Avenue Groove, a six-piece “R&B, funk and dance band with attitude,” will perform from 7-9 tonight in Old Grove Park on Palace Street in West Haven. The show will kick off the city’s new “Fall Foliage Concert Series.” (Publicity Photo)
‘Fall Foliage Concert Series’ kicks off tonight in Grove
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 8, 2023 — The city’s “Fall Foliage Concert Series” will kick off at 7 tonight with Avenue Groove, a six-piece “R&B, funk and dance band with attitude.”
The new concert series, held in Old Grove Park on Palace Street, will continue with Arena Rock Tribute on Sept. 30 and American Honey on Oct. 13.
The two-hour concerts are free and sponsored by the city and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Arena Rock Tribute celebrates the music, performance and spectacle of the ’70s and ’80s. American Honey specializes in modern country hits and ’90s pop rock favorites.
The Arena Rock show was scheduled for the Savin Rock Festival in July but was postponed by rain.
Arena Rock Tribute will celebrate the music, performance and spectacle of the ’70s and ’80s from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 30 in Old Grove Park on Palace Street in West Haven. The show was rescheduled from July’s Savin Rock Festival and is now part of the city’s new “Fall Foliage Concert Series.” (Publicity Photo)
American Honey will play a mix of modern country hits and ’90s pop rock favorites from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 13 in Old Grove Park on Palace Street in West Haven. The show is part of the city’s new “Fall Foliage Concert Series.” (Publicity Photo)
In this Sept. 11, 2021, file photo, the sun rises over Savin Rock in West Haven as hundreds of American flags blow in the wind near the boardwalk on Long Island Sound. The flags represent the 343 New York City firefighters who died in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the 257 active and retired FDNY members who have died of 9/11-related illnesses, including cancer. (Contributed Photo/Andrew Sacco, File)
City observing 9/11 with flag-raising, candlelight vigil
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 8, 2023 — West Haven will observe the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on 9/11 with a flag-raising ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Bradley Point Park flagpole, followed by a candlelight vigil at the city’s 9/11 memorial.
The solemn service will begin with a presentation of the colors by the West Haven Police Honor Guard and the flag-raising by the West Haven Fire Department Honor Guard and the New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes & Drums.
The flag-raising will honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks. Remarks by dignitaries, including Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, will follow.
City Procurement Director Rick Spreyer will serve as the master of ceremonies, and West Haven High School junior Zoe Powell will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.”
At 7 p.m., the candlelight vigil will take place at the Richard S. Gabrielle Sept. 11 Memorial on the boardwalk next to the former Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock St.
Members of the West Haven Rotary Club will distribute candles and programs at the granite monument, which was paid for by the service club in 2002. It was designed by Harold J. Schaller of H.K. Peacock Memorials Inc. in Valhalla, New York.
Gabrielle, 50, of West Haven, was killed during the attack on the twin towers in New York’s World Trade Center complex. An insurance broker at Aon Corp., he was last seen on the south tower’s 78th floor.
Declared Patriot Day by Congress in 2002, the city will fly flags at half-staff in recognition of the national day of remembrance.
The vigil will feature taps played by retired West Shore Fire Department Lt. Kevin McKeon and Celtic folk performances by Irish singer-songwriter Liz McNicholl, including “The Bravest,” a tribute to the heroes of 9/11.
Bulk pickup is Sept. 11-15; e-waste drop-off is Oct. 14
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 8, 2023 — The final bulk trash pickup week of 2023 is Sept. 11-15.
West Haven residents are reminded to separate metals, recyclables and regular trash from bulk trash and put them out no more than 24 hours before pickup. Violations carry a $100 fine per daily offense, Public Works Commissioner Tom J. McCarthy said.
Residents are also reminded to “Put a Lid on It!” and use lids on all trash cans. Rain-soaked trash costs West Haven 10 times more at the dump, said McCarthy, adding that using trash can lids will save the city money by reducing the weight of trash and cost of tipping fees.
Bulk items include couches, chairs, tables, carpeting, padding and fencing, which may not exceed 6 feet in length. No building materials, tires, mattresses, propane tanks or hazardous waste are accepted.
Options for disposing of building materials include renting a dumpster or bringing the materials to a disposal facility for a fee.
Tires and mattresses are not considered bulk trash and will not be collected.
Tires can be brought to Town Fair Tire, 63 Boston Post Road, Orange, for a fee of $2.75 per tire.
Mattress drop-off at the city garage, 1 Collis St., has been discontinued because of public safety concerns.
To dispose of mattresses moving forward, residents must buy mattress bags from the Department of Public Works and put them out for pickup on their weekly curbside collection day, not bulk pickup week. The bags cost $20 each for the first two and $35 each after that. They are payable by cash or check and are available in the public works office on the third floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
Residents should take note that mattress pickup will end Oct. 1 and resume April 1, 2024.
Hazardous waste can be dropped off for free at HazWaste Central, 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven. HazWaste is open Saturday mornings through October.
Propane tanks can be brought to Taylor Rental, 304 Boston Post Road, Orange, for a fee of $10.60 per tank.
The amount of bulk trash per collection is limited to 6 cubic yards, which is equal to a pile of trash about 6 feet long, 6 feet wide and 4 ½ feet high.
Homeowners are required to rent a dumpster or hire a junk removal service at their expense if trash exceeds 6 cubic yards. Otherwise, trash exceeding 6 cubic yards will be left at the curb, and a $100 fine per daily offense will be imposed, McCarthy said.
To prevent a potential fine, property owners should familiarize themselves with the city’s trash guidelines at Public Works.
Bulk trash must be generated by the customer at the residential unit where it is collected. Trash will not be collected if it is generated by anyone other than the resident of the home.
Bulk items must be separated and orderly. Do not place them next to a mailbox or utility pole or close to a fence, McCarthy said.
Also, do not place bulk items in front of a vacant lot or home — they will not be collected, he said.
Details at Bulk Trash Pickup.
In addition to bulk trash, the city picks up metals, including household appliances, also known as white goods, and toilets. To schedule a pickup on their curbside collection day, residents must call the Highway Department at 203-937-3644 or 203-937-3585. Appliance doors must be removed.
Leaf bags are picked up from Oct. 1-Dec. 15. The bags are picked up on residents’ weekly collection days. Leaves and grass clippings must be in separate biodegradable paper bags and will not be accepted if they are in plastic bags.
The city also picks up brush that is cut into 3-to-6-foot lengths and tied in small bundles, no more than 70 pounds. Logs and stumps are prohibited.
Residents can bring grass clippings as well as bagged leaves and untied brush to the compost site, 1 Kimberly Ave., from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and 6:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. The first cubic yard of compost is free with proof of residence. Additional compost costs $25 per cubic yard. Residents must bring buckets and shovels.
For a $50 fee, the Public Works Department will deliver up to 2 cubic yards of compost to homes in West Haven.
For electronic items, including TVs, the final e-waste drop-off day of the year is Oct. 14.
Residents can drop off electronic recyclables — typically anything that contains a circuit board or needs a battery — from 8 a.m.-noon at the city garage.
The city is partnering with Take 2 Inc. of Waterbury, a state-approved recycler and collector of universal e-waste devices, to collect residential electronic items on a quarterly basis.
The collection is free for residents who have such items as computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, modems, computer mice, tablet computers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, video game machines, digital media players, personal digital assistants, stereo equipment, telephones, cellphones, cameras, microwaves and other small appliances.
Anything that has refrigerant, including air conditioners and dehumidifiers, is not accepted. Those items are considered white goods, and residents are asked to schedule a pickup on their curbside collection day by calling the Highway Department.
Details at E-waste Drop-off.
For the e-waste drop-off, residents are asked to heed the following guidelines:
— Stay in your vehicle.
— Vehicles will be spaced out. Event workers will remove electronics from your vehicle. There should be no interaction between residents and workers.
— No mattresses or box springs will be disposed of at the moment.
— No smoke detectors, ballasts or hazardous waste — lighter fluid, liquids, paint — will be accepted.
— Electronic items left curbside will be tagged with information on the e-waste schedule and must be removed, or face a potential fine.
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Board to hear appeals on vehicle assessments in City Hall, 1st floor
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 8, 2023 — The Board of Assessment Appeals will meet in open session from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the assessor’s office at City Hall, 355 Main St., to hear appeals of motor vehicle assessments on the 2022 grand list.
Any owner of a city-registered vehicle claiming an aggrieved assessment can issue an appeal at the hearing.
Family Resource Fair for special needs families slated for Sept. 20
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 8, 2023 — The West Haven Interagency Network for Children in conjunction with the city Department of Youth and Family Services will hold its 2023 Family Resource Fair from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the West Haven Community House, 227 Elm St.
The free event will give families of children with special needs an opportunity to learn about resources and services while meeting other families.
The fair will include representatives from the following agencies and programs: American Job Center, Early Learning Program-Gateway CT State Community College, FAVOR Inc., Constellation Kids ABA, Rape Crisis Center, Carelon Behavioral Health, West Haven Community Development Administration, City of West Haven Fire Department Allingtown child safety car seat installation program, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, West Haven Health Department, Bridges Healthcare Inc., WHEAT Inc., West Haven Lions Club, West Haven Police Department, West Haven ERS-911, West Haven Public Library, Team West Haven-Connecticut Special Olympics, Shoreline Wellness, West Haven Department of Parks and Recreation, Love146, Connecticut Child Identification Program and West Haven Board of Education.
Farmers market open Thursdays and Saturdays
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 8, 2023 — The Tony Inzero Farmers Market has opened its 2023 season next to the Oak Street Beach parking lot off Captain Thomas Boulevard.
The market, nestled on the right side of the beach lot, includes state farmers selling homegrown fruits and vegetables and crafters selling wares from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays through Oct. 14.
It features artisan breads by Hoffman Unlimited LLC, sauces and jams by Chile King LLC, and salts, oils and vinegars by Dash N’ Drizzle.
The farmers market is partnering with ArtsWest CT this season to showcase a variety of entertainment, such as live performances and unique demonstrations, at the Saturday markets.
The market also includes more than 20 different vendors, crafters, organizations and food trucks during the season.
The Thursday markets feature What the Truck?! BBQ, in addition to ice cream at both markets.
Parking is available in the Oak Street municipal lot and on Palace Street. Oak Street is on the senior shuttle route and the CTtransit route. In addition, a van will run from the West Haven Senior Center, 201 Noble St., to Oak Street at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.
The Department of Elderly Services is distributing reusable farmers market cards to eligible city residents. Residents 60 and older who meet income requirements are eligible for $24 vouchers in the form of electronic cards. For information on the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program, call the department at 203-937-3507.
The farmers market is sponsored by the city and has operated since 2000. It was dedicated in 2010 in memory of Anthony F. “Tony” Inzero, a leader in the downtown business community who co-owned Flower Affair on Campbell Avenue for many years and was a founding member and longtime president of the West Haven Business Association.
To participate in the farmers market or for information, contact Killian Gruber, the market’s manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-937-3510.
For the latest news on the market, go to West Haven Farmers Market.
NEBCO developer pulls out of city
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 6, 2023 — Rock Street Brewery LLC has pulled out of a deal with the city to relocate New England Brewing Co. to the former Savin Rock Conference Center, Mayor Nancy R. Rossi confirmed.
Rossi said she was told by Marty Juliano, NEBCO’s director of business development, on Monday that a revised lease agreement proposal between the city and developer Doug Gray, the principal of the Delaware-based limited liability company, was off the table because of a lack of support from “some City Council members, a few Land Trust of West Haven members and an appeal filed by the owners of Jimmies of Savin Rock restaurant.”
Most of the city’s residents and businesses supported the brewery project, Rossi said, with many residents speaking in favor of the project at council meetings.
Juliano, a native of West Haven, also told Rossi that the Woodbridge craft brewery apparently has two other offers to relocate elsewhere in the works. He did not specify where, the mayor said.
“Many residents say they want development, and I brought them a development they could be proud of — but a few City Council members and a couple of Land Trust members, along with the Jimmies’ owners’ appeal, tanked it,” a disappointed Rossi said.
On Aug. 31, 2022, the City Council unanimously approved the original lease agreement between the city and Rock Street Brewery to relocate NEBCO to the prime waterfront location at 6 Rock St.
At the time, the 60-year ground lease allowed for the city to maintain ownership of the 4.38-acre property while allowing the developer to demolish the existing conference center and construct a 46,165-square-foot building that would include a brewery, a taproom and event space.
According to the agreement at the time, Gray would pay the city rent and serve as the brewery’s landlord at its “forever home” on the Savin Rock shoreline overlooking Long Island Sound.
That all changed a short time later, however, when the owners of Jimmies at 5 Rock St. initiated litigation with Gray contesting setbacks to the property, adjacent to the Savin Rock landmark off Captain Thomas Boulevard.
To prevent a lengthy litigation process, Gray revised the original plans to encompass the footprint of the existing structure. As a result, the scale of the project was significantly reduced, especially the square footage, Rossi said.
Gray then proposed amending the original lease agreement with the city to reflect the modified plans, which included renovating the existing building instead of demolishing it.
The modified plans also included the elimination of the production component of the project, essentially making it a tasting facility without the original “Brewed in West Haven” concept.
During the public comment session of the City Council meeting at City Hall on Aug. 28, some council members and residents voiced concerns about the proposed lease agreement amendment.
“I am extremely disappointed that some council members and business owners chose to publicly embarrass Mr. Gray and Mr. Juliano at that meeting, which I think is shameful,” Rossi said.
NEBCO, founded by Rob Leonard in Woodbridge in 2002, brews Sea Hag and other popular India pale ales at 175 Amity Road in Woodbridge. Sea Hag is the No. 1-selling craft IPA in Connecticut.
The brewery development was announced by NEBCO executives and city and state leaders in West Haven on Nov. 1, 2021. The proposed multimillion-dollar project had been touted to create up to 100 jobs and generate hundreds of thousands in permit fees and long-term lease payments for the city.
According to city records, the Savin Rock Conference Center opened in April 1997 and closed for renovations in February 2019. The building, constructed in 1971, previously housed The Casino and Harbour Mist restaurants and originally Phyllis’ Restaurant.
West Haven Mayor Nancy R. Rossi congratulates 2023 Miss American Teen Mackenzie Gardner after presenting a citation recognizing her “crowning achievement” during a reception at City Hall on Aug. 28. Gardner, a West Haven resident whose yearlong reign ended Sunday, won the Miss American Coed pageant Sept. 4, 2022, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Ballroom in Orlando, Fla. She was also presented with a flower arrangement from Councilwoman Meli Garthwait, R-2, on behalf of the City Council. (City Photo/Patricia C. Horvath)
Gardner, 2023 Miss American Teen, cited by city
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 5, 2023 — 2023 Miss American Teen Mackenzie Gardner received a citation and other congratulatory gifts from Mayor Nancy R. Rossi recognizing Gardner’s “crowning achievement” during a long-overdue reception at City Hall on Aug. 28.
Rossi was joined by a delegation of city and Board of Education leaders to bestow the citation on Gardner, whose yearlong reign ended Sunday.
Gardner won the Miss American Coed pageant Sept. 4, 2022, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Ballroom in Orlando, Florida.
She is a 2021 graduate of West Haven High School and was a co-captain of the girls ice hockey team. She is a junior at the University of New Haven.
Gardner’s father, Scott, beamed with pride as the group of officials honored his daughter in the third-floor conference room of City Hall, just before the evening’s City Council meeting.
Gardner was also joined by friends and other loved ones, including grandparents Harold and Pat Bellmore and great-aunt Patricia B. Libero, who introduced the “hardworking” Gardner.
“(Mackenzie) is task-oriented, personable and an all-around good kid,” said Libero, a Republican member of the school board. “She continues to strive to be the best person of herself and keeps on pushing herself to be better and better.
“So in keeping with the drive to be the best she can be, for the first time since 1933 when Marian Bergeron won the 1933 Miss America pageant, West Haven has a natural pageant winner, Miss American Teen. During the past year, Mackenzie has represented Connecticut and West Haven at many, many events. It is so very appropriate that we as a West Haven community celebrate her success, as her success is West Haven’s success.”
Rossi then lauded Gardner before reading and presenting the citation to her.
“Your determination, sacrifice and desire for excellence have placed you among the most talented teenagers in the United States,” said Rossi, who also presented Gardner with a blue tote bag containing a signed copy of the 2021 centennial book, “City of West Haven: Village to Town,” along with centennial coins and lapel pins.
“You have represented our city with class, dignity and courage by demonstrating the best of the American spirit and Westie pride,” the mayor said. “Our community is proud of you and your accomplishment.
“I also applaud your commitment to setting an example for young people to follow and to helping others in our community.”
After Rossi’s remarks, Councilwoman Meli Garthwait, R-2, presented Gardner with a flower arrangement on behalf of the council.
Gardner was gracious to the crowd, especially when speaking about her hometown.
“Truly I don’t think I would be the person I am today without the lessons that West Haven has taught me, as well as them being able to rally around me and give me new opportunities,” Gardner said. “I’m really grateful to be able to bring this back to West Haven, and I hope to do all that I can to make you guys proud.”
Fire service exhibit moved to Johnson center
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 1, 2023 — (Pictured): An 1889 Button Crane Neck hand pumper is unloaded and moved by Tony Capuano, the West Haven Fire Department’s superintendent of apparatus, rear, to a new display in the foyer of the Robert A. Johnson Community Center at 201 Noble St. on Aug. 31.
To accommodate the large hand pumper, crews had to remove the center’s six-panel front window before the apparatus was carefully unloaded from a wrecker provided by Bruneau’s Garage.
Capuano was assisted by Councilman Robert Bruneau, D-9, who owns the West Haven garage, and retired West Haven fire Lt. William Heffernan III, the department’s historian.
The antique hand pumper, formerly operated by the department’s Engine & Hose Company 1, was part of a fire service exhibit in the former Savin Rock Museum at 6 Rock St. for many years.
City officials are looking to convert a portion of the Johnson center into a museum to house old Savin Rock Park and fire service memorabilia.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
WHSC offers Foxwoods trip Nov. 8
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 1, 2023 — The West Haven Senior Center is offering a bus trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard on Nov. 8.
Enjoy the new Pequot Woodlands Casino at Foxwoods featuring 430 slot machines, the new high-limit slot room with 130 state-of-the-art machines and the newly opened Wahlburgers restaurant, as well as shopping at the Tanger Outlets.
No casino packages are offered at the moment.
The trip costs $35. Payment is due Oct. 13.
The bus departs at 8:30 a.m. from the Veterans Memorial Park parking lot at 91 Bull Hill Lane, the former Nike site, and leaves at 3 p.m. from Foxwoods.
Non-senior center members and nonresidents are welcome. To reserve a seat, call the center at 203-937-3507.
West Haven Senior Center plans Stonington Vineyards trip Oct. 11
WEST HAVEN, Aug. 18, 2023 — The West Haven Senior Center is offering a bus trip to Stonington Vineyards on Oct. 11.
The trip includes a one-hour wine tasting and a keepsake glass, followed by a visit to Olde Mistick Village, where attendees can shop and have lunch independently.
The trip’s final stop is at the historic B.F. Clydes Cider Mill, the oldest operating steam-powered cider mill in the U.S., which offers cider doughnuts, hard cider, wine and other treats.
The cost is $120. Payment is due Sept. 25.
The bus departs at 9:45 a.m. from the Veterans Memorial Park parking lot at 91 Bull Hill Lane, the former Nike site, and leaves at 4 p.m. from Mystic.
Non-senior center members and nonresidents are welcome. To make a reservation, call the center at 203-937-3507.
West Haven Vietnam vets sought for new section of memorial ‘wall’
WEST HAVEN, Aug. 18, 2023 — Current and former city residents who served in the Vietnam War are sought by the West Haven Vietnam Memorial Inc. Committee to have their names inscribed on a new section of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Bradley Point Park.
To qualify for name recognition on the memorial “wall,” Vietnam veterans must apply and meet the following requirements:
— Applicants must live or have lived in West Haven. Veterans living in West Haven must provide proof of residence, such as a utility bill.
— Applicants must have served in-country during the Vietnam War.
— Applicants must have been honorably discharged from military service. A DD214 form (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) is required.
— Applicants must share potential costs, if any.
The committee does not have a formal application. Veterans must mail all documents, which are due Jan. 1, 2024, to West Haven Vietnam Veterans, City Hall, lower level, 355 Main St., West Haven, CT 06516.
Those with questions can call Bill at 203-521-2356, Steve at 475-655-2993 or Paul at 203-500-2159.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial includes a black granite wall inscribed with the names of those from West Haven who served or gave their lives in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975, along with three white flagpoles draped with the American, Connecticut and prisoner-of-war flags.
The memorial, dedicated Nov. 12, 2003, also includes a black granite map of the four battle districts of Vietnam bearing the inscription “All Gave Some, Some Gave All,” as well as five bronze insignia markers atop black granite posts representing each branch of the U.S. armed forces.