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Meeting Announcement

Spotlight on Fairfield – Parks & Recreation

Date of Meeting: 08/28/17

This series will spotlight the various Town Departments (Parks & Rec, Public Works, Economic Development, Police, Fire, officials, etc.) and provide an overview of what each department does and how they interact amongst each other.  These guest speakers, if available, will be interspersed amongst other guest speakers throughout the year.

The first guest speaker will be the new Director of Parks and Recreation, Anthony Calabrese. Anthony succeeds longtime Director Gerald Lombardo, who recently retired after serving the town for 29 years. Anthony’s appointment was effective April 17.  Upon Lombardo’s retirement, Anthony had been serving as the Department’s Interim Director while continuing his role as Recreation Coordinator. As Recreation Coordinator since 2005, Anthony helped develop and supervise community recreational, youth services, social and special events. Among his many responsibilities, he had also played a key role in the near-term and long-range planning of recreational and youth service needs.

Prior to working for the Town of Fairfield where he resides, Anthony worked at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport and the Bristol Boys & Girls Club in Bristol. Calabrese was also the Assistant Supervisor at Play and Learn for the City of Norwalk’s summer program.

Anthony received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Recreation Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. He also holds the following professional memberships— Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association (CRPA).

September 11, 2017