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Quinnipiac University presents $1,000 check to Hamden Community Services

Steve Savino, WQUN's assistant general manager, presents a $1,000 check to Darlene Butler, community services director for the town of Hamden. The money was raised through the fourth annual Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run.
Steve Savino, WQUN's assistant general manager, presents a $1,000 check to Darlene Butler, community services director for the town of Hamden. The money was raised through the fourth annual Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run.

The Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run keeps on giving.

Officials from Quinnipiac University's WQUN AM 1220 presented a $1,000 check to Darlene Butler, director of Community Services for the town of Hamden, on Jan. 23. The money was raised through the fourth annual Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Steve Savino, assistant general manager of the radio station. “There’s nothing like giving back to the community. I wish we could do more.”

Butler said the money will be used to provide meals and to help defray the costs of heating for the needy.

“We are certainly appreciative,” she said.

The fourth annual Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run was held Dec. 18 at the Miller Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave. The event was a collaboration between WQUN, Arden House, Lifetime Care at Home, Quinnipiac Bank & Trust, the senior center and VNA Community Healthcare.

Monetary donations as well as non-perishable food and new items such as gloves, hats, scarfs, blankets, gift cards and toiletries were collected at various Hamden locations and given to senior citizens at the Dec. 18 holiday luncheon.

Savino, one of the main organizers of the gift run, said $1,500 was left over after the event. Radio station officials recently presented $500 to Hamden’s Elderly Services Department before giving the $1,000 check to Butler and Mayor Scott Jackson on Jan. 23.

“This is a great community partnership that goes to a worthwhile cause,” Jackson said. “We have collaborated once again on a project that really means something to our community.”

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2013 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

John Flanagan February 04, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Well, it's a start. I'm sure it's intended to be be a good faith first installment on covering that 30% of the municipal costs, supplied to the college, that's left after the 70% that the State's Payment In Lieu Of Taxes [Pilot] program is supposed to allegedly cover. LOL. And, if you believe that, I have a bridge down near Canal Street on Manhattan, over the East River, for sale.
Barbara Schlein February 04, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Ditto John Flanagan. What did it cost us taxpayers to break up just one of those drunken mob-scene brawls of spoiled rich out-of-state brats?
gschark1 February 04, 2014 at 09:34 AM
I am concerned about Quinnipiac's plans to change upper Whitney Ave. and to make it into a "college boulevard". How would that affect those of us who live in the area? Can such plans be blocked? Also, to what extent is Quinnipiac paying real estate taxes on its many non-educational properties? I remember when Yale paid taxes to New Haven on the commercial properties it owned on the 1st floor of the building housing the British Art Gallery. Hamden tax payers should not have to suffer because Quinnipiac buys houses and "rents" them out to students as "dorms"!
Hamden mom February 04, 2014 at 10:07 AM
To gschark1 and others interested in QU's plans for northern Hamden: QU is scheduled to update the Town on some of its plans, including the building of new dorms, at next week's Planning & Zoning Commission meeting: 7 pm in the Legislative Council Chambers of the newly renovated Memorial Town Hall. You can contact the P&Z Dept for more information about the evening's agenda: 203-287-7070. Re their plans for a Whitney Ave "boulevard": haven't heard anything recently, but perhaps that topic will be discussed on Tuesday as well.
Len February 04, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Please build QU! Hamden has become mostly a shit town and we can use all the new buildings and development we can can possibly get. QU should have to pay taxes on non educational buildings and offer a "donation" more than the 100,000 they already do.
Len February 04, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Any change at this point can be positive
Thomas Alegi February 04, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Admit it; you have a favorite college or university Football team or Baseball team. It’s okay, almost everyone does. We can’t help it. We live in a comparison nation that loves to take sides. But when it comes to non-profit college or university debate vs. municipal costs, which side are you on? By the way how is your college or university team doing?
Len February 04, 2014 at 12:18 PM
I dont like any sports really Tom. Maybe a few baseball game and a superbowl party. Thats all
Len February 04, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Just laugh buddy. Dont cry
Thomas Alegi February 04, 2014 at 01:28 PM
JDC, The Chairman of the Hamden’s Democrat Town Committee is reviewing a potential mayoral candidate’s resume and notices that the man has never been a candidate before. He says to the man, “For a man with no experience, you are certainly setting your ambition high.” “Well Sir,” the applicant replies, “the work is so much harder when you don’t know what you’re doing, ambition has to count for something!"
J D C February 04, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Yeah I will, until the TAX MAN cometh! LOL
J D C February 04, 2014 at 01:31 PM
T.A. nice one. lol
George Levinson February 05, 2014 at 02:59 PM
More piddle from the freeloaders! When will they ever contribute significantly?
J D C February 05, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Jax thinks he has YALE in town George, lol! QU is well suited doing political polling because they play politics better than the Seahawks played football this year! It was NEVER intended to be a "big" school because of the locale. They are SMACK DAB in the middle of the most expensive, "suburbs" in Hamden! If they wanted QU to go big then they should have moved a big chunk of the campus down to the southern part of Hamden. It could have served a couple of purposes, one being the blight in that end. They could have revitalized Hamdens southern part, at the same time having UNLIMITED growth potential, that seems where they are headed. I would rather have had wild college kids running around than gangs and shootings. They are going to commercialize QU AND Hamden at the same time only QU will THRIVE while sucking the life right out of Hamden. QU will step in when they can OWN Hamden outright, on the cheap. Welcome to the home of Yale 2k, Quinnipiac University!
Len February 05, 2014 at 04:56 PM
JDC, that was awesome. You nailed it right there!
J D C February 05, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Thx Len. You know who has ALOT of tree's over power lines? QUINNIPIAC! I'm warmin up the truck RIGHT now..............

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