Chief Merwede Keynote Speaker for MLK Observance this Friday
Hamden's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration this Friday, January 18th, will feature Chief Gary Merwede as the keynote speaker. This year marks the 90th anniversary of Dr. King's birth.
The latest edition of the Quad Town Advisor reports that the event will take place from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. in Thornton Wilder Hall at the Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue. Moderator for the event is Rev. Sallie Lowry, a longtime friend of this association. The public is invited.
Local 2687's Annual Retirement Dinner has been scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd, at Seasons (formerly the Foxon Country House) in East Haven. The three retirees to be honored are Chief David Berardesca, Firefighter Maurice "Jay" Connolly, and Dep. Marshal Timothy Lunn. Additional details will be posted when they are known.
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association held their 40th regular meeting this past week at the Hamden Elks Lodge hall. The Treasurer's Report for 2018 was presented. The Sunshine Committee reported on the status several members. Much of the meeting dealt with the Schoolhouse Building Committee, which added three new members. The 27 attendees included several guests, including newly-appointed Chief Gary Merwede. The spring meeting is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 11th. Members will be notified of the menu and exact start time well in advance.
A link to the minutes of the Winter Meeting will be posted here shortly.
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L-R: (Seated) Tom Doherty, Dave Berardesca, Bob Mordecai, Ed Kopjanski, and Chick Manware;
(Standing) Dave Johnson, Austin Williams, Ralph Tortora, Jim Dunlop, Don Buechele, John O'Dea, John Poe, Don LaBanca, Bob Viglione, Kerry Castracane, Harold Mangler, Ray Dobbs, Jim Leddy, Paul Frodel, Chief Gary Merwede, Tom Doherty, and Carl Backus. This photo was taken following the meeting, after several attendees had left.
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Retired Chief David Berardesca attended his first meeting as the HFRA's newest member. His successor, Chief Gary Merwede, also attended and offered some very thoughtful praise to his former colleagues. The Legislative Council will be voting on Chief Merwede's appointment in the very near future and a swearing-in ceremony is expected to follow shortly thereafter. Members will be notified.
Right after the Wednesday meeting, the webmeister ran into Firefighters Mike Mordecai (left) and Kevin Recca, who gladly posed next to one of the department's three new rescue units, in its second day of service. Like the units they just replaced, these three new units will serve as Rescues 1 and 2 on a rotating basis.