The city is applying for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for the purchase of equipment for the Police Department.
The goal of the project is to maintain the challenges of emerging technological improvements and their impact on the community.
The requested funding from the 2019 JAG program will buy software to upgrade the Police Department’s computer-aided dispatch system. The upgrade will allow the CAD system to continuously have high availability with connectivity when routine maintenance and/or repairs are conducted.
The improvement will enhance the responsiveness of West Haven’s public safety personnel, including police, fire and 911 dispatch, as well as University of New Haven police.
Comments made out of context
Mayor Rossi likes to talk about deficits in my office. But like a true CPA she only looks at a bottom line number and has not put the deficit in context. For anyone to say that deficits in the City Clerk’s office is from mismanagement is simply lying.
Here is the context of deficits: There is only one line item that has been over budget every year for the past 10 years and that is the account that elections are paid from.
As City Clerk, I do not have the power to cancel an election.
In some years, there are special primaries, town elections in the spring and in the fall there are primaries and general elections. In this budget year we just started, both the Democrats and Republicans will be having primaries in September. In November, there will be a general election city-wide. In the spring, there will be a Presidential Primary.
I have consistently gone before the City Council to ask to properly fund the election account only to have it flat funded or even cut over the years.
My office provides all the paper ballots that are put through the electronic voting machines for every district no matter if it’s a primary, local election, governor’s race or Presidential election. The total number of ballots necessary is decided with recommendations from the Secretary of State’s Office. In the last presidential election alone, we had to order more than 20,000 ballots for a city-wide election.
My office also has to provide all the envelopes and paper materials that make up an absentee ballot. We provide all the memory cards that go into the electronic voting ma- chines.
So, the next time the mayor mentions a deficit in my office, ask her for all the details and get the whole story not just her highlights.
City Clerk Debbie Collins
Candidate for Mayor
Republican primaries have been non-existent for over the past decade in West Haven. As a result, the party’s exposure around town was virtually depleted. A Republican primary to invigorate the base has been long overdue and finally the opportunity has presented itself. It is critical that registered Republicans in West Haven all show up to vote and in- sure that they send the most qualified candidate to face the nominated Democrat in November’s general election. Michele Gregorio should be their choice.
I’ve known Michele for over a decade, she has been deeply involved with the Republicans and with city government in general. Her most recent role was Vice-Chairman on West Haven’s Board of Finance, and as a result she has an extremely deep understanding of the city’s complex budget and has identified numerous areas where we can implement efficiencies in the city’s operations and get spending under control.
She understands that in order to move West Haven forward we desperately need economic development and has a path to accomplish that. To attract developers and investors here we need to get our finances in order, get out from under state oversight, and put an end to the political infighting that has given our great city a negative reputation among outsiders. In addition, her educational and professional backgrounds are unparalleled when compared to the other mayoral candidates. She holds bachelor’s degree from NYU and an extensive professional career in corporate finance/ac- counting.
As a mayoral candidate, Michele will run an above the bar, respectful campaign that will insure we have a constructive, focused, and meaningful dialogue in the general election with her Democratic opponent. She has proven in the past she is not afraid to challenge her opposition, as was displayed in her 2018 campaign for the state Senate 14th District seat. Her message is much more palpable to all voters as opposed to “Democrats are bad, and everything is their fault.”
In 2011, the West Haven Republican party had a solid campaign strategy which would have gained a few seats on City Council and other elected positions. The mayoral candidate at the top of that ticket was Steve Mullins. Mr. Mullins went rogue towards the end of the campaign with press releases that were negative in tone and made unfounded accusations against the sitting administration. This caused backlash against the party externally and deep divide internally. The optics were lamentable and voter turnout and poll results showed it. As a candidate for the 8th district during that election I saw first-hand the damage caused. Yes, it’s true that Steve’s involvement with the city has been extensive and is commendable, but we need a candidate that is collaborative, articulate, and strategic in their approach. Vote for Michele Gregorio
CRC revisions need full review
While I appreciate the time and effort applied to the process by the CRC it doesn’t necessarily mean the recommendations are good ones – certainly not all of their recommendations. It would seem to me that because WH has found itself in a fiscal crisis twice in 30 years it is certainly reason to spend the time to identify what changes are necessary to improve. That process works for cities, business and individuals. What has me scratching my head is the very leadership group you deride in your editorial is the very group the CRC recommendations suggest we should now put in charge of West Haven, starting with the decision of who should be hired as City Manager.
I’m not quite sure how the City Council of FY15 – FY18 got such a pass, while the mayor was summarily shown the door! Regardless, it’s a bit of “Alice in Wonderland” thinking (upside down) to now recommend the leadership group (city council FY15- FY18) responsible (along with the previous Mayor) should be rewarded by putting them in charge!?! I know people will think well – I thought the buck stops with this new City Manager position – not so. It starts and stops with the City Council who’ll have the power to hire, manage and fire the CM. And all that’s required to secure the majority position on the council is 7 votes (of 13). In another like City (only like City) the City Council went to great lengths to fire the City Manager (after having just voted him a 2% raise and contract extension) because he apparently called out their Dir of Fin. for using City money to pay for employee massages. And we thought we were the only City with that kind of drama.
In conclusion, regardless of what one thinks about the recommendations and the City Council response thus far – you would have to agree that you really want the public/voters to understand what they’re being asked to vote on. And whether or not the CRC is “ready” for it to go to a vote – I sincerely don’t think the citizens of West Haven are. I think the only truly appropriate and yes logical choice is to plan to have these recommendations go to a public referendum in April – when there is a special election (Presidential Preference) already on the docket – wouldn’t you agree?
The West Haven Historical Society announces its plans for September which includes a unique “Pet Pawtraits” event. That activity is a photo-shoot scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 -noon at the Poli House 686 Savin Ave., opposite the Green.
Professional photographer Joy Bush will take photos of family pets- dogs and cats- in the back yard of the Society’s house. The cost is $22. Dogs must be on a leash when brought to the site that morning.
On Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10, the Historical Society plans a Walking Tour of the Elm Street-Wood Street-Union Avenue neighborhoods. This popular event called “Burgers, Brews, and History Too” will showcase historic homes, businesses, education, and transportation facilities that earmarked the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The tour will start at Elm Street near the site of the former Waddingham Mansion destroyed by a fire in the early i900s. The excursion will also include lunch at a local restaurant. Cost of the tour is $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. Call Jon for further information (203) 933-0081.
By Michael P. Walsh
Special to the Voice
Mayor Nancy R. Rossi cut the ceremonial ribbon Tuesday with Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro and Principal Dana Paredes to mark the first day of school at West Haven High School and welcome the approximately 1,600 students to the 2019-20 school year.
After greeting students, teachers, faculty and staff, Rossi toured West Haven High’s newly completed addition, which is part of the Circle Street school’s $130 million reconstruction.
Designed by Antinozzi Associates of Bridgeport to accommodate 1,598 students, plans for the reconstructed high school also include renovating the existing building. The total finished project has an area of 265,959 square feet, according to Kenneth Carney, chairman of the West Haven High School Building Committee.
Carney said the completed school will offer a cutting-edge media center and advanced STEM classrooms and laboratories for science, technology, engineering and math, as well as upgraded public areas for the school and community. The fully air-conditioned building will have lower maintenance and operating costs while also offering enhanced access and security, he said.
Carney said the project’s construction phase, also known as Phase III, is composed of three major “subphases” to allow the school to offer a full academic curriculum throughout the project.
Gilbane Building Co. of Glastonbury is the project’s construction manager, with Amar Shamas serving as the project executive. The Capitol Region Education Council of Hartford, or CREC, is overseeing the construction financing.
Carney said the construction phase, which began in April 2018, is expected to take about three years to complete, with a projected occupancy of new spaces in fall 2019 through 2021. Site restoration work is expected to continue until spring 2022, he said.
Carney confirmed the project is on schedule and on budget.
The project’s first subphase includes constructing the food services, building services, tech-ed shops, media center, auditorium, music and arts classrooms, and administrative offices to permit the transferal of building uses, thereby opening other parts of the existing building for renovation or demolition.
The second subphase calls for renovating the existing eastern three-story building after demolishing the existing cafeteria and media center.
The third subphase includes demolishing the existing auditorium and music spaces, renovating the northern wing of academic spaces, and demolishing the existing gym and southern academic building.
By Michael P. Walsh
Special to the Voice
The state Department of Transportation’s Office of Engineering is developing plans to improve the Oyster River roundabout at routes 162 and 705 in the city’s Baybrook section.
The $325,000 project aims to upgrade the existing roundabout, or traffic circle, at Jones Hill Road and Ocean Avenue to current design standards for accommodating larger trucks, said the project manager, Scott Bushee, a principal engineer with the DOT’s Division of Highway Design.
Bushee explained that during the roundabout’s original design, a midsize tractor-trailer was the standard design vehicle for state arterial roads. But shortly after the roundabout’s construction more than a decade ago, national changes in the trucking industry prompted the DOT to change its regulations and increase the size of the standard design vehicle on state arterial roads because of technical advances in the industry and gradual acceptance of larger trucks by many states, he said.
“The larger trucks with longer trailers need more room to turn, resulting in off-tracking in the center island of the roundabout and damage to the outside curbing where drivers are trying to maximize available room to make their turn,” Bushee said.
According to the DOT, preliminary plans for the upgraded roundabout call for “expanding the truck apron 8.5 feet to the interior, replacing the outer concrete curbing with granite, constructing a hardscape concrete surface with a brick paver appearance within the former planter areas between the outer curb and the sidewalk, and repaving the roundabout.”
“The roundabout has required constant maintenance in recent years and will be upgraded with more durable materials,” said Bushee, adding that no private properties are affected in the plans.
Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, who recently met with state and city officials about the roundabout, thanked state Rep. Charles J. Ferraro, R-West Haven, for helping to fast-track the state-funded project.
The DOT anticipates completing the design phase in December and starting the construction phase in summer 2020, which Bushee said should take about six to eight weeks.
No detours are planned during the work, said Bushee, who will give a PowerPoint presentation on the project at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at City Hall, 355 Main St. The public is invited.
Before the roundabout, the busy intersection was stop-controlled on Jones Hill Road with free flow on Ocean Avenue. Vehicles turning left onto Jones Hill Road caused traffic to back up on Ocean Avenue while waiting for a safe gap in oncoming traffic to execute their turn, according to information provided by the DOT.
“The resulting traffic congestion contributed to rear-end crashes on Ocean Avenue and angle crashes within the intersection,” the DOT said.
To improve safety and relieve traffic congestion, the first modern roundabout built on a state road was constructed there in 2007, reducing the total crash rate by 45% and injury-related crashes by 60%, according to statistics provided by the DOT.
Anyone interested in receiving information about “State Project No. 156-182” can contact Matthew Vail, transportation principal engineer with the DOT’s Bureau of Engineering and Construction, at email@example.com or 860-594-3274.
By Josh LaBella
The City Council seemed to come at the charter revision process with a new energy last Wednesday in a special meeting. During the session, they voted to approve some recommendations of their own while shooting down others.
In the current phase of the process, the City Council is reviewing the recommendations made by the Charter Revision Commission. They will vote to approve or amend those recommendations and send them back to the commission.
The commission will conduct a final review of the charter and may or may not implement the council’s suggestions. After that, the revised charter will be sent to the City Council for final approval. If it is approved by the state, a date will be set for a citywide referendum in which the questions concerning the charter will be written up by the council.
The first motion the council passed aimed to give them more control over the wage and benefit package of department leaders. Chairman Ron Quagliani put forth the motion, saying the council would set those things before a candidate was selected for hiring.
On the topic of city manager, the council struggled with the question of whether the person hired for the position should be a city resident. Quagliani originally put in a motion which would require the city manager, police and fire chiefs and superintendent to become a legal resident within one year of hiring.
Third District Councilman Aaron Charney, who has been a vocal opponent of a residency requirement, said he did not want to limit the applicant pool for the position.
Meanwhile, Fourth District Councilman Gallignano said he wants a qualified candidate but believed one who lived in the city would have more “skin in the game.” He added being a resident would make a city manager care more about their success.
After some debate, Quagliani removed his motion.
Another motion the council passed changed the language of the section in which the mayor appoints a board of finance. The recommended change stipulated that the mayor “may” appoint said board but Charney put forth a motion to change the language back to shall. The motion carried unanimously.
Other motions introduced by Charney did not muster the votes to pass. One of those motions looked to continue the status quo of having elections every two years with the Board of Education positions being elected in four-year, staggered terms.
Charney said his reasoning behind the motion was that it gave citizens the ability to “change course.” He went on to cite several examples where incumbent mayors have lost midterm elections.
When that motion failed, Charney introduced a revised one which would continue the trend of council seats being up for election every two years. It also failed.
The councilman said he wanted to form their recommended changes in a better way because many of the new additions of the revised charter proposal are interconnected.
Quagliani said while he understood Charney’s point, he though the most effort should go into formulating the questions that go on the ballot opposed to “dissecting” the document.
By Josh LaBella
The recent release of recommended charter alterations by the Charter Revision Commission has coincided with a particularly contentious mayoral election in which five candidates (three Democrats and two Republicans) vie for West Haven’s top spot.
The commission worked on its recommendations for more than a year before turning them over to the City Council for review earlier this summer. By far, the biggest change the city would see if the revised charter passes through the different clearing stages, is a shift to a manager-council style of government. Terms for all elected officials would also be extended from two years to four and the number of voting districts would be lowered from ten to three.
All candidates agreed a revision in the city’s charter is necessary. Incumbent Mayor Nancy Rossi said she started the charter revision process shortly after being elected mayor knowing the process would take time to complete.
“The charter has not had major updates over the last 50 years and needs to be brought up to date and modernized,” said Rossi.
Republican mayoral nominee Michele Gregorio said the charter should be reviewed periodically.
“Charter revision allows for updating those rules and regulations that are legally in place for city governance,” said Gregorio, “and should reflect any changing environments (either political, city operations, demographic or alignment with state laws).”
Regarding the change to a manger-council system, Gregorio said she sees a city manager as a kind of chief financial officer for the city.
“This individual should have both the education and experience needed and required for such position,” said Gregorio. “City managers in other municipalities have proven effective in running a municipality similar to a business with the intent of eliminating any undue political influence, contrary to an elected position which can be subjective to outside parties.”
Steven Mullins, a Republican who is primarying Gregorio for the party’s nomination, said having a manager that has earned degrees in public administration and or public policy and earned the appropriate certificates will allow West Haven to be managed by a professional.
Contrarily, former mayor Ed O’Brien, who is running against Rossi and City Clerk Debbie Collins for the Democratic nomination, did not support the change.
“A City Manager is only answerable to the council whereas as the chief elected official, the mayor is accountable to the voters,” said O’Brien. “A city manager structure creates another layer of political influence that limits input from residents.”
O’Brien also disagreed with the extended terms, saying two years was enough time to decide if the mayor was doing a good enough job to be reelected.
“While it can take more than two years to accomplish everything on his or her agenda,” said O’Brien, “it is pretty clear in one term if the Mayor is capable of delivering on their campaign promises.”
Rossi, on the other hand, said she did not think two years was enough time to put together a team, introduce their agenda, and make changes necessary to improve the city.
“In my case,” said Rossi, “we have needed to make so many changes and although we are seeing great progress, I believe a four-year term would give voters enough time to evaluate a mayor and all of our elected officials.”
Mullins also did not think the two-year terms were adequate for a mayor to create meaningful change.
“Any mayor with the best of intentions would find it difficult to accomplish much in just two years,” said Mullins. “Said mayor would continue to find him or herself in a non-stop campaign situation with the current arrangement.”
Gregorio supported the prospective change. She said the political landscape is such that a mayor is campaigning every two years and that it was not enough time to be effective.
Gregorio went on to say she supported the voting districts being brought from ten to three. She pointed to Richard DePalma being the only Republican on the City Council and said the current districts do not allow for a “clear representation of minority policy.” She said she believed the change would allow for that.
Rossi also believed the alteration would allow for better minority party representation.
“I think three districts would work,” said Rossi. “It would give at least one seat in each district to the minority party and ensure that all the sections of the city are properly represented. The more checks and balances that are in place the better.”
Mullins supports the restructuring as well. He said the change would also be good for the Board of Education.
“The board, too, will be separated into the three districts with three members representing each section of the city,” said Mullins. “With the current system, in theory all Board of Education members could live in one section of the city, and may not choose to be attentive to schools outside of the geographical area of their respective neighborhoods. The proposed arrangement would have all schools (especially the six elementary schools) represented relatively equally.”
O’Brien called the move a mistake, which would consolidate political power.
“I think it’s better to have 10 districts working to build a consensus,” said O’Brien. “However, I do think we should make the districts for state/federal and municipal elections the same. It is very confusing to the voters on Election Day to know where they should vote. This limits voter participation by complicating the process.”
Both Mullins and Gregorio said they supported the proposal that city clerk, treasurer and tax collector be appointed positions and require credentials.
Rossi echoed that opinion and said she liked the increase in budget completion dates. She said it will allow “the mayor and City Council to know what the actual state aid and educational grants will be before approving a budget.”
O’Brien said he has spoken to many residents about the charter as he goes door to door. He said citizens need to be to be thoroughly informed on the issues so that they can make an educated decision.
“My greatest concern is that they will not be aware of all sides and will not vote,” said O’Brien. “This is our democracy in action and the basis on which our country was founded. We need to make sure the proposals receive the appropriate attention and voter education. We’ll have to live with this for years to come.”
Debbie Collins did not respond to questions by press time.
The traditions, talents, legacies, and accomplishments of the Notre Dame athletic department date back to when the Brothers of Holy Cross opened the front doors of the school in the fall of 1946.
From when Nick Pietrosante ‘55 wore the green and gold before heading to South Bend, Indiana and the University of Notre Dame and later the NFL to this past school year when the hockey team played in its school record 18th state championship game, the proud tradition of Notre Dame athletics takes a back seat to no one in the state of Connecticut.
If the walls of Alumni Hall could talk, they would tell the exploits of 38 state championships, and in recent times 37 Southern Connecticut Conference division titles, and 15 Southern Connecticut Conference championships not to mention a plethora of District league and ACC (All Catholic Conference) crowns prior to joining the SCC in 1994. This, of course, is in addition to the 341 All-State athletes, who proudly achieved this status representing Notre Dame in their sport of choice.
Now, for the first time, the Notre Dame Athletic Department will begin an annual tradition and honor its own with the launch of the Notre Dame Athletic Hall of Fame with the inaugural class set to be feted on Saturday, Oct. 5 in an afternoon ceremony at the school.
“This was one of my main objectives when I took over as athletic director,” said Jason Shea. “I will put up our tradition up against any school in Connecticut. It’s important to me that we remember and honor so many great athletes and teams that have paved the way for our current program and helped set our school apart.”
The inaugural class will feature nine individuals – five legendary athletes, four standout coaches- and two teams, both of whom helped put Notre Dame athletics on the proverbial map. Each inductee will receive a ring as a symbol of their induction. In addition to the nine-person slate, several coaches and athletes will be honored posthumously.
The criteria for induction into the Notre Dame Athletics Hall of Fame is the following: All-State selection or the equivalents and graduated at least 15 years ago.
The inaugural class includes a “Who’s Who of Notre Dame Athletics.” To read a brief biographical information on each inductee, please visit gogreenknights.com.
Athletes: Joe Tonelli ’62; Greg Lawler ’65; Ray Ciarleglio ’59; Jim Davins ’82; Tarek Saleh ’93.
Coaches:Jim Guercia, Tom Marcucci ’66, Gary Palladino, Bill Parkinson.
Teams: The 1954 and 1962 state championship football teams
In Memoriam: John Janenda, Richard Lawler, Sr., Nick Pietrosante ’55, Ed Schreck ’63, Ray Tellier.
The induction ceremony will be the culmination of a weekend full of activities. This includes a home football game against Amity on Friday, Oct. 4. The festivities will also include the school’s annual alumni football, soccer, and lacrosse games on Saturday, Oct. 5. A picnic lunch will begin at Noon in Alumni Hall followed by the official induction ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Maureen and George Collins ‘58 Auditorium.
Please visit http://www.notredamehs.com/HallofFame2019 for more information and to register for the event. The cost is $65 per person. Please see below for a complete schedule of events with times and locations.
Corn Hole tourney
The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee is sponsoring a Corn Hole tournament Saturday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m., at the CFC Arena and CFC Park, 1018 Sherman Avenue, Hamden. Deadline to register is Sept. 1. Two people make a team at $25 per person, $50 a team. Registration and payment in advance.For more information contact Amanda Brown 203-494-0185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hillhouse Class of 1959 will celebrate its 60th Year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the New Haven Country Club, Hamden. Luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30P.M. Any question? Visit the website: hillhouseclassof59.com.
The Friends of West Haven will hold the 16th annual Book Sale on Friday and Saturday Sept. 6 and 7 from 10-4 in the Connie Sacco Room of the Main Library, 300 Elm St. Donations will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 30, at the Circulation Desk of the Main Library. No textbooks or encyclopedias, please. Volunteers are needed, please sign up at the Circulation Desk to help. There will be a very large selection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and AV items available at low prices. Fill a bag for $5 between 3-4 on Saturday
West Haven High School Class of 1964 will hold its 55th year reunion on Saturday, Oct; 5, at App’s Restaurant, from 5:30-10 p.m. Buffet dinner and DJ. Cost $50 per person. Your guests are welcome. Invitations have been sent.
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association Senior Center is seeking new members to join its Tuesday senior gathering. Join a group of friendly seniors in an afternoon of good company, with Bingo, cards, trips to casinos and conversations with like-minded people and more. We meet at the club, 85 Chase Lane, each Tuesday from noon to 3. The cost is just $3 per week to cover expenses. We offer refreshments at no additional cost. Call Sherri Torre, (203) 932-2893 for further information.
West Haven High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50th reunion on Friday, Sept. 27, at Seasons located at 990 Foxon Road, East Haven, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. There will be music provided by a DJ, a plentiful cocktail and hors d’oeuvre hour, buffet dinner along with open bar. The cost is $75 per person Checks should be made payable to Charlene Morgal and mailed to 18 Shumway St., West Haven, 06516, before August 15 More information can be found on our Facebook page: WHHS Class of 1969- 50th reunion, or by emailing chazbo40@ aol. com /203 494 7379 or email@example.com /203 494 7730.
Senior Center trips
Join the West Haven Seniors on the following scheduled trip: All trips leave from Savin Rock Conference Center:
Tuesday, Sept. 17, Aqua Turf – Rob Zappulla Celebrates the Music of Frank Sinatra $67 per person Rob has performed to sold out audiences of all ages across the country and headlined performances at the Lincoln Center in NYC and Foxwoods Casino to name a few. Menu includes coffee and donuts upon arrival, door prizes, complimentary glass of wine or beer. Family style luncheon: salad, penne bolognese, chicken florentine, baked scrod, vegetable, potato and dessert. Bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center 10 a.m. Payment is due by Friday, Aug. 30.
Wednesday, Sept. 25– The Big E “New England’s Great State Fair” in Springfield Trip cost is $45. Scooter rental available for $50 and must be paid in advance of the trip by check or credit card along with reservation form available in the office. This trip is in conjunction with Savin Rock Communities. Pick up times are: Morrissey Manor 8 a.m., Savin Rock Conference Center 8:15, Surfside 8:30, Union 8:45, and John Prete 9. If you are being picked up at Housing Authority sites please make reservation with Yolanda (203) 933-9449. If you are being picked up at Conference Center please register at the West Haven Senior Center or call (203) 937-3507. Payment is due no later than Sept. 1.
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.
The Liberty Coin Club of West Haven, organized in1962, will host a Coin Show on Sunday, Oct. 20, and Dec. 15, at the Elks Club, 265 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Anyone with an interest in buying, selling or collecting coins, or with questions about coins, is welcome to attend. Expert dealers and collectors will be on hand.
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.
Dr. Dana Wade, M.D., CEO Of Monitor My Health, Inc. and the CT Department of Public Health are offering a Lifestyle Change Program, weight loss, and healthy living coaching. No drugs are part of this program.
Group sessions will be conducted at the West Haven Senior Center, 201 Noble St., Room 116, every Wednesday, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.
The program is a weekly interactive one-hour long workshop. The goal of the program is to help all participants to: lose weight (5 to 10% of their initial weight); achieve at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week; and reduce stress and adopt healthy eating habits
In order to qualify, all candidates must be at least 18 years old and at high risk for diabetes at the time of enrollment. To determine one’s eligibility, simple questionnaire can be completed over the phone with one of Dr. Wade’s staff by calling.
Those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes in the past or had gestational diabetes (a kind of diabetes that can happen during pregnancy) also qualify for the program.
The groups are limited in size. Call: (203) 717-2474, (203) 394-7311, (203) 243-2244. Monitor My Health’s website is www.monitormyhealth.org.
Garden Club confab
The West Haven Garden Club will have its first meeting of this year on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Ora Mason Library, 260 Benham Hill Road, meeting room, 11:30 a.m. It will be a covered -dish luncheon and meeting to follow.
Speaker will be Eileen Cassella discussing Fall Dividing of Plants.
Newcomers are welcome to join us.
For further information call Iris at (203) 937-1674.