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Saturday, February 22 News

Hamden announces January’s Most Notable Tree

The Hamden Tree Commission has name the Heritage river birch tree (Betula nigra var ‘Cully’) as the Hamden Notable Tree for January 2020. The trees are located on the Regional Water Authority property near the corner of Waite Street and Gordon Street in Spring Glen. A representative from the RWA states that “[t]he trees were planted during the construction of the Webb Brook Cove storm water treatment system in 2007.”

These trees are easily recognizable by the beautiful salmon-cinnamon colored bark of young trees and stems, which exfoliates in large sheets. As the bark exfoliates, it reveals a creamy white inner bark; the contrast is striking and provides stunning visual interest in the winter months. As the tree ages, the bark becomes darker and sheds in smaller sheets. As its name implies, the tree grows best in moist soils. It is considered one of the hardiest, heat-resistant and low-maintenance of all the birch trees. This tree may develop large surface roots which make it unsuitable for locations near sidewalks, streets, or driveways.

The RWA is honored to be recognized by Hamden’s Notable Tree program. “As the owner of over 27,000 acres of forested land in the region we understand the importance of trees in our community,” said the RWA representative, “and appreciate the work of the Hamden Tree Commission in protecting this natural resource.”

To nominate a tree, send its location and a few sentences describing the tree to: help@hamden.com. Include a name, address, email and phone number as well. Or mail the nomination to the Hamden Tree Commission care of the Mayor’s Office, Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518.

Concert benefits education foundation

HAMDEN — The Hamden Education Foundation presents “Voice of Hamden II,” a vocal competition and concert, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, snow date Jan. 24, at Hamden High School.

The concert includes a special appearance by Blessing Offord, a former “The Voice” contestant; also 12 student finalists singing their favorite songs. Nydia Cintron Natal, Kristian Lozada, Elena Farley, Justin Esmer, Elodie Constantinuescu, Gabriella Riccio; two Hamden Middle School students: Dahlia Goldblatt, Maya Sain; and three Hamden Elementary School students: Emily Savik, Brandon Geddie and Claudia Persinger.

Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for kids 10 and under. Reserve at hamdenmainstage.seatyourself.biz or call 203-407-2040 ext 3102. Tickets are general admission.

Society holding membership drive

CHESHIRE — The Cheshire Historical Society’s annual membership drive has begun, and Justin Navarro, Society Membership Secretary, encourages all Cheshire families to join.

Navarro, best known for his participation in the popular Spirit’s Alive program, said that the society now recognizes volunteer service in lieu of membership dues.

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“We have so many people that volunteer, especially at events such as Spirits Alive, and we want to recognize that service.”

Anyone interested in joining can e-mail cheshirehistory@che.necoxmail.com and a membership form will be sent including volunteer service areas. Why join this group?

The Society is located on the Church Green, 43 Church Drive, the white house with the red doors which is the Hitchcock-Phillips House built in 1785. The society is open on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. and offers free docent-led tours.

Membership starts at $5 for students. The all-volunteer society relies heavily on membership contributions for collections management, program development, and operating expenses. To join the society, renew membership, or make a donation, visit www.cheshirehistory.org or call (203) 272-2574. Many volunteer opportunities are available for anyone with an interest in history or for students who wish to complete community service hours.

Patent attorney to offer course

MILFORD — Michael A. Blake, registered patent attorney, will present a two-evening course on Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights for the individual inventor and small businesses.

An overview of the US patent system, trademarks, and copyrights will be presented. The patent process, preparation, prosecution and issuance will be discussed on the first night. Trademarks and copyrights will be discussed on the second night. The course will be held at Law High School, Room 101, 20 Lansdale Ave, Milford, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 19 and 26 Contact Milford Adult Education at www.milforded.org or (203) 783-3461 to sign up. The cost is $39 for Milford residents, $34 for Milford Seniors, and $44 for non-residents of Milford.

Spare change can help

Convert spare change into cash and help make a difference in the community with Connex Credit Union’s Coins-for-Change program. From now through March 31, 2020, the modest fee that Connex charges for using its coin-cashing machines will be donated directly to one of four charitable organizations.

Anyone can participate in Coins-for-Change, even if they are not a member of the credit union. Bring spare change to one of the coin-cashing machines at the following locations before March 31:

Connex’s Guilford Branch located at 849 Boston Post Rd. to donate to the Connecticut chapter of the Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Society. The FSHD society is the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of FSHD patients, families and research activists. Funds raised will be used for research and development.

Connex’s Hamden Branch located at 2100 Dixwell Ave. to donate to Nadeau Farms, a working livestock rescue farm in operation since 1939 that offers fresh chicken and duck eggs, as well as goat yoga classes. Funds raised will go toward the continued rescue and care of animals.

Connex’s Monroe Branch located at 155 Main St. to donate to Monroe Playground Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to replacing the aging wooden playground in Wolfe Park in Monroe. Funds raised will be used to progress the organization’s goal of positively impacting local children and the community for years to come.

Connex’s North Haven Branch located at 412 Washington Ave. to donate to North Haven Youth Football, an organization offering flag and tackle football and cheerleading programs for local children. Funds raised will be used to purchase safer equipment and new uniforms.

If you are a local nonprofit or charitable organization interested in participating in the Coins-for-Change program, please contact Roquita Johnson at rjohnson@connexcu.org or 1-800-CR-UNION.

Rossi reestablishes Economic Development Commission

WEST HAVEN, Jan. 17, 2020 — Mayor Nancy R. Rossi has reestablished the Economic Development Commission by appointing a handful of new members who bring a trove of experience in development, education, health care and the arts.

The recently appointed commission, which has not met since November 2016, has agreed to work with Rossi to improve the quality of life and economic viability of West Haven. The members are Stefano Coletta, the owner of Paramount Construction & Development LLC; Christine Sullivan Gallo, a retired high school Spanish teacher; Lalani Perry, the assistant vice president of internal communications at Yale University; Ed Voss, the owner and operator of York Business Center LLC; and Scotti Williams, the gift club coordinator at Yale New Haven Hospital. The alternate member is Elinor Slomba, the founder of Verge Arts Group. Sullivan Gallo, Perry and Williams were elected chair, vice chair and secretary, respectively, during the commission’s organizational meeting at City Hall on Jan. 15.

The commission’s first order of business is setting economic development goals and other items for consideration at its inaugural meeting, which is set for 5:15 p.m. Jan. 29 in the City Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.

Objectives of the commission include tackling vacant properties across the city, downtown retail opportunities and the Transit-Oriented Development District around the train station. Rossi said the commission will work closely with the Department of Planning and Development, including Commissioner Fred A. Messore, the city’s economic development official.

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