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Rossi, UNH advisory panel hosting town hall confab April 17

Rossi, UNH advisory panel hosting town hall meeting April 17

WEST HAVEN, April 9, 2018 — Mayor Nancy R. Rossi is inviting residents to participate in the first town hall meeting of 2018 on April 17 at City Hall.

The meeting is slated for 6-8 p.m. in the Harriet C. North Community Room on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St. It is sponsored by the mayor’s office and the University of New Haven Mayor’s Advisory Commission.

Residents are encouraged to bring prepared questions about issues affecting West Haven.

People are asked to keep each question — a maximum of two per person — under two minutes to give all attendees an equal opportunity to voice their concerns. However, two follow-up questions are allowed after each initial question, organizers said.

The moderator is Marcin Stankevitch, a sophomore political science major at UNH. Stankevitch, a graduate of St. Lawrence School and Notre Dame High School in West Haven, is a part-time staffer with the mayor’s office.

Rossi and her staff are excited about holding new events at City Hall, as previous events, such as the “Mayor’s Night In,” have been well-received.

“I hope that by holding events in City Hall and around West Haven, we can continue to promote transparency and take into account the needs of citizens,” Rossi said.

For more information, call the mayor’s office at 203-937-3510.

Rossi schedules ‘Mayor’s Weekend Office Hours’ April 21

Rossi schedules ‘Mayor’s Weekend Office Hours’ April 21

WEST HAVEN, April 9, 2018 — Mayor Nancy R. Rossi will host her first “Mayor’s Weekend Office Hours” to talk with city residents and business owners about their concerns and ideas.

The event is set for 9-11 a.m. April 21 in the mayor’s office on the third floor of City Hall, 355 Main St. People are asked to use the west entrance of City Hall, opposite Shoreline Dental Care.

Anyone who wants to meet with Rossi can start arriving at 8:30 a.m. and sign in with the mayor’s staff in the City Council chambers, next to the mayor’s office. Rossi and her staff will meet with constituents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents are asked to maximize their time with the mayor by coming prepared. The mayor’s staff is encouraging people to bring their talking points and, if appropriate, prepare a handout that can be left with Rossi so she can research their issues and do the appropriate follow-up.

In the interest of time, the length of individual meetings may be limited depending on the number of people who attend.

For information, call the mayor’s office at 203-937-3510.

Become a certified lifeguard during April break!

Become a certified lifeguard during April school break

WEST HAVEN, April 9, 2018 — If youre 15 or older and looking for a great part-time job or a challenging career that’s in demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program is one of the best places to start.

Lifeguarding lets you work as a team to help people safely enjoy the water. You could even save a life!

Learning is fun and easy. Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn.

The starting lifeguard pay is $10.50 per hour.

The course, offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation, meets at the West Haven High School pool. The cost is $400 for residents and $475 for nonresidents.

Sign up at Park-Rec.

Those with questions can call Park-Rec at 203-937-3651 or email instructor Margaret Ruggiero at

The ‘boot’ is back; city starts booting tax delinquents April 15

The ‘boot’ is back; city starts booting tax delinquents April 15

WEST HAVEN, April 3, 2018 — City residents who are delinquent on their motor vehicle taxes are urged to pay their overdue taxes before the “boot” program begins April 15 or risk their vehicles being immobilized with a wheel-locking boot.

TaxServ Capital Services LLC of Hartford is the city’s vendor that administers the program in cooperation with Vioalert Systems LLC of West Haven.

Taxpayers can check if they owe back taxes and pay online at Tax Collector. They can also pay in person in the tax office on the first floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.

A vehicle-mounted ID system that is part of the boot program uses an infrared license plate scanner to target tax scofflaws. Vehicles are released of the boot once their owners pay all back taxes and boot fees.

Newly elected Tax Collector Dorothy Chambrelli is planning an aggressive campaign for collecting taxes.

“Please do not ignore your taxes; everyone must do their part,” Chambrelli said. “Your failure to pay negatively affects the entire city.”

Taxes accrue additional interest on the first day of each month.

Park-Rec programs

Park-Rec programs offered

Looking for something fun & different to do with the kids during April school break? Then, come out to Painter Park - Tall Oaks Recreation Office, lower level - for a "painting party" from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 18. Join in the fun and bring out your creative side with a "FROGdesign provided by the staff at Picasso Paint Party. We'll provide the painting supplies for each budding artist! A "GREAT" time for all ages!

Recommended minimum age for the paint party is 5 years old. Adult supervision is recommended for children ages 5-7 or if a child needs extra support.

The fee is $28 for residents and $33 for nonresidents.
There is an $5 discount for the additional participants in the same family.

PLEASE NOTE:  Space is limited, so sign up early!

For more information, visit Park-Rec.

"NEW" CAMP opportunity for boys and girls ages 6-12 this summer!

Park-Rec is pleased to offer two mini-specialty camps Monday-Friday, Aug. 13-17, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Painter Park lower pavilions!

                  ~Minimum of 8 required per camp to be offered~
    • Soar through the summer with your own handmade flying machines with our AVIATION Hobby Quest Flight Captain! Open to boys & girls, children will learn basic S.T.E.M. concepts; valuable skills like following step by step instruction; sanding & gluing and will know airplane parts and what makes them fly! Each child - pilot will create, fly and bring home every plane they build during the week.

    • Design and create one-of-a-kind trendy pieces that will compliment your summer FASHIONwardrobe with our Hobby Quest Designer! Open to boys & girls, children will be encourage to design and sketch their fashion creation and will be shown basic hand-sewing and decorating skills for their garment. At the end of the week, Fashionistas, will model their unique fashion creations in the Camp Fashion Show! Each child will bring home every garment they make during the week.

      Each camp costs $190 for residents and $205 for nonresidents.

      For more information, visit Park-Rec.
    Allingtown/West Haven Senior Center sets spring dance

    Allingtown/West Haven Senior Center schedules spring dance

    WEST HAVEN, April 3, 2018 — The Allingtown/West Haven Senior Center is holding its annual spring dance from noon-4 p.m. April 18 at the Cielo Banquet Ballroom, 85 Chase Lane, with music by the Airborne Trio.

    Catered by Cusano By Maria Catering, the event menu includes antipasto, pasta and dessert, as well as a main course of steak piazzaiola, stuffed sole or chicken Marsala.

    Beer, wine and soda are also included.

    The cost is $24 for members and $26 for nonmembers.

    To register, call the senior center at 203-937-3507.

    Vets Museum hosting ‘Sgt. Stubby’ showing at local theater

    Vets Museum hosting ‘Sgt. Stubby’ showing at New Haven theater

    WEST HAVEN, March 28, 2018 — The West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center is hosting a showing of the animated film “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” at 8 p.m. April 13 at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, 86 Temple St., New Haven.

    For the exclusive showing, the museum, 30 Hood Terrace, is offering two packages.

    The reception package costs $25 and includes a reception at the museum from 5:30-7 p.m., bus transportation to the theater, and admission to the movie.

    The movie-only package costs $15 for adults and $10 for children.

    To buy a package, call the museum at 203-934-1111.

    The museum is hosting the showing of the film, based on the life of Sgt. Stubby, the first local war hero on four legs, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

    In 1917, 101 years ago this spring, a stray dog with brown and white fur and a thick snout wandered onto the New Haven fields near Yale Bowl, where the 102nd Infantry of the Army’s 26th Yankee Division camped and trained, according to a report by Connecticut Magazine.

    Pvt. J. Robert Conroy, a 25-year-old New Britain man, adopted the dog and named him Stubby. The dog went on to serve in the trenches of France during World War I, where he would bark, salute, charm, and earn his way into history for a number of heroics.

    Team Tom raising money for MS Walk April 29

    Team Tom raising money for MS Walk on April 29 at Savin Rock

    WEST HAVEN, March 28, 2018 — Tom Conroy, a program coordinator at the Department of Parks and Recreation, is seeking donations for his team, Team Tom, for the upcoming walk for multiple sclerosis.

    The annual Connecticut MS Walk is set for 10 a.m. April 29 at the Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock St. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

    The 2- or 5-mile route runs in part along the Savin Rock beach walk.

    Conroy, 63, was diagnosed 10 years ago with MS, a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system.

    To raise money for MS research, Team Tom is selling tie-dye T-shirts for $20. To buy a tee, visit Park-Rec’s Painter Park office, 190 Kelsey Ave., or call Conroy at 203-937-3651.

    Team Tom has collected about $40,000 for the cause since 2009.

    To make a donation or become a team member, go to

    Driver safety course offered in West Haven

    Driver safety course offered April 25

    WEST HAVEN, March 28, 2018 — The West Haven Senior Center will offer an AARP Driver Safety Program from 2-6 p.m. April 25 at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.

    The program is designed to help sharpen driving skills, develop strategies to adjust to age-related vision changes, develop hearing and reaction times, and learn about the effects of medication on driving performance.

    Participants must complete the class to receive a certification for insurance purposes.

    The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers, payable to AARP.

    To register, call the senior center at 203-937-3507.

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