Working to keep the 
neighborhood
strong & vibrant


Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant

Friend of Wooster Square
An annual program to honor our 
heroes



Above, on the Festival stage from left, Billy Iovanne, Ward 8 Alder Aaron Greenberg, Marianne Mazan, and State Representative Al Paillilo.

             Award Recipients *2018


William G. Iovanne 

Wooster Square native William G. Iovanne (Bill Jr.) is president of Iovanne Funeral Home, celebrating its 90th year in business.  Bill succeeded his father as head of this venerable Wooster Square institution that he joined in 1980. The two were Grand Marshals of the 2012 Columbus Day Parade, held in New Haven and concluding here in Wooster Square Park. Bill continues the family traditions and the devotion to neighborhood.


Like his father, Bill has made community service a priority, serving on the boards of educational and charitable organizations such as the St. Francis Home for Children and the New Haven Public School Foundation and been honored by many, from Notre Dame High School to the Knights of Columbus.

Paul Camarco, the head of New Light High School, next door to Iovanne Funeral Home, praises Bill as a neighbor, supporter, protector and spokesman for Wooster Square. He noted that many visitors to the funeral home are from outside New Haven and that Bill represents the city and neighborhood to them. He turns the negative to positive.


A few years ago, Wooster Square was clogged with more snow than the city could handle.  Bill brought in a contractor to plow, clear and remove the mounds of snow from the Funeral Home – a massive effort.  Then he had the entire Wooster Square Park area and Wooster Street cleared! Many of you will enjoy the refurbished park benches that Bill and his wife Angie were instrumental in raising contributions to fund.

Finally, from Peter Webster, a 2017 Friend of Wooster Square awardee: “How can we forget Bill’s unflappable, suave, humorous performances as Master of Ceremonies” for the Cherry Blossom Festival.”


Marianne Mazan

Marianne Mazan’s love affair with Wooster Square started in 1963 when she and her late husband, Richard Mazan, moved into a Wooster Square row house at 85 Olive Street during New Haven’s redevelopment. “I had wanted to live in a row house ever since visiting a college friend in NYC who lived in one,” quips Marianne. Ten years later, feeling the need for more space, Marianne and Richard purchased their home at 613 Chapel Street.


Marianne and Richard were fixtures in New Haven and in the Wooster Square community. Marianne worked for 40 years in administration at the Yale School of Medicine. Richard taught at Wilbur Cross High School. Marianne was at Richard’s side when he was on the Historic District Commission, helping make Wooster Square New Haven’s first Historic District in 1970. She also worked with him as part of the group responsible for planting the Yoshino cherry trees around the Park.


Always wanting to make her Wooster Square community better, in the late 80s Marianne served on a committee responsible for getting the lights and iron benches installed in the Park. When the rectory of St. John Church at Cedar and York Streets was torn down, Marianne worked with a group to acquire the Rectory’s iron fences and have them reinstalled in front of the brownstones facing Wooster Square Park on Chapel Street.


Marianne served on the boards of New Haven Preservation Trust and Historic Wooster Square Association. Her depth of Wooster Square knowledge and love for historical architecture were incredibly helpful to the board. Marianne now lives in Whitney Center and misses the community and hustle and bustle of the Wooster Square she loves.


posted 4/23/18

Previous Friend of Wooster Square Award Recipients

2017 

• David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven
New Haven Fire Department • Engine #4 & Truck #1
I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing 
             Corridor Improvement Program * Q Bridge
Peter Webster * Co-Chair, Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival


2016 • Christy Hass
2015 • Luisa DeLauro
2014 • Theresa Argento & William Iovanne, Sr.
2013 • Beverly Carbonella
2012 • Alex Bragg, Bill Buick & Peter Thompson
2011  • Officer Peter Krause, New Haven Police


Previous Friend of Wooster Square Award Recipients
2017 
• David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven
• New Haven Fire Department • Engine #4 & Truck #1
• I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing 
Corridor Improvement Program * Q Bridge
• Peter Webster * Co-Chair, Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival
2016 • Christy Hass
2015 • Luisa DeLauro
2014 • Theresa Argento & William Iovanne, Sr.
2013 • Beverly Carbonella
2012 • Alex Bragg, Bill Buick & Peter Thompson
2011 • Officer Peter Krause, New Haven Police
Previous Friend of Wooster Square Award Recipients
2017 
• David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven
• New Haven Fire Department • Engine #4 & Truck #1
• I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing 
Corridor Improvement Program * Q Bridge
• Peter Webster * Co-Chair, Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival
2016 • Christy Hass
2015 • Luisa DeLauro
2014 • Theresa Argento & William Iovanne, Sr.
2013 • Beverly Carbonella
2012 • Alex Bragg, Bill Buick & Peter Thompson
2011 • Officer Peter Krause, New Haven Police
2017 
• David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven
• New Haven Fire Department • Engine #4 & Truck #1
• I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing 
Corridor Improvement Program * Q Bridge
• Peter Webster * Co-Chair, Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival
2016 • Christy Hass
2015 • Luisa DeLauro
2014 • Theresa Argento & William Iovanne, Sr.
2013 • Beverly Carbonella
2012 • Alex Bragg, Bill Buick & Peter Thompson
2011 • Officer Peter Krause, New Haven Police
2017 
• David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven
• New Haven Fire Department • Engine #4 & Truck #1
• I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing 
Corridor Improvement Program * Q Bridge
• Peter Webster * Co-Chair, Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival
2017 
• David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven