Hornets Fall After North Haven Comeback

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 26, 2017 7:41 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford baseball team is probably one of the better 4-4 teams in the state. Of their four loses three of the games have been close. They lost to West Haven 2-1, Cheshire 2-1 and Xavier 2-0. Their fourth loss last week was against North Haven and that game had only a one-run difference until the last inning when the Indians soared with a final score of 7-3.

Bill O'Brien Photo North Haven scored early on a triple by leadoff batter Matt Solomon and a sacrifice fly by Chris Simmons to lead 1-0 after one inning. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth when Branford started hitting and erupted for three runs to take a 3-1 lead. 

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Softball Falls to Tough Yellow Jacket Nine

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 24, 2017 7:43 am

Bill O You can always expect an interesting game when Branford plays East Haven in any sport.

Bill O Last week the East Haven Yellow Jackets girls’ softball team hosted a young Branford softball team that has four sophomores and three freshmen on the team. Team co-captains Olivia Datre and Hunter Kelly are the only seniors and Kelly can’t play because of a nagging shoulder injury.

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Legendary Music Teacher Announces Retirement

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 19, 2017 2:12 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo In what is being talked about all over town as “shocking, unbelievable” or simply “you’re kidding” is the announcement yesterday that legendary music teacher, musical director, and choreographer of Branford High’s spring musicals, Cathyann Roding, is retiring after a 38-year career, the last 32 at Branford.

Bill O'Brien Photo In an email announcement to friends she wrote, “It’s finally time for me to stop… breathe… and relax just a little.” She added, “Anyway… I am leaving with no regrets, feeling very proud of all that my students and I have done over the years.” She indicated she has no plans and wants to just take it easy for a while. “I’d even just like to stay in bed and get some extra sleep for a change,” she said with a smile.

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Boys’  Lacrosse Rolls to Victory Over Wilbur Cross

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 17, 2017 7:12 am

Bill O'Brien Photo When you think of powerhouse boys’ lacrosse teams in the Southern Connecticut Conference, schools like Fairfield Prep, Daniel Hand and Cheshire come to mind. Wilbur Cross does not.  Basketball and track maybe, but not lacrosse.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Wilbur Cross Governors have struggled since they started a lacrosse program a dozen years ago and have only won 10 games in the last five years. Last week, they ran into the upstart Branford Hornets, who cruised to a lopsided 18-0 victory at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex. Here Robbie Lionetti gets past a Cross defender en route to one of his two goals. He also had an assist.

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Walsh: ZBA OKs Height Variance

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 14, 2017 8:41 am

With Permission The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) heard and subsequently approved hardship arguments this week that will enable the three-story height of a renovated Walsh Intermediate School to go upwards from 35 feet to 46 feet. Four of five commissioners voted in favor of the project. 

The ZBA meeting was a continuance of the March 21 meeting in which members requested more time to survey the property to determine how its height relates to the neighborhood. 

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An Uncertain $112.4M Town-School Budget Emerges

by marcia chambers | Mar 22, 2017 11:09 am

Marcia Chambers Photo A whopping $112.4 million budget, based on as yet-unresolved state education funding and a gubernatorial proposal to have towns and cities pay their share of teacher pension costs, was unveiled before the town’s Board of Finance (BOF) Monday. 

If the state legislature approves the governor’s pension plan, Branford’s budget will increase by at least 6.2 percent, possibly even 1 percent more. If the state legislature rejects the plan, the town budget will increase by about 3.2 percent, Joseph Mooney, the chair of the Board of Finance said at the hearing.

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Building Commission Welcomes New Reps; Hears Walsh Update

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 20, 2017 8:22 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Last week the Public Building Commission welcomed Dagmar Ridgway, Senior Center director, and Alex Palluzzi,Jr., Recreation director, as temporary members for the Community Center/Senior Center renovation project, a project that has now returned to the Building Commission after a long absence. They also welcomed two more members, one a permanent appointee to the building commission and another as a temporary member for the Walsh Intermediate School project. 

Robert Barnett, an architect who has served as project manager for several nationally acclaimed projects and has a child in the Branford School System, was appointed by the Board of Selectmen earlier this month as a permanent member of the Public Building Commission. He had been a temporary member on the Walsh project. Vincent Giordano III, project manager for Giordano Construction Company, his family’s business, took Barnett’s seat at a temporary member on the Walsh (Barnett had been serving on a temporary basis after commission member Paul Cianci moved.)

Overall, the focus of the evening was on the Walsh project. The commissioners met at Fire Headquarters.

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Cosgrove Testifies as Town, Legislators Grapple With Proposed Education Cuts

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 3, 2017 9:00 am

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove (pictured) testified before the state legislature’s Education Committee in Hartford Wednesday, making the case for a $30 million state grant for the renovation and expansion of the Walsh Intermediate School.

He was among a number of town officials from across the state who came before the Education Committee seeking funding for renovating or building new schools. 

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Election Reflection: White House Calls Out Malloy: Branford Responds

by Sally E. Bahner & Diana Stricker | Feb 27, 2017 9:33 am

Diana Stricker Photo Immigration took stage center in Branford and New Haven this past week after White House press secretary Sean Spicer criticized Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying Connecticut’s governor “chooses not to follow the duly-passed laws of this nation.”

The governor had issued a statement last week encouraging school and police officials throughout the state to have a plan in place in case the feds want their cooperation with deportation of illegal immigrants.  It turns out each chief had one in place before Malloy’s directive arrived.

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Hornets Qualify for SCC, CIAC With Win Over Easties

by Bill O'Brien | Feb 21, 2017 8:43 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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