Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Summer is around the corner, so get your kids ready to enjoy the summer months! Sign-up for summer camp at the NEAT Office (654 Main Street) between the hours of 10:00 AM -5:00 PM on Mondays through Fridays. Right now, NEAT has very limited Scholarships for Camp Ingersoll through the YMCA. There are also applications available for the City Arts Program (NEAR and Oddfellows) and Park and Rec programs. These exciting programs will fill up fast so please sign-up early.

Monday, March 26, 2012


Interested in Completing your H.S. education? Middletown Adult Ed has opportunities for adults to complete their high school education and offers support. Worried about your kids? There is childcare. Worried about transportation? There is transportation offered for Middletown residents. Worried in general? Talk to a guidance counselor. Their Even Start program is great for parents with kids. There are options available to meet your needs. If you speak Spanish, there are opportunities for you as well. For more information and to see if you are eligible, call 860-343-6050 or visit the website at www.maect.org. Take advantage of opportunity!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Would you like to walk in to your living space and know that it is yours and and belongs to no one else? Owning a home may be the answer. If you are interested in becoming a homeowner, get educated on the process! There will be four free home-ownership classes on Wednesdays in April with Rosa Carrero from Liberty Bank. The Home-ownership classes will take place at the Green Street Arts Center at 6:30pm. If you are interested, you must sign up. Please call NEAT at (860) 346-4845.


It's getting warmer which means, we will soon be having our Annual North End Pride Day! This year North End Pride Day will be April 21st, 2012 at 9:00 AM. Save the date and let's spend the day together beautifying our neighborhood and having fun!

Monday, March 12, 2012


Board of Education Regular Meeting
March 13, 2012, 7:00 PM
Middletown Common Council Chambers


I. Call to Order

Gene Nocera

II. Salute to the Flag

Gene Nocera

III. Adoption of Agenda

Gene Nocera

IV. District Highlights - Unified Theatre

Gene Nocera

V. Public Session - Agenda Items Only

Gene Nocera

VI. Communications

Gene Nocera

A. Report of Student Representative

Michael Durso

VII. Consent Agenda

Gene Nocera

A. Minutes of BOE Regular Meeting of February 14, 2012

Gene Nocera

B. Personnel Action

Barbara Senges

C. Policy #5131.6 Alcohol Use, Drugs and Tobacco
(Revision) – Second Reading

Sheila Daniels

D. Bylaw #9325.2 Order of Business (Revision) – Second


Sheila Daniels

E. Extended Field Trip - MHS Girls Swim Team Trip

Trevor Charles

VIII. Report of the Superintendent

A. District Data Team

Barbara Senges

B. Transportation Report

Ken Jackson

C. District News

Gene Nocera

IX. Committees

A. Budget Committee

Ted Raczka

1. Financial Statement

Nancy Haynes

B. Communications Committee

Ryan Kennedy

C. Curriculum Committee

D. Feasibility Committee

Ed McKeon

E. Policy Committee

Sheila Daniels

F. Representative Reports

Gene Nocera & Cheryl McClellan

X. Action Items

XI. Future Agenda Items

A. New Items

XII. Public Session - Non-Agenda Items

Gene Nocera

XIII. Personnel Matter (Proposed for Executive Session)

Gene Nocera

A. Executive Session

Gene Nocera

XIV. Adjournment

Gene Nocera


The mission of the Middletown Public Schools is to enable all students to achieve at their highest potential by challenging them through a system structured around a common core of knowledge, skills, values, and a variety of educational experiences. Through partnerships with family and community, our schools will promote the pursuit of lifelong learning, responsible citizenship and decision making in a culturally diverse world.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Writers Out Loud

DATE:March 8, 2012
Second Thursday
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Admission: 6:45 P.M.
Signup: 6:45 P.M.
Setup: 6:45-7:00 P.M.
Program: 7:00 P.M.
The number of presenters is set at a maximum of six (6).
Snacks and soft drinks are provided FREE.
WRITERS OUT LOUD, an entity under the 91914 MINISTRIES, INC. umbrella, is a NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. As such, no entry fee can be charged. However, a suggested donation is allowable. Therefore, WOL encourages and appreciates $4.00 per person.

Friday, March 2, 2012


Retention Specialist (P/T) – Middletown
Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to assist clients in maintaining competitive employment. Perform diversified job duties to support assigned individuals in their employment to facilitate successful job retention by working with CRS Employment Specialists, employers and CRS consumers as appropriate. This requires a specific plan that includes in-person follow-up, assisting clients with problem-solving work related issues, assistance with learning actual job skills and/or workplace culture, ability to discuss difficult issues such as addiction, discrimination and/or destructive personal habits; as well as the ability to balance being supportive and encouraging while fostering personal responsibility, accountability and the capacity for good decision-making. Identify natural supports, i.e. friends, family, counselor, etc., that may be available for long-term support to foster employment success as well as barriers to successful employment, i.e. housing, childcare, interpersonal skills, educational and skill training needs, etc. Weekend, evening and holiday hours may be required based on individual work schedules of assigned clients and their support needs. Assist with client transportation as required, including use of personal vehicle (May require the ability to obtain a Public Service License necessary to transport program participants in an Agency owned/leased vehicle). HS diploma/G.E.D and 1-3 three years’ work experience (may include experience during a period of incarceration). Pay rate $12.50/hr 30 hours w/benefits

Qualified candidates can fax resume (203-495-6108) or email (hr@esginh.org). Mailing address is 432 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT 06473. Employment applications can be completed at the Washington Ave. location. Hiring rate is typically within the first quartile of the salary range. Please visit our Agency website: www.eastersealsgoodwill.org


Employment Specialist, Community Re-entry Services (F/T) - Middletown

Perform diversified job duties to support and advocate for assigned individuals to facilitate successful re-integration into the community following a period of incarceration. Work as part of the interdisciplinary team to assist individuals receiving services in identifying and making choices about their social, vocation and personal goals; and in choosing, getting and keeping employment. Coordinate intake process for new referrals and/or interdepartmental transfers to include conducting a comprehensive intake interview, development of an Individual Service/Recovery Plan (ISP/IRP). Implement the ISP and insure employment readiness (i.e. appropriate attire, bus fare/tokens, etc.) and the smooth and timely transition to employment. Assist individuals with transportation as required, including travel training and/or the use of personal vehicle. Assist in the facilitation of training programs such as job seeking, job retention and relevant life skills (i.e. travel training, sexuality awareness and abuse prevention, socialization and self-advocacy). B.A. in a related field; plus two years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Pay rate $15.50/hr 37.5 hours w/benefits

Qualified candidates can fax resume (203-495-6108) or email (hr@esginh.org). Mailing address is 432 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT 06473. Employment applications can be completed at the Washington Ave. location. Hiring rate is typically within the first quartile of the salary range. Please visit our Agency website: www.eastersealsgoodwill.org

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Altrusa Club Members Launch Little Free Library

Altrusa International of Central Connecticut launched their newest literacy project for Middletown Community with the first "Altrusa Little Free Library" at NEAT (North End Action Team) 654 Main Street location. "The Little Free Library" was unveiled on February 29th by Altrusa club members and Izzi Greenberg the Executive Director of the North End Action Team.

Stef Labbe (co-chair), Linda Ring (Altrusa President), Jamie Santangelo (so-chair) & Izzi Greenberg (NEAT Executive Director)

Altrusa of Central Connecticut has recently expanded one its literacy projects to "Altrusa Books for Community." The "Altrusa Little Free Library" project will continue to bring books to the community. The "Little Free Library" is a non profit organization seeking support of local service organizations. Their mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. Literacy is an area of focus for Altrusa with an emphasis on "literacy for all ages." The "Little Free Library" will have books for the community to take and read. The books can be returned to the "Little Free Library" or passed on to a friend or family member. The main focus of the project is to get the community reading. This is the first "Little Free Library" in Connecticut . The library will provide popular novels to young adults age 16 and older. Altrusa will maintain the library through book donations from the community and plan to add additional libraries in the sourrounding community.