Basketball — The fourth-ranked Green Knights scored 77 points in a pair of home wins, a 77-66 win over Cross on January 28 and a 77-62 win over Xavier on January 31. Zach Laput had a double-double in both games, including a 21 point, 13 rebound, six assist effort against Xavier. Amadou Kamara had 14 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with less than three minutes left to break a 62-62 tie in win over Cross. Ben Carroll had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Xavier. ND played at Hamden Monday and hosts Sheehan on February 7 in a game at UNH that tips at 7:30.
Hockey — After a 3-0 shutout win over ND-Fairfield as part of the CT Ice Tournament at Harbor Yard on Jan. 24, the Green Knights lone game of the week was a 6-0 loss at Fairfield Prep on Saturday/ ND plays its final seven games of the season at Bennett Rink starting with Xavier this past Wednesday and Saturday in a 3 p.m. faceoff. ND is 9-4 on the season.
Indoor Track — Jared Russo set a meet record in winning the 55-meter hurdles, while Max Bothwell won the pole vault to help the Notre Dame indoor track team to a third place finish at the SCC West Sectional. Russo set the record in the 55 hurdles crossing the finish line in 7.94 seconds. He broke the record of Nick Sbabo from North Haven (7.98), set in 2015. Russo also jumped 5-6 to place fourth in the high jump. Bothwell cleared 12-feet to win the pole vault event. 18 athletes qualified for the SCC Championship Meet on Friday at the New Haven Athletic Center.
Wrestling — Senior Night couldn’t have been scripted any better for the Class of 2020 on the Notre Dame wrestling team. All four won their matches, helping lead the Green Knights to a 45-30 win over New Haven last week. The four seniors in the lineup included Alex Barbour, Kelsey Naylor, Victor Robles, and Luis Stephenson. Captains Barbur and Robles won via pin while Naylor and Stephenson captured wins by decision.
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The results were mixed for the West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team Monday evening.
Team-wise, the Westie Sharks suffered their first defeat of the year in a 6-5 loss to New Canaan at the Darien Ice House.
On an Individual basis, senior Taylor Nowak recorded her 100th career goal, adding another notch in her list of athletic and academic achievements.
For the Westie Sharks, they battled back from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 lead, then battled back from a 5-3 deficit to even the game, before falling 6-5. The loss was the team’s first after opening the season with nine straight victories.
Megan Froehlich led the Westie Sharks with one goal and three assists, while Brooke McNabola had two goals, and Jianna Cohrs and Nowak each had a goal and an assist apiece.
There are losses and there are tough losses. Friday evening’s loss to Guilford will go down as one of the toughest losses in some time for the team.
Losing leads of 5-1 and 6-3, the Westie Sharks fell to the Indians, 7-6, in overtime at Harbor Yard. Nowak led the offense with two goals, Mia Celentano had two assists, and Alfano made 26 saves, but it was not enough in the team’s second straight defeat.
Following a two-game losing streak which saw West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy endure a pair of gut-wrenching losses, the team needed a game to start feeling good once again. That game came Tuesday evening against Avon.
With 10 different players picking up points, West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy rolled to a 9-2 victory at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. With the victory, the team improved to 10-2 on the year.
Froehlich led the way with one goal and four assists, and she now has 96 career points. Nowak had three goals, Hunt added two goals and two assists, and Celentano had two goals and one assist.
Alfano picked up the victory in goal as she turned aside 11 shots in a game the Westie Sharks held a 43-13 shot advantage.
With a five-game losing streak in hand, Jared Pliszka and the West Haven hockey team had the perfect remedy. A contest against arch-rival Hamden was sure to get the Westies going.
Behind 28 saves from Pliszka, a strong defensive effort, and an all-around solid performance by the Westies, West Haven snapped its five-game skid with a 3-1 victory over Hamden in front of a capacity crowd at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven Wednesday evening.
“Obviously, it is good to end the losing streak,” Pliszka said. “We had a couple of good practices this week and we were ready to go.”
Pliszka was more than ready in the final minutes, turning aside several quality Hamden scoring opportunities, including a point blank shot by Jack Shane in the closing seconds. The ensuing play saw senior Robbie Forleo fire into an empty net for the two-goal lead with 15.5 seconds remaining.
“He has been amazing,” West Haven coach Steve Harris said of Pliszka. “He is a quiet leader out there. He may not wear a “C” or an “A”, but he is a quiet leader. The kids feed off him.”
For West Haven (6-5), the contest was a necessary victory after five losses followed the handful of victories which opened the season. West Haven was outshot in the opening period, but hard work by the Blue Devils in the middle period produced the first goal of the game.
Senior Richie Greene circled in front and had his shot turned aside by Hamden goaltender Maxx Ricci, who finished with 32 saves in the contest. The rebound came out front where freshman Ben Carfora tucked the puck inside the left post for a 1-0 advantage with 7:52 remaining in the middle period.
“We definitely came out with a lot of fire,” West Haven senior Kaden Morgillo said. “Everyone gave everything they had. We haven’t beaten them in five years. Every player fought and gave 150%.”
The Green Dragons had plenty of scoring opportunities in the middle period, but Pliszka turned aside all eight shots. The senior was at his best when he denied Brandon Sargolini with a pad save in front with 6:49 left in the period, then denied Christopher Dolan with a glove save 37 seconds later.
West Haven increased the lead to 2-0 just 34 seconds into the third period when Kevin Moriarty scooped up a loose puck in front and beat Ricci.
Hamden (7-4) did not go away and less than three minutes later, the Green Dragons were within a goal. With traffic in front, Alan Cozzolino just got enough of the puck to have it trickle by Pliszka with 11:29 remaining off assists from Anthony Malonis and Joseph D’Adamo.
West Haven was not to be denied and forced a pair of two-on-one breaks. Nick Boanno fed Morgillo on the first and Carfora hit Colin Hines in stride on the next, but Ricci came up big each time, keeping the Hamden deficit at one with 5:30 remaining.
“This is a big rivalry,” Harris said. “Most of these kids, the seniors, have never beaten Hamden before. The seniors really stepped it up. We had two great days of practice and it showed.”
West Haven was coming off an impressive victory over Hamden. The Westies looked to carry that momentum into Saturday evening’s contest with East Catholic.
While the Westies jumped out to a two-goal lead, they were not able to seal the contest, allowing the last five goals and falling to East Catholic, 5-2. With the loss, West Haven fell to 6-6 on the year.
The Westies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Ben Carfora at the 11:43 mark. West Haven increased the margin to 2-0 1:11 into the second period on a tally by DJ Carfora off an assist from Morgillo.
That was all the offense for West Haven as the team’s offense went silent the rest of the way. East Catholic scored the last five goals, including two in a span of 4:58 to even the contest in the second period.
Pliszka added 20 saves in the loss for West Haven.
The West Haven boys swimming team fell to Hamden, 98-83.
“It was a very close meet tonight,” West Haven coach Kevin Dickson said. “We fought up to the last race. We were handicapped by some sick swimmers, but they were still there to cheer on their team.”
West Haven had four first place finishes in the loss. Issac Gorske won the 50 free in 24.2 seconds, and the 100 free in 55.35 seconds. The 200 free relay team won in 1:45.07 with a team of seniors Gorske, Luis Lopez, Christopher Olsen, and sophomore Mustansir Jamalee.
The 400 free relay team won in 4:00.56 with a team of junior Bryan Barrington, senior Christopher D’Inzio, senior Jacob Eairheart, and Gorske.
The Westies had six second place finishes as well. The 200 medley relay team was second in 1:59.08 with a team of Barrington, D’Inzio, Lopez, and Olsen. Lopez placed second in the 200 IM in 2:26.86, and the 100 breast in 1:14.89.
Vincent Militrano was second in the 1M diving with 86.65 points, Eairheart was second in the 100 fly in 1:06.37, and D’Inzio was second in the 100 back in 1:06.73.
The West Haven girls basketball team saw its two-game winning streak come to an end with a 77-58 loss at Sheehan Wednesday evening. The loss in Wallingford dropped West Haven to 6-5 on the year.
Despite having three players finish in double digits, the Westies were unable to stop the offense of Sheehan, which had nine different players in the scoring column.
Freshman Amani Abuhatab led West Haven with 13 points, while fellow freshman Kassidy Carrano finished with 11. Sarah Evangelista added 10 points, while Dealyce Howard had nine.
The Westies drained seven 3-pointers in the contest, with Howard leading the way with three 3-pointers.
West Haven got going quickly on offense in the contest with 15 points in the opening quarter. Evangelista hit a pair of 3-pointers, Abuhatab scored five points, and Carrano nailed a 3-pointer as well.
The Westies went cold to start the second half, scoring just eight points and connecting on just a pair of field goals in the third quarter, one from Abuhatab and a 3-pointer from Howard.
Carrano led a 17-point third quarter with six points, while Abuhatab and Evangelista each scored four.
West Haven improved to 7-5 with a 64-45 victory over Cheshire Friday evening. The road victory saw Carrano lead the way with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.
Abuhatab added 15 points, Evangelista and Davina Mendez each scored five, and Howard and Elena Petrie each scored four.
The Westies trailed 11-7 in the first quarter, before going on a 21-8 run in the second quarter for a 28-19 advantage. Carrano led the way with seven points in the quarter, while Anuhatab added five.
West Haven pulled away in the third quarter and led 47-35 after Carrano scored 10 points in the quarter.
After winning three of four contests, the West Haven girls basketball team knew it was facing a tough opponent in Guilford. A tough third quarter by the Indians proved to be the difference.
Outscoring the Westies by eight points, Guilford turned a one-point lead into a nine-point advantage, on its way to a 54-45 victory over West Haven at West Haven High Tuesday evening.
The loss dropped West Haven to 7-6 on the year, remaining one game shy of qualifying for the state tournament.
Carrano led West Haven with 12 points, Abuhatab added 11, and Jayden Steinman and Howard each had eight points in the loss.
West Haven trailed 13-8 after one quarter of play, before rallying to get within 23-22 at the half.
The Westies only got to the free throw line 11 times, converting six attempts.
The West Haven boys basketball team squared off against rival Notre Dame Friday evening. As was the case in the first meeting, the Westies trailed early, before mounting a furious comeback which fell just short in a 67-61 defeat against the Green Knights at West Haven High.
The Green Knights led by as many as 20 points in the second half and by 17 with just over five minutes to go in the game, before a 16-4 run got the Westies within 64-61 with 56.5 seconds to go following a 3-pointer by Shea Sheffield.
The Westies had their chances at the free throw line, but could not get closer.
Malcolm Duncanson led West Haven with 29 points.
The West Haven Mite C team traveled to Hamden Saturday morning to take on the Green Dragon Mite C’s, with the Blue Devils coming away with a resounding 10-1 win.
Evan Harrison was stellar in goal, supported by Julius Stokes on defense. Jax Guarino and Kyle Johnson both played strong games, as did Ben Trenchard, who picked up two assists. Logan Minio, Brady Salkins, Tony Parise, and Joey Mondo all scored in the win.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team went 2-1 in Connecticut Hockey Conference play this weekend, including a 3-2 barnburner over the Connecticut Junior Whalers A squad at Norwalk’s SoNo Ice House on Saturday morning.
Forward Cameren Lipford scored all three goals — all in the opening period — while goaltender Alex Werle stopped a whopping 37 shots — his best game of the season — to lead the Blue Devils past the Whalers in an impressive CHC win. The Westies avenged a 6-2 loss to the Whalers on Oct. 5.
Lipford netted the contest’s first three goals to put the Blue Devils up 3-0. At 10:31 of the first, he fired a wrist shot high to the blocker side on a play set up by forward Ryan Walsh. Just over a minute later, Lipford deked his way into his offensive zone and backhanded a shot high to the glove side. At 6:25 of the period, he ripped a wrister from inside the left faceoff circle that bounced off the goalie’s shoulder and trickled across the goal line. Center Grady Schulte assisted on the play.
With under two minutes left in the first, Werle made an exceptional glove save to prevent a breakaway goal, followed by another extraordinary glove save in the closing seconds to hold the Whalers scoreless after one.
The Whalers played catch-up in the second, making it a one-shot game after netting two straight at 8:55 and 6:40 of the period. For the rest of the contest, however, the Whalers used Werle for target practice, which the first-year Squirt welcomed with an unbeatable determination. Werle staved off more than two dozen shots, including a remarkable kick save at 3:12 of the second and a sensational glove save at 1:41 of the third to preserve the Westies’ hard-fought victory.
On Sunday afternoon, West Haven extended its winning streak to seven games by stinging the Yellowjackets of East Haven 8-2 at Veterans Memorial Ice Rink in East Haven.
Thanks to Lipford’s four goals and one assist, the Blue Devils’ scoring chances came often against the Easties, with forward Aedan Guarino contributing two goals and two assists. Werle made 25 saves to anchor the team’s defense.
At 8:01 of the first, Lipford rebounded Aedan Guarino’s shot to make it 1-0. The Yellowjackets answered 19 seconds later and pulled ahead 2-1 at 6:31 of the period. Lipford, on a breakaway, tied it on a top-shelf wrist shot from Aedan Guarino with 2:45 remaining in the first.
At 11:49 of the second, Aedan Guarino put his team up for good, backhanding a shot off the faceoff for a power-play goal. Defenseman Gavin Coady then nabbed the puck in his defensive zone, skated past multiple defenders in the neutral zone, and wristed a shot high to the glove side at 8:43 of the period to put the Westies up 4-2. Lipford made it 5-2 less than 30 seconds later.
At 8:32 of the third, Lipford scored on a shot to the upper right-hand corner to give the Blue Devils a four-goal lead. Schulte assisted on the play. Aedan Guarino then rebounded Lipford’s shot to make it 7-2 at 5:11 of the period. With just over two minutes left in regulation, Westies center Tyler Silva netted a power-play goal on a rebound from defenseman Andrew Grillo.
Defensive trio Kyle Guarino, Coady and Grillo complemented Werle, who made tremendous glove saves at 10:03 of the second and 4:34 of the third, to keep the Easties at bay.
On Sunday night, West Haven came up short versus Darien A, falling, 3-2, at Bennett Rink.
Aedan Guarino scored the Blue Devils’ two goals, both in the third period — at 8:39 and 4:07 — and both assisted by Lipford. Werle maintained his high level of play for three periods, making 37 saves — and tying his save total against the Whalers — to keep his team in the hunt.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team played to a 3-3 tie in its only contest of the week. Cam Delvecchio led the West Haven offense with a pair of goals.
Trailing 1-0, Delvecchio picked up a rebound of a Haygen Axelrod shot and found the back of the net with 4:27 gone by in the opening period.
The Westies took a 2-1 lead at the 14:39 mark of the second when Michael Madera picked up a loose puck, circled behind the net and fed Delvecchio in front for a 2-1 lead. Jason Alling also assisted on the goal.
Watertown scored the next two goals and led 3-2 in the final four minutes. West Haven fought back and evened the contest when Matt Wezenski fed Mickey Dowd, who scored to the top right corner for the equalizer with 3:35 remaining.
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team traveled to Darien to play New Canaan on Saturday and posted a 1- 0 victory.
A tough, back and forth game remained at zero until late in the third period when an open Cody Rocchio would put the puck past the goalkeeper on a pass from Yousaf Ullah. Austin Fruin and the Westies closed the door for the 1-0 shutout win.
On Sunday, the Westies hosted the Wonderland Wizards at Bennett Rink and posteda 3-0 victory. The Westies put pressure on the Wizards from the start and finally collected their first tally at 4:17 in the first when Alex Kurowski, off assists from Ashley Welch and T.J. Levenduski, scored. Kurowski added another goal at 4:03 in the second with helpers from Zack Fonda and Taylor Alfano.
In the third period. Matt Wright redirected a shot from Levenduski to put the Westies ahead 3-0. The Westie defense buckled down and shut the door for Fruin’s second shutout of the weekend and 12th on the season.
West Haven Girls Basketball continued its junior division schedule with the Panthers still remaining as the league sole unbeaten team through the first seven games.
The Chuck’s Garage Panthers upended the Gunning Law Firm Huskies, 31-11, behind 10 points from Jaecianna Mitchell. Kylie Gibbons added 8 points and Jocelyn Silber and Hayden Holm also scored for the Panthers. The Huskies were led by the offense of Finley Gunning, Ella McDonnell and Taryn Walker.
The Panthers also downed the Prospect Fish and Game Blue Devils, 23-11, as Aleyia LaChance, Bria Johnson and Jaerrrah Mitchell accounted for the scoring for the Panthers. The Bruins were led by the combined 10 points from Isabella Vanbrederode, Talia Decresesnzo and Timyra Rodgers.
The Prospect Fish and Game Blue Devils upended the Emmitt’s Auto Bruins, 20-10. Annause Costello erupted for 8 points for the Blue Devils and used the offense of Terrianna Rogers and Kylie McCourt in the win. The Bruins scoring came from Vanisha Patel, Jada Turner and Sarah Went.
Denavia Pittman, Ava Oshomah and Cristel Miguel accounted for 24 points as the Oyster River Energy Cardinals rolled over the Gunning Law Huskies by a count of 35-13. Isabella Vanbredrode has 12 points to pace the Blue Devils.
Jada Turner knocked down two free throws in overtime to lead the Emmett’s Auto Bruins to a 15-13 win over the TBNG Eagles. Turner finished with 7 points on the night and Samantha Boyd, Amare Bennett and Sarah Went also scored for the Bruins. Daniela Bazar, Justice Butler and Brooklyn McCormick powered the offense for the Eagles.
The TBNG Eagles bounced back with a 17-8 win over the Oyster River Energy Cardinals behind the scoring of Adriana Gonzalez, Hailey Locus and Jayda Ciliberti. Peyton Davis, Parish Rutledge and Ava Oshomah led the Cardinal attack.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
There is more than just this picture. There are three more potholes on Everett Street. This is bad; we have kids that take the bus to school. They walk the street everyday and this is the condition we have.
Our street is been like this for over 3 months and no one is doing anything about it. We have people from city hall passing by. Please, someone needs to come around and look at this street and see the condition of how the entire street is. Please help.
ET Concerned Parents
Dear Concerned Parents:
You will see the deep pothole picture you sent in today’s column. I have submitted your complaint to Councilwoman Portia Bias for investigation. It is extremely important that you notify me with two weeks, whether or not the potholes in your neighborhood have been filled.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
I am complaining of the sidewalk that goes up the hill when you are going into the side entrance to city hall.
When you are leaving city hall, the sidewalk the sidewalk goes downhill. It is also when you are cutting through the city hall parking lot when it is icy. Some parts of the sidewalk are downhill, and they are usually sanded down to the ground, but sometimes it could be a little more even with the sand. That spot needs a railing. It is steeper than the spot that has railings. Some persons are seniors and if they fall, they could sue the city.
I notified Councilwoman Bridgette Hoskie of your safety concern. The replied, “I will forward this to Public Works.” Please let me know when you see any activity at this site.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
I read your recent article about headlight laws in Connecticut (vehicles driving without headlights on during poor visibility). This is one of my pet peeves. I drive less than three miles to pick up my daughter from work. Recently on one of these trips, during a torrential downpour, I witnessed 50 vehicles without their headlights on. The worst part of this was one of these vehicles was a school bus and several were city and state vehicles.
During five minutes of waiting in front of my daughter’s workplace, I counted 65 more vehicles not observing the law. I feel this is not only dangerous, but it is also a violation.
We have cameras on our highways and at most intersections and our police are patrolling constantly. Why not ticket these people and get people to change their practices and raise some much-needed revenue?
CD Just A Thought
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
There are several 3 x 4 potholes from Brown Street to Chestnut Street. Chestnut Street is the worst. My daughter got a flat and was stranded recently. It is a severe safety hazard and there are several potholes on Chestnut up to Painters Park. Police and Highway Departments please patch before someone gets seriously hurt in a car accident.
IC Dangerous Area
I notified Councilwoman Bridgette Hoskie of the pothole dangers on Chestnut Street to Painters Park. Her response, “I have sent the request to have the potholes filled.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
There are large potholes at the corner of Winslow and Woodmont Roads. The oncoming traffic forces you to run over it and I’ve already blown out a tire.
I notified Councilman Barry Cohen of your complaint. He replied, “I received your email and as is my normal protocol, I drove to this area. Upon arrival, I recorded the exact location of the hole and took photographs of the road condition. The request has now been sent to the appropriate Public Works team for their kind and immediate follow-up. I will also place a call immediately. I expect to get back to you once the repair has been completed.
Furthermore, separate reports on pot holes and hazardous driving conditions have been reported to me on nearby Kaye Road, as well as a major hole on Ida Lane that I identified as part of my Sunday 10th district tours (weather permitting)to inspect and report any major pot holes., safety conditions and any other blight issues. I select different portions of the district each week. These holes on Kaye and Ida have since been repaired.
Pending requests that I continue to follow up include potholes on Northrup Road as well as a more serious longer-term repair issue on Flaum Drive.
I welcome all 10th District neighbors to call or email any concerns or comments to my attention. If desired, I will come to your home and discuss with you in person. As always, I am blessed to serve you.
Barry Lee Cohen
The third-oldest Roman Catholic parish in the city is getting ready to move. Our Lady of Victory parish is in the process of having its 10-acre site on Jones Hill Road sold and relocating to the former St. John Vianney Church property at 300 Capt. Thomas Boulevard.
The move is the latest in a serious of steps taken by the Archdiocese of Hartford to pare down and consolidate its parish structure, and in the process selling off redundant properties. The price tag is $1.85 million. The falling number of clergy and dwindling number of Catholics who attend weekly masses is the culprit.
The Christian Fellowship Church of God, currently located at the former Union Congregational Church at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and the Boston Post Road, has made a bid for the property. If accepted by Archdiocesan and Roman authorities (the property needs to be cleared to go back into secular use before being sold), the four buildings, including church, rectory, convent and school will be turned over.
The Rev. Joseph Dillon, pastor of the parish, said this week it has been a difficult time for parishioners, but there is a resigned acceptance in what will happen.
“People who’ve spoken to me, sad news to hear about, but understand why we need to go in this direction. Sad for them, but understanding,” he said.
No final decision has been made, and it may be weeks or months before church officials give the OK.
The sale of Our Lady of Victory’s property has been rumored for months. Three years ago, the Archdiocese consolidated its parish structure from more than 230, to approximately 88, with several churches included in the new parishes. That reorganization prompted the closure of several churches, including St. Paul’s and St. John Vianney, effective the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul (June 29), ironically the patron saints of the Roman Church.
The two closed churches remained ecclesial structures, with funerals and weddings taking place as well as selected services in order to keep them sacred spaces. The other parish in the city comprises St. Lawrence and St. Louis Church.
Fr. Dillon said the property went on the market in July and an offer was proffered by the Christian Fellowship in the fall. That set the wheels in motion.
The parish financial committee accepted the offer. Meanwhile, Archbishop Leonard Blair put the offer to the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, Board of Consultors, and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. The first two have responded in the affirmative, with an answer awaited from the Pastoral Council.
“After Archbishop Blair hears from the above groups, he will make the decision as to whether or not to accept the offer,” said Fr. Dillon.
The parish priest, meanwhile, is using the parish bulletin and social media to keep the 1700 families on the parish rolls informed. He realizes the separation from parish buildings can be stressful, especially after many in the parish moved from St. John Vianney three years ago.
“Please be assured that all parishioners will be given plenty of time to prepare for the move. As a matter of fact, we will need all members of our parish community to emotionally, physically or prayerfully help as we go through this transition,” said Fr. Dillon in a recent bulletin.
He likened this move to a more personal situation.
“If you and your spouse decided to sell your home of 50 years and move to a safer, more affordable house a few blocks away, would your family walk away? Would they stop visiting you on Sunday or coming to your home to celebrate special events? Probably not,” he wrote.
Once the offer this or any offer is accepted, the priest must marshal forces to begin the move back to the St. John Vianney site.
He is urging parishioners to monitor subsequent bulletins and social media sites operated by the parish for future updates.
Our Lady of Victory began on Ocean Avenue, next to the current Seaview Nursing Home. A former seasonal hotel was converted into a church to serve Catholics in the West Shore area. The parish eventually outgrew the site and land was purchased on Jones Hill Road with a new plant built in the 1950s.
It was the third catholic parish established in the city after St. Lawrence, the mother church of West Haven, and St. Paul’s. Eventually, the parish of St. Louis, which was a national parish for French-speaking Catholics on Chapel Street, near Wooster Square, New Haven, was moved to West Haven when the barrel-vaulted structure burned the ground in 1960.
St. John Vianney was the final parish established. It was originally a chapel-of-ease for St. Lawrence, serving the Savin Rock area. In 1965 the parish was erected and the current church built as part of the Savin Rock Redevelopment district.
Members of the West Haven Black Heritage Committee and other activists gathered on the steps of City Hall, recently, with a new banner to commemorate Black History Month, which began Saturday.
The banner includes six images of historical black figures in the United States. They are Madam CJ Walker, Olympian Jessie Owens, Congresswoman and first female and black presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm, former President Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The city’s Black Heritage Celebration will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 11 in the Harriet North Community Room, second floor, West Haven City Hall,.” said Committee Chairman Steven R. Mullins. “At that ceremony the West Haven’s African-American Citizen of the Year will be honored, along with two highly accomplished black West Haven High School seniors. The names will be announced in the next two weeks.” he said.
M-U-L-T-I-P-L-I-C-A-T-I-O-N was the winning word for 8th grader Dana Davis at the 41st Annual West Haven School District Spelling Bee for grades 5-8 held on Jan. 20. Davis, the school champion from Harry Bailey Middle School School, defeated seven other competitors including the May V Carrigan Intermediate School Spelling Bee Champion, 5th Grader Martha Agustin.
Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro supervised the event, carefully reading out each of the words from the 2020 Scripps Spelling Competition List.
Judging the event were veteran spelling bee coordinators Jamey Sitro from Carrigan with teachers Sean Griffin and Matthew DiGoia from Bailey.
The individual school PTAs awarded $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificates to their school winners. This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Ralph Eberle, former PTA Chairperson for West Haven Schools. Davis and Agustin will be invited to the Connecticut statewide competition representing their schools which will be sponsored by the Noah Webster House Historical Society in West Hartford.
The West Haven Historical Society is sponsoring a “Soup’s On” luncheon on Sunday Feb. 23 from 12-2 at the Poli House 686 Savin Ave. Cost is $8 per person. The luncheon will feature special soups prepared by the University of New Haven Dining Service. A selection of breads, muffins, and crackers will also be available to guests. Coffee and tea will be served.
There will also be a Trivia Contest on West Haven History after the luncheon. Participation by guests is optional although people are encouraged to participate. Prizes will be awarded to winners.
For further information call Jon, (203) 933-0081.
BPGC sets confab
Bradley Point Garden Club of West Haven will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Ora Mason Library, 260 Benham Hill Road. The program will be by William Heffernan who will describe the challenges he faced climbing Mount Everest. Call Marie at (203) 878-8428 if you are interested in becoming a member.
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association will hold a Valentine’s Doo-Wop Dance at 85 Chase Lane on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7, with Music by Charles the DJ till 12. Free beer, wine or soda. coffee and Danish. Tickets: $20 per person. Call Lou at (203) 934-3339 or (203) 464-1976 or Ben at (203) 933-4423.
Parade Ball March 7
The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee invites you to attend the Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade Ball on March 7, at Anthony’s Ocean View, New Haven. The 2020 Award Recipients accomplishments and contributions to thegreater New Haven community will be presented: 2020 Grand Marshall- Seamus Bohan; James J Dinnan Award- Richard Graziano; Cornelius Driscoll Award- Leonard Guercia, Jr.; Appreciation Award- Katie Regan ; Lifetime Achievement Award-Sean Canning. For more information and to purchase tickets please contact: email@example.com .
Senior Center trip
Join the West Haven Senior Center on the following scheduled trip: All trips leave from Savin Rock Conference Center:
The first trip is to Mohegan Sun Casino Tuesday, March 24. Cost is $35 with $15 Free Bet and $15 Food Voucher or Free Buffett. Payment due by Monday, March 2. Bus departs Savin Rock Conference Center at 8:30 a.m. with departure from casino at 4 p.m.
Flyers with details for this trip are available at the office West Haven Senior Center 201 Noble St. or call (203) 937-3507 for more information.
An Al-Anon meeting group invites new members to attend its weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, 52 George St. For information and details, call (203) 506-1464.
The Seth Haley Memorial Loan Fund of West Haven provides eligible college students with loans of up to $2500 to help students finish their post high school education.
Applicants must be West Haven residents who have completed two or more years of college or post-secondary work or be in their final two years of advanced work. Any West Haven resident attending college or a post high school professional, technical or trade school can be eligible for a loan. Repayments do not begin, and no interest will be charged until one year after graduation. If you are interested in making an application for a loan, please call Ralph Lawson, (203) 934-6442.