Chatham Square Association

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

Telephone: (203) 936-9459







May 16, 2018 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Mary Wade Home


       PRESENT: Mark Duda, facilitator, Lee Cruz, Marion Lemley, Fereshteh Behkrad, Patricia Kane,

                         Margaret Dunn, Kirk Morrison, Paul Hammer, Lauren Bisio, Lt. David Zannelli

  • Welcome & Introductions.
  • Finance Report – Lauren
  • $300 donation by Urban Specialists directly to United Way
  • Over $4000 in Riverfest sponsorship
  • Health & Wellness (Interested in working on health\wellness issues? Contact Mary Ann at or Lee (203-668-7074)
    • Urban Trail Update – Lee distributed a draft of postcard map. 20,000 to be printed.
    • Community gardens – Mary Ann/Mark. Waiting for weather to plant.
    • Kirk 2 new beds and fruit trees at library. First crop in.
    • Food Policy Council – Mark. Increase in free lunch at school legislation.
  • Economic & Community Dev. (Interested in this work group? Contact Christel at
    • Riverfest 2018 looking like Sunday May 20th, review logistics because of weather.
    • Strong School building\Grand Avenue planning, met on 4/22, 50+ people, next steps.
    • A Developer expressed interest in housing at Strong School.
    • Fall Festival option, combine with Fair Haven Community Management Team Festival, Thursday September 6 at 6pm. We will provide the horse drawn carriage.
    • Other Econ & Community Development activities: Emilia from City Seed asked Mark to oversee farmer's market. EBT matched..
    • 6/24 Soup night at Grand and Market
  • FH Community Mgt. Team Report- Next meeting 6pm June 7 FH Police Substation; minutes available on website:
  • Library Report – Kirk: distributed summer programs for kids. One activity each week, old and new
  • Immigrants & Entrepreneurship on 5/24.
  • Website report: Lee – Support our contributors, website content available in multiple languages

  • Police\Safety: LT. Zanelli 203.726.2899/NHPD non-emergency 203.946.6316.
  • 1 stolen car per week. Left w/ keys in car. 80% statistically statewide. Arrested a habitual offender.
  • Juveniles in groups targeting "undocumented" person. Will have walking beat again Grand to Ferry
  • Career Fair held
  • Fair Haven Library. Improvements sweep. Thursday AM all agencies walking to survey.
  • Chief and Z meet w/ Junta re: difference betw. NHPD and ICE.
  • Stats: violent crime down 35%. Vacant house up 5%. No shootings. 70% down armed robberies.
  • Overdose on Exchange St. Not a serial killer.
  • Illegal tire dumping
  • Scammers posing as utility workers to gain entry to rob.


  • Old Business & Reports:
    • River clean up on April 21 and follow up plans w/ City
    • Community Soup Night: at Home of Susan Regan, April 29
    • Fair Haven Family Stroll & Festival May 5 a success.
    • FH K-8 students (teacher David Weinreb) clean up Chatham Sq. Park, installed bird feeders and more garbage cans in coordination with NH Parks Department


  • New Business
    • Report by Lee on Strong School District: Grand Ave. Community Planning Mtg. 1-4pm, Sunday April 22
    • Heights Development PDU application scheduled for hearing 6/12. This notice will be posted in Events
  • Announcements: updates and more info on

     Contact Mark re: open plot for garden.

Project Longevity: Network w/ known gang members to offer options to crime. Considered a successful program. Need community involvement.


Green Wave, a new business that harvests kelp. Hiring locals. General manager and processing workers $15. Hour. 


Mary Wade parade 5/25 10:30 Chatham sq. Park. Expect 1000 marchers/ 200 viewers.


5/26 International Festival. Details on website.


     *   Quinnipiac Riverfest at the Quinnipiac Marina – Sunday May 20th 11-4pm

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


Adjourned 7 PM

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