Friday, June 29, 2012
Just one today, taken by a reporter for the local paper near my hometown, Michael Duffy. Please don't rat me out for posting it. Yesterday, my hometown rededicated the industrial park that was named after my father. When my father was First Selectman (New England-speak for Mayor) of our Town, he negotiated the purchase of a large tract of land (600+ acres) to be used by the Town for an industrial park. His thinking was that the commercial use would provide a strong tax base, many jobs and draw little on services - especially compared to the possibility of a residential development on the property. When he died while in office, the Economic Development Commission that was overseeing the development of the property voted to name the industrial park for Daddy. The Town recently decided to change the title to "business park" and so had a rededication. We were invited for a ceremony. It was so very nice. We saw people we hadn't seen in many years. But even nicer was hearing the tributes to my father for his tremendous vision. The park has been open since the mid 80s and has generated over $20 million in tax revenues for the Town. So, I'm there in the photo, in the white shirt. That's my mom in the aqua shirt, with my nephew behind her. The gentleman on the left is the youngest son of another man honored yesterday. His dad was the chairman of the commission that guided the development of the park from it's inception until his death about 18 months ago. They planted a tree and placed a memorial park in honor of the late chairman. It wasw a nice day, a nice ceremony paying tribute to two men - one who had the vision and one who made the vision reality.