Capano awarded for supporting Norwich economic development

Scott T. Capano, left, says a few words after receiving the Ron Aliano Service Award presented by members of the Fireworks Festival Committee, right, during the silent auction fundraiser for the Norwich July 4 fireworks Thursday at the Marina at American Wharf.
Scott T. Capano, left, says a few words after receiving the Ron Aliano Service Award presented by members of the Fireworks Festival Committee, right, during the silent auction fundraiser for the Norwich July 4 fireworks Thursday at the Marina at American Wharf. Dana Jensen/The Day

Norwich — Supporting Norwich economic development efforts and the annual July 4 downtown fireworks festivals is a matter of "passion" for Scott Capano and his family.

The same as it was for Ronald Aliano, the deceased founder of the Marina at American Wharf and major financial backer of the fireworks.

Capano on Thursday received the Ronald Aliano Service Award for his dedication to Norwich during the largest fundraiser for the fireworks festival.

"Keeping the fireworks downtown was a passion of Ron's, and a passion of mine," Capano said.

Capano's family owns the local Shop Rite supermarket, the Harp & Dragon Irish Pub and recently purchased and is renovating another building in the Main Street block. Capano submitted the lone tax auction bid to buy the Thames Plaza office building, but the auction has been appealed in court.

On July 4 during the fireworks festival, Harp & Dragon will run a rooftop fundraiser on the city-owned Market Street parking garage to help pay for the fireworks.

Capano thanked his family and all employees at the family businesses for their service and hard work.

As he turned over the microphone to festival chairman Michael Franklin, Capano urged the crowd at the marina festival tent to keep supporting the city and the fireworks.

Bidding at the silent auction that accompanied the award presentation was busy in the final minutes before the auction closed. Final amounts were not available Thursday, but Franklin said he was pleased with the bids for valuable and unique offerings.

Several posted bids were in the hundreds for popular items. The bid for a night in a luxury skybox for a Connecticut Tigers game at the Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium was $600 and a three-hour tour in the luxury yacht Real Escape was going for $655, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Mystic Aquarium drew a $300 bid. Bidding was at $100 for lunch with Mayor Deberey Hinchey.

c.bessette@theday.com

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