Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hamden cops need Special Olympic tips
Police will also be participating in the Special Olympics Connecticut Torch Run. The event, which is slated for June 8, will commence on Whitney Avenue at the Cheshire town line at 3 p.m., arriving at the Hamden Police Department at 4 p.m. It will then continue southbound on Dixwell Avenue to Southern Connecticut State University.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
North Haven's Brozek, assistant superintendent, passes away
Brozek spent 39 years in the district, starting as an English teacher following her graduation from Salve Regina College. The Branford resident became assistant superintendent in 2008 after serving for a year on special assignment in the central office as director of personnel and instruction. She was North Haven High School principal for 15 years prior to coming to central office.
Superintendent of Schools Robert D. Cronin said he and Brozek had a good working relationship and that she was welcoming and supportive of him when he came to the district in April 2011.
Brozek hadn't felt well lately, and had been having problems with her asthma. She went to the hospital Thursday and died Friday. He was contacted late Friday afternoon that she passed away and reached out to school board members, while assigning others to call staff members.
The district's crisis team and grief counselors will be in schools on Tuesday.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Hamden's "Bad" Chad appearing Friday at Mobile Food Pantry
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Hamden comes alive with history of veterans on Friday
Some would say Franz of Hamden has been in Outer Space; he's just West of Midnight
Here is Franz:
Hamden Movie Night Voting Begins
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF MAYOR SCOTT JACKSON:
HAMDEN - The Town of Hamden and the Town Center Park Commission will feature a Friday night outdoor movie series in Town Center Park in August, and residents will be able to vote on the final choices.
Friday, August 3 is Musical Night, and voters will choose from Chicago, Grease, Moulin Rouge, The Producers and The Wizard of Oz.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
North Haven's polls open til 8 tonight!
Just talked with Laurie Brangi, Republican registrar of voters, and she tells me that only 446 of the town's 15,102 registered voters voted in today's budget referendum as of 4 p.m.
The proposed budget is $85.05 million and there is no tax increase.
They were also talking about the very, very low voter turnout on facebook.com.
Granted, there's no tax increase, but the town is spending lots of money -- about $10,000 -- for you to exercise your right to vote.
Here's a discussion from Walt and Michelle Spader and Ruth Bryant:
Michelle said: Sadly, at 8 am I was only the fifth voter at Green Acres. Polls opened at 6 am.
So what do you all think? Did you vote today?
Friday, May 18, 2012
Hamden fundraiser for Jordan Jacques tonight
Miss Connecticut Morgan Amarone, a Hamden resident, will host the event to raise money for Jordan Jacques, 18, a repeat cancer survivor who is still in treatment.
The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $5. Event is from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hamden Salute to Young Artists is tonight
The public is invited to the free event, which will include performances in music, theatre, dance and literature as well as an exhibition of work by the visual artists.
The honorees this year are: Rubaied Alam, Alfred Boah, Amira Brown, Audrey Campbell, Hillary Dadio-Perrone, Melissa Dechello, Kevin Downing, Fernanda Goncalves, Helen Katherine Homa, Micayla Hutton, Ariana Jankovic, Liba Judd and Sierra Kaptain.
Also, Beatriz Lopez, Max Moran, Darrien Murphy, Darrell Nixon, II, Tiara Pearson, Bonnie Rhee, Joan Rhee, Brian Rodriguez, Sarah Rybacki, Angela Stong, Ceilidh Aileen Summach and Taylor Teulings.
Mayor Scott Jackson will make welcoming remarks. Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., D-Woodbridge and Town Clerk Vera Morrison will present certificates of merit to each honoree. Eric Nyquist of the Hamden High School Theatre Department will serve as master of ceremonies.
The students were selected based on nominations from their teachers.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hamden Girl Scouts reaching out to community to earn their Silver Awards
Maria Anthony, co-leader of Cadet Troop 61224, said the forum will be held so that the six girls in the troop can earn their Silver Award, the highest award a Cadet can receive.
Professionals from the state Department of Children and Families, the Clifford Beers Clinic, The Children's Center of Hamden, the Love 146 Organization, Kony2012 and the Nurturing Families Network distribute information and talk about their organizations and how they are connected to the topics of child abuse and human trafficking, Anthony said.
The public is invited to browse and ask questions to find out how the organizations are helping children. Questions? Call Anthony at 203-623-9917.
In other Girl Scout news, Nikki Pallotto and Peri Sosensky of Hamden are earning their Girl Scout Silver Award by promoting the recycling of cell phones and ink cartridges. They are members of Cadet Troop 60122. Here is their photo:
Picture is at the Hamden Middle school conferences where we presented our project to parents. Pictured from left to right are Nikki Pallotto,Coffey, Jessica(Assistant Principal - Grade 8), Peri Sosensky and Daniel Levy (Principal)
Here is the rest of the info:
Friday, May 11, 2012
Hamden High School Distinguished Alumni Dinner is Tuesday
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A Ray through my tears...New York actor comes to Hamden, his hometown
Ray graduated HHS in 1963 and told them he hadn't been to the high school since graduating. He told the students how he and 16 others became the first national touring cast of Grease out of the 1,750 who auditioned. In that first cast was the late Jeff Conaway and John Travolta. Travolta at the time predicted he would one day play Danny Zuko and DeMattis said that everyone scoffed at that possibility at the time. Obviously, they were wrong.
I have always loved the Hamden Theater Department, of which I am a graduate. Also, while at Hamden High, I was a reporter and editor for the school newspaper, The Dial.
Long ago, those of us in the drama club were friends with a senior, John Colello, who worked at the Shubert in New Haven. He told us if we acted as ushers at the shows we could watch them for free! A number of us took advantage of the offer.
I don't remember exactly how things transpired, but one day in 1973 or 1974, I was lucky enough to interview Ray DeMatteis, who was performing as Roger in Grease at the Shubert. My story appeared in the Dial.
So, imagine how thrilled I was when the HHS drama director, Eric Nyquist, invited me to the high school after the final performance of Grease on May 5 to watch as Ray spoke to the students. I told Nyquist that I had interviewed Ray in the past and would love to be there.
So, after the show, I was on stage with the students while Ray was talking, and the whole thing brought tears to my eyes. He was saying that a show like the Mainstage Ensemble did never would have come off the ground when he was a student at HHS. "When did it become cool for guys to be in musicals?" he asked.
He also called Nyquist a "genius" for producing such an upbeat, professional show, and said the students were wonderful.
One of the reasons why the tears were rolling down my cheeks, I now believe, is that I was emotionally connecting with how today's students feel about Nyquist: It's the same wonderful connection we alumni had with our drama coaches, Julian Schlusberg and Joseph Juliano.
Also, it's just thrilling for me as a reporter and a Hamden alum, to meet someone who has done so well in a career. And, the fact that I interviewed Ray when I was a student at HHS and then got to do so on Saturday night, was just an awesome thing in and of itself.
Read more about what Ray had to say in the New Haven Register or on nhregister.com.
Here is the video of some of what Ray had to say to the students:
Friday, May 4, 2012
North Haven clean energy zapping along
Two task force leaders, Hugh Davis and Lettie McPhedran, talked about the progress the task force has made since 2007, when the 20 by 2010 campaign began. Davis said that as a result of that initial effort, 20 percent of the energy that is used in the town's 12 buildings -- including schools -- is clean energy.
"Our mission is to sign up residents for the clean energy option. We're also trying to raise public awareness of the benefits of clean energy," Davis said.
Because 450 households signed up for clean energy, the state has awarded North Haven with 22 solar panels on top of North Haven High School that produces 4 kilowatts of energy. This saves the town $4,800 annually, McPhedran said.
"The more who residents who sign up, the town receives free solar panels," said First Selectman Michael J. Freda.
Freda added that one of the major initiatives of his administration is to reduce energy costs.
Buildings are in the process of being retrofitted. The Clean Energy Task Force needs more members and anyone interested can call the selectman's office at 203-239-5321.
Here is a video with McPhedran talking about how to sign up.
Young Artists Saluted in Hamden
Thursday, May 3, 2012
North Haven's Earth Day is Saturday
North Haven Drama Club performance this weekend!
Tickets will be available to the public during the nights of the show at the ticket window. The tickets are $5 for student admission and $7 for general admission, and seating is not assigned.
North Haven High School’s Production involves approximately 30 students (including the cast and crew)
Assistant Director – Olga Herget
Student Assistant Director – Natasha Flath
Producer – Andy Cirioli
Stage Manager – Thomas DeChello
Leonardo Felix (played by Jackson Reed) comes home from work to find his Wife (played by Rachel Balzano) and his Mother-in-Law (played by Katie Kirtland) caring for his son. He chats with his Wife, who excitedly reveals to him that the Bride is about to marry the Bridegroom.
The Bridegroom and his Mother go to visit the Bride at her home. The Bride’s Father (played by Myles Morcarski) and the Bridegroom’s Mother get along well, discussing land purchases and the virtues of their respective children. Finally, the Bride enters and meets the Bridegroom’s Mother for the first time. His Mother reminds her that, as a wife, her duty will be to give the Bridegroom many children.
Bonito said: “This was my first play that I read as a student at UConn, and its profound message and well written style still resounds today. It has truly been a dream come true to direct this production at North Haven High School, a school in which I was once a student and drama club actor. What’s more, I have had the absolute pleasure to direct with an amazing directorial staff and have been blessed to work with such a talented group of actors and a devoted group of technical crew members. The bar can never be set high enough for this talented group of students and they continue to impress through their understanding of their roles and execution of the play as a cohesive family.”
Water Works on Friday and Saturday
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Cheap Eats on Friday!!!
Owner George Giosmas said that prices from the 1960s will be in effect Friday only during regular hours from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 2365 Whitney Ave., corner of Dixwell.
The Brown Stone has been in business for more than 60 years and its location across from Memorial Town Hall has made it a popular stomping ground for local politicians and town hall workers to chew the fat, so to speak.
Mayor Scott D. Jackson is scheduled to appear at the Brown Stone at 10 a.m. Friday to provide a proclamation to Giosmas and his crew.