Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor


Don’t undermine the chief


I would like to state facts about the fire at Mossberg firearms in North Haven earlier this month. This incident originated as a fire alarm, a type of call that some people in town have downplayed.

While en route to the scene, multiple 911 calls came in. The incident was then upgraded to structure fire response, dispatching additional apparatus to the scene.

Engine 9 (Montowese) – recently staffed with career firefighters – arrived simultaneously with Engine 1.

Together, the engines allowed for an aggressive attack to occur, ultimately saving lives, property, and jobs at a company that has been in existence for decades.

Fire was showing through the roof, which required one engine to immediately combat the blaze while the other established water supply, which is imperative to ensuring a safe and efficient operation.

Considering the type of building, hazardous materials present and potential for significant fire spread, a second engine arriving on scene so fast made a significant difference.

This was made possible by Fire Chief Paul Januszewski’s foresight and the backing of the majority of fire commissioners. Januszewski saw a need for a second, full-time staffed firehouse (Montowese) and a second tier of officers and captains.

Januszewski fought and got it done. Now it’s a success.

When the chief speaks everyone should listen. We don’t need critics second-guessing and undermining him.

God bless our fire department.

Peter Criscuolo, Jr.
Former North Haven Fire Commissioner

We have a say


Attention North Haven residents. Please save the date and plan to attend an important Planning and Zoning meeting on Monday, March 2, 7 p.m., at the North Haven Library, 17 Elm St., in the Community Room.

Of particular interest on the agenda is a Public Hearing for a proposed amendment to North Haven zoning regulations that would permit mixed-uses in Commercial Neighborhood districts. Mixed-use is defined as a building or property that contains both residential and commercial space.

They want to build apartments – one-bedroom, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms – above commercial, which is located on the first floor. 

There are two Commercial Neighborhood districts in town: the corner of Whitney Avenue and Skiff Street and the corner of Hartford Turnpike and Upper State Street.

Of the 19 Commercial Neighborhood parcels, 11 may be developed with apartments if this amendment is approved. 

There are many businesses permitted within Commercial Neighborhood districts, including restaurants, flower and barber shops, and hardware, jewelry and retail package stores, to name a few.

Do you want to see apartments in two stories built above commercial businesses?

Please help protect the character of our lovely New England town! We do have a say.

Please attend the P&Z meeting and tell the members to vote no on the amendment.

Mary White
North Haven