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NEW­FIELD

The Ital­ian Cen­ter has re-opened its new ban­quet rooms af­ter they had been closed since a fire last spring.

Mayor David Martin at­tended the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony ear­lier this month.

Martin spoke of the Ital­ian Cen­ter’s rich his­tory of phi­lan­thropy in the city. He is just one of many politi­cians who have stopped by the cen­ter in its lengthy his­tory: Richard Nixon ded­i­cated the build­ing in 1971, Bar­bara Bush cam­paigned at the cen­ter in 1992 for her hus­band’s failed sec­ond term in of­fice, and Al Gore kicked off his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign there in 2000.

“I am ex­cited to in­tro­duce Ser­a­fina at the IC” Paul Hickey, the cen­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said of the ball­room. “Our beau­ti­ful grand ball­room is the per­fect space for wed­dings, fundrais­ers and cor­po­rate events. The smaller Club and New­field rooms are well-suited for re­hearsal dinners, show­ers and smaller par­ties.”

COVE

The Cove Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­a­tion will hold its an­nual neigh­bor­hood pic­nic on a Thurs­day evening in July.

The pic­nic, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cove Is­land Pav­il­ion, will be on July 20.

“En­joy a fun evening with friends and neigh­bors,” the group wrote on its web­site.

The as­so­ci­a­tion will pro­vide ham­burg­ers, hot dogs, pa­per goods, condi­ments, ice, char­coal and bot­tled wa­ter, but asks at­ten­dees to bring a side dish to share.

NORTH STAM­FORD

The North Stam­ford As­so­ci­a­tion and the city will hold a Shred & Re­cy­cle Day with a mo­bile shred­ding truck parked at Scofield­town Park on Sat­ur­day.

Use of the shred­ding truck will be free for as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers, and $15 for non-mem­bers. Large dump­sters pro­vided by the city are free to use for all res­i­dents, and any North Stam­ford res­i­dent — with an ID that shows a 06903 ZIP code — can sign up to join the as­so­ci­a­tion and use the shred­der for free.

The Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of America will also join the event, and ask that res­i­dents bring new or used house­hold items such as fur­ni­ture, TVs and ex­er­cise equip­ment to do­nate to vet­er­ans.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sat­ur­day at Scofield­town.

DOWN­TOWN

Game tables for chess and check­ers will pop up on sum­mer Satur­days in Latham Park.

The tables, with rentable game pieces, will be avail­able at 1 p.m. on the fol­low­ing Satur­days: June 23, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.

At the park, there will be 24 mov­able bistro chairs avail­able to park pa­trons, do­nated by Down­town Spe­cial Ser­vices District.

Con­trib­uted photo

Mayor David Martin cut the rib­bon of the Ital­ian Cen­ter’s new ban­quet rooms with Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Paul Hickey and Carmine Longo Jr., pres­i­dent of the cen­ter’s Board of Di­rec­tors.

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