Join volunteers from The Land Trust of West Haven to help with a beach clean-up on Saturday, May 11, from10 to noon. All interested individuals and civic groups are invited to help. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Park/Rec Activities Building on the Bike/Walk Path at Old Grove Park near Oak Street. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center annual retirees luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 – 11:30 at Lorenzo’s, 39 Elm St. Cost is $30 to be paid by April 30. Contact Elene Hanahan (203) 494-1092, email@example.com or Elaine Schempp, Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association will host its President’s Anniversary Ball with full dinner menu on Saturday, May 11, from 6-11 p.m. at the club, 85 Chase Lane. Menu incluedes NY strip, stuffed sole, or chicken marsala, with open bar and music. Tickets are $45 per person. For reservations call (203) 933-3367.
Join the Harugari Singing Society for Bavarian Springfest, on Saturday, April 27 at its 66 Highland St. address. At 6 p.m. there is a sauerbraten dinner with spätzle and red cabbage. Live Music is by The Austrian Boys. Entertainment is by the Harugari Schuhplattlers.
Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. For reservations or information, call Karin Zamolsky at (203) 375-7050, the club at (203) 933-9930, or e-mail Harugari.email@example.com.
Annual Book Sale
The Friends of West Haven Library will host a mini book sale on Saturday April 27 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 Elm St. There will be a large selection of adult fiction and children’s books only at this sale for our usual low prices. Please come to get some spring reading. For information, call (203) 934-6921.
West Haven Summer Youth Theater, a division of West Haven Council on the Arts, in conjunction with Performance Plus/RVP Studios, 221 Bull Hill Lane, is offering summer theatre experience for youth ages 10-17. The program will run July 1 (except July 4-5) to Aug, 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (M-F) at RVP Studios. It will culminate in four performances of the classic Rock Musical Godspell 2012 Edition on Aug. 2-4.
Under the direction of Lara Morton with musical direction by Paul Scanlon, participants will receive expert instruction in acting, singing, and movement techniques required of all triple-threat, Broadway-bound performers.
Come to the Open House on April 28, 1-4 p.m. at Performance Plus at RVP Studios to find out more and meet the director and production team.
For more information & to sign up for the program: http://www.artswesthaven.org/
There is a $50 discount if enrolled by April 30.
The Agency on Aging of South Central CT is sponsoring a self-care education program for family caregivers, designed to provide you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges you face. The free workshop series consists of six sessions held on Tuesdays, 1-3:30, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, held at the Agency on Aging of SCC at 117 Washington Ave, Suite 17, North Haven.
To register call or e-mail Jan Simmons at (203) 785-8533 x. 3162, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online at: www.aoascc.org/forms/ptc/.
Senior Center trips
Join the West Haven Senior Center for the following trip:
Wednesday, June 12 – The Good Speed Opera House “The Music Man” $99 per person enjoy lunch at the Gelston House, American bistro just steps from the Goodspeed. Bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center 10 a.m. Departs Goodspeed approximately at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31– The Westchester Broadway Theatre “On Your Feet” enjoy lunch at the theatre before the show Cost $90 Bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center 9 a.m. Departs Westchester approximately at 3:45 p.m.
A flyer with further details is available at the office at the West Haven Senior Center 201 Noble St. or you can call the Senior Center (203) 937-3507.
Shore Haven scholarships
The Shore Haven Junior Baseball League will be accepting scholarship applications for current high school seniors pursing further education. The league will be awarding three scholarships in the amounts of $250 in honor of Sal Arminio, Dave Terese, Sr., and Mario J. Argentino, plus the Joseph Morrell, Sr., Scholarship.
All applicants must have participated in the league for two years for the first three scholarships. Applications must be returned by May 15 to: Charles Gunning, 125 Central Ave., West Haven, 06516. For information can be obtained from area guidance offices or by calling (203) 934-9740.
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 Gert Beckwith at (203) 934-6921, or Ralph Lawson, (203) 934-6442
West Haven coach Joe Morrell could not have envisioned the type of start his West Haven softball team would have. Like any team, there were questions to be answered as the season began.
Morrell sure likes the answers nine games in. After sweeping Lyman Hall home and away this past week, West Haven improved to 9-0 and qualified for the postseason. With 11 regular season games to go, the message is clear.
West Haven wants to win as many games as possible to secure home field and high seeds in both the Southern Connecticut Conference and state tournaments. The Westies would also like to remain undefeated.
The road to the ninth consecutive victory sure did not start the way West Haven would have liked, but Thursday morning’s contest against Lyman Hall ended just the same as West Haven’s initial eight games and that was with a victory.
Rallying from a four-run deficit with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, three more in the third, and five in the sixth, West Haven defeated Lyman Hall for the second straight day by a score of 12-5 at Biondi Field in West Haven.
The win, which saw West Haven pound out 12 hits, including two by Veronica Lynn for 100 in her career, raised West Haven’s record to 9-0 on the season.
Lynn also scored four runs, Kailey Carrano had four hits, drove in four and scored twice, Ivy Santos added two hits, drove in a pair and scored twice, and Paige Buerer had two hits and drove in a pair.
Santos was also solid in the pitching circle. The West Haven pitcher allowed eight hits, while striking out seven. Santos did not allow an earned run as the Westies committed four errors.
Trailing 4-0 before they even came to bat, the Westies cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the inning.
Ashlynn O’Keefe reached on a one-out error, Lynn singled, O’Keefe scored on a passed ball, and Lynn scored on a double by Carrano. When Santos reached on an error, Carrano scored, and West Haven was within a run.
The Westies took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning. O’Keefe again started the rally with a single, Lynn reached on an error, and Carrano again doubled to score O’Keefe and Lynn for a 5-4 lead. Santos followed with a single to put runners on the corners, Kasey Marron walked to load the bases, and Buerer singled to score the third run of the inning.
West Haven increased its lead to 7-4 in the fourth as Lynn singled with two outs, Carrano followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and Lynn scored as part of a double steal for a 7-4 advantage.
The Westies put the game away with five more runs in the sixth. O’Keefe reached on a one-out error, Lynn hit into a fielder’s choice to move O’Keefe to second, and Carrano singled to score O’Keefe.
Santos doubled to score Carrano, Dianesse Rodriguez singled to score Santos for an 11-4 lead, and Buerer singled to score Rodriguez for the final run of the inning.
West Haven needed just eight games to reach one of its goals. By defeating Lyman Hall 11-3 in Wallingford Wednesday afternoon, West Haven qualified for the postseason with its eighth straight victory to open the year.
Santos not only had a big day pitching, allowing just one earned run on six hits, while striking out eight and walking two, she came up just as big at the plate. Santos had three hits, drove in five runs and scored one as West Haven led from the start.
The Westies led 2-0 after one, 4-2 after two, 9-2 after four and 11-3 after six.
Lynn had three hits and scored four runs, Morgan Peryer had two hits, drove in two and scored one, while Gigi Perkins added a pair of hits and scored once.
Peryer opened the game with a single to left, moved to second on a sacrifice by O’Keefe, and scored on a single by Lynn. Lynn scored as part of a double steal for a 2-0 advantage.
West Haven took a 4-0 lead in the second. Rodriguez singled with one out, Buerer followed suit, and Peryer followed with a two-run single.
Up by two runs, West Haven increased the margin to three runs in the third. Lynn reached on an error, Santos singled, and Kasey Marron singled to score Lynn.
West Haven added four runs in the fourth to blow the game open as Perkins singled, O’Keefe walked with one out, Lynn singled to load the bases, and Santos hit a grand slam to center.
The Westies capped their scoring in the sixth when Carrano doubled to score Lynn, and Santos singled to score Carrano.
For all of your West Haven sporting news, including game stories, photos, videos, game statistics, and more, visit www.westieblue.com.
Another wet Saturday saw much of West Haven Youth Soccer League’s games delayed again, but some teams were able to see action. The Elite Soccer Camps U-14 girls travel team traveled to Wallingford Friday night for a league match-up, and come home 1-0 winners.
It was a tough match as the two teams battled back and forth. Ava Murphy played well in the midfield, and Alyvia Ginsberg and Melissa Tsakonas worked hard on defense to break-up the speedy attacks of the Wallingford strikers. Ariana Izzo scored the lone goal of the game, calmly knocking home a penalty kick that Brooke Flaherty drew late in the second half. Brooke Throm put in a lot of hustle for the Westies, chasing down balls and keeping the pressure on the Wallingford defenders. Wallingford made a push in the final minutes to try to get a tie out of the game, but Cassie Wadeka held strong to keep the shut-out and help the Elite Soccer Camps U-14 girls improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Rock House School of Music U-19 Boys Travel Team hosted Orange Saturday afternoon, winning, 3-1. In a game that saw both sides have a man sent off, Bernard Ocansey opened the scoring in the first half for West Haven, and Jonathan Parra-Gonzalez netted the second. First half goalkeeper Joey Buestan Lojano let just one goal in from a packed box.
In the second half, Raady Rahman made the score 3-1, and goalkeeper John McLaughlin kept Orange for adding to the scoreline.
The Gunning Law Firm U-19 boys travel team played North Haven at home Saturday and jumped to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Derrick Meza and Danny Morales. Meza chipped the ball over a rushing North Haven goalie midway through the first half, and Morales blasted a ball into the top corner from about 20 yards out in the beginning of the second half.
North Haven then woke up, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead. West Haven was not out though, as Morales picked up his second goal of the night by sliding the ball past the goalie to tie the game at three with less than a minute to go. The score remained locked at three, to help the Gunning Law Firm U-19 boys travel team improve to 2-0-2 on the season.
The Notre Dame spring sports teams fared well over spring recess accumulating a 9-2 record over the five sports in action. Highlighting the week was Alex Hird scoring 10 goals in a 14-6 win by the lacrosse team over crosstown rival West Haven on April 15.
Baseball — Staring down the barrel of a 10-4 deficit against Law on Wednesday afternoon, the Notre Dame baseball team did what good teams do. They rallied and won. Notre Dame scored 11 runs over the final four frames to erase that six-run deficit to pull out a 15-10 win in a score that resembled a Sunday morning slow pitch softball score.
Tanner Belcher had five hits and three RBIs while Jon Crisci and Ryan Sullivan pitched four shutout innings in relief. The Green Knights opened the week with a 9-3 win over Branford highlighted by a Zachary Peters solid effort on the mound. The sophomore allowed three runs on three hits while striking out four and walking only one. Jason Ostrowksi had three hits and four RBIs to lead the offense. Notre Dame was 7-1 heading into a three-game week playing East Haven, Southington and Sheehan.
Golf — Tommy Rosati earned his fourth straight medalist honor with a 3-over 39 to lead Notre Dame to a 24-stroke win over Cheshire on April 16. Notre Dame shot a 172 compared to the Rams score of 196. Joe D’Agostino and Nick Richetelli added seven-over par scores of 43. The Green Knights would taste defeat for the first time in a close three-stroke loss to Hamden on April. Rosati again led the way with another 38.
Lacrosse — Alex Hird had quite the month in one game when he scored 10 goals in a 14-6 win over West Haven to open the week on April 15. Hird scored the Green Knight’s first four goals of the game and had seven by halftime as Notre Dame built up an 8-2 lead.
The Green Knights then traveled for an out-of-conference game and fell to Waterford 12-11 in a close contest on April 20, 2019. Hird added four goals in this game, which came down to the end as Notre Dame scored with six seconds left but could not win the ensuing face-off cleanly to get a chance to tie. Notre Dame hosts Guilford and travels to Cheshire this week.
When West Haven natives Myles Ligon and Gabe Bravo-Cancino woke up the morning of their match against Sheehan they had no idea what was in store for them. Playing for only the second time in their career, the freshman were the last match standing with both teams having won three matches. That meant their outcome would decide the match. Playing like seasoned veterans, Ligon and Bravo-Cancino easily dispatched Aaron Gamble/Andrew Carboni 6-1, 6-2 to clinch a 4-3 win over Sheehan in a match played on April 17at the UNH Tennis Courts.
The Green Knights, who improved to 2-4 with the win, received their other three wins from their singles players as Oliver Shannon, Jack Jannitto, and Matt Wickliff.
Track — It was an early wake-up call in the middle of spring vacation but it was worth it for the ND track team. The Green Knights showed off their depth, winning seven events from nine competitors in sweeping the meet garnering wins over Jonathan Law, Lyman Hall, and host North Haven on Tuesday, April 16.
The Green Knights received winning performances from: Max Bothwell in the pole vault; Warren Murphy in the 200m; Ohm Patel in the 3200m; Jason Sawicki in the 300 hurdles and high jump; Jacob Torres in the 1600m; while Daniel Range, Christian Panagrossi, Tommy Minar and Warren Murphy won the 4×400 relay. ND improved to 4-1 with the sweep.
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The West Haven softball team continues to roll over state competition, improved to 9-0 and in the process qualified for postseason play last week. After their game with Shelton was postponed on Monday, the Blue Devils traveled to Wallingford on Wednesday with a chance to qualify for the playoffs against the Lyman Hall Trojans. The Westies got a big performance from Ivy Santos, who pitched a complete game in the circle, allowing one earned run on six hits, while striking out eight Trojans. Santos also helped with the bat, getting three hits, including a line-drive grand slam homerun to center in the fourth inning, and five RBIs. The Westies took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, when Morgan Peryer singled, was sacrificed to second by Ashlynn O’Keefe and came around to score on a single by Veronica Lynn. Lynn scored when Kailey Carrano drew a throw attempting to steal second and during the ensuing rundown, Lynn scampered home before the out was made. The Westies increased the lead in the second inning when Dede Rodriguez and Paige Beurer singled and Peryer drove the runners in to make it 4-0. The girls put the game away in the fourth inning when Gigi Perkins singled, O’Keefe walked and Lynn singled to load the bases for Santos, who drilled a grand slam to center to put the Westies up 9-2 on their way to the 11-3 final.
On Thursday morning, the Blue Devils completed the home-and-home series with the Trojans. Things did not look good for the girls in the first inning when Lyman Hall struck for four runs on three hits and three Westie errors. The girls responded though with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning and then went on to put up crocked numbers in the third and fifth innings to defeat the Trojans 12-5. Kailey Carrano led the Blue Devils with four hits and four RBIs, Ivy Santos and Paige Beurer each had two hits and two RBIs while Veronica Lynn had two hits, including her 100th of her career in the first inning. Santos went the distance again in the circle and did not allow an earned run while giving up eight hits and striking out seven.
This week, the girls hosted Hillhouse on Monday, traveled to Shelton for last week’s makeup game on Tuesday and finished the week when they hosted Hamden on Wednesday.
The baseball team suffered its fourth, straight loss on Tuesday afternoon at Piurek Field at the hands of the Hamden Green Dragons. The Westies fell behind 4-0 before they scratched out a run in the bottom of the third when Hunter Axelrod and Tyler Jones singled to set the table for Dom Cambino. Cambino singled but Axelrod was cut down at third. Mike Tonucci then singled to score Jones and cut the lead to 4-1. In the sixth inning after Hamden made it 5-1, JC Contreras doubled and Chris Cavallaro singled. Contreras scored when Gianni Gambardella reached on an error by the shortstop by make it a 5-2 game. Unfortunately for the Westies that would be the extent of their scoring in the loss. Freshman Gianni Gambardella pitched a complete game on the mound allowing three, earned runs on eight hits.
This week, the Blue Devils hosted Shelton on Monday, Bassick on Wednesday and finish the week with a trip to Middletown to face the Xavier Falcons on Friday at 7 at Palmer Field.
The boys’ lacrosse team split its two games last week. On Monday evening, the Westies traveled up the hill to Veterans Stadium to face cross-town rival Notre Dame. The Green Knights took a 3-0 lead after one quarter and added to their lead 52 seconds into the second quarter before the Blue Devils had an answer. Connor Fowler took a pass from Tyler Moscato and made a blind, over the shoulder shot to the lower corner of the net to cut the lead to 4-1 with 9:43 left in the half. Notre Dame tacked on goals with 3:44 and 3:31 left before Tyler Moscato scored 21 seconds later. The Knights added a goal with 2:14 left in the half to send the teams to the half at 7-2.
The Blue Devils got goals from Niko Kyle, Nick Camara, a second goal from Connor Fowler and a goal from Justin Rivera in the second half but the Green Knights got seven more for the 14-6 final. Kevin Moriarty continued to pile up the saves, making 37 between the pipes for West Haven.
The Westies bounced back with a victory over the Lyman Hall Trojans on Wednesday evening at Ken Strong Stadium. Niko Kyle gave the Blue Devils the lead with 1:48 left in the first quarter while Kevin Moriarty kept the Trojans off the board. Steve Moran made it 2-0 with 6:16 left in the second quarter when he raced up the field and rifled a shot from 25 yards out for the goal. West Haven extended the lead to 3-0 in the third quarter when Justin Rivera scored with 10:08 left and then Niko Kyle made it 4-0 with 6:28 left in the quarter. Nick Camara made it 5-0 just 36 seconds into the fourth quarter but the Trojans responded eight seconds later to break the shutout. Justin Rivera made it 6-1 with 9:25 left in the game but Lyman Hall added two goals with 4:26 and 1:46 left for the 6-3 final. Moriarty stopped 33 Lyman Hall shots to preserve the victory.
This week, the boys hosted Notre Dame of Fairfield on Monday, traveled to Milford to take on the Foran Lions on Wednesday and host the Windsor Warriors on Saturday at 11.
The girls’ lacrosse team broke through last week getting its first win of the season with a 6-5 OT victory over the Gaels in Shelton. Gianni Sliby, Maura Dowd, Morrighan Leavitt and Taylor Nowak scored first half goals to give the Blue Devils a 4-3 halftime lead. The Gaels scored 3:08 into the second half to knot the game up at 4-4 but, Keegan Riccio scored 1:56 later to put the Westies back in front 5-4. Shelton was able to get the equalizer with 4:23 left in the contest sending the game to overtime. CC Condon found the back of the net with 2:40 left in the OT to give the Blue Devils a 6-5 victory, their first of the season. Nicole Gaston made 13 saves between the pipes to preserve the victory.
On Thursday morning, the Westies traveled to Middletown to face the Mercy Tigers. The Tigers scored three goals in the first 6:17 before the Blue Devils responded with a goal by Keegan Riccio with 17:23 left in the first half. After Mercy scored two, more goals, Angela Borelli scored with 4:56 left in the half to get the Westies back within three at 5-2. Unfortunately for the girls, the Tigers scored the next, seven goals to go up 12-2 with 7:23 left in the game. Angela Borelli netted her second goal of the game with 5:25 left and Maura Dowd scored with a minute left for the 12-4 final. Nicole Gaston made 10 saves in goal for West Haven.
This week, the girls hosted the Amity Spartans on Tuesday and head to Lyman Hall to take on the Trojans on Thursday at 3:45.
The boys’ tennis team got a Panther double killing on Tuesday last week. On Tuesday morning, the Westies defeated the Platt Tech Panthers, 7-0, at Eisenhower Park. In singles action, Joseph Delgado won, 8-0, Zach Kerzner won, 8-2, Anthony Siaphong won, 8-1, Jonathan Saier won, 8-0, and Abdul Mohamadneur won 8-1. In doubles play, Nash Noble/Lucien Zheng were victorious, 8-3, and Jason Ramirez/Ron Wood won, 8-0.
The Westies hopped on a bus and headed back to Painter Park where the boys got their second victory of the day with a 7-0 triumph over the Career Panthers. Delgado won, 6-0, 6-0, Kerzner won, 6-0, 6-0, Siaphong won, 6-0, 6-1 and Saier won, 6-1, 6-1 in singles play. In doubles, the Westies pairing of Awaab Osman and Ben Sager were victorious, 6-0, 6-4.
This week, the boys traveled to Amity on Tuesday, headed to Jonathan Law on Wednesday and finish the week hosting the Hand Tigers on Friday at 3:45.
The girls’ tennis team suffered to 7-0 losses to North Haven and Mercy last week and will look to bounce back this week. The Westies hosted Platt Tech on Monday, Shelton on Tuesday and traveled to Career on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the girls’ track and field team defeated Foran 76-74 but lost to Cheshire 98-52 last week at Cheshire. Tomalyn Williams won the 100, Brianna Sebastian took the high jump, Daniela Morales won the shot put and the 4 x 100 relay team was victorious.
On Thursday morning, the girls traveled to Milford to face Foran and Platt Tech. The Blue Devils got victories from Brianna Sebastian (100 and the high jump), Madison Barbieri (100 hurdles), Jime’Ra Howard (javelin) and Daniela Morales (discus).
The boys’ track and field team hosted Cheshire, East Haven and Guilford on Tuesday. Dontae Salvatore took the 100 and was a member of the victorious 4 x 100 relay team with Angel Cepin, Dontae Noel and Marlin Walker. Walker also took the 200, while Cepin won the long jump and Sebastian Villanueva won the 3200.
By Josh LaBella
During her time at Southern Connecticut State University, Westie Jamie Kelley has had a full plate.
Kelley, who is graduating in May, is majoring in both political science and history. She said she mainly chose Southern because it was affordable. Kelley said it was during her time in the freshman leadership experience, a program designed to develop new students leadership skills, that she met most of the people she is friends with today.
“That really set the tone for the rest of my time here,” said Kelley. “Southern felt like home.”
Kelley said she was involved in a number of leadership positions during her time at West Haven High School including being on the staffs of the school paper and the art and literary magazine.
“I also did the mock trial and debate teams,” said Kelley, “and a bunch of other stuff. But mock trial and debate were really the big ones.”
Kelley, who wants to go on to study law, said she has wanted to study political science since her junior year at the high school. She said in that class she worked on John Picard’s campaign as a part of a class taught by social studies teacher Mark Consorte.
“I just really liked the experience,” said Kelley. “Through that I got a side job at the registrar of voters during elections. So I used to work on the polls.”
Kelley said Consorte was just one of many influential teachers she had during her time in the West Haven School system. She said she decided to study history after taking a class her freshman year at Southern.
According to Kelley, at Southern she was vice president and then president of Pre-Law Society, where she helped the organization grow. She also served in the same roles in College Democrats – where she continued to work on campaigns.
“Being a part of that here was an extension of being involved in politics in West Haven,” said Kelley. “Through that I got involved in Hamden and New Haven.”
One of Kelley’s biggest roles has been being the president of the class of 2019, a post which she has held since her freshman year. She said it was one of the best things she had done at Southern.
“I like that through it I get to host events that are either educational or social for the students,” said Kelley.
As president of the graduating class, Kelley is charged with giving a speech at the graduation ceremony on May 24. She said she is still in the process of writing it.
“It’s really hard to write a culmination of four years of really intense years of education,” said Kelley. “There’s so many things that I’d like to talk about. But at the same time it’s really important for me to realize that it’s not about me. It’s about all of us [the graduating class].”
Kelley said being from West Haven has influenced who she is. She said one of the great things about West Haven is that people are really involved, do not take no for an answer, like to put themselves out there and have big hearts.
“West Haven is the kind of town where everybody knows everybody,” said Kelley, “and it’s not a bad thing. So when we branch out from West Haven and do other things – it’s good. I think that it has made me a better person because I was raised in a town that was so accepting and wanted me to succeed.”
West Haven Little League
See Part 1.
Thus, it came to pass that on June 2, 1951, West Haven Little League held its first season opener at Painter Park, with four teams of sixteen boys each. The first teams were sponsored by the West Haven Exchange Club, the West Haven Rotary Club, the West Haven Fire Department Mutual Aid Association, and the West Haven Amvets, Post #1. By 1953, they had expanded to eight teams, and by 1958, to twelve teams.
By 1954, games were played both at Painter Park and Morse Park, at a site that was on one-and-one-half acres of land donated by Frederick V. Morse during the 1930s. This land, plus an adjoining former-landfill, had by now been prepared to serve the needs of the young ballplayers. In 1958, a second playing field was added to Morse Park, and from then on, Painter Park was no longer used by West Haven Little League.
A modest cinderblock field house was built there in 1957, using donations from West Haven residents. It served as the sole structure at Morse Park until 1988, when it was replaced with the present two-story field house; this too was built through the generous donation of materials and labor by West Haveners.
By 1975, there were twenty major league boys’ teams playing on three fields at Morse Park. In addition, there were now ten girls’ teams, and six minor league boys’ teams, and West Haven Little League’s tremendous success spoke for itself. And that success continues to this day. Currently, the Little Leaguers play on five fields, and one “challenger field,” with a smaller diamond, all at Morse Park.
Today, West Haven Little League, the brainchild of Richard Brennan some sixty years ago, still attracts large numbers of West Haven’s youth. And today, the teams can count among their number the grandchildren of those first boys who were the charter members of the league during its earliest years. And over the many years, West Haven Little League has formed and trained a great number of fine ball players. Well done!
As a side note, it should be mentioned that Richard Brennan went on to form the West Haven Babe Ruth League in 1953, but that is another story for another day.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
I have lived in West Haven for all but 2 for 67 years. I have lived at my present address since 2006. During ALL that time, usually every other year, I have marched down to City Hall to ask about my sidewalks being repaired.
For over a dozen years now, I have been told that I was “On the list”. Right and the Easter Bunny came to pay me a visit last Sunday .Anyway, during that time on two occasions I have seen neighbors of mine, who moved in AFTER me, get their sidewalks repaired. I have met with Mayor Picard and was told it was not the city’s responsibility.
I have contacted you twice and while you have always responded Eleanore, only once did I ever have somebody actually come out and look at them. Nothing happened. I am on a corner lot, Savin and William Street so I have about three times as much sidewalk to shovel as most of my neighbors. And, while my Savin Avenue sidewalk is in pretty good condition, my William Street sidewalk is not. In fact, it is so bad, I cannot use my snowblower on it.
Another problem is, I am quite the gardener and I have quite a display of flowering shrubs, plants and trees surrounding my property. People come from miles around (or so they tell me) to look at it , to take pictures, say hello to my dog Lady (and on occasion to steal some of my flowers). I don’t mind that at all, well I DO mind the stealing, but some of these people are vets in wheelchairs, seniors with walkers and parents with strollers. Some of the William Street slabs are so cracked and crumbled that they are almost impassable. I worry about someone falling and hurting themselves. Mayor Picard suggested just letting my grass take over, and last year I finally gave up patching the sidewalks myself and did just that, but then I saw your April 4th column in The Voice and thought I’d give it one more shot. Maybe this guy Ernie Chiarelli, (Sidewalk Inspector for the City of West Haven)will actually do something or at least tell me why they can’t or won’t.
Dear GC, William Street:
I have written to Councilman Aaron Charney asking him to take a look at your sidewalk situation, especially William Street. Hopefully, he will update Gripe Vine following his inspection. Meanwhile, please keep in touch with me and let me know if there any improvements, changes or conversations between you and city officials.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
There is a pot hole on Ardale and Tetlow Street as well as on Dix and Eaton Street that needs repair. These pot holes ae on the ends of each street. Can someone look into them, please?
EL, Eaton Street
Dear EL, Eaton Street:
I have been attempting to reach your Councilman Robbin Hamilton by email but have been unsuccessful to date. Perhaps if Councilman Hamilton has the opportunity to read your complaint in Gripe Vine, I will be able to help solve your problem.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
What’s with all these “nip” bottles all over town? It looks like a bottle of Scotch gave birth to thousands.We should outlaw these things.
FR, Savin Avenue
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By Rich Lowry
“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration,” the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, “that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.”
A cultural calamity played out on live TV when the Paris cathedral that has been a focal point of Christendom for so long was apparently gutted by a raging fire, destroying a significant part of an inheritance built up over hundreds of years in a few hours.
Notre Dame stands for so many qualities that we now lack — patience and staying power, the cultivation of beauty, a deep religious faith, the cultural confidence and ambition to build a timeless monument of our civilization — that the collapse of its spire was almost too much to bear.
The great novelist Victor Hugo, author of the “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” wrote how “every surface, every stone of this venerable pile, is a page of the history not only of the country, but of science and art.”
It was the work of generations, completed across three centuries, in a triumph over considerable architectural and logistical challenges. Thousands of tons of stone had to be transported from outside Paris, one ox cart or barge at a time. To achieve its soaring height and hold up its ceiling and walls, it relied on the architectural innovations of the rib vault and flying buttress.
France built 80 cathedrals and 500 large churches across this period, but there was only one Notre Dame of Paris, a Gothic jewel whose towers, prior to the advent of the Eiffel Tower, were the tallest structure in the city.
It is — or, one hates to think, was — adorned by what are significant cultural artifacts in their own right. The statuary meant to illustrate the story of the Bible, and to awe worshippers who couldn’t read.
The stained-glass windows that took ingenuity to embed in stone walls and are themselves artistic marvels.
The organ with more than 8,000 pipes.
The bells, with their own names, including the largest, the masterpiece Emmanuel, dating back to the 15th century and recast in 1681.
Not to mention the religious relics that mean so much to the Catholic faithful.
It has been the site of countless processions and services to petition and thank God on behalf of the French nation. It was where illustrious marriages and funerals occurred, where Napoleon crowned himself emperor, where Charles de Gaulle attended a mass to celebrate the liberation of Paris in 1944, rifle fire echoing outside.
It survived the rampages of iconoclastic Huguenots in the 16th century, the depredations of radicals during the French Revolution in the 18th century (they transformed it into a shrine to the Cult of Reason, used it as a warehouse and wanted to melt down the bells) and incidental damage during two world wars in the 20th century.
Notre Dame has been thoughtfully restored and preserved over the years, to our credit. But it’s difficult not to discern a distressing message in the wanton destruction that ravaged the iconic cathedral — what prior generations so carefully and faithfully built, we are losing.
Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.(c) 2019 by King Features Synd., Inc.