Chatham Square Neighborhood

A Diverse Fair Haven Community with Historic Homes and a Beautiful Waterfront

MINUTES OF CSNA MEETING FEBRUARY 20, 2019

 

Participants: Fereshteh Bekhrad, George Morrison, Debra J Riberio, Susan Regan

Mary Ann Moran, Marion Lemley, Lee Cruz, Kathleen Flynn, Kirk Morrison, Sally Esposito,

Lauren Bisio.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Lauren reported a balance of $15,000.00. $6,000.00 is restricted for a yoga grant for Christopher Columbus School. The Beckerman Foundation gave a Grant of $1000.00 as a part of the total. United Way, our fiduciary, will allow CSNA to assist parents and individuals who want to request a small grant.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Mary Wade has received a map of the Urban Walking Trail, which they paid for, and will install it at the corner of Clinton St & Pine St. Web site Walkability.org gives neighborhood score for walkability.

 

The New Haven Land Trust Gardens will open their city wide gardens at Clinton Avenue and Grand Acres on April 6 from 9am-1pm. Nicole Davis from Fund for the Environment will be looking to do a rain garden for the library garden.

The New haven Land Trust Entrepreneurs are launching a yard lawn care business as well as the installation of garden beds.

The Trust is looking for a lead person for the English Street garden. Residents can have a garden bed there contact Bradley at the Land Trust 203 562-6655.

 

Kathleen Flynn can no longer attend the City Wide Food Policy Group, which meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8:30a.m. ***We need someone to replace her. ***

 

ECONOMIC & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Riverfest will be Saturday May 18th ( rain date May 19th) down at the Quinnipiac River Marina. Volunteers needed.

 

Community dining out night at La Molienda restaurant had 18 neighbors and 6 new ones.

 

The Fair Haven Management Team has elected new officers. A meeting was held at Neighborhood Works, New Horizons where the Mayor did a presentation about the property tax increase and Daryl Jones ( Comptroller) did a presentation on the City’s finances.

The Mayor reported that the city will get $3million more dollars a year in taxes. She also stated that Yale New Haven Hospital is buying up doctors practices which is taking more property off our tax rolls.

Kirk reported the Fair Haven Library will be hosting the next management team meeting. A person from Liberty Community Services ( bilingual) will be at the library for help with housing, jobs and mental health issues neighborhood. Animal Embassy will be at the library March 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. come meet a Monkey-tailed skunk, a red footed Sulcata tortoise, a green tree frog, a bull snake and Tarantula.

The library is giving out welcome bags to new people in the neighborhood.

 

The Tinalia cooperative (founders live at Bella Vista) is making dress hats teaching sewing skills. Details on NextDoor.com

The City of New Haven has hired a part time sewing instructor who goes around to the senior Centers.

 

RETREAT CALENDAR PLANNING

See Month by Month Overview linked documents on our website.

 

There was a suggestion to hold events at the Quinnipiac River 4 times a year and Fereshteh volunteered for one.

 

It was suggested that we have someone to lead Acoustic Music at the Farmers Market in the summer. We are looking for a volunteer to do this.

 

Sally reported that our retreat was very successful.

 

Soup night is February 24th at 69 East Pearl St 2nd floor at 5pm. Everyone is invited bring a bowl and spoon and something to share.

 

We need volunteers in March to help plan River Fest. Contact Christel Manning at christeljmanning@gmail.com.

 

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

 

We have 3 activities from years past with no leader for this year. Contact Lee Cruz for details.

                  *Spring Easter Festival at Chatham Square Park, an event for children on April 21

                  *Turkey Trots, a family event, get together Thanksgiving Day morning at Chatham Square Park. Like to run or walk?

                  *Holiday Tree Lighting at Quinnipiac River Park in coordination with the City (their tree at Grand and Front St)

Music, cider and cookies.

 

Arte has an after school program for kids. Susan Regan will volunteer and Sallly Esposito will donate the art supplies .

 

Junta is distributing food on March 16th from 10:30 to 12:30 at John Martinez School. 10-to 12 volunteers needed.

 

A bilingual translator is needed for the Mobile Health Exhibit May 16th, 2019. Contact Karen: k.nemiah@fhchc.org if interested.

 

Mary Wade is offering Alzeheimer, Parkinson and blood pressure sessions. See events calendar for details.

 

 

Submitted by Mary Ann Moran & Patricia Kan

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