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Dorinda Keenan Borer receives a jacket embroidered with her new title, Irishwoman of the Year, from Mayor Edward M. O’Brien during the city’s 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration outside City Hall’s Campbell Avenue entrance Monday, March 17.

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From left, U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., drums up support for the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act with Audubon Connecticut President Stewart Hudson, Save the Sound Executive Director Curt Johnson and Mayor Edward M. O’Brien at a news conference Friday morning, April 11, on the beach walk behind the Savin Rock Conference Center. (City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
Murphy, O’Brien call for passage of bill to preserve L.I. Sound
WEST HAVEN, April 14, 2014 — U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., and Mayor Edward M. O’Brien conferred with about a dozen environmental advocates on the city’s beach walk Friday morning, April 11, to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act.
Murphy and O’Brien drummed up support for the bill, which would authorize new funding to restore and protect the Sound, with Audubon Connecticut President Stewart Hudson and Save the Sound Executive Director Curt Johnson at a news conference behind the Savin Rock Conference Center. The officials then toured areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Although decades of overdevelopment and pollution have harmed the Sound’s water quality, its economic contribution from fishing, boating, recreation and tourism is the “heart and soul” of Connecticut’s economy, netting the state an estimated $5.5 billion a year, Murphy said.
The city’s publicly accessible 3 1/2-mile shoreline comprises 25 percent of the state’s public beaches.
The stewardship act combines two separate authorizations through 2016 at $325 million over five years. The legislation includes new areas of concentration in the remediation efforts, such as adaptation and resource management to tackle threats posed by climate change.
During the conference, Johnson highlighted a joint initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to open up the mouth of the West River, which flows into New Haven Harbor, for the first time in a century to allow fish to migrate upriver and spawn.
He also touted an effort led by O’Brien to improve a vital span of the city’s wastewater pipeline to prevent spills into the Sound.
‘Unsung Heroes’
PTA members are all smiles with Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro, standing far left, and Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, standing far right, after being honored as “Unsung Heroes” for making a difference in the school district during the PTA Council’s annual Founders Day awards dinner Wednesday night, April 9, at the Westwoods Ballroom. Sitting are, from left, M. Toni Paine, Carrigan Intermediate School; PTA Council President Tracy A. Morrissey, recipient of the Marisa Matrisciano Friends of Education Award; Mary Zwack, Forest Elementary School; Darcee Lopresti, Haley Elementary School; Dina Robinson, Pagels Elementary School; and Jean Vitale, Savin Rock Community School. Standing are, from left, Stacy Sutton, Mackrille Elementary School; Garrett Owen Grant, PTA Council; Amy Warren, Washington Elementary School; Laura Mongillo, Bailey Middle School; Dana Martinez, West Haven High School; Bob Nugent, Bailey; and Hilary Brentson, Haley. (City Photo/Ralph A. Eberle)

After joining state Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, for the introduction of a municipal liquor permit bill before the General Assembly’s Committee on General Law at the state Capitol in Hartford on Thursday, March 6, Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, second from left, pauses with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, center. Accompanying O’Brien are, from left, city police Detective Brian Reilly, Capt. Richard DiMeola and Officer David Sydnor. (City Photo/John W. Lewis)

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Making a difference
Mayor Edward M. O’Brien is all smiles with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House during a visit Thursday, Jan. 23, with members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. O’Brien and his executive assistant, John W. Lewis, represented West Haven at the mayors’ conference convention recently in Washington. During the weeklong assembly of mayors whose cities have 30,000 or more residents, O’Brien had productive discussions with U.S. Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx, Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, vice president of the mayors’ conference, and U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn. O’Brien also met with Newton, Mass., Mayor Setti Warren, chairman of the Community Development and Housing Standing Committee, of which O’Brien is a member, and Tampa, Fla., Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The committee recommends policies for the general body to evaluate for endorsement at the conference’s summer meetings. (City Photo)

O’Brien holds 1st employee empowerment confab

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Big Bargain Convenience opens on Bull Hill Lane

ABOVE: Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, second from right, celebrates the grand opening of Big Bargain Convenience Sunday, April 6, at 221 Bull Hill Lane with store officers, from left, Hari Karki, Syed M. Shah, Mohammad K. Malik and Sam Ahmed.

At 8,000 square feet, the city’s “largest convenience store” offers a full line of cleaning products, groceries and auto supplies at discount prices.

(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)

In-house work

ABOVE: Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, right, inspects a newly installed catch basin Friday, April 4, at Church Street and Savin Avenue as city highway driver Eric Peterson looks on.

At the direction of O’Brien and Public Works Commissioner Joseph Durante, the Department of Public Works no longer outsources the installation of catch basins and now does the work in-house, saving the city about $1,000 per basin, officials said.

Last week alone, crews installed seven catch basins, which netted a savings of about $7,000.

(City Photo/John W. Lewis)

And the winner is ...

ABOVE: Joined by Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, right, city resident Stephen Greene shows the flat-panel TV he won as part of the recent grand opening raffle at Big Bargain Convenience on Bull Hill Lane. Looking on are, from left, store officers Sam Ahmed and Syed M. Shah.

(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)

Breast cancer walk set for Saturday, May 10, in Grove

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10, for the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Committee’s 14th annual Walk for a Cure.

The 3-mile walk, held rain or shine, will start from the Old Grove Park bathhouse and run along the beach walk to Second Avenue before returning to the Palace Street park.

Registration forms are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the Personnel Department at City Hall, 355 Main St.

The walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Preregistration is $15; sign-up is $20 at the event.

The first 100 walkers will receive a free T-shirt and coffee.

Proceeds will go to the Susan A. Ruickoldt Scholarship Fund.

For details, call 203-937-3558 or 203-937-3619.

Scholarship offered to West Haven High School seniors

The West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Committee is accepting applications for a scholarship fund it founded in memory of a third-grade Savin Rock Community School teacher who died of breast cancer.

The 12th annual Susan A. Ruickoldt Scholarship Fund will award $2,000 to a female West Haven High School senior who plans to continue her education.

Candidates must submit an application form, an official transcript and a class rank, as well as a 250-word essay on achievements and goals and a 250-word essay on the importance of breast cancer screening and education.

Applicants also must submit a letter of acceptance from a postsecondary school and a letter of intent to attend the school.

Applications are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the Personnel Department at City Hall, 355 Main St., where they are due by 5 p.m. Monday, May 5.

The committee will announce the recipient of the scholarship fund Saturday, May 10, at its annual Walk for a Cure in Old Grove Park.

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