Historic Replica Clock Approved for Library Grounds

The Town Council approved the placement of the Janet Gregan Memorial Clock on the Atwater Library and Reynolds-Beers House property.


Bob Gregan first approached the North Branford Town Council about a . Gregan returned to the Town Council 16 months later to seek final approval for the project.

Mayor Anthony Candelora provided some history on the project before Gregan spoke.

“Mr. Gregan has started fundraising in honor of his wife who was very involved with town in many ways,” said Candelora. “He’d like to move ahead ASAP and Mr. [Fran] Merola has agreed to help with the footings of the clock. It would be a beautiful addition to the area.”

The Janet Gregan Memorial Clock will be placed on the grounds at the Atwater Library and Reynolds-Beers House, home to the Totoket Historical Society(THS) where Janet was heavily involved. The boards of both the library and THS have already approved the project.


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Gregan and the THS have raised more than $10,000 toward the $12,000 needed for the historic reproduction with the promise of any additional needed funds coming from the Gregans’ daughter, who also attended the meeting.

The clock, which is being ordered through a company based out of Ohio that has been in business since the 1840s, also has a backup battery so it will still operate if the power goes out. The clock will be a similar style to those in the attached photos.

“Knowing my wife and how humble she was, I know she probably wouldn’t even want something like this,” said Gregan with Deputy Mayor Joanne Wentworth noting that the THS is “the best place to put the clock as Janet was so involved there.” The Town Council unanimously approved the project.

“She liked spending time at the library, too,” said Gregan, who thanked the Council, Library Director Bob Hull and Public Works Director Fran Merola. “We’re hoping to get it in in early springtime.”

James Dwyer February 04, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Janet Gregan should definitely be remembered in this Town of North Branford. I remembered her when she came into my 5th grade class several different times, and she gave the students plenty of North Branford history. During the month of February, she was one of my Senior classroom readers for the children. A town clock will a great memorial of her historic knowledge. Retired N.B. Teacher Jim Dwyer
Cathy Johnson February 04, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Janet Gregan was one of the people who was very involved in obtaining the formerly privately-owned Reynolds-Beers house as a town property. She worked hard to see that the town would have an historic house as other towns do, as well as a home for the Totoket Historical Society. She is most deserving of this memorial. Cathy Johnson Former Library Board member
KATHERINE MEROL February 05, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I was privileged to have worked alongside Janet Gregan for many years beginning back when the town celebrated during 1976 and she was a wealth of knowledge for the entire Bicentennial Commission. Later I worked with her with Gordon Miller identifying homes in town and attaching circa dates. She was untiring and North Branford was so very lucky to have had her. The memorial will stand as tall as her memory. Thank you. Katherine Merola former Bicenntenial Commission member.


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