The Prospect Pages has been a mainstay in the Prospect community since 1987. Robert Marcella of Prospect began producing a monthly newspaper for the Town of Prospect in a home office in town. His newspaper was printed on heavier paper and folded into a paper that measured 8.5” x 11”. During that time, he had a part-time proofreader and a part-time sales person on staff. Bob eventually moved the business to an office location on Summit Road when he needed more space.
He published a monthly edition for the town until 2002 when he sold the business to Joe and Nanette Commendatore, also of Prospect. When they purchased the business, Nanette became the Lady Editor and began her journey with the paper. Gwenn Fischer signed on as her graphic designer and Nanette did all of the sales. The paper grew from that smaller sized publication to a size called a “tab.” It was changed over to print on regular newsprint paper. At that time, the paper was put together by hand in the final stages. Actual page layouts were completed and hand delivered to the printer. Photos were scanned but then had to be pasted into place on the finished proof pages.
In 2001, Nanette and Joe made their decision to sell the business. After negotiations, Gwenn was excited to switch seats with Nanette and become owner/editor of The Prospect Pages that April. Since that time, the office has moved to various other locations and is now permanently located at 34 Waterbury Road, Rt. 69 in Prospect.
Many changes have evolved over the years of this publication. We no longer need to “paste up” the paper. Everything is computerized. All of our ads are created on the computer and we receive numerous emails from groups, etc. who would like their information published.
As owner, Gwenn has kept Nanette on staff to do the sales, and Tracy Brody on staff to take over the graphic design position. Both women are part-time and work on their own schedules until the end of each month when deadline comes around.
We three have been a team all of these years and work well together. The paper has never missed a month of publication and we are very proud to know that all of the “Good News” in the Town of Prospect is published for our readers and advertisers.
Our advertisers remain one of the most important parts of this paper, in that their advertising dollars are what supports publication each month. We continue to be a FREE newspaper that is mailed to every household and business in Prospect. We also mail to the bordering sections of Waterbury, Cheshire and Naugatuck.
Each month our paper includes articles from many of the town organizations and clubs in order to keep the readers abreast of what is or what has happened in the area. We began printing the paper in color a few years ago and the paper size itself has changed a couple of times over the past few years.
The Prospect Pages seems to always be a work in progress. We are always looking for new ways to get the word out. Now that we are in the new age of internet, we are very happy to provide this website. It is our intention to put articles and ads online for those readers who prefer to use their computer to get caught up with the news. We will, however, still mail “hard” copies of The Prospect Pages as we have been doing for many years.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and encouragement. It has been and continues to be a valuable source for so many residents.
Gwenn T. Fischer
The Prospect Pages