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A "Beatlette" Remembers

A "Beatlette" Remembers

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Published by Kendra Baker
Forty years ago, Rosalyn Cama and her friends in the Farnam Neighborhood House Girls Club decided to call themselves "The Beatlettes."
Forty years ago, Rosalyn Cama and her friends in the Farnam Neighborhood House Girls Club decided to call themselves "The Beatlettes."

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Kendra Baker 
 | NOV 13, 2013 4:01 PM
Forty years ago, RosalynCama and her friends inthe FarnamNeighborhood HouseGirls Club decided to callthemselves “TheBeatlettes.”“I remember whenFarnam House openedin 1963 and The Beatlescame to the UnitedStates in 1964. We lovedThe Beatles,” recalledCama, president of CAMA, Inc. “I remember how it was at Farnam—how you could go andcreate whatever youwanted to create.”Cama shared that reminiscence Tuesday eveningat the 14th annual awards gathering for FarnamNeighborhood House, a Fillmore Street lifeline for Fair Haven young people for decades.Reminiscences abounded at the event, whichabout 100 people attended at Branford’sWoodwinds. Tickets to the event were $50; proceeds went to benefit Farnam.“It’s a good cause, and it’s doing as much good asit did when I went there,” said Cama.The event consisted of a cocktail hour, dinner, andan awards ceremony that honored State SenateMajority Leader Martin Looney and Town Fair Tirefor their support of Farnam. Looney was awardedFarnam’s Community Service Award.. Town Fair Tire received Farnam’s “Community Spirit Award” for helping Farnam provide social, recreational and educational programs to children and families.Guests mingled and, like Cama, shared memories of Farnam and the Fair Haven community in the‘50s and ‘60s. Farnam Board of Directors President Everett Nichols recalled growing up with Looney.“We have been good friends for over 50 years. We went to school together at St. Rose of Lima School.Obviously, Marty was smarter,” Nichols joked, saying he was good at recess. “When we were set tograduate, we took the test for Notre Dame. Marty was accepted, and I’m still on the waiting list.” After making the crowd laugh, Nichols praised Looney for his community service. “He did it never 
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looking for any gratitude. He was always helpful every time I saw him. He’s a tremendous guy and hedeserves everything he gets.”Looney (pictured) thanked Nichols in hisacceptance speech and reflected on the communityhe and Nichols grew up in.“It was a great neighborhood and a great time to bea kid in Fair Haven in the ‘50s and ‘60s,” he said.“Farnam Neighborhood House has meant somuch to me and my family, as well as the entirecommunity of Fair Haven. So many members of myfamily have been active here.”Looney’s son Michael played basketball for Farnam’s Biddy Basketball Program for severalyears. Looney talked about how his beloved cousin(and former Alderwoman) Polly Sweeten wasactively involved with Farnam as well.“We all know that if every community group in thecity were as well run, well supported by thecommunity, and [had] the kind of visionaryleadership that Farnam has, we would have somany better and safer neighborhoods in this city,”said Looney. “Farnam is a model for what acommunity organization should be, what aneighborhood center for children should be.” Annex Alderman Alphonse Paolillo, Jr., the event’smaster of ceremonies, thanked the senator for being an advocate for New Haven: “It’s refreshingwhen you go to a dinner like this—as an electedofficial politician, you go to a lot of them—and folkswho are deserving of awards are receiving them.”“Beatlette” Rosalyn Cama’s brother, ThomasCama (pictured), is also a Farnam alumnus. Henow serves on the organization’s board of directors. He shared a memory of Farnam. Not hisown, but his mother’s: “I was telling my mother howwe were doing this fundraiser and she says, ‘Youknow, when they first built Farnam House, I helpedraise money. They used to have a ladies club thatused to sell cupcakes.”He explained how community support is essentialto keep Farnam running.“Places like Farnam House can’t sustain itself onfederal grants or whatever. It has to come from thecommunity and small businesses and largebusinesses,” he said. “Companies like Town Fair Tire have really helped Farnam House throughoutthe years.”For over 15 years, Town Fair has given toys and gift cards to over 150 children in Farnam House’safter-school and pre-school programs each Christmas. The company has also donated an electronicbulletin board, sound system, fuss ball and air hockey table, a digital camera, and more to theorganization.“We are very appreciative of this award,” said Town Fair Tire Vice President of Marketing James Uliano(pictured, on the right). “We give back to the community because the community has supported us inmany endeavors to help us grow.”
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