The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit on December 9, at 7:00 pm local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.
Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 22nd annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. TCF’s WCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.
The city’s new summer series, Singin’ on the Green: Movies & Bands, continues at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 with a showing of “Grease,” the 1978 musical romantic comedy.
The free series culminates at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 with dance party favorites performed by Cleo Blue and old-school funk hits by The Kathy Thompson Band at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.
People are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.
The Wednesday night series is composed of three concerts performed on The John C. Ireland Bandstand and two high-definition movies shown on a 20-by-12-foot projection screen at Campbell Avenue and Main Street.
It premiered with a showing of “Mamma Mia!” earlier this month, followed by rhythm and blues music performed by Shaded Soul Aug. 22.
The city is sponsoring all movies and bands in the series, except for Cleo Blue, which is sponsored by the West Haven Veterans Council.
Singin’ on the Green is co-sponsored by West Haven United, an organization aimed at bringing the city’s volunteer groups together, along with the Veterans Council and West Haven Vietnam Veterans.
Throughout the series, members of West Haven United will have an informational booth on the Green to register people for future volunteer efforts across the city.
The Tony Inzero Farmers Market on the Green in West Haven, CT was started in 1999 and provides the community with a wide variety of local produce.
July 12, 2018 through October 27, 2018
Thursdays, 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Located on the West Haven Green, local farmers, crafters and food trucks. Family friendly event!
September 28 - 30, 2018
The West Haven Apple Festival strives to make the event
as enjoyable as possible for the whole community. Please Join us!We will have Crafters, Community Groups, Food Booths, Amusement Rides and Raffles
Yearly public event that draws as many as 15,000 visitors
The First Congregational Church of West Haven.
1 Church Street West Haven, CT 06516.
The West Haven Columbus Day Committee will present its Italian-American of the Year award at the city’s 20th annual Columbus Day Celebration.
The honor is bestowed each year on an Italian resident, or couple, who epitomizes service in the city’s robust Italian-American community.
Accompanied by Italian music, members of the West Haven Italian-American Civic Association will escort the 2018 awardee to the steps of City Hall at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, for the special recognition.
Committee members and residents will join the recipient to fete the Italian navigator and observe their heritage with dignitaries and descendants of folks from the old country clad in red, white and green.
West Haven will observe the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on 9/11 with a flag-raising ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Bradley Point Park flagpole, followed by a candlelight vigil at the city’s 9/11 memorial.
The service will begin with a presentation of the colors by the West Haven Police Color Guard and the flag-raising by the West Haven Fire Department Honor Guard and the New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes & Drums.
The flag-raising will honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks.
Remarks from dignitaries, including Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, will follow.
At 7 p.m., the candlelight vigil will take place at the Richard S. Gabrielle Sept. 11 Memorial on the beach walk next to the Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock St.
Members of the West Haven Rotary Club will distribute candles and programs at the granite monument, which was paid for by the service club in 2002.
Gabrielle, 50, of West Haven, was killed during the attack on the twin towers in New York’s World Trade Center complex. An insurance broker at Aon Corp., he was last seen on the south tower’s 78th floor.
Declared Patriot Day by Congress in 2002, the city will fly flags at half-staff in recognition of the national day of remembrance.
WestFest 2018, a community festival aimed at bringing the West Haven and University of New Haven communities closer, will feature food, music and inflatables for the fourth year.
The free event is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on the West Haven Green. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 9.
WestFest is co-sponsored by the UNH Mayor’s Advisory Commission, UNH, Watson Inc., Casa Bianca Pizza, Notre Dame High School of West Haven, Wells Fargo and USAlliance Financial.
Festival proceeds will benefit the West Haven Emergency Assistance Task Force, West Haven’s food pantry. Watson and WHEAT will hold a food drive during the event. People are asked to bring nonperishable items.
WestFest is again collaborating with the 5K Unity Run, sponsored by the UNH cross-country and track teams. The 10 a.m. run will start and finish at Maxcy Hall on the university’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.
After the run, transportation will be provided to WestFest on the Green, where attendees can participate in the 5K Unity Run’s powdered paint party and enjoy the family-friendly festivities.
Food trucks from Cappetta’s Italian Imports & Pizza, Louise’s Homemade Food & Baked Goods, The Colombian Hot Dog and Ted’s Steamed Burgers will serve up local dishes. Other participating businesses will include Watson, WHEAT, crafters, high school clubs, a face painter and a henna artist.
All-day entertainment will showcase live music by local bands, such as The Cobalt Rhythm Kings, Arcadia and Him or Her. There will also be the traditional WestFest pie-eating contest, sponsored by Louise’s, as well as a dunk tank where attendees can dunk state Reps. Michael A. DiMassa and Dorinda Borer, D-West Haven, and Councilman Sean P. Ronan, D-9, along with UNH professors and members of the university’s Undergraduate Student Government Association’s executive board.
Many UNH clubs and organizations, including fraternities, sororities, international groups and club sports, will take part in the seven-hour event, highlighting their community involvement efforts.
Official WestFest T-shirts will be sold.
WestFest, open to the public, will offer free on-street parking around the Green and on Campbell Avenue, as well as in municipal lots off Main Street, Savin Avenue and Curtiss Place.
About the University of New Haven Mayor’s Advisory Commission
The University of New Haven Mayor’s Advisory Commission is a collaborative, student-driven task force formed in early 2015 to strengthen the relationship between the UNH and West Haven communities. The MAC is led by Chairman Marcin Stankevitch, a junior political science major, and adviser Chris Haynes, assistant professor of political science.
The MAC also polls and surveys both UNH students and West Haven residents to gather data on issues to help city officials with crucial citywide planning and decision-making. While the program is under the direction of the university’s political science program, students who participate are from many different majors.
Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular at Bradley Point Park
July 3rd at 9 p.m. Raindate is July 5th at 9 p.m.
The 17th Icy Plunge for the Cure is taking place on Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Savin Rock Conference Center at 6 Rock Street. The first 100 people to register will receive "plungewear" while the top fundraiser will receive a prize.
Participants will wait on the beach for the signal to charge into Long Island Sound. Wetsuits are not allowed.
The Icy Plunge for the Cure event is presented by the city’s Breast Cancer Awareness Committee, benefits breast cancer research and education. The plunge is a celebration of survivors and a remembrance of loved ones who have died of the disease.
Registration forms are available in the Department of Human Resources on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
Pledges for the plunge must be handed in the day of the event. Checks are payable to the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program.
For information, call committee member Jennifer Cavallaro at 203-937-3619 or Beth A. Sabo at 203-937-3558.
The West Haven Veterans Council will hold an observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the William A. Soderman Memorial Flagpole on the Veterans Walk of Honor in Bradley Point Park.
All Veterans are invited to participate in the solemn ceremony, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. The service will bring with a presentation of the colors and a flag-raising by the West Haven Fire Department Honor guard. This will be followed with the national anthem and a prayer.
Saturday, December 3
First Congregational Church of West Haven
464 Campbell Ave
Bask in the Christmas spirit with craft and candy vendors,
Pebbles’ bake sale, WHGNS Silent Auction, delicious lunch, pictures with Santa from 11:30-2, Christmas carols, and raffle of Christmas trees, wreaths, and other items (drawing at 2pm).
The Book Sale, White Elephant, and SERRV Shop will all be open for your shopping pleasures.
Questions? Contact the church office 203-933-6291
Hope to see you there!
Tree, Wreath, and More raffle and Pictures with Santa profits help W.H.E.A.T. provide for the West Haven community, kitchen profits support the Steeple Fund, and Silent Auction profits benefit the West Haven Green Nursery School.
This years Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be taking place on Saturday November 26th at 5 pm.
Enjoy singalongs and a special appearance by Santa, Mrs. Clause, and some of their elves. They will be in their workshop until 9 pm taking pictures with their visitors.
At 6 pm Mayor O'Brien will be announcing the three selected artists of the Christmas card campaign.
Veterans Day Ceremony:
This event will be taking place on Friday November 11th at 10:45 am. The Ceremony will be at the Veterans Walk of Honor in Bradley Point Park.
They are selling memorial bricks for $75 a piece. Around 2,500 bricks have already been installed. Applications for the bricks are available at the event as well as at the mayor's office at City hall located at 355 Main Street. You can also call 203-937-3510 for more details.
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