Sunday, September 28, 2014

As time moves by…

A little more of a personal thing than a “Wallingford” thing but I felt like sharing it anyway.

At the beginning of the year I had the chance to buy two sets of three ticket packs to Fenway Park as part of a small package deal.

Little did I know at the time that I would be picking two great games versus two great opposing ball clubs for the 2014 season – The Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees.

I couldn’t have known at the beginning of the season that Baltimore would be in first place and that the Red Sox vs. Yankee game would be the last game that Derek Jeter would play.

So let me set you the stage – I am a die hard Red Sox fan since the early 70s.

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While I didn’t go to many games as a kid with my father to Fenway or Yankee Stadium (I think it may have been three games in total over my whole childhood) I did get to see some greats play.

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I was able to watch these greats over at Fenway Park (as shown above in 1977 at the ripe old age of eight with my then seven year old sister who would not be caught dead in a Sox hat these days). 

Rice
Fisk
Evans
Lynn
Yastrzemski
Eckersley
Stanley

And over at the arch nemesis Yankee Stadium and the House that Ruth built:

Gossage
Guidry
Hunter
Righetti
Munson
Chambliss
Dent
Nettles
Randolph
Stanley
Jackson
Piniella
Rivers

I couldn’t tell you where I was when any of these players played their final game. I only follow baseball casually (as much as I still maintain my claim as a die hard Sox fan).

What I can say is I remember 2004 and 2007 vividly (for obvious reasons – again, as a die hard Sox fan). I also realize that 2018 is coming shortly and from 1918 forward things were tough for Sox fans for that little bit of time.

I don’t know if my kids are able to follow the game as I did; I was really into it then (and I still have some of my baseball cards!) and I wanted to introduce the game to them.

I have taken them a couple of times now to McCoy Stadium to see the Paw Sox play. (Alex even got a game ball!)

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A few years ago I bought a package to tour Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park and I took Andrew with me (he was seven at the time in 2011).

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I don’t know if the kids will remember the exciting games, or if it will be the hot dogs, or the time in the car, or maybe Dad dancing with them to “Dancing with Myself” or singing along to “Sweet Caroline”, or perhaps the sportsmanship shown on the day Jeter retired or any of the number of other things that went on during the game and the time at the ball parks. The impressions left on each of them will be different.

I selfishly hope that when they look back that the thought that crosses their minds starts with “I remember that day – I was there with my Dad when…”

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I am not destined for greatness but that will not stop me from attempting great things and if all I manage to do with my life in totality is to have been able to keep four kids well grounded, excited to learn, grow, and engage, then I have achieved more than I ever thought I was capable of.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday Alex

My youngest child is my son Alex – born on September 4 2009 at 10:20 in the morning (5 days early).

He weighed in at 7 pounds 11 ounces and measured 19 3/4 inches in length.

Like each of my four children, he has a strong personality and a happy and wonderful nature. He reminds me, without knowing otherwise, that living life simply is such a wonderful thing. Alex is my daily reminder of this.

So on your 5th birthday Alex and as you start Kindergarten this week, I want to wish you all of life’s simple pleasures – no one I know will get more from them than you.

Be happy, be strong, be gentle, and be kind; the rest will work itself out in the fullness of time.

I love you Captain.

Daddy.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday Andrew

It is hard to believe but ten years past on August 8th, 2004 I became a father for the first time.

I would become a father three more times but Andrew was my first.

I miss him – he and his mother, sister, and two brothers are away in Poland for their annual holiday.

Another year goes by and I don’t get the chance to see him on his birthday but I take some comfort in the fact that I know he is enjoying his time and his extended family in Poland

Happy birthday little man – I’ll see you in 24 days.

I love you

Dad.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Upcoming Public Information Meetings regarding improvements to be made at railroad grade crossings in Wallingford and Meriden

 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will conduct two public information meetings regarding improvements to be made at railroad grade crossings in Wallingford and Meriden.
 
The meeting in Wallingford will occur on Monday, June 16th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Wallingford Public Library, located at 200 North Main Street.
 
 
The meeting in Meriden will occur on Wednesday, June 18th.
 
The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Griffin Room of the Meriden Public Library, located at 105 Miller Street.
 
 
All persons interested in this project are welcomed to attend the meeting(s) and discuss the project with Department personnel. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

JUNE 7TH FAMILY FUN DAY WALLINGFORD GET-TOGETHER - POT LUCK STYLE

SATURDAY JUNE 7, 2014 2PM – 6PM
PRAGEMANN PARK
WALLINGFORD, CT

RAIN OR SHINE


Come out for a chance to get to know your fellow Wallingfordians!

Admission is free, so bring your family, friends and favorite outdoor game for a good time.

Burgers, hot-dogs and water will be provided, 
but feel free to bring a dish of your own to share!


Hosted by:
The Wallingford Democratic Town Committee – District 7
Questions or Concerns?
Call Kaitlyn Romania @ 203.747.0396

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday Adam

My third child and second son Adam Jozef was born on this day on May 17 in 2008 at 3:29 in the afternoon; he was 3 days early.

He weighed in at 7 pounds 1 ounce and measured 19 inches in length.

So on his birthday, (and every day), I wish him all the happiness he can come into on his own and all the success that he has the opportunity to obtain. As he gets there, I hope he learns to appreciate “the little things” that life has to offer and returns to the world at least what he takes from it. 

Happy birthday Adam; I wish you many more. I hope I can continue to be half the father you think I am as that is still ten times more than I thought I was capable of.

Love, Daddy.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Transit Oriented Development Pre-Development and Acquisition Fund announced

Gov. Malloy Announces Fund to Spur Economic Growth and TOD Along Expanding CT Transportation Corridors.

On April 30, 2014, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the creation of a $15 million Transit Oriented Development Pre-Development and Acquisition Fund to provide financing that will encourage developers to carry out transit-oriented development (TOD) in communities with station stops along the CTFastrak and New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) transit corridors.

The state and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) will each contribute $1 million to the fund, which will be added to $13 million of private capital provided by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Connecticut, who will also serve as the fund manager. Transit-Oriented Development prioritizes the development of a mix of uses – new housing, retail and commercial office space – near transit hubs to encourage the use of mass transit, reduce reliance on driving, and foster more dense, liveable, walkable communities.

“With the investment of $1 million in state funds and $1 million from CHFA, we will leverage at least $13 million in private funds from LISC and potentially millions more from banks, developers and other investors in order to create jobs, reduce congestion by encouraging mass transit ridership, build new affordable housing in walk-able communities near transit and improve our quality of life,” said Governor Malloy. “Since taking office, we have invested in projects like CTFastrak and New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line because we know they will be catalysts for further growth and private investment that will revitalize communities. As we focus on promoting mixed-use, sustainable development statewide, this fund will serve as an important component of our tool-kit in these two corridors as we work with municipalities, developers and other organizations to lay the foundation for long-term sustainable economic activity and ensure these are livable, walkable communities for employees and employers alike.”

The TOD fund will be a $15 million fund comprised of $1 million from the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), $1 million from CHFA and $13 million from LISC. LISC was selected to serve as the TOD fund manager through a competitive process based on the organization’s experience funding and administering TOD projects as well as their knowledge of the unique needs of Connecticut’s transit corridor towns.


“This predevelopment fund will expand economic opportunity by connecting residents to jobs and education and LISC is excited to partner with Governor Malloy’s administration on it,” said Andrea Pereira, Executive Director of LISC Connecticut. “LISC stands ready to work with the Governor to encourage economic growth along Connecticut’s transit corridors and to realize our shared goal of a more economically and geographically integrated region.”

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Legendary Locals by Tarn Granucci at the Wallingford Public Library

Sunday, April 13: 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Calling all those who know and love Wallingford! Come and share your family photographs, personal stories, and local legends at this community gathering celebrating your hometown. Local resident Tarn Garnucci will be gathering the information for an Acadia publishing project entitled Legendary Locals of Wallingford.

All participants will have a chance to win prizes from local merchants and restaurants. The DVD Wallingford in the 1930s will be shown at the conclusion of the program and copies will be available for purchase.

All are welcome. Seating is limited.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

Learning @ Wallingford Public Library 

Wallingford Public Library
200 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 265-6754


Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

12 Years a Slave? More like 80

Please join us in the Community Room on Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. for a moderated discussion of Slavery by Another Name documentary film.  

One of our most cherished assumptions as Americans is that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Slavery by Another Name, a documentary film based on Douglas A. Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, turns that belief on its head.  The film documents how after the Civil War, repressive labor practices and laws pulled thousands of African Americans in the South back into new forms of slavery that lasted well into the 20th century.

Discussion of the film excerpts will be moderated by Richard S. Stewart, a teacher of U.S. History at Choate Rosemary Hall. Mr. Stewart attended Westminster School and has degrees from Allegheny College and Wesleyan University. His major teaching interests are movements for social reform and political history

This moderated film series will resume in the fall with The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, which are scheduled for September 24 and October 7, 2014 respectively.

This program is free and open to all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sincerely,
Jane Fisher Library Director

Monday, March 31, 2014

6th ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN SHOW


Presented by

Mark T. Sheehan High School Music Parents Association

All proceeds will go directly to the students in the Music Department to purchase instruments and for scholarships.

DATE: Sunday, April 6, 2014

TIME: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: M T Sheehan High School

142 Hope Hill Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

Donations: Adults $6 Seniors (60+) $5.00

Children 5-17 years old $1 Under 5 FREE

There will be OPERATING LAYOUTS and VENDORS of model train items and die cast vehicles. Over 50 dealers and 1,000 spectators at our 2013 show. We will also have the “Roaming Railroad” to take passengers for a ride on the school property for a $3 fee. Free parking, handicap accessible, no stairs, great food on premises, door prizes.

This year’s show will include 17 vendors of non-train related items. The additional vendors this year will include: LD’s Chocolates, Birdhouses Plus, Jumbo Gourmet Candy Apples, Comfort Baby Creations, Grand Slam Sports-UCONN Items, Lovely Lathers homemade olive oil soap, Wildtree Food, Lynne Kramer Pendants & Scarves, Tupperware, Thirty-One Gifts, Rosa’s Gems, Otter Tree Candles & Gifts, Lady Bling Jewelry, Lisa’s Soaps, Joyce Sannizzaro Ruffled Scarves & Jewelry, Longaberger and SILPADA Jewelry.

For more information, contact PHYLLIS DRESCHER

(203) 265 0223
email
jpdrescher@comcast.net

Friday, March 21, 2014

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS INFORMATIONAL FORUM REGARDING COMMON CORE

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 pm
Miller Memorial Library, Thornton Wilder Room
2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, 06518

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

CT Common Core Standards and SBAC Assessment Information Sessions

CT Common Core Standards and SBAC Assessment
There will be an information session to learn about the CT Common Core Standards and the SBAC Assessment on the following dates/times:

April 8, 2014 @ 6:45 p.m. – Rock Hill Elementary School
April 10, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m. – Pond Hill Elementary School
April 23, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m. – Yalesville Elementary School

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wallingford Parks and Recreation Summer Playground Program)


Wallingford Parks and Recreation Presents

(A summer playground program)

 

Who: For Wallingford children ages 6-11. (Children must be 6 by July 1st  and no older than 11 for duration of program.)

 

What:  A summer playground program which includes arts and crafts, sports, in house entertainment, movies, ice skating,  swimming at Community Pool and more.

 

Where: Playground camps will be held at Steven’s Elem., Moses Y Beach Elem., Parker Farms Elem., and Yalesville Elem.

 

When:  Session I begins Tuesday July 1- July 18th, 2014.   

             Session II begins Monday, July 21st – Thursday August 7th, 2014. Program is held from 8:30 a.m. –3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Program runs rain or shine!

 

Fee: Per Person Session 1 $70.00,  Session 2 $80.00.  Program is not pro-rated or charged daily. You must register per session.  Fee includes entrance for all trips, games, sports, arts and crafts, special guest appearances and bus transportation.

 

You may register at the Parks and Recreation Dept.

Registration forms will be available on February 24 at 9:30 a.m. location Room 1 at the Rec. Dept. 294-2120. Copy of birth certificate required to register - unless you have enrolled in programs previously.  Open to Wallingford Residents. (Non- residents will be considered mid - June)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY - CT 2014 FUNDRAISER DINNER

THIS YEAR THE WHVVD-CT COMMITTEE WILL HOST IT’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER DINNER AT ZANDRI’S STILLWOOD INN

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014

COCKTAIL HOUR 6:00pm - 7:00pm

DINNER SERVED AT 7:30pm

ENTERTAINMENT TIL 11:00pm


For more information and to order your tickets please see the official website via  http://www.ctwhvvd.com/ctwhvvd.com/2014_Fundraiser_Dinner.html

 

GUEST SPEAKER

Connecticut Secretary of the State

DENISE MERRILL

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ENTERTAINER PERRY GARDNER

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Perry Gardner is one very funny guy. Besides being a regular at America's top resorts such as Caeser’s Palace and The Tropicana in Atlantic City, Perry is also a favorite at New York’s prestigious Friars Club where comedy legends like Carl Reiner and Alan King constantly ask for him after seeing him “kill” at the Soupy Sales Roast. In Connecticut, Perry made a splash last year as the winner of CBC’s Funniest Man in Connecticut Competition hosted by Gabe Kaplan.  Perry has also opened for numerous acts at Foxwoods Casino including Kenny G, Chicago, and The Judds.