Chatham Square Association

Fair Haven is a Diverse Community with a Rich History and a Beautiful Waterfront



October 21,2015 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Mary Wade Home

  • Welcome & Introductions: Mary Ann M, Marian, Chris Bryant, Brenda B, Richard P, John Roberts (New Librarian at FHPL), Tim B, Diane P, Lee C, Robert R, Nathalie B, Sally E, Lt Darcy Siclari, Ofc Mike Criscuolo, Ofc Matt Vernik, Ofc Shane Wityak, Ofc Oscar Diaz, Ofc Jaime Francescki.
  • Health
    • Urban Walking Trail: Installation in the works, no specific date yet.  Next, there will be maps of the trails installed in various parks. 
    • Other health activities:

Interested in working on health issues contact Lee (203-668-7074)

  • Economic & Community Development Christel
    • Soup Night: Usually scheduled for the last Sunday of the month, this month’s soup night was moved to a later date, TBD.  Stay tuned.
    • Blighted housing: The group is getting educated about how the housing authority works; met with Karen DuBois-Walton at our October meeting. 

There is a special Blight meeting scheduled for this coming Monday, October 26th at 5:30pm @ MaryWade Home, organized by Diane, with community members, LCI director, aldermen ward 13 and 14. 

  • Possible Coffee shop on Grand Ave: Party interested in opening a coffee shop in Fair Haven, close to the river.  Currently in discussion with Steve Fontana. Stay tuned for updates.
  • Other Eco. & Community Development activities:

Interested in this work group? Contact Christel Manning

  • Youth, Children & Families– Mary Ann\Sally
    • Homework Club at Q Terrace: MaryAnn: the club is doing well, mostly girls at this time.  Report on numerous mentoring activities, from Police (Lt Siclari in particular) and there are words about a new mentoring group lead by high school students.  To be continued.
    • Report on Community Gardens: MaryAnn\Nathalie.  Clean up at Clinton Avenue School this coming Wednesday at 4pm.  Come join the fun!  Grand Acres is still waiting for its fence…
    • Halloween Parade & celebration 1pm Saturday October 31:  Mary Ann and Sally are collecting donations of APPLES, SMALL PUMKINS, AND CANDIES.  Drop out at their house or call Sally to schedule a delivery @ 203-530-5236. And if you have time, please consider volunteering your time packing bags and distributing. 
  • Other Youth, Children & Families activities:

Interested in this work group? Contact Mary Ann Moran

  • Police\Safety: report on arrests, drug and gun confiscation, on Ferry Street #518; bank robbery @ Grand and Ferry.  There has been a series of larceny from vehicles/auto, Jeeps, lately; please no not leave anything in your cars in general.  Report on missing UPS packages, but know that you can now sign up on line at for packages to be delivered at times that are convenient for you.  Additionally, you can leave directions to have a package held at an UPS-certified place in your neighborhood, like Sarno’s at 121 Grand Avenue.  Talk to your UPS delivery person.  Noticeable decrease in homelessness and prostitution along the Q-River park.  A note that the non-emergency police line is malfunctioning; hoping this gets fixed soon.  Questions about bicycle lanes along Grand avenue:  This is on Doug Hausladen priority list. Use SeeClickFix to send specific messages to city departments.
  • Announcements\Report back on other activities\events:
  • Strong School building Project (SPACe) Update Lee: On board are also an attorney from Yale Law School and a developer.  Moving forward.
  • City Seed Farmer’s Market Thursday 3-6pm: End of Season coming up, with last market this October 29th from 3 to 6pm. 

Interested in any of these activities contact Lee Cruz – (203-668-7074)

  • Finance Report- Laura\Lee : We are looking for a new treasurer; talk to Lee if interested. 
  • Web presence report: Lee


If interested in State emergency communication systems, talk to Richard.  The subject will be put on the agenda for next month.  Rick and Brenda will present the topic to the group.

If interested in starting a Block Watch, contact David Hartman (203-946-6285)


Next meeting: November 18, scheduled facilitator: Tom Burwell

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