NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS & BLOCK WATCHES
OF MERIDEN ACTIVITIES & NEWS
Activities in March
Thurs 2nd North Meriden 6:30pm New Opportunities
Thurs 2nd Internet Safety Forum………………See Below……………........ 6pm Lincoln Middle School
Tues 7th Lewis Ave 6:30pm Mt Carmel Learning Ctr
Wed 8th Lower East Side CANCELLED
Thurs 9th Washington Park 7pm Roger Sherman School
Sun 12th Daylight Saving Begins…..***Make sure to change batteries in your CO and smoke detectors***
Mon 13th Tanglewood CANCELLED
Tues 14th Stagecoach Riders 7pm Israel Putnam School
Wed 15th Downtown Assoc 5pm Café Dolce
Thurs 16th Dutch Hill & ECHO 6:30pm First Baptist Church
Thurs 16th Action 13 7pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sat 18th St Patrick Day’s Parade 2pm East Main St-Downtown-West Main St
Mon 20th Crown Village 7pm Pool Meeting Room
Mon 20th HAPPY SPRING!! FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!
Tues 21st Lincoln Area & Glen Hills ………………See Below…………….....7pm Hunters Ambulance Training Facility
Wed 22nd Westsiders 7pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
Thurs 23rd South Meriden Social 6pm-8pm So Meriden Police Substation
Mon 27th City Park 7pm Mt Hebron Church
Tues 28th Hillside Gardens CANCELLED
*****SAVE THE DATE…...Council of Neighborhoods Annual Meeting April 5th ……..See Below*****
Neighborhood Initiative Unit Update
Lt. Sherwood and Sgt. Lacerda
As winter comes to a close, now is a good time to assess your property and your neighborhoods and see what kind of damage has been done from "Old Man
Winter". You want to check the sidewalks and curbs along your streets. If there is any damage, report it to the city.
As we all know, crime never takes a vacation, but people do. If you have plans to go away for Spring Break, 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. Consider
placing timers on some interior lights or radios, and ensure you stop your mail.
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.
Clearing of Sidewalks after Winter Storms
As winter weather and storms are approaching per City Code the owner of any premises abutting a sidewalk needs to remove snow from the sidewalk within
12 hours after the storm. Ice needs to be removed within the space of 6hrs thereafter and during the daytime to make the sidewalk safe by removing the ice and
covering the sidewalk with sand or a similar product and renew the application as often as may be needed to keep the sidewalk safe. Your cooperation with
clearing the sidewalks is greatly appreciated!
Adopt a Fire Hydrant
If there is a fire hydrant near your property, please help the fire department by clearing the hydrant and surrounding area of snow. By doing this you can save the
fire department valuable time when responding to a fire and ultimately save a life or limit/prevent fire damage to a home.
Lincoln Area & Glen Hills Neighborhood Association Meeting: Special Guest State Senator Suzio
State Senator Len Suzio will be attending the neighborhood association meeting on March 21st to introduce himself and answer resident’s questions
regarding our state government. All neighborhood associations are invited to attend this meeting.
Council of Neighborhoods: Annual Meeting: Wed April 5th
Wednesday April 5th 7pm First Baptist Church annex building 460 Broad St. There will be a presentation on Gangs given by Meriden Police Detective John
Femia. Pertinent information regarding upcoming CON events will discussed. The Neighborhood Initiative Unit Supervisors and Officers will be available during
the evening to address neighborhood issues/concerns. All Neighborhood Associations are asked to attend and send representation to the meeting.
South Meriden Social Hosted by Officer Fred Rivera: Thurs March 23 6pm to 8pm
Thursday March 23rd 6pm to 8pm 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.
Prescription Drug Drop Box for Disposal of Unwanted Medications
You can dispose of unwanted or expired medications the safe and legal way. A permanent prescription drop box is available in the lobby of the Meriden Police
Dept. The drop box can be accessed 24hrs a day 7 days per week. No needles or liquid medications will be accepted. This initiative is a partnership with the
Meriden Police Department and the Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition.
City of Meriden Highway Department: Potholes
Potholes are formed when water seeps into cracks in the pavement surface and the continual freeze-thaw cycle moves the surface of the pavement.
Unfortunately, during periods where the weather fluctuates from freezing to warm temperatures the formation of potholes is unavoidable. Spring temperatures
warm the cold pavement, melting and evaporating any frozen water. This action weakens the pavement. Traffic loosens the pavement even more, and it
eventually crumbles and pops out. The pounding of tires wears a hole in the underlying gravel and a pothole is formed. A winter of heavy snow or rain and
several freeze-thaw cycles result in a big pothole season ahead. Prior to the winter season, City crews make pavement repairs to help minimize the formation
of potholes. The patching of potholes continues throughout the winter. During winter months cold patch is used to repair potholes. The City purchased a patch
truck which has the ability to raise the temperature of the cold patch thereby creating a longer lasting patch. During the warmer months, this same vehicle is
used to maintain the temperature of hot asphalt which translates into a better patch.
If you come across a pothole it can be reported by completing a “Citizen Service Request Form” which can be found on the City of Meriden’s website: www.
City of Meriden: Parking Ban
Parked vehicles are the biggest obstacle to effective snow removal. Please support our efforts by parking your vehicle in conformance with Chapter 200, Section
200-25 (C) which states:
Parking any vehicle on any public street or highway between November 1 and March 15 during any snow, sleet or freezing rain storm is prohibited.
The parking of any vehicle on the streets during a snowstorm or until the snow has been completely cleared from the streets following a storm is prohibited
between midnight and 7:00 A.M.
The Director of Public Works may declare a parking ban.
The City provides off street parking at Columbus Park (Lewis Ave.) Ceppa Field (Gale Ave.) and Washington Park (Liberty St.) Jack Barry Little Field lot (Britannia
St) City Park, and Municipal Lot at East Main St and St. Casmir Dr. when a parking ban has been declared.
Residents are asked to remove vehicles from the street prior to the start of a snowstorm. This makes plowing safer, more efficient and cost effective.
Information regarding storm specific parking bans are reported to the following television and radio station:
WFSB – Channel 3
WTNH – Channel 8
WVIT – Channel 30
WTIC – FoxCT
WTIC – AM 1080
Parking ban information is available through Twitter, Facebook and the City’s website.
City of Meriden Health and Human Services Department
When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors. Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these
tips to protect your health and safety: Dress Warmly and Stay Dry Adults and children should wear •a hat •a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth •sleeves
that are snug at the wrist •mittens (they are warmer than gloves) •water-resistant coat and boots •several layers of loose fitting clothing
Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner
layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Stay dry. Wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra
layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower.
These materials in contact with the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body. Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat.
Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
Heat Your Home Safely If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember
these safety tips:
•Use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space. •Do
not burn paper in a fireplace.
•Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater. •Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use— don’t substitute. •Do not place a
space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding, and never cover your space heater. •Never place a space
heater on top of furniture or near water. •Never leave children unattended near a space heater. •Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a
tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs. •Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
•If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it. •Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be
heated. •Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or
similar devices indoors