City Point, New Haven, Connecticut


 

news feed: city's website (CityofNewHaven.com)


 

New Haven Independent newspaper http://www.newhavenindependent.org/

 

Spanish language newspaper http://lavozhispanact.com/new-haven

Yale Daily News, city news coverage http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/news/city/

For specific problems on your street first contact

Hill South Police District manager, Lt.  Tony Reyes  cell: ____ Howard Ave. substation: 203-946-7504 [fax 203-946-7505] email:   TReyes@newhavenct.net

re. chronic illegal activities such as drug dealing, use of "off-road" vehicles [go-carts, dirt bikes, etc.] on public streets, violations of noise ordinance. Use general police non-emergency number for more immediate needs/response 203-946-6316.   

The Hill South [which includes City Point] & LCI Community Management Team meeting--which is open to neighborhood residents (although the meetings currently just consist of reports from various agencies, with minimal resident input)--takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the month (except in summer) at 6:00 PM at the Hill South Police Substation, 410 Howard Ave. 203-946-7504 [fax 203-946-7505]

Police Headquarters 203-946-6333 [fax 203-946-7294]

Investigative Services  203-946-6304

Narcotics 203-946-6098

Street Crimes Interdiction Unit(includes drug dealing): Lieutenant Jeff Hoffman 203-687-0534    (daytime) jhoffman@newhavenct.net, Sgt. Reginald  Sutton  203-687-0538   (daytime) rsutton@newhavenct.net, Sgt. Ray Johannes 203-410-0530   (daytime), Sgt. Doug Harkins 203-507-7923  (evenings) dharkins@newhavenct.net, Sgt. Sam Brown (evenings) sgbrown@newhavenct.net

Dirt Bike/ATV Tip Line:  203-946-6463  Leave a voice-message (which can be anonymous) of info. that will help police locate where these illegal vehicles are kept. Provide info: date, times, location, description of riders and vehicles.

Police Investigative Services [Detectives]: 203-946-6304

Police Text-message:
To send an anonymous text, people can text the number 274637 and type NHPD and their tip in the message. A computer scrambles the incoming number--so police can't tell who is sending the text. So you remain completely anonymous.

Traffic Safety: 203-946-6956 or TrafficSafety@newhavenct.net To report illegal dirt bikes, ATVs, or traffic violation [For latter give license plate # and it will be put into a data base; 2nd reported violation generates a warning letter to the vehicle's owner. ]  

Other police Dept. phone numbers: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Police/ImportantPhoneNumbers.asp [list here is often out of date]

To receive email or cell phone alerts from the New Haven police go to http://www.nixle.com/  and sign up.

Last resort: secretary of the Chief of Police: Cindy Savenelli 203-946-6333 or 203-946-6266

See Click Fix: http://www.seeclickfix.com/CityPointNewHaven  . When you click this link the map on the right outlines the area covered. On the left, near the top of the page, click Follow City Point, and follow the instructions. Click "Report a Problem!" to report non-emergency problems such as graffiti, potholes, street light out, dangerous intersection, drug dealing, etc.

 Livable City Initiative [LCI] Hill Neighborhood Specialist is Chris Soto 203-946-7731 fax 203-946-4899 csoto@newhavenct.net Contact him regarding problem properties such as housing code violations, blighted buildings, trash in yard, more than one unregistered vehicle parked on property [one is legal], trash cans left on sidewalk/curb strip more than 24 hours before or after trash pickup or to report graffiti [including graffiti on parks, street signs, the rail road yard wall] or regarding weeds, leaves, trash on sidewalk bordering rail road yard wall.

Public Works Department 203-946-7700 or jprokop@newhavenct.net  regarding trash/debris in street or on tree strip in front of a property, storm drain/catch basin that's not working properly during storms, pot holes. [A note regarding technical terms: trash put on tree strip/curb by tenants is called "unscheduled bulk pile" and public works should be called; trash moved illegally from one property to another location, e.g. to the front of your house, is "illegal dumping" and the police non-emergency number should be called 946-6316.  Knowing the difference will save you the hassle of making multiple phone calls.]

 Trash & recycling pick-up is very early Wednesday morning, i.e. put your trash out Tuesday night. Trash must be in a city-issued dark brown trash toter, recycling (bottles, cans, cardboard, paper, plastic) in larger blue toter. Trash & recycling toters must not be left on sidewalk for more than 24 hours or owner may be fined. Bulk Trash must be scheduled by calling Public Works.  (See above; be sure to follow their rules regarding what may and may not be set out for bulk trash pick up.) Leaves, etc. must be placed in paper--not plastic--leaf bags (so they can be composted), and are picked up only between April & December. If you don't have a trash or recycling toter call Public works to have one delivered or Make a Service Request (see below). More details about recycling here: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Sustainability/Recycling/Single_Stream.asp

Bulk Trash must be scheduled by calling Public Works.  (See above; be sure to follow their rules regarding what may and may not be set out for bulk trash pick up.)

Leaves, etc. must be placed in paper--not plastic--leaf bags (so they can be composted), and are picked up only between April & December. Grass clippings cannot be included. Tree branches cannot exceed 4 feet in length and must be tied in bundles not exceeding 1 foot in diameter. All can be put out on trash day.

 Noise: In residential neighborhoods it is illegal to emit noise exceeding 55 decibels [example = low volume radio/TV 1 meter away] during the day (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) or 45 decibels [example = normal talking, not yelling] at night (10:00 PM-7:00 AM). Exceptions include noise from domestic power equipment such as power saws, sanders, grinders, lawn and garden tools, snow blowers or similar devices operated between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, and 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. The same exceptions apply to demolition work. No motor or recreational vehicles shall emit noise from a loud radio, CD player or similar equipment which exceeds noise level standards for residential zoned areas.

Dogs & Cats: It is illegal in New Haven to allow such animals to roam at large, i.e. they must be kept in an enclosure such as a fenced yard or on a leash. Dogs must be licensed and owners must pick up their animals' droppings from public places such as sidewalks, streets, parks.

Chickens: 6 hens are permitted in New Haven. Details: http://ctnofa.org/documents/Chicken%20Manual.pdf

Preschool Guide:   http://kidhaven.com/schoolhaven/a-parents-guide-to-preschool-in-new-haven/

Historic District Commission: via City Plan Dept.203- 946-7061 to report any unauthorized modifications/physical alterations to the exterior of a building within the City Point Historic District that are visible from the street, sidewalk, or body of water. Any such exterior alterations first must be approved. [The Historic District Commission meets at City Hall on the second Wednesday evening of each month.] Also, City Point Historic District Neighborhood Assoc., contact person: Michael Lloyd, secretary 203-676-8448   [Note: only the portion of City Point that is south of Interstate 95 lies within the Historic District, although there actually are more 19th century buildings in the portion of City Point that is north of the highway. Properties on Howard Ave. from I-95 northward to Cassius St. are listed in the Connecticut National Register of Historic Places but, unlike the houses south of I-95, there are no historical "appropriateness" restrictions regarding alterations.]  

 Make a Service Request  To make a complaint or request a service of a city department go to http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Ask/index.asp and click "Make a Service Request". You can use your e-mail to check on the status of your request/complaint.

Other Useful Information:

Local Government

The Board of Alderman meet on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month at 165 Church St., except during the Summer when they meet on the 1st Monday of the month only. 

Portions of City Point lie in either Ward 6 or Ward 5. Go to http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Aldermen/index.asp  Enter your address to see in which Ward you live, then see your alderman's name, phone # and email address.  

More information about city government departments can be obtained at www.cityofnewhaven.com It's a good idea to check the city calendar on this site on a regular basis for meetings/agendas that could impact the neighborhood, e.g. Board of Zoning Appeals, since the city does a lousy job of notifying property owners of potential decisions that could have a major impact on your street. 

City of New Haven, Code of Ordinances (i.e. our local laws):

http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=14668&stateID=7&statename=Connecticut

City of New Haven, Zoning Ordinance:

http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=19969&stateId=7&stateName=Connecticut

State & Federal Representatives

City Point is in the Connecticut General Assembly's 95th House District & 10th Senate District, and the Federal government's 3rd Congressional District. To find out who your current representatives are click http://cga.ct.gov/maps/townlist.asp

The U.S. House of Representatives: http://house.gov/

The U.S. Senate: http://www.senate.gov/

 Connecticut Statutes:  http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/statutes.asp

Other:

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS:

Bay View Park [aka City Point Park]: bounded by Fifth St., Howard Ave., Sixth St.; North half has enclosed playground & basketball court; South half has 2 baseball fields. (Park was split in 2 by highway in the 1950s :(

Galvin Park: Greenwich Ave. at First St.; swings, climbing equipment, water sprinklers (former site of Greenwich Ave. School)

Kimberly Field: City Point entrance is on Greenwich Ave. at Fourth St.; baseball & soccer fields (former site of West River salt marsh, partly drained in early 20th century where Betsy Ross school now sits, remainder drained during 1950s highway construction

ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS:

Greenspace: June-July; neighbors get together weekly to plant free flowers, trees. Call Chris for information 203-668-6348 

Jazz Picnic: usually 5:00-8:00 PM, 2nd Saturday in June, intersection of Sea St. & S. Water St.

Labor Day Block Party: 1st Monday in September, on Greenwich Ave. between First & Second St.

Christmas Tree lighting: Sage Restaurant, South Water St., early December (also on nearby Kimberly Square)

 BUS SCHEDULES: click link below. City Point is served by the Z bus [not on Sunday]. The J bus can be picked up [7 days a week] nearby on Kimberly Ave. http://www.cttransit.com/RoutesSchedules/Display.asp?DivID={2F26F128-0D02-4B72-B7E2-4F47AF926BDC}

OTHER RESOURCES:
 
COMMUNITY  HEALTH center http://www.hillhealthcenter.com/ Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission in medical, dental and behavioral health.
Lower your ELECTRIC BILL Ignore those door-to-door salespeople from electric providers! Click this link to get the best deal: http://www.ctenergyinfo.com/display_rates.htm

The Hill Family First Initiative also serves City Point and is focused on improving family economic success, currently serving single mothers, grandmothers or other female heads of household with children living in their homes under the age of 18.                                  http://eastersealsgoodwill.org/programs-services/educational/youth-family-services/hffi-hill-family-first-initiative

Boys and Girls Club of New Haven  promotes the social, educational, health, leadership, and character development of boys and girls
http://www.bgcnewhaven.org/page10424148.aspx
Free Landscaping! Free Trees & Flowers!
Every June and July, Urban Resources Initiative works with neighbors to beautify the tree strip (area between sidewalk and curb) with new trees and flowers. Call Chris Schaefer 203-668-6348 for more information. (If no answer, leave a message.)

Children & Youth services and activities:  http://www.newhavenyouthmap.com/

CitySeed sponsors farmers markets in New Haven, including one near Yale-New Haven Hospital & at nearby Wooster Square. Check their website for schedule & locations: http://www.cityseed.org/city_markets/markets/schedule.shtml

http://kidhaven.com/ Child-related info re. the greater New Haven area.

http://kidhaven.com/schoolhaven/ information and reviews about New Haven area schools. 

Citywide Youth Coalition Inc. works to build a courageous community in which all New Haven youth can succeed. Join us at our monthly coalition meetings: the third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Regional Workforce Development Board, 560 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven, CT. http://www.cwyc.org/
Survivin' N Da Hood Trains youth in Critical Thinking Skills such as: Conlict Resolution, Mediation, Leadership, Business, Life Survival, part of a Positive Leadership Process,  to reduce incidents of: Crime and Violence, High School Drop-Out, Teen Pregnancy, Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS, Low Self-Esteem, and the Youthful Down-Falls. Our aim is to prepare them for a School-to-College-to-Career lifestyle. Our focuses are: Prevention & Empowerment. http://www.sndh.org/
Also For Teens: Sexual Risk Avoidance: http://abstinenceassociation.org/resources/index.html
Conn. Assoc. for Human Services http://cahs.org/ promotes family economic security strategies that empower low-income working families to achieve financial independence.
Christian Community Action
Program for Internships, Vocational Opportunities and Training; Transitional & temporary Housing; food pantry (in the Hill, on Davenport Ave.) http://www.ccahelping.org
Community Health Care Van Serves Persons with HIV/AIDS, active drug users and those with a history of drug use, the homeless, uninsured individuals, and those with mental health issues. http://www.hepprograms.org/drug/drug15.asp
Connecticut Network for Legal Aid Free legal help for people with very low income: http://ctlawhelp.org/
The consultation Center mission: to promote the development of individuals and families, prevent mental disorders and problem behaviors, and enhance the effectiveness of mental health and other human services. It's programs include Hill Youth Action Team and many others. http://theconsultationcenter.org/

Youth Continuum a non profit agency in New Haven, CT that provides residential and wrap around services to ensure a healthy and productive future for foster and homeless youth; educational and job skill training programs that include community-based internships, job readiness training, interview preparation, one-on-one tutoring, and cultural enrichment activities. Skills for Life is a program Youth Continuum and Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven that engages at-risk youth in building a house – from planning and design through full construction.participants build a set of core competencies to help them meet their long term goals and inspire them toward independence, developing youth as contributing members of society.
http://www.youthcontinuum.org/

The Latina Army is a volunteer-based non-profit whose mission is to celebrate and empower young Latinas by providing inspirational role models & intorducing life skills for personal excellence: http://www.thelatinaarmy.org./

Kiyama, a program founded by New Haven atty. Michael Jefferson to nurture young black men http://kiyamamovement.com/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven Our mission is to create an environment that supports individual safety and breaks the cycle of domestic violence: a pattern of abusive behavior in intimate relationships or between family or household members where one partner tries to control or dominate the other. Abusive acts can be physical, verbal, emotional, financial, and sexual; abuse also can involve threats, destruction of property, and harm to pets. http://www.dvsgnh.org/                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Fellowship Place provides support services (including housing) for those recovering from mental illness and/or substance abuse http://www.fellowshipplace.org/
New Haven Home Recovery promotes the independence of women and children confronted with homelessness, HIV/AIDS and behavioral health issues in a supportive environment where their potential can be realized.  http://www.nhhr.org/                                                                                                            
The Roof Project is a collaborative effort of the City of New Haven & nonprofit agencies to address the growing mortgage foreclosure crisis in New Haven: http://theroofproject.org/
New Haven Citizens' Action Network  a budget and government watchdog group.See how your city government is--or isn't--working for YOU and where YOUR tax dollars are going.  www.nhcan.org
STRIVE-New Haven conducts 3-week employability skills training workshops that assist job seekers in obtaining and maintaining employment.http://strivenewhaven.com/452.html
New Haven Environmental Justice Network seeks to improve our urban environment and protect the quality of life of the New Haven community  http://www.environmental-justice.org/nhejn/New%20NH%20EJ%20page.html

New Life Corporation is a non-profit organization serving low and moderate income families in the Greater New Haven area. Its purpose is to assist families increase their economic security through a combination of financial education, and asset-building services in order to create a more stable and sustainable living environment for families and their children. Our strategy is built on the idea that families do better when they receive those services and opportunities that are critical to securing social and economic self-sufficiency, and that there is a critical need to assist low-income people to acquire the educational and employment-related skills they need to secure employment that pays family-supporting wages, provides career ladders, and opportunities for advancement. Free income Tax assistance & many other services. http://newlifecorp.org/

 Hispanos Unidos, Inc.  promotes the health and well-being of the Latino community and other disenfranchised populations through education, prevention, care and advocacy. http://www.hispanos-unidos.org/

Wedded Bliss Foundation promotes black family life: http://www.weddedblissinc.com/Wedded_Bliss_Foundation/Welcome.html

Neighbors From Hell forum: http://www.neighborsfromhell.com/messageboard.html

The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration. As a result of The Sentencing Project's research, publications and advocacy, many people know that this country is the world's leader in incarceration, that one in three young black men is under control of the criminal justice system, that five million Americans can't vote because of felony convictions, and that thousands of women and children have lost welfare, education and housing benefits as the result of convictions for minor drug offenses. The Sentencing Project is dedicated to changing the way Americans think about crime and punishment. Connecticut contacts: http://sentencingproject.org/map/statedata.cfm?abbrev=CT

Community Organized for Responsible Development (CORD) advocates fair, responsible economic development in the New Haven area by making sure developments include improvements for the people who live nearby — improvements such as good jobs, affordable housing, neighborhood services. http://www.ctneweconomy.org/cord.html

Public Allies provides paid leadership training internships, based on the belief that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together. http://www.publicallies.org/site/c.liKUL3PNLvF/b.3158743/

New Haven Safe Streets Coalition Concerned about how out-of-control the speeding traffic and illegal off-road vehicles are in our neighborhood? Visit www.newhavensafestreets.org

Statistical data about zip code 06519, which comprises City Point & most of The Hill: http://www.city-data.com/zips/06519.html

Center for Enterprise Development http://cfed.org/knowledge_center/household_financial_security_framework/  National organization that provides tools to help families & individuals gain financial independence.

Hill/City Point Neighborhood Action Group, Inc. [a local non-profit; recent activities include annual Christmas Tree lighting at Sage restaurant & Kimberly Square]  Contact person: Kris Sainsbury 203-776-8148

If you're a City Point resident homeowner, and therefore are eligible to become a member of this website, we can discuss and come up with plans/solutions for other City Point neighborhood-specific problems on the members-only forum below. (See the "Join this site" page.)

ANYONE can post on the Neighborhood FORUM page.

Even if you are not a member of this website, you still can send in your comments, suggestions, complaints and personal insults by going to the "Contact the editor of this website" page.

"Nothing ever gets done unless it's done by a fanatic." Martin Sheen

[After recent shootings over in the West River neighborhood] "people are again asking [20-year resident Paul Confrancesco] why he doesn't move. He said he always gives the same reply: 'If all the folks who aren't doing anything [bad] and are trying to restore order leave, what's going to be left?'" New Haven Register

[This forum is also the place to discuss ways to improve this website.]

 

  


 

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