Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Choice Application Period is Open!

The Greater Hartford Regional Open Choice Application period is now open. Open Choice gives you choices on what school you would like your child to attend in the Greater Hartford Area. The application deadline is January 20, 2011. The website has more details so please take a look. More information from NEAT will be available. Information is available in Spanish.

Monday, November 21, 2011


The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites the public – especially those who ride bicycles and are interested in making our city more “bicycle-friendly” – to attend 2 important meetings. The reason: Middletown has an excellent chance to receive $800,000 in U.S. Dep’t of Transportation funds for infrastructure to make urban areas more bicycle-friendly.

The first meeting is on Tuesday, November 29, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 208 of City Hall. Middletown’s Director of Planning, Conservation and Development, Bill Warner, will present a bicycling “master plan.” Public input on the details of the plan and support for the project in general is being sought.

To meet the grant application deadline of December 21, this matter needs to come before the Common Council at the Dec. 5, 7 p.m. meeting in the Council Chambers. A public demonstration of support by large attendance and some spoken testimony at the beginning of this meeting is needed. We hope Middletown will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to join sustainability-minded communities around the nation and become more bicycle-friendly.

Friday, November 18, 2011


If you or someone you know received SNAP benefits in October then an automatic 15% of those benefits will be added into your or their account as replacement for lost food from the early winter storm Albert.

SNAP recipients will receive an automatic 15% replacement of SNAP benefits, which will be added to EBT cards and made available next week.

SNAP recipients will also receive a replacement for the supplement issued on October 11th for Tropical Storm Irene.

Request for additional funds over the 15% replacement can be requested by calling 2-1-1 or visiting their website no later than midnight Friday, November 18th.

The amount of the 15% mass reissuance, plus the individual replacement request, cannot be more than their October benefits, including any TS Irene supplements received on Oct. 11th.


Community Music is meeting this Saturday, November 19th, 11-1 for Jamaican Drumming and Singing and a big old potluck-style lunch. Bring friends and family and a lunch contribution if you're planning ahead! This program is great for families with kids age 5-13. CMI meets at the Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street. See you then! Contact, Emily or the NEAT office for more details. No sign-ups are required.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Urgent Need for Turkeys Issued to Fill Thanksgiving Baskets

The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project (MCTP) has registered 350 Middletown families for Thanksgiving baskets this year. However, with less than two weeks remaining until Thanksgiving, the MCTP is falling short of turkey donations to fill those baskets.

The MCTP is short approximately 100 turkeys to make the holiday meals complete,” said Brenda Simmons, project manager of MCTP.

The public is being asked to donate frozen turkeys. If you can help, a refrigerated truck will be stationed at Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Road in Middletown on this Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to receive turkey donations. The truck has been donated by Jukonski Trucks of Middletown.

For additional information and other ways to help, call Brenda Simmons at (860) 346-8695.

State Senator Paul Doyle Helps North End Action Team, Inc. Secure Needed Funds for Youth Entrepreneur Program

State Senator Paul Doyle recently helped secure a $10,000 grant from AT&T
Connecticut to help fund the North End Action Team’s Youth Entrepreneur Program.

The North End Action Team (NEAT) is a grassroots community organization dedicated
to the revitalization and development of indigenous participation and leadership within
the North End neighborhood of Middletown, CT. NEAT’s goal is to identify priorities,
convene process, build partnerships and find solutions to neighborhood issues that lead
to the development of the North End as a socially and economically vibrant

The Youth Entrepreneur Program is designed to engage local at-risk youth to develop
entrepreneurial skills through the creation of a small business – from the beginning idea
through creating and marketing the product and designing and implementing a retail

“There is a growing need for programs that can create job opportunities and build
workforce-based skills for local youths,” stated State Senator Paul Doyle. “This grant
from AT&T will help to provide program participants with real world experiences and
skills that they can take with them into their careers.”

“NEAT’s Youth Entrepreneur Program will help students develop the networking and
social skills needed to succeed,” stated Izzi Greenberg, Executive Director of NEAT.
“Thanks to Senator Doyle and AT&T, the program will be able to help students identify
their specific talents and interests that will help them thrive in the future.”

"We commend Senator Doyle for his efforts to help NEAT’s Youth Entrepreneur
Program” stated Abby Jewett, Director, External & Legislative Affairs “When we learned
from Senator Doyle about the need for program funding, we were happy to help."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Swearing In Ceremony

The Swearing in Ceremony for

Mayor-Elect Daniel T. Drew
Common Council
City Treasurer
Planning & Zoning
Board of Education
Board of Assessment Appeals

Will be Tuesday, November 15th , 2011 at 7 pm

Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 370 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown CT 06457

Reception to follow in the Cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served.

The Public is Invited and Encouraged to Attend

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Please join us for the monthly NEAT meeting at 7:00pm. The November meeting will be dedicated to a community conversation about the Green Street Arts Center.

If you are an active Green Street participant or if you have never been to Green Street, we want to hear from you! We want to engage in a meaningful conversation about what Green Street means to the community and what you would like to see from GSAC in the coming years.

If you don't join us and share your thoughts we won't know what you want!

Refreshments will be served. Childcare and pizza for the kids will be available.

Monday, November 7, 2011


A few candidates are running as Write -In Candidates. If you are interested in any write-in candidates for any position, location the section where the position is located (horizontal line at top). Then locate the write in votes line (vertical line on the left). At the the intersection, you may write in any candidates you would like. Please make sure to shade in the circle for your write-in candidate. You do not need to vote for the full number of candidates indicated on the ballot but you cannot vote for more. Please write the candidates name in clearly and legibly.


Tomorrow, Tuesday November 8, 2011 is Election Day. Please get out and vote! Exercise your rights! Polls are open from 6-8pm. The North end is in District One and votes at Macdonough School.

NEAT will have an informational table available near the North End's Voting Site at Macdonough School (Pease Avenue Entrance). The table will have voter's information. If you would like to volunteer to help with NEAT's nonpartisan election table please call us at 860-346-4845 or email us at Shifts are open from 6-8am and from 6-8pm. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to help!

Even though our local press has done a good job of reporting on elections, NEAT members asked for the information all in one place. In response, NEAT has created a Candidate Guide for your added convenience. Please click on guide for more information. Also, NEAT has send out an email to everyone on our email list. Please take the time to read the information presented. As a reminder, NEAT does not endorse any candidate nor does NEAT endorse the information or opinions presented. These are mainly links to possible resources:

Local Press Sites:

List of 2011 Candidates by Position
Middletown Eye
Middletown Patch
Middletown Press
The Hartford Courant

If you have any questions, please call NEAT at 860-346-4845, stop-in or stop by our election table near Macdonough. NEAT volunteers will be there throughout the day.
See you at the polls!