Valentino Guarino

Candidate, Planning & Zoning

Val was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and went on to receive a management degree from Long Island University. Shortly thereafter he was married and entered the armed forces serving in Vietnam with H Battery 29th Artillery.

Upon being discharged he, his wife and infant daughter moved to Connecticut in 1969 and then to Southington in 1970. Three of his adult children and six grandchildren currently reside in town and a fourth child lives in New Paltz, New York.

He has worked in a number of manufacturing companies the last, for twenty-nine years, at Jacobs Vehicle Systems in Bloomfield. During this time he held a number of positions as Manager of Industrial Engineering, Environmental Compliance and Safety Specialist, Facility Services Manager, Manufacturing Manager, and Operations Manger.

In 1978 he completed his studies and received an MBA from the University of Hartford.

Val has been active in community organizations and also as a volunteer in a number of conservation organizations.

For many years he worked with the Southington Youth Soccer League and served one year as president.

He was a Nature Conservancy Volunteer monitoring endangered nesting Piping Plovers at Sandy Point in New Haven.

Since 1995 he has volunteered at the Bald Eagle Observatory with the Connecticut Audubon Society in Southbury.

Currently he also serves as Property Manager and a Board member for the Southington Land Conservation Trust and is also a member of the Southington Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

A long time member of the Southington YMCA he can be found three mornings a week pumping iron in the weight room.

His spare time activities include bird watching, kayaking, hiking, and biking.

He is running for a seat on the PZC to help guide sustainable growth while still maintaining the small town feel that makes Southington such a great place to live. He will be an advocate for the homeowners affected by zoning decisions and will be sympathetic to their concerns as these decisions are being made.

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