Beloff, Buccilli, Murphy, Sanford Enshrined in Meriden's Hall of Fame.


Beloff, Buccilli, Murphy, Sanford Enshrined in Meriden’s Hall of Fame.

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From left: Meriden Hall of Fame Inductees – Jay Dennis Murphy, Enrico Buccilli, and Marvin Beloff – alongside state Reps. Michael Quinn and Hila Santiago, and Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati at the 47th annual Meriden Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the Meriden Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 15. Maria Louise Sanford was also posthumously honored. (Photo: Nicole Zappone, Record-Journal)”

MERIDEN — The Meriden Public Library’s Community Room buzzed with excitement on Sunday, as residents and the loved ones of the new inductees gathered to commemorate the 47th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Marvin Beloff, Enrico Buccilli, Jay Dennis Murphy, and Maria Louise Sanford, all esteemed members of the Meriden community, received well-deserved recognition and were presented with commemorative plaques for their unwavering dedication and contributions.

Prior to the awards presentation, attendees were treated to a musical performance by Denise Jones and Inner Groove.

State Rep. Michael Quinn, D-Meriden, presided over the proceedings as the master of ceremonies for the Meriden Hall of Fame Association Inc.

“Our devoted board members make everything the Hall of Fame achieves throughout the year possible,” Quinn acknowledged.

Rep. Hilda Santiago graced the ceremony with her presence, presenting citations from the state to the four outstanding individuals for their exceptional commitment.

Mayor Kevin Scarpati reflected, “Taking a moment to honor those who have dedicated their lives to our city is truly heartwarming. Seeing the community come together in a space that will serve generations to come is incredible. It’s a privilege to be here, expressing gratitude to these families.”

Category Highlights:

Business and Commerce: Marvin Beloff

Marvin Beloff, a Meriden native born on July 11, 1928, and a graduate of Meriden High School class of 1946, left an indelible mark. In 1973, he launched Beloff’s Woman’s World, a unique clothing boutique. During the holidays, Marvin’s store became known for its distinctive red ribbon and bow, drawing attention statewide. Recognizing the potential of a catalog business, he expanded his reach nationwide.

Marvin served as a board member for the Meriden Chamber of Commerce, chairing the Meriden Silver Museum Development Committee. He also contributed to the Meriden Symphony and Chorale Connecticut boards, chaired the WWII Memorial Hospital board, and led the Meriden Kiwanis Club.

An accomplished sculptor, Marvin invented the SandDevil, a superior hand sander, now available in stores like Home Depot. His passion for bow ties led him to create and sell wooden neckwear worldwide. He founded The Humble Bees ukulele band, touring for nearly two decades in support of charitable causes. Additionally, he spearheaded “Citizens for Election Reform,” instrumental in the passage of Connecticut’s Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2005.

Community Service: Enrico Buccilli

Enrico Buccilli, born on January 27, 1951, arrived in Meriden with his family from Pratola Peligna, Italy, in 1955. A graduate of Platt High School class of 1969, Enrico’s impact on the community was profound. For over three decades, he was a devoted member of the Boy’s Club Alumni Association, serving as president from 1981 to 1982. Enrico coached various youth sports at both the elementary and high school levels.

He played a pivotal role in the Meriden Planning Commission for 25 years, serving as chairman for 18 of them. He also led the 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development. Enrico’s leadership was instrumental in the redevelopment of downtown Meriden, the creation of Meriden Green, and the establishment of Stop & Shop.

Additionally, Enrico served as a Meriden Golf Commission member, sat on the Bradley Home Board of Directors for nine years, and currently holds the position of treasurer for the Meriden Sports Reunion Committee. He served as principal at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School in Wallingford, receiving recognition as Wallingford’s Administrator of the Year in 2001, and Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools in 2007, gaining national acclaim.


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