NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS & BLOCK WATCHES
OF MERIDEN             ACTIVITIES & NEWS

updated...10/30/2017
Activities in November
Thurs 2nd North Meriden                                                                                      6:30pm New Opportunities
Sun 5th Daylight Saving Time ends………………Make sure to change the batteries in Smoke & Co detectors!
Tues 7th ELECTION DAY……………….Make sure to get out and vote!.............Polls open 6am-8pm
Tues 7th Lewis Ave                                                                                                  6:30pm Mt Carmel Learning Ctr
Wed 8th Lower East Side                                                                                       7pm Meriden Public Library
Thurs 9th Washington Park                                                                                   7pm Roger Sherman School                                                               
              Stagecoach Riders
              Tanglewood
Wed 15th Downtown Assoc……………Note new meeting place………………….5pm Gallery 53
Wed 15th Dutch Hill & ECHO                                                                                 6:30pm First Baptist Church
Thurs 16th Stuff A Cruiser…………….See Below…………….4pm-7pm Stop & Shop Broad St & Centennial Plaza
Thurs 16th Westsiders & Action 13                                                                     7pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sat 18th So Meriden Assocs Turkey & Toy Drive………..See Below…….10am-1pm So Meriden Vol Firehouse
Mon 20th Crown Village & Hillside Gardens                                              7pm Hillside Gardens behind Apt 88
Tues 21st Lincoln Area & Glen Hills                                                    7pm Hunters Ambulance Training Facility
Thurs 23rd HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
Mon 27th City Park                                                                                                 7pm Mt Hebron Church
Thurs 30th South Meriden Social…..Note different mtg date….6pm South Meriden Police Dept Substation

SAVE THE DATE……..Friday December 1st  A Winter Wonderland Celebration...…..See Below

Neighborhood Initiative Unit Update
Lt, DelMastro & Sgt. Lacerda
•        A reminder to all residents to keep your car doors locked and remove all valuables from them when at home or in store parking lots.
•         If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhoods call the police department right away.
•        With it getting dark out earlier, please be careful of the children walking or riding their bicycles.
•        Make sure your bags of leaves are on the curb or snow shelf area and not on the road.
•        With leaves on the road drive safely especially if the leaves are wet from rain and make sure not to drive thru large piles of leaves.

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eighborhood Initiative Unit & Council of Neighborhoods Stuff a Cruiser Event Nov 16th
The NI Unit Officers and the Council of Neighborhoods are having a Stuff a Cruiser Food Drive at the Stop and Shop Supermarkets at 485 Broad St and 77 Centennial Ave
on Thursday Nov 16th 4pm to 7pm which will benefit the residents in our community. We will be accepting non-perishable food items which will be donated to an area food
bank so that those in need can enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner.  Please come out to support our efforts!

South Meriden Groups: Turkey and Toy Drive Sat Nov 18th 10am to 1pm
The Neighborhood Associations will be holding their 14th Annual Turkey and Toy Drive on Saturday Nov 18th at the South Meriden Volunteer Firehouse on Camp St.
Turkeys will be collected and donated to the YMCA for the Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. New, unwrapped, non-violent toys for children of all ages will be collected and
donated the Spirit of Giving program sponsored by the Meriden Police and Fire Depts and Hunters Ambulance. For information call Holly Wills at (203) 634-1248.

South Meriden Social Hosted by Officer Fred Rivera: Thurs Nov 30th 6pm to 8pm
Thursday Nov 30th 6pm to 8pm South Meriden Police Substation 113 Main St. Stop by for a cup of coffee, discuss any concerns or questions you might have with Officer
Rivera, Deputy Mayor Bob Williams and City Councilor Cathy Battista. All are welcome

NI Unit Police Officer Fred Rivera’s Annual Coat Drive
Officer Rivera is having his Annual Coat Drive between Nov 1st to Dec 1st. Gently used coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, and sweat shirts will be collected and donated to
Meriden residents in need of cold weather attire. For information on donating please contact Officer Rivera at (203) 815-2506.

Winter Wonderland Celebration: Fri Dec 1st 6pm to 8pm Israel Putnam School                                            
The 4th annual event is being planned by the Council of Neighborhoods and NI Unit for the children in our neighborhoods. The event is free of charge and will include
pictures with Santa, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph, a holiday art and craft activity, refreshments and many more activities along with a Mad Science Demonstration
scheduled for 6:30pm.  All children need to be accompanied by an adult. RSVP will be done on a 1st come 1st served basis due to the school’s maximum capacity limit. If
you plan to attend please RSVP to Holly Wills by November 22nd at cwills0142@sbcglobal.net.

City of Meriden Leaf Collection
The Highway Division collects leaves free-of-charge for City residents starting November 14th and lasting until Thursday December 21st or unil the first snowfall.  
Additionally, the City does not collect leaves in the spring.  Residents do not have to make any appointments, they only have to place their leaves at curbside.  Please note
that only leaves in biodegradable bags will be collected and the use of duct tape is not permitted.

New Opportunities Food Bank and Energy Assistance Program
New Opportunities of Greater Meriden is offering a Food Pantry for those in need of food assistance. The food pantry is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to
12pm and every Thursday evening 4pm to 6:30pm at their office located at 74 Cambridge St. The agency is also able to provide energy assistance to those in need. The
agency serves residents of Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Berlin. For an appointment to complete an application please call (203) 235-0278.

M
eriden Transfer Hours Extended
The Transfer Station will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for the month of November from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Saturday, November 11 and November 25,
from 7:30am to 12:00 Noon for the disposal of leaves and brush only. These hours are in addition to the normal hours of Monday 7:30am to 11:30am, Wednesday 10:
30am to 2:30pm and the first and third Saturday from 7:30am to Noon. The Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving Day.

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: www.tankolighting.com/meridenmaintenance or
by calling 855-201-2613.

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ovember 2017 News from the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services
165 Miller Street  *  203-630-4226  *  www.meridenhealth.com

School Readiness
Meriden School Readiness still has several open spaces for 3 and 4-year-old residents of Meriden in high quality licensed early education programs.  These programs are
accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Call Jennifer Baglin at 203-630-4222 or go to www.meridenct.gov and click on Health and
Human Services (under the Government tab) for more information.

Car Seat Safety Class
We will be holding a free child car seat safety class on Friday, November 17 from 10:30-1:30pm.
The class is taught by a CT Children Medical Center Injury Prevention staff member.
Each person gets 1 free age-appropriate car seat (per child).
Registration is required; we cannot take walk ins. Call Stephanie at 203-630-4223 to register.

Meriden Senior Center
For a full list of November happenings at the Meriden Senior Center, please visit our website www.meridenhealth.com, click on Senior Services on the left. The Meriden
Senior Center is located at 22 West Main Street; parking is on Hanover Street.

1. Thursday, November 16 from 9:00am—12:00pm
Spring into Health with Southern Connecticut State University Nursing Department - Free Health Screening Day
Join the student nurses in the main floor meeting room for FREE blood pressure screening, chair exercises, nutritional advice and a fall prevention program. Learn about
the importance of hydration, weather safety tips, and medication adherence. Raffle prizes will be offered. This year hearing screening will be offered by Audiologist and
Clinical Instructor Michele Abrams.

2. Thursday, December 7 from 4:00pm-7:30pm
Candy Cane Holiday Party
Time for another fantastic evening event! Dress up in your red and white holiday attire and join us for a night of dancing, treats, and our favorite photo wall.  Please sign up
at the front desk at the Senior Center by November 28. Cost is $7.00 per person.  Menu to be announced in the December newsletter (which will be posted to our website).

3. Thursday, November 9 from 11:00am-12:00pm
Veteran’s Day Celebration
Our honored Antique Veterans will be holding a flag presentation for all veterans who served our great nation. Please join us in the dining room to honor and support all
branches of the Armed Forces. Entertainment will be provided by Duncan Babcock from 10:45am-12:00pm.   Wear Red, White and Blue!