RTM Denies Melrose/Parkside Easement

by Diana Stricker | Jul 30, 2018 7:45 am | Comments (7)

Diana Stricker photoWednesday’s meeting of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) was a lesson in irony.

The RTM denied a request from Branford’s Housing Authority to grant an easement on Melrose Avenue for two years during construction of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project. Some RTM members said the easement would actually be in perpetuity, which they opposed; and they also objected to the $200,000 donation to help build the road, offered by the Housing Authority and its developer, Beacon Communities LLC of Boston.

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Spring Sports Season Capped By Title, Honors

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 3, 2018 9:30 am

A couple of Branford spring sports teams concluded their seasons on high notes: One, Boys’ Baseball, made it to the Class L state semi finals before being defeated by a heartbreaking 1-0 score, and the other, Girls Lacrosse,  took it to the mountain for the second straight year, winning 11-8 over an arch rival their second consecutive Class M State Championship.

The Branford baseball team under coach Steve Malafronte finished the regular season winning 11 of the last 14 games, ending up with a 13-7 record and securing a spot in both the SCC and CIAC State Tournament. The Hornets earned an 8-5 upset win over eventual Class LL State Champion Cheshire in the SCC Tournament before bowing to rival Hand 6-3 in the semis.

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Strong Finish Earns Hornets Playoff Appearance

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 13, 2018 9:13 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe regular season for boys’ lacrosse coach Jim May and the members of the Hornets team ended on a high note when they defeated West Haven 14-9 on Senior Night last month. It was their fifth win out of their last six regularly scheduled games..  That successful stretch earned the Hornets a spot in the state tournament in the Class M division.

Bill O'Brien Photo“If your team was going to play in the upcoming state tournament, it would be much better going in when you’re winning then when you’re losing,” said Coach Jim May. And that’s what the Branford Hornets did as the regular season came to a close.

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The Fields Are All Right

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 7, 2018 8:31 am

File PhotoMaintaining sports schedules and school and town athletic fields in light of two major construction projects – renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School and the Community Center – is a big juggling act.

Recreation director Alex Palluzzi, Jr., a self-described “field guy,” takes pride in his hands-on approach toward the fields; it’s a cooperative effort between the schools, the Recreation Department, and the Public Works Department.

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Boys’ Golf Wins Match Against Foran, East Haven

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018 9:25 am

The Branford boys’ golf team won two matches last Monday at their home course, the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club. With a score of 162 they defeated Foran, whose score was 177 and East Haven with 204. The two wins brought the Hornets record to a 9-9 at the time.

The 162 was the lowest score recorded for the year for Branford whose previous low was 170 in their last match against Fairfield Prep.

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Boys’ Tennis: Getting Stronger Every Year

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018 9:15 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Branford boys’ tennis team has been on a steady climb over the past four years: from eight wins in 2015, to 10 in 2016 , and 11 last year. This year the Hornets, under coach Matt Fraenza have won 12 matches including six of the last seven.

Bill O'Brien Photo“It’s nice seeing our program get better each year,” Fraenza said. “The boys are committed to playing hard, and it’s been showing more and more in the results. We have been playing pretty well this year.”

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Walsh Athletic Fields Removed for Renovation

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 4, 2018 8:30 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe dual renovation projects – at the Walsh Intermediate School and the Community Center – are resulting in the need to juggle sports schedules. Now it turns out that virtually all the fields at Walsh have been removed and at this juncture there are no funds to revive them.

This latest turn of events came to light at a recent Public Building Commission (PBC) meeting as PBC members, wading through the details of both projects, learned about the overall condition of both the Walsh and the town’s fields.  The PBC has discussed sports schedules over the past year.

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Little League Opens 2018 Season at Sliney Field

by Bill O'Brien | May 23, 2018 9:55 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoLittle League season opened two weeks ago and the way the weather has been since then, they may not finish until September. That’s not likely to happen, but they already have some games to make up because of so many rainy days.

Bill O'Brien PhotoOpening day was held for the 68th year in a row. What started years ago with one field, now has a complex of six fields including a concession stand in the center. Sometimes getting started requires perspective.

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Girls Lacrosse Wins 15-11 Over Staples on Senior Night

by Bill O'Brien | May 15, 2018 8:02 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFor the first time in history, the defending Class L Champion Branford Hornets girls lacrosse team hosted perennial FCIAC power Staples at the James L MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe senior-laden Hornets played their last home game of the regular season on Senior Night and won a hard fought battle, 15-11. Here Sophia Spencer gets one of her seven goals in the game

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BOE Honors Judith Hotz, School Teams

by Sally E. Bahner | May 3, 2018 9:30 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo‘The Board of Education (BOE) honored the late board member Judith Hotz at its recent meeting and recognized the wrestling and dance teams from Walsh Intermediate School and Branford High School. The meeting took place at the high school’s Cathyann Roding Auditorium.

The “lunch ladies,” employees of outgoing Chartwell Food Service, also returned to restate their demand that they be rehired as part of any new food service contract.

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