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Bond Commission to consider $2.7 million for Berlin football field; Speaker Aresimowicz is head coach

An updated Connecticut State Bond Commission agenda shows the commission will consider bonding $2.7 million for updates to Scalise Field at Sage Park in Berlin, where the Berlin High School football team – coached by out-going Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin – holds its home games.

The bond package would be to replace synthetic turf, scoreboards, the construction of restrooms and storage facilities at Scalise Field in Berlin, along with rehabilitation of the running track and installation of synthetic turf at Berlin High School as well.

The total $3.1 million bond request from the Office of Policy and Management under the Urban Act specifies $2.7 million for the field at Sage Park in Berlin and $400,000 for expansions, renovations and improvements for substance abuse facilities in Hartford.

Aresimowicz, a long-time fixture in the state legislature who became Speaker of the House, announced that he would not seek reelection in 2020. He has been head coach for the Berlin Red Coats football team since 2016, in addition to his day job with AFSCME Council 4 and his legislative duties. 

Aresimowicz spent 20 years coaching youth football and has worked for Berlin High School since 2009 before becoming head coach.

The football season — and many other high school sports — have been canceled this year due to the pandemic, which prompted Aresimowicz to join with other families and players at a rally outside the Capitol in September calling for the Department of Health to reconsider its position on high school sports.

According to the Town of Berlin’s website, the Scalise Football Field is outfitted with artificial turf, bathrooms, benches, bleachers, concessions stands and a press box with score board and sound system. The field is also used by the Berlin High School Athletic department and adult and youth sports organizations.

The request for bids was put out by the Town of Berlin in April of 2019.

The Bond Commission is scheduled to meet Friday, December 18 to consider 32 items, including the football field in Berlin. 

The bond requests total $453.6 million

Marc E. Fitch

Marc E. Fitch is the author of several books and novels including Shmexperts: How Power Politics and Ideology are Disguised as Science and Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot. Marc was a 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and his work has appeared in The Federalist, American Thinker, The Skeptical Inquirer, World Net Daily and Real Clear Policy. Marc has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University. Marc can be reached at [email protected]


  1. Roy Rinaldi
    December 17, 2020 @ 11:17 am

    Awe isn’t that nice of us to fund that…..get real this state is in debt out the waazoo stop the needless spending people are leaving the state in the tens of thousands


    • Anonamous
      December 17, 2020 @ 2:29 pm

      Got that right


  2. Anonamous
    December 17, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

    Got that right


  3. Greg
    December 21, 2020 @ 2:26 am

    Well that’s Joe alL over, a cheap hack politician, a union Drone anD glad he’s goNe. As a berlin resident, i plan to ask Our town officers why they are even aCcepting the money. EvEn Our republican town cOuNcil and Mayor will grab the cash, no matter its corrupt source.

    Ask Our mayor why he”s oN the take. And lets get rid Of that sign naming a highway aFter his MoTher,.


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