U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is joined by, from right, state Transportation Deputy Commissioner Mark Rolfe and West Haven Mayor Nancy R. Rossi on Sept. 8 to announce $105 million in federal infrastructure funding for building new Interstate 95 southbound and northbound bridges in West Haven. With them are local and state officials, including, from left, West Haven Public Works Commissioner Tom J. McCarthy and Rossi Executive Assistant Louis P. Esposito Jr.
2nd Fire Expo debuts on Oct. 15
An aerial view of the West Haven Centennial Fire Expo on Nov. 6, 2021. Families, fire service enthusiasts, and paid and volunteer firefighters from across the state turned out to see the colorful fleet of engines and trucks, including antique fire apparatus, on display in the parking lot of the former Savin Rock Conference Center. West Haven’s three fire departments held the free exposition to salute the community’s 100th anniversary. Organizers are expanding this year’s exposition on Oct. 15 to include all things fire, police, public safety and health. The expo will take place at Old Grove Park and Palace Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City approves 60-year pact with NEBCO
A rendering of New England Brewing Co.’s $23 million, 46,165-square-foot building that would house a brewery, a taproom and event space at the waterfront site of the former Savin Rock Conference Center in West Haven. The City Council on Aug. 31 unanimously approved a 60-year lease agreement between the city and Delaware developer Rock Street Brewery LLC that would relocate the Woodbridge craft brewery to its “forever home” at 6 Rock St.
Grand Opening donation
Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer and the start of back-to-school. As students begin to return to the classroom, one in seven children in Connecticut are food insecure. To lessen the burden on families and students so they can prioritize learning, Stop & Shop announced today at the Grand Reopening celebration its donation of $12,500 to Bailey Middle School to aid in the expansion of their in-school food pantry. The Bailey Middle School Stop & Shop School Food Pantry is one of over 130 school food pantries that Stop & Shop supports.
“Bailey Middle School is incredibly grateful for the extremely generous support Stop and Shop is giving to our school community as we head back for the 2022-2023 school year. The past few years have been challenging in so many ways, and food security is more difficult than ever,” said Stacy Sutton, Assistant Principal at Bailey Middle School in West Haven, CT. “Thanks to Stop and Shop, we will be able to extend our aid to our students and families as we continue to move forward post-pandemic. This year, the Bailey community is uniting to ensure our students achieve positive growth in all aspects of their lives. The Bailey community knows that proper nutrition is essential to a successful student. We appreciate that Stop and Shop does as well.”
Shown from Left to Right: Maura O'Brien - External Communications Stop & Shop, Meghan Garafolo - Customer Experience, Specialist Stop & Shop, Dina Jones – 8th Grade Teacher at Bailey Middle School, Stacy Sutton – Assistant Principal at Bailey Middle School, Bill O'Donnell - West Haven Stop & Shop Store Manager, Rachel Sullivan - Human Resources Stop & Shop, Judy Drenzek – Assistant Superintendent, West Haven Public Schools.
Annawon scholarship winner
Annawon Lodge Fellowcraft Club President, Junior Warden Joey McVety presents a scholarship check to Coogan M. Cardella, who graduated from West Haven High School last June. Cardella is daughter of Courtney Moran. She was a member of the WHHS National Honor Society, Theatre Workshop, and numerous other activities. She is currently attending the University of New Haven, pursuing a degree in forensic science. Worshipful Master Johnny Garcia, Senior Warden Chris Belous, Cardella’s mother Courtney Moran and Past Master Steven R. Mullins took part in the presentation.
Moby Dick opens
West Haven Mayor Nancy R. Rossi cuts the ribbon with Moby Dick’s owners Evan Mink, back, fourth from left, and Doug “the Rake” Ruickoldt, back, fifth from left, on Sept. 3 to celebrate the grand opening of the “raw bar cafe” at 560 Campbell Ave. With them are, from left, Simon McDonald, the director of membership and marketing for the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce; city Tax Collector Dorothy Chambrelli; state Rep. Dorinda Borer, D-West Haven; Ruickoldt’s sons, Nicholas and Douglas; Moby Dick’s manager Gina Calabrese; Ruickoldt’s wife, Kelly; Councilman Gary Donovan, D-at large; Nicholas Ruickoldt’s girlfriend, Julie Hutchinson; City Council Chairman Peter V. Massaro, D-6; and Councilwoman Colleen O’Connor, R-at large.
Thomas Painter’s house once stood proudly on Main Street. The historical figure, depicted on the city’s coat of arms, and his family were part of the long history of the town. As with any New England town, one of the first structures built by settlers was a meeting house for worship and civic meetings.
LaChat’s celebrates opening
Mayor Nancy R. Rossi cuts the ceremonial ribbon with LaChat’s Barbershop owner Joe LaChat, center, to celebrate the barber’s grand opening at 501 Campbell Ave. on Aug. 22. Marking the event are, from left, City Clerk Patricia C. Horvath, LaChat’s barber Andrew Roach and Simon McDonald, the director of membership and marketing for the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce, which now represents the West Haven business community. Joining the group were chamber President Michael Moses, Edward Jones of Milford financial adviser Jay Borelli and Patriot Bank of Milford Vice President Robert Creigh. LaChat’s is housed with other small businesses in the historic Altschuler Building near Main Street, opposite the downtown Green. The new barbershop specializes in haircuts, hot towel shaves, and beard trims and shaves. It is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Youth hockey opens season
West Haven Squirt A head coach Paul Moriarty is presented the 2021-2022 West Haven Youth Hockey Coach of the Year Award by West Haven Youth Hockey Director of Operations and West Haven High School boys hockey head coach Steve Harris.
Westie season opens
Teriq Mallory leaps to haul in a TD pass from Nick Conlan in the Westies' 59-14 victory over Amity.
Westie season opens
Ariana Izzo battles for position in the Westies' win over North Haven.