Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Greenway plaque dedicated in Derby on Derby Day

DERBY - Officials Saturday unveiled a bronze plaque from the Department of the Interior at the Division Street entrance to the Derby Greenway recreational trail.

The plaque says the Naugatuck River Trail is part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Program.
The trail will eventually be built in 11 communities along the Naugatuck River.

Pictured from left are Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, state Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-Ansonia, Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe, Derby Mayor Anthony Staffieri, John Monroe from the National Park Service, Greenway Committee Chairman Jack Walsh.

The plaque is located near the Derby Hall of Fame Plaza. Three members of the Derby Hall of Fame were recognized at the ceremony with memorial bricks added to the plaza.

They were: Horace Weston, known as the world’s greatest banjo player, James Bassett Atwater, a prominent business leader, twice mayor of Derby and president of the Derby public library; and Stephen Whitney, who built the New York Stock Exchanges and was a founder of New York University.

Saturday was also Derby Day, an annual downtown festival held on Elizabeth Street and the Green.

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