On Wednesday, Sept. 29, the Cheshire Democratic Women’s Club will hold its annual Meet the Candidates Night at Cheshire Craft Brewing.
The community is invited to meet candidates running for local office and celebrate the guest of honor, Maura Esposito, who will receive the Ernest A. DiPietro Civic Pride Award. No one is more deserving of this recognition.
As director of Chesprocott Health District for the past seven years, Esposito has worked tirelessly “to protect, promote, and improve health and safety” of all residents in Cheshire, Prospect, and Wolcott. She began her tenure by conducting a needs assessment in each town and has continued strong relationships with each by implementing environmental, community health, and emergency preparedness programs as prescribed by state statute.
Citizens may know her work as a certified sanitarian conducting food inspections in restaurants or as an examiner of day care, salons, and barber shops; or perhaps meeting her for septic, wells, or lead inspections. She and her small staff (which she built from four to 11) also conduct trainings in critical health needs such as psychiatric first aid and diabetes education.
During these most challenging 18 months of the pandemic, Esposito’s office managed the daunting task of contact tracing, tracking quarantines, testing, and infection statistics. She started the vaccination program last year, hiring a nurse and gaining approval to recruit a medical reserve corps, building that group of trained volunteers from 62 to 362 — 90% from Cheshire.
During a recent conversation, Esposito reflected on the challenges and achievements of her group, crediting an excellent staff and medical director and strong support from the communities. Citing collaboration with the three town governments, the Cheshire Public Schools, a partnership with Elim Park, and wonderful volunteers, she managed administration and training that accomplished 11,700 vaccinations.
Esposito says it has been a grueling year for everyone, including her family — husband Michael, son Evan, and daughter Erin. However, she believes that her education prepared her for this work, which she was “meant to do,” and she enjoys learning all the time.
Currently, she is preparing Chesprocott for booster shots and clinics for all people seeking any vaccinations.
She is very active in her communities, serving on the Board of Boulder Knoll, being a member of CDWC, and having worked on the Plan of Conservation and Development during 10 years on the Water Pollution Control Authority, along with being Cheshire Townwide PTA Past-President. She also is treasurer of the Prospect Business Association and on the Board of Wolcott Citizens Against Substance Abuse.
This involvement helps her assess the pulse of each town in preparation for her jam-packed schedule of monthly meetings with the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health and the Chesprocott Board.
This event is scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cheshire Craft Brewing, 125 Commerce Ct. No 7. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For further information, call (203) 439-0181 or (203) 272-8173.
(Information provided by Judy Villa, event chair, Cheshire Democratic Women’s Club)