$5.4M for Hamden Arts & Cultural Center

March 17, 2023
Last weekend, I got to spread some Irish cheer, and celebrate with many of you during the New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade. I must admit, I love parades! I am also happy to share that the Town of Hamden's Community Investment Fund (CIF) request was approved this week, which will provide millions for their proposed Arts & Cultural Center. Below, you will more information on this news, along with helpful resources and upcoming events in the community:

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Millions for Hamden
On Tuesday, the State’s CIF board granted $5.4 million to the Town of Hamden for a proposed Arts & Cultural Center in the Newhall neighborhood.

This funding will enable the town to demolish the long abandoned old Hamden Middle School – a site that has sat vacant for more than 20 years and become a dangerous eyesore.

As one of the newest members of the Hamden delegation, I was privileged to visit the proposed construction site of the Center in January to get the full picture of how important this revitalization is for the community. Demolishing the building is the necessary first step in making these vital improvements to the Newhall neighborhood and eventually building an Arts and Cultural Center on the property.

I want to thank the Governor and his staff for approving the funding, as well as Department of Economic Development (DECD) Commissioner, Alexandra Daum and her staff from DECD, who toured the site and recognized the need, and Mayor Garrett and her staff who had the vision for this project. I look forward to continuing to work with them all to achieve a complete transformation of the area to serve better the community.

That Center will eventually provide numerous art, historic and educational services, as well as serve as a hub for economic development in the area.

Pints & Policy
Please join the Woodbridge delegation on Monday, March 27 at 6PM at NEBCO for a Pints and Policy conversation. Senators Cabrera, Maroney and I will discuss state and local issues and answer any questions you may have. I hope you will be able to join us!
New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday was a gorgeous day for the New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade! I was so proud to join in the celebration of the Irish heritage that has shaped our country and honor this part of my family. It is also always a joy meeting many of you, especially in celebration.
Energy Assistance Extension
Last week, Governor Lamont announced that the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) will extend the coverage period for households receiving energy assistance through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) to March 31.
Thanks to the work of our Congressional delegation, Connecticut was able to secure additional federal funding for the program to provide this extension to the deadline.

Households that heat their homes with deliverable fuels such as home heating oil, propane, or kerosene will now have until March 31 to submit requests to their fuel providers for deliveries and receive assistance under CEAP for those deliveries. Approved CEAP households should contact their fuel providers before the end of March to request delivery.

For more information on qualifications, and how to apply, please click the buttons below

Apply for CEAP
Learn More About CEAP
Wrong-Way Driving Initiative
Governor Lamont recently announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is launching a new public awareness campaign on the dangers of wrong-way driving as part of the state’s larger strategy of reversing the catastrophic recent increase in wrong-way crashes and deaths.

Recent Statistics:

Wrong-way driving crashes in Connecticut tripled in 2022. This includes 13 wrong-way crashes that resulted in 23 deaths, compared to 4 wrong-way crashes in 2021 and 2 in 2020. Studies have shown that wrong-way driving crashes are 100 times more likely to be fatal than other types of crashes.

What to Do:

Anyone who encounters a wrong-way driver should call 9-1-1 and report the location as soon as it’s safe to do so. If a driver discovers they have entered a highway going in the wrong direction, they should immediately pull into the breakdown lane and change their direction when it is safe.

What we are Doing:

In July 2022, the Governor released $20 million in state bond funding for CTDOT to purchase and install advanced wrong-way driving technology along the state’s highways and roads. This technology uses motion sensors to detect a driver entering a highway exit ramp from the wrong direction and rapidly flashes LED lights to notify them that they are driving the wrong way. So far, it has been installed and is currently operating at several high-risk ramps across Connecticut:

  • Colchester on Route 2 at Exit 17 eastbound
  • Groton on I-95 at Exit 88 southbound
  • Milford on I-95 at Exit 34
  • Montville on I-395 at Exit 6 northbound
  • Southington on I-84 at Exit 28 westbound, Exit 29 westbound, Exit 32 westbound, and Exit 32 eastbound
  • Windsor on Route 291 at Exit 5 westbound
  • Norwich on I-395 at Exit 24 southbound

In addition to these ramps, CTDOT plans to install this technology in dozens more locations over the course of this year:

  • East Hartford on I-84 at the westbound HOV exit
  • Groton on I-95 at Exit 87 southbound
  • Meriden on Route 691 at Exit 8 eastbound
  • New Britain on Route 9 at Exit 25 northbound
  • Windsor on Route 91 at the northbound HOV exit, Exit 42 northbound, and Exit 42 southbound

You can watch the latest "One Wrong Move" awareness ad below:

Plant Swap in Woodbridge
On Saturday from 11AM - 1PM, the Woodbridge Town Library will host a community plant swap. This is a great opportunity to re-home the plants that don't 'spark joy' in your home, or life anymore.

Check out the flier below for more details, and please make sure to register in advance by clicking the button:

Register Here
Bulk Trash Pick-Up Hamden
Bulk trash pick-up in Hamden begins April 1!

Hamden residents may put bulk trash curbside in front of their homes anytime between April 1 and April 30. Acceptable items will be picked up by Hamden’s trash hauler throughout the entire month of April. No phone calls or appointments are necessary.

Please Note:

  • Bulk trash must be separated from the ongoing leaf and brush collection
  • Leaves must go into paper recyclable bags
  • Brush must be contained in small bundles no longer than four feet in length
  • If items are not separated, they will not be collected

Acceptable Items:

  • 150 pounds or less
  • Mattresses and box springs (one mattress and box spring per household)
  • Furniture
  • Rugs (must be rolled up and tied like a log; no longer than four feet in length)
  • Household appliances (washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, toasters, lamps, microwaves)
  • Light and heavy iron goods
  • Metal items (place at one end of the pile for separate scrap metal pick-up)

Unacceptable Items:

  • Hazardous waste including oil-based paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, household cleaners, anti-freeze, aerosols, batteries, gasoline, motor oil (contact HazWaste Central at 203-401-2712)
  • Remodeling, construction and demolition debris from any structure or part thereof (homeowner must rent a dumpster)
  • Plumbing fixtures, sinks and pipes; a single unit or fixture may be accepted at the Hamden Transfer Station
  • Tires (a limit of 4 tires per year may be brought to the Hamden Transfer Station)
  • Vehicle parts, lawnmowers and other gas-powered equipment (remove all fluids from engines, dispose of fluids at HazWaste Central and dispose of equipment at a junkyard or metal recycling facility, for more details please contact Joe DeRisi at 203-287-7021 or via email at: jderisi@hamden.com)
  • Branches, grass, leaves, tree stumps, rocks, sand, and dirt (contact Public Works at 203-287-2600 for specific guidelines)
  • Propane tanks
  • Computers, televisions and other electronics (bring to Hamden Transfer Station for recycling – be sure to remove the hard drive on your computers first)
  • Pool covers (accepted at the Hamden Transfer Station)

For more information, please visit the Town's website by clicking here.

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