Activities in February
Thurs 1st North Meriden                                                                                      6:30pm New Opportunities
Tues 6th Lewis Ave                                                                                                6:30pm Mt Carmel Learning Ctr                                          
Tues 6th Community Discussion: Opioid Epidemic                                          6pm-8pm Lincoln Middle School
Thurs 8th Washington Park                                                                                  7pm Roger Sherman School
                Stagecoach Riders
Wed 14th Lower East Side                                                                                            CANCELLED  
Thurs 15th Westsiders & Action 13                                                                    7pm Immanuel Lutheran Church                                
Mon 19th Crown Village                                                                                       7pm Pool Meeting Rm
Mon 19th Hillside Gardens                                                                                            CANCELLED
Tues 20th Lincoln Area & Glen Hills                                                    7pm Hunters Ambulance Training Facility
Wed 21st Downtown Assoc………………note new meeting place………………..5pm Silver City Ballroom
Wed 21st Dutch Hill & ECHO                                                                                 6:30pm First Baptist Church
Thurs 22nd South Meriden Social                                                              6pm South Meriden Police Substation
Mon 26th City Park                                                                                                         CANCELLED

Neighborhood Initiative Unit Update
Lt. DelMastro & Sgt. Lacerda
•        Please shovel your sidewalks and the fire hydrants on your property.
•        Don't throw snow into the street or let your plow driver push snow into the street.
•        If you are letting your car warm up in the driveway, you should be in it or next to it.
•        Have your furnace inspected and cleaned.
•        Be careful with electric heaters or any other heaters that are used in the residence.
•        Check on elderly relatives and neighbors with the cold weather outside.
•        Lastly if you know someone in need, please have them contact social services from the City of Meriden for assistance.

Adopt a Fire Hydrant
If there is a fire hydrant near your property please help the fire department by clearing the hydrant and surrounding area of snow. By doing this you can save the fire
department valuable time when responding to a fire and ultimately save a life or limit/prevent fire damage to a home.

Meriden City Code: Snow Removal from Sidewalks  
As a reminder, as winter weather and storms are approaching per City Code the owner of any premises abutting a sidewalk needs to remove snow from the
sidewalk within 12 hours after the storm. Ice needs to be removed within the space of 6hrs thereafter and during the daytime to make the sidewalk safe by removing
the ice and covering the sidewalk with sand or a similar product and renew the application as often as may be needed to keep the sidewalk safe. Your cooperation
with clearing the sidewalks is greatly appreciated!

Meriden Police: Meet Up Spot Location for Internet Purchase & Exchanges
The Meriden Police Department has established a “Meet Up Spot” for Internet Purchase and Exchange location. The lobby of the Police Department, 50 West Main
St, can be utilized as a spot to meet for online purchases. The lobby is open 24hrs a day, 7 days per week. If you are buying items on line it is recommended to
meet in a public place. All you need to do is show up. You do not need to call or make an appointment. When you arrive, you will just need to let the Officer at the
window know that you are there to meet somebody and go about your transaction.

Community Discussion: The Opioid Epidemic: Change the Script Meriden Tuesday February 6th
This event is being held on Tuesday February 6th 6pm-8pm at Lincoln Middle School. Meriden City Council Human Services Chair Larue Graham cordially invites
the Meriden community to a community forum about the impact of the opioid epidemic and how local government and providers are working to address the issue.
The event is free and open to the public.

Congratulations Retiring Chief Keith Gordon and Welcome Chief Steve Legere!
The Council of Neighborhoods would like to congratulate South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department Chief Keith Gordon on his retirement after over 20 years of
service to the City of Meriden and the South Meriden neighborhoods! We wish him all the best and can’t thank him enough for everything that he has done for our
community. We welcome Steve Legere as he takes on the role of Chief of the South Meriden Volunteer Department. We look forward to working with Chief Legere!

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Coffee Cake & Community Conversation
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invites our residents to a social hour every Friday night from 7pm to 8:30pm at their mosque located at 410 Main St South
Meriden. Enjoy an evening of conversation and socializing. For information please call 1-800-949-4752 extension 721.

Prom Angels: Donation of Prom Dresses
Prom Angels host pop up boutiques yearly for high school students in Connecticut. Students can shop for formal wear and accessories for their prom at no cost.
The organization is collecting gently used prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, purses, shoes, jewelry, shawls, and other formal accessories. All given away free to
high school students in need. If you can donate needed items or have questions visit the Prom Angels face book page at Prom Angels Meriden or contact Melissa
Kasperzyk (203) 233-1744.

City of Meriden: Parking Ban
Parked vehicles are the biggest obstacle to effective snow removal. Please support our efforts by parking your vehicle in conformance with Chapter 200, Section
200-25 (C) which states:
Parking any vehicle on any public street or highway between November 1 and March 15 during any snow, sleet or freezing rain storm is prohibited.
The parking of any vehicle on the streets during a snowstorm or until the snow has been completely cleared from the streets following a storm is prohibited
between midnight and 7:00 A.M.

The Director of Public Works may declare a parking ban.

The City provides off street parking at Columbus Park (Lewis Ave.) Ceppa Field (Gale Ave.) Washington Park (Liberty St.) Jack Barry Field (Britannia St) Municipal
Parking Lot (East Main St and St Casimir Dr) when a parking ban has been declared.
Residents are asked to remove vehicles from the street prior to the start of a snowstorm. This makes plowing safer, more efficient and cost effective.
Information regarding storm specific parking bans are reported to the following television and radio station:
WFSB – Channel 3
WTNH – Channel 8
WVIT – Channel 30
WTIC – AM 1080

Parking ban information is available through Twitter, Facebook and the City’s website.

Governor Malloy and DEMHS:  Preparedness Tips for Impending Storms
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
A whistle to signal for help
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Can opener
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
Family Emergency Plan
Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to
communicate among separated family members.
Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell
phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in
order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
Subscribe to alert services. Many communities/states now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about severe weather, road
closings, local emergencies, etc. In Connecticut, go to to register for alerts.

February 2018 News from the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services
165 Miller Street  *  203-630-4226  *

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

Assurance Wireless: See if you qualify for a Free Android Smartphone
Friday, February 23 from 9:00am-3:30pm
Assurance Wireless is a federal Lifeline Assistance program. Enrollment is available to individuals who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria.
You may qualify based on household income or if you participate in certain public assistance programs like Medicaid, Food Stamps/SNAP or SSI. You must provide
proof of income or proof of program participation. Please bring your 1099 for taxes or budget letter.

AARP Safe Driver Course
Tuesday, February 13 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Taking this safe driver course could save you some money on your car insurance.  Check with your insurance agent to see how much of a discount you could
receive.  Cost for AARP members is $15.00, and non-members is $20.00.  Please make checks payable to AARP; no cash payments are accepted. Call 203-237-
0066 to sign up.

Flu Shots Available!
Adult and child seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines are 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. FluBlok is $35.00 per vaccine. We do accept Medicaid, Medicare, Connecticare
Medicare HMO, HUSKY, and Cigna insurances; please bring your insurance card to your appointment.

Vaccines are given by public health nurses at the Clinic office, 165 Miller Street, Monday through Friday by appointment. Please call (203) 630-4234 to make your
appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but there may be a short wait.

School Readiness
School Readiness for 3 and 4 year old Meriden residents: There are a few spots available in Meriden for your child in a high quality preschool setting where they will
learn social skills and kindergarten readiness.  Call or email Jennifer Baglin for more information - 203-630-4222 or

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Meriden WIC is located at 165 Miller Street and can be reached at 203-630-4245.
Meriden WIC has been providing E-WIC for almost 2 years.  The new WIC card replaces the old checks and allows for more variety and brand name items at the
store.   WIC is more modernized with a shopping APP to make your shopping experience better.

We also offer WIC SMART, a mobile education app for WIC participants. Modules are assigned by the WIC nutritionist. It’s education on the go!