The Foundation Continues to Offer Plaques on the Boardwalk by June M. Hoye May 2021 The Foundation wants to remind you that now is the time to join the over 2,000 others who have already done so, and sponsor a plaque on the Boardwalk.
There are stories behind every engraved plaque on the Boardwalk. In May 2021, 32 states across the nation have been included. Eighty-three Connecticut towns are represented, from Windsor to Woodbury and Greenwich to Guilford. They celebrate weddings, anniversaries, births, graduations, and cherished summer visits. They express loss, sorrow, laughter and contentment. Historians of the future will value this mirror of the heart and soul of a small town in Connecticut in the 21st century.
Bill and Fran Rinoski have been the chairs of this Foundation fund-raiser since the first dedication of the Boardwalk in 2005-16 years ago. Bill has said they were willing to take on this project for such a long time because, “I believed in the Boardwalk from the beginning…and I wanted to make this dream come true.”
The Niantic Bay Boardwalk itself is a testament to what a small group of volunteers,working together with the town, can accomplish. For a $100 tax-deductible contribution, become part of that permanent history by sponsoring a plaque with your own memory engraved, to be placed on the re-constructed Boardwalk. All funds raised by the sponsorship of the plaques are used to contribute to the maintenance of the Boardwalk and other Foundation projects.
Application forms are available at:
East Lyme Town Hall-Town Clerk’s Office, EastLyme Parks and Rec. Dept., East Lyme Library, and the E.L. Book Barn.
They also can be found on the Trust web-site: CLICK HERE for a photograph of sample plaques. CLICK HERE for a Plaque Application.
Become part of History while supporting a very worth while cause. Whether you sponsor a Public Trust Foundation tree, bench or plaque, don’t be left out: Act Now!