We have brought to your attention the Boardwalk plaques, benches, educational signs, welcome signs and cameras. However, the Foundation has not limited itself to only projects having to do with the Boardwalk.
In 2012, the First Selectman, Paul Formica, approached the Foundation for some help. In the middle of his endeavor to create a new, improved parking lot on Hope Street, Mr. Formica was looking for assistance in funding trees for the lot.
After the Foundation agreed to donate funds to provide for the trees, John and June Hoye became the chairpersons for this project. The chairs then turned to John Wilson of Sign Crafts to produce the dedication plaque that can be seen at the entrance to the Hope Street Lot.
John Wilson, an example of a business leader who believes in dedication, co-operation, and excellence, met the co-chairs at the Town Transfer Station to pick out the perfect stone for the project. These stones, which were being stored by the town, had been saved from the re-building of the Boardwalk.
John Wilson climbed all over the pile of large boulders until we had found what we hoped would be the perfect stone. He and his crew then affixed the plaque to the stone and installed it at the entrance to the Hope Street Lot. Without the creativity and dedication of John Wilson, this project would not have been possible.
This May, as the trees bloom in the Hope Street Parking Lot, and as you take a look at the dedication stone from the original boardwalk and its plaque, remember the many volunteers and organizations like the Foundation who have been and are working to improve our town.
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