Monday, April 26, 2010

North End PRIDE Day a Success

North End PRIDE Day on Saturday was a great day. There were groups from all over the neighborhood, from Wesleyan and from First Church, among others. Thank you to everyone for making the day such a success! Thank you to Glen Eason and Sherwin Williams in Cromwell for their donation of gloves and trash bags!

The slideshow is from the block party at Macdonough. Thanks to the school for making it possible. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Big Yellow School Bus




Normally, a school bus doesn't ride on the sidewalk, but things were a little different on High Street this morning.

Macdonough School celebrated their first "Walking Wednesday" as dozens of parents, teachers and kids of all ages carrying yellow balloons created a "Walking School Bus." It got a big laugh when an empty school bus happened to drive by as we waited to cross Liberty Street. Suggested by Macdonough parent Jeannie Nocera, the walk to school was a big success, as parents chatted and kids found their friends. Macdonough plans to continue the walks every Wednesday to encourage kids to be active and to support a healthy neighborhood.




After we all arrived at school, it was time for the monthly SURFS UP assembly. Instead of the usual singing of the school song by the kids, the teachers took the stage to perform in dark sunglasses. Nice job ladies and gentleman!


The theme of this month's assembly was volunteer appreciation, as members of the Mentor program, Wesleyan volunteers, PTA and other groups were recognized. Two Wesleyan students, Emily Troll and Alex Hartley (pictured here with Cathy Lechowicz, director of Wesleyan's Office of Community Service and Volunteerism and Macdonough Principal Jon Romeo), received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their many years of contributions to Macdonough, including making cupcakes for every kid who took the CMT's!


Here's a slide show of photos from the morning, by Izzi Greenberg:

Sunday, April 18, 2010

North End PRIDE Day: April 24th

NEAT's annual Earth Day clean up is coming up on April 24th and we're looking for volunteers. We hope that all North End residents will come out to sweep their street, help their neighbor with a project or work in the Erin Street Garden. The clean up is from 9-12 and NEAT will provide gloves, rakes, brooms and garbage bags. From 12-3, you can come down to Donovan Park (next to Macdonough School) for a neighborhood block party. We'll be cooking out, playing basketball and listening to music. Come on down and bring some friends.

We always love to have other groups join us, as well, so spread the word to your church or other groups that you may be a part of.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

College Bound Mentoring Program Seeking Mentors

NEAT is starting a College Mentoring program and we're looking for mentors to work with students on meeting the deadlines for college readiness. NEAT has prepared a calendar to help you, so none of the information would be your responsibility to find, you just need to be interested in working with a student. Call or email NEAT for more information. 860-346-4845 or neat@neatmiddletown.org

Friday, April 16, 2010

Recycling Center Updates

Some updates from the Recycling Office from Kim O'Rourke, the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Middletown:

1. Compost from the city's leaves is available on a first come, first serve basis at the Middletown Recycling Center. Bring your own cans, buckets or barrels and load up. You must load yourself, so bring your own shovel too! The compost does tend to go fast, so I'd recommend getting there soon. The Recycling Center is open Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm and every Sat. through June 7am - 12noon.

2. Our brochure for the Spring Rain Barrel sale is available, but not on line yet. If you want a copy, email me your address and I'll snail-mail you one. Compost bins will also be for sale this spring… final details not available yet. However, I do know, that pick up for both Rain Barrels and Compost Bins will be Thurs. June 3 and Sat. June 5 at the Water and Sewer Dept.

3. Please give me your unwanted CD's! I use them for recycled art projects and appreciate all that I can get!!! Drop them off at the Dept. of Public Works in City Hall or mail them to me at PO Box 1300 Middletown CT 06457.

4. Don't forget our Paper Recycling Shred Fest on Sat. April 24th 9am - 12 noon. Anyone can bring up to six bags or boxes of papers to shred for free. Pro Shred will shred on site from 9am - 12 noon in the parking lot at Woodrow Wilson Middle School on HUNTING HILL AVE.

5. Welcome to the new folks on our list. Contact Kim if you'd like to be on it.

For More information, contact: Kim O'Rourke,Middletown Recycling Coordinator, 860-344-3526,kim.orourke@cityofmiddletown.com

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Do You Worry About Foreclosure?

If you are having difficulty paying your mortgage and fear that you might be at risk of foreclosure, please attend one of our Foreclosure Intervention classes that are being held on the fourth Thursday of the Month at the Green Street Arts Center.

The next one is Thursday April 22nd at 6:00 pm.

NEAT, in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, will be presenting monthly workshops in foreclosure prevention. These are for people in any stage of foreclosure or for people who worry that they may be heading in that direction. Recently, many Middletown residents have been receiving legal orders because of past due water and sewer fees/taxes. If you are one of these people, or if you are having trouble with your mortgage payments for any reason, please attend a workshop. We may be able to help you keep your home.

All workshops are FREE and open to everyone, although registration is required. Childcare will be provided by request.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

College Bound Mentoring Program/Free SAT Prep

NEAT is starting a College Mentoring program and we're looking for high school Juniors. As part of the program, we'll be hosting, in partnership with Wesleyan's Upward Bound program, a FREE 8 week SAT Prep course that will help students increase their scores on the SAT. Additionally, students can opt in to the college mentoring program and have help with the college application process. Call or email NEAT for more information. 860-346-4845 or neat@neatmiddletown.org

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Do You Worry About Foreclosure?

If you are having difficulty paying your mortgage and fear that you might be at risk of foreclosure, please attend one of our Foreclosure Intervention classes that are being held on the fourth Thursday of the Month at the Green Street Arts Center.

The next one is Thursday April 22nd at 6:00 pm.

NEAT, in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, will be presenting monthly workshops in foreclosure prevention. These are for people in any stage of foreclosure or for people who worry that they may be heading in that direction. Recently, many Middletown residents have been receiving legal orders because of past due water and sewer fees/taxes. If you are one of these people, or if you are having trouble with your mortgage payments for any reason, please attend a workshop. We may be able to help you keep your home.

All workshops are FREE and open to everyone, although registration is required. Childcare will be provided by request.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Recycling Center Updates

Some updates from the Recycling Office from Kim O'Rourke, the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Middletown:

1. Compost from the city's leaves is available on a first come, first serve basis at the Middletown Recycling Center. Bring your own cans, buckets or barrels and load up. You must load yourself, so bring your own shovel too! The compost does tend to go fast, so I'd recommend getting there soon. The Recycling Center is open Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm and every Sat. through June 7am - 12noon.

2. Our brochure for the Spring Rain Barrel sale is available, but not on line yet. If you want a copy, email me your address and I'll snail-mail you one. Compost bins will also be for sale this spring… final details not available yet. However, I do know, that pick up for both Rain Barrels and Compost Bins will be Thurs. June 3 and Sat. June 5 at the Water and Sewer Dept.

3. Please give me your unwanted CD's! I use them for recycled art projects and appreciate all that I can get!!! Drop them off at the Dept. of Public Works in City Hall or mail them to me at PO Box 1300 Middletown CT 06457.

4. Don't forget our Paper Recycling Shred Fest on Sat. April 24th 9am - 12 noon. Anyone can bring up to six bags or boxes of papers to shred for free. Pro Shred will shred on site from 9am - 12 noon in the parking lot at Woodrow Wilson Middle School on HUNTING HILL AVE.

5. Welcome to the new folks on our list. Contact Kim if you'd like to be on it.

For More information, contact: Kim O'Rourke,Middletown Recycling Coordinator, 860-344-3526,kim.orourke@cityofmiddletown.com

Saturday, April 10, 2010

FREE STI Testing

There will be a free STI testing event on April 13 from 10 am until 2 pm at Green Street Arts Center! Come out and support your health by being tested for sexually transmitted infections. There will be complementary refreshments!

Organized by Wesleyan University, in partnership with Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Family Practice Group of Middlesex Hospital.

If you have questions, contact asha.wesleyan@gmail.com

Friday, April 9, 2010

This is the Last Week to Get Your Taxes Done For Free!

Income under $50,000? Then You Can Save Money
January 21st- April 10th
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5pm-8pm
Saturdays, 10am-3pm

* IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers
*Quick refunds to bank account or specail debit card
*File even if you don't owe taxes: you may qualify for money from the government (EITC)

MUST HAVE A APPOINTMENT CALL 211

This is Sponsored by the Middlesex VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Coalition Partners include Middlesex United Way and Middlesex Coalition for Children. Must Call 211 for the Appointment, why pay for someone to do your taxes, don't you want ALL your money?

What you need to bring-
* Valid picture ID
*Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN) for you, your spouse and any dwpendents with you born before Dec. 31, 2009
*Birth dates foryou, your spouse and dependents
*Income documentation including W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, etc. from all employers
*Interest and dividend statements from banks or other financial institution (Forms 1099)
*Total paid for child care, if any. Bring the child care provider's name, address and tax ID or Social Security number
*Last year's federal and state tax returns, if available
*Current year's tax package, if you received one
*Education expenses and student loan information, if any
* Documentation of property tax payments (home, auto)
*If you wish to itemize deductions you also need to bring a list of your medical, interest, charitable donation, miscellaneous expenses and a list of the taxes you paid

*If you took advantage of any of the special tax credits related to the Economic Recovery Act (first-time home buyer, purchase of a new care after Feb. 16, energy improvements, etc.), please bring all related documents (price paid, receipts, taxes, etc.)
*If you run a small private business (day care, handyman, etc), documentation of income and expenses
*If you are married filing jointly, bring your spouse

School Redistricting Update

Last night, the Board of Education voted to approve the redistricting plan as recommended. For the Fall, 2010, they will be changing the attendance boundaries for all schools in Middletown.

How will this affect the North End? All students who currently attend Moody School will be moving to either Macdonough or Farm Hill for the upcoming school year. Children on Grand St, Miller St, Bridge St and Portland St will be attending Macdonough. Children who live on Main St, Rapallo Ave, DeKoven Dr, Ferry St and Green St. will be attending Farm Hill School, one of three schools that serves Middletown's downtown. Additionally, students who currently attend Macdonough, but live on Newfield St, Stoneycrest or Rose Circle will sadly be leaving Macdonough to attend Spencer School. Macdonough will also be welcoming new families from both Farm Hill and Snow School, all of whom live in the downtown area.

The board also voted to give children who are going into the 5th grade the option to stay at their old school to finish their 5th grade year. If you have a child that is currently in 4th grade and you are on a street that is set to move, you must inform the school of your choice by May 15th or you will automatically be placed at the new school.

NEAT has invited the principals of both Farm Hill and Macdonough to a North End "open house" to offer a chance for families that were at Moody school to meet their new principal. We're hoping to host it in place of the NEAT meeting on May 12th, but are still checking schedules. We'll let you know once a date is finalized.

You can see the detailed map of the new attendance boundaries if you click here.

To read more about this in the Hartford Courant, click here.

To read more about this in the Middletown Press, click here.

To read more about this in the Middletown Eye, clicke here.

Do You Worry About Foreclosure?

If you are having difficulty paying your mortgage and fear that you might be at risk of foreclosure, please attend one of our Foreclosure Intervention classes that are being held on the fourth Thursday of the Month at the Green Street Arts Center.

The next one is Thursday April 22nd at 6:00 pm.

NEAT, in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, will be presenting monthly workshops in foreclosure prevention. These are for people in any stage of foreclosure or for people who worry that they may be heading in that direction. Recently, many Middletown residents have been receiving legal orders because of past due water and sewer fees/taxes. If you are one of these people, or if you are having trouble with your mortgage payments for any reason, please attend a workshop. We may be able to help you keep your home.

All workshops are FREE and open to everyone, although registration is required. Childcare will be provided by request.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

North End Family Morning

Saturday, April 10 | 10am-12pm

FREE

Join us this Saturday for the North End Family Morning, where you'll find fun for the whole family! From 10-11am, parents can join Dan Barry of De Fabrica Therapeutic Massage for a crash course in relaxation, and kids can learn the freshest hip hop choreography with Eric Qui├▒ones of ThoroEnergy. The whole family is invited to join storytellers Agostino Arts from 11am-noon. The Green Street After School program will sponsor visual arts projects throughout the day. This event is presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Erin Street Community Garden and the North End Action Team. Best of all, this event is FREE.

Help your writing blossom and come to Writer's Out Loud: Literary Open Mic on Thursday evening, April 8th! Readings are limited to prose short stories or excerpts less than 10 minutes. Open mic sign up begins at 6:30pm; readings begin at 7:00pm.

Spring is also the perfect time to undertake new endeavors, which is why we have launched our brand new blog so you can stay up to date and informed on all that is happening at Green Street. Check it out for the latest photos and highlights from our programs, students, Membership partners, classes and events and more!

College Bound Mentoring Program/Free SAT Prep

NEAT is starting a College Mentoring program and we're looking for high school Juniors. As part of the program, we'll be hosting, in partnership with Wesleyan's Upward Bound program, a FREE 8 week SAT Prep course that will help students increase their schores on the SAT. Additionally, students can opt in to the college mentoring program and have help with the college application process. Call or email NEAT for more information. 860-346-4845 or neat@neatmiddletown.org

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

This is the Last Week to Get Your Taxes Done For Free!

Income under $50,000? Then You Can Save Money
January 21st- April 10th
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5pm-8pm
Saturdays, 10am-3pm

* IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers
*Quick refunds to bank account or special debit card
*File even if you don't owe taxes: you may qualify for money from the government (EITC)

MUST HAVE A APPOINTMENT CALL 211

This is Sponsored by the Middlesex VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Coalition Partners include Middlesex United Way and Middlesex Coalition for Children. Must Call 211 for the Appointment, why pay for someone to do your taxes, don't you want ALL your money?

What you need to bring-
* Valid picture ID
*Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN) for you, your spouse and any dwpendents with you born before Dec. 31, 2009
*Birth dates foryou, your spouse and dependents
*Income documentation including W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, etc. from all employers
*Interest and dividend statements from banks or other financial institution (Forms 1099)
*Total paid for child care, if any. Bring the child care provider's name, address and tax ID or Social Security number
*Last year's federal and state tax returns, if available
*Current year's tax package, if you received one
*Education expenses and student loan information, if any
* Documentation of property tax payments (home, auto)
*If you wish to itemize deductions you also need to bring a list of your medical, interest, charitable donation, miscellaneous expenses and a list of the taxes you paid

*If you took advantage of any of the special tax credits related to the Economic Recovery Act (first-time home buyer, purchase of a new care after Feb. 16, energy improvements, etc.), please bring all related documents (price paid, receipts, taxes, etc.)
*If you run a small private business (day care, handyman, etc), documentation of income and expenses
*If you are married filing jointly, bring your spouse

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

North End Family Morning


Activities for Adults and Children,
featuring Agostino Arts Storytellers


SATURDAY, April 10
10am-12noon

FREE

Green Street Arts Center


Join us!
Relaxation Crash Course for Parents
ThoroEnergy Hip Hop for Kids
Visual Arts Projects


and

Agostino Arts Storytelling Program
Folktales and original stories illustrated with elaborate face-painting of audience volunteers.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Erin Street Community Garden and the North End Action Team.

North End Family Morning takes place this Saturday, April 10 from 10 to noon at the Green Street Arts Center, located at 51 Green Street in Middletown. Admission is free. For more information, call 860-685-7871 or visit www.greenstreetartscenter.org.

Sneaker Recycling

Sneaker recycling starts again on April 1st, 2010. Because of changes at the National Recycling Coalition this program will ONLY be offered April 1st – May 1st, so don’t miss out!!

If you have old sneakers, bring them to the Middletown Recycling Center or the lobby of Middletown City Hall (small amounts only to City Hall, please!) during the month of April and they will recycle them with Nike into athletic surfaces!

Monday, April 5, 2010

School Redistricting Update

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6th at 7 pm at Middletown High School, the Board of Education will be holding a public hearing and will cast the final vote on the redistricting of Middletown elementary schools. If you'd like to learn more, please call the NEAT office or email us. If you feel strongly about any of these recommendations, it's important to let the board know.

Click here to read more at Courant.com

Recommendations are (PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE WILL BE VOTED ON TOMORROW NIGHT):

1.a) The Attendance Boundaries will be changed for every elementary school. The board will get a spreadsheet showing the new capacities including free and reduced lunch percentages, minority percentages, special education percentages, maps and streets.

1.b) In addition, the current 4th grade students will be allowed to stay at their current schools, providing they provide their own transportation and inform the administration of their decision by no later than June 30, 2010, and if space is available.

1.c) The Board of Ed establish a committee to continue a review of the JCJ report to make future recommendations as they may apply to such items as magnet school, disparities, facility development, etc…

1.d) Recommend that the board direct the administration to meet with administrators and other appropriate parties to develop guidelines for each schools for welcoming students and families affected by redistricting.

2) The committee acknowledges that the decision to move Preschool to Snow School was a district decision made before the committee began its work.

3) Recommend that the board hold a special meeting to vote on the recommendations with a public hearing before March 23rd.

You can see the map of the proposed attendance boundaries if you click here.

The recommendation right now includes sending 80% of the neighborhood to Macdonough, with the exception of Main St., Rapallo Ave, deKoven Dr., Green St and Ferry St, which are recommended to attend Farm Hill, Middletown's other downtown school.
Read more about this on the Middletown Eye here and here