Chatham Square Neighborhood

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

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September 20, 2017 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Mary Wade Home • Welcome & Introductions - Kathleen

Attendees: Lee Cruz, Tyshawna Neal-Dixon, Kirk Morrison, George Morrison, Mary Ann Moran, Marian Lemly, Kathy Krebzer, Vinnie Kiernan, Shirley Criscuolo, Jacqueline Melendez, Lt David Zannelli, Sally Esposito, Brenda Brown, Richard Pizzoferrato, Kathleen Flynn and Alder Kenneth Reveiz.

• Finance Report - Sally
There is $9,090.98 in the treasury. Sally reported income and expense figures for the major budget items including the Mural Project and Riverfest. She reported that since the Fall Festival did not take place, the horse and buggy that had already been booked for that festival were donated to the Fair Haven Community Management Festival.
The amount we paid was comparable to the amount they had donated to us previously.

• Health & Wellness: MaryAnn
o Urban Trail Update – Kathleen\Lee
Fundraising request are out for the promotional postcards that are being created to invite
city neighbors to enjoy the urban trail. There is one for children and one for adults. Lee stated that quantities of 250, 500 or 1000 are available at various prices and our choice will depend on funds raised.
o Community gardens – Maryann\Sally
Mary Ann listed numerous types of vegetables now available to us in the gardens. She also stated that Common Ground has donated collard greens, swiss chard and green cabbage to be planted tomorrow for the winter season. She is at the Clinton School Garden every Thursday at 4:00pm, but we can harvest from the garden at any time.
o Food Policy Council – Kathleen
Kathleen reported that she belongs to the Food Policy Council and has been working with them to address hunger issues in Fair Haven. Plans for action are in the works and she will share them with us as they emerge.
o Other health\wellness activities:
Interested in working on health\wellness issues?
Contact Mary Ann at moran.mary.ann@snet.net or Lee (203-668-7074)

• Economic & Community Development: Christel Manning
Lee reported that the meeting date for this work group will be changing. The next meeting is scheduled for the last Monday of October.
o Old Strong School: Lee is waiting to hear on Comte vote re: Lazarus proposal
o Fall Festival: Chatham Square Park Festival was cancelled, so we had a Rock Wall event instead. Over 150 children and some adults participated. We will be able to buy insurance through the Elm City Park Conservency for next year's festival.
o Community Dining Out – Boat House Café, 307 Front St, Thurs 9/28 6-8pm
o Other Econ & Community Development activities:
Interested in this work group?
Contact Christel at manningc@sacredheart.edu

• Fair Haven Community Management Team Festival Report- Sally
Sally reported that the Management Team Picnic was very enjoyable. Lt Zanelli said the horse & buggy that we donated worked out beautifully.

• Website report: Lee – nothing to report

• Old Business & Reports:
o Community Soup Night at Mary Wade home was a success, according to Kathleen, George, Marian and others who attended.

• New Business & Activity Reports:
Keith Morrison reported on various events that will be taking place at the Fair Haven Library. On Saturday, Sept 23 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm there will be a special program to celebrate the International Day of Peace, which will include unveiling of a Peace Tree. On Thursday Sept 28 there will be 2 focus groups for people to discuss their opinions about how the library can serve them better. Times are 4:00pm-5:30pm and 6:30 pm-8:00pm. He will continue to report library events to us at meetings and online.
Kenneth Reveiz is the Alder for Ward 14. He reported that there will be a Human Services Committee hearing on homelessness.Also, the deadline for Dreamers to renew DACA is Oct 5 and they need assistance with applications. Clinics have been set up. There is an event scheduled for Saturday Sept 30. On Oct 26 the Board of Alders will have a gala at Anthony's Ocean View. Also, Sat Sept 23 there is a march in Newhallville to demand more jobs for youth and to stop the violence.
• Police\Safety: District Mgr. Zanelli 203.726.2899/NHPD non-emergency 203.946.6316
- arrest has been made in domestic violence related shooting at Farnham Court that occurred on 9/15/17. The individual responsible for the shooting is currently in custody.

Tracking in Fairhaven are burglaries to sheds and garages for power tools. Please remember to properly lock and secure your sheds/garages along with any windows, as well as any fences that surround your residences/sheds/garages. Police also recommend the addition of lights and audible alarms to these structures. In addition, there are highly visible and affordable stickers/placards that say that the structure is alarmed and under video surveillance as a deterrent to break-ins.

Police monitoring of motocycles was discussed.

• Announcements: most events are posted on our website
o Fair Haven Farmers Market, 3-6pm every Thursday until the end of Oct. at Quinnipiac River Park Local farmers market featuring fruits, vegetables, breads, and more! SNAP is doubled at every market up to $10.
o "A Man Called Ove". Rated PG-13. Based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel 5:30pm 9/21 Fair Haven Public Library
o Q River Clean Up 9-noon Sat. 9/23 Dover Beach near playground area. Organized by Christel Manning.
o International Day of Peace: Fair Haven Peace Tree Planting 1-3pm, 9/23 Fair Haven Library.
More information and event updates on our website.
2017 meetings schedule & facilitators:
Oct.18 - Sally Nov. -George ​ Dec.20– Potluck\no meeting

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