Felipe Flores to be Naugatuck’s Earth Day Mayor of the Day

Posted by Bob on April 23, 2014 under Daily Blogs | 2 Comments to Read

Local environmental activist Felipe Flores will be honored this Friday (4/25/2014), as Naugatuck’s Earth Day Mayor of the Day.  A brief ceremony recognizing Mr. Flores will take place on the patio of Town Hall (229 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770) this Friday (4/25/2014), beginning at 10:00 AM.  The ceremony is sponsored by the Naugatuck Cultural Council and is open to the public.

Mr. Flores emigrated to the United States from his homeland in Mexico in 1983.  He was educated at the National Autonomous University of Mexico earning a degree in physics.   He later earned a masters in education at the University of Bridgeport.  Mr. Flores settled in Naugatuck in 1989, with his wife Suzanne; where he raised his two children Julia and Sean.   Passionate about environmental protection and alternative energy, Mr. Flores’ was also an early supporter of preserving the Gunntown property as passive open space.  Working with 2012 Earth Day Mayor of the Day Vaneza Gouveia, Mr. Flores volunteered countless hours organizing supporters of passive open space at Gunntown and educating local officials about the unique, environmental ecosystem of the property.  After many years of spirited local debate, the Gunntown Passive Park and Nature Preserve was opened in 2010, preserving the land and its wildlife for generations to follow.  Commenting on being chosen as the 2014 Earth Day Mayor of the Day, Mr. Flores stated that “It is not the person but all the different people and organizations that have worked in Naugatuck to preserve the environment who are honored and to be celebrated on this day.”

Following the ceremony at Town Hall, the public is invited to Gunntown at 11:00 AM.   There Mr. Flores will instruct a unique, outdoor tai chi class at the story telling area in solidarity with all those celebrating Earth Day throughout the world.


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