Resident State Trooper

I have another change to announce in our Resident State Trooper Office. Trooper Anthony Cretella has been assigned to the Governor's Security Detail. This is a "by invitation only" position and a great honor for Trooper Cretella. Gov. Rell's gain is Bethany's loss; we wish him well.

Trooper Scott Pardales has been assigned to fill that vacancy and joins Trooper David Merriam as a Bethany Resident State Trooper. Trooper Pardelas is a 17 year veteran of the Connecticut State Police and served as a Resident State Trooper in Killingworth for two years. He is very familiar with Bethany as he has been assigned to Troop I for seven years and has been teaching the DARE Program at the Bethany Community School for four years.

Amity Junior High School Update

The Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for the modulars at Amity Junior High School. As I mentioned in last week's column, Bethany Building Officials were only waiting for results of the final water tests. Favorable test results were received and the C of O was signed on Thursday Jan. 27 allowing the students to move their belongings into their new lockers in the modulars on Friday. The furniture was to be moved over the weekend and classes began in the modulars on Monday Jan. 31.

My thanks to all those involved who, with the safety of our students their primary objective, worked together so diligently to accomplish this move as quickly as possible. Special thanks to the staff of the Town of Bethany's Building Department, Building Official Bob Walsh, Asst. Building Official Brian Donovan, Sanitarian Les Warner, Fire Marshal Herb Howard, Land Use Administrator Robert Brinton, Tree Warden Ray Pantalone and Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer Malcolm Evans all of whom were exceptional in their efforts to assist the contractors meet this very ambitious timeline.

I would especially like to recognize Building Official Bob Walsh. As a Building Inspector for the City of New Haven, Bob has a wealth of experience with school building projects. His conscientious oversight of this project has been vital to the satisfactory resolution of all the public safety issues that contributed to the delay.

Derrylyn Gorski is Bethany First Selectwoman