Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bulky Waste

I've noticed an increase in bulky waste in the North End, and I know I'm not the only one. If you live next to a pile, email or call NEAT( or 860-346-4845) and the city's Public Works department ((860) 344-3408)to report it. It's unsafe, unhealthy and unpleasant.

Friday, January 29, 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 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

Thursday, January 28, 2010

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)


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

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

NEAT Hiking Club Member Screens Documentary

Our Elders, Our Youth

Friday January 29, 6:00-8:30 PM

Green Street Arts Center

Admission: $5 suggested donation

Join Green Street's After School program students and local senior citizens in the gala premiere of a documentary film that attempts to bridge the gap between the oldest and youngest generations of Middletown residents, while confronting the perceptions each side has about the other. Acclaimed actress and director Janis Astor del Valle and Middlesex Community College Professor of Videography Dan Nocera will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen

Thursdays | 7:30-9PM
January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11
FREE! Childcare provided

Being a parent can be a joyful experience, but it can also be a challenge. This educational workshop series can be a valuable resource for developing communication skills that will help you to better understand your children, and to be better understood by them.

This course offers parents and caregivers simple and productive ways to communicate with children that gets positive results. "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen" provides parents with the opportunity to share experiences, discuss and practice skills together, and role-play with each other, to develop skills that will benefit all relationships: at home, at work and elsewhere.

Topics include: Letting Kids Have Their Feelings, Engaging Cooperation, Alternatives to Punishment, Encouraging Autonomy, New Ways to Praise and Freeing Children from Roles.

This class is presented in partnership with the Family Wellness Center of the Community Health Center and the North End Action Team.

Contact Julie Deak to register: (860) 347-6971 x3662

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

NEAT at First Church: Please join us!

First Church on Court St. is hosting a “meet our neighbors” meeting will explore how NEAT and First Church might work together and build upon partnerships involving youth, outreach, and the Jonah Center, some of which we have already started. NEAT's director, Izzi Greenberg will be speaking and would love to have other NEAT members help to share our story or just meet people at the meet and greet.

11:30 am, 190 Court St. We hope you can make it. Please call 860-346-4845 for more information or email

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

NEAT meeting this Wednesday at 7 pm at the Green Street Arts Center

Wednesday, January 13: Monthly NEAT Meeting

Tomorrow, NEAT will be hosting its monthly NEAT meeting at 7 pm at the Green Street Arts Center. Childcare will be available and there will be pizza for the kids.

Topics include:

*Annual Election of our Advisory Board

*Jonah Center/NEAT Partnership

*School Redistricting Update

*City Foreclosures in the North End

*Jobs with the Census Bureau

We hope you can make it. Please call 860-346-4845 for more information or email