Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hamden transfer station open for storm debris Nov. 4

Press release from mayor's office, Sat. Nov. 3, 2012:
Special Sunday Hours for Hamden Transfer Station Tomorrow to Help Residents 

Hamden: Mayor Scott Jackson and Public Works and Parks Director Craig Cesare are pleased to announce
Special Sunday Hours for the Hamden Transfer Station tomorrow, November 4th, from 8am-2pm. The 
Station will be accepting brush and branches only to assist with residents cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Annual coat drive with the Carneys

A coat drive to raise money for the American Cancer Society in honor of the late Patricia Carney of Hamden, will be held from 8 a.m. until noon Sunday at 140 Briarcliff Road, Hamden. Patricia Carney died of brain cancer in February 2008. She began "Coats for a Cure" when she was a paraprofessional at West Woods Elementary School and took care of a boy, Joshua Tramontano, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. At first, the fundraising was for SMA research, but now helps the ACS. After Patricia died, her husband, Thomas, and their children ran the event. Thomas has also passed away, but their children and their spouses continue the cause. They are: Michele and Adam Manny; Thomas and Amy Carney; James and Heather Carney and Jonathan Carney. It's the fourth coat drive, and they will continue. All coats that are not sold will be donated to local charities. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

HAMDEN ROAD CLOSURES as of 11 a.m. Tuesday


HAMDEN – The following roads are closed due to storm issues, including down trees and/or down power lines. This is the first round of closed roads from Hurricane Sandy.

Road Closing Reports:

(These reports will be updated on a regular basis. We are in continual communication with the Hamden Police Department for these reports. Please note that the road crews are clearing and some of these locations might be cleared. The best information possible will be posted here regularly.)

Paradise Ave/Autumn Ridge
Park Road / Farm
Woodin Street /Wintergreen

Smith Road

106 Sherman Avenue

Hartford Turnpike/Davis Street

Gaylord Mountain Road

Battis Road

Highland Avenue (Area of #113)

135 Putnam Avenue

56 Lent Road

Grandview Avenue

Gilbert Avenue /Piper Road

Battis St. /Arents

Wintergreen @ Nature Center


Vantage Road

Thornton Street

Dixwell Avenue – Magic Mile area ( cars can pass through shopping plaza)


Westminster Road

Hamden is providing regular storm related updates on the Town’s website at and via the Town’s social media sites on Facebook at “Town of Hamden, CT” and on Twitter at “@townofhamden”.

If you have general questions about this or other storm related issues, please call 203-230-4000.

For all emergencies – DIAL 911!

Curt Balzano Leng
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Hamden
203-287-7100 (Phone)
203-287-7101 (Fax)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hamden ready for storm

HAMDEN -- The town has issued a press release detailing ways in which citizens can best prepare for Hurricane Sandy.
Here are the tips:
        Create an emergency kit with enough food and water for three to seven days, including all the tools to eat the food.
        Clear out any catch basins near your home.  The Public Works Department is “working diligently to clear catch basins,” but there are more than 6,000 in town.
        Remove any items from your yard, whether they be hefty as lawn furniture or as insubstantial as plastic flamingos.
        Ensure that all electronic devices are charged.
        Review the family’s emergency household evacuation plan. If there is none, create one. 
        Prepare to remain sheltered until the storm has run its course.  Driving during a hurricane is not a good idea.  Do not do it.  Avoid most of all driving through water.  Depth is easily misjudged.
        Mayor Scott Jackson said, “We’ve had three federal disasters in my three years as mayor.  So unfortunately we’re getting pretty good at this.”
        He says the town gathered all relevant parties Friday to discuss preparedeness and emergency plans -- police, fire,f education, community services, elderly services, communications and risk management.
        It was, Jackson says, a productive and sound meeting.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

John Valby appears tonight in North Haven

Forgot to mention that the North Haven Fire Department and Connecticut Firefighters Association Convention at 8 tonight are hosting a comedy show starring John Valby, opening with WPLR's Billy Winn. Tickets are available at the door. For more info visit A huge firefighters' parade goes through the center of North Haven starting at noon Sunday, Sept. 16. See you there!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Statewide firefighters' parade is Sunday; roads closed

The following press release is from the North Haven Fire Department.
The department is celebrating its 100th anniversary in conjunction with the 129th annual Connecticut Firefighters Association Convention and Parade. The parade starts at noon Sunday, from Bailey Road to the North Haven Fairgrounds. Below is road closure information.


On Sunday September 16, 2012 North Haven Fire Department is hosting the annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Parade. The Parade will begin at 12:00 noon. The parade route will require the closing of several roadways. The parade will begin at 55 Bailey Road, at the entrance to the North Haven Middle School, and travel east on Bailey Road then turn left onto Shawmut Avenue and travel north to Church Street continue north onto Washington Avenue and end at the North Haven Fairgrounds, 300 Washington Avenue. The roads that will be closed are Washington Avenue Church Street, Shawmut Avenue and Bailey Road. All roads that intersect with these roads will be closed to through traffic. That route will be Washington Avenue, at Temple Street to Pool Road. to Maple Avenue  to Sackett Point Road to State Street  to Upper State Street to Hartford Turnpike to Toelles Road to Washington Avenue.

Also, Interstate 91, Exit 11 and Exit 12 Northbound and Exit 12 Southbound will be closed during the parade. Exits 10 and 13 will remain open and detour signs will direct traffic. The Interstate exits will be closed for approximately three  hours beginning at 12 p.m.
The following local roads affected will be Bailey Road, Elm Street, Arthur Street, Samoset Avenue, William Street, Manomet Avenue, Maple Avenue, Priscilla Street, Levere Road, Shawmut Avenue, Church Street, Trumbull Place, Linsley Street, St. John Street, Broadway, Clintonville Road, Pool Road, Franklin Street, George Street, Lincoln Street, Monroe Street, Blakeslee Avenue, Wadsworth Street, and Temple Street.
A detour route has been established around all road and exit closures.
Questions may be addressed to Chief Vincent Landisio at 203-239-5321, ext. 100.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Saying Goodbye to the Towns I Love

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, folks.
Things have been hectic, to say the least. And emotional.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 4, I will no longer officially be the Hamden-North Haven reporter for the New Haven Register.You may see me around for a while longer until the Register finds a replacement for me.
I am the new managing editor of a Register sister paper, The Middletown Press.
Quite a jump from reporter to managing editor. Yes and no. I was the Wallingford bureau chief for the Register from 2000 to 2004, and have held many leadership positions in my volunteer life.
With my passion for local news and my experience as a facilitator and motivator, I believe I will be successful in this new position. Believe me, I could have covered Hamden and North Haven for the rest of my life, but the Journal Register Co.'s New England regional editor, Matt DeRienzo, offered me this job. Being the editor of a small daily paper is something I've always wanted to do, so I'm going to do it now.
And for those of you concerned about my Sunday column, Inspirations, I still will be writing it. The column has become so much a part of my life -- and yours -- that I couldn't fathom giving it up. It has been running in the Middletown paper already, as those readers get the Sunday Register. Soon, it also will run in the Torrington Register-Citizen, our other daily paper in Connecticut.
How do you summarize years and years of stories upon stories of two communities you love? I think it's impossible, so I'll just say so long in a simple way.
To the people of North Haven, know that I've always felt a part of your special town. I've always appreciated how all of you pitch in to help when fellow residents are in need. Your compassion is outstanding.
And to the people of Hamden, my hometown. I will truly miss being your reporter, and I am very sad to leave. Know that I will always keep tabs on what's going on because, after all, Hamden is, and will always be, my heart.