The Club With A Heart

LAST UPDATED: June 5,  2017

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The  Gateway Community College General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) class of 2017 proudly pose around the recently acquired 2014 Corvette that was donated by G.M. 

The car will be used as a training and recruiting tool for the automotive technician program that is offered by GWCC. 

In an effort to support education in the field of automotive tehnician training, Connecticut Classic Chevy has made a donation through proceeds raised from its annual Memorial Day Classic Car Show. The donation was used to pay the entire cost of the graphics displayed on the car, The club logo is proudly displayed on both sides of the car.

To learn more about GM-ASEP go to:  www.gmasep.org 
 www.gatewayct.edu

To see more photos go to: photos.ctclassicchevy.com

Connecticut Classic Chevy Supports the General Motors ASEP Program at Gateway Community College 

Hamden Councilman-at-Large Jack Kennelly dies at 69

By Kate Ramunni, New Haven Register

 HAMDEN >> Councilman-at-Large Jack Kennelly, who also served for years with the Hamden Police Department and retired as its chief, died Friday in Florida after a long illness. He was 69.

Kennelly spent 14 years on the Legislative Council, from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2007 until his death Friday. He also was a member of the Hamden Police Department for more than 35 years. He was hired as a patrolman in 1970 and retired as chief in 2006, and in between served as a detective, sergeant, inspector and deputy chief. He was a member of the Investigative Services Division, Street Narcotics Task Force and the Community Street Crime Unit.

At the council’s meeting Monday, Kennelly participated via phone from Florida, where he had spent the past months recovering from treatment for cancer. One of his last votes was to approve the new police union contract, and over the years, he was a strong advocate for the department. He also served as the town’s interim Public Works director in 2010.

“Jack was a force of nature in Police Service, Hamden government, public service, in politics and with his family. His dedication to serving the public was enormous,” said Mayor Curt Balzano Leng. “Personally, I will very much miss our talks about this town — which always demonstrated a supreme level of dedication, outstanding insight, undeniable wit, character, history, and exceptional public service.”

Kennelly graduated from Hamden High School in 1965 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven before joining the police department in 1970. Over the course of his career in law enforcement, he received more than 50 commendations for service, valor and commitment to duty, according to the department.

“Jack had a long, distinguished and successful career at the Hamden Police Department that may only be rivaled by his record of achievement over the last decade while serving as a member of the Legislative Council,” said Police Chief Thomas Wydra. “His service to Hamden is arguably unsurpassed.”

Kennelly’s death is also a personal blow, Wydra said.

“It was with great sadness and shock that I learned of Chief Kennelly’s passing,” Wydra said Friday. “I will always be grateful to him for his support and impact on my career.”

For the past 23 years, Kennelly teamed up with Connecticut Classic Chevy Car Club president George Civitelli in organizing the annual Memorial Day Classic Car Show at Quinnipiac University. This year, Kennelly was unable to do as much work on the show as he had in previous years but was still involved in the planning, said Civitelli, who called him “one of my best friends.”

“Jack and I graduated in 1965, with my wife, Phyllis, and many friends. We kept in touch through all of these years,” Civitelli said. “We became closer friends 24 years ago when we started working together to fulfill our dream, to have the best car show in Connecticut.”

Civitelli gives Kennelly much of the credit for the growth of the show, which now is thought to be the largest in the state.

“Those who knew Jack knew he was a perfectionist and had bigger dreams than I could ever have,” Civitelli said. “Because of that, our Memorial Day Weekend Car Show became very successful. He always had great ideas and made them happen.”

The show will go on, Civitelli said, because that is what Kennelly would want.

“I have so many great memories through the years, and that is what will keep me going in the future with the show,” Civitelli said. “He, along with [Kennelly’s wife] Pam, became great friends. I will continue to make his dream the best car show in Connecticut. I know he will be with us at the show this year, and as long as we are able to continue this great show.”

Legislative Council President James Pascarella said that he, too, lost not only a colleague but also a friend.

“I am deeply distressed that my good friend Jack Kennelly has passed,” Pascarella said Friday. “Hamden will miss his historic insight, loyalty, and commitment. I will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many people who Jack has touched and benefited.”

All residents should be grateful to Kennelly for his service to the town, Leng said.

“I encourage all residents and friends who may have known Jack, and even those who did not, to take a moment and reflect on the significant achievements and contributions of Mr. Kennelly’s life,” Leng said. “He will not be forgotten.”


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