By Michael P. Walsh
Special to the Voice
Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and author Dan Shine revealed West Haven’s newly published centennial book, “City of West Haven: Village to Town,” at City Hall on Friday.
Flanked by stacked copies of the hot-off-the-press book, Rossi and Shine discussed and showed the meticulous production of the 116-page historical work, which chronicles the stories and photos that shaped West Haven’s past 100 years.
“It is the city’s, the committee’s and Mr. Shine’s hope that the reader will find the following stories to be enlightening, entertaining and moving, in accordance with the content of each,” said Rossi, the honorary chairwoman of the City of West Haven Centennial Celebration Committee.
Rossi said the book was commissioned by the committee to commemorate West Haven’s 1921 birth and its incorporation by the General Assembly as Connecticut’s youngest town.
The $20 book, printed in partnership with GHP Media of West Haven, is available in the Department of Human Resources at City Hall, 355 Main St., or by calling Commissioner Beth A. Sabo at 203-937-3558.
A book signing is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the city’s Main Library, 300 Elm St.
Rossi praised Sabo, the committee’s chairwoman, for overseeing the book and West Haven Public Library Assistant Director Catherine Bushman for laying out the contents, including the black-and-white and full-color photos.
The information was sourced from the “Historian’s Corner” series written by Shine, one of the foremost authorities on West Haven history. The cover was photographed by James Holt and designed by Toni Perry, who also provided the finished layout.
The book’s articles are dedicated to Shine’s father, Daniel R. “Bob” Shine, who died in 2004.