Social distancing urged; direct complaints to 203-937-3900
WEST HAVEN, April 23, 2020 — Effective immediately, please direct all social distancing complaints to the West Haven Police Department’s nonemergency line at 203-937-3900. Social distancing includes staying 6 feet away from other people.
Recently, many instances of large gatherings in parks and on fields were reported, along with numerous instances of crowding on the 1 ½-mile shoreline boardwalk, which was closed by the city until further notice.
These incidents are in violation of Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order restricting social and recreational gatherings to no more than five people as well as Mayor Nancy R. Rossi’s emergency order closing playgrounds, prohibiting large gatherings, postponing recreation and sports programming, including group practices and recreational activities, and urging social distancing.
These vital preventive measures to restrict when and where people can gather were implemented for your protection and safety and to stop or slow the spread of the coronavirus.
In these challenging times, please do your part to help our great city overcome this pandemic.
From Tree Warden Leo Kelly
WEST HAVEN, April 23, 2020 — The city’s annual Arbor Day celebration has been postponed from April 25 to this fall.
A tree planting and ceremony will take place once a date has been determined. In the meantime, please enjoy our city’s treescape as spring arrives and West Haven’s urban forest comes to life.
Please take a moment to read below about the benefits that trees offer our community.
Trees play an important role in increasing urban biodiversity, providing plants and animals with a durable habitat, food and protection. In cities with high levels of pollution, trees can improve air quality, making cities healthier places to live.
Trees are dynamic ecosystems that provide critical benefits to people and wildlife. Urban forests help filter air and water, control stormwater, conserve energy, and provide animal habitat and shade. They add beauty, form and structure to urban design.
Additional benefits of trees include:
Public Health and Social Benefits:
Access to trees, green spaces and parks promotes greater physical activity and reduces stress while improving the quality of life in our cities and towns.
Trees sequester carbon dioxide, reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A tree is a natural air conditioner; the evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours per day.
Homes landscaped with trees sell more quickly and are worth 5% to 15% more than homes without trees. Trees enhance economic stability by attracting businesses: People linger and shop longer when trees are present.
“Fun Facts” of Tree Benefits:
Trees provide inviting and cool areas for recreation and relaxation, such as playgrounds and parks. People walk and jog more on shaded streets, which encourages interaction with neighbors and improves the sense of community.
For more information about the benefits of trees, visit the Arbor Day Foundation at arborday.org.
For information about planting a tree on your property, contact Tree Warden Leo Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park-Rec holds photo challenge
WEST HAVEN, April 23, 2020 — Are you running out of ideas and looking for something to do during this unprecedented time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Why not test your knowledge and awareness of things and locations found right here in West Haven!
The Department of Parks and Recreation will post a photo weekly at https://www.whparkrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29656 for you and your family to figure out “what or where is it?” Then all you have to do is respond by registering* and give your answer.
The names of individuals with the correct answer for each week’s photo challenge will be placed in a random weekly drawing* for a $50 Park-Rec gift certificate/household account credit.
So, are you up for the challenge? Good luck!
* Please, only one registration/entry per family per week.
Easter Bunny delivers egg candy bags to 600 city kids
WEST HAVEN, April 23, 2020 — (Pictured): Peter Cottontail recently hopped his way across the city and delivered egg candy bags to the first 600 children ages 2-10 who registered online as part of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s new Easter egg scramble.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions, the Easter Bunny and his friends distributed the bags to residents at the curb of their house or apartment. Some youngsters even found a purple ribbon in an egg, which they returned to Park-Rec in exchange for a prize.
(City Photo/Kerri Ruocco)
West Haven fireworks canceled
WEST HAVEN, April 21, 2020 — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on the community, the Savin Rock Fireworks Committee has determined that it is appropriate to cancel the 2020 Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular, co-chairwomen Sandy McCauley and Marianne Drapeau announced.
After committee member and City Council Chairman Ronald M. Quagliani, D-at large, informed Mayor Nancy R. Rossi about the difficulties of having a large public event in these challenging times, the committee decided to cancel West Haven’s annual July 3 fireworks display to ensure the health and safety of the public.
Rossi agreed with the committee’s decision and thanked members for their “hard work and tireless dedication to putting on the best fireworks show possible.”
The committee also had to cancel many scheduled fundraisers due to the pandemic and social distancing restrictions.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, I feel we have no choice but to cancel this year’s show,” McCauley said. “Many traditional sponsors are unable to give this year due to the financial uncertainty this pandemic has caused.
“There is no way of knowing when (social distancing) will end.”
Drapeau agreed with McCauley, saying, “We are making the right call to cancel the fireworks this year.”
Committee member Sherri Lepper, the city’s Democratic registrar of voters, added: “I believe canceling would be the best thing right now. We are not going to raise $15,000 to pay for the show by July.
“We should get a jump on having fundraisers to raise money for 2021 once this pandemic is over.”
Committee member Susan K. Walker echoed Lepper’s sentiments, saying: “We cannot raise the money and cannot ask businesses that usually support us to donate this year. We should use the money we have to give us a good start for next year.”
The committee’s fundraisers this year collected less than $5,000, said McCauley, who added that the committee is offering to return several checks it received from city businesses to aid their recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The committee wishes all the residents of West Haven good health and will get to work on the 2021 show as soon as we are able to,” Quagliani said.
The fireworks display, traditionally launched off Bradley Point, is billed as “the region’s largest Independence Day fireworks show,” drawing an estimated 100,000 people of all ages to the West Haven shoreline each year.
Walmart gives supplies to 1st responders fighting virus
WEST HAVEN, April 21, 2020 — (Pictured): Walmart of West Haven employees donate several cases of Gatorade, water, and Lysol disinfectant spray and wipes to members of the West Shore, West Haven and City of West Haven Allingtown fire departments; the West Haven and New Haven police departments; and the Connecticut State Police on Monday to aid first responders in the coronavirus fight.
Among those receiving the supplies from store manager Tamara Sweeney and asset protection associate Nyijal McMillan in the Walmart parking lot at 515 Sawmill Road on behalf of the departments are West Haven Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, West Shore Fire Department Chief Stephen Scafariello, West Haven Fire Department Chief James P. O’Brien, acting City of West Haven Fire Department Allingtown Chief Michael T. Esposito, and West Haven police Sgt. Patrick Buturla and Officers Ahmed Arnold, Kevin Bowerman and Kim Simone.
Walmart and other West Haven businesses have mobilized to donate cleaning supplies, face shields and medical gowns to help protect people from COVID-19.
Walmart Inc., headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., is keeping its retail stores operating during the coronavirus pandemic.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
Bulk pickup is thru Friday; e-waste drop-off is Saturday
WEST HAVEN, April 21, 2020 — Bulk trash pickup is this week and runs through Friday.
Residents are reminded to separate metals, recyclables and regular trash from bulk trash and put them out no more than 24 hours before pickup. Violations carry a $100 fine per daily offense, Public Works Commissioner Tom J. McCarthy said.
Residents are also reminded to “Put a Lid on It!” and use lids on all trash cans. Rain-soaked trash costs West Haven 10 times more at the dump, said McCarthy, adding that using trash can lids will save the city money by reducing the weight of trash and cost of tipping fees.
Bulk items include couches, chairs, tables, carpeting, padding, fencing and small amounts of bundled lumber, which may not exceed 6 feet in length. No building materials, tires, mattresses, propane tanks or hazardous waste are accepted.
Options for disposing of building materials include renting a dumpster or bringing the materials to a disposal facility for a fee.
Tires can be brought to Town Fair Tire, 63 Boston Post Road, Orange, for a fee of $2.75 per tire.
Hazardous waste can be dropped off for free at HazWaste Central, 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven. HazWaste is open Saturday mornings from mid-May through October.
Propane tanks can be brought to Taylor Rental, 304 Boston Post Road, Orange, for a fee of $10 per tank.
In response to coronavirus concerns, the city has suspended mattress drop-off until further notice.
The amount of bulk trash per collection is limited to 6 cubic yards, which is equal to a pile of trash about 6 feet long, 6 feet wide and 4 ½ feet high.
Homeowners are required to rent a dumpster or hire a junk removal service at their expense if trash exceeds 6 cubic yards. Otherwise, trash exceeding 6 cubic yards will be left at the curb, and a $100 fine per daily offense will be imposed, McCarthy said.
To prevent a potential fine, property owners should familiarize themselves with the city’s trash guidelines at Public Works.
Bulk trash must be generated by the customer at the residential unit where it is collected. Trash will not be collected if it is generated by anyone other than the resident of the home.
Bulk items must be separated and orderly. Do not place them next to a mailbox or utility pole or close to a fence, McCarthy said.
Also, do not place bulk items in front of a vacant lot or home — they will not be collected, he said.
Details at Bulk Trash Pickup.
In addition to bulk trash, the city picks up metals, including household appliances, also known as white goods, and toilets. To schedule a pickup on their curbside collection day, residents must call the Highway Department at 203-937-3644 or 203-937-3585. Appliance doors must be removed.
Leaf bags are picked up until June 1 and from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, and grass bags are picked up from May 18 to Nov. 20. The bags are picked up on residents’ weekly collection days. Leaves and grass clippings must be in separate biodegradable paper bags and will not be accepted if they are in plastic bags.
In response to COVID-19 concerns, the city has also suspended brush pickup and closed the compost site until further notice.
For electronic items, including TVs, the next drop-off day for e-waste is Saturday.
Residents can drop off electronic recyclables — typically anything that contains a circuit board or needs a battery — from 8 a.m.-noon at the city’s highway maintenance garage, 1 Collis St.
The city is partnering with Take 2 Inc. of Waterbury, a state-approved recycler and collector of universal e-waste devices, to collect residential electronic items on a quarterly basis.
The collection is free for residents who have such items as computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, modems, computer mice, tablet computers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, video game machines, digital media players, personal digital assistants, stereo equipment, telephones, cellphones, cameras, microwaves and other small appliances.
Anything that has refrigerant, including air conditioners and dehumidifiers, is not accepted. Those items are considered white goods, and residents are asked to schedule a pickup on their curbside collection day by calling the Highway Department.
Details at E-waste Drop-off.
For the e-waste drop-off, residents are asked to heed the following guidelines:
- Stay in your vehicle.
- Vehicles will be spaced out. Event workers will remove electronics from your vehicle. There should be no interaction between residents and workers.
- No mattresses or box springs will be disposed of at the moment.
- No smoke detectors, ballasts or hazardous waste — lighter fluid, liquids, paint — will be accepted.
- Electronic items left curbside will be tagged with information on the e-waste schedule and must be removed, or face a potential fine.
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Water St. closing Monday for The Haven demolition phase
WEST HAVEN, April 21, 2020 — The city is permanently closing and abandoning Water Street on Monday in preparation for the demolition phase of The Haven luxury outlet center.
Mayor Nancy R. Rossi said the project developer is setting up detour signs and digital sign markers in the area of Elm and Main streets to give motorists ample notice of the road closure and traffic change.
The Water Street closure and abandonment is expected to pave the way for the demolition of several existing commercial buildings as part of The Haven South Municipal Development Plan.
Rossi said executives of The Haven Development Co. have updated city, police and fire officials and utility providers on the $200 million, 261,182-square-foot waterfront development.
The development company is led by John P. Dionis, the vice president of development for Simon Premium Outlets, based in Morristown, New Jersey, and Matt Armstrong, the executive vice president of The Haven Group LLC, based in Dallas.
The developer’s demolition plans for “Demolition Area ‘A’” of The Haven South were reviewed by Rossi, Planning and Development Commissioner Fred A. Messore, and representatives of the Regional Water Authority, Southern Connecticut Gas and United Illuminating. The area is composed of 55 properties bounded by First Avenue, Elm Street, Water Street, Center Street, Richards Place, Main Street and Bayview Place.
The plans were prepared by the Benesch design firm of Glastonbury.
The Haven’s demolition phase is expected to begin shortly after Monday with the environmental remediation of some commercial structures, followed by the acquisition of demolition permits for each property, officials said.
When completed, The Haven will encompass 26 waterfront acres featuring dozens of luxury retail shops, restaurants and a promenade. The project is expected to generate between 800 and 1,200 jobs and several million dollars in municipal tax revenue and fees, officials said.
Public Works News highlights essential springtime services
WEST HAVEN, March 26, 2020 — Public Works Commissioner Tom J. McCarthy has published Public Works News, an informational flyer highlighting the department’s essential springtime services.
Read Public Works News.
Rossi issues statement on first coronavirus death in West Haven
WEST HAVEN, March 25, 2020 — Mayor Nancy R. Rossi has issued a statement on the first coronavirus death in West Haven.
Read the Statement.
City Hall closed for business on Fridays until further notice
WEST HAVEN, March 25, 2020 — Effective March 27, City Hall will be closed on Fridays until further notice in response to the coronavirus crisis and to provide the opportunity for a more thorough and deeper cleaning of the building on a weekly basis, Mayor Nancy R. Rossi announced.
City Hall will remain closed to the public, and city employees will work extended hours Monday through Thursday, Rossi said.
For the latest information, resources and guidance from the city on the new coronavirus disease, called COVID-19, visit West Haven’s official Coronavirus Page.