Chatham Square Association

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



April 18, 2018 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Mary Wade Home


    Present: Fereshteh Bekhrad, Lauren Bisio, Lee Cruz, Mark Duda, Sally Esposito, David Hunter (facilitator), Patricia Kane, Lynne Knowles, Maria Lemley, Mary Ann Moran, Kirk Morrison, Susan Regan

Welcome & Introductions and 1:1s - One thing you would like to see & one thing you would like to see disappear on Grand Avenue. (Coffee to see. Trash to disappear. Q R Park sinking into river.

Repair sea wall. Grand Ave. Bridge needs repair. People ignore no turn on red at Front St. security for elderly and soft furniture)

  • Finance Report – Lauren B. United Way balance is $14,773.
  • Health & Wellness (Interested in working on health\wellness issues? Contact Mary Ann at or Lee (203-668-7074)
    • Urban Trail Update – Lee update
    • Community gardens – Mary Ann M: Successful opening of 2 gardens
      • Library 4 PM event next week. Land Trust to bring a pear tree. Mark D: Grand Acres: 21 beds. 20 ready to plant.
    • Food Policy Council – Mark D: concern w/ food quality.
    • Other health\wellness activities:
  • Economic & Community Dev. (Interested in this work group? Contact Christel at; Next meeting: 6pm Mon, April 23 at the QR Marina
    • Atwater Sr. Center, 26 Atwater Street
    • Community Soup Night: Home of Susan Regan, 47 Downing Sunday 6-8pm, April 29
    • Planning for Riverfest 2018 underway, 100% funded, need volunteers.
    • Other Econ & Community Development activities:
  • FH Community Mgt. Team Report- Sally E: next meeting 6pm May 3 FH Police Substation at 295 Blachley Ave.; minutes available on website: . Discussion re: working w. the Fair Haven Mgmt Team on a joint Fall Event.
  • Library Report – Kirk M: planning session for summer programs on Wednesday. Partnering w/ Junta, City Seed on ongoing health work shops. 1st Thurs in May will start. Working w/ Collab for series of programs on 5/24 on entrepreneurship focusing on immigrants.
  • NOTE: Library also offers free passes (for 2) to events like Crowns, at both Long Wharf and Yale Rep.
  • Website report: Lee – Welcome again NHR Group, also Real Living Realtors & Denali

Police\Safety: LT. Zanelli 203.726.2899/NHPD non-emergency 203.946.6316 - No report

  • Old Business & Reports:
    • Past events report: Spring Festival, Lewis St. and Criscuolo Park clean ups
  • New Business
    • Fereshteh: time for river activities.
    • David: small plot of land back of Junta near church.
    • Strong School District: Grand Ave. Community Planning Mtg. 1-4pm, Sunday April 22
    • Other
  • Announcements: updates and more info on
    • Quinnipiac River Cleanup Dover Beach Park 9-11am April 21
    • electronics recycling on May 5 from 9-1Celentano School, Canner St.,
    • May 5, 10-2pm Fair Haven Family Stroll and Festival at Q River Park
    • May 19, 11-4pm, Quinnipiac Riverfest at the Quinnipiac Marina
    • Saturday, April 21, Clifton St. Canoe Ramp Earth Day Celebration 10-1

More activities and event, updates on our website:

Save the Dates for the rest of our 2018 Meetings:

May 16: Mark D.        June 20: George M.  July 18: Brenda B.   August 15: Mary Ann M.         

Sept. 19 Susan           Oct. 17 Sam B.H.       Nov. 21 Marion L.      Dec. Potluck


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