Both the Public Works Commission and the Common Council (along with Public Safety) must approve the naming of Middletown public roads. We have often acceded to the wishes of developers to name streets generic, almost meaningless names, such as Windy Hill Road, and Newberry Lane, and Autumn Lane.
Middletown has over 350 years of history that we should remember. I believe that in the naming of public roads and buildings we should celebrate our rich cultural heritage. If the public understood our local process of naming roads, perhaps we would become more active in promoting Middletown history. The Public can petition the Public Works Commission to add names to the official list of proposed street names. I believe that more public attention to this process will insure that we can convince developers to adopt street names that are specific, appropriate, and unique to Middletown.
The following are the Public Works guidelines for street naming:
The following list of suggested street names is not exhausting but it is meant to provide a developer with some example of names the Public Works Commission may find acceptable. Developers should feel free to respond with their own proposals celebrating events or persons or the heritage of Middletown or otherwise provide unique identification feature of our City.
Suggested Street Name Background
General Rose Drive WWII General born in Middletown
Thomas Harding Drive Medal of Honor Recipient-Capt. U.S. Navy, Civil War
Benjamin Douglas Drive Mayor of Middletown, manufacturer, abolitionist, Lt. Gov. Ct.
Abigail Lucas Drive Ran home for orphans in Middletown
Kate Campbell Hard Mead Early female physician-incorporator MX Hospital
Civil War Soldiers Soldiers who gave lives (100+) Contact Historical Society
Alice Wrubel Drive Composer from Middletown
Henry Clay Work Composer from Middletown
Tony Pastor Drive Musician from Middletown
Seb Garafalo Drive Four-term Mayor
Gionfriddo Drive Mayor
Holzberg Drive Mayor
Jack English Drive Director of Parks
Jessie Salafia Drive Councilman
Larry McHugh Lane Chamber of Commerce President
Captain Sebastian Pagano, Jr. Captain Middletown Fire Dept. – died on duty