Chatham Square Association

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

Telephone: (203) 936-9459







April 17, 2019 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Mary Wade Home

Present: F. Bekhrad, Facilitator, L. Bisio, L. Cruz, M. Dunn, S. Esposito, L. Hottin, P. Kane, M. Lemley, M. Moran, K. Morrison, R. Roberts

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Finance Report – Lauren B. Rec'd $1200 for Riverfest. $3,000 remaining in Yoga program. $1100+ in unrestricted funds. Additional pledges pending.
  • Health & Wellness (Interested in working on health\wellness issues? Contact Mary Ann at or Lee (203-668-7074).
    • Community gardens are open. Repair to some beds starting this Saturday. H. S. students will be getting plants.
    • New Haven Food Policy Committee is supporting Breastfeeding groups for health and nutrition reasons.
    • Urban Trail Update – possible video to be made by the end of June for the Am. Pub. Health Association Conference

Sound the Alarm smoke detector campaign 9-2pm, Sat. 4/27

  • Economic & Community Dev. (Interested in this work group? Contact Christel at
    • Riverfest: 5/18, Rain date 5/19, volunteers needed, please help spread the word. Lee has created new flyers for posting.
    • Community Dining Out Night: Anastasio's Boathouse Café, 14 people -Fereshteh
  • FH Community Mgt. Team- Next meeting 6pm 5/2 at the Fair Haven Library: Bylaw changes passed. - Sally
  • Library Activity Report – Kirk
    • Report on program with Edgar Miranda-Rodriguez author of the "La Borinquena" comics/graphic novels. link to his website:
    • Working with SWAN providing space for health and social follow ups.
    • 2nd Annual Ice Cream social planned for the end of May.
    • Also working with residents at Mary Wade on programs.
  • Website report: Lee – Support our contributors, website content available in multiple languages

     *   Retreat Report: Strong School District on Grand Avenue: Criteria for Development

  • What we are bringing to the meeting with the Mayor? What do we want?
  • Meeting logistics: when do we meet, who attends
  • Discussion re: need for coalition to address River issues.
  • Police\Safety: Lt. Mark O’Neill 203.589.1688 /NHPD non-emergency 203.946.6316 -None

Announcements: updates and more info on

Motion to donate $200 to Mary Wade to support the parade. Passed unanimously.

  • New Business
    • Motion by Lee to donate $200 to Mary Wade to support its parade. Passed unanimously.
    • Motion by Sally to request a meeting of Mgmt Teams in FH and FHH to meet with city officials to plan for Q. River. Unanimously passed,
    • Request for Storage or donation of CSNA equipment- Sally. Motion to donate to Arte Inc.

                       Passed unanimously , contingent upon acceptance.

  • Ranked Choice Voting on Grand Avenue Bridge and progress by Voters Choice CT- Patricia
  • Multiple FREE activities for adults and children at the Fair Haven Library
  • FREE Swimming every Wed. 5-8pm, John Martinez School
  • Support Groups at the Mary Wade Home, check CSNA website for topic, date and time
  • Next Community Soup Night 5-7pm, Sunday April 28, Henry’s, 77 E. Pearl St.

The Great Give May 1 and May 2. $1.7 million was raised last year to support non-profit organizations.

Recycling at Transfer Station on 4/26 and 4/27

  • Additional activities and event info & updates on our website. Mary Wade Parade, etc.


Save the Dates for these CSNA meetings:


May David W.   Jun. Joan B.H. Jul. Margaret D.   Aug. facilitator   Sept. MaryAnn M     Oct. Sue R.   Nov. facilitator needed   Dec. Holiday Potluck Dinner

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