FEMA offers COVID-19 funeral aid
WEST HAVEN, April 15, 2021 —The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing financial assistance for coronavirus-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families, and FEMA is helping to ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
For information on the FEMA program, see the flyers at COVID-19 Funeral Assistance (English) and COVID-19 Funeral Assistance (Espanol).
Rossi restricting shoreline parking for residents only
WEST HAVEN, April 15, 2021 — The city is installing "Beach Permit Parking Only" signs this week along the shoreline, from South Street to Beach Street, Mayor Nancy R. Rossi announced.
Read the full News Release.
Bulk trash pickup is April 19-23, e-waste drop-off is Apr 24
WEST HAVEN, April 15, 2021 — The next bulk trash pickup week is April 19-23.
West Haven 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 and fencing, 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.
Mattresses can be disposed of for free in a container at the city’s highway maintenance garage, 1 Collis St. Mattresses must be dry.
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 $10.60 per tank.
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-Dec. 31, and grass bags are picked up from May 17-Nov. 19. 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.
The city also picks up brush that is cut into 3-to-6-foot lengths and tied in small bundles, no more than 70 pounds. Logs and stumps are prohibited.
Residents can bring grass clippings as well as bagged leaves and untied brush to the compost site, 1 Kimberly Ave., from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and, starting in June, from 6:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. The first cubic yard of compost is free with proof of residence. Additional compost costs $25 per cubic yard. Residents must bring their own buckets and shovels.
For a $50 fee, the Department of Public Works will deliver up to 2 cubic yards of compost to homes in West Haven.
For electronic items, including TVs, the next e-waste drop-off day is April 24.
Residents can drop off electronic recyclables — typically anything that contains a circuit board or needs a battery — from 8 a.m.-noon at the highway maintenance garage.
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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Sound Health publishes 10th edition
WEST HAVEN, April 15, 2021 — For the latest COVID-19 vaccine information and resources, stay connected and engaged during the pandemic with Sound Health, the Health Department’s newsletter.
Read about all things public health at Sound Health, Volume 10.
City holding Memorial Day parade, seeking marchers
April 9, 2021 — The city will hold the 2021 Memorial Day parade and is seeking veterans, civic groups, fraternal organizations, service clubs and marching bands to participate in the annual procession, which steps off at 10:30 a.m. May 31, Mayor Nancy R. Rossi announced.
Although West Haven’s parade was postponed last year because of the coronavirus, this year’s parade will take place in accordance with federal and state guidelines, city Health Director Maureen B. Lillis said.
“I am very excited that Gov. Ned Lamont has authorized parades in Connecticut this year,” Rossi said. “For more than a century, our Memorial Day parade has been a patriotic tradition that families in West Haven have looked forward to and participated in to commemorate the unwavering courage and selfless sacrifice of our great American heroes.”
The city will follow all current and future directives by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Public Health to ensure the health and safety of both parade participants and spectators, Lillis said.
Lillis said that no vendors of any kind are allowed along the parade route, which goes up Campbell Avenue from Captain Thomas Boulevard to Center Street.
According to organizers, participants must register and list required special accommodations for the parade, which has no rain date.
The city will provide transportation for veterans who are unable to walk the 1 ½-mile parade course. To make arrangements, call the mayor’s office at 203-937-3510.
The parade grand marshals are World War II veteran Frank Corso, who served in the Army Air Forces in 1942-45, and Korean War vet Salvatore Gullo, who served in the Navy in 1948-52.Download a Participation Form.
Forms are also available for pickup at City Hall, 355 Main St., where they are due May 3.
Forms can also be emailed to parade organizer Kristen Teshoney at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 203-937-3705.
Leading up to the parade, the city is urging all participants and spectators to review the following guidelines:
— Marchers and participants must wear face masks in accordance with CDC and DPH guidelines.
— People must maintain social distancing of 6 feet while marching or participating while driving or riding in a car or on a truck, float or trailer.
— Marching bands must maintain social distancing of 9 feet while playing.
— The city has the right to refuse a group or an organization from participating at the time of the parade if the rules are not obeyed.
Prescription Drug Takeback Day scheduled for April 24 at WHPD
WEST HAVEN, April 9, 2021 — The Police Department, West Haven Youth and Family Services and the West Haven Prevention Council are holding a Prescription Drug Takeback Day on April 24.
The takeback event aims to provide city residents with a safe and responsible way to dispose of unused prescription drugs, expired over-the-counter medications and nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices.
The event, sponsored by the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at police headquarters, 200 Sawmill Road.
When returning items, people must wear face masks and maintain social distancing at all times, including staying 6 feet away from others.
Residents must remove the batteries from e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, or the Police Department will not accept them.
Every Friday is #FunFactFriday on W. Haven centennial Facebook page
WEST HAVEN, April 9, 2021 — The City of West Haven Centennial Celebration Committee has launched a new series called #FunFactFriday to promote the community’s 100th anniversary this year.
Every Friday, the committee will post tidbits celebrating historical events, people and places in West Haven from the past 100 years on its official Facebook page, City of West Haven Centennial Celebration - 1921-2021.
The page is administered by the city and edited by Dan Shine, one of the foremost authorities on West Haven history. Like the page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CityofWestHavenCentennialCelebrationCommittee.
The historical facts are compiled from various West Haven Library references by staff members Taylor Cordova and Kiana Arevalo under the supervision of Executive Director Colleen Bailie.
The committee is planning a number of commemorative events, starting June 24, to observe the 1921 birth of Connecticut’s youngest town.
West Haven basketball courts temporarily closed for repairs
WEST HAVEN, April 7, 2021 — Three basketball courts have been temporarily closed for renovations as part of Mayor Nancy R. Rossi’s citywide parks improvement program.
The basketball courts — Painter Park, Brennan Field and Glade Street — were closed on Monday for cleaning, crack repair and resurfacing, said Ernie Chiarelli, the project coordinator and sidewalk inspector for the Department of Public Works.
Chiarelli said the West Haven contractor, Hinding Tennis Courts of Spring Street, is expected to complete the work in two weeks.
The city will notify the public when the courts reopen.
Sea Bluff Beach parking lot closed for renovations from April 16-23
WEST HAVEN, April 7, 2021 — The Sea Bluff Beach parking lot will be closed for repairs from April 16-23.
The work will include removing the deteriorated and unsafe timber wall that divides the parking lot and beach, said Ernie Chiarelli, the project coordinator and sidewalk inspector for the Department of Public Works.
Chiarelli said the wall helps prevent beach sand from blowing across the parking lot and onto Ocean Avenue.
The project will be done by the Frankson Fence Co. of North Haven and paid for by a state Local Capital Improvement Program grant.
The new wall will be composed of a timber guardrail that is higher than the existing wall, without obstructing the view, and more aesthetically appealing, Chiarelli said.
The work was planned for earlier this year but delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Barring inclement weather, the parking lot will reopen April 24.