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Stern Village to Honor Judith Stern

Stern served on the Trumbull Housing Authority but was not reappointed after her term expired. The rest of the old board members either resigned or were not reappointed, and there is a whole new slate.

Stern Village residents will honor Judith Stern, former chairwoman of the Trumbull Housing Authority.

She is a relative of the village's founding Stern family. Stern Village is a subsidized housing complex for the elderly and the disabled, with a population of nearly 200 people.

Paul G. Littlefield, resident and chairman of the newly-formed Stern Village Tenants' Association, scheduled the event.

"[Mrs. Stern] has been a favorite friend of Villagers for over 15 years. She has done a great deal for individual tenants,” Littlefield said.

Thelma Burr, who served many years on the Housing board as Tenant
Commissioner with Stern, is in charge of arrangements.

“Stern is responsible for recently purchasing an electronic organ-piano, used
daily, a decorative propane fire place, which greatly benefited residents
during Storm Sandy, and tables and chairs, in the Community Hall of the
administration building, among other enhancements,” Littlefield said.

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Unfinished Business

Meanwhile, a special meeting of the Housing Authority is scheduled for today (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. in the Community Center.

The agenda includes personnel matters, a retainer agreement and discussion of the election procedure for tenant commissioner.

After the replacement of several board members in December, members Russ Friedson, Joanna Leone and Gail Hanna voted to remove local Attorney Anthony Musto as counsel to the panel. Musto had been advising the board for many years.

At the most recent THA meeting, held Jan. 29, Attorney Darrin Callahan of Owens, Schine & Nicola was advising the board. The agenda did not specify what firm would be retained. The firm of Owens, Schine & Nicola also represents the town.

At the Jan. 29 THA meeting, local elected officials and Stern Village residents packed the community room to meet the new board and hear more about who would represent them on the board.

Immediately afterward some audience members were upset that the THA did not place a Stern Village resident on the board that night and that Executive Director Harry Wise agreed to a deal releasing him from his contract. Town emergency officials raised issues against him regarding his handling of Stern Village during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Wise will remain in office until the board replaces him, said acting THA Chairman Russ Friedson. His contract would have expired in June.

Cindy Katske February 13, 2013 at 06:13 PM
The agenda with attached attorney's bill shows that the balance due is zero due to "courtesy per arrangement of the parties."
Carol Hudak February 14, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Mrs. Stern deserves to be recognized for her dedication and devotion to SV. Her father-in-law built it. She is a woman of substance. Her 'being kicked out the door' (not renewing her tenure as commissioner) is a huge loss for the Village. She served for the right reasons. Guess that's the word here: served. I'm still waiting for the FS to publicly apologize to Mrs. Stern and Atty. Musto.
Crocco Devlin February 14, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Amazing to me that the concerns on here are of a political nature rather than the concerns of the residents. This hastily called illegal meeting raises grave concern about what was really going on at Stern. Poor planning for emergencies should be an utmost priority, not being in contact during said emergency is totally unacceptable. How can we focus on the attorney rather than the extremely poor job that was getting done at the elderly living site.
Jim Flynn February 14, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Welcome to Trumbull since 2009
TrumbullSr February 14, 2013 at 08:47 PM
There is really no reliable evidence of grave concerns as to the management of Stern Village. The issues raised could have easily been addressed without disrupting the lives of the residents. The complaints of a person who would smoke around oxygen should be dismissed as from someone totally unconcerned about the safety of his/her fellow residents. I hear that person is now on the board, You really just can't make this stuff up.

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