Mezzo 2013 Free Meet and Eat at Giuseppe’s on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Posted by Bob on October 15, 2013 under Events | Be the First to Comment

Any information relating to the political campaign Mezzo 2013 is paid for by Mezzo 2013, Terri A. Carter Treasurer; and all content relating to Mezzo 2013 has been approved by Bob Mezzo.

Our campaign will host a “Meet and Eat” at Giuseppe’s Italian Pizzeria (1183 New Haven Road, Naugatuck,  CT  06770) on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, and complimentary pizza and refreshments will be served.  As always, we welcome kids to join us.  I will be available to answer any questions and/or discuss your thoughts and concerns about the Borough as we prepare for the upcoming election (November 5, 2013).  A flyer for the Meet and Eat can be viewed here

We would like to thank Scott, Matt and the entire Giuseppe’s staff in advance for their hospitality.  Our family is honored to be their longtime customers and friends.

Saint Patrick’s Day Festivities this Saturday (3/17/2012)

Posted by Bob on March 16, 2012 under Daily Blogs, Events | 2 Comments to Read

Naugatuck will formally celebrate Saint Patrick’s day this Saturday, March 17, 2012, in traditional fashion.  Festivities will start early as the Maura Gill Horgan Irish Centre (198 Meadow Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770) will host an open house from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.  WATR 1320 AM will broadcast live from the Centre, which will feature live Irish Step Dancing as well as coffee, tea and Irish soda bread.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians invite Borough residents and friends to join together to celebrate Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish (318 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770) beginning at 9:00 AM.  Immediately following Mass, a short parade will follow from Saint Francis to the Town Hall (229 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770).

In accordance with tradition, a brief ceremony will be held at Town Hall at 10:00 AM, to honor the Irish-American Mayor of the Day.  This year, there are actually two recipients.  Kathryn Green and her brother David Cronin will be honored as Co Irish-American Mayors of the Day.  Both Ms. Green and Mr. Cronin are long-time Borough residents who trace their ancestry back to Counties Cork and Kerry on the Emerald Isle.

Ms. Green graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of science degree, and the University of Hartford with a master’s degree, both in nursing.  Ms. Green worked as a school nurse and taught health classes for the Naugatuck Board of Education before retiring in 1973.  She is active in numerous activities at the Naugatuck Senior Center and serves as the Chair of the Naugatuck Elderly Commission.  Ms. Green is a former graduate of Saint Francis School in Naugatuck, a current member of the Naugatuck Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and a Communicant of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish.

Mr. Cronin graduated from Naugatuck High School and worked at Uniroyal for twenty five (25) years.  After the closing of Uniroyal, Mr. Cronin served as a driver for Sealy Mattress and Ryder Trucking for another twenty three (23) years before retiring in 1988.  Mr. Cronin shares his life with with his lovely wife Antoinette, with whom he raised three (3) children, David, Dennis and Dana Marie.  They are the proud grandparents of eight (8), and great-grandparents of two (2).  Mr. Cronin is the Past-President of the Naugatuck Taxpayers in Revolt and Naugatuck Ancient Order of Hibernians.  He currently sits on the Naugatuck Zoning Board of Appeals and the Federation for Connecticut Taxpayers.

After the Mayor of the Day ceremony, all are invited to the Naugatuck Historical Society (195 Water Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770) for coffee and Irish soda bread.  Later in the evening, The Continental Room (1006 New Haven Road) will also be hosting a buffet dinner with DJ Pat Pattonelli and the Horgan Dancers providing entertainment.  Additional information can be viewed in the Naugatuck Patch article appearing last week.

Various Naugatuck establishments such as Carrie Welton’s (66 Church Street), Cook’s Cafe (203 Church Street), Dee Man’s Bar and Grill (1370 New Haven Road), Duffy’s Tavern (104 Water Street), Jesse Camille’s (615 North Main Street), The Milestone Inn (18 Neumann Street), Mr. D’s Tavern (876 Rubber Avenue Extension), The Old Corner Cafe (178 North Main Street), Santos Restaurant (152 Church Street), Slainte (1221 New Haven Road), and Sullivan’s Cafe (22 Church Street) will be serving Irish fare throughout the day, with many offering live entertainment.  I am sure I missed a couple, so please feel free to add more in the comment section and I will include.  Please enjoy Naugatuck’s great restaurants responsibly.

Garnet and grey will be replaced by green tomorrow (3/17/2012) in the Borough for all those of Irish descent, and those that would like to be for a day.  Have a happy and safe Saint Patrick’s Day.

Heritage Night Kicks-Off Busy Month for Cultural Council this Thursday (3/15/2012)

Posted by Bob on March 14, 2012 under Daily Blogs, Events | Be the First to Comment

The second annual International Cultural Heritage Night will take place this Thursday, March 15, 2012, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at Naugatuck High School, 543 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck, CT 06770.  The event begins in the school cafeteria with tabletop displays highlighting the various cultural traditions present in the Borough.  Ethnic food will be available prepared by the Naugatuck High School Culinary Department and participating local restaurants.  An entertainment program will follow in the auditorium featuring ethnic dance, music and other artistic performances.  Admission to the International Cultural Heritage Night is free.

International Cultural Heritage Night provides residents an opportunity to celebrate the rich and diverse history which unites the Borough into one Naugatuck Family.  Later in the month, on Satruday, March 31, 2012, the Cultural Council will host its first Community Conversation, from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM, also at Naugatuck High School.  The Community Conversation will encourage participants to engage one another in small discussion groups led by trained facilitators.   The guided discussions will encourage stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to speak in a respectful and thought-provoking manner on issues related to cultural diversity in Naugatuck.  Through this process, the NCC hopes to:

  • Build education and awareness by creating a place for people to tell their stories and to find commonalities, making sure that everyone knows their voice can be heard in some way;
  • Create cross-cultural communication strategies that encourage opportunities for sharing cultural views, experiences, needs and desires to enhance community participation; and
  • Welcome and support new populations to participate in local activities and events by breaking down barriers that prevent people from participation in community life.
The study guide that will be used at the Community Conversation is still being finalized, but an updated draft can be viewed here.  The study guide provides an explanation of what participants should expect at the Community Conversation, and the types of topics that will be discussed.
The Community Conversation is open to anyone who wants to make Naugatuck the best community it can be.  Participation is also free, and light refreshments and child care will be provided.  The Nauguatuck Cultural Council will attempt to accommodate English-language learners with translation services if possible.  Anyone interested in registering can contact Ed Carter at 203-720-7208 or ecarter@naugatuck-ct.gov.  The Community Conversation registration form can also be downloaded from this post in Microsoft Word format or as .pdf file.
Please take a few hours of your busy life to participate in these unique and free opportunities that will help to bring our community together through cultural appreciation and conversation.  Your participation will assist the Naugatuck Cultural Council to identify and access cultural views, learn about Naugatuck’s diversity and create relationships, and develop leadership at all levels of our community.  As a lifelong resident, I can personally attest that Naugatuck is at its strongest when people from different backgrounds take an active role in civic life.  Please help us to make the International Cultural Heritage Fair and the initial Community Conversation a success.

Ethel and Bernie Grant to Serve as African-American Mayors of the Day

Posted by Bob on February 17, 2012 under Daily Blogs, Events | Be the First to Comment

The Naugatuck Cultural Council is pleased to announce the selection of Ethel and Bernie Grant as the 2012 African-American Mayors of the Day.  In honor of African-American History Month, the Naugatuck Cultural Council will host a brief ceremony and flag raising at Town Hall next Friday (February 24, 2012) morning beginning at 11:00 AM.  The ceremony is open to the public and will take place on the patio facing the Naugatuck Green.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Hall of Burgesses on the fourth (4th) floor.  We invite you to join us for coffee and pastry in the Hall of Burgesses immediately following the ceremony.

Mr. and Ms. Grant are long-time residents of the Borough who contribute their time and talent to numerous civic endeavors.  We would welcome your presence at the ceremony next Friday (2/24/2012) to honor this incredible couple.  A brief biography of Mr. and Ms. Grant prepared by Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman can be viewed here.

Cultural Council to Host Community Conversation on March 31, 2012

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The Naugatuck Cultural Council (“NCC”) will host a Community Conversation on Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM at Naugatuck High School, 543 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck, CT 06770.  Trained facilitators will engage participants in small group discussions focused on issues of cultural diversity in Naugatuck.

The Community Conversation is open to anyone who wants to make Naugatuck the best community it can be.  Participation is free, and light refreshments and child care will be provided.  The NCC will attempt to accommodate English-language learners with translation services if possible.  Anyone interested in registering can contact Ed Carter at 203-720-7208 or ecarter@naugatuck-ct.gov.  Please include your name, contact information (email and/or phone number) and any special requests that would make your experience more enjoyable.

The recent release of 2010 Census information confirms what many of us see in our everyday lives:  Naugatuck continues to become a more diverse community comprised of individuals and families representing numerous cultural backgrounds.  Recently, the NCC was formed to recognize and celebrate the numerous cultural heritages that embrace the American Experience in the Borough of Naugatuck.  Over the past two (2) years, the NCC has been working to ensure that Naugatuck is an open and welcoming community to new and emerging populations while honoring the numerous, cultural traditions embedded in our great Borough.

The guided discussions will encourage stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to speak in a respectful and thought-provoking manner on issues related to cultural diversity in Naugatuck.  A discussion guide is currently being prepared to focus the conversations.  Through this process, the NCC hopes to:

  • Build education and awareness by creating a place for people to tell their stories and to find commonalities, making sure that everyone knows their voice can be heard in some way.
  • Create cross-cultural communication strategies that encourage opportunities for sharing cultural views, experiences, needs and desires to enhance community participation.
  • Welcome and support new populations to participate in local activities and events by breaking down barriers that prevent people from participation in community life.

The NCC is seeking anyone interested in serving as a facilitator for the Community Conversation.  This represents a great opportunity to to learn the marketable skill of facilitating small group dialogues.  A facilitator training session will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Naugatuck Historical Society, 195 Water Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770.  We are grateful to the organization Everyday Democracy, which will be providing facilitator training to support the Community Conversation at no cost to Borough taxpayers.  Anyone interested in registering for the training can contact Event Coordinator Sandra Heller at sphdmh@aol.com.

Mezzo2011 Fundraiser this Friday

Posted by Bob on April 12, 2011 under Events | Be the First to Comment

Any information relating to the political campaign Mezzo2011 is paid for by Mezzo2011, Terri A. Carter Treasurer; and all content relating to Mezzo2011 has been approved by Bob Mezzo.

The Mezzo2011 campaign will be hosting its one and only fundraiser this Friday, April 15, 2011, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The fundraiser will be held at our campaign headquarters at 197 Church Street, Downtown Naugatuck, CT 06770, and also serve as the location’s formal opening.  All are invited and legal donations of any amount will be accepted, but certainly not required.  Complimentary refreshments and Giuseppe’s pizza will be provided.  As always, we not only welcome you to bring along the kids but encourage you to do so.  Dress is casual.  We are grateful for your friendship and look forward to being in your company this Friday (4/15/2011).

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