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Friends of the Park
nan bartow   Nan Bartow - FoBPP President   Past URI Interns
Nan is an avid naturalist and conservationist.  She leads Friends of Beaver Pond Park, a community group that is working through the URI (Urban Resources Initiative) Greenspace program to improve the natural beauty of the ponds and the park as well as to preserve the wildlife.  A high school English educator, Nan spent most of her teaching years at the High School in the Community, one of New Haven's public magnet schools.  Now in retirement, she wishes to combine her love for teaching and for land conservation by encouraging people, both young and old, to protect the environment of one of New Haven's great natural resources, Beaver Pond Park.  She also serves as Vice-President of the Board of URI, where she works on the Greenspace, Education, and Membership committees.  In her earlier years she developed a deep appreciation for water, land, and nature in the marshes of Cohasset, Massachusetts, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the highlands of Yosemite National Park, the Alps of Switzerland, and the Sahel of Chad, Africa, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer.   Nan has worked to forge alliances with residents of Beaver Hill and the other areas that surround the park, Alderman Moti Sandman and other members of the Board of Aldermen, the New Haven Parks and Rec Department, the New Haven Police Department, the WEB (Whalley, Edgewood, Beaver Hill) Management Team, Southern Connecticut State University, the Common Ground School, and Solar Youth.  She could not accomplish her work without the help of her life partner, Bill Bidwell, who is a dedicated conservationist on his own, and all the faithful members of Friends of Beaver Pond Park.  
  • Jancy Langley 2012
  • Amy Zvonar 2011
  • Andrew Breck 2010
  • Hazel Scher 2009
  • Angel Hertslet 2008
  • Paula Randler 2007
  • Margaret Carmalt 2006
  • Grace Prichard 2005
  • Laura Wooley  2004
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Hazel Scher - URI Intern

Hazel Scher is an Environmental Studies major in Yale College  
focusing on urban development. Originally from western Washington,  
Hazel spent the summer of 2009 in New Haven as a community greenspace intern for the Urban Resources Initiative. She spent Wednesday nights working with FoBPP, clearing invasive vegetation, spreading stone dust and mulch, and planting native shrubs, perennials, and two trees. She truly enjoyed her time with the neighbors and friends of Beaver Pond and was delighted with the amount of progress that they made in maintaining and improving the park's natural beauty.
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Nicholas Perrone - Website designer


Nicholas is a technology teacher at Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School where he teaches students in grades K-8. He is a proud father of two and husband to one. Some of the highlights of his experiences at the park include kayaking on the ponds, picnicing on the grass, and eating fresh blackberries with his daughter.

Nicholas would like to dedicate this site to the late, great Romeo Perrone (our boxer dog) - who loved to run around at the park and play with all the park volunteers.