Friday, March 27, 2009

Get Ready for Pride Day

We are continuing to get ready for Pride Day 2009 which will be April 25th, 9 am to 3 pm. Get ready to spruce up the neighborhood. Flyers will be distributed soon. There will be a Block by Block Meeting at the NEAT office on Wednesday, April 1st from 5:30 to 7:00 if anyone is interested in getting involved. Call NEAT office for more information at 860-346-4845.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rep. Serra and State Senator Doyle Visit Macdonough

Yesterday, State Senator Paul Doyle and Representative Joe Serra visited Macdonough to present a proclamation from the CT General Assembly to the students and teachers of the school for their remarkable achievement gains. Congratulations!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oddfellows Recession Special

Oddfellows Playhouse is currently taking registrations for Spring "Complete Actor" classes and are offering a "register a friend" special.
How does it work?
1) Register your child in one of the Complete Actor Classes (ages 6-14)
2) Tell a friend about the cool class you signed up for.
4) When your friend calls Oddfellows to register, make sure they mention your name!
3) Receive $10 off your tuition (if you have paid the full tuition already, you will receive a $10 refund)
4) Take your friend out for Ice Cream

If you have questions OR to register, call the Playhouse at (860) 347-6143

North End Pride Day

On April 25th, Starting at 9AM, NEAT will be hosting the North End PRIDE Clean up day. This is a great day to make the neighborhood beautiful for the spring, to connect with friends and neighbor, and shake off the dust of winter. If you know anyone who can't do their own yard work, it is a great day to offer to help. It's a time to plant, and if you've planted, a time to rake. It will also be the ground breaking day for the Erin Street Community Garden, so come out and join the community coming into spring.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NEAT Community Gardener in Workshop

As spring approaches, The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites the public to learn about Eco-Friendly Yard Care and Gardening on Tuesday, March 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m., at First Church of Christ, Congregational (UCC), 190 Court Street, in Middletown.

The evening’s speakers will offer short presentations on Growing An Organic and Healthy Lawn; Alternatives to Lawns; Starting A Vegetable Garden; and Using Edibles in Your Landscape. There will be a time for questions, and the speakers will be available after the program to answer individual questions.

Eco-friendly yard landscaping supplies and products will be on display and for sale by Agway; Home Depot; Natureworks; the Connecticut Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (CT-NOFA), City of Middletown Recycling Office and Project Green Lawn, Connecticut River and Coastal Conservation District; and the Jonah Center.

The panelists include Susan Holland from Natureworks, Bill Duessing from CT-NOFA, Patrice Barrett, Community Garden Coordinator for the North End Action Team (NEAT); and Vivian Felten from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information call the Jonah Center at (860) 346-6657 ext 13.

Friday, March 6, 2009

DANIEL SALAZAR at Green Street

Concert Rescheduled From Last December
Middletown, Conn, March 3, 2009– The virtuoso guitarist Daniel Salazar will venture to Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center for finale of the Latino Voices Series. In his continued effort to expand the guitar’s repertoire, and influenced by various musical forms, including traditional and popular Latin American music, Spanish flamenco and even American Rock, Daniel has developed a new musical style that features the classical guitar combined with an ensemble of guitars, bass, keyboards, Latin percussion and orchestral instruments. The result is an exciting, original contemporary sound which displays Salazar’s virtuosity.

Daniel Salazar will perform on Friday, March 13, 2009 at 8pm. The event begins with a potluck reception at 7:00. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for seniors, students, and Green Street Members. Green Street Arts Center is located at 51 Green Street, Middletown, CT. For more information, please visit: or call (860) 685-7871.

“Truly brilliant…Salazar’s interpretation was beyond words.” – The Malta Independent

About Daniel Salazar
Daniel Salazar has appeared in many prestigious venues, including Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Wienawski Hall in Poznan, the Artist’s Palace in Vilnius, the Minsk Academy of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts in Malta, the Instituto de Bellas Artes in Morelia, Mexico and many others. Having had the distinction of being selected, from a nationwide search, as United States Artistic Ambassador, Daniel has toured Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, where his playing has been enjoyed by international audiences through performances on television and radio in ten countries.

For more information, visit

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Friday was Read Across America Day and at Macdonough School it was a great excuse to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

I was a guest reader in Mrs. Waterman's(NEAT board member) third grade class and got to read Bartholomew and the Oobleck...definitely a treat.

After reading adult, kids and guest dignitaries went down to the gym for the school's monthly assembly to recognize students and faculty. This month was special, though, because representatives from ConnCAN, a statewide education group, were in attendance to present the school with a wonderful award. Macdonough School is one of number three school in the state in achievement gains and is considered a "Success Story" school. You can click here to watch a video about the school (which features three NEAT members!) or, click these links to read about this week's celebration at Macdonough School in the Middletown Press and the Hartford Courant.

Snow Ban in Effect and Sidewalk Reminder

The City of Middletown has a snow ban in effect from 6:00 pm, March 1st until further notice.
We've posted the snow ban info before, but please remember, if your car is preventing the snow plows from properly cleaning the street, it will be ticketed and could be towed.

Also, as a reminder, city ordinance requires you to shovel any sidewalk in front of your property no later than 24 hours after a snowfall. Please be considerate of your neighbors and shovel and/or salt your sidewalk.

If you are unable to shovel because of physical limitations, please call NEAT and we may be able to find help for you.

Or, if you are a renter and your property owner is not clearing the sidewalks, please let NEAT know so that we may inform the city Sidewalk Inspector.

Thank You.