-0.

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford’s Hall of Fame coach Cathy McGuirk said after that game, “Don’t hang your head. You played a very good team tonight and you played very hard. I’m very proud of you.”

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Walsh Intermediate School Extends Student Health Care Hours

by marcia chambers | Oct 10, 2017 8:33 am | Comments (2)

Thanks to a recent grant, the Walsh Intermediate School Based Health Center will be working with Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) to open 45 minutes before school starts in order to extend current service time to meet the needs of families who may have urgent care needs, are enrolled in the school based health center and are need of services. The new extended hours program begins Nov. 1.

Walsh was selected by the Connecticut Health Foundation, the state’s largest independent health philanthropy, to receive a $25,000 grant that is designed to avoid or reduce school absences and to keep kids out of emergency rooms. Walsh enrolls 916 students in grades five to eight. This is a school based health clinic that is partially funded by the Department of Public Health and YNHH. 

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New Coach Eager To Lead Girls’ Volleyball

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 28, 2017 9:02 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The new volleyball coach at Branford High is only a few years older than some of the players on the high school team. And for her that’s a plus.

Bill O'Brien Photo Cody Michaels, 22, was graduated from Quinnipiac University this past June where she majored in Health Science Studies. A former All City First Team honoree and All Tournament player in high school, Michaels played volleyball for the Division I Bobcats and coach Kris Czaplinski. Here the coach smiles at Marisa Minore after winning a point.

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Girls’ Soccer Falls to Sheehan on Late Goal

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 25, 2017 8:59 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Looking to get their first win of the season the Branford Hornets girls’ soccer team came up short losing 2-1 on a header by Sheehan’s Samantha Larkin that evaded goaltender Nina Grabowiecki with a minute left to play in the game.

Bill O'Brien Photo The low-scoring game finished 1-0 at the half with Sheehan leading. Branford tied it up when co-captain Taylor Brown {pictured) scored with 10 minutes left.

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BHS Auditorium Renamed in Honor of Roding

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 21, 2017 9:10 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Call it the “feel good” meeting.

The Board of Education at its meeting Sept. 13 voted to rename the Branford High School Auditorium in honor of newly retired music director, Cathyann Rodding. The board also acknowledged John Prins’s Master Level designation for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE), welcomed several new certified teachers to the district and set the salary for its superintendent.

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Walsh School & Community House/Senior Center Updates

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 14, 2017 7:35 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Public Building Commission (pictured) heard a Walsh update and discussed a list of value engineering (cost cutting) items for the $12.1 million Community House/Senior Center project at its meeting Monday at Fire Headquarters.

Scott Pellman of Colliers International, owner’s representative, said they were working toward the abatement of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenals) at Walsh, which were found to be slightly elevated in the pool and gym areas and a possible hazard to children 12 and under. Langan Engineering is handling the abatement and retesting will be done afterwards, conforming to state and federal regulations. The cost is expected to be $18,300, which is already in the budget.

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Branford ECS Funding Climbs But Falls Short

by marcia chambers | Sep 13, 2017 8:38 am

The CT Mirror In his August state budget proposal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave Branford zero ECS funding for its public schools. This month the governor changed that, giving the town in his latest budget proposal $1.639 million. That’s up over zero but down by $572,506 or 25.9 percent over the 2017 distribution of $2.211.8 million to the town’s school system.

Still, other towns fared worse. Guilford and Madison were still getting zero ECS funding from the state in the governor’s September redo. Click here to read an interactive CT Mirror story on the impact of Malloy’s latest budget proposal on the state’s towns and cities.


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