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Connecticut Classic Chevy Donates 4K to Hamden Police Department for Purchase of ATV
by Kate Rumunni, New Haven Register October 7, 2015
HAMDEN >> For more than two decades, the Connecticut Classic Chevy Club has teamed up with the Hamden Police Department to host what has become the biggest car show in the state, raising more than a half-million dollars that has been donated to a number of charitable causes.
Now, thanks to that event, the police department soon will have in its fleet a specially equipped all-terrain vehicle to be used to respond to emergency calls on the Farmington Canal Trail.
Connecticut Classic Chevy Club President George Civitelli on Monday presented Police Chief Thomas Wydra with a check for $4,000 to go toward the purchase of the vehicle. That money will be combined with last year’s donation of $6,500 to buy the ATV that is expected to cost about $13,000. The remainder of the funds will come from the police department’s budget, Wydra said.
“We want to expand our resources on how we respond to service calls and emergencies on the canal,” Wydra said. “We need some other tool in our toolbox to allow us to get to the scenes more rapidly.”
They haven’t yet decided exactly what vehicle will be purchased, Wydra said, or whether it will have an electric or a gas engine. The department will document specifications for the vehicle and then go out to bid for it, he said.
“We will be discussing it with the Farmington Canal Commission before we do anything and see what they would like to see it include,” he said
In addition to the money for the vehicle, Civitelli also presented a check for $1,000 to Officer Michael DeMaria that will be used to fund two $500 scholarships to be awarded to graduating Hamden High School seniors who intend to study criminal justice in college.
“The Police Benevolent Association works hand-in-hand with the Connecticut Classic Chevy Club and they wanted to do something for the police department,” DeMaria said. “We want to pass it on to Hamden High School students in the form of scholarship.”
The money will be presented to the students in the memory of two of the department’s deceased K-9 officers, DeMaria said.
“I think it’s appropriate for us to support the students,” he said. “It means a lot being involved with the club and it’s one way to show our support to the students at Hamden High School.”
Twenty-one years ago, the Connecticut Classic Chevy Club decided it wanted to host a car show, Civitelli said, and with the help of Quinnipiac University, which lets the club use its campus every year, the club started the show held every Memorial Day weekend.
“It is one of the most successful benefits held in town,” Legislative Council President James Pascarella said.
ALL CCC MEMBERS
Our next monthly general meeting will be held on
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
at the normal location
MILLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
2901 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
We look forward to seeing you there!