Class, seminar at Senior Center
The Allingtown/West Haven Senior Center will offer a painting class for residents 55 and older from 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.
The fun, step-by-step class, instructed by Marrissa Russo of Make Your Own Masterpiece, will teach participants to create their own masterpieces.
Art supplies are provided, including canvas, paint and brushes.
The Fee is $25.
Medicare assistance offered
A representative from Banker’s Life will discuss Medicare and the open enrollment process from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Senior Center, 201 Noble St.
The representative will also talk about how Medicare works and the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans.
Elderly Services Director Sharon R. Mancini said it is important for people on Medicare to understand their options.
Open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 1.
Banker’s Life is an insurance broker that can write policies for various companies; however, it is not allowed to write them at the senior center. Anyone who wants to use their services can make private arrangements with the broker.
Energy assistance offered in West Haven
The city will begin accepting applications Oct. 15 for the federally financed Connecticut Energy Assistance Program in the Department of Human Resources on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
Appointments for all heating sources can be made, starting Oct. 1, by calling 203-937-3572.
Applications will be processed by appointment Mondays through Thursdays. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Applicants who have difficulty speaking English are asked to bring a translator.
Eligibility for assistance is based on the income and assets of an applicant’s household. To qualify, applicants must provide pay stubs, including monthly Social Security benefits and pension checks, for the last four weeks for all household members 18 and older.
Applicants must also provide documentation of assets — recent bank account statements for all accounts for all household members — along with a current utility bill, Social Security numbers and birthdates for all household members.
Parent Support Groups set open house, resource fair
The West Haven Local System of Care’s Parent Support Groups will hold an open house and resource fair from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the West Haven Community House, 227 Elm St.
The event, sponsored by the West Haven Parent Support Group, Autism Family Support Group and Spanish Parent Support Group, will give families of children with special needs an opportunity to learn about new resources and services while meeting other families.
In addition to the three support groups, the fair will include representatives from the following organizations and agencies: ASD Fitness Center, Special Needs Undergraduate Swim Lessons, Connecticut Dental Health Partnership Family Services of Connecticut, Bridges HealthCare, Shoreline Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders, Yale Child Study Autism Program, Shoreline Behavioral Health & Wellness, Clifford Beers Marne Street Clinic, Behavioral Management, West Haven Police Department, The Kennedy Center, FAVOR, West Haven Pharmacy, and Kidsense.
Flu clinic Oct. 24 at Savin Rock Conference Center
The Health Department will hold a flu clinic sponsored by the Orange Visiting Nurses Association for city residents from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 24 at the Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock St.
The walk-in clinic will accept the following insurances: Anthem, Medicare, Aetna and Connecticare.
Insurance carriers United Healthcare, Cigna, Oxford and Medicaid/Husky are not participating.
Residents should bring all insurance cards and wear a short-sleeved shirt.
People can also pay by cash or check. The private pay rate is $40 for a quadrivalent flu shot and $65 for a high-dose flu shot for those 65 or older.
Used Book Sale
The First Congregational church, 464 Campbell Ave., will host its monthly Used Book Sale, White Elephant, Clothes Closet and SERRV Shop on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be a large selection of books, including many children’s books, clothing and household articles at low prices and article made by refugees from around the world which have been greatly reduced.
St. Anne Mass
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Devotions and Holy Mass in Honor of Saint Anne will be celebrated in St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main St. at 7 p.m. The Rev. Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., from the shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec, will officiate at the Devotions and Holy Mass in honor of Saint Anne, followed by a light reception in the St. Lawrence school gym, hosted by the St. John XXIII Ladies Guild. All are invited. For information, call St. John XXIII Parish Office at (203) 934-5249.
A public square Rosary Rally will be held Saturday, Oct. 13,at noon, on the West Haven Green, gazebo area, corner of 1 Campbell Ave. and Church Streets. The Rev. Jose Mercado will lead the prayers. For information contact Eva Cestari (203) 933-7141
The First Lutheran Church, 52 George St., is sponsoring its annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2- 5 p.m. A Chili Tasting Kit costs $5 and you can tast and judge different entries. Those looking to place a chili recipe in the contest should call Kyla, (203) 859-2088. The entry fee is $10.
The West Haven Irish-American Club is hosting its annual fundraiser for the scholarship fund at Applebee’s, Orange. The pancake breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8-9:45 a.m. Tickets are $5 for a full breakfast, including juice and coffee. Call Charlie at (203) 934-9740 for information.
I-A October events
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association has scheduled two events for October. On Saturday, Oct. 20, it will host a combined 60th Anniversary and Italian Night Dinner Dance with full dinner fenu and open bar at 85 Chase Lane at 6:30. Dance music is by Vinny Carr from 8 to 12. Tickets are $45 per person. Call Bob or Ellen Marrazzi at (203) 933-7740.
The second event is a Halloween Doo Wop Dance on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7. Music is by Dave the DJ till 12. Free beer, wine or soda. Cash bar for mixed drinks. BYO Snacks! Coffee And at 11. Tickets: $20 per person. Call Lou at (203) 934-3339 or (203) 464-1976 or Ben at (203) 933-4423 by Oct. 23
Senior Center trip
The West Haven Senior Center is offering the following trip: Foxwoods Casino Tuesday, Nov. 27, to see “Legends Concert”: Tickets cost is $25 per person for casino only or casino and Legends show, $52. Bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center at 8:15 a.m. “Legends” features Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, George Michael and The Blues Brothers, a 90 minute fantastic show! Trip includes a bonus for everyone on the bus, a free buffet meal or $10 Food Voucher and $10 slot play. Payment due by Nov. 2.
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.
The Junior Peewee team improved its record to 5-1 and a three way tie for first place with an exciting 19-15 win over the New Haven Steelers. Quarterback Nick Conlon ran for a first half touchdown and connected with Kieandre Lyman for two extra points.
The Seahawks entered the fourth quarter trailing the Steelers 15-6. Ethan Holy was on a roll scoring two touchdowns in the final quarter to bring the Seahawks back for the win. The defense was led by Holy, Caden Stanley and Anthony Dorsi who had an interception.
The Junior Peewees (5-1) will show down with the Stratford Redskins (5-1) on Saturday at 1 at Veterans Field with first place in the division on the line.
The flag football team (5 & 6 Year olds) traveled to play the Danbury Trojans and were led by standouts Jaden Spell, Kahill Tomlinson, Aiden Dowdye and Jaxson Ryan. The flag team will host Ansonia at 8 on Sunday morning at Veterans Field. The Junior Varsity team lost a competitive game with New Haven, 18-7. Quarterback Dylan Whitlow connected with Donovan Davis for the Seahawk score. Whitlow passed to Tyrell Mosley for the extra point conversion. Amber Militrano led special teams with two onside kicks and recoveries. The defense was anchored by Fredrick Nagbe and Trevor Tompkins with 10 tackles.
The Peewee team fell to New Haven, 36-0.
The Unlimited team traveled to Hamden and lost to a very talented Hurricane team, 30-0. The hawk offense was led by the hard running of Hannah Burrows, Matteao Petruzziello and Christian Lewis. The Mighty Mite team had a bye week and will return to action this week.
The Cheerleaders traveled to the New Haven Fieldhouse to compete in the State Cheerleading Competition against the Northern Pop Warner Conference. The West Haven cheer squads excelled with exhibitions on the Tiny Mite (5 & 6) and challenger level. The Lady Hawks came away with four state championships on the Mighty Mite (7-9), Peewee game day, Peewee competition and Junior Varsity game day routines.
The cheerleaders move onto the conference championships this Saturday at the New Haven Field House.
The Seahawks will host Stratford at Veterans Field this Saturday beginning at 1 with the Mighty Mite team playing on Sunday morning at 10.
The West Haven Youth Soccer League hosted the annual West Haven Invitational Tournament, the WHIT, this past weekend. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the West Haven travel teams all did well this year in their home tournament.
The U-12 boys played their first game against Branford. The Westies came out strong, dominating possession and putting face goals past their opponents, finishing 5-1. The second game was against Hamden, and again the boys looked great. They moved the ball fluidly, creating scoring chances, and winning 5-0. On Sunday, the boys played their third game of the tournament against Guildford. It was a wet morning and the mud impacted the game. It took the team some time to get going, but when they did, they looked their usual dominant selves, winning, 4-2. Going 3-0 put the Westies into the championship game against Wallingford. West Haven came out strong defensively and took advantage of the chances they were given. The Westies won the final 3-0, and repeated as champions.
The Elite Soccer Camps U-12 Lightning girls went undefeated at the WHIT this year. They opened up the tournament against a strong and aggressive Naugatuck team. The Lightning won, 3-0, behind the strong defense of Annabelle Pascreta, Sophie Mazuroski, Adelicia Parise and Niamh Chesson. The Lightning continued their strong play in their second game on Saturday, defeating Branford, 4-0. Ciara Harp and Alexandria Nunes scored, while Aylin Soto and Taylor Guarino added to the attack. In game three on Sunday, the Lightning played their West Haven club mates, the Thunder, with the Lightning winning, 5-0. Jaylyn Powell buried the ball into the back of the net, and Etta Funke and Llyanna Griffith-Waite worked hard in the midfield. Going 3-0 matched the Lightning against Milford in the final on Sunday afternoon. The game went back and forth early, with Isabella Eyler just missing the net for Milford. The Lightning went into the half leading 1-0, with the help of the passing and movement off the ball of Ashlynn Trenchard and Molly Gunning.
The Lightning scored three more in the second half to take the championship in the 4-0. Tournament MVP’s Chloe Whelan and Kayla Burt were stellar the entire weekend at center back (Whelan) and goalie (Burt), making sure the Lightning did not give up a goal the whole weekend.
The U-12 Thunder girls overall had a strong tournament performance considering much of the team are U-11s. On Saturday the girls had a very good game against Branford, after being 3-0 down at the half the girls came out fighting and created chances straight from the kick off. Their hard work was rewarded with two goals. The Thunder had two great chances at the end of the game, but could not find the third goal to tie the game. The second game the girls had a very good game against Milford and went 2-0 down early, but kept playing hard and they were able to shut down Milford the rest of the game.
On Sunday the girls had a tough game against West Haven U-12 Lightning, losing to the eventual champions, 5-0, although the game was closer than the score suggested. The final game of the tournament the girls played a hard fought game against Naugatuck, with the first half ending 0-0. Naugatuck came out strong in the second half, scoring an early goal. The Thunder were able to settle down and controlled most of the game after that. With four minutes left in the game, the Thunder found the goal and tied the score at 1-1. Overall the girls had a great tournament that ended on a well deserved tie.
The U-10 girls went undefeated in the tournament as well. In their first game against North Haven, the Westie’s squeaked by with a 4-3 win. Goals were scored by Amiyah Jones, Madison Gargiulo and Michelle Mora-Cyrus. The winning goal was scored by Lexi Lucas to end the game with the Westies on top. The second game showcased some great defense and kept Southington from scoring. With a 7-0 finish, Madison Gargiulo, Marcy Funke, Kayci Gayle, Lexi Lucas, Amiyah Jones and Lia Powers all scored. The Westies third game saw them take on the West Haven U=9 travel team. They had a great battle with their younger teammates. In the final game, the Westies shut out Hamden in a 7-0 win. Goals were scored by Kayci Gayle, Madison Gargiulo, Marcy Funke with two goals each by Camilla Murphy and Kaylee Pellino.
The Elite Soccer Camps U-15 girls also won their division this year. The girls started off slow, losing to North Haven 1-0 in their opening game Saturday morning. Despite giving up the goal, the defense was solid behind Neveah Swanson, Celia Williams, Camryn Flaherty, Cynthia Burns and Melissa Tsakonas. The girls bounced back in their second game, defeating the other West Haven team in their bracket, 5-0. Ariana Izzo and Brooke Flaherty scored, and Ava Murphy and Brooke Throm were solid in the midfield. Sophia Derosa and Cassie Wadeka held the shutout, with Wadeka scoring a goal of her own. On Sunday, the girls took on Cheshire, winning 6-1. Alyvia Ginsberg, Josephina Lakaj, and Isabelle Nagle all starred. In game 4 on Sunday, the Westies found themselves in a must-win game against Wallingford, with a spot in the finals on the line. The girls came out strong from the get-go, with Brooke Flaherty scoring the opening goal early in the game. Olivia Trenchard broke up a number of Wallingford attacks in the midfield, and passed well to start the counter. Camryn Beauvais also scored, with the Westies winning 3-0 and guaranteeing a trip to the final and eliminating Wallingford. In the final, the girls found themselves in a rematch against North Haven. The game went into double overtime, with the breakthrough coming with only two minutes left in the game when Emma Walker hit a perfectly timed pass to Julia Tsakonas. With only the goalie to beat and time running out, Tsakonas calmly slipped the ball into the lower corner and gave the Westies the win and the championship.
Despite playing in a U-10 bracket, the West Haven U-9 girls played strong and with confidence. They faced tough competition from Hamden, North Haven and the U10 West Haven team. Throughout all these games the U-9’s never gave up and won their last game against Southington, 1-0. Alivia Reilly and Lulu Sebas played strong in goal, while Jayda Ciilberti, Arianna Throm and Sophia Locklear had a strong defensive presence. Leenie Chesson, Finley Gunning and Sophia Empiric all had goals throughout the weekend. Hailey Dargon and Kylie Gibbons used great foot skills throughout the tournament. The girls had fun and continue to improve.
The U-11 boys had a successful weekend at the WHIT. The Westies first game was against Amity. They controlled the pace of the game and scored three unanswered goals to win the game, 3-0. Their second game on Saturday was against Cheshire. West Haven put up five goals and goalie Miacon Miguel earned another shutout. On Sunday the Blue Devils played Branford to another shutout winning the game, 3-0. The final game of regular tournament play was against Naugatuck. The Westies gave up their first two goals of the tournament, but fought back to a 2-2 tie giving the Westies a 3-0-1 first-round record with 11 goals for and 2 against. The final game was against the same Branford team from earlier in the day. Branford went up two goals in the first half. West Haven scored on a penalty kick. They had several chances but came up short losing in the finals, 2-1.
The U-15 boys team started off slow but as the tournament went on they picked up steam and never looked back. Their first game was a 5-2 loss to Seymour. The Westies came back a few hours later to play Stratford and won their first game of the tournament, 6-1. Sunday morning the Westies played Cheshire and won to advance into the finals against the same Seymour team from the previous day. The Westies came out flying and pressured the ball from the opening whistle, putting Seymour on their heels. The game was tied until late in the game when Andrew Bello-Medel headed a ball crossed into to the box to give the Westies the lead and the tournament championship beating Seymour when it counted, 3-2.
The West Haven boys soccer team has strung together three straight wins to improve its record to 5-5 on the season. After defeating Lyman Hall the previous week, the Blue Devils faced the Notre Dame Green Knights on Tuesday afternoon on the new turf at Veteran’s Field.
The Westies struck first with a goal off the foot of Aldo Barragan to make it 1-0 7:36 into the game. That score held heading into halftime and the arrival of torrential rain for the second half. In the second half, the Blue Devils took advantage of an opportunity in front of the Notre Dame net when several players converged on the ball and Matt Ffrench was able to get the ball across the goal line 9:45 into the half for a 2-0 lead.
The Green Knights would not go away though and Matt Consorte found the back of the net for Notre Dame with 12:10 remaining in the game to cut the lead to 2-1. The game was stopped with 5:40 remaining due to lightning in the area as the rain continued. After about an hour delay, the game was resumed and the Westies held on to the 2-1 victory. Nash Noble made eight saves between the pipes to preserve the victory for West Haven.
On Friday evening, the boys headed to Milford to battle the Foran Lions. The Blue Devils got goals from Javier Yanez, Matt Ffrench and Derek Meza to defeat the Lions 3-1 and get back to a .500 record. This week, the Westies will face the 10-0 and #1 ranked Fairfield Prep Jesuits on Friday at 3:45 at Rafferty Stadium.
The girls soccer team had been rolling with three, consecutive shutout wins but, its streak came to an end with a 3-0 loss to the Sacred Heart Academy Sharks on Wednesday afternoon. On Friday evening, the Westies hosted the North Haven Indians and struck early when Kelsey Gilmore found the back of the net just 3:24 into the game for the 1-0 lead. The score remained the same until the Indians got even with a goal with 27:50 left in the game. Both teams had chances the rest of the way but, they would settle for the 1-1 tie. Mackenzie Gardner made eight saves in goal for West Haven.
This week, the girls traveled to take on the Guilford Indians on Tuesday and will host the Lauralton Hall Crusaders on Friday at 7.
The volleyball team, after dropping five matches in a row, have now won four matches in a row to get back to a .500 record at 6-6 on the season. On Wednesday, the Westies defeated the Lyman Hall Trojans, 3-2 (25-21, 14-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10). After trailing, 13-2, in the first game, the Blue Devils rallied to grab the victory. The girls struggled in games two and three before digging deep to take the last two games for the victory. Noelle Noble had 10 digs and six kills, Irene Ronan had 10 kills and four aces, Giliana Santaniello had 15 assists, six digs, and four kills and Nancy Tapia had 13 digs to lead West Haven.
On Thursday, the Westies swept the Sacred Heart Academy Sharks, 3-0, and on Friday evening, the Blue Devils won their fourth in a row with a 3-0 sweep of the Hillhouse Academics.
This week, the girls traveled to Woodbridge to face the Amity Spartans on Wednesday and visit the Wilbur Cross Governors on Friday at 5:30.
The football team, after enjoying its bye week, will travel to Madison to take on the undefeated and #3 ranked Hand Tigers at the Surf Club at 7.
The soccer team loses close contest to cross town West Haven and the Green Knights add a former ACC swimmer to its swim team coaching staff in a light week of Notre Dame athletics due to the SCC bye week for football and cross country not running in any meets.
Soccer — Matthew Consorte scored a goal to pull Notre Dame within 2-1 against cross-town rival West Haven with 12 minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, the Green Knights couldn’t get the equalizer and then Mother Nature ended the game early as West Haven swept the season series with a 2-1 win on Oct. 2. Aldo Barragan and Matthew Ffrench scored a goal in each half for the Blue Devils. Notre Dame then lost to Branford, 8-0, on Friday, Oct. 5. They have two games this week hosting New Haven schools Cross and Hillhouse/Career.
Swimming — The Notre Dame of West Haven swim team has added a former all-state swimmer and captain of the University of Virginia swim team to its coaching staff.
Eric Holden, who was hired as the Green Knights physical education teacher in the summer, now has an added responsibility as he will join the Notre Dame Swim Team coaching staff as the Associate Head Coach joining Head Coach Mike O’Brien, and Assistant Coach Chris Smith for the upcoming season.
“We are thrilled that Eric will join our swim team coaching staff,” said Notre Dame Athletic Director Jason Shea. “His accomplishments in the pool speak for themselves. He will be a great compliment to our current coaching staff and will bring a ton of experience to our current team members.”
“I am beyond excited to be working with the Notre Dame swim and dive team this season,” said Holden. “I am looking forward to being back in the competitiveness of the SCC Conference and to be coaching such a hard-working team. Notre Dame has such a rich tradition of success in swimming, and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Holden, who starred locally at Amity High School, graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a combination Masters of Teaching and bachelors of Science in Education. He spent last year as a Paraeducator in the Special Education Department at Osborn Hill Elementary School in Fairfield before joining Notre Dame this academic year.
In the pool, Holden was a member of the 2013 ACC Championship Team and competed on the Virginia 2014-15 and 2015-16 ACC title teams. His time in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:57.66) is 10th all-time in UVA history. He received the 2015 Brooke Maury Swimming Award for leadership, competitive spirit and unselfishness in the interest of the UVA Athletics Department.
A four-year all-state selection at Amity and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Holden was a three-time Connecticut State Open Champion in the 100 breaststroke. He was also a two-time MVP selection by the New Haven Register as well as Amity’s Male Athlete of the Year as a senior.
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By Michael P. Walsh
Special to the Voice
Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and members of the city’s General Assembly delegation honored the 50th anniversary of the Allingtown and West Haven senior centers with fitting tributes during a luncheon Sept. 26 at the Cielo Banquet Ballroom.
Rossi presented a proclamation declaring the centers’ golden anniversary to Elderly Services Director Sharon R. Mancini in the company of more than 200 members, board officers, staff and volunteers gathered in the Chase Lane banquet hall.
Reading the proclamation, Rossi said, “Since 1968, our senior centers have empowered older residents by providing them with quality services to stay active and healthy, to continue learning, and to stay connected with friends and community members.”
Mancini, who has managed the centers for a quarter century, said they merged in June 2015 to form the Allingtown/West Haven Senior Center on the second floor of the Robert A. Johnson Noble Community Center, 201 Noble St.
“We now have one unified senior center, building on the past to create new beginnings,” Mancini said.
Mancini received a General Assembly citation marking the occasion from state Reps. Dorinda Borer, D-West Haven, Charles J. Ferraro, R-West Haven, and Michael A. DiMassa, D-West Haven, on behalf of the delegation. She also received a City Council citation from Chairman Ronald M. Quagliani, D-at large, and Councilwoman Robbin Watt Hamilton, D-5, on behalf of the council.
Members of both senior centers observed the milestone by dancing to the music of Vinnie Carr, who received a citation from Rossi for “providing musical entertainment for more than 40 years” for the centers.
Rossi, reading the citation, said, “On behalf of the countless seniors whose lives you have touched, we truly thank you for all the memories.”
The four-hour, afternoon event included congratulatory remarks from city Human Resources Commissioner Beth A. Sabo, who oversees the Department of Elderly Services. Sabo has been a city employee since 1977.
The West Haven Senior Center traces its beginning in 1968 to the First Congregational Church of West Haven on the downtown Green. A year later, space was made available in the basement of the then-newly built City Hall, 355 Main St., where the center operated until November 2003. It moved to the Johnson Community Center on Dec. 1, 2003.
The Allingtown Senior Center began in Allingtown fire headquarters, 20 Admiral St., before moving in 1977 to the then-newly renovated Allingtown Community Center, 1 Forest Road, where it remained until June 2015.
West Haven’s Earliest Days
From the booklet “Historic West Haven,” by Lorraine Wood Rockefeller:
The earliest beginnings of West Haven are very difficult to follow as the original records are assumed to have been destroyed during the British invasion in 1779.
New Haven and Milford long disputed a purchase of land from the Indians on May 20, 1645, both claiming the purchase. New Haven, cleared and laid out the original nine squares of their city purchased from the Indians and then gave attention to the remainder of the land stretching five miles west of the Quinnipiac approximately to the Cove River and the foot of Allingtown Hill.
Land Dispute Ends in 1674
The dispute was finally settled by the State Assembly in 1674, when Oyster River was designated the town line. In 1680 the third allotment of New Haven lands included the territory from Malbon’s Cove (Cove River) “so along the sea to oister (sic) river and thence upward by Milford Line until they come at least halfe a mile above ye round hills…and thence to turn eastward and lay out unto ye Mill River.”
West Haven was then a section of land with shore flats of wild, coarse marsh grass with the sea sweeping into many tiny coves to join the fresh sweet water brooks which offered sanctuary to mink, muskrat and beaver, and the land gradually rising into thickly wooded hills. Before the arrival of the white man, the Indians had a settlement at Wigwam Neck on Wigwam Creek, not far from the location of our present Green. These untouched acres offered great promise to the newcomers.
Hard to imagine now, but true, before the early Dutch traders came to buy furs and hides at Sandy Point on the West Bank of West River, a huge shell heap had accumulated from the oyster and clam shells left by Schagticoke, Podunk and Tunxis Indians on their shore trips to feast on shellfish.
To Be Continued.
By Michael Walsh
Special to the Voice
The City Council enacted an ordinance Sept. 10 adopting the city’s first Harbor Management Plan.
The new ordinance made West Haven the 24th municipality in Connecticut to have an adopted plan for harbor management, according to David W. Killeen, assistant city planner.
The plan will guide the most appropriate uses of the city’s navigable waters and intertidal areas for recreational, commercial and conservation purposes, Killeen said.
“The city is pleased to join other Connecticut coastal communities that have taken steps to actively manage their harbor areas and shoreline,” Mayor Nancy R. Rossi said.
Killeen said the plan outlines goals, strategies, policies and recommendations for the beneficial use and conservation of the West Haven Harbor Management Area.
The area comprises the navigable waters and intertidal areas within the city’s municipal jurisdiction on the West River, New Haven Harbor, nearshore Long Island Sound, Old Field Creek, and the Cove and Oyster rivers.
The plan, initiated in 2014, was prepared by the Harbor Management Commission and its Westport coastal consultant, Geoffrey Steadman. The process included multiple meetings of the commission and public.
As required by state law, the plan was reviewed by state and federal agencies with jurisdiction over the harbor area, including the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers. The plan was modified during the process to reflect the agencies’ input.
“This is a very important step for the city,” commission Chairman Gene L. Pacapelli said. “We will now have input to the state and federal agencies that are making decisions on structures and dredging in the city’s navigable waters. Previously, the city had no role on those decisions.”
Pacapelli added, “We are extremely grateful to our consultant, Geoffrey Steadman, who was able to prepare a comprehensive plan for us.”
Another key aspect of the plan is that it will make the city more competitive for grants affecting the Harbor Management Area, Killeen said.
Earlier this year, the city received a grant from the Connecticut Port Authority to evaluate the potential for creating an improved public boat launch.
See the Harbor Management Plan at http://www.cityofwesthaven.com/DocumentCenter/Index/69.