Saturday, May 25, 2013

* My offer of Cemetery Plots in Memory of my Mother, to the President of Hamden's Legislative Council

Barbara W. Keane,
Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics,
Town Clerk's Office,
Hamden, CT

The Honorable Scott D. Jackson,
Hamden, Connecticut 06518

Dear Mayor Jackson,

I would appreciate it if you would forward the following letter to the President of the Legislative Council.  The Internet lists his name as James J. Pascarella, but I do not know how current that it.

If it is incorrect, I would appreciate your forwarding it to the current occupant of that office, with my apologies for the error.

Note: the letter can also be found for public reading with photographs on my blog at:


Paul D. Keane,
M.A., M.Div., M.Ed.

Date: Thu, May 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Subject: Memorial Donation of Mt. Carmel Burying Ground Plots to the Town of Hamden
To:, Mike Bellmore <>

--  James J. Pascarella
President, Legislative Council
Town of Hamden
 2750 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
FAX (203) 287 -7165

Dear Mr. Pascarella:

I told the New Haven Register that if the Tsarnaev family declined my offer of a plot in Mt. Carmel Burying Ground,  (link) I would offer the remaining plots to the Mayor of Hamden to disperse to needy families of United States veterans.

Mr. Bellmer, reporter to the Register, informed me that the Mayor declined, saying that such an offer would have to go through the Legislative Council.  He recommended that I give the plots directly to a veterans organization. 

Note I volunteer at the Veteran’s Hospital in White River Junction M-F 2-4 PM every day that I am not called from my retirement to substitute teach. However I want these plots to go to the Town, not to veterans organization for the following two reasons:

I am offering this donation in memory of my mother, Barbara W. Keane, who worked in the Hamden Town Clerk’s Office for 15 years as Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics.  Therefore, I want the plots to go to the Town of Hamden to be dispensed in a charitable manner by a responsible official or committee.

In addition, I personally worked with three different Mayors of Hamden from 1974-85 on the Mayor’s Bicentennial Commission arranging the donation of Thornton Wilder’s furniture and memorabilia to Hamden’s Miller Library.  Link

It is for both of these reasons that I wish these plots to be donated to the Town of Hamden and not to any other organization. 

That is the sole condition of my gift other than that it be used for needy veterans' familes.

Please let me know if you accept my offer of this donation in memory of my mother, your former public servant, Barbara W. Keane.


Paul D. Keane
M.A., M.Div., M.Ed.


Mr. Brackenbury
Mr. Bellmer

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