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Calistros Mark Their 65th Anniversary
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent
Virginia and Joseph Calistro, also affectionately known as Ginny and Joe, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a gathering of their friends at the Woodbridge Senior Center. First Selectman Ellen Scalettar was present and read a proclamation for the couple. The two long-time Woodbridge residents were married in 1949, after they had met at UConn, the school from which they both graduated.
Ginny’s father was not too excited about his daughter marrying an Italian and asked them to put it off for a year, but finally had to concede that “the Italian means it,” and gave his daughter away on July 9, 1949. A few years later, when they were telling the story, Joe in his dry sense of humor said “you should have asked for seven years,” but the little twinkle in his eye when he is talking about his bride of 65 years, is a testament to his fondness for the still-youthful Ginny.
The Calistros have three children, a son and two daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. All of their children are actively involved in their parents’ life, providing them with support and making sure they can stay in their Woodbridge home.
Ginny and Joe have led busy lives, Joe as an engineer and a Woodbridge selectman, Ginny as owner and operator of Cabbage Hill, a nursery school located in a barn on the property where they have lived for the past 48 years. She is also a Justice of the Peace, and has married many local couples. As justice of the peace Ginny married Ernest Hemingway’s son, who came from the city to be married in rural Connecticut. His father didn’t attend, though.
Many of those who grew up in this area started their educational journey at Cabbage Hill, and she has followed the lives of her young charges as well as their parents over the years. “Everywhere I take her, someone knows her,” said their daughter, Deborah Culligan, who lives next door to her parents.
As a selectman, Joe made his own mark on the town, having played a part in most recent improvements. The town installed a street sign, “Calistro Way,” by the tennis courts parking area off Center Road, to acknowledge Joe Calistro’s involvement in getting the tennis courts installed; he also was part of the firehouse building committee; and instrumental in getting the new library and soccer fields installed.
Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights from 7:00 pm – 8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption "Mother" Church, 1700 Litchfield Turnpike (Rte. 69), Woodbridge; September- April and May-June outdoors at Camp Whiting, all boys ages 10 and up or who have completed the fifth grade are welcome to stop by and see what we're all about. For more information, visit http://www.troop963.org or email Troop63CT@gmail.com.
Woodbridge Republican Town Committee Meetings, second Tuesday of each month, 7:30pm, Center Cafeteria. Visitors welcome and urge you to join us. For information, go to www.woodbridgegop.org.
Spring Entrepreneur Series, Every Thursday, 5:30-8:00pm (PDT), New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven, View Map, sponsored by SCORE New Haven (http://newhaven.score.org/) and the New Haven Free Public Library to help participants establish a business plan, understand basic financial statements, learn how to build a recognizable brand, and manage technology effectively. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the series.
Alzheimer's Community Caregivers Support Group, 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:00pm, Arden House, Conference Room, 850 Mix Avenue, Hamden. Call Maria Paduano, Program Director to RSVP or for more information at 203-281-3500, ext. 7669; www.genesishcc.com.
Woodbridge Rotary Club Meetings, 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 7:30am breakfast meeting, Country Corner Diner, 756 Amity Toad, Bethany and the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 12:15pm luncheon meeting, Carmine Tuscan Grill, 1500 Whalley Avenue, New Haven. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary should contact Anna Dickerson at 203-710-0223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Fund Drive for Bethany's Clark Memorial Library, contributions requested to help for the cost of a website to update services, etc.
Trap Falls Kennel Club Obedience Classes, every level, AKC STAR Puppy (obedience for dogs under 12 months) and Family Manners Classes/Obedience & Canine Good Citizen; Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Pawz for Wellness in Shelton, CT. For registration and/or information, call 203-450-9485 or email email@example.com. Trap Falls Kennel Club is a non-profit member club of the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Amity Parent Support Group, meets every other Friday morning, 7:45am, Woodbridge Senior Center Lounge, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, sponsored by Amity High School, Woodbridge Youth Services and the Orange Drug and Alcohol Action Committee, local parents who struggle with children who are, or may be involved with, substance abuse share experiences and concerns in a confidential setting, For more information, please contact Nancy Pfund at 203-389-3429, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Haven’s Newest Improv Group, Tiny Dictator, a night of high-energy comedy, Friday, August 8, 2014, Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm, Inspired Turkey, 82 Crown Street, New Haven. Turkey meals with side dishes served starting at $5. Admission/$10, BYOB with a $5 corking fee, Reduced-rate parking validation available at Chatterton Lot on the corner of George & Orange streets.
The International Order of Rainbow for Girls Seeking Members, Masonic based leadership and service group, looking for girls ages 9 - 15, to participate in community service activities, prospective member open houses on: September 15, October 6, and October 20, 2014, activities begin 7:00pm, Hamden Masonic Lodge, 3732 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact CTIORG.org.
PetsAffair '14, An Event to Support Rescue & Placement of Racing Greyhounds, Saturday, September 27, 2014 (rain date: September 28, 2014), 10:00am–4:00pm, 105 Fairwood Road, Bethany, Silent Auction open 10:00am-3:00pm and the list is growing daily.