Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mosquitoes trapped in the vicinity of South Elm Street tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The letter below was emailed to most parents in town via the schools their children attend. I wanted to push this out as others already have Wallingford wide as much as possible for maximum exposure.

Dear Stevens Parents,

We have received information from the Town of Wallingford Health Department that some mosquitoes trapped in the vicinity of South Elm Street, tested positive for West Nile Virus.

I encourage you and your children to follow the guidelines provided within the attached letter to limit the possibility of exposure to West Nile.

We will continue to work with the Health Department to monitor the situation and we will keep you informed regarding the issue.

Thank you,

Nicholas Brophy, Principal – Stevens School


If you have any questions, please feel free to call.

Dr. Salvatore F. Menzo – Superintendent
Email -
Twitter - @SalMenzo

Wallingford Public School District
43 Hall Avenue
Wallingford, CT 06492

Wallingford Public School System Mission

To inspire, educate and support all students as they discover and pursue their personal best.

Monday, August 26, 2013

“Lone Wolf” Long Hill Road Dog and owners reunited.

Great job Wallingford; less than 24 hours later and after more than 475 “shares” on Facebook this family pet is home safe and sound.

With all the focus on this since last night I wanted to make sure everyone heard the good news.


Monday, August 19, 2013

AGENDA Wallingford Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Monday, August 19, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Robert Earley Auditorium
Town Hall – 45 South Main Street

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call


1. #13-029 – Variance Request/Stanton/628 South Colony Road

2. #13-030 – Special Exception Request/Kummer/6 Overlook Drive

3. #13-031 – Variance Request/Capasso/282 North Elm Street

4. #13-032 – Variance Request/Gouveia/60 North Main Street

5. #13-033 – Variance Request (modification)/Oliveira/242 North Colony Street


Friday, August 16, 2013

Cable Installation Press Release: Wallingford Grade Crossings

Cable Installation Update: August 2013

Amtrak continues the installation of underground signal and communication cables, the first portion of construction for the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail Program. This work is required to upgrade signal and communication systems for the NHHS rail corridor and prepare for subsequent track and infrastructure improvements to re-establish Track 2.

As part of this work, beginning the week of August 19 there will be temporary detours and road closures along grade crossings in the town of Wallingford. Work at the following locations will occur during the daytime hours of 7AM-5PM.

Please note that this schedule is approximate and subject to change:

  • Monday, August 19: Quinnipiac Street: One lane will remain open at all times. Quinnipiac Street will have westbound traffic detoured to Hall Avenue.
  • Tuesday, August 20: Hall Avenue: One lane will remain open at all times.
  • Wednesday, August 21: Ward Street: The road will be closed and traffic will be detoured accordingly.
  • Thursday, August 22: Parker Street: The road will be closed and traffic will be detoured accordingly.
  • Monday, August 26: North Plains Highway: The road will be closed and traffic will be detoured accordingly.
  • Tuesday, August 27: Pent Highway: One lane will remain open at all times.

Every effort will be made to limit traffic disruptions, such as providing alternative traffic routes to motorists.

Future updates on the status and location of cable installation activities will be provided on the NHHS Rail Program website at and by email. To receive email updates, please register on the NHHS Rail Program website.

Progress Update: Cable installation activity began in October 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2014. To date, more than 37% of the construction work has be.en completed, including cable installation from North Haven to Hartford and on-track cable plowing. In addition, the installation of communication and signal equipment, as well as bridge attachments continue.

Contact: Amtrak, Peter Finch,

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Call for Photos of Vietnam Veterans Lost in the War


A Call for Photos of Vietnam Veterans Lost in the War

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has coordinated with local organizations and volunteers nationwide in a call for photographs and back stories of Vietnam War veterans listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. for display at The Educational Center at The Wall.

In 2003, legislation passed that authorized the construction of the Educational Center at The Wall by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Plans for the exhibitions at the center include the display of pictures and stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, some of the 400,000 items left at The Wall and a celebration of service member values in all wars.

Out of the over 58,000 men and women who did not return from the Vietnam War there are still about 26,000 Vietnam veterans listed on The Wall who still need corresponding photographs and stories.

The call for photos is tied to the Faces Never Forgotten campaign, encouraging friends and families of veterans, as well as every citizen, to ensure that the memories and stories of those inscribed on The Wall are never forgotten. VVMF hopes to give every soldier the honor of being fully remembered as a person and not just a name.

“To complete the mission and begin construction of the Education Center, we will continue to depend on the dedication and generosity of those individuals, organizations and communities that make it their goal to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and contribute in their honor,” says Jan C. Scruggs, President and Founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

For info on the Education Center at The Wall or submitting a photo, visit or call 866-990-WALL.

Contact: Bianca Bahary
Media line: 204-395-0225 x 117
Media Line Cell: 202-207-5931

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A “Pay it Forward” of mine came full circle today

So I was having a mediocre day (at best) when I decided to take a walk downtown and get some dinner at Archie Moore’s.

The place was no more or less busy than I would have thought for a Sunday night at 8:30PM.

I ate my Chef Salad, finished my diet Coke, and asked for my bill so I could pay up and leave as I wanted to round out a full 5 mile walk before it got too late.

The bartender told me I was all set, my check was paid for, and handed me this note (it was from someone that was sitting on the other side of the bar who I had helped years prior repairing their computers):


And that folks is how a mediocre day ends as a nice one.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

17th Annual MDA Party for a Cure – Zandri’s Stillwood Inn

Over the past 16 years this event at the Stillwood Inn has raised over $375,000.00 and we are hoping to take it over $400,000.00 with this year’s event.

If you’ve supported the event in the past we hope to see you again this year.

If you have ever thought about coming out for a night of food and fun in an effort to support this cause, there is no time like the present – please consider joining us for the 17th annual Party for a Cure.

All the information and details are below but if you have any questions please call the Stillwood directly.

On behalf of my Uncle James Zandri, thank you for all the years of support and we look forward to see you this year as well.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Happy 9th Birthday Andrew

Nine years ago on August 8th, 2004 I became a father for the first time.

I really try to recall exactly what I felt that day but I have to admit that I can’t.

Now I might otherwise feel badly about that but seeing as how I had three more kids and literally hundreds of small adventures with them all, separately and together, I think it’s fair to say that I got on a rollercoaster that day that is still moving. It’s all been so much fun and adventure that it’s hard to single out specific events.

I know I was amazed, astonished, hopeful and happy. I am sure I was filled with many more emotions. 

It’s been a lot of fun and I am glad the ride is still going. And like the rollercoaster ride – the life around all the kids is loud and exciting and as much of it seems like a bunch of fits and starts I wouldn’t wish it to be any different.


Andrew – nine years has already gone in the blink of an eye and I worry the next nine will too. In the meantime, while you grow more and more, and become more responsible for additional things around the house and in school…. let’s go exploring and see what’s out there. Tomorrow will come and you are getting ready for it. In the meantime, let’s just check out today.

You’re away in Poland for your 9th birthday, as you have been most years in August, but that’s OK because I know you’re surrounded by family and love. As a father that wants the very best for his children I couldn’t ask for very much more for you on your birthday and all the days between.

Happy birthday little man – I’ll see you in 20 days.

I love you











Friday, August 2, 2013

REMINDER - August 3, 2013 Wallingford CT - The 3rd Annual Dry Dock Music Festival (4 Bands)



August 3, 2013- The RIR All Star Band- Wallinford Ct.

From Feb. 15, 2013- The RIR All Star Band- Wallingford Ct.

August 3, 2013 Wallingford CT.- The 3rd Annual Dry Dock Music Festival (4 Bands)-Tickets $25.00 - Featuring The RIR All Star Band - Richie Supa (Aerosmith), Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel) , Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), Muddy Shews (Southside Johnny), Mark Stein(Vanilla Fudge). More Info Click Link (Use PayPal and Message Tickets) or Call 203-626-5560

"Please Share This Flyer.. Lets motivate 5 states (CT. NY. MA.RI. NH.) of in recovery people, or supporters of the recovery movement to come spend the day, have some fun, and support a great organization"... The RIR BAND


A Message From The Dry Dock Founder - Rich Figlewski


Rich Figlewski, Founder and President "The Dry Dock "

"The Dry Dock provides a sober alternative to the community. A friendly, open and supportive place where fellowship is the cornerstone of recovery, an environment where an open heart, mind and understanding of recovery and it's pitfalls is openly shared, where living in the principles of a twelve step program is encouraged. I am I am also a recovering alcoholic and addict.

In January of 2010 two friends in recovery died. One drank himself to death and was found in his apartment 4 days later. The other wrote a note to his mother, went in the bathroom and shot up an overdose of heroin. The loneliness and pain were just too much for them. This story repeats itself over and over, daily at times, in the recovery community. I left my job in February 2010, took my severance and retirement and started the Dry Dock. I believe that by having a safe place for people saves lives. We survive on donations and the kindness of others. There are no salaries.

Your contribution will help keep us open. Your contribution will help save lives". Remember, "if you are not careful, you might just help somebody." Read More

Thursday, August 1, 2013

State Officials Warn Residents About “Free Medical Alert” Scams

State Officials Warn Residents About “Free Medical Alert” Scams

HARTFORD, July 30, 2013 -- Scammers promising “free” medical alert devices have been contacting residents across the state, and consumers need to be take note and spread the word, Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen
advised today.

In the past several months, both offices have received numerous consumer complaints about callers posing as representatives for medical device companies. After offering a medical alert system at no cost, scammers then ask for money and personal information in return for the supposedly “free” equipment.

It appears that older adults are the prime target of their calls.

“There are numerous phone numbers being used in these scams, which often involve illegal spoofing of numbers and robo-calling,” Commissioner Rubenstein said today. “Our investigators are working to sort out all the possible culprits and put a halt to their unscrupulous practices. But for the time being, consumers need to be cautious and as needed, inform older family members that these scams are going

Spoofing occurs when a scammer imitates a legitimate caller or business. Federal law prohibits the practice if the intent is to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.

If you receive a call from a company that claims to be one you do business with, and you are interested in the offer, independently verify the legitimacy of the caller and the offer, using telephone numbers, websites or other sources you are certain are reliable.

“Do not give out your personal information in unsolicited phone calls,” Attorney General Jepsen said.

“If you receive such a call, the best strategy is to hang up the phone.”

“Whenever an offer seems too good to be true, you can be assured that it’s not true,” Rubenstein said.


Media Contacts:

Department of Consumer Protection:
Claudette Carveth

Office of the Attorney General:
Jaclyn M. Falkowski