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33rd annual Savin Rock Festival ‘one of the very best’
Magic of Motown headlined the 33rd annual Savin Rock Festival Saturday night, July 26, playing hit after R&B hit before a capacity crowd and turning Old Grove Park into dance party central. Read more about the festival and see the photos by clicking on the link below. (City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
From left, Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, developer Sheldon M. Gordon, of Greenwich, and real estate investor Ty Miller, of Dallas, discuss “The Haven,” a $200 million, 100-store development being proposed for the city’s Water Street area as the anchor of the years-in-the-making West River Crossing project, on Tuesday, June 10, in O’Brien’s office at City Hall. (City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
‘Where Angels Play’
Hundreds of well-wishers gather at Sea Bluff Beach on Captain Thomas Boulevard Sunday, June 15, for the dedication of the pink “Where Angels Play” playground built by the New Jersey-based Sandy Ground Project in honor of 6-year-old Charlotte Bacon, one of the 26 shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown being memorialized with 26 specialized playgrounds in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The 90-minute ceremony, held on a beautiful Father’s Day afternoon, included poignant remarks from Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, West Shore Fire Department Chief Patrick Pickering, Where Angels Play Foundation founder William Lavin, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Charlotte’s mother, JoAnn Bacon, who was dressed in pink, her daughter’s favorite color. (City Photo/John W. Lewis)

Blumenthal seeks funding to clean up Armstrong site
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Mayor Edward M. O’Brien tout the potential for a large-scale development of the 561,000-square-foot Armstrong South complex at 475 Elm St. during a tour of the former tire manufacturing plant with city officials and property executives Thursday, April 24.
Blumenthal is working with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration to secure funding to help the property’s owner, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC, clean up and develop the complex, which is composed of four buildings on 7.32 acres.
The Armstrong Rubber Co. factory shuttered in 1982 after operating near Sawmill Road for 70 years and has sat mostly vacant ever since, O’Brien said.
The Armstrong walk-through was Blumenthal’s second with O’Brien in two months.
“I am making it a priority to bring economic development and jobs to this site,” Blumenthal told a group of newspaper, radio and television reporters that came out for the half-hour tour.
Blumenthal and O’Brien were accompanied by Kirk P. Jackson, senior manager of Ahold USA Inc. of Quincy, Massachusetts, the parent company that owns Stop & Shop, and Dominick A. Musilli, president and CEO of True Commercial Real Estate LLC of Wilton, whose company represents Ahold. They were also joined by O’Brien’s executive assistant, John W. Lewis, and city Planning and Development Commissioner Joseph A. Riccio Jr. and Finance Director Kevin McNabola.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)


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, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson, vice president of the mayors’ conference, and U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn. O’Brien also met with Newton, Massachusetts, Mayor Setti Warren, chairman of the Community Development and Housing Standing Committee, of which O’Brien is a member, and Tampa, Florida, Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The committee recommends policies for the general body to evaluate for endorsement at the conference’s summer meetings. (City Photo)

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Buckle factory coming down
Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, above, and other city officials took turns wielding a sledgehammer Tuesday morning, July 22, to mark the abatement and demolition of the old West Haven Buckle Co. factory at 742 Washington Ave.

On hand for the ceremonial thumping of the brick building were AAIS Corp. General Manager James Reilly, whose company specializes in environmental remediation, along with mayoral Executive Assistant John W. Lewis, Risk Manager Robert Sandella and Finance Department secretary Darlene Petersen.

AAIS, based at 802 Boston Post Road, has been contracted to do the work, which begins Wednesday, July 23, and includes removing asbestos and dismantling the 15,084-square-foot structure and its smokestack.

The concrete slab will remain untouched, however, because of ground contamination, city officials said.

As part of a special request by the West Haven Historical Society, the city will preserve the property’s wrought-iron fence and granite retaining wall on Washington Avenue, which predate the Civil War.

Petersen said several state and city permits have been secured for the two-week project, which is being financed with a $90,000 federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Built in 1853, the plant manufactured “surgical buckles and fastenings for artificial limbs, orthopedic appliances, garters, overalls and other clothing,” according to “History of West Haven, Connecticut, 1648-1940,” a book compiled by the workers of the Writers Program of the Work Projects Administration in Connecticut and published in 1940.

The building, which abuts a Metro-North railway and trestle near Wood Street, had been an industrial landmark for 150 years but had fallen into disrepair after the privately owned company shuttered production in 1993.

The city condemned the dilapidated structure three years later.

“We are preparing to remove a blighted, unsafe and vacant building that was condemned by the city in 1996 and transform it into something good for the people of West Haven,” O’Brien said.

Once the cleanup and demolition are done, O’Brien said the city plans to market the 0.25-acre site for a mixed-use development.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
Farmers market open 

The Tony Inzero Farmers Market has opened its 15th season on the West Haven Green.

Through Thursday, Oct. 30, state farmers are selling homegrown fruits and vegetables on the Campbell Avenue side of the Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The Saturday markets include craft and food vendors and live music.

City beach stickers mailed

The city’s 2014-16 beach parking permits were mailed to residents who are current on their motor vehicle taxes.

Delinquent taxpayers are not eligible to receive the new beach stickers, which expire April 30, 2016, until their motor vehicle taxes are paid.

To obtain a beach sticker, residents who have a new or leased vehicle or are military exempt must provide a registration for each vehicle and a driver’s license — a paid current tax receipt for each vehicle may be used in lieu of the registration — to the Department of Human Resources on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Beach stickers are a privilege for residents whose motor vehicles are registered in West Haven. Commercial vehicles are excluded.

Beach stickers for nonresidents are offered for an annual fee of $75 and are available for purchase between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays in the human resources office. Otherwise, the daily parking fee for nonresidents is $10 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and $5 after 5 p.m. in the Sandy Point, Morse Park and Bradley Point lots.

Tax bills payable in 2 installs
City tax bills are payable in two installments: July and January.

Each tax bill, which is sent out once a year, has three parts: a payment coupon for July, payment coupon for January and payment coupon for taxpayers’ records.

Although taxes were due Tuesday, July 1, a grace period is allowed, meaning payments received or postmarked Friday, Aug. 1, are still accepted on time. Payments after Friday, Aug. 1, however, are considered delinquent and are subject to interest.

Taxpayers can pay online and view their tax bills and payment history by clicking on Tax Collector Department Info at the top of this page.

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