Chatham Square Association

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MINUTES CSNA Meeting – September 18, 2019


Chatham Square Neighborhood Assoc. Meeting – September 18, 2019

Attending: Susan Regan (Facilitator), Lee Cruz, Lauren Bisio, David Weinreb, MaryAnn Moran , Lisa Hottin

Welcome & Introductions: Susan Regan opened the meeting at 6:04 pm.

Finance Report – Lee Cruz began the report and Lauren Bisio completed it noting that that there was a balance of $14,600 in the account. There are additional deposits expected with only one expense of $58.82 reimbursement from Soup Night. Lee reported that there was an additional expense of $200, a grant for supplies for the mural next to the Grand Avenue Bridge. He noted that the grant for the Fair Haven Management Association for a horse and carriage for the annual picnic was not used because FHCMT was unable to secure the horse and carriage.

Health & Wellness – MaryAnn Moran reported that the gardens are still producing in abundance and that families are taking the produce, including kale, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, etc. Lee noted that the Urban Trail continues to provide new opportunities to promote health and wellness.

A physician from the Fair Haven Community Clinic is organizing patients and staff to do a 1-mile walk on Saturday mornings along the trail. Information will be posted on the CSNA website.

Economic & Community Development – Lee reported that the recent Soup Night drew a crowd of approximately 30 old and new attendees. New Haven Farms gave a presentation. It was noted that having co-hosts for these events always draws a bigger crowd. Dining Out Night is scheduled for Sept. 25 at El Coqui 286 Grand Ave. and information is available on the website.

The Mary Wade groundbreaking ceremony took place earlier in the day and was well attended by friends and neighbors alike. Construction will begin within the coming weeks.

Lee reported on a new training opportunity called “Incremental Development” ( There will be a one-day training session on October 10 in Berlin, CT. Attendance fees will be paid by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. This is an opportunity to train local community members to look for small scale real estate projects to better their neighborhoods. They are specifically looking for trades people to participate in the workshop.

Fair Haven Management Team -David Weinreb announced that the next meeting will take place on October 3 with special presentations by Data Haven and Yale Employment. They will also show the Urban Trail video at that meeting. The November meeting will be the annual elections of officers and they are seeking individuals to run.

Library – Susan read Kirk Morrison’s Library report. A new city-wide library program called Girls in Coding is being offered. It is a part of the Tech Titans program. The program is free but registration is required. It is open to both boys and girls, grades 3-5. On Oct. 10 at 5pm, the Fair Haven branch will host their Autumn “Catered Comfort Meals”. All are welcome. On Oct. 26, “Ghost Hunters in CT” will bring in speakers to discuss this timely subject. The presentation begins at noon.

Website – There is an annual fee of $249 to host the website. Lee Cruz is looking for others to volunteer to assist with updating the website and adding content.

Old Business

Discussion About Organization Reorganizing – Members present discussed the evolution of the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association since its beginnings in 2006. All agreed that the original mission of the Association has changed over the years:

  1. Originally focused on increasing home ownership to encourage stability in the neighborhood
  2. It also focused on sustaining a sense of community in the Chatham Square area of Fair Haven
  3. Now, CSNA has achieved these goals and seeks to expand these same goals beyond Chatham Square to Fair Haven as a whole

Discussion focused on community partnerships with Fair Haven Management Team and New Haven’s Livable City Initiative; frequency of meetings; efforts of CSNA’s Committee on Economic and Community Development; name changes, etc.

It was agreed to continue the discussion at the next meeting. David Weinreb offered to create a Google Doc survey to gauge the community’s assessment.

Grants Report – see Finance Report

Additional Announcements & Reminders- Sanctuary Kitchen will be having a volunteer event on Sept. 25.

Mary Wade is seeking vendors for its Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 6+7.

Next meeting of the CSNA: Oct. 16 David Weinreb volunteered to facilitate the November meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.


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