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Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - News - IG­NA­CIO LA­GUARDA

WEST SIDE

The fam­ily of the late Richard D. Lac­erenza re­cently ded­i­cated a com­mu­nity bench pur­chased in his honor.

The eight-foot teak wooden bench sits in­side An­thony’s Ar­bor, a sec­tion of Fair­gate Farm, on Stam­ford’s West Side. The work­ing farm is off Stillwater Av­enue.

The bench, with a bronze-plate ded­i­ca­tion plaque, is in the space that will be used for class­rooms, cook­ing demon­stra­tions and other year­round ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Lac­erenza bench is just up the road from the his­toric West Side fu­neral home that still bears his name.

“He loved the West Side, and es­pe­cially that neigh­bor­hood,” said Jerry Macari Jr., Lac­erenza’s grand­son and the pres­i­dent and di­rec­tor at Lac­erenza Fu­neral Home.

Lac­erenza’s bench will join a sim­i­lar teak bench in mem­ory of fel­low West Side icon, restau­ra­teur An­thony Pel­licci, at the farm.

“It is fit­ting that a com­mu­nity gather­ing place on Stillwater Av­enue in­cludes com­mem­o­ra­tions of Richard and An­thony,” Macari said. “They have im­pacted the area with their busi­nesses and sup­port of the com­mu­nity in many ways over the years.”

NORTH STAM­FORD

Tem­ple Si­nai will host its an­nual po­lit­i­cal pub­lic fo­rum at 9:30 a.m. Sun­day.

The can­di­dates sched­uled to at­tend in­clude U.S. Sen. Chris Mur­phy, DConn.; Harry Arora, Repub­li­can can­di­date for the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives; Matthew Corey, Repub­li­can can­di­date for the U.S. Se­nate; state Sen. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, and Alexan­dra Berg­stein, D-Greenwich, can­di­dates for state Se­nate Dis­trict 36; U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., and Ned La­mont, Demo­cratic can­di­date for gov­er­nor.

Each can­di­date will give an open­ing state­ment. They will take ques­tions from the au­di­ence and will con­clude with a clos­ing state­ment. The fo­rum will be mod­er­ated by Randy Ski­gen, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Stam­ford Board of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Tem­ple Si­nai is at 458 Lake­side Drive. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ski­gen at 203-322-7184 or ski­gen@op­ton­line.net.

DOWN­TOWN

The Stam­ford Fire De­part­ment is seek­ing men and women in­ter­ested in join­ing the unit.

The de­part­ment will host a free in­for­ma­tional ses­sion at 9 a.m. Sun­day at 400 At­lantic St., in the third-floor con­fer­ence room.

The sem­i­nar will an­swer ques­tions about the up­com­ing fire­fighter en­trance exam and will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about start­ing a ca­reer with the de­part­ment.

NEW­FIELD

Union Bap­tist Church will host a triple cel­e­bra­tion on Sun­day.

Mem­bers of the church will cel­e­brate the Rev. Robert W. Perry’s 45th pas­toral an­niver­sary, as well as the 130th church an­niver­sary and the burn­ing of its 20-year mort­gage.

The three mile­stones will be cel­e­brated at 10 a.m. dur­ing wor­ship ser­vices at the church, 805 New­field Ave.

Founded in 1888,

Union Bap­tist Church was es­tab­lished by a group of for­mer slaves.

In 1998, the church lead­er­ship de­cided to build a new sanc­tu­ary to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing con­gre­ga­tion. On Sun­day, they will cel­e­brate pay­ing off the debt owed on the new struc­ture.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 203-322-0881 or visit ubc­stam­ford.org.

NORTH STAM­FORD

The Stam­ford His­tory Cen­ter will of­fer haunted his­tory tours of the HoytBar­num House on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

The two-night event, “Haunt­ings & His­tory at Hoyt-Bar­num,” will in­clude tours of the house, at 1508 High Ridge Road, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

Space is lim­ited. Tick­ets are $15 and $10 for mem­bers. The tours are not ap­pro­pri­ate for chil­dren un­der 12, ac­cord­ing to the event de­scrip­tion. To re­serve tick­ets, call 203-3291183. For in­for­ma­tion, visit stam­ford­his­tory.org.

STRAW­BERRY HILL

All-you-can-eat pan­cakes will be avail­able at the Stam­ford Lions Club’s break­fast fundraiser on Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tick­ets are $8. Kids un­der 5 are $5. Only cash or checks will be ac­cepted.

The fundraiser will take place at the Bell­town Fire­house at 8 Dorlen Road.

The main mis­sion of the Lions Club is to help the sight- and hear­ing-im­paired.

Con­trib­uted photo

A bench in mem­ory of the late Richard D. Lac­erenza was re­cently placed at Fair­gate Farm in Stam­ford’s West Side.

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