Chatham Square Association

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

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October 17, 2018 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Mary Wade Home

       Sally Esposito: Facilitator

Present: Lauren Bisio, David Caron, Lee Cruz, Mark Duda, Kathleen Flynn, Sgt. Fumiatti, Patricia Kane, Marian Lemly, Mary Ann Moran, Kirk Morrison, Lt. O'Neill, Bob Roberts, David Weinreb

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Police\Safety Lt. O’Neill /NHPD non-emergency 203.946.6316 /203.589.1688 for Lt.

           19 yr veteran. Previously w/ Parks Dept. 10 yrs in Newhallville, then Motor division; recently downtown an                   Wooster Sq. Sometimes worked w/ Lt. Zanelli. Chose this assignment.

  • Finance Report – Lauren: Buen Gusto sponsorship received. $9,683. Balance.
  • Health & Wellness (Interested in working on health\wellness issues? Contact or Lee (203-668-7074)

o         Urban Trail Update: Lee – Posters distribution update. Request for additional stand

o         Community gardens and Greenspace projects Mary Ann/Mark:–food ready for those who want to pick. Irish         

            professor is writing an article on how the community meets the needs of the hungry.

             Food Policy Council update: Kathleen

o          Priorities for spending funds we raise & decision making – Lee

             Fund raising up, but unable to do activities at same level. Time to restructure? Consider: grants of up to $3000

             for neighborhood projects. Committee would evaluate grants. Possible buy in to be eligible. Running activities on

             a regular basis might be alternative (sweat equity). To be discussed at November meeting or retreat.

▪           CARE is back with new funding, grant for residents led health activities- Lee

▪            Bike Haven request to present at next meeting. $15 annual membership fee is not advertised.

  • Economic & Community Dev. (Interested in this work group? Contact Christ or Lee Cruz at 203.668.7074)

o        Riverfest: Planning meeting 6pm 11/12 Quinnipiac River Marina Conference Room

o         Strong School building\Grand Avenue planning update- Lee: 1 page summary is ready with list of participants.

o         Community Dining Out Night at Next Door Restaurant: Kirk- enjoyed meeting new people. 20 attended.

o         Community Soup Night at Cruz Miller’s 5-7 (SATURDAY) 10/27

           FH Community Mgt.Team Report- Next meeting 6pm Nov 4 FH Police Substation. other information available on

            their website:

           David W. spoke to changes at Mgmt Team he'd like to see.

Motion for CSNA to share email list Mgmt Team with opt out announcement on website. Second. Passed unanimously.

  • Library Activity Report – Kirk- Bilingual program on getting good sleep Nov.1 at 5:30 PM

           Angus the Dog visited library on Monday. Returns Nov. 17 at 4 PM.

o      Fair Haven Library Costume Party 3:30-5pm, Fair Haven Library

  • Website report: Lee – Support our contributors, website content available
  • Old Business:

o      Graustein Memorial fund – request for funding extension for yoga

  • New Business

o      2019 Planning retreat (January 19 or 26, location, facilitator) Includes local non-profits.

Moran made a Motion for retreat: second; passed unanimously.

          Halloween: Lee- use blog to identify kid friendly houses in the future.

o        Free tickets to Long Wharf Theater – Sally E: free passes. Also available at Library.

o         Update on Proposed Heights Development – Patricia: have copy of HDC Minutes with instructions to       

           developers for mandatory changes to design and plan.  Dev. Planning to present an "as of right" proposal which

           would avoid a public hearing. Growing group of interested neighbors is following this project.

o         Fair Haven Farmers Market 2 more Thursdays.

o         Pick Up Artist Clean Up Quinnipiac River Park/create art noon this Sat. 10/20

o Neighborhood Leadership Program Info. Session Thurs 10/25 5:30pm. Up to $3000 for things that build community. 8 month process.

o Multiple Music Haven recitals- for classical music lovers: check CSNA. Performances of teachers are at UUS in Hamden.

Daniel Reyes is new director at Junta. Will invite him.

     Additional activities and event info & updates on our website.

Adjuourned 7:40 PM


Save the Dates for the rest of our 2018 Meetings:

Nov. 21 Marion L. Dec. Potluck

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