Historic Wooster Square Association


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

2018 Awards: Above, on the Festival stage from left, Billy Iovanne, Ward 8 Alder Aaron Greenberg, Marianne Mazan, 
and State Representative Al Paillilo. 

The 2019 Award Recipient is 
Elsie Blackshear Chapman

When Elsie Blackshear Chapman moved to New Haven in 2003, after 30-plus

years with IBM, she “absolutely fell in love with this city, its culture, its diversity, and its architecture, and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.” She soon 

became a development officer for the Yale Alumni Fund; in early 2007, she left 

Yale to spend more time pursuing her broad range of volunteer interests.

Elsie is a past president the New Haven Free Public Library Board of Directors, where she promoted interactions between the library and the university. Combining her love of history, Yale University, and New Haven, she organized

 a popular tour of the Yale gargoyles, building features that many don’t notice 

and, even more, don’t know the stories behind those fascinating features. 

Now a member of the board of the library’s foundation, she remains an active connector, recruiting members of the Yale community to share their time, 

talents, and treasure with the public library.


A tireless volunteer, Elsie  served as president of the Historic Wooster Square Association and is still an active member of the Cherry Blossom Festival 

committee. She serves as a cultural affairs commissioner for the City of New 

Haven, helping make this entire city more robust with creative activities for 

New Haven and Yale families throughout the year.  She also brings her creative skills to bear in her service on the board of the International Festival of Arts & 

Ideas.


Elsie’s breadth of volunteerism, enthusiasm, and spirit to take on leadership 

roles expresses her dedication to New Haven and to making her community a better place. For this commitment, Mayor Toni Harp and President Peter 

Salovey presented Elsie Chapman with an Elm-Ivy Award in 2016.


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About the 2018 recipients:

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. And he serves as Master of Ceremonies  for the Cherry Blossom Festival.


Marianne Mazan

Marianne Mazan’s and her late husband Richard were fixtures in New Haven 

and in the Wooster Square community. 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. In the late 80s Marianne served on the  committee responsible for getting the lights 

and iron benches installed in the Park. 


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