NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS & BLOCK WATCHES
OF MERIDEN             ACTIVITIES & NEWS

updated...4/29/2018
Activities in May
Tues 1st Lewis Ave                                                                                       6:30pm Mt Carmel Learning Ctr                                                                          
Wed 2nd NI Unit’s Small Business Crime Prevention Presentation                6pm Lincoln Middle School
Thurs 3rd North Meriden                                                                                       6:30pm New Opportunities
Sat 5th Mayor’s & CON Community Clean-up Day                                            9am-12pm meet at City Hall
Wed 9th Lower Eastside                                                                                         7pm Meriden Public Library                                        
Thurs 10th Washington Park                                                                                 7pm Roger Sherman School
                Stagecoach Riders
                Tanglewood
Sat 12th Meriden Markham Airport Fly-in & Public Safety Festival              9am-3pm 213 Evansville Ave
Tues 15th Lincoln Area & Glen Hills                                                   7pm Hunters Ambulance Training Facility
Wed 16t6 Dutch Hill & ECHO                                                                                 6:30pm First Baptist Church
Thurs 17th Westsiders & Action 13                                                                     7pm Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sat 18th South Meriden Assocs Wine Beer & Pizza Tasting                            6pm-8:30pm Main St & Camp St
Sat 19th Free Bulky Waste Disposal Day                                          7am-12pm Transfer Station Evansville Ave
Mon 21st Crown Village & Hillside Gardens                                                  7pm Crown Village Meeting Room
Tues 22nd Downtown Assoc…………………………note new meeting day…………5pm MEDCO Office 5 Colony St
Thurs 24th South Meriden Social                                                              6pm South Meriden Police Substation
Mon 28th City of Meriden’s Memorial Day Parade     10am Curtis St-Broad St-East Main St-Meriden Green
Tues 29th City Park ………………………Note different date for May only……….7pm Mt Hebron Church  


Neighborhood Initiative Unit Update
Lt. DelMastro & Sgt. Lacerda
•        With prom season starting beware of teenagers and their driving habits to these events.
•        If you see graffiti or bulky waste in the neighborhoods, parks or by the road please report it to Lori Canney in the mayor's office.
•        With the warmer weather there will be more bicyclist on the streets, pay attention when driving.
•        Report any suspicious activity at the Linear Trails.
•        Make sure your car is locked and put away valuables if you are enjoying the city parks.
•        This is a good time to have your car completely cleaned and remove all the winter chemicals from it.
•        If you still have studded snow tires on your vehicle remove them. It’s the law.

Congratulations Officer Donofrio & Welcome Officer Shedlock!
The Council of Neighborhoods sends out our congratulations and best wishes to Officer Dave Donofrio on his new position in the police department! We would like to thank
Dave so much for his 6+ years of service, commitment, and hard work as the NI Unit Officer of the Lewis Ave Neighborhood Association. We will miss him! We extend a warm
welcome to Officer Mike Shedlock who will be the new NI Unit Officer in this neighborhood as of May 15th. We look forward to working with him and will be meeting him soon!  

NI Unit’s Small Business Crime Prevention Presentation: Wed May 2nd 6pm-7pm
The NI Unit will be giving a presentation on Small Business Crime Prevention Wed May 2nd at Lincoln Middle School. This is a program designed for small business owners
to learn the latest tips and technology for keeping businesses safe and secure. Please contact Officer Mike Ford at mford@meridenct.gov if you plan to attend.

Mayor Scarpatti’s & Council of Neighborhoods Community Clean-up Day: Sat May 5th 9am-12pm
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.

Meriden Markham Airport Fly-in & Public Safety Festival:  Sat May 12th 9am to 3pm  
The third annual 2017 Meriden Markham Airport Fly-In & Public Safety Festival will be held on Sat May 12th A fly-in is like a car show in that private planes come in to be
judged and win trophies. There will be food, music and entertainment. Displays and vehicles from police, fire and EMS. A great family event with something for everyone!  
Admission and parking is free. Rain date is May 19th

South Meriden Groups Beer Wine &Pizza Tasting Fri May 18th 6pm-8:30pm
Being held at Camp St and Main St in South Meriden. The event for 21 and over only is a fundraiser for the associations to benefit upcoming neighborhood activities. Tickets
can be purchased the night of the event or at Casa Di Roma Restaurant in South Meriden All are invited to attend.  Rain date is Saturday May 19th.

Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition Free Narcan Training: Mon May 14th 6pm-8pm
MHYC is offering free Narcan training for those who would like to receive this important training on May 14th at the Meriden Health Dept Teen Conference room. Training will
include overdose prevention and signs & symptoms of an overdose, how to administer Narcan, Good Samaritan Law, Support information and resources. Registration is
required by contacting Erica Skoutas at Erica.Skoutas@hhchealth.org or by calling (203) 630-5261.

F
ree Bulky Waste Disposal Day Sat May 19th 7am-12:00pm
The City of Meriden Transfer Station located on Evansville Avenue will be open to Meriden residents, with a valid I.D., on Saturday, May 20 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.

Meriden’s Memorial Parade: Mon May 28th 10am
On behalf of the City of Meriden and the United Veterans Council Memorial Day Committee, you are  invited to participate in the 2017 Memorial Day Parade.  The parade will
take place on Memorial Day  Monday May 28th 10am.  The 2017 parade route will be from Curtis Street, north onto Broad Street (Veterans Memorial Boulevard) and west onto
East Main Street to the Meriden Green.  A formal Memorial Day ceremony will take place at the Meriden Green at the parade conclusion. While you're enjoying time with family
and friends that weekend, take the time to honor the memory of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States.  

City of Meriden: Street Light Outage Reporting   
The City of Meriden street lights are now being managed by Tanko Lighting and are responsible for maintaining the street light equipment. The process to report a street light
out 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.

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

Answer the Call!
How happy are you? Have you seen a dentist lately? Are local government officials responsive to your needs?

Those are some of the questions being asked by friendly survey-takers helping DataHaven and dozens of leading community and charitable groups throughout Connecticut
complete the 2018 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey. A record number of participants will pick up the phone – over 15,000 by the time the survey is complete. We
would like to encourage residents who are contacted to join the effort in producing the highest-quality neighborhood-level information on meaningful issues such as
community vitality, health, safety, and family economic security.

If you are one of the randomly selected individuals to receive a phone call this year, generally appearing as a 203 or 518 area code, we encourage you to complete the survey
and do your part in helping your community learn more about your needs.

More information about DataHaven, a statewide non-profit organization, can be found at ctdatahaven.org. Please contact info@ctdatahaven.org if you have any
questions/comments about the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey. Thank you!

Environmental Health –Spring/Summer Health Reminders

Lyme Disease, Powassan Virus, and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses
The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses are:
•        Fever/chills: With all tick-borne diseases, patients can experience fever at varying degrees and time of onset.
•        Aches and pains: Tick-borne disease symptoms include headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. With Lyme disease you may also experience joint pain. The severity and
time of onset of these symptoms can depend on the disease and the patient's personal tolerance level.
•        Rash: some tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease, southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, and
tularemia can result in distinctive rashes. If you notice a rash after being bit by a tick please call your doctor.

How to remove a tick
1.        Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
2.        Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the
mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
3.        After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
4.        Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your
fingers.

Prevention
•        Avoid tick-infested areas: If in these areas avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, etc. Try to stay in the center of the path. The tick latches on when you brush against
it.
•        Use insect repellent: Spray your clothes and exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET, 20-30%.  
•        Wear protective clothing: long pants, long sleeves, light colored clothes. Tuck pants into socks. Wash clothes in hot water and place in dryer for at least 30 minutes to kill
tick.
•        Perform daily tick checks: Always check your body for ticks after being outdoors, even the back yard. If you can’t see a spot or area on your body, run your hand across the
surface and if you feel a bump have someone check it for you. It is helpful to run your hand across body parts you can see as well, because the ticks are so small you may
mistake for freckle or not see at all.
•        Yard checks: Keep grass cut short, remove leaf litter and tall weeds, try and keep pets out of woods, and move swing sets and play areas away from wooded areas.

You can submit ticks to our office at 165 Miller Street for testing. Please note the tests do take longer in the warmer months, sometimes up to 1 month.

Rabies
As the summer weather arrives so do possible interactions between wild animals and people and their pets. In Connecticut, rabies is usually carried by skunks, raccoons,
and bats but any mammal could carry the disease.

Here are simple precautions that you can take:
•        Vaccinate your pets. Be sure your pet dogs, cats, and other animals are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Pets too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors
and allowed outside only under direct observation. Your veterinarian can let you know if your pet is too young to be vaccinated.
•        Keep family pets indoors at night. Don’t leave them outside unattended or let them roam free.
•        Don’t attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seed or other foods that may attract wild animals. Feed pets indoors. Tightly cap or
put away garbage cans.
•        Don’t feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats. Enjoy wildlife from a distance. If you see an animal that is sick, injured or orphaned, call Animal Control
(numbers are below). Do not handle the animal yourself.
•        Get wild animals removed from your home. If nuisance wild animals are living in parts of your home, consult with a nuisance wildlife control expert about having them
removed.
•        Teach children not to touch any animal they do not know and to tell an adult immediately if they are bitten by any animal.
•        Let wild animals wander away if they are on your property. Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors who are outside.
•        Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to your local health department. If possible, do not let any animal escape that has possibly exposed someone to
rabies.

To learn more about rabies visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/rabies. For further information, contact the Meriden Department of
Health and Human Services at (203) 630-4226 or Meriden Animal Control at (203) 235-4179.  For sick or injured animals, please call (203) 238-1911 and a dispatcher will
notify the on-call Animal Control Officer.  Sick or injured animals can be DANGEROUS.  Please call immediately and keep away from a sick or injured animal.  


West Nile Virus
WNV is an illness caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected after feeding on birds that carry the virus. The following are tips to protect against
West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses:

•        Minimize time outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If you are outside during this time, consider using mosquito repellent and follow the
directions on the label. The most effective repellents contain DEET or Picaridin.
•        When using DEET, use the lowest concentration effective for the time spent outdoors (for example, 6% lasts approximately 2 hours and 20% for 4 hours) and wash
treated skin when returning indoors. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than 2 months of age.
•        Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
•        Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors during dusk and dawn, or when in mosquito-infested areas, such as wetlands or woods.

Take these measures to reduce mosquitoes around the home:
•        Look for standing water after rainstorms. Dump water out of any container or object that can hold standing water, such as ceramic pots, tires, and wading pools.
•        Clean clogged roof gutters.
•        Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.
•        Drain any collected water from pool covers on a weekly basis.
•        Use landscaping techniques to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property.