Monday, December 30, 2013

Coat Distribution A Success.

Last week we had a successful coat distribution for our families.  What a great way to wrap up a year full of community activities!

We are in the process of planning another coat collection/distribution during January.  Please contact us here if you have any cold weather items to donate.  Specifically, looking for hats, gloves, scarves, and kids coats or jackets (sizes 7-16).  Of course, any donations are much appreciated.  These specifics were direct requests from families in need.

Please search your closets for donations and pass the word!

Thank you.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Coat Drive Date & Time.

Our Newhallville.Community.Matters Coat Distribution will take place Monday, December 23rd from 3-5 pm.  We will be in the Community Room at CCA, 660 Winchester Avenue.  The room is on the lower level; down the left hand corridor.

Please pass along this to all who may be in need of cold-weather items.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our Blog Turns 1!

It is very humbling to realize that our Newhallville.Community.Matters blog has just reached one year old as we come to the end of 2013.

Our journey is fueled by determination and reality.  We are resolute in continuing this journey; now allied with new supporters who share our vision.  Supporters we met because of this online community.  We have accomplished much this year!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Toys for Tots @ SCSU.

On Sunday, December 8th, families are invited to attend the Toys for Tots event at Southern CT State University.

There are more details are on the flyer below.  Transportation is provided by the First Student Bus Company.  Please meet at 11:45 am at 596 Winchester Avenue (Winchester Substation).  Our district manager, Lt. Blanchard will accompany the children to the event.

Cold Weather Items Needed.

As we enter the coldest months of the year; let's think about our families who struggle to stay warm.  We will start collecting cold weather items (coats, jackets, gloves, hats, etc.) starting next Monday, December 8th.

There will be a donation box in the lobby of the Winchester Substation, 596 Winchester Avenue.  The hours of availability are Monday-Friday from 2-4 pm.

Please forward and pass along.

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Weekly Newhallville Walking Group.

This is a standing community event every Saturday. 

Please see message from Kimberly Langin:
We'd like to invite you to join us in a new walking group on Saturday.  Walking throughout your neighborhood provides many opportunities that you would not have by staying indoors! If we can get a large enough group together, hopefully it will encourage others to join us for future walks.
Through walking, we'll get to meet more of our neighbors which will help strengthen the community and bring more voices together to talk about neighborhood concerns. Drivers will become more aware of pedestrians, leading them to be more cautious and attentive when driving through highly populated areas.
Also, by being outside regularly, we'll discourage crime, such as graffiti and other vandalism, because there will be more "eyes on the street" to notice these things and prevent them from happening!
And, as always, it's good exercise!
We hope that you'll join us Saturday's at 1pm.  The walk will start on Bassett Street in front of the Lincoln Bassett School.
We encourage you to spread the word to others!

Revised Post Request & Submission Guidelines.

Newhallville.Community.Matters is pleased to post articles, events and information for the community.  Because of limited staff, we ask you keep these guidelines in mind when submitting your information.

1.  Post submissions will be posted either Tuesday or Thursday ONLY.  Your posting should be "live" within 7-10 days.  Please ensure enough time in advance to send us your information before your event.

2.  Only JPEG or picture format can be uploaded to the blog.  If you submit a PDF or Word Doc, we will have to forward by email to our subscribers.

3.  It is up to the discretion of Newhallville.Community.Matters whether the information is appropriate for our community blog.

4.  Don't forget your contact information; so our community can reach you and ask questions!

Thank you for visiting and supporting our community blog.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Introducing our Spotlight on Local Business "Smart Soles Shoetique".

Our debut of the "Spotlight on Local" features a shoe boutique in the heart of Newhallville on Shelton Avenue.

Here's an introduction from owner/stylist, Jermell Smart.

Smart Soles Shoetique is an upscale shoe retailer that promises to cater to every budget.  From the decor to the shoe selection; our space reflects class and sophistication. 

At Smart Soles Shoetique, we believe each client should be treated as royalty.  We see our clients as individuals and follow the adage "the customer is always right".  

We provide personal styling and shopping services for both men and women.  Smart Soles Shoetique aims to meet all your expectations.  If you would like to visit our location we are open by appointment only.

To make an appointment or arrange for a consultation, please contact us at (203) 936-8746.

Jermell Smart

Friday, November 1, 2013

Newhallville Walking Group Day Changed.

The walking group has canceled for today Friday, November 1st. 

The walks will continue on Saturday, November 9th at 1:00 in front of Bassett Street School.

You can contact Kimberly Langin at or (631) 835-9903.

Thank you.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Spotlight On Local Feature.

Starting next month, we will launch the "Spotlight On Local" feature for the blog.  We would like to highlight local businesses and entrepreneurs. 

If you are interested in being featured, please send an email here.  Please include all your relevant contact information and a brief description of your business.  All sizes of businesses are encouraged to submit.

Thank you.

Walk & Work It Out Fitness Group.

There is an expanding group of fitness lovers that meet Monday through Friday from 5:30-6:30 pm.  If you would like more details and join them; please contact Sharon Reed at

Thank you.

Reflections of Summer.

We are back after a much-needed hiatus.  Before the break, we shared pictures of the Back To School Event. Here are more pictures of WRAP's Final Day at 535 Winchester.

A beautiful collage the children put together; all wishes for their community.

Looking forward to next summer and more warm-weather activities!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Images of the Back To School Event.

We had a beautiful, cloudless day for our First Annual Back to School Event on Lilac Street.  Here are some of the images captured that day.

Kali and I thank all of our supporters and volunteers who gave of their time, resources or both to make this event happen.  This event lifted a burden for many of our families and the kids had a great time!


We had generous volunteers from NHS of New Haven.

Local businesses that sponsored our event. Thank you Piggy Back Rides!

A mysterious photographer.  Is that Gary Holder-Winfield?

Loyal residents that love their neighborhood.

Great music.  Thank you DJ "Ultimate", DJ "E", and Tootskee.  You know how to move the crowd!

It's not a block party without dancing.  Lots of it.

Add water.

And a few reminders of why we did this. 

P.S.:  Head over to Gary Holder-Winfield's Facebook page.  He captured amazing images with all Newhallville had to offer this weekend.