Many active and retired fire and police personnel were among the 100+ people who attended an informational meeting of the Hamden Legislative Council last Wednesday evening. During the two-hour meeting, a five-member panel of financial experts hired by the Town provided detailed answers to Council members' questions concerning Pension Obligation Bonds (POBs), and urged the Council to approve POBs as part of a multi-faceted strategy to fix Hamden's pension fund, which now is at 14% of full funding.
Town bond counsel, David M. Panico, and other members of the panel emphasized that, while there are always risks in POBs, further delays in approving them, or not acting at all, would result in much harsher consequences forHamdentaxpayers and the pension fund. Click on the link below to read a New Haven Register account of the meeting.
The Council is expected to meet this coming Monday evening at 7 to vote on the measure. When known, the location of Monday's meeting will be posted on this website.
New Haven Register, March 19, 1993 - 84 First Street (Article courtesy of Doug Yocher) - CLICK to enlarge for easier reading
The Vision Appraisal photo above shows how 84 First Street was rebuilt after the fire
60 Years Ago
Saturday, July 25, 1953 - The Quarry Claims Another Victim
From The Hamden Chronicle, Thursday, July 30, 1953 (Courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society)
June 1982 - Firefighter/Paramedic Tom Conway is shown dusting off Rescue 1, built on a 1979 Chevrolet chassis (Photo by John Tramontano)
Department members who completed American Red Cross first aid training in the 1950s and 60s proudly wore the certification patch on the lefthand sleeve of their dress blues. When department members became Emergency Medical Technicians starting in 1971, the EMT certification patch was worn on the work shirt just below the righthand breast pocket. The now familiar shoulder patch and various certification rockers were introduced in the 1980s.
American Red Cross patch was worn on the left sleeve of the dress blues as seen in the photo below
1970s-80s EMT patch was worn on the work shirt just below the RH breast pocket
Photo courtesy of Bob Mordecai
September 1992 - Four members of Local 2687 attended the IAFF US-Canada Golf Tournament in Richmond, Indiana. (L-R): Bob Mordecai, Ron Desroches, Charlie Esposito, and Jim Hagerty.
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