The North Haven Cit itiz ize en Your Town, Your News Volume 6, Number 52 Friday, December 30, 2011 Column — Looking back at 2011 in North Haven North Haven Fire Chief Vincent Landisio addresses the audience during his department’s September Eleventh 10-year-observation ceremony on Sept. 11, 2011, during which the department commemorated local firefighters who responded to the 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan. By Kyle Swartz The North Haven Citizen For North Haven and municipalities across the country, 2011 was a time to proceed forward while looking back. National economic turmoil which began several years ago continued to have an ongoing affect. North Haven’s Grand List declined marginally, and Board of Finance members spent much time debating cost of municipal employee health insurance after Anthem Blue Cross’ enormous coverage price tag of the previous year. But there were also auspicious financial developments in 2011. A smattering of new, small businesses opened in North Haven and, despite setbacks, Devine Street is still poised to receive a large-scale healthcare facility, be it with Yale-New Haven Hospital or not. This year brought municipal elections, and North Haven’s races once again featured faces new and old. While Democratic Town Committee member Walter Spader challenged incumbent Republican Michael Freda for local government’s top spot, it was former town clerk/tax collector Alan Sturtz who surprisingly found himself as the minority selectmen after voters reelected Freda in landslide fashion. Gary Amato, mainstay of municipal meeting public comment portions, ran for First Selectman as an Independent candidate, gaining exposure while helping to transform what could have been an unopposed Freda campaign into a three-way race. Once again, coverage of a town election by community blogger Chris Peterson drew many visitors to his See 2011, page 3 Co-captains lead NHHS to 6-1 romp By Kevin Pataky and Kyle Swartz North Haven Citizen Contributor Citizen photo by Kevin Pataky / KevinPataky.com Senior co-captain Mike Andreucci scores in the first period. For more game photos, see page 17. Senior co-captains Tyler DeMartin and Mike Andreucci led North Haven High School’s varsity hockey team with two goals and two assists apiece as the Indians defeated the Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury Co-op Team 6-1 at the Northford Ice Pavillion last Friday. “Mike and Tyler have been working very well together,” said NHHS hockey head coach Tom Roche on Dec. 28. “We’ve been rotating some other players around on the lines, but those two work well together on the same line.” The Icecats scored quickly in the opening period to take a 1-0 lead, but North Haven tallied two goals by the period’s end for a 2-1 advantage. “The kids were nervous and came out slow because it was our first home game, with the crowd and everything,” Roche said. “But then the team started settling down and playing well.” NHHS got three unanswered goals in the second and added their sixth score in the final period to win their second game of the season, against one loss. “Mike Andreucci got back-to-back goals in the second within three minSee Hockey, page 17 Citizen photos by Kyle Swartz and Michael Torelli North Haven High School Project Green Group president Andrew Ladtuko cuts the ceremonial ribbon for the school’s new solar panels as Clean Energy Task Force chairman Hugh Davis looks on.