Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Healthcare Enrollment Fair at the NEAT Office Friday, December 20th, 2013

There will be an enrollment fair at the NEAT office this Friday, December 20th, 2013.  Please call Sonia at the NEAT office at 860-346-4845 or call Wilda at 860-465-8281, ext. 106 to sign up for a slots.  Slots are filling up so please sign up!  Check out the details in the image below.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

North End Action Team Advisory Board 2014 - Slate of candidates.

The North End Action Team Advisory Board for 2014 will be elected at our December 4th meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 pm at the Green Street Arts Center. All North End residents and supporters are encouraged to attend the meeting and vote on the slate. 

The December NEAT meeting is also our holiday meeting. If you are able - bring a dish or dessert to share and come celebrate the holidays with your friends and neighbors. 

Advisory Board members continuing terms in 2014

Steven Kovach - NEAT/Board President
Michael Taylor - Treasurer
Marc Petterson (Mac 650)
Gary Wallace (MPD)
Cookie Quinones 
Cathy Lechowicz
Rob Rosenthal 

Potential new Advisory Board members:

Jimmy Brackett 
Yasemin Kuytu 
Arlene Lazo 
Marilyn Dunkley 
Ryan Cayer 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Nov. 13th from 5:30-8:00pm 
Screening to start at 6:00pm
Community Health Center Meeting Room, 675 Main Street, Middletown, CT

Light dinner and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP with Katie Kesten at kestenk@mpsct.org.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Come learn more about new health care options!

access health CT
You’re invited to a free Healthy Chat near you.
Change is here. Health Care Reform is making it easier for Connecticut residents like you to get health care coverage. Discover everything you need to know at our live Healthy Chat event, Connecticut’s New Health Insurance Marketplace: Big Changes, Big Benefits.
Here are our next Healthy Chats. Please click on a location to RSVP:
Middletown: Thursday, October 17, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Community Health Center, 675 Main Street, Middletown, CT
RSVP for Middletown »
Willimantic: Monday, October 21, 6pm to 8pm
Generations Family Health Center, 40 Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic, CT
RSVP for Willimantic »
Danbury: Tuesday, October 22, 6pm to 8pm
WCSU, Student Center - Room #201, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT
RSVP for Danbury »
Healthy Chats provide a great opportunity to ask questions, learn about Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT, and find out if you might save money.
Space is limited, so please register now. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Leaf collection information from Public Works.

October 15, 2014

For more information contact: William Russo, Public Works Director, 860-638-4850


Middletown Commences Leaf Collection Program

The City of Middletown will begin its fall leaf collection program on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.     Leaves will be collected from the curb and brought to a central location for composting.

Due to leaf collection operations, bulk waste collection, which is available for $75/pick up will be suspended from Oct. 31st  until March 2014.  The exact date of commencement of bulk waste pick up will be dependent upon the weather.

Residents may rake their leaves to the curb or bag their leaves in biodegradable paper bags and leave them at the curb for collection. Please do not use plastic bags.  Leaves must be kept separate from brush, grass and rubbish.  Only leaves are acceptable with the leaf collection.  Public Works crews will be operating during the next two months to pick up the leaves in vacuum trucks.

Guidelines for Middletown Leaf Collection

·                     Leaves can be raked to the curb and left loose at the curb for collection with vacuum trucks.
·                     Leaves can be placed in biodegradable paper bags and placed at the curb for collection
·                     For safety reasons, leaves should not be placed on the road.
·                     Leaves must not be mixed with other yard waste, such as brush or garbage.

It is very important that residents make sure leaves do not get raked onto the street.  It is extremely dangerous if children decide to play in leaf piles or if cars park on top of the piles.  Also, leaves in the street can clog catch basins, causing flooding and other difficulties.

Leaves can also be brought directly to the Recycling Center on the corner of North Main Street and Johnson Street.  If leaves are bagged, they must be emptied out of the bags at the Center.   The Recycling Center is open Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and every Saturday through the month of November from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Beginning December 7, the Recycling Center will be open on the first and third Saturday of the month from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Residents can also choose to compost their own leaves in their backyard.  Backyard composting is an easy way to recycle leaves and make valuable compost that can be used in gardens, flowerbeds and houseplants.  For information on backyard composting, contact the City Recycling Coordinator, Kim O’Rourke, at 860-638-4855.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013



Be informed before you vote in this year's elections! Join NEAT at the Green Street Arts Center for Meet132191 the Candidates Night on October 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Meet and talk with the local candidates running in this year's election. 

This election season residents will be casting votes for Mayor, City Treasurer, Common Council, Board of Education, Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Assessment Appeals.  

If you are interested in finding out more about your local candidates and what issues are affecting the North End, please join us on Wednesday night. 

 NEAT will have a candidate slate, voter registration forms, a question list for candidates and other information.  

If you have any questions you think we should address to the candidates, please email sonia@neatmiddletown.org.  

This is the moment for North End Residents to have their voices heard and questions addressed. Everyone is welcome to attend the Meet the Candidate event. We encourage any interested Middletown resident to join us and get educated about the candidates that for local office. 

See you at Meet the Candidates Night! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cooling Centers for Upcoming Heatwave!

With another heat wave about to bear down on the area, Mayor Dan Drew has announced that the City of Middletown will again open cooling centers in an effort to help residents cope with the heat wave. The cooling centers are expected to continue operation through Friday

Residents can  get a break from the heat at: 
1. Municipal Building Council Chambers, 245 Dekoven Drive, from 8:00 A.M. – 7 P.M.
2. Lobby of the Middletown Police Department, 222 Main Street, which is open 24 hours a day

There are also public facilities with air conditioning. These facilities will be open for public use during their normal hours of operation. They are :
1. Russell Library on Broad Street 
2. The Middletown Senior Center on William Street 
**The Council Chambers will have bottled water available on a limited basis.
***Transportation may be provided to the cooling center. Arrangements can be made by calling Middletown Area Transit (MAT) at 860-346-0212 (Ext. 2) until 6 P.M. each day. 

The City of Middletown will also be opening fire hydrant sprinklers though Friday as well. The designated times and locations as follows:

1. The Highlands Crescent Drive bus stop from 12 P.M. – 4 P.M.
2. Maplewood Terrace from 2 P.M. – 5 P.M.
3. Summer Hill Road and Woodbury Circle from 2 P.M. – 5 P.M.
4. Macdonough School from 12 P.M. – 3 P.M. and 6 P.M. – 8 P.M.
5. Santangelo Circle from 12 P.M. – 3 P.M.
6. Daddario Road from 6 P.M. – 8 P.M.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Green Street Knitting Class Canceled for Tonight 6/12

This week's knitting class is canceled for tonight Wednesday, June 12th but check out the Cruise on Main from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Have a good time!

Sunday, June 9, 2013



Would you like to walk to work, school and entertainment?  Are you interested you interested in turning lights on upstairs in your building? 

Join the Downtown Business District in a Community Meeting on June 11, 2013 @ 7:00PM to learn about the new possibilities in living in Downtown Middletown.  They want to hear from you! 

The meeting will be held at the Community Health Center at 675 Main Street- Middletown, CT.  Come Home to Downtown is a program that seeks to boost downtown living, improve walkability, bring new life to mostly vacant historic properties and help teach business owners ways to finance real estate upgrades.  

Come hear how the original Amato's Toys building was selected as a model to show how it can be renovated to include apartments upstairs and retail downstairs, and learn how you can influence downtown's design.

Anyone who lives or works downtown, owns a business or building or who cares about what's happening in downtown should attend! Your input is key to a successful downtown Middletown.  

RSVP to Middletown Downtown Business District (DBD) at 860-347-1424 or quentin@downtownmiddletown.com. 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Upcoming Events at Green Street on Saturday, June 8th as part of CT Open House Day.

Upcoming Events at Green Street on Saturday, June 8th as part of CT Open House Day
  • Origami Make and Take – fun for the whole family! No experience needed and something for all ages. From noon to 4pm
  • Concert in the Garden – come see what our teaching artists have to offer as they perform for the community from 4-6pm. Like what you hear? Ask us about signing up for private lessons, we have lots of openings over the summer to fit your schedule. 
  • "Count Your Blessings: A Vision of Hope" photography exhibit by Roslyn N. Carrier-Brault - exhibit opens Friday, June 7th during the Gallery Walk and will be on display through June. 
  • Check out our freshly laid pebble mosaics in the planters out front as part of our Greening Green Street project. 
Celebrate Connecticut and come see us on Saturday, June 8th to learn more about the Green Street Arts Center and Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science. Then feel free to hang out downtown for dinner to support our local businesses. 

And don't forget to come check out our new stitching group if you're interested in knitting and crochet. The group meets every other Wednesday  from 6:30-8pm.

Friday, May 24, 2013


DSC_4308Hikers get ready to hike the Mica Ledges in  Durham on June 2, 2013.  At 9:00 AM, everyone will gather at the Green Street Arts Center parking lot to leave for the location.  Permissions slips and sign-ups are required.  Hikes are open to youth ages 8-14 but younger kids can hike if they come with a parent.  NEAT will have water bottles and snacks.  Call or stop the NEAT office for more information.   

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Avoid Newfield Street today May 22, 2013: Water Main Break

There is a major water main break on Newfield Street. The City is closing Newfield Street between Tuttle Road and Mile Lane to address the problem. Right now, Public Works, Middletown Sewer and Water, and the Police are coordinating efforts. Traffic is being redirected from the area and delays are expected to occur into the night.  Residents are advised to avoid Newfield Street area in order to avoid increased traffic delays.  In addition, the police Department will be working with  to reroute school buses for Lawrence, Keigwin and Middletown High School.

Monday, May 13, 2013

NEAT's Hike on May 4th

Check out the pics from NEAT's last hike.  It was an exciting adventure!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


We know you have been asking and we know you are excited, so here goes a few more details to get you to this exciting event:

Check out the Facebook event for Middletown Remix here  for complete event details, locations and activities!

There are further information and links on the Facebook page. 

Just in case you are not on Facebook:  check out Middletown Remix on the Web. 

You can also call  860-685-3355 for more information. 

Check out the links! They will tell you all you need to know!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More
A Festival of Art & Sound 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 2pm to 5pm

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Mark your calendars and lets gather on Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM for our NEAT Monthly Meeting! We have some catching up to do and hope to see everyone on Wednesday.  Bobbye Knoll Peterson will be leading the meeting as the new Interim Executive Director of NEAT.  There will be a parking updates, and Kimberly from the Department of Social Services will be sharing details on becoming a foster parent.  Plus, NEAT will be sharing updates for summer programs and events.  If you have any concerns or questions, please let us know and we can add to the agenda if there is time.   See you at this Wednesday's meeting.

Monday, April 29, 2013


Tomorrow, Tuesday April 30, 2013 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at City Hall Council Chamber, there will be a public hearing on Middletown's City Budget.  During the meeting, residents will have the opportunity to hear the Mayor's proposed budget and make comments.  NEAT will attend to support the full funding of the school budget. We hope you can attend this important meeting with NEAT.  The North End voice and presence must be heard during this process.  We hope to see you tomorrow! If you have any questions on the budget, feel free to call or stop by the NEAT office.

Friday, April 26, 2013


Bobbye will be stepping up as the Interim Executive Director for the North End Action Team and Izzi will be replacing Betsy Morgan as the new Director of the Middlesex Coalition for the Children. We expect both Bobbye and Izzi to meet the challenges and continue to work to make positive change in the North End, Middletown and Middlesex County. NEAT is excited for the changes and to continue our work to build a strong community. You can congratulate Bobbye at tomorrow's North End Pride Day Event. We look forward to seeing you all there! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

First Hike of the Season!

The North End Action Team's Hiking Club embarked on the first hike of the season Sunday, with a group of 12 North End Kids, six Wesleyan University Students and a wonderful host of community volunteers. The group hiked the Chapman Pond trail by Gilette's Castle and a great time was had by all. They found lots of signs of spring, including skunk cabbage flowers, daffodils and new buds, as well as the remnants of winter...the remains of a swan and an abandoned paper wasp nest. If you're interested in hiking with us, give us a call at 860-346-4845 or email at neat@neatmiddletown.org The hiking club is generously funded by Outdoor Nation and the Middletown Area Substance Abuse Prevention Council