Howard Steven Frydman receives prestigious Duncaster “60 Over 60” Award


Howard Steven Frydman receives “60 Over 60” Award.

Howard Steven Frydman, General Manager of BATV, Secretary of the Bloomfield Board of Education, and the official “Santa Claus” for the City of Hartford, was one of over 60 state residents to receive the prestigious Duncaster “60 Over 60” Award.

According to organizers- Howard Steven Frydman goes by several aliases – “Mr. BATV”, “Bloomfield’s Goodwill Ambassador” and even “Santa Howard”. For the past 30 years, Howard has been the General Manager of Bloomfield Access Television (BATV) and is the town’s most visible cheerleader. Howard has served in such elected positions including: Bloomfield Library Board of Directors, Selectman, Registrar of Voters, Justice of the Peace, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bloomfield’s Continuing Education.

Additionally, Howard’s Theater, Food and movie reviews have been syndicated in several state newspapers and currently serves as the “Art Critic at Large” for the Messenger Publications. Each December Howard transforms into “Santa Howard” donning a red suit, trimming his real white beard and traveling throughout the State of Connecticut spreading the good will of the season.

BATV Board of Directors members congratulate Howard Steven Frydman- From left: Barbara Ann Williams, Howard Steven Frydman, Harvey Leon Frydman, and Meredith Johnson.

On May 20th, a gathering of over 400 attended the award celebration that took place on the Duncaster campus, honoring all these extraordinary individuals over the age of 60 who are some of the state’s senior movers and shakers.

Howard S. Frydman Michael A. O’Brien, Duncaster President.

Duncaster launched the state’s first 60 Over 60 awards in January looking for people ages 60 or better living lives to be admired; lives that inspire. They included those who impacted others; started businesses; gave birth to movements; furthered ideas or made a difference in someone’s life.

Ed Stockton and Howard Steven Frydman

Howard Frydman, Mary Fran and Peter Libassi



































Those honored at this celebration include those who dedicated their lives to public service, authors, artists, poets, volunteers, caregivers, healthcare professionals and executives with some of the state’s most influential institutions.  They are pioneers and change-makers.  They broke rules.  They made new ones.  They did things first and they kick-started change.  They made history and they honored it.

About Duncaster: Duncaster, the Hartford area’s first LifeCare community, is located minutes from West Hartford and Simsbury in Bloomfield CT.

This boutique Life Plan Community sits on 94 acres.  While catering to those who are active and engaged in independent living neighborhoods, Duncaster also offers options for those seeking assisted living, memory care, long-term care and rehab services (all private) in intimate settings. Duncaster was voted the Best Retirement Community by readers of Harford Magazine and the Connecticut Law Tribune.  Residents have a role in governance and sit on the board – a rare distinction. For more information, visit or call (860) 380-5005.

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