[Editor's Note: The contacted East Haven Patch Sunday morning to let us know that, although Mayor Maturo was asked about two weeks ago to attend by President Herman Zuniga, unfortunately the mayor already had plans to be away. Maturo then asked Zuniga to change the date, but he was told that was not possible, according to the Mayor's Office. However, several other town officials were present Friday night, including: Frank Gentilesco, assistant director of administration & management; Arthur DeSorbo, director of administration & management; Richard Anania, chairman of the Town Council; and Town Attorney Joseph Zullo.]
I had the chance this week to attend not one but two dinner functions at the Senior Center.
The first being a pasta dinner fundraiser for the Foxon Bison's Baseball team program.
This event brought back memories of when I was a child growing up in the Adirondack mountains in beautiful upstate New York.
IT was my pleasure to attend this event and make my contribution to the program that the children of our community are involved in.
As they will no doubt go on to learn valuable lessons that will serve them well in their adult life such as team work, setting goals and working to accomplish them and many other lessons that will carry them through their adult lives and help them to be productive members of The Est Haven Community or wherever they may decide to call home.
The second dinner I attended this week at the Senior Center was the Community Gathering Dinner hosted by the Community Immigrant of East Haven.
This event was attended by roughly 120 residents of the East Haven Community but for some odd reason the Mayor who was also invited was "Out Of Town".
I enjoyed meeting many of my fellow residents whom I had never met before and as I looked around the room at people dancing and eating good food I could tell a good time was being had by all that attended.
The conversations were upbeat and I have nothing but praise for this event.
It is with my most sincerest hope that community events like this one will continue as I feel it is a positive step in the right direction of building our community from the inside out.
For far too long have old prejudices have existed and prevented us from truly becoming all that we can be as a community attending this event I could feel some of those walls that have stood in our way for far too long start to melt away.
I would like to thank The Community Immigrant Of East Haven for hosting this special event and I would like to thank Mr James Albis East Haven's State Representative for attending this event along with State Senate Candidate Mr Steve Fontana for attending the event it showed these two gentlemen care about the community and the residents that live within it.