Schools

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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Sexton Appointed as Branford’s Assistant Superintendent

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 28, 2018 7:56 am

With PermissionRachel Sexton has been appointed as Branford School District’s next Assistant Superintendent of Schools. She begins work on July 1. Sexton is described in a press release as “an exemplary educational leader with vast experiences in public education. She has worked extensively in urban and suburban school districts to develop viable curricula for students.”

She replaces Dr. Anthony Buono, who will serve as assistant superintendent of schools in Westport beginning July 1.

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Parents Raise Concerns About Transgender Kids

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 27, 2018 7:18 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoParents have been speaking up at recent Board of Education meetings about a variety of problems, going back to security concerns stemming from the February shootings in Parkland, Florida.

At the May meeting, Greg Jerolman, a parent, called out the board on problems such as lying, bullying, and school safety. Bullying problems have been discussed at length by the board and one case led to a lawsuit.

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BHS Class of 2018 Celebrates with Smiles, Confetti, Horns

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Jun 19, 2018 8:42 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWith the town hall as a stage, decked out in anticipation of the Branford Festival, the Branford High School Class of 2018 took their seats. What would a graduation be without “Pomp and Circumstance”? And the decorated mortarboards.

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt 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 220 diplomas to graduating seniors. 

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Shovels, Hardhats at the Ready: Walsh Groundbreaking

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Jun 14, 2018 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWalsh Intermediate School was built in 1972 at the height of the open classroom concept, a trend that was never completely successful. Opened as Branford Intermediate School for fifth through eighth graders, the school was subsequently renamed in honor of Francis Walsh, who served as principal for more than 20 years, from 1972 until his retirement in 1994.

Bill O'Brien PhotoWalsh, who went on to serve on the Board of Selectmen, was among the town officials, local legislators, and construction representatives attending the groundbreaking last week for the school’s $88.2 million renovation, the largest bonding appropriation undertaken by the town.

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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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