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From Arroz Con Gandules To “Malta Goya!” - What the New Haven Indy says about food in our neighborhood

...Our first stop was Grand Apizza, a Fair Haven institution with several branches in neighboring towns. We all enjoyed slices of cheese, mushroom, pepperoni, and sausage pizza and learned the history of the place. I learned that this is where you get the ice cream sandwiches, too — actually, gelato sandwiches...

And it goes on from there. Read the entire article…


Added by Lee Cruz on June 2, 2015 at 9:08pm — No Comments

What if Marginalized Neighbourhoods Crafted Their Own Handmade, Place-based Economies?

From entrepreneurs in their 20s to established real estate developers, the diversity of people who joined the first few gatherings on neighbourhood economics in Cincinnati had an initiator of the effort, Peter Block, happily stunned.

Peter Block “The most excited people in some cases were the people who came in with the most responsibility — and they got it,” Peter says.

Christine Egger, who is supporting the…


Added by Lee Cruz on May 28, 2015 at 3:12pm — No Comments

See Chris Randall's Best Riverfest 2015 pictures

This year's Quinnipiac Riverfest was last Sunday. THis is a link to Chris's top ten photos:

The complete album is on Facebook:



Added by Lee Cruz on May 10, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Neighborhood Employment Opportunities...

The following jobs have come to our attention as a result of organizing Riverfest. This company is located in Fair Haven, anyone who lives here can walk or bike to these jobs. They are at Vespoli. If you are looking for a job and you think you are qualified please contact them directly. It would help our efforts to get people who have access to local jobs to share the information with us us if you mention that you heard about the job through…


Added by Lee Cruz on May 7, 2015 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

Fair Haven business owners- we are 300+ local residents, your potential customers. We want to buy from you, we want to work with you to improve our neighborhood. Please join us, 6pm Mon. May 11 at Ch…

Fair Haven business owners- we are 300+ local residents, your potential customers. We want to buy from you, we want to work with you to improve our neighborhood. Please join us, 6pm Mon. May 11 at Cheney & Co. 20 Grand Av. Enter at rear of the building. Please…


Added by Lee Cruz on April 28, 2015 at 4:29pm — No Comments

20 Questions in 20 days for $20 ~ Riverfest and the Grand Ave Gastronomy Tour

Tis the day for Riverfest and the Grand Avenue Gastronomy Tour.  Below is the final question. Bring 10 questions with their corresponding correct answers…


Added by Lee Cruz on April 14, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Update: 7 chairs have stepped up... Your chair could be a STAR too

The Yale School of Drama needs 24 chairs for a production.  Have you got one or two you could lend them?
The show takes place in a homeless shelter, and what they need is a mix of wooden chairs, steel-framed chairs with plastic seats, folding chairs, etc. – "a hodgepodge of whatever was donated or…

Added by Lee Cruz on March 28, 2015 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Your Help Requested: Donations Needed for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The annual CSNA Easter event is fast approaching. We typically distribute 250-300 treats in addition to the games and activities that take place.  We are seeking donations of the following to ensure that our young guests have a fun time:
- bags of candy with individually wrapped pieces
- clementines/mandarin oranges
- trays of white raw eggs which will be boiled by volunteers for the children to…

Added by Lee Cruz on March 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

2015 CSNA Planning Retreat Minutes

THANK YOU to all who attended the 2015 Annual Planning Retreat. In preparation for the February Monthly meeting, where we will finalize our plans, please find below the minutes of the retreat. Many thanks again to our retreat facilitator Dieniz Costa and our retreat notetakers Nathalie Bonafe and Christel Maning. Thank you also to New Haven City Hall staff who attend our retreat: Steve Fontana from the Office of Economic Development and Doug Hausladen Director of Transportation. We…


Added by Lee Cruz on February 15, 2015 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Donate to the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association through the United Way of Greater New Haven

You can help the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association, consider making a tax deductible donation through United Way of Greater New Haven as either a one-time gifts or via ongoing paycheck deductions. For the tax benefit in 2015 your donation must be made December 31. 

All donations we receive are used for activities in the neighborhood, We do cultural events, educational activities and teach kids about healthy eating. All association events are posted on our…


Added by Lee Cruz on December 12, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

Important Opportunity to Help Plan for our Neighborhood this coming Weekend

Dear Neighbors:

Mayor Harp has placed a high priority on economically reinvigorating New Haven’s neighborhoods.  This past winter, she invited consultants from the CT Main Street Center to meet with businesses, community groups, political leaders, and ordinary citizens throughout the city to assess our ability to launch our own “Main Street” commercial revitalization program.  Thanks to the efforts many people in our community, the consultants gained a thorough perspective on the…


Added by Lee Cruz on November 3, 2014 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Safety bulletin from the NHPS for tonight

The New Haven Police Department strongly endorses the following Halloween Safety Tips

Walk Safely

• Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

• Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

• Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

• Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there… Continue

Added by Lee Cruz on October 31, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

REGISTRATION CLOSED for: Learn about the power of storytelling to illustrate important values and create a sense of shared experience in our community Saturday Oct.11

The Chatham Square Neighborhood Association is invited to have four members  participate in a daylong story workshop on Saturday, October 11th at the Fair Haven Public Library. We are delighted that Bill Harley, nationally recognized educator, teacher and Grammy winning performer, will lead the workshop.


The morning session of the workshop will explore how stories help to illustrate important personal values, key perspectives, and a sense of shared…


Added by Lee Cruz on September 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Young, professional, married couple looking for a house or apartment rental

Young, professional, married couple looking for a house or apartment rental in Fair Haven starting in October or November. Ideally, we're looking for a 2 or 3 bedroom. We have a friendly, trained, dog name Quentin. If you have a house, apartment or a lead on one please contact Tom at (203)-444-6380

Added by Lee Cruz on September 8, 2014 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Wait, What, hungry kids in our neighborhood? YES

Know a hungry kid?

Send them to these locations during the summer (IMPORTANT NOTE- Follow locator link for dates and times):

1. Columbus School
255 Blatchley Street 

New Haven, CT 06513 


Added by Lee Cruz on July 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Exchange St. Revival Continues: Way to go Tom, Tywanna and Abby - building community one block at a time

As a boy, Thomas Burwell always looked forward to the July 4 block party on his street in Fair Haven. More than two decades after the last such party was held, Burwell decided to convert nostalgia into action.

Burwell, now the Ward 14 Democratic committee co-chair and and a former candidate for Alder, reconvened the annual Exchange Street block party, on a historic residential block behind the Fair Haven School.

The second year of the revived block party kicked off Saturday,…


Added by Lee Cruz on July 1, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Chess players: Citywide Competition is Looking for You

Gambit n [It gambetto, lit., act of tripping someone, fr. gamba, leg, fr. LL gamba, camba, modif. of Gk kampê bend – more at CAMP] 1 : a chess opening in which a player risks one or more minor pieces to gain an advantage in position 2 a (1) : a remark intended to start a conversation or make a telling point (2) : TOPIC b : a calculated move : STRATAGEM

Webster’s New…


Added by Lee Cruz on June 6, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

Beautiful historic home for sale on Perkins Street

Superb restoration of historic river-view home. Bright & gracious layout, great workmanship & design throughout. Cook's kitch w/granite, prof. stove, HW flrs, sunny yard & deck w/views. Newly painted exterior, newer roof, Yale HB. A delightful house! …


Added by Lee Cruz on June 5, 2014 at 2:01pm — No Comments

CSNA mentioned in New Haven Register story

NEW HAVEN >> Wojtek Wacowski has been homeless since a fire claimed everything he owned two weeks ago.Though his artwork, clothing and cat were lost in the flames, Wacowski said the last two weeks have revealed the humanity in his neighborhood and reinforced his faith in Fair Haven. Since the…


Added by Lee Cruz on May 22, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

Message from Clymenza in response to recent incedent...

Message from Clymenza:

I want to thank everyone in the community who have expressed support and giving in kindness for me and Voytec in our crises. We are blessed to be alive, though we mourn for his cat. We love being residents of Fair Haven, we appreciate the beauty it carries with the river. I am proud to live here and plan to continue to be a resident among caring people of our…


Added by Lee Cruz on May 9, 2014 at 9:23pm — No Comments

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286 Grand Avenue


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Cositas Deliciosas

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La Molienda Peruvian Restaurant

113 Grand Avenue



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Fair Haven Community Health Care

Once again Fair Haven Community Health Care has been recognized as a high achieving health center by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), and has received the gold level designation. This places FHCHC in the top 10% of the 1,400 community health centers across the country and reflects our strong commitment to high quality clinical care. The full announcement can be found here.

We are proud and happy to have FHCHC as a community partner and a major employer in our community. 

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