Couple of the
Dr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Reynolds
Bio to follow soon
Hon Mention Marilyn and Charlie Boulier
Other Hall of Fame Members:
Michael Moriarty - secured the Historic Designation
Bio to follow soon
November 1, 1999
The newest inductee into the
Hillside Website Hall of Fame is Prof. Glen MacLeod.
Glen is an English Literature Professor at the University of Connecticut, published author
and 15 year resident of the Hillside Historic District.
Professor MacLeod is a Charter Member of the Hillside Historic District Neighborhood
Association, member of the original By-Laws Committee of the organization, chief architect
of the Hillside Historic District Logo, and member of the Hillside Executive Board since
the mid '80s. He also led the process of securing and placing the Historic District
signs located at entrances to the District.
Glen served on the original committees (with then Pres. Michael Moriarty) which attained
the National Historic Designation for the Hillside District.
Our resident professor has served as Secretary to the Association and has been extremely
active and effective in the development and implementation of Hillside's Neighborhood
Glen has attained the title of "Master of the Red Pen", serving as the
neighborhoods literary monitor, never fearing a red slash here or a point of punctuation
there, always yielding shining examples of literary perfection on all Hillside materials.(except this website)
Glen has been an active participant and supporter of all neighborhood functions for the
past decade and most recently served as a major coordinating force behind the successful
candlelight vigil, an event which actually closed down Hillside Avenue traffic, to protest
the relocation plan of the Waterbury UConn campus by the Governor and the Mayor.
(Visit the News Room for
articles related to the Candlelight Vigil).
Other major events in which Glen proudly effectively participated included the Historic
Homes Tour and Fund Raiser for the Uconn Waterbury purchase and restoration of the
"Hart House" and its property.
Glen was the first to revive genuine Victorian colours on his late 19th century home
during an exterior restoration, beginning a trend that has continued expanding throughout
the neighborhood to this day.
Hillside extends its gratitude to Glen MacLeod for his significant contributions to the
improvement of the quality of live in the Hillside Historic District.
Glen has just this month
moved to West Hartford for career enhancement.
In an eggshell environment, which Hillside certainly is, any loss or change can ripple
throughout the area. Both Glen and Harold (also relocated this month) stabilized the
central stretch of Hillside Avenue with congeniality and professionalism and a presence
which will be greatly missed by neighbors.
HILLSIDE AWARD RECIPIENT
Civil Servants are generally taken
for granted and their invaluable services considered as no more that "part of the job
we pay them to do".
At the first Neighborhood Council Awards Dinner, in the shadow of awards to the Governor
and other high profile politicos, Mike Gilmore was the shining light recognized by
Hillside. Gilmore, a resident of Town Plot, was the only recipient of individual
recognition from neighborhoods to be chosen from outside the ranks of any neighborhood
membership. While the other Neighborhood Associations selected a recipient from
within their own ranks, the Hillside Board elected to choose Mike for his unending efforts
to help Hillside grow and prosper.
Mike has worked weekends (no overtime for this lad) to help with provisions for
neighborhood clean-ups. He has climbed through abandoned houses with and without
Police to clear them of occupants and get them boarded up. In conjunction with the Mayor's
office Blight Crew, Mike has effected the boarding of many abandoned properties within the
Hillside Historic District.
We cannot count the number of times Mike rushed a little late into the night meetings of
Hillside to update us on this or that after having spent a couple of hours tending
his new baby. It was appreciated Mike!
To name just a few of the other "Mike" contributions through the Community
Development Office, the sidewalks and driveway of Hayden park will be paved soon,
new sidewalks have been installed on Hillside Avenue, and his tireless work with the City
blight team has cleared lots, yards and produced a cleaner and healthier neighborhood.
All of Hillside wishes to thank Mike for his unending assistance, and look foreword to a
continuing effective relationship.