NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS & BLOCK WATCHES
OF MERIDEN             ACTIVITIES & NEWS

updated.. 6/28/2017
Activities in July
Mon 3rd Lewis Ave………………………..note meeting date change……....6:30pm Mt Carmel Learning  Ctr
Mon 3rd City of Meriden Independence Day Celebration                                5pm-9pm Hubbard Park
Thurs 6th North Meriden                                                                                        6:30pm New Opportunities
Fri 7th Twilight Summer Music Series: Crossroads                                        7pm-9pm Meriden Green
Sat 8th Meriden Farmers Market Opens                                                             8:30am-Noon Meriden Green
Tues 11th North Meriden Community Garden Open House                           6:30pm 60 Tremont St
Wed 12th Lower East Side                                                                                    7pm Meriden Public Library
Thurs 13th Washington Park…………......note new meeting place………...7pm Meriden Public Library                                                              
              Stagecoach Riders
              Tanglewood
Fri 14th Twilight Summer Music Series: Inner Groove                                       7pm-9pm Meriden Green
Mon 17th Crown Village                                                                                            7pm Pool Meeting Room
Mon 17th Hillside Gardens                                                                                      CANCELLED
Tues 18th Lincoln Area & Glen Hills                                                                      CANCELLED                                                                                           
Wed 19th   Downtown Assoc                                                                                    5pm Nina’s Café
Wed 19th Dutch Hill & ECHO                                                                                   CANCELLED                                                                                                    
Thurs 20th Westsiders & Action 13                                                                        CANCELLED
Fri 21st Twilight Summer Music Series: Johnny I Band                                     7pm-9pm Meriden Green
Sat 22nd Silver City Fire Fest                                                                                   9am-3pm Comfort Inn 900 East Main St
Tues 25th Veterans Assoc                                                                                        7pm Rushford
Thurs 27th South Meriden Social                                                                             6pm South Meriden Police Substation
Fri 28th Twilight Summer Music Series: Train Wreck Society                           7pm-9pm Meriden Green
Mon 31st City Park                                                                                                      7pm Mt Hebron Church

SAVE THE DATE: National Night Out Tuesday August 1st 5pm-8pm Hubbard Park

Neighborhood Initiative Unit Update
Lt. Sherwood and Sgt. Lacerda   
                                                                                                                          
Now that the Summer is upon us the amount to people walking and enjoying the outdoors so please caution when driving. If there is any damage,
report it to the city (via City of Meriden website). If you have plans to go away, it is encouraged that you complete a closed home form with the Meriden
Police Department for extra checks on your property while you are away. While this is not a guarantee that your property will remain crime free, it does
provide an increase of police attention to the property to help deter crime. Also, let a trusted neighbor or friend know you are leaving. Try making a
conscious effort to lock your car doors and window. In addition, remember that if you are going to open any house window especially on the ground
floor, enable the window slide security locks. Finally, always remember to remain vigilant and look out for one another. Only in working in partnership
with the community, with one another and with the police can we all help keep our neighborhoods safe. If you have any issues in your areas contact
your Neighborhood Officer so he can address the issue. Lastly, we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.


Meriden’s Independence Day Celebration: Mon July 3rd 5p to 9p Hubbard Park
The evening will start off with music provided by the Risen Band and West End Blend Band from 7pm to 9pm. Other family activities are being planned
and there will be food and beverages available to purchase during the evening. Fireworks will begin at 9:15pm in the park.

North Meriden Neighborhood Association’s Community Garden Open House: Tues July 11th
The association is planning an open house at their Community Garden at 60 Tremont St on Tuesday July 11th 6:30pm. Please come and join in on
the 2nd anniversary celebration of the garden and see the wonderful progress of the garden. All are invited to attend!

Twilight Sumer Music Series
The Summer Music Series has returned to Downtown Friday evening offering a wide variety of music every Friday evening at the Meriden Green from
7pm to 9pm. The concerts for this month will be:
July 7th Crossroads; July 14th Inner Groove; July 21st Johnny I Band; July 28th Train Wreck Society.

The 7th Annual Silver City Fire Fest: Saturday July 22nd 9am to 3pm
Sponsored by the CT Fire Photographers Association, Southern CT Fire Apparatus Collectors, and the Meriden Firefighters Benevolent Society will be
held from 9am to 3pm at the Comfort Inn & Suites 900 East Main St. Some of the planned activities include: Model Emergency Vehicles displays,
Apparatus displays and demonstrations and a Photography Show.

South Meriden Social Hosted by Officer Fred Rivera: Thurs July 27th 6pm  
Thursday July 27th 6pm at the South Meriden Police Substation 113 Main St. Stop by for a cup of coffee, discuss any concerns or questions you might
have with Officer Rivera, City Councilor Bob Williams and City Councilor Cathy Battista. All are welcome.

M
eriden’s Farmers Market starting July 8th                                                                                                            
The Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 8:30am to Noon starting July 8th through October 21st. The market will be located at the Meriden
Green/Pratt St and will offer a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables available for purchase. The market will accept cash, food stamps, or
farmer markets’ coupons.

Meriden’s Summer Playground Program 2017
The program runs from June 19th through August 4th from 8:30am to 3pm. The program for children ages 5-12 and is held at 4 locations in the city
which includes Thomas Hooker School, Baldwin Pond Park Columbus Park and Habershon Field.  Staff members will be at the playground and will
run various games and activities with the children. Free registration. Parents pay for Field Trips. For further information and to register call (203) 630-
4259.

Free Summer Meal Program
New Opportunities is sponsoring the Free Summer Meal program for children 18 and younger from June 19th to August 18th at the following sites
and times:
City Park 12:45pm-1:45pm
Columbus Park 12:30pm-1:30pm
Gilman Park 12:10pm-1:10pm
Hanover St & South First St 12:20pm-1:20pm
Mills Apts 12pm-1pm
Salvation Army: Breakfast 9am-9:30am and Lunch 12pm-1pm

Meriden Park and Recreation: New process for Program and Park Reservations
The Meriden Parks and Recreation department is pleased to announce that program registration and park reservations can now be done online
through My Rec. To get started create a household account which allows you to register for programs, apply for a pool pass or fishing license, and
reserve a park for an event.  The data provided - emergency contacts, medical information, etc., will help us to better serve you! Online payments are
accepted for most activities, click on the link to register today!  https://meridenct.myrec.com/info/default.aspx

Hubbard Park Swimming Pool Operation Hours
The pool will be open from June thru August from Noon to 7:30pm 7 days per week. Must be a Meriden resident to obtain a pool pass. Passes can be
purchased at the Parks and Recreation Dept 460 Liberty St from 8am to 3:45pm or by going on line to the Meriden Park and Rec website. Passes are
$10.00 for adults and $3.00 for ages 17 and under.

City of Meriden Water Park at City Park
The Water Park located at City Park at Franklin St and Park Ave is open Monday thru Saturday Noon to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. The water park is
free of charge and open to children of all ages to enjoy.

J
uly 2017 News from the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services
165 Miller Street  *  203-630-4226  *  www.meridenhealth.com

Meriden Senior Center
Program: Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging: Summer and the Quest for Hydration
Monday, July 10, from 10:30am-11:30am
Please join Hartford HealthCare Nurse Nicholas Arsenault as he reviews the importance of hydration and its impact on how you feel. Nick will also
discuss common myths related to hydration and how to identify and combat dehydration. We will also discuss how diet can impact your hydration,
especially in the warmer summer months ahead.

For a full list of programs offered at the Senior Center, please visit our website (www.meridenhealth.com), call the Center at 203-237-0066, or visit us
at 22 West Main Street. Membership is FREE to residents over 55!


FREE CAR SEAT SAFETY CLASS:
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 10:30am to 1:30pm at the Meriden Health and Human Services Department, 165 Miller Street, second floor (Teen
Conference Room). This class is taught by certified car seat technicians. Open to all Meriden residents. Seating is limited and you must call 203-630-
4223 to register. No walk-ins are allowed! Everyone who attends will receive a free (age and weight appropriate) car seat, one per family. Lunch is
provided. Funding for this program is provided by the CT DPH Preventative Health Block Grant.


Fight the Bite!
The West Nile Virus (WNV) is spread by the bite of a mosquito. WNV can NOT be transmitted directly from person to person.  

All citizens are advised to protect themselves from mosquitoes:
•        Avoid outdoor activities from 1 hour before sunset to 1 hour after dawn
•        If you are outside, wear long pants and sleeves
•        Use insect repellant with no more than 30 % DEET, do not use products containing DEET on infants.  
•        Use the repellant on both clothing and the bare skin

Be a good neighbor and keep your property free form debris.  Please help to get rid of all potential mosquito breeding sites on your property:
•        Empty bird baths and refill with clean water at least once a week
•        Empty small kiddy pools weekly, don't let the water become a breeding source
•        Make sure that pools are properly covered and drained or if in operation, filtered and chlorinated.
•        Clean your yard, removed empty containers such as buckets/rain barrels, old tires, children's toys or any item capable of holding rain water
•        Don't forget to clean your gutters.  Gutters clogged with leaves also hold stagnant water for breeding mosquitos
•        If you have a water garden or pond, use gold fish as a natural predator to control mosquitos
•        Clean the brooks or stream banks on your property so water flows more smoothly, remove the dead leaf piles and fallen tree branches

If you are concerned about stagnant water on another property or have questions concerning WNV please call Environmental Health at 203-630-
4226.  

Free Stop Smoking Program                                                                                             
All Public Housing Authorities are expected to establish smoke free policies restricting resident smoking by August 2018, and many private landlords
are setting similar rules. Quitting is easier with guidance and support. Let our certified tobacco cessation counselor help you or a family member
finally quit for good! Our program is free and offers:
•        Individual counseling available by appointment.
•        Tobacco Free Tuesday Support Group - Walk-ins and enrolled participants are invited to a weekly meeting starting at 5:30pm at 165 Miller Street.
•        12 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges) to those actively enrolled in the program.
For information or to register contact Geralyn at (203)630-4003 or email BeTobaccoFree@meridenct.gov

And a reminder – Meriden parks and recreation areas are TOBACCO FREE!


FREE SUMMER SAFETY KITS!
Stop by the Meriden Park and Recreation office on Liberty Street to pick up one of our summer safety kits! The kits include bug repellent wipes,
sunscreen, a tweezer and tick removal instruction card, and band-aids. While supplies last! Thank you to Desiree, our summer public health intern,
for putting together the kits.