History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A HISTORY OF THE EAST LYME PUBLIC TRUST FOUNDATION

September 2020                                                   June M. Hoye                   Publicity Chairperson

PREFACE – HISTORY OF THE EAST LYME PUBLIC TRUST FOUNDATION

Introduction

THE DREAMERS

PAPPAS AND GIONET – Two Men with a Bold Vision

THE DOERS

Bob DeSanto and John Hoye

Bob De Santo – Retirement

John Hoye and the Band Shell

IN THE BEGINNING

In the Eye of the Beholder

Traveling Life’s Goat Paths

VOLUNTEERS WHO MADE THE VISION A REALITY

Bob DeSanto and John Hoye – the Godfather of the Boardwalk and the Voice of the Boardwalk

Joe Legg

Bill and Fran Rinoski

The Lewis Family

Carol Marelli

Jim Gallagher – Beach Grasses and Monitoring

Serendipity Volunteers – Michael J. Burnett, Wayne Gronlunds

ENHANCEMENTS TO THE BOARDWALK

Benches

Plaques – The Soul of a Community

Educational Signs

Cameras

Welcoming Signs

Jim Gallagher – Brochures

BEYOND THE BOARDWALK

The Promise of Tomorrow’s Trees

First Tree Dedication

Hope Street Trees

Cherry Lane

Boardwalk Trees

Main St. Park

Park Trash Receptacles

DONATIONS THROUGH THE DECADES

Funding to Build the Boardwalk and Value Added

Educational Signs

Monument

Security System – Camera

Maintenance of the Boardwalk

Safety – All Terrain Vehicle

Grass Project

Trees in Hope Street Parking Lot

Welcome Signs

Pamphlets

Trash Receptacles

Beach Mat and Beach Chair

Solar Sun-screen Station

Main St. Park

Band Shell and Lights

Chart of Donations and Summary Article