Activities in October
Sun 1st Meriden Police VS Fire Dept Charity Softball Game                   2pm Ben Nessing Field Murdock Ave
Tues 3rd Lewis Ave                                                                                                  6:30pm Mt Carmel Learning Ctr
Thurs 5th North Meriden                                                                                       6:30pm New Opportunities
Sat 7th Free Bulky Waste Disposal Day                                                       7:30am-Noon City’s Transfer Station
Tues 10th Association Leaders Meeting                                                               7pm First Baptist Church
Wed 11th Lower East Side                                                                                      7pm Meriden Public Library
Thurs 12th Washington Park                                                                                  7pm Roger Sherman School                                                               
                Stagecoach Riders
Sat 14th Mayor’s & CON Community Clean-up day                                           9am-Noon City Hall
Mon 16th Crown Village & Hillside Gardens                                                       7pm Crown Village Meeting Rm
Tues 17th Lincoln Area & Glen Hills                                                    7pm Hunters Ambulance Training Facility
Wed 18th Downtown Assoc                                                                                    5pm Nina’s Cafe
Wed 18th Dutch Hill & ECHO                                                                                   6:30pm First Baptist Church
Thurs 19th Westsiders & Action 13                                                                    7pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sat 21st Loradana Nesci Memorial 5K Run & Walk                                              3pm Hubbard Park
Sun 22nd South Meriden Assoc’s Pumpkin Fest                                                   1pm-3pm Habershon Field
Tues 24th Veteran’s Assoc                                                                                        7pm Rushford
Thurs 26th South Meriden Social                                                               6pm South Meriden Police Substation
Sat 28th NI Unit’s Trunk or Treat                                                                              4pm-7pm Meriden Green
Mon 30th City Park                                                                                                     7pm Mt Hebron Church
Mon 30th Meriden Markham Airport Halloween Happenings             3:30pm-6pm Airport Evansville Ave
Tues 31st HAPPY HALLOWEEN!...................Watch out for children Trick or Treating in the

Neighborhood Initiative Unit Update
Lt. DelMastro & Sgt. Lacerda

The month of October brings out the ghosts and goblins of our city, let's all work to celebrate a happy and safe Halloween by following these safety
•        Ensure your property is well lit by turning on porch lights and flood lights
•        If escorting some trick-or-treaters, ensure you and the children have a flashlight and all are wearing reflective clothing
•        If possible, use the sidewalks.  If there are no sidewalks, walk just off the side of the road or at least in the bicycle lane
•        Children's costumes should be suitable for the weather, reflective and safe.  Avoid masks that restrict vision
•        Always check your child's candy for tampering, such as puncture marks or tears in the wrappers (this is an excellent way to sneak a piece or
two for yourself).  
•        If you have to drive on Halloween night, drive slow and watch for children

NI Unit Staffing Changes
The NI Unit has had some staffing changes that have recently occurred. Officers Mike Hadvab, Bill Rogers and Ray Vazquez will be leaving the Unit.
We would like to thank these officers for their commitment to the neighborhoods and wish them all the best in their careers. We welcome Officer
Kevin Ruane to the Lower Eastside neighborhood association Officer Cary Maikranz to the Dutch Hill & ECHO neighborhood associations and
Officer Adam Kery to the North Meriden neighborhood association. We will be meeting these officers at the upcoming neighborhood association

Meriden Police and Fire Departments Charity Softball Game: Sun Oct 1st 2pm
The Meriden Police Department and Fire Department are having a charity softball game on Sunday October 1st 2pm at Ben Nessing Field. $10
suggested donation per person with proceeds to benefit the Meriden Back to School Expo. Kids under 12 are free. Some of our NI Officers will be
coaching and playing in the game. Come out for a fun filled evening and support our police and fire departments for this worthy cause.

Community Clean-up Day: Sat Oct 14th 9am-Noon
The day starts out at City Hall for a pep rally and to pick up supplies then everyone will head out to their areas for a morning of sprucing up the
neighborhoods. Neighborhood Associations will be doing a wide variety of projects in their neighborhoods from community gardens,
neighborhood parks, and cemetery clean-up. Neighborhood Initiative Unit Officers will be out in their neighborhoods greeting neighbors and
meeting with neighborhoods associations. There will be a light lunch planned for those who participate at the conclusion of the clean-up at City
Hall.  Any organizations wanting to participate in the clean-up are asked to call Holly Wills at (203) 634-1248.

Free Bulky Waste Disposal Day Sat Oct 7th 7am-12:00pm
The City of Meriden Transfer Station located on Evansville Avenue wil be open to Meriden residents, with a valid I.D., on Saturday, Oct 7th  between
7:00 A.M. and 12:00 Noon for the FREE disposal of household bulky waste, leaves and brush. Acceptable items include; furniture, carpeting,
bedding, appliances, metals, toys, leaves in biodegradable paper bags or emptied from other containers and brush not exceeding 6 inches in
diameter and 4 feet long. The City does not accept auto parts, recyclable materials, construction materials, scrap wood or hazardous waste (i.e.,
oil, gasoline, paint, solvents, and pool/lawn chemicals).
The City accepts the following electronic waste: Monitors, CPUs, Batteries (non-lead acid), IPods, PDA's, Cell Phones, Fax Machines, CRTs,
Terminals, Stereos, Radios, Toner Cartridges, Printers, Keyboards, Copiers, Telephone PBX, Cables, VCRs, Modems, Mainframes, Typewriters,
Laptops, Inkjet Cartridges and Televisions. The City reserves the right to inspect and reject all materials. Non-commercial vehicles only.
There will be NO curbside pickup associated with this program.
Compost and untreated wood chips are available free of charge.
It is anticipated this FREE bulky waste disposal opportunity will be busy and waiting times may be longer than normal. Every effort will be made to
minimize wait times.
The City does not sponsor a roadside collection of leaves in the Spring

South Meriden Groups Pumpkin Fest: Sun Oct 22nd 1p to 3p Habershon Field                                     
Pumpkins will be available to decorate and Halloween activities are being planned. Come celebrate this holiday time with your family and
neighbors. All are welcome to attend. For further information call Holly at (203) 634-1248.

3rd Annual Loredana Nesci Memorial Run & Walk Sun Oct 21st Hubbard Park
Proceeds to benefit the Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis to help end domestic violence. Registration starts at 3pm with the Kids Fun Run at 4:15pm
and Run/Walk starting at 4:30pm. You can register the day of the event or on line at

NI Unit Trunk or Treat Sat Oct 28th 4pm-7pm Meriden Green
The NI Unit Officers are planning the 1st annual Trunk or Treat at the Meriden Green. Children of all ages are welcome to come and trick or treat
from Halloween decorated vehicles. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. If anyone would like to register their vehicle and participate in
the trunk or treat please contact Officer Mike Ford to obtain and application at

Amtrak Police Presentation: Railroad Safety Operation Life Saver
Amtrak Police will be giving a presentation on Railroad Safety Operation Life Saver at some of the neighborhood association meetings during the
month of October. They will be at the following neighborhood association meetings: North Meriden Oct 5th, Lower Eastside Oct 11th and Dutch Hill
& ECHO Oct 18th. All are welcome to attend one of these meetings to hear this informative presentation.

Meriden Markham Airport: Halloween Happening Mon Oct 30th 3:30pm-6pm
The event includes free music, Halloween movies, face painting, and much more! Pumpkin decorating pizza and popcorn will be available for
purchase. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is rain or shine.

Meriden’s Farmers Market                                                                                                                                      
The Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm from July 15th through October 21st.  The market is located at the Meriden
Green/Pratt St and will offer a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables available for purchase. The market will accept cash, food stamps,
or farmer markets’ coupons.

New Opportunities: Energy Assistance Applications
New Opportunities is announcing that the 2018 Heating Assistance Program for Meriden, Wallingford, Berlin and Southington residents is now
open. Please call (203) 235-0278 to schedule an appointment to apply for the program. Also, if someone has a shut off notice from Eversource,
they may “walk-in” (no appointment necessary) to New Opportunities so their staff can mediate with Eversource and work toward a solution to have
the service tuned back on.

City of Meriden: LED Street Light Maintenance   
The City of Meriden has hired Tanko Lighting that are now responsible for maintaining the street light equipment throughout the city. There is a
process in place to report a street light outage or any other non- emergency issue with a street light. Residents can submit a service request on
line at: or by calling 855-201-2613.

October 2017
News from the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services

165 Miller Street  *  203-630-4226  *

Meriden Senior Center
22 West Main Street, Meriden
Flu Clinic - Monday, October 16 from 9:30am-11:15am
Residents 55 and over are welcome to come to the Senior Center, First Floor Meeting Room, on October 16 to get their flu shot. Registered nurses
from the Health and Human Services Department will be giving the high-dose shot. Medicare will be accepted (no other insurances are accepted
at this time). No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions please call the Health and Human Services Clinic office at 203-630-4234.

Lunch & Learn with Masonicare Health Center: Understanding Healthcare Jargon
Monday, October 23 from 11:30am-12:30am
Join us for a talk with Beverly Bryda, MSW, ACSW, Director of Social Work at Masonicare Health Center who will talk about common abbreviations
that medical providers frequently use and understanding common labs and tests routinely ordered in a physical examination.  She will also
discuss home care and health care options.  Space is limited, please call 203-237-0066 to register. The presentation will take place on the 3rd
floor (Mezzanine).

Clinic Services
Avoid the Flu! - Adult and Child Flu Vaccines Now Available
Adult and child seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines are now available. Flu season runs from October to May, with activity usually peaking between
December and March. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself, and others, from the flu.

The cost of the adult vaccine is only $20.00 (cash only please) for self-pay clients. Medicare and Connecticare Medicare HMO are the only
insurances accepted at this time. Child doses of the vaccine are available at no charge to Meriden residents.

Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months. Any persons allergic to eggs or any part of the flu vaccine cannot get
the traditional flu vaccine; however we can offer the new Protein Sciences FluBlok egg-free flu vaccine at an additional charge. The cost for a
FluBlok vaccine is $40 per vaccine. Please call ahead to request FluBlok.

Whether you get the flu vaccine or not, there are ways you can avoid the flu this year and stay healthy:
•        Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
•        Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands.
•        Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and
then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands often and cover your cough!
•        Seek care early. See your doctor right away if you develop flu symptoms; antiviral medications can help if taken early in the illness.

The vaccine is given by public health nurses at the Clinic office by appointment. Please call (203) 630-4234 to make your appointment.