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Register now for League of Women Voters forum with state senators

Saturday, January 30, 10-11:30am (Zoom)
The LWV of Hamden/North Haven has organized a Zoom webinar to replace our usual Breakfast with the Legislators. We will have two panels: the first for our state senators on January 30, and the second for our state representatives, to be held in February.

Our state senators, Martin Looney, Paul Cicarella, and Jorge Cabrera will be live on Zoom to discuss the issues facing our state this year. We welcome questions in advance to pose to our senators.

Use the link below to register. You will be sent a reminder with the zoom link the morning of January 30.
 
https://bit.ly/39PREF3


Please send questions for the senators or about this event to Alice Baxter at LWVHNHtreasurer@gmail.com

January meeting information

January 21, 7pm
Online Zoom details will be sent and posted Thursday AM


Agenda:

  • Presentation by Spring Forward, a group of Hamden residents seeking to create more housing opportunity for all.
  • Discussion of planter pilot project for Whitney & Putnam area.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

November meeting information

November 19, 7pm
Online Zoom details will be sent and posted Thursday AM

Reminder: it’s time to renew your membership for the coming year. We count on your support! You can pay online here https://whitneyville.org/join/

Agenda:

  • Update by Helen Ward on Whitney Avenue traffic issues.
  • Discussion of tree replacement on the west side of Whitney Avenue south of Putnam.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

September meeting connection information and agenda

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89076902454?pwd=ek1kVTFjQURyRGtqM1ZqNFg0RktQQT09

Meeting ID: 890 7690 2454
Passcode: 6b8b60

OR by phone: Dial by your location
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 890 7690 2454
Passcode: 429020

Reminder: it’s time to renew your membership for the coming year. We count on your support! You can pay online here https://whitneyville.org/join/

Agenda:

  • A United Illuminating representative will provide an overview of the Whitney Avenue Substation Decommission Project, including replacement of many poles in the neighborhood. [more info]. Postponed until November meeting – work is also delayed due to storm recovery
  • Update from library committee: impact of the pandemic on fundraising activity.
  • Discussion of proposed bylaws change to elect president and vice president in the same year to have concurrent terms. This amendment would make it possible for the latter to succeed the former without creating a vacancy in the Vice President position. Elections for the offices of Treasurer and Secretary would be held at the same time instead.

The text of the proposed amendment:

Article IX - Elections and Nominations

Sec. I - Officers of the Association shall be elected for terms of two years.

Sec. II - With the exception of the Treasurer, officers may not hold their
 respective offices consecutively for more than one term.

Sec. III - The President, and Treasurer Vice President shall be elected at
 the Annual Meeting on the odd numbered years.

Sec. IV - The Vice-President Treasurer and Secretary shall be elected at the
 Annual Meeting on the even numbered years.

Sec. V - The Executive Board shall nominate candidates for the appropriate
 offices of the Association depending upon whether it is an odd or even
 numbered year and communicate these nominations to the Voting Members prior
 to the Annual Meeting. In so far as possible, the Board shall see that all 
 areas of the Association are represented.
  • Finally, a motion to extend the terms of the current Vice President and Secretary.  The extension would provide additional time to recruit new candidates for these positions.  In the event that the proposed Bylaws amendment is approved, it will enable the Vice President to continue in office until the next (May 2021) election.

2020 Annual Meeting Connection Information

The 2020 Annual Meeting on May 21 will be held virtually. The connection instructions in the email sent this week are here (temporarily) as well:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82516147600?pwd=RDArSXQ5RU5tRGlRb1dzdVo2aXlyZz09

Meeting ID: 825 1614 7600
Password: 5JPFS4

OR from your smartphone – one tap mobile
+19292056099,,82516147600#,,1#,959794# US (New York)
+13017158592,,82516147600#,,1#,959794# US (Germantown)

OR from your regular phone, dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Maryland)
Meeting ID: 825 1614 7600
Password: 959794

2020 Annual Meeting – May 21

The 2020 Annual Meeting on May 21 will be held virtually. The connection instructions in the email sent this week will be here temporarily as well:

ZOOM CONNECTION INFORMATION WILL BE HERE THURSDAY AT 5:00PM

The meeting agenda:

Discussion of bylaws change to elect president and vice president in the same year to have concurrent terms.

  • Option A: Concurrent terms remain at 2 years, option for VP to run for president, but not assumed.
  • Option B: Concurrent 2-year terms, with VP automatically assuming presidency.

We will hold elections and vote on bylaws change in September.

Updates from:
  • Library committee: how we might continue to support our library in person or virtually
  • Traffic Committee: updates on Whitney Ave project in New Haven
  • Whitney Ave. street tree renewal effort

Your Civic Association is seeking volunteers to help our community by serving as Vice-President and as Secretary of the WCA. Please consider running for one of these offices. Contact any board member for more information on the duties and the FUN of serving on the board. Nominations (and self-nominations) can be sent to secretary@whitneyville.org for the election at the September meeting.

Hope to see you at September Meeting Thursday at 7pm

Hamden Board of Education
60 Putnam Ave

Agenda:

  • Membership reminder
  • Bob Izzo, Hamden Hall, will discuss expansion plans
  • Discussion of plans for this year and WCA committees
  • Roundtable to raise new issues

Membership?

All Whitneyville residents are members of the WCA, but voting members keep the association vibrant – and we need your participation. Voting memberships renew annually and are $10. Business voting memberships are $20 a year. You can sign up at https://whitneyville.org/join/

Volunteers needed for Music Series:

Looking for a fun and meaningful opportunity to help build community and bring people together? Do you love music? Then join the committee to plan and run the sixth annual Whitneyville Music Series in DeNicola Park to be held in 2020. Without new volunteers, the series cannot continue and these special events will not return next summer.

You can email Deirdre Dolan directly at deirdreshaedolan@gmail.com to volunteer or just to learn more about this rewarding and fun opportunity. 

Books & Booze? Well, Who said Book Lovers Can’t Have Fun?

WCA Logo

This Friday: Support your local library, the heart of our Whitneyville community, and celebrate Spring at the same time. Join friends and neighbors on Friday, April 21st from 6-8 pm at The Playwright Banquet Room, located at 1232 Whitney Avenue. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and readings by Hamden’s own Poet Laureate Franz Douskey. Lightheartedly called “Books & Booze” (with alcohol optional of course), proceeds will be used by the Whitneyville Branch of the Hamden Public Library to support expanded programming and provide additional resources for residents and families in the community.

Tickets for this event, sponsored by the Whitneyville Civic Association, are $30 per person with proceeds benefiting our branch of the library. You can RSVP and reserve tickets by emailing Dave Bechtel at dpbechtel@hotmail.com .

Library fundraiser flyer
A fundraiser for the Whitneyville Branch of Hamden Public Library

State Grant for Whitneyville Cultural Commons

An update from Rep. Mike D’Agostino:

Last week, the town was awarded a $30,000 grant (Community Investment Act) to conduct a full assessment and preservation plan for the Whitneyville Church/Cultural Commons.  The town should have by now received a hard copy and email copy of the contract that needs to be filled out and returned to the Department of Economic and  Community Development.  The town needs to return a signed contract to DECD in order to get the funds, along with a certification confirming that the Mayor is authorized to enter into the contract. 

I want to stress how imperative it is to get the contract executed and certification back to DECD as soon as possible.  The funds are there now but there is a real possibility the state will freeze more DECD grant funds as part of its deficit mitigation actions — this has happened to other grants.  In short, we have to get the $$ before it is gone.