NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS & BLOCK WATCHES
OF MERIDEN             ACTIVITIES & NEWS

updated...8/29/2017
Activities in September
Tues 5th Lewis Ave                                                                                                  6:30pm Mt Carmel Learning Ctr
Wed 6th Meriden Fire Dept. Citizen Fire Academy begins
Thurs 7th North Meriden                                                                                       6:30pm New Opportunities
Mon 11th Council of Neighborhoods Picnic………….See Below…………………..5:30pm PBA Birdsey Ave
Wed 13th Lower East Side                                                                                      7pm Meriden Public Library
Thurs 14th Washington Park                                                                                  7pm Roger Sherman School                                                               
               Stagecoach Riders
               Tanglewood
Sat 16th Council of Neighborhoods Shredding Event……..See Below………….9am-Noon Butler St parking lot
Sun 17th Record Journal-YMCA-Meriden Green Anniversary Celebration     1pm-5pm Meriden Green
Mon 18th Crown Village & Hillside Gardens                                                       7pm Crown Village Meeting Rm
Tues 19th Lincoln Area & Glen Hills                                                    7pm Hunters Ambulance Training Facility
Wed 20th Downtown Assoc                                                                                    5pm Nina’s Cafe
Wed 20th Dutch Hill & ECHO                                                                                   6:30pm First Baptist Church
Thurs 21st Westsiders & Action 13                                                                     7pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
Fri 22nd First Day of Autumn!
Mon 25th City Park                                                                                                     7pm Mt Hebron Church
Thurs 28th South Meriden Social                                                               6pm South Meriden Police Substation

National Night Out 2017
National Night Out was held on Tues Aug 1st at Hubbard Park and was a huge success. We had a diverse crowd of residents from all ages and many different ethnic groups
attend. The Council of Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Initiative Unit surpassed our goals and expectations of the event with the amount of people that attended and
were able to enjoy the evening. Thank you to our generous sponsors of the event: Target Store, Ion Bank Foundation, Napier Foundation, MidState Medical Center, Meriden
Police Union, Meriden Foundation, Rushford, Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition, South Central Substance Abuse Council, Cuno Foundation and Roberts Chrysler Dodge .
Without their financial support and generosity, the event would not have been possible.  Much thanks also to the over 70 civic and non-profit groups that participated during the
evening. We will be entering in the NATW National Night Out Award Program and will let everyone know the outcome which will be announced in December. We hope that
everyone will be able to join us again for next year’s event which will be held on Tuesday August 7, 2018!

Neighborhood Initiative Unit Update
Lt. DelMastro & Sgt. Lacerda
Back to school season is upon us and with that there will be more children out and about.  Let's all help to ensure a smooth and safe transition for our youngest members of
our community by following these easy safety tips:
1.  Slow down.  With more children walking to school, standing just off the road waiting for buses and riding the bus, we all need to slow down and be more aware of our
surroundings.
2. When you see a school bus picking up or dropping off children, make sure you stop.  Do not pass the bus for any reason.    
3. Look out for one another and for our children.  
Report any suspicious activities to the police immediately.  Protecting our children and our community is a team effort.  
Let us all work together to ensure our children can get to and from school safely.  As they say, the children are our future.  

Welcome Broadview Terrace Block Watch!
The Council of Neighborhoods is pleased to announce that Broadview Terrace has joined us as our newest block watch! The contact person of the block watch is Rose
Malczynski. We welcome and look forward to working with Rose and her neighbors! We will introduce them at the picnic on Sept 11th.

Council of Neighborhoods Picnic: Mon Sept 11th 5:30pm-8pm PBA Birdsey Ave
The Council of Neighborhoods extends an invitation to join us at our end of summer picnic on Mon Sept 11th at the PBA. Please join us for a cook out and a relaxing evening
with our NI Unit Officers, Council of Neighborhoods, neighborhood associations and city officials. We will be celebrating Capt. Sherwood’s promotion, welcoming Lt.
DelMastro on becoming the new Commander of the NI Unit and having a farewell celebration for Officers Hadvab, Rogers and Vazquez as they will be leaving the NI Unit.
Please RSVP to Holly Wills (203) 634-1248 by Sept 2nd if you plan to attend. All are welcome.

Council of Neighborhoods Shredding Event: Sat Sept 16th 9am to Noon Butler/West Main St Parking lot
All Meriden residents are invited to bring all of their unwanted documents and watch them shredded in the shredding truck FREE OF CHARGE during the event. The cost of the
event is being covered by the Council of Neighborhoods. Please call Holly Wills (203) 634-1248 for further information.

Record Journal-YMCA-Meriden Green Anniversary Celebration: Sun Sept 17th
Come out and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Record Journal and YMCA and the 1st anniversary of the Meriden Green on Sunday Sept 17th 1pm to 5pm at the Meriden
Green. Rain date is Sunday Sept 24th.  Many fun filled activities and entertainment for the community are being planned. Free admission!

South Meriden Social Hosted by Officer Fred Rivera: Thursday Sept 28th      
Thursday Sept 28th 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 Councilors Bob Williams and Cathy Battista. All are welcome.

Meriden’s Farmers Market                                                                                                                                      
The Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm from July 15th through October 21st.  The market is 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.

First Baptist Church: Closet of Love
People in need can shop at no cost for gently used clothing for men, women and children on the 2nd Saturday of every month 9am at 11am at the church which is located at
460 Broad St. Also, donations of gently used clothing and linens are gladly accepted at the church Monday thru Friday 9am-1pm.

New Opportunities: Energy Assistance Applications
New Opportunities is announcing that the 2018 Heating Assistance Program for Meriden, Wallingford, Berlin and Southington residents is now open. Please call (203) 235-
0278 to schedule an appointment to apply for the program. Also, if someone has a shut off notice from Eversource, they may “walk-in” (no appointment necessary) to New
Opportunities so their staff can mediate with Eversource and work toward a solution to have the service tuned back on.

City of Meriden: LED Street Light Maintenance   
The City of Meriden has hired Tanko Lighting that are now responsible for maintaining the street light equipment throughout the city. There is a process in place to report a
street light outage or any other non- emergency issue with a street light. Residents can submit a service request on line at: www.tankolighting.com/meridenmaintenance or by
calling 855-201-2613.

Prescription Drug Drop Box for Disposal of Unwanted Medications
You can now dispose of unwanted or expired medications the safe and legal way. A permanent prescription drop box is now available in the lobby of the Meriden Police Dept.
The drop box can be accessed 24hrs a day 7 days per week. No needles will be accepted. This initiative is a partnership with the Meriden Police Dept and the Meriden Healthy
Youth Coalition.

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

School Readiness
School Readiness is a grant program from the state of CT that offers high quality affordable preschool to 3 and 4 year old children who live in Meriden. There are still a few
more spots available in School Readiness programs in the city.  If your child will be 3 years old before January 1st he or she is eligible to start in September.  You can find the
programs who offer School Readiness at www.meridenhealth.com.

Meriden WIC
Are you pregnant or did you just have a baby? Do you have an infant or child up to the age of five? Call WIC today for help with nutrition education and nutritious foods - 203-
630-4245.
Please note – WIC will have new hours effective October 1, 2017:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00am – 4:30pm
Tuesday – 8:00am – 6:30pm*
*Holiday weeks WIC will only be open until 4:30pm on Tuesdays

Meriden Senior Center
Senior Center Members – did you get your new membership card?
This month the Meriden Senior Center is rolling out new membership software called Schedules Plus. On September 13, 14, and 15 staff will be taking pictures for new
membership cards. If you are a member of the Center, please meet Kathy and Mike in the front office on these dates at 9:30am for pictures, new cards, and enrollment
updates. If you are not yet a member of the Center and are 55+, please stop by our building at 22 West Main Street to see what we have to offer!

Alzheimer’s Awareness Events
Thursday, September 21, is a day on which Alzheimer's organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia.  
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental function. Join us for these events as we recognize Alzheimer’s
Awareness Day:
1. Alzheimer’s Association presentation and trivia game - Wednesday, September 13 from 10:45am to 11:30am at the Senior Center (22 West Main Street).
2. Benefit Walk - Walk the Meriden Green with us to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association on Friday, September 22, 10:00am to 11:30am. T-shirts for walk are $1.00, limited
sizes and quantity available. Sign up with Justine at the Center; if Justine is not available please see the front desk.