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Coastal CT ASHI usually meets on the third Thursday of each month at:

Westport VFW Lodge

465 Riverside Avenue Westport

A couple of blocks north of exit 17 off  the John Davis Lodge Highway (I-95).  The corner of Saugatuck Avenue and Riverside. The entrance is near a cannon and can be a bit tricky as there is a stoplight for the intersection of 4 roads, and the driveway is a bit north of it. Thanks to Bill Horelick for finding a new place.

Price is the same $22.00. The food is sure to be better.

Alcohol not include but available?




The meeting schedules are:
Conversation from 6:00 to 6:30
Dinner at 6:30 ($22, including tax & tip)
Education & Meeting 7:30





January 19th

6:00 At the westport VFW

Dylan Thomas of Opus Audio Video Control

The topic will cover home automation and smart home technology. I know at this point we are not required to inspect low voltage and control systems but as more of these devices are becoming main stream we will be encounteringthem. We will need to start being able to identify them and discuss the possible advantages and disadvantages. I would love to have some questions and specific topics that you may want answered. Please reply with your questions and I will get them to the speaker.


October 20th meeting is being held at the Aitoro showroom in Norwalk

[401 Westport Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851].

Starting at 6:00pm, so don't be late.

Tony Aitoro and his staff have a wonderful evening in store for us, with a celebrity guest chef,

Danny Seo [], on hand. Aitoro is providing dinner and drinks.

After dinner a tour of the kitchens and different appliances on hand.

Besides learning about some of the newer appliance technology out there, we will cover safety concerns, common service issues, advice we can pass along to our clients, and any appliance-related questions you all may have. Should be a great evening.



February 18th 2016

Our speaker is Dean DeMague of High Performance Energy Solutions

Dean will focus will be on heat pumps, including some of the newer heat pump technologies, functional operating temperatures, inspection tips, etc. Of course, he’ll be happy to answer all things HVAC related, so have your questions ready.


January 21th 2016

Our speaker: Broderick Sawyer, deputy fire marshal for Norwalk CT.

Broderick will discuss: fire safety, codes, etc.

Have your questions ready!



November 19th

Dianne L'Altrella of A.C.E Abatement



September 18Th

Our guest is Bob Russell of Glen Gate for our annual review of pool and spa systems.


April 16th

Our guest this month is Randy Boncek of Aquatek Labs.


Jan 18th 2015

Our speaker is Jon Mercurio from Enviro Shield .


Nov 20th Meeting

Clay Bassett,

General Manager

of Northfield Fuel, Stamford.



Oct 16th Meeting

Peter Howard

from the Town of Westport Building Department


Sept 18th Meeting

Dean DeMague with High Performance Energy Solutions


June 19th Meeting

New England Oil Company’s garage at Fairfield Ave and Sunnyside in Stamford.




May 15th Meeting

Get your law course requirement satisfied with an informative lecture from our own Ron Passaro

This is a required 3 hour / 3 credit class from the Department of Consumer Protection. We will be using a sign-in and out sheet for credit and audit purposes. In order to get us home at a reasonable time, Ron will start at 6:45 and you may eat during the class. I have witnessed required course instructors refuse to admit realtors into a required DCP class if they are not on time. We will give a 15 minute grace period. Any attendee arriving after 7:00 will not get credit for the requirement. Be prompt.


April 17th Meeting

Our speaker will be Leigh Overland, architect


March 20th Meeting

Our speaker is a return guest, Mr. Glenn Smith. (203) 438-0419

Glenn last spoke on lateral loads and will present this time on coastal construction.


February 19th Wednesday

Our speaker will be Gary Stone of Home Guard Environmental.



January 16TH Meeting

Mr. Mel Rich from Nutech Pest Control



November 21ST Meeting

The speaker will be Rob Lamendola and he will talking about solar heating and installation.



October 17th Meeting

The speaker will be James Ball Chimney Sweep. He will be speaking about chimney inspections and cleaning also dryer vent safety and cleaning.




Septembers 19th Meeting

Our speaker has not been announced yet but we will have a meeting and it will be educational and



July 17th 2013 Meeting

Our speaker has not been announced yet but we will have a meeting and it will be educational and informative.


June 20th 2013 Meeting

The speaker will be Steve Gladstone. Steve will bring a number of electrical panels for a hands on discussion

on panels and proper wiring in panels, defective recognition and how to write up whatyou see.

May 16th 2013 Meeting

The speaker will be Steve Smith,

Chief Inspector for Westport Building Department.


April 18th 2013 Meeting

The speaker will be Luc Richards and he will be talking about foundation cracks.

Hope you can make it!



March 28th 2013 Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be a Dave Leopold house on March 28th at 1:30 PM.Earth Mint will be doing a duct sealing procedure and the House Doctor will be doing anenergy audit with a blower doorat Dave's house. They said to figure on 3-4 hours for their work. This will be good hands on information for each member. Maybe your house could use their services! For you dining enjoyment we will be serving pizza. Please let me or Dave (203-372-4477) know if you can or can not make the demonstrations at Dave's house

146 Coleman Road, Fairfield


Feb 21st 2013 Meeting

The speaker will be Glenn C. Smith PE. The topics will be lateral loads and residential wood framed walls.

April 17th 2012 Meeting

The speaker will be Mark Pauletti from Arctic Mechanical.

He will speak to us about high efficiency boilers and tankless water heaters.

March 15TH 2012 Meeting

Same time new location

We are meeting at Standard Oils facility this month please hit the link below for directions:,299+Bishop+Ave,+Bridgeport,+CT+06610&gl=us&ei=VRVeT_jbAebe0QHBoaieDw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCMQ8gEwAA

This should be a very informative meeting and will be hosted by:

TomBaroneSales & Marketing Manager
Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc.
203.334.5532 Ext. 3105


Thurs. Feb. 16th,2012

We Have Jim Jaffe from CT Chimney & Vent htt

Hope that you can make the meeting.


Thurs. Jan. 19th,2012

Meeting Speaker is Mr. John Andros of "Light Sources" who, along with his partner, former customer of Peter Sierup, Gino Ciancenelli, developed a patent for an ultraviolet HVAC duct insert for purification. It is inexpensive and easy to install. Their product line includes other items of interest that John will be sharing with us relative to home use. John Andros Office Number is 203 799 7877.


December 15:

We will have Bob Colum a representatives from Huntington Power Equipment discussing Generators. Bob is looking for our input on what topics to cover in this area. So, please forward to me John [] or with any questions, photos, or suggestions that you may have concerning generators. He will try to address our needs. Joining Bob will be Chip Smith the owner of Huntington Power Equipment. 




Thursday November 17th

Our Presenter will be Mr. Tom Conley of The Town of Fairfield Building Department who will continue his presentation in depth on CSST tubing, ARC - Fault Retrofitted receptacles and anything else you wish to discuss. Pease submit any questions or suggested topics you have for Tom to me and I will forward them. The presentation will be a 1 hour talk followed by a Q & A period. Tom is presenting this talk free of charge as a courtesy to us and it should bean iformative evening. I hope to see everyone there.


July 21st Meeting:

Our education presenter will be Mr. Tony Cavalli, chief electrical inspector for the City of Bridgeport. Tony will talk about electrical codes for single and multi-family homes and how they affect our industry.

If you have questions you would Mr Cavalli to address please contact Kevin Morey at


June 16th meeting:

Our own Ron Passaro will be leading an informative class and discussion on the CT State licensing law and it's implications for inspectors and the public. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of this informative discussion.


February 17th meeting:

Tony Bonura from the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau (CSSB).

Expect this will be a very informative presentation and also entertaining.

January Meeting:


This month we welcome Jim Jasensky, the president of Oasis Environmental Solutions, Inc., located in Redding Connecticut. Oasis is dedicated to indoor air and water quality improvement with a primary focus on radon gas reduction from indoor air and well water.

Jim has been actively involved in the radon industry for over twenty years. He is a member of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, (AARST) and has served as a director for the New England Chapter of AARST as well. He is also a certified radon mitigation specialist with the National Radon Proficiency Program overseen by The National Environmental Health Association, (NEHA).

The topic of Jim’s presentation is; Radon Gas: Origins, Health Risks, Testing and Treatment Methods. As the title indicates, the presentation will provide information on this naturally occurring carcinogen, which is a known health risk, and the methods available for radon testing and reduction.


December Meeting:

We will not be having a December meeting.

Happy Holidays!!!!

Hope you and your families have a great holiday season.

See you January 20th 2011

Happy New Year


November Meeting:

November 18th

Mike Browne, the RRP Education & Outreach Specialist for the US EPA from Boston Massachusetts. Mike is the person in the EPA that tested and gives accreditation to teach the new EPA's Renovation, Repair & Painting Final Rule (40CFR 745). This new requirement may affect the work we do as Home Inspectors. Mike will give us a "Heads Up" on the new RRP rule as this is the new environment contractors have to work in.

October Meeting:

October 21st

This time he will be there for sure!!!

Ward Hamilton of “Olde Mohawk Masonry & Historic Restoration”.  Ward will be educating us on you guest it Olde & Historic Masonry.  This should be very informative and enlightening.

If you would like to see some of the work this company is involved with, their web site is;

September Meeting:

September 16th 20010

Our speakers for the meeting will be Chris Capozzi & Kevin Jackson of the Sealwize Co. They will be introducing us to a new wood and masonry sealer Please visit their web site

August Meeting:

August 19th 2010

Ward Hamilton of “Olde Mohawk Masonry & Historic Restoration”.  Ward will be educating us on you guest it Olde & Historic Masonry.  This should be very informative and enlightening.

If you would like to see some of the work this company is involved with, their web site is;


July Meeting:

July 15th 2010

For the July meeting we have one of Connecticut’s top H.V.A.C. contractors returning for an encore appearance. Charlie Edgerton from Edgerton company from Monroe Connecticut.


Bring your questions  and we are sure they will be answered.


June Meeting:

June 17th 2010

Paul Hurlbut V.P.

Professional Water Systems


Paul will discuss water treatment systems.

He will cover everything from Water Softeners, Acid Neutralizers, Iron filters,U.V., Radon G.A.C. and aeration systems to Reverse Osmosis systems.



May Meeting:

May 20th speaker will be.

Richard T. Porter, P.E.

General Member of Northeast Helical.


Richard T. Porter, P.E. of Northeast Helical, LLC

Rich will discuss how to repair and secure foundations

Northeast Helical, LLC

PO BOX 707

Nashua, NH 03061

ph: 603.598.0089

fx: 603.598.0091

That's right he didn't show up again!!!








Thursday,April 15th 2010 2

Our speaker will be

Dave Evans our Lobbyist & our very own David Esarey of Glen Gate


March Meeting:

Earthwise Analytical, water testing labs


Thursday, December 17th 2009

Peter Sierup of Home Directions inc.will be discussing the dynamic effects of frost on structures very apropos for the season.

Thursday, November 19th 2009

Westport VFW 465 Riverside Ave Westport Ct

Jennifer Weiffenbach of Statewide Wildlife Rescue has been a wild life rehabber for over 30 years and has committed her profession to a no-kill eviction of conflicts between wild life and humans. She teaches her craft to veterinarian hospitals, police departments, fire departments, conservation officers and others. Her company receives over 250 calls per day on humane methods of wild life relocation.

(877) 572-2666


Thursday, October15th 2009

Our speaker will be Jim Sansoucy from WaterFurnace International a leading geothermal company Cell- 508-612-4814
Office- 508-832-4485 E-Fax- 888-587-8451

Thursday, September 17th 2009

We will still be at the Silver Star Diner in Norwalk. Our speaker will be a well informed enlightened auditor discussing relevant material.  Don't miss this riveting educational opportunity.

Riveting it was Jim Jasenky of Oasis Environmental gave an in depth discussion on radon and radon mitigation.  For questions contact Jim at(203) 268-6305 office or (203) 942-9983 cell  email: 


Thursday, June 18th 2009

We will still be at he Silver Star Diner in Norwalk. Our presenter will be from Vinylume


Thursday, May 21st 2009

Our speaker will be Dave Wilburn, owner of One Vac, sewer and drain service.


April 16th 2009

Our guest speaker will be Four Season Property Care a division of Glen Gate

March 19th 2009

Our guest speaker will be Bob Russel from Glen Gate Pools.

Gear up for the pool season they will be open before you know it.


February 19th 2009

Our speaker will be our old friend Paul Morris who is a past president of our chapter. Paul is a licensed PE and is currently a forensic engineer. He will be presenting on his current position, structural issues and scenarios that home inspectors may encounter with foundations, basements and roof structures.


January 15th 2009

Our speaker was suppose to be be our old friend Paul Morris who is a past president of our chapter. Paul is a licensed PE and is currently a forensic engineer. He will be presenting on his current position, structural issues and scenarios that home inspectors may encounter with foundations, basements and roof structures.  At the Cookhouse in Darien.



December 18th.

Our Speaker will be Dan Fitzgerald from Basement Systems Inc. (CT Basements). 


November Thursday Nov. 20.

Our next Chapter meeting will be at The Center for Green Building, 3380 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport ( on November 20th beginning at 6PM. Sandwiches and sodas to be provided by the Chapter.


October Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our speaker will be Mr. Bob Lamb from Edgerton HVAC.

September meeting will be on WEDNESDAY Sept. 17.
This meeting will be held at Black Swan Home, Hearth and Gift in Newtown, CT (directions). There will be multiple working fireplaces and stoves with installers and technicians instructing us. We will make arrangements for food to be brought in from a local deli, more details to follow.

Past Speakers:

Log Home Construction - , Design Limited Homes

Fiber Cement Siding - , CertainTeed

Fiber Cement Siding - , National Fiber

Lightening Protection - , East Coast Lightening Equipment

Updated Deck Construction Guide - Simpson Strong-Tie

Biodiesel Fuel - , Devine BioHeat

Tank Sure - , Boston Environmental

Swimming Pool Safety - , Glenn Gate Company

Duct Cleaning - , Duct Doctor USA

Homeowner Ramifications for 13 SEER - , Pack-Timco Inc.

Measuring Radon in Residential Properties - , CT Department of Health

System Approach to Thermal Performance - , Mueller-Sheehan-Sullivan

Modular Home Construction - , Customized Structures Inc.

Microbial Inoculator Generator - , Knight Treatment Systems

Inground Oil Tanks - , Enviroshield

Maintenance free gutter protection - Clearwater Gutter -

Wood shingle roof protection - , Cedar Life