Wednesday, December 29, 2010

There is still time to give to NEAT in 2010

As 2o1o draws to a close we wanted to remind everyone that you still have 3 days left to make your 2010 donation to NEAT.

Click here to access our donation page. Use the google check out button to make your secure donation to NEAT.

To read this years NEAT stories you can click here.

Thank you for helping NEAT.

We wish you all a safe and Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


The City of Middletown has a snow ban in effect beginning noon today, December 26th until further notice.
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.

If you need off-street parking, you may park at the following municipal parking lots: Corner of Washington/Broad St.(behind Kid City), Broad Street (across from Russell Library), Melilli Plaza (behind Main Street Market).

The City policy states that: "Parked vehicles of City streets must be removed by 12:00 pm. or run the risk of being towed by the Middletown Police at the owner's expense. If a vehicle is towed during the parking ban, you may claim the vehicle by contacting the Middletown Police Deparment at 347-6941. All payments, i.e., the ticket and towing chare, must be paid at the Police Department before a vehicle is released."
Thank You.

Monday, December 20, 2010


FREE Flu shots and Vision screenings are available tomorrow from 3-8 p.m. at AME Zion Church- 440 West Street, Middletown CT.


Children must be 3 years or older.

The event is sponsored by Mass Distributing Area 36: Towns of Cromwell, Middlefield, Durham and the City of Middletown; and the Middletown Lions Club.

FREE TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE FROM: St. Vincent Depaul Place, Eddy Shelter, River Valley Services,Travers Square,Senior Center/Sbona Towers, Westlake Drive,Maplewood Terrace,Long Lane Complex,Wadsworth Street Complex,Wilcox Apartments

For more information call (860) 344-3595

Sunday, December 12, 2010

NEAT Mentors have End-of-Semester Holiday Celebration

Yesterday (Dec. 11) the NEAT mentors and mentees decorated a tree, made holiday posters and constructed delicious gingerbread houses! Happy Holidays from the mentoring program!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Join the Community Music Initiative for caroling in the neighborhood next week!

Caroling will be happening NEXT Thursday December 16th - save the date!

Please call NEAT at 860 346 4845 with any questions.

You can also email Emily at

We'll sing wintery non-religious songs at the top of our lungs, beginning and Macdonough School and ending at the Green Street Arts Center with some hot chocolate and cookies. Please spread the word to family and friends. Everyone is welcome.

The route:

5:30 - meet outside the front of *Macdonough School* on Spring Street

5:30-6:30 - sing on Spring, Grand, Pearl, and Ferry Streets

6:30 - warm up at GSAC with some hot chocolate and cookies

Middletown is beautiful at night when it’s filled with people making music. This is the High School Marching band playing on Main Street.

A few reminders:

*Dress warmly, gloves especially

*Don't worry if you don't know any songs, you will learn them fast!

And I'll bring words to everything.

*If you'd like to contribute a baked good or hot drink, please email or call me to make arrangements (860 346 4845)

*If you want to come, but you're not free at 5:30, I can give you my cell number so you can call later and join us wherever we are.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Every year, NEAT hosts a holiday party the second Wednesday of December. This year we've decided to amp it up and instead, invite our members to a great event at Green Street Arts Center next Friday: a giant combined party. It will be a great event with bands, a sing along and NEAT's own Community Music Initiative youth singers entertaining. There is a suggested donation, but if that would keep you from coming, come anyway! NEAT would be happy to make a donation on your behalf. Bring a dish if you have one, or just bring your self. Read below for more info from Green St.:

As we begin the holiday season, please join us on Friday, December 3rd for Green Street’s Holiday Celebration! This musical celebration will feature Buru Style headlines with a set from their newly released CD “The Omnidenominational Holiday Experience,” and are joined by The Japanese, Blues Not Bombs, House of Moses, Static Stamina, Eric Lichter, The Kid Fiddlers all performing their own creative takes on holiday music. WESU DJ Lord Lewis the Velvet Knight will spin holiday funk twixt the sets, and the whole Green Street community is invited to participate in a holiday potluck.

The event kicks off at 7pm and your suggested admission of $5 will benefit Green Street’s programs. We will also collect canned goods and non-perishables for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Visit the event on Facebook to RSVP and find out more Please check out of Facebook page and invite your friends and colleagues to become a ‘fan’ and RSVP to this fun celebration as well. If you are planning to attend, please let me know. We’d love to have you all here to celebrate with us.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NEAT Mentors and Mentees Enjoy Outdoor Fun

November 20, 2010
Who doesn't enjoy the great outdoors in autumn? Taking advantage of nice weather, the NEAT mentors and mentees paired up with Wesleyan's Outing Club to participate in fun outdoor activities and learn some new skills. We made quesadillas on a camp stove, "slug" wrestled (in sleeping bags), learned how to pitch a tent and tie knots, played hopscotch and jump rope, balanced on a slack line, enjoyed trail mix and made art with sidewalk chalk. Many thanks to Wesleyan Outing Club for helping out and for providing free t-shirts!