Saturday, September 19, 2009
Gazebo Goes Up
at 12:20 PM Posted by Middletown Eye (Ed McKeon)
Andrew Avalone reflected proudly on workers as they assembled the project that took him three years to conceptualize, fund and move through municipal channels.
Saturday morning Avalone, the rest of his Boy Scout Troop, and assorted volunteers began to assemble the pre-fab gazebo that has become the source of some controversy.
Avalone's project is a effort toward achieving his Eagle Scout ranking. He raised $23,000, and got the approval of the city's Park and Recreation Department to erect the gazebo as a tribute to veterans.
About the controversy, Common Council member Phil Pessina, who was among the volunteers said he was mystified.
"I'm disappointed at that reaction," Pessina said. "This has been in the works for three years, and to have people pop up at the eleventh hour to oppose it is disappointing."
The crew expects to have the gazebo fully assembled by the end of the day Saturday.