West Haven approves rock backyard for Altschuler Cohen, ‘a rock to so many people’


WEST HAVEN — Barbara Altschuler Cohen is a rock to those that know her, somebody who has fastidiously cultivated and tended to relationships with love, say these closest to her.

Thus, her family and friends have acquired approval from town to ascertain a rock backyard within the space of Altschuler Beach, which bears her household title. The backyard is to be unveiled on Sunday.

“It’s a rock garden because she’s been a rock to so many, many people,” stated Altschuler Cohen’s brother Rick Altschuler. “She’s just an incredible person. She doesn’t ask anything of anybody and does for everybody.”

As Altschuler Cohen has confronted well being issues for years, her household stated they wished to share the identical love and gratitude inside the neighborhood that Altschuler Cohen all the time has in her private {and professional} life. According to Altschuler, roughly 70 rocks have been painted with constructive messages to beautify the shoreline and unfold positivity locally.

Altschuler stated his older sister’s favourite recreation had lengthy been to ask current firm to go round a desk and say one thing good in regards to the particular person to their left.

Altschuler Cohen, who stated she was “honored” to be taught of her household’s plans when it was introduced to her at her seventy fifth party, stated spreading love and pleasure was one of many key classes she hoped to share along with her college students throughout her profession in schooling.

“There’s so much negativity in the world. I was a teacher and I used to use this book called Miss Rumphius about a woman in Maine, a true story, who started planting lupine seeds in this little section of Maine, and before too long it took over the whole area,” she stated. “I used to use it with my kids as a model for doing something in your little corner of the world. It may seem small, but it isn’t because it’ll multiply.”

Alan Cohen, Altschuler Cohen’s husband of 52 years, stated his spouse has lengthy been an advocate for others, together with longtime efforts to supply foster take care of younger folks in want, provide refugee resettlement assist and host underserved youth by way of “fresh air fund” applications.

Altschuler Cohen has additionally devoted herself to offering sources for households of veterans who’ve unexpectedly lengthy stays on the Veterans Affairs hospital.

“It’s her general life story, taking an interest in people who have had a lot of disadvantages and problems in their lives,” Cohen stated. “Barbara is the kind of person who would dive in with both feet without a backward glance, particularly when she decided it was important to get involved with something.”

That features a profession of instructing, with a give attention to artistic writing schooling, Altschuler stated. Twice Altschuler Cohen was acknowledged as Teacher of the Year for her district, and as soon as she was runner up on the state degree. Cohen stated his spouse is in contact with a few of her college students greater than 20 years later.

The Altschuler household has roots in West Haven for over a century, Altschuler stated: the siblings’ father led town’s mid-century redevelopment efforts, and a park and seaside are named in his honor.

Despite the household’s report of accomplishments, Altschuler stated he believes his sister is the trailblazer for her spirit and conviction.

“I feel like I fall short compared to her: she leaves no stone unturned,” Altschuler stated.


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