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Volume 5, Number 37
Friday, September 10, 2010
Support farmers market
The Wallingford Garden Club and Wallingford Center Inc. presents the 2010 Gardener’s Market on Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, through Sept. 25, at the Railroad Station Green, Routes 5 and 150. Offered will be plants, flowers, produce, crafts, baked items and other goodies. Gardening advice and a plant clinic are available. If you are looking for a place to get goodies, look no farther. By the Gazebo are the Golitkos with breakfast sandwiches and famous Wave Hill Breads, olive oil and balsamic vinegars. Along Hall Ave and are Farmer Joe’s Market, Brasczewski’s pies and preserves, Vossbrinck’s baked goods and Lynch’s Just Baked Breads. At the Railroad Station entrance is Lizzy B’s with Italian ice, coffee and tea. Along Quinnipiac Street and around the corner are Bethie Mac’s organic cookies, Simmons’ baked goodies and preserves, Goldilock’s Deli stuffed breads and coffee cakes, and Thompson’s specialty cookies. And there is always fresh fruit and vegetables at the farmers’ booths along Hall Avenue and Green opposite the Railroad Station. Merchant of the Week is featured with demonstrations at 11 a.m. September brings Massage by Kimberly and Sweet Treats on Center. Please check Photo by Liz Landow the market website for updated infor- Pictured is Mary Ann Simmon with baked goods and mation at: www.wallingfordgardenpreserves. ersmarket.com.
Special fund and Harbor Health get green light from BOS By Kyle Swartz The North Haven Citizen
At the Sept. 2 Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting, residents questioned a special Board of Education surplus fund and North Haven’s planned use of Harbor Health. Special fund On Aug. 18, Board of Finance members announced that to reward the BOE for finishing the 2009-10 fiscal year in the black, a capital expenditure fund of $200,000 would be set up for the school board. Resident Ann Roucco expressed concern about the move on Sept. 2. “I know this was done with all good intentions,” she said during public comment, “but it’s my understanding that when we have any kind of surplus, it’s supposed to go into the general fund, and that for it to be spent on capital expenditures, a town meeting has to be called.” Roucco was also unsure if laws had been broken. “Legally, can you take $200,000 without a town meeting?” First Selectman Michael Freda, also a Board of Finance member, replied, “Yes, we checked.” “The $200,000 is surplus from the Board of Education,” he continued. “Rather than have the Board of Education spend it just to spend it,
See Special, page 16
Selectmen apply for grant to help develop Diecast site By Kyle Swartz The North Haven Citizen
North Haven will utilize a state grant to rejuvenate the former New England Diecast factory at 222 McDermott Road, an empty and contaminated property. “That building has been dormant and vacant for years, and would be for years to come if we didn’t cooperate with this,” said First Selectman Michael Freda at the Sept. 2 Board of Select-
man meeting. Freda announced collaboration between North Haven, property-owner Haven West LLC of North Haven, and the state, to submit a Municipal Application to the Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority for a Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) Grant. Providing $500,000, the state would help a developer finance New England Diecast factory remediation efforts. Such work has been
estimated to cost $700,000. Haven West LLC would contribute $200,000, according to the company’s legal representative, attorney Michael Brandi, of Cohen and Acampora, East Haven. If the application is successful, North Haven would keep half of the property’s incremental tax revenue – and all of the 222 McDermott Road’s personal property taxes – while the rest would be used to payback the state grant. Freda estimated
North Haven would receive $192,000 in extra taxes over the 15-year deal. “There would also be the benefit of job creation and revitalizing a building that’s in blighted condition,” he said. “There are at least six potential clients who would like to come in there who we’re working with. This is a wonderful instrument to get the building up and running.” Brandi echoed Freda. “This is a heavily contami-
nated building,” he said. “This kind of program is specifically designed to allow us to move forward with environmental initiatives and put in a new client, to the benefit of all of town.” “This can generate some major new tax revenue for North Haven,” he added. “This is a gatekeeper site. It’s visible from I-91.” Freda said that the former New England Diecast facto-
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The North Haven Citizen — Friday, September 10, 2010
Elks participate in National Night Out
The Hamden Elks Lodge 2224, serving Hamden and North Haven, recently donated to and participated in Hamden Youth Services National Night Out held at Rochford Field in Hamden. This national program brings together residents in neighborhoods and towns to strengthen community spirit and safety through citizen involvement. There were refreshments, games and other activities for youth and for adults, all free to the public. Shown at the event, submitting a $150 donation, are, left to right, Brenda Davis, drug awareness chair; Beth Studniarski, Hamden, youth services outreach counselor; and Phil Wilson, lodge member and past president of the Connecticut Elks Association. Behind them is the Connecticut Elks Drug Awareness trailer, offering free drug prevention literature and featuring a portable hoop shoot, very popular with the youth attending and an aid in promoting Elks Youth and Drug Awareness Programs.
Town Government Brief
The following programs are being offered by the town of North Haven Community Services and Recreation Department: Youth programs — Basic
drawing and painting, Clay Creations, Creative Crafts, Gymnastics, Babysitting, Ballet, Tap and Creative Movement, Hip-Hop, Preschool Playtime, Kinder Krafts, Teeny Tots, Tiny
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duced in Italy and eventually came to the United States in the early 1900s with Italian and German immigrants. “We have two teams consisting of 25 players, we play five games, and the team that is the first to receive 11 points wins,” explained Carmen Pedalino, a bocce player and one of the coordinators of the event. “George Coulston and I coordinate this event, along with our fellow seniors and the seniors from Wallingford. We have a great time with lots of smiles, good conversation, and many friendships.” Pedalino further explained that the group which wins three games out of five wins the tournament. All the players bring their concentration and a skillful throw to each game. Some of the players are 90 years young and have been playing bocce
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a year, once in August in North Haven, and another in September in Wallingford. “The tournament is a funfilled and non-competitive event where the seniors from our center in North Haven get together with the seniors from Wallingford to play bocce. The tournament has been a tradition for more than 20 years,” stated Sue Jung, program coordinator at the center. “Everyone gets to play, and they look forward to the event.” Bocce was invented by a group of monks in a small town in Germany nearly 300 years ago. The game was originally played with rocks until the monks made balls out of wood, but the wood would split when the balls hit one another. Now bocce balls are made out of plastic. Once the game became popular in Germany, it was then intro-
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BOS appoints BOE member and approves registrar position swap By Kyle Swartz The North Haven Citizen
Republican Bryan Bogen was appointed to the Board of Education at the Sept. 2 Board of Selectmen meeting, while the Republican Registrar and Deputy Registrar of Voters effectively swapped spots. Bogen Unanimously appointed by North Haven’s selectmen last Thursday night, Bogen will fill a BOE spot once filled by Republican Suzanne Donofrio, who vacated her seat when she moved to Trumbull. Bogen’s past experiences in finances played heavily in his consideration. “In talking to some members of the Board of Educa-
tion, they expressed interest in having someone with a background in finances to help the board’s finance committee,” said First Selectman Michael Freda. Graduating from North Haven High School in 1987, Bogen went on to earn an Associate’s degree in Business Management from Dean Junior College in Franklin, Mass., according to his resume, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Quinnipiac University. From 1990 to 1993, Bogen was employed by John Hancock of East Haven as an insurance representative. After working a year as an investment specialist at Hartford’s Coburn and Meredith, he became president and owner of Hamden’s Spec-
trum Financial Strategies. Bogen is a certified financial planner and a registered investment advisor. In terms of civic accomplishments, Bogen has coached for North Haven’s soccer club, Max Sinoway Baseball League, girls’ softball league. He is also a member of the Green Acres Elementary School PTA, and has volunteered for the school’s Nature’s Classroom program. “I am going to bring enthusiasm to the Board of Education,” Bogen said Sept. 3. “I look forward to the challenges of what lies ahead.” Bogen also thought his business knowledge would benefit the board. “My background in business will be helpful to the Board of Edu-
cation because I am used to following business policies and procedures and getting things done,” he said. Bogen’s term will expire on Dec. 1, 2013. In late summer, Republican Reilly Cargan was originally discussed to fill in for Donofrio. However, because of Cargan’s husband’s past employment with North Haven schools, her appointment was not approved by the Board of Selectmen. Registrars The selectmen approved a positional trade among two voting officials. Republican Registrar of
Voters Richard Werner, the former Republican Deputy Registrar of Voters, wished to return to his deputy spot, according to Freda. Werner took his post after former Republican Registrar of Voters Pamela Parella stepped down in June. Fulfilling his request, North Haven’s selectmen unanimously voted current Republican Deputy Registrar of Voters Laurie Brangi into Werner’s job, allowing him to slide down to his preferred deputy role. Effective Sept. 13, Brangi’s term will expire Jan. 3, 2011.
Paws in the Park Paws in the Park, an informal group of residents interested in establishing a dog park, will meet Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Mildred A. Wakeley Recreation Center, 7 Linsley St. If interested in becoming a working committee member, call Marilyn O’Donnell at (203) 248-6466.
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North Haven Fair
The North Haven Fair is scheduled from Thursday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Washington Avenue fairgrounds. Friday hours will be from 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday hours, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food, rides, entertainment, exhibits, a petting zoo, and music. Entertainment will be by the Driftwoods on Friday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m.; Ricochet on Saturday, Sept. 11, 4 and 8:30 p.m.; River Mud on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 1:30 p.m.; Rosie’s Racing Pigs on Friday, Sept. 10, 8 p.m., and three to four shows daily. For more information about the fair, visit www.northhavenfair.com.
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the event will be donated to the Smilow Cancer Research Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Last year, the tournament committee was able to donate $2,500 to Yale-New Haven for Cancer Research. Ann Florio was a woman who had great courage, hope and belief in her faith while respecting people from all walks of life, from the young children whom she taught as a school teacher and religious education instructor, to the elderly whom she cared for as a volunteer at both Connecticut Hospice and the Clelian
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The parish of St. Therese of North Haven will be sponsoring its 11th annual Ann Florio Golf Classic on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Wallingford, Country Club. Tee-off time for the annual “shotgun” tournament is set for a 12:15 p.m. Starting time for registration and a light lunch is 10:30 a.m. A part of the proceeds from
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Quinnipiac Chamber events
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The Friends of the North Haven Public Library are sponsoring a six-week Forrest Yoga program for adults. Classes will meet on Thursdays, Sept. 16, 23, 30, and Oct. 14, 21, and 28, at 6 p.m. at the libraryâ€™s community room. Bring a yoga mat. To register, call the library at (203) 2395803.
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The North Haven Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association will hold a Community Tag Sale/Holiday Fair at the North Haven Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 8 to 2 p.m. Vendors are needed. For more information, contact Jackie@jzampaglione@snet. net.
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The North Haven Citizen — Friday, September 10, 2010
Welles-Ferraro receives award
Michelle Welles-Ferraro, of North Haven, received the 2010 Norma J. Brandt Nursing Scholarship from John O Brandt Jr., who established the scholarship in memory of his late wife, Norma.
First Selectmen reports on projects By Kyle Swartz The North Haven Citizen During his monthly overview at the Sept. 1 Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Michael Freda had the following to report: On finances and economics Freda said North Haven had put its fuel procurement out to bid. “The old price of gasoline was $2.55 per-gallon,” he said. “We negotiated a price of $1.99 per-gallon.” Over the course of the current fiscal year, Freda believed North Haven’s switch could save $35,280. Diesel, too, was bargained down. “The old cost for diesel fuel was $2.60 per-gallon,” Freda said. “Now, it’s $2.19 per-gallon.” Freda estimated this would save North Haven $22,550 in the 2010-11 fiscal year. Quebecor’s former building at 297 State Street has been attracting a “great deal of tenant interest,” according to Freda. “This could be a
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$350,000, he added. Scheduled to begin Sept. 18, Phase 1B will likely be concluded in November 2011, Freda said. Permitting for Phase 2 has already been sent out to the applicable state agencies, he added, with a commencement date sometime in spring 2011. North Haven’s Public Works new garage is 75 percent built, Freda said. The project is fully-funded through a state grant. Full completion is expected by October’s end. A bidding process will be opened for Universal Drive’s repaving in late September, Freda said. In complying with state regulations, the bids will be advertised for three weeks. The project’s start date is believed to be mid-October, with completion taking two to three weeks. Repaving is overdue, according to Freda. “The infrastructure there is not good right now,” he said. “I’m really excited about this.” On town improvements Several eco-friendly improvements have recently been made around North Haven, according to Freda. A solar powered scoreboard was placed on Bailey Road Field. Fourteen energyefficient traffic signals were put in at different intersections. Additionally, United Illu-
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Congregation Mishkan Israel will hold Community Day and Activities Fair on Sunday, Sept. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. Prospective members are invited. Participants can enjoy coffee and bagels and learn about the synagogue’s nursery and religious schools, committees, adult education, social activities and youth groups. At 10 a.m., adults are invited to a presentation by Rabbi Brockman on Mishkan Tefilah, the Reform movement’s new prayerbook. The religious school has an opening day assembly at 11 a.m. For more information, call
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On Sunday, Sept. 12, Northford Congregational Church will be having a family service at 10 a.m., followed by registration for students who wish to attend Sunday School. There will be a nursery for the youngest tots and a class for K through grade 5. These children will have a short class on the 12th to meet their teachers. Older students are welcome to register and be involved in attending their first class on Sept. 19. The church is located on the Old Post Road at the corner of Route 22 and Route 17 in the Northford section of North Branford. For information, please call the church office at (203) 4840795.
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ends meet and for those who want some companionship along with a nutritious supper. The suggested donation is $1 per meal, with a family cap of $5. No one is turned away in the event they are unable to make a donation. The menu includes items such as chicken noodle soup or vegetable minestrone (or fresh salads in the warmer months); meat loaf or egg salad sandwiches; seasonal fresh fruit and fresh baked desserts. St. John’s Church is located at 3 Trumbull Place, at the top of the Green in North Haven, where our doors are open for prayer and peace. For details on this or other parish programs please call the church office at (203) 2390156.
Seminar for the bereaved A New Day 10-week seminar for the bereaved will be held on Mondays, beginning Sept. 13, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., at St. Rita Convent, Gillies Road in Hamden. To register call (203) 281-6761, (203) 287-5422, or (203) 3762104.
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Film fest: Stolen Summer On Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the Caritas Christi Center, 295 Benham St. in Hamden, presents the film, Stolen Summer. An eight-year-old’s attempted indoctrination of a rabbi’s son makes for some good humor and drama. The discussion will be facilitated by Jim Pepitone. There is a suggested donation (snack included). Registration is required. Please call (203) 2812569.
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Mae Knobloch, 73, of North Haven, formerly of West Haven, died peacefully Aug. 31, 2010. She was the wife of Karl O. Knobloch. She is survived by her children, Mark (Annette) Knobloch, Karen (William) Flynn, and Debra (Michael) Pelosi; grandchildren, Michael and Jonathan Knobloch, Courtney Flynn, and Michael and Lauren Pelosi; brothers, Joseph DeFillippi and Michael DeFillippi; and a sister, Laura Easterbrook. She was predeceased by sisters Carmel Solimeno and Viola Natalino. A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 4 at Our Lady of Victory Church. Interment was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The West Haven Funeral Home at the Green was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 2969 Whitney Ave., Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06518-2556.
was in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The North Haven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Anthony Guarnieri Anthony Pasquale Guarnieri, 74, of Crown Street, Meriden, formerly of North Haven, died Sept. 3, 2010, at Mid State Medical Center in Meriden. Mr. Guarnieri was born in New Haven on Feb. 9, 1936, a son of the late Pasquale and Josephine Guarnieri. He was a candy salesman for Capital Candy of Hartford, and later New Britain Candy & Tobacco for 40 years, retiring in 2001. He sang with a doo-wop group in the 1950s called The Bachelors, and performed on the Arthur Godfrey Show. He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Perry, and her husband Michael, of Sturgis, Mich.; his longtime companion, Beverly Booze, of Hamden; his devoted friend Bill Mazzucco, of Southington; four sisters, Eleanor Rappa, of North Branford, Marie Bayus and her husband Bohdan, of Columbus, Georgia, Dolores Rapuano, of Parman Springs, Fla., and Gloria DeLeonardo, of East Haven; two grandchildren, Grace and Christian Perry; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Ann Faiella and Gertrude Stanio; and six brothers, Albert, Fred, Lawrence, Julius, Louis and Salvatore Guarnieri. A funeral Mass was celebrated May 10 at St. Barnabas Church. Burial was in All Saints Cemetery. The Torello-Iacobucci Washington Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Mid State Medical Center, Infusion Unit, 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.
65 years of marriage. Andrew was born Sept. 12, 1919, in New Haven. He was the son of the late Dominic and Jennie Voccio Parillo. Andrew was a World War II veteran. He served as Private First Class, Company A, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, which fought in Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisia and Italy. His decorations and awards include the American Defense Service Medal; Distinguished Unit Badge - Presidential Citation; European, Middle Eastern, and African Campaign Ribbons; Good Conduct Medal; and Rifle Medal. Andrew worked for the North Haven Board of Education from 1963 until his retirement in 1992 on the school grounds maintenance crew and later as a high school aide. He belonged to American Legion Post 76, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10128, and the Hamden Elks Lodge No. 2224. Andrew had a passion for dancing and good times with friends and family. Andrew will be remembered for his outgoing personality, kind and gentle spirit, and sense of humor. He is survived by a daughter, Jennie Parillo MacNeil, of Wallingford, and a son, Don Andrew Parillo, of North Haven; grandchildren, Dean Andrew MacNeil, of Los Angeles, Calif., Deanna MacNeil Bernier (Joseph Bernier), of North Haven; great-grandchildren, Skyelyn, Scott and Spencer Bernier; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Scott Bryant MacNeil; brothers, Joseph Pari, William Parillo, Louis Parillo; and sisters, Mary Polverari, Carmel
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Peter Thomas Vercellone Peter Thomas Vercellone, 76, of Hansen Farm Road, North Haven, died Sept. 4, 2010, at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. He was the husband of Kathy (Mary) Mockalis Vercellone. Born in New Haven on Dec. 28, 1933, he was a son of the late Peter and Mary Gabianelli Vercellone. Peter was a graduate of Yale University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree, and a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., where he received his Master’s degree. He was an engineer for Pratt & Whitney and later had worked for Belcan until his retirement. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is survived by a daughter, Amanda E. Vercellone, of Hamden, and a son, and Michael P. Vercellone, of North Haven; brothers, James (Carole) Vercellone and Robert (Adelina) Vercellone, all of North Haven; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini Church on Sept. 8. Interment was in All Saints Cemetery. The North Haven Funeral
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Jeanette L. Iamele Vitali, 68, of North Haven, died Sept. 2, 2010, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Born in New Haven on March 23, 1942, she was a daughter of Mary DiNicola Iamele, of North Haven, and the late Nicholas Iamele. A graduate of St. Raphael’s School of Nursing, Jeanette was a registered nurse, having worked at the former Winthrop/Atrium Healthcare of New Haven and later for Clintonville Manor of North Haven. Jeanette always put others before herself. Her patients loved her as she was a very giving person. She is survived by a daughter, Pamela (Daniel) Marfino, of North Haven; a son, Raymond Vitali Jr., of Shelton; grandchildren, Nicole and Samantha Marfino. She was the former wife of Raymond Vitali Sr., of Milford. She was predeceased by a sister, Grace O’Mara. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini Church on Sept. 4. Interment
The North Haven Citizen Friday, September 10, 2010
Letters to the Editor
Time to change reps
To the editor: For 14 years our representative in North Haven has been Mr. Steve Fontana, a Democrat who gets elected every two years by our town. He has been a part of the Democratic majority for this amount of time and part of the current super-majority in the House that the Democrats enjoy. With that kind of seniority, North Haven would reasonably expect to have considerable clout in Hartford. Sadly, this is not the case. Recently, the federal government dolled out billions of dollars to troubled states for Education and Medicare assistance. North Haven received $185,641. That may sound like a lot, but compared to towns like Wallingford, which received $1.2 million and even affluent Cheshire, which received $543,000, it is a joke. Steve has not lifted a finger to change the inequitable education cost sharing formula
which hurts towns like North Haven and rewards poor performance. Steve has not fought for us at the Capitol, and we are long overdue for a change in our representation. Paul Marando North Haven
Thanks to reading sponsors To the editor: The North Haven Memorial Library has recently completed their annual Summer Reading Club. This year more than 750 children enrolled in this activity. For the first time, the library offered a Teen Reading Club. We are happy to report that 132 teens enrolled in this program. We are grateful to the Friends of the North Haven Library for funding all library programs and we also thank the following for donating prizes that were give out at the conclusion of each program. For the Children’s Reading Club: Boston Market,
Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Club Kids, Colony Lanes, DQ Grill and Chill, Dunkin Donuts, Friendly’s Restaurant, Lake Compounce, Libby’s Italian Pastry Shop, Luigi’s Apizza, New Britain Rock Cats, Prime Climb (Mountain Fun), Quinnipiac University, Rave Cinemas, Sports Center, Uncle Louie G’s, Wentworth Homemade Ice Cream, 2312 Sports, McDonald’s. For the Teen Reading Club: Attorney Jeffrey Donofrio, of Ciulla and Donofrio, LLP. Thank you to all of our sponsors. We are truly grateful for your support. Lois D. Baldini Director of Library Services North Haven Memorial Library
Support for Fontana To the editor: I am writing in support of our State Representative Steve Fontana and his remarkable record of accom-
Monday, Sept. 13 Board of Assessment Appeals, Town Hall, 18 Church St., conference room 3, 5 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission, Mildred A. Wakeley Recreation Center, 7 Linsley St., 7 p.m. Water Pollution Control Authority, 1122 Universal Drive, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 16 Board of Education, Annex Building, 7 Linsley St., 7:30 p.m.
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Memorial Board, North Haven Library, 17 Elm St., 7:30 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals, Mildred A. Wakeley Recreation Center, 7 Linsley St., 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 Community Services, Mildred A. Wakeley Recreation Center, 7 Linsley St., 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 Board of Fire Commissioners, Mildred A. Wakeley Recreation Center, 7 Linsley St., 6 p.m.
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plishment. I have known Steve for many years; he is an upstanding and generous member of our community who cares about North Haven residents. Steve has an unmatched record of working on behalf
of his constituents. Whether he is helping seniors find services they need or problem-solving local issues, he makes a point of responding to every inquiry. See Letters, next page
Freda’s Focus: The Passing Of A Great Man North Haven recently lost a great man, a wonderful man who made so many significant contributions to our great town. Dom i n i c k Palumbo was a man with a Freda great deal of integrity, honesty, compassion and always had the best interests of North Haven in mind. His guidance and leadership during times of expansion captured the respect of everyone who ever had the pleasure of working with him or meeting him. I had heard a great deal about Mr. Palumbo while I was a private citizen but it was not until last year that I first had the opportunity to meet him and his lovely wife Judy. I had never realized that I had a special connection with Dominick and Judy. My mother’s maiden name was Palumbo and although there was no relation, Dominick and Judy were very friendly with my Aunt Ornella and my Uncle Joe Palumbo from West Haven. This special connection continued when I also found out that Dominick’s wife Judy and my Aunt Ann were close friends when they were children growing up in New Haven. When I first met Dominick and Judy for lunch last year, I found myself connecting with them both on a
personal level and also a professional level. I was impressed with the warmth and sincerity of this wonderful couple, and it was apparent to me the love and devotion that they had for each other. Throughout the two-plus hours, our conversation flowed like we had known each other for years. During the course of our meeting, Dominick gave me some valuable advice that I have never forgotten. He told me that what he always strove for was to do what is right for North Haven and to put aside political party preferences if they conflicted with what was right for North Haven. My last telephone conversation with Dominick was a couple of months ago, and I thanked him again for the advice that he gave me. I told him that I will never forget that advice. I saw Dominick and Judy at a restaurant several weeks ago and my regret is that I did not have the opportunity to get together with him one more time to express my gratitude for what he had done for North Haven. As we move forward, we will never forget the great impact that Dominick has had on all of us. We will never forget him, his family and the contributions that he made to make our town the wonderful town that it is. Sincerely, Michael J. Freda First Selectman
Friday, September 10, 2010 — The North Haven Citizen
Republican Town Committee kicks off town’s 225th anniversary with party By Paul Colella Special to the North Haven Citizen
Anniversaries are the remembrances and celebrations of the dates of notable and special events. In 2011, the Town of North Haven will celebrate the 225th an-
niversary of its incorporation as a town, and the North Haven Republican Town Committee has been busy preparing for a kick off celebration that will take place on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Fantasia Banquet Hall on 404 Washington Avenue. The committee is organizing this event to honor the occasion and highlight this important milestone. “We are initiating this commemoration a bit early in order to draw attention to the milestone, and at the same time, to encourage other groups and organizations in town to incorporate some
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Steve is there for us. He has helped pass legislation to support our schools, improve the environment, create jobs, make health care more affordable and accessible, bring energy prices down, and honor our veterans. And he has done so in a fiscally responsible way.
Through his efforts, North Haven has begun to receive more of its share of state money for education. He has been instrumental in expanding our opportunities for recycling, benefiting our environment and our pocketbooks. Steve understands the problems seniors face and has steadfastly proposed legislation that benefits our seniors and veterans. For example, thanks to his leadership, seniors will pay less for needed services through the Connecticut Homecare Program, and veterans in long-term care facilities will have access to lower prices for prescription drugs.
I urge all North Haven residents to vote for Steve
type of tribute into their planning for 2011,” stated Gina Falcigno, event chairman. “It is very important to take a moment to reflect upon all of the generous individuals who together built a community that is rich in tradition, pride, heritage, and history.” The kick off celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar in the garden at Fantasia, followed by a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a program to honor the town and its history. There will be tables set up displaying exhibits of North Haven’s memorabilia and culture for those in attendance to see. North Haven was finally incorporated as its own community free from the rule of New Haven in 1786. Most of its residents were farmers, mill workers, shopkeepers, tavern owners and a small group who made up the priv-
ileged class. It was a place filled with forests, groves, barns, farm animals and farms making the town an agricultural community. “It’s our hope to inspire the town, school system, chambers, businesses, and all the volunteer organizations to incorporate the anniversary into their event planning for next year. In this way, the celebration will grow and continue,” added Falcigno. “For me, North Haven is a special place where citizens come together to build a community that supports one another and seeks to improve upon the quality of life for all the residents.” The town had its bicentennial celebration back in 1986 with much celebration, events and success. The committee is dedicated, hardworking, and enthusiastic at planning a special and memorable tribute to the town while also raising awareness
Fontana, so he can continue to fight for us. William M. Leiserson North Haven
school year? We can suspect that with possible leaks occurring, mold may be growing in hidden areas, posing a continuing health problem within the school. Removing mold and testing air quality may continue — what will this cost? Boilers that leak is a wakeup call, knowing these boilers may not meet Boiler Industry Standards and will fail. In an effort to reduce the strain on boilers, the boiler temperature may be kept lower than normal, lowering the internal pressure exerted on the boiler, to keep maintenance costs down. The boilers waste gas when the water temperature is kept below normal, so water cools off quickly while circulating through the system, not generating much heat (cold rooms?) — this means the boilers must run for longer periods to heat the rooms. Buying time is expensive. We cross our fingers, knowing a hard winter may break the boilers. Shutting down the school is not an option. What surplus is Freda talking about? Morris Pedersen North Haven
Making ‘sense’ of it all To the editor: “Spending ‘slowing’ and surplus expected” (Aug. 13 Citizen’s article). Where did the town fall short knowing town services had to be cut? We lost out on collecting $361,000 in back taxes due to paperwork not being filed in a timely manner. Money is missing due to inconsistencies lurking in the Building Department. Repairing the roof on town buildings was not general maintenance, with us knowing, if the job was done right, this would not have been necessary — what did that cost the taxpayers? Freda quoted $200,000 for one boiler going bad. How many boilers serve the high school as we need to total up the expected bill? The BOE spent $43,000 on boiler maintenance last school year (a massive cost to taxpayers). These short-term fixes waste money. What will it cost this
for the 225th anniversary, and at the same time, hosting the event as a fundraiser for the Republican Town Committee. With such a dedicated group at work, everything is falling into place for a fitting and memorable kickoff party. “I am very excited to take part in this event. I’ve lived in town for 43 years and I love North Haven which is a lovely place to live, work, visit, and raise a family,” replied Barbara Eliglio, a longtime resident and committee member. “With our First Selectman Michael Freda at the helm, I’m certain that North Haven will become one of the top 50 places to live in the United States.” “My husband Thomas’ grandmother owned a farm in North Haven located on Rimmon Road. My husband owned a construction business in town since 1970,” recalled Jianny Keegan, another committee member. “I
have lived here for 20 years, and have served on various town boards, commissions, and volunteer organizations. I am proud of this town.” All town residents are welcome and encouraged to attend the event. This event will be the start of many special gatherings and celebrations honoring North Haven on its 225th milestone along
with its rich history and the people and events that helped to shape an agricultural community into a thriving industrial and residential town that it is presently today. Since this is a sit-down dinner, reservations must be made in advance of the event. Tickets, which are priced at $50 per person, can be purchased by calling Gina Falcigno at 203-710-4307 or Rose Ann Warden at 203-2397531.
Briefs Elks Soccer Shoot The Hamden/North Haven Elks 2010 Soccer Shoot has been scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 26, in collaboration with the Wallingford Elks Lodge Soccer Shoot at Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Field, East Center Street in Wallingford. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with competition to follow. There are four age brackets: 7 and under, 8 to 9, 10 to 11 and 12 to 13 (ages as of Aug. 1). The boy and girl winners in each bracket will advance to a district event, then state and regional meets. The winners will be presented trophies at a complimentary awards dinner for families. Entrants for the Hamden Elks segment of the Shoot must be residents of Hamden or North Haven. There is no charge for the competition, and entrants do not have to be soccer players to participate. For more information, call the Lodge at (203) 248-2224, Tim Mayer at (203) 500-9246, or email timjmayer
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Wooster Square tour — The Columbus Day committee of Greater New Haven is sponsoring a “Walking Tour of the Wooster Square Area” starting at 1 p.m. from the Columbus Statue in the Wooster Square Green on Chapel Street, New Haven. Visitors will get to see historical and architectural sites that reflect different periods of time that are of particular interest. Tour is free and open to the public. Golf tournament — North Haven Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament will be held at Lyman Orchards Golf Course, Middlefield, starting at 11:30 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more informa-
tion, contact David Fusco at (203) 868-9356., or David.Fusco@comcast.net Walk-A-Dog-Athon — Animal Haven of North Haven will hold a Walk-ADog-Athon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Haven Town Green. Vendors are needed. Contact Melissa at (203) 640-4428 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Ornamental grasses — A program on ornamental grasses will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Natureworks, 518 Forest Road, Northford. For information, call (203) 484-2748.
Geology of the Giant — There will be a Geology-ofthe-Giant Hike at Sleeping Giant State Park, across from Quinnipiac University, Mt. Carmel Avenue, Ham-
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den. Learn about the geological origins and rock formations. Meet at the kiosk at 1:30 p.m. The hike is free and open to the public. It will last about three hours. Children must be accompanied by adults. Please leave pet at home.
Lunch with the Bunch — Retirees from the North Haven Board of Education will meet at the Masonic Lodge, 30 Church St., with an 11:45 a.m. social, and a buffet at 12:30 p.m., catered by Dylan’s Deli and Caterers. The group raises scholarship money for relatives who worked for Board of Education. Pre-registration is needed. Please call Vi Bornemann, Ann Mahoney, or Mary Reardon. Civil War Round Table —The Hamden-based Civil War Round Table of South Central Connecticut will
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hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the activity room at the Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. The evening will feature a talk by Philip Vitiello on the story of the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley from its conception to the present day. The program is free and open to the public. Caregiver support — The North Haven Caregiver Support Group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon at VNA Community Healthcare’s Eldercare Resource Center, 2 Broadway. For more information, call Jo Ann Begley at (203) 985-1549, or JBegley@vnacommh.org.
Organic lawn care — A program on organic lawn care will be presented by Natureworks of Northford at 7 p.m. at Edward Smith Li-
brary, 3 Old Post Road, Northford. For information, call (203) 484-0469. Ann Florio Golf Classic — The parish of St. Therese of North Haven will sponsor the Ann Florio Golf Classic at the Wallingford Country Club with registrations and a light lunch at 10:30 a.m. Tee-off time is 12:15 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Smilow Cancer Research Center. For more information, call St. Therese Rectory at (203) 239-1671, or write to Golf Director, St. Therese Church, 555 Middletown Ave., North Haven, CT 06473. Woman’s Club — The North Haven Woman’s Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Wakeley Recreation Center, 7 Linsley St., at 7 p.m. Any woman over 18 is welcome to join. For more information, contact Carole Mendygral at (203) 234-3906. Setback Card Club — Join a Setback Card Club on See Calendar, page 23
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whether it would be appropriate for you to step down.” Fowler thought board and commission rules may be ambiguous. “We need to have something about how you appoint, reappoint, and, if necessary, how you remove for cause,” he said. “We’ve got to come up with something so we have uniformity.” Resumes, letters and awards Fontana fully favored the third suggestion discussed. “I whole-heartedly endorse the idea that you have to have a letter of intent and a
resume submitted to the Board of Selectmen to be considered for an appointment,” he said. Fowler’s fourth plan involved creating various levels of awards for local volunteers and individuals who have acted of meritoriously through public service. “I like the idea a lot,” Doheny said, adding that the degrees of rewards could be consolidated. “In speaking with the First Selectman, historically, it’s been the First Selectman who hands out awards on an ad hoc ba-
sis. I think we could kind of combine this into the First Selectman’s award.” “I’d even volunteer to try to put together some structure around this,” he added. Fontana was in unison. “I think this idea is great,” he said, “though, I’d prefer to have greater flexibility, rather than specific categories. I’d also leave it in the First Selectman’s purview.” Fowler defended his differing award ranks. “I would suggest that if everybody
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During their Sept. 2 meeting, North Haven’s Board of Selectmen discussed four suggestions posed to them by resident Raymond Fowler at prior meetings. Reappointments Fowler had submitted to the board a system of reappointing individuals to the town’s various boards and commissions involving a secret ballot. Those interested in re-upping their terms would be put to a blind vote by their fellow group members –results would be sent to the BOS for considerations. “My thought about this – I have a couple concerns,” said second selectmen Tim Doheny. “I’m not particularly comfortable with the idea of a secret ballot. I think it’s important to know what the board members might think.” “I’d be more comfortable with the board or commission chairman letting the Board of Selectmen know themselves,” he added. Third selectmen Steve Fontana concurred. “I’m not sure that the idea of a secret ballot fits terribly well in the board and commission structure, where we’re trying to promote a collaboration process,” he said. “It sets up a potentially contentious situation on boards and commissions. The last thing we want is to have boards and commissions devolve into factionalism.” “Also, I’m not sure it would be legal,” he added. “I’d prefer to try something where we notify the chairman and the board six months [of a member reaching their term limit]. That way, all members of the board can express their opinions.” Fowler agreed with Fontana’s latter comment. “The best people to know the conduct of a board or commission member are the people who have served on the board or commission with them,” he said. “I’ve served on the library board, and have gone to other boards or
commissions when I had business with them, and the absentee rates can make one question.” Anonymous voting was not Fowler’s priority. “If you object to the blind vote, make it open,” he said. “There has got to be some way of evaluating a board or commission member to be reappointed.” Removal procedures Board and commission members missing too many meetings were another of Fowler’s concerns. Fowler said, “There should be some kind of required attendance,” he said. “If an individual cannot make the attendance requirements, they should be given the opportunity to choose to resign honorably. If they chose not to resign honorably, then the Board of Selectmen should be able to remove them for cause.” Doheny again understood Fowler’s opinion but had questions. “What concerns me is getting bogged down with definitions,” he said, “the judgment aspects, who gets to decide – people’s standards can be different. And I won’t pretend that there won’t be politics involved, either.” “I struggled on this, too, because I think you have a very good point on absenteeism,” he added. “We should go to the chairman and have them go to the person and give them an opportunity to step down. If the absenteeism becomes rampant, maybe we have to do something.” Fontana expanded upon his fellow selectman’s thoughts. “I think it would be appropriate for the First Selectman to establish a good-faith policy, that it you are elected to a position, there is an expectation from the town that you will make a good faith effort to attend meetings,” he said. “If you can’t make a good faith effort,” he continued, “then that may be cause for the chairman of the board or commission, or the First Selectman, to speak with you
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we wanted to create a special fund for the Board of Education.” “We checked with the financial auditors,” Freda added. “They said we could put it in a special fund for future capital expenditures. The money will be used for taxpayers, as voted on by taxpayers.” Specifically, Roucco was worried that funds could be spent without town meeting approval. Second selectman Tim Doheny assured her that was untrue. “The special fund is still part of the general fund,” he said. “We’re not going to spend it, or appropriate it, unless we first go to town meeting.” Roucco was thought a risky example was being set. “I think it’s a bad precedent,” she said. “I think it’s tied-up money.” Overall, North Haven ended the 2009-10 fiscal year with a $1.5 million surplus. Creat1172869
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ing the BOE surplus fund was part of using extra finances to lessen future taxes, according to Freda, rather than increasing the fund balance. “We’re looking to not have the fund balance go beyond eight percent,” he said, “which I think is a good healthy rate for the town.” Incorporating North Haven’s entire $1.5 surplus would raise the fund balance to 10.1 percent. “We will appropriate, through town meeting, expenditures toward next year’s budget, to mitigate the tax burden for the future,” Freda said. “We’re not going to stockpile the surplus fund beyond levels we need, which I believe is eight percent.” Harbor Health At last month’s BOS meeting, Freda announced that North Haven was considering employing Harbor Health Services, a non-profit provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, to manage three Community Services Department counselors. Currently costing the town $270,000 in total expenses, while only generating $65,000 in revenue, the counselors required cost structure set-up alteration, according to Freda. Incremental revenue gen-
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ment, there will be a group decision made between the three counselors and Harbor Health,” Freda responded. “If a decision is irreconcilable, [Finance Director] Ed Swinkowski, who heads up that department, will make a final decision.” Ruocco asked if non-North Haven residents would be treated by the counselors. “There’s a chance that there could be some outside clients.” Tony Corniello, vice president of Harbor Health Services, elaborated, “The goal for Harbor Health Services and North Haven is to serve North Haven. Any residents we serve who are not from North Haven can pay for the services, so the revenue will go to North Haven.” “The goal is to provide high-quality services to North Haven residents,” Corniello added. “We’re also going to try to provide more services, because this is being underutilized.”
joy playing bocce,” replied Peter Forte. “I look forward to spending time with a nice group of people and having a good time playing my favorite game” Both teams played very well. North Haven won two games and Wallingford won three games, making
Wallingford the winner of the tournament. At the end of the last game, all the players congratulated one another, and then sat down to a delicious lunch consisting of barbecued chicken, corn, cole slaw, biscuits and dessert. Nearly 50 seniors attended the luncheon, filling the dining room with good conversation, laughter, friendship and a lot of smiling faces. “I enjoy coming to the senior center and especially playing bocce with my friends,” stated John Berardi, another senior bocce player. “I also enjoy the tournament, and I’m glad that we are keeping up the tradition. I hope we will keep on playing for many years to come.”“Everyone who throws a bocce ball is a winner and a friend,” Amarone added. “A game of friendly non-competitive bocce has brought people together, created friendships, teamwork and good times.” For information on bocce playing or other events and programs, please call the senior center at 203-239-5432.
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erated through Harbor Health Services’ supervision would cancel out the $100,000 cost, Freda said. During public comment on Sept. 2, resident Gary Amato asked whether North Haven had put counselor oversight out to bid. “The whole concept was put out to bid,” Freda responded. “Nobody but Harbor Health bid.” Since announcing in August North Haven’s intentions to utilize Harbor Health Services, Freda said town hall had received three letters of recommendations from other agencies who use or have used the non-profit. “They were urging us to go forward with Harbor Health,” he said. Doheny was also on board. “I’m certainly in favor of trying to turn that area into more of a generator,” he said of North Haven’s counselors and clinic. The town’s counselors also approved. “Since last meeting we had the counselors in for a meeting with Harbor
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Senior Happenings Day trips: Sunday, Sept. 26: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Saturday, Oct. 2: Berkshire Railroad Tuesday, Oct. 19: Oktoberfest Sunday, Dec. 5: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoast Overnight trips: Monday, Sept. 20: Irish Village, Cape Cod Saturday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct. 11: Washington, D.C. When registering for trips sponsored by the Joyce C. Budrow Senior Center, please remember to bring in your emergency contact information, their name and telephone numbers (including work and cell numbers). Please note: all checks will be payable to the North Haven Senior Center beginning in 2010. Trip to Irish Village An overnight trip to the Irish Village in South Yarmouth is planned for Sept. 20, 21 and 22. Enjoy three full Irish breakfasts as well as three dinners with entertainment nightly. There will be a cruise down Buzzards Bay, a visit to the enticing Heritage Village,
and a visit to Provincetown. There is a special group discount which includes private bus transportation. Anyone interested is asked to call Sue Tung at the North Haven Senior Center at (203) 239-5432 or, Betty Bonos at (203) 234-9900. Hot dog roast On Fridays in September, hot dogs including a cold drink will be sold during bingo. Proceeds will go towards the cost of entertainment. Please sign up with the office the Wednesday before Friday of the hot dog roast. Fall festival There will be a fall festival with department heads on Friday, Sept. 10, at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will begin at noon with grilled marinated chicken, roasted vegetables with potatoes, tossed salad, biscuits and homemade apple pie. Entertainment will be by Bob Giannotti. Please sign up. Christmas Tree Shop A mini trip to the Christmas Tree Shop is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Please call to reserve a spot. The bus will leave at 189 Pool Road at 10:30 a.m. to start pick-ups.
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Get to know Senior Center All new members are invited to know your Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 9:30 a.m. British art and lunch On Thursday, Sept. 16, there will be a 9:45 a.m. departure to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, followed by lunch at The Greek Olive Restaurant. Please sign up by Sept. 13. AARP driving course The AARP driving course, a refresher course to help drivers 55 and older to improve their skills and possibly prevent traffic accidents, will be offered on Sept. 15, 22,
and Nov. 3 and 10. To register, please call the center at (203) 239-5432. Food Drive Bingo On Wednesday, Sept. 15, there will be a Food Drive Bingo. Bring in two unused, properly dated non-perishable food or any new and unopened toiletries and receive two free bingo cards. Yale Center for British Arts A trip to the Yale Center for British Arts in New Haven is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, at 9:45 a.m., followed by lunch at The Greek Olive Restaurant. Please sign up at the center. Mystery Movie Thursday
Mystery Movie Thursdays will be held Sept. 16 and 30 at 1 p.m. Popcorn, candy and soda will be on sale. Day trip committee Come and help choose day trips for the upcoming year. Meet with the committee on Friday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Senior moments with Mike First Selectman Mike Freda will be available to meet with you on Friday, Sept. 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Appointments will be set up every 20 minutes. Please call the center to arrange a meeting.
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Sachem Drive is home to Mystic’s Best in Show By David Marchesseault Special to the North Haven Citizen
A 44-year resident of North Haven, Phil Chagnon has resided just up the street from the Clintonville Elementary School for the past 30 years. Having lost his wife, Carmela, after 50 years of marriage this past May,
Chagnon struggles with that awful pain, and only recently returned to sharing his outstanding artistic talent with the public. Meanwhile, he and his 12-year-old dog look forward to visits from his daughter’s family. He said he loves to take his granddaughter for neighborhood walks. Milford’s Denise Morris Curt, director of Meet the
Artists and Artisans, spoke highly of the local artist who displays others’ works of art in the beautiful gardens that his wife maintained over the years as a professional gardener and highly respected member of the North Haven Garden Club. The self-taught
master of watercolor recently walked away with top honors at the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, garnering the coveted Best in Show for a seaside scene entitled “Tranquil Twilight.” Director Curt was pleased to announce that Chagnon’s
work would grace the Milford Green on the weekend of Sept. 25-26. Her upcoming MTA&A event is presently ranked as number 80 in the nation. Labeling the legislature’s action “disgusting,” See Best, next page
At his Clintonville studio, artist Phil Chagnon displays last week’s Best in Show in Mystic for his water color “Tranquil Twilight.”
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or tubes. The rest is very successful history. The retired maintenance worker is a member of the Paint and Clay Society in New Haven, the Guilford Art League, the North Haven Art Guild, the Hamden Art Guild and the Connecticut Water Color Society. With a penchant for nautical paintings, Chagnon has depicted lighthouses throughout New England. His authentic seascapes and mixture of nautical charts and antique stock certificates are both valuable collectibles and intriguing representations of history.
Chagnon said that he looks forward to the upcoming 48th annual Meet the Artists and Artisans Fall Finale, but not just for the chance to compete and opportunity to supplement his Social Security. â€œIâ€™ll always be humbled by the art work,â€? he said. Describing the judging as â€œsubjective,â€? he said, â€œYou never know if itâ€™s going to be your turn to receive an award.â€? Of his success in a world he knew little of until he lost his job all those years ago, he added, â€œPerhaps itâ€™s true that one door closes and another opens.â€?
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she decried the fact that the Connecticut Commission on the Arts was budgeted at a mere one dollar this year. Her personal drive to bring recognition to unknown artists is well-known nationally. Stating that the Milford Green will showcase creative masterpieces at reasonable prices, she described the event as â€œfabulous.â€? The â€œunique eventâ€? will include everything from â€œsculptors and wood carvers to turners and painters,â€? according to Curt. â€œPeople need to see the musicians and artisans of all sorts,â€? she continued. The â€œsplendid variety of entertainmentâ€? will include everpopular caricatures, as well. Having been on the circuit for 20 years, the local winner of over 75 awards stated that he has been able to sell over 7,000 works of art in that time. Chagnon said that it was a devastating loss of employment after over 22 years when Armstrong Rubber went out of business in West Haven that indirectly brought about the pursuit of his avocation in the arts. He had been doing volunteer work for some nuns nearby on Chapel Hill Road when one member of the order told him that she would pray that he would find work. He was soon working at Yale doing maintenance work when someone just happened to offer him a couple of watercol-
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