July 1, 2022

Deep River Selectmen Appoint Five Additional Members to Community Health Board

DEEP RIVER— The board of selectmen has appointed five additional members to the Community Health Board, completing the membership of the new board that was established under an ordinance approved by voters at a Sept. 28 town meeting.

The volunteers appointed by the selectmen Tuesday include Peter Terenzi, a former Connecticut State police major, former town clerk Jeanne Nickse, Nancy Howard, a clerk for town boards and commissions, Maura Carver, and Diane Recchio, a visiting nurse who works for the nursing agency in Westbrook. The board had previously appointed former Selectman Russell Marth, nurse Carl Olsen, and Dr. Kristin Zarfos, a surgeon at St. Francis Hospital.

The Community Health Board is charged with coordinating health-related services in Deep River, and serving as the town’s liaison to the Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, the Centerbrook-based non profit organization that is now running visiting nurse services for uninsured and underinsured town residents. The selectmen signed a contract with VNLV in June after voters in a May 18 referendum discontinued further town funding for the Deep River Visiting Nurses Association.

The Community Health Board is also charged with managing the Memorial Fund, a charitable fund that had been controlled by the now disbanded Deep River Visiting Nurses, as a special segregated town fund for charitable purposes. The board is expected to develop guidelines for disbursements from the fund that currently contains about $72,000.

The appointments to the Community Health Board are subject to confirmation from voters at a town meeting that will be held early next month. The new board is expected to hold its first meeting in November.

Charles Stannard is a lifelong resident of Essex, and has covered various Middlesex County towns for two daily newspapers over the past 30 years.  He worked for the Middletown Press from 1979 to 1995 and the Hartford Courant from 1997 through last summer, and covered Chester, Deep River, Essex and Killingworth for the past decade.  Charlie lives in the Ivoryton section of Essex.