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Complaint
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A Central Avenue resident notified our local neighborhood officer that a man had been driving around soliciting her.
She described the man as driving a purple pick- up truck with a green Martian in the passenger seat!
Calling all cars ...
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Guess what ...
She was right!

The truck was purple and there was indeed a large stuffed toy Martian riding shotgun!
Welcome to Hillside :)


Humor
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There is a new alcoholic beverage on the market.  It is called Bourbon Renewal.
Drink enough of it and the old neighborhood starts to look good.


Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Ice Cream Truck could play more than one tune?


Neighbors keep complaining about the prostitutes hanging around and using the outdoor pay phones a lot ... is that why they are called
"Call Girls" ?



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HILLSIDE HISTORIAN
April, 2013 Edition
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SHOOTING ERUPTS 3AM
EARLY WAKE UP CALL TO NEIGHBORS
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
8 shots were reported via 911 by neighbors in the mid morning hour of 3am of multiple shots being fired from somewhere mid Second Avenue.
Fast response by local PD did detain one gentleman and a focus of investigation and spotlights were concentrated on a small multi-family house at 31 Second Avenue looking for shell casings and bullet holes.
Officials on scene did inform us at 3:30am that despite the immediate calls and response, they had no definitive suspect, though one male was detained at the scene for a period of time.
No weapon was located.  We are all hoping daylight does not reveal a victim.

NEXT STOP ... NIANTIC!
3 out of 5 "been here befo"
PROSTITUTION STING IN HILLSIDE

Friday, March 8, 2013
The following women were arrested on prostitution charges during the sting in Hillside March 7, 2013: Sharita Boatman, 29; Ashley Espinoza, 19; Kimberly Negron, 35; Emily Borgio, 30; Meghan Olson, 30
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BOATMAN shows up in previous stings dating back to September, 2011.
ESPINOZA was last stung August, 2012.
NEGRON does not show up in our history records.
BORGIO made her last big publicity splash in June 2012.
Borgio has two children and  was ordered to undergo heroin detoxification after she was arraigned following her 2012 arrest by Waterbury Superior Court.
OLSON does not appear in our previous records.
All five did not make bail and have spent the weekend in York Correctional :(
In another prostitution matter, Police had some rather decisive words with a landlord out of whose building several "Hookers" were working and one even off the front porch.  None of them lived there. The landlord posted the property and had a strong discussion with all tenants.  The landlord is aware now that landlords can become entangled in the legal wranglings if illegal activities are allowed to persist on a premises.
The "ladies" have moved on.

"HO" DOWN
Regular feature of our favorite "ladies" in cuffs, in courts, and in jail :)

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COMMUNITY POLICE PROGRAM
AGAIN BEING DISASSEMBLED ...
PIECE BY PIECE!
Monday, March 4, 2013
After a major effort by community groups nearly two years ago to reinstate the Community Policing Program, Waterbury, again, seems to be giving a lot of lip service to the needs of the neighborhoods and declarations as to how important they are, but the city continues to undermine and erode the quality of life within them.
Three more neighborhood officers are being returned to regular patrol to offset the dwindling number of Waterbury Police Officers.
Over the past several years, Community officers have been cut by two thirds.
Residents are just disheartened.  Hillside is losing half of its crime fighting team, removing Matt Lemos, who had been working primarily Willow-Plaza and Overlook, and sharing a unique and highly successful partnership with Hillside's own Sheriff, Ryan Bessette.
Lemos had just been honored at an awards dinner last night commending his exemplary service to the Overlook neighborhood. 
Have the muggings of the Jewish folks in Overlook and the recent shooting and stabbing on Ridgewood, amongst other recent undesirable events, passed into irrelevancy?
Neighbors feel as though they are being abandoned for others who better "fill the coffers" so to speak.
One neighbor exclaimed, "When you have to fight tooth and nail just to get up to "zero", what the Hell are we wasting our time for ... our inner-city neighborhoods are in coronary arrest  and the City is setting itself up to fail".
Police applications to fill the excessive departmental patrolman vacancies were taken and  closed in 2011 ... What year is it now????? 
Insiders tell us the stall in hiring is a tactic to save money and maintain a much touted balanced budget and "stable" tax rate.    
Is it worth our safety?
                                     COMMENT HERE

HOUSE ON THE HILL
BACK ON THE MARKET

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The "Land Use Change" hearing before the local Zoning Commission on Feb 27, 2013 denied the application by Andrea Santos to convert the Victorian mansion, sating it was an inappropriate use of the structure and felt the applicant would be unable to meet the requirements of the Fire Marshall.  According to folks at the meeting it was "Spirited" and lively with community leaders of Hillside and well beyond prevailing. 
An article in the Wednesday, March 13th edition of the Republican American reveals expanding interest in the property and the reuse as a Bed & Breakfast again.  A new Zoning Variance would be required as it has been more than 6 months since the home was last used as a Bed and Breakfast, but approval of such should be no problem and have neighborhood and preservationists support.   www.rep-am.com
           CLICK HERE - PREVIOUS COVERAGE BELOW

COMMUNITY RELATIONS
OFFERS HOME SAFETY
& SECURITY INSPECTION
AS A NEIGHBORHOOD PLUS!

THIS PROGRAM CANCELLED DUE TO ELIMINATIONS OF COMMUNITY POLICING!
Officers Ryan Bessette and Matt Lemos who work as a team in Hillside, Overlook and Willow Plaza will be offering a walk through security check and advice when the warmer weather arrives.  Officer Bessette announced this to the membership of Hillside assembled Thursday night for the monthly neighborhood meeting.
At this time, only Hillside, Overlook and Willow Plaza dwellings are included in this new service, but may expand if other Community Relations Officers want to take on the tasks.
They plan to disburse tidbits from their bags of tips and tricks to staying safe, and will recommend any changes or upgrades the homeowner may need to make.  Maxine has her dogs backing up her alarm ... no more need be said ... we've seen the dogs!
Officer Bessette has agreed to be a guest speaker at a Hillside meeting reviewing home security issues in some month to come.
If you are interested in meeting your neighborhood Officer and getting a free security review, call Community Relations for Officer Lemos or Bessette at 574-6962 or 346-3922 or email us via the link below and we will pass it on for you.
See you in the Spring!

THIS PROGRAM CANCELLED DUE TO ELIMINATIONS OF COMMUNITY POLICING!

          LINK TO EMAIL OFFICERS LEMOS AND BESSETTE
                             FOR HOME INSPECTION

CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY
New 6 week session starts March 18th.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Wow, who picked the day after St Patrick's Day to start the new session of the Citizen Police Academy?
The purposes of this academy is to educate the citizenry to the realities of Police duties and performances.  Joe asked Fred Scott several years ago, with the emphasis on dry humor, if he would get a gun ... Fred very seriously told him, NO!
This year, Officer Bessette did inform Hillside Residents at the Thursday night meeting that they would get to fire a taser.  Again Joe piped in and asked if he could bring his own target ... again the answer was ... NO .. You get to shoot a wall :)
This is actually a very good program to acquaint folks with Police procedures and form acquaintances and relationships with department Police Persons of many levels.  Until we put the application on line, call the Community Relations office of the Police Department at  574-6962 or 346-3922 for additional information and applications.

STREETSCAPE PLAN FOR
GAFFNEY PLACE APPROVED
BY CITY
Neighborworks New Haven, coordinated locally by Tom Cruese, has received municipal approvals for the new streetscape for Gaffney Place, inclusive of a "sidewalkless" street, all brick, two restored houses and one new (replacement structure designed by architects to fit the distinctive Victorian motif).
This project is working with the Historic District Association and local banks, Webster in particular, in developing the lower end of the Hillside Historic District.  With this project, they acquired three vacant and boarded up properties on this small street creating the focus of revitalization.

The brown house on the right was deemed structurally unsafe and will be replaced by the new construction carefully designed to fit the Victorian landscaping.  When the blizzard is ended, we hope to post some illustrations of the proposed work as a link here.
It is encouraging for the future of Waterbury that such care and visionary effort is being made to revive a street, while only a half dozen blocks up the street the city is on the verge of approving the demise of another structure, 92 Woodlawn Terrace.   Come on Waterbury ... Get it together!
                                   COMMENT HERE

PARKING BAN FOREVER RESOLVED
Friday, February 8, 2013
For over a decade, multiples of answers have been given to Hillside residents regarding the Snow Parking Ban regulation.  At a meeting several years ago with then Street Superintendant Lawlor, residents were told that he just made it up as they went along ... sometimes one side, sometimes the other.  After multiples of inquiries last evening to Police, residents were not the only one's confused.  Multiple police sources informed residents yesterday parking would be allowed ONLY on the even side of the street ...  oops  ... WRONG!
A very nice Officer Binnett swung through the neighborhood at 10am and showed residents the official Police order!  A whole heap of hunkered down folks who had moved their cars to the even side of the street last night had to drag out into the snowy cold and move their vehicles across the road  ....  even poor Shirley with her broken ankle :)   brrrrr. 
So now, all should know .. once & for all ..FOREVER!
SNOW PARKING BAN = ODD SIDE OF STREET PARKING!   THE END!


"JOHNS" SURPRISED BY POLICE AND NEIGHBOR PRESENCE MARKING THEM AS TARGETS!
Community Officer and Neighborhood leader conducted street side observations of the "Johns" Thursday afternoon in the Prospect-Hillside area preparing for the report to vice and the Mayor to initiate the new program to detain and possibly arrest the "Johns".

                   STORY TO FOLLOW - COMING SOON

HILLSIDE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
TAKE AN UNUSUAL EVENING STROLL...
A cheerful contingent of Neighborhood Association members of Hillside, left cocktails behind and hit the streets headed South in search of a vanishing past.
                          STORY BELOW - CLICK HERE


 

HILLSIDE LOSES GOOD FRIEND
John Connelly was friends with many Hillside residents showing up at neighborhood barbeques and fund raisers, but his legacy will always be the dent he helped make in neighborhood crime.
Connelly, Davenport and Nalband joined forces and with the cooperation of Judge Alexandra DePetima, began fining "Johns" and making them publicly apologize to neighborhood leaders paying a $100+ fine to the neighborhood and an equal or greater amount to the courts.  She further banned each prosecuted "John" from the Hillside area for a period of not less than one year. 
He established the $499 bail flat rate for prostitutes so they were not eligible for the 10% rule.
John was immediately there when a neighborhood watch member was taken into custody for trying to supply an on scene officer information about the issue at the scene.
We will miss you John, but your memory will live long in Hillside.
We are in the process of re-establishing several of your initiatives diminished by liberalism over time, and will keep your legacy and work alive ...
at least in this neighborhood!

 


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HOUSE ON THE HILL
SAGA CONTINUES

Friday, February 8, 2013
Built in the 1880's by Wallace Camp, a local executive at Scovill Mfg, and inventor of the Post Office Box and lock, this massive Victorian architectural gem has survived 125 years virtually intact.
When built, all materials had to be brought up the hillside by horse and wagon into the unoccupied pastures and woodlands of this hillside.  Folks commented how odd it was to build so far from downtown.  That was then!
The structure
The home has 20 rooms, five fireplaces more than 5 bathrooms, wrap around verandas and encompasses 5700 square feet. 
Hilda Camp, the last of the direct Camp family still in the home, left the homestead and moved next door to her Aunt's home.  When she broke up the property, she rearranged the property line to take possession of the windmill building with her.  She also took the house number.  Originally numbered 98 Woodlawn, the house was now numbered 92 Woodlawn.
It was saved from contemplated demolition when the Bergin family bought it in the middle 50's, raised their 9 kids there and later sold it to Marianne Vandenberg in the 80's.  She eventually turned it into a Bed and Breakfast which she successfully operated through the first decade of the 21st century, closing it in 2008.
The property contains a decent track that runs up the hillside behind the home.  Today this inner city home has become a White Elephant.
The residence has been for sale for several years, and is now being entertained for purchase by Andrea Santos of 39 Eldridge Street. who would like to live there and operate a home based Day Care for 50+ children and 10+ staff.
Assurances have been made that the exterior of the building would remain unchanged, though members of the Hillside Historic District Association believe that all the porch railings would have to be significantly altered to meet new height safety requirements and multiple exterior ramps would have to be installed.  Hillside Members are also concerned about the high costs of exterior maintenance necessary to preserve the historical significance of the dwelling.  Members also cringe at what a continuous onslaught of 50+ kids would do to a pristine 1880's interior of all naturally finished woodwork ... ouch :)
Several residents, including Maxine, Marie and Joe expressed great interest in seeing the building sold and occupied before it meets with any worse segment of fate.
The great stone wall surrounding the property is predominantly mentioned in the Historic Survey registered with the National Register of Historic Properties, and would be facing a major facelift just to meet the Fire Departments requirements of a 24 foot wide driveway that is almost twice as wide as the old winding 14 foot carriage drive still in place from the original construction.
In the early 60's, there was a major fire in the barn on the property, and Mayor Neil Oleary's father, Neil Oleary Sr, actually drove a pumper truck up that narrow winding wall lined driveway parking it triumphantly at the top to fight the fire in his good friend, Mayor Ed Bergin's barn.  No one ever figured how he got the engine out of there :)
Bergins removed the fire torn roof, knocked down the chimney and re-roofed the barn. (oh yeah ... Brother Bill's 1927 Pontiac was sort of under the chimney when it went down. :)
The barn was torn down by Vandenberg after 20 years of ownership, at the turn of the century, having rotted to a point of instability from neglect.
A group from outside Hillside is voicing great opposition to the large amount of Federal dollars being sought by the Day Care operator for renovations and operating costs.  She is seeking funding from Waterbury Development Corp and the State Department of Economic and Community Development.  Belief is that in such a tight economy, every available economic development dollar should be maximized within the business community, and far too much is needed for this relatively low economic return enterprise.
Others have expressed concerns over traffic and parking.  Parking is non-existent in the area as city main and side streets around this home are fully parked daily with teachers and staff of Driggs Grammar School directly across the street.
On grounds parking could barely, if at all, accommodate the owner and 10 + vehicles of staff.
at 2pm, the streets are impassable as the grammar school lets out and chaos reigns.
People question safe pick-up and drop off due to the height of the building above the street and street congestion and configuration.  The area on Pine Street is a blind stretch for persons driving southerly.  From the intersection of Columbia Blvd and Pine, you round a curve and start down the hill unable to really see until you have rounded the top and by then you are there.  A vehicle stopped in the roadway ... not good.
Most doubted the proposed Day Care operation could, from child care revenues alone,  afford continued occupancy of the home without major government subsidies on a regular basis, and everyone was opposed to such use of valued government funds.
The continued Public Hearing of the Zoning Commission is Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm in Founders Hall in City Hall (that's the big hall opposite Aldermanic Chambers on the second floor).

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HILLSIDE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
TAKE AN UNUSUAL EVENING STROLL...

Thursday, Sept 21 ,2012
Walking the streets is something neighborhood residents in Hillside do regularly ... walking dogs ... neighborhood watch ... visiting friends and just out for a bit of exercise.
Thursday night, a contingent of merry neighbors and kids, headed South on Central Avenue to start a type of architectural scavenger hunt.
One of the local photographer/artists had rendered a series of prints of the old barns, or carriage houses if you prefer, still standing in Hillside and ran some of them up the pole as a contest at the summer picnic of the Neighborhood Association in mid-August.  Even life long residents were almost completely stumped ...and quite surprised at their own shortcoming as many pride themselves for their historical knowledge of the area.
The artist described the carriage houses as "hidden treasures in plain sight", and "seldom seen, barely noticed, architectural orphans".
The artist thought the contest was over at the end of the picnic and packed up his prinys and headed off into the sunset.  Three weeks later, he learned there were still neighbors out there with their game cards still playing the game and hoping to win the contest :)
After three weeks, Maxine Watts found the last of the six carriage houses on her game card! 
CONGRATS MAXINE! 
She chose a print of one of the carriage house renderings as her prize.
She joined the other residents Friday night as they set out about 5:30pm to find all six architectural gems.
With a little prompting from Maxine (and we would bet Shirley as well), with four barns down, the group was ascending Pine Street just before 7pm in search of the last two.
Along the way, they met neighbors, promoted Association membership and created a lot of community good will ... and yes, they did find all six carriage houses...and then, all went out to dinner :)
Another six carriage house works of art are currently on the drawing board ...maybe another picnic contest next year?
Keep your eyes open folks!
Below is one of the carriage house renderings ... Do you know where it is?

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