Events

Update on Storm Debris Pickup; Leaf Bags Will Be Picked Up

4/4/18. STAMFORD, CT – Mayor David Martin and Director of Operations Ernie Orgera are today providing residents with an update on the city-wide storm debris pickup.

“This process has been slow-going, especially in North Stamford, which received the brunt of the damage from multiple March storms,” said Mayor Martin. “But progress is being made, and I want to assure residents that we will get to your house. But winter is hanging on, and every additional storm delays the pickup.” Continue reading “Update on Storm Debris Pickup; Leaf Bags Will Be Picked Up”

Resurfacing of Long Ridge Road

3/15/18. The North Stamford Association received the following information from Garrett Bolella P.E., Traffic Engineer with the City of Stamford about upcoming resurfacing of Long Ridge Road.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will be resurfacing Route 104 (Long Ridge Road) from 0.28 miles north of Route 15 to 0.11 miles south of Riverbank Road during the 2018 construction season.   It was determined that the sections of Route 104 between just south of Northwood Lane to just south of Riverbank Road, a distance of approximately 2.70 miles, is a candidate for the installation of centerline rumble strips.  The Department is requesting the City’s approval for the installation of centerline rumble strips in this area.    The City would like your feedback related to the desirability of centerline rumble strips in your community.  I’ve provided more information below about centerline rumble strips so that you may understand their benefits.  While they are a proven safety countermeasure, they do have drawbacks.  External noise caused by traffic crossing rumble strips may negatively impact communities as they may disturb adjacent homeowners and may affect protected wildlife species. Continue reading “Resurfacing of Long Ridge Road”

Stamford reps put a bite in zoning enforcement

3/14/18. As reported in the Stamford Advocate, “Stamford reps put a bite in zoning enforcement.” By Angela Carella Published 4:37 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

“STAMFORD — Following a municipal election that had residents calling for the city to crack down on zoning violations, lawmakers have added teeth to an enforcement ordinance.”

Click HERE for the full article from the Advocate.

City-Wide Storm Debris Pick Up to Now Start March 19th STAMFORD, CT

3/19/18: UPDATED — City-Wide Storm Debris Pickup Postponed; Will Now Start March 26th

3/12/18. City-Wide Storm Debris Pick Up to Now Start March 19th STAMFORD, CT –

Mayor David Martin and Director of Operations Ernie Orgera today [yesterday] announced an updated start date for the city-wide storm debris pickup. Due to another nor’easter last week and expected snow tomorrow, the pickup will now begin on Monday, March 19th with a crew starting in North Stamford working south, and a second crew starting in the southern part of the city, working north. Continue reading “City-Wide Storm Debris Pick Up to Now Start March 19th STAMFORD, CT”

Art Gallery Landlord ceased pursuit of wellness clinic and medical marijuana dispensary

2/28/18. The North Stamford Association has been notified that the Landlord owner of the Art Gallery on Long Ridge has ceased the pursuit of leasing space to a wellness clinic and medical marijuana dispensary.  The signs requesting a zoning changed have been removed.  We will continue to watch this property and applications to the city for zoning changes as well as other pending projects of concern to North Stamford residents.  Thank you.

Dump trucks at the Long Ridge Club

2/28/18. We are hearing from members that there are dump trucks going in and out of the Long Ridge Club. We understand that the city has sent out an inspector and to date determined that nothing illegal is going on. The North Stamford Association continues to monitor the activity and potential application for a zoning change for the property and will keep our members posted as news evolves.

Stamford Citizen Services Bureau

2/20/18. Last week we shared an article from The Advocate about potholes on the roads in Stamford and included contact information at Citizens Services for reporting particular streets and potholes needing fixing. We are hearing from some of our members that Citizens Services has been very responsive, sending electronic confirmation of requests for repair, getting the work done and sending another electronic confirmation saying the work was finished. We encourage members to take advantage of this channel from The City to solicit services. Citizens Service Center at 203-977-4140 or filling out a form on the city’s website, https://www.stamfordct.gov/citizens-service-bureau.

Reminding: Monday February 26 Forum with Greg Stackpole, Assessor, City of Stamford

2/20/18. The North Stamford Association will host Greg Stackpole, CCMAII – Assessor, City of Stamford, at a member only event on Monday February 26th at 6:30pm at the Long Ridge Fire House on Old Long Ridge Road. Mr. Stackpole will explain the recent reassessment process, and how the process was applied to residents of North Stamford. A Q & A period will follow Mr. Stackpole’s presentation. The event is free to North Stamford Association members and non-member residents of 06903 may join at the door.

Seeking member input for request for Stamford Neighborhood Grant

2/14/18. The North Stamford Association is seeking member input for a proposed NSA request(s) to the City of Stamford for a Neighborhood grant.  Grants up to $4000 per grant will be awarded to grass roots organizations and neighborhood associations to support projects and activities important to their respective areas. Eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Art projects
  • Community gardens
  • Sidewalk planters
  • Community clean-up efforts
  • “Adopt-a-spot” plantings
  • Graffiti or weed control.

As an involved resident of North Stamford we seek your ideas on projects to be submitted under the North Stamford Association umbrella.  Several projects may be submitted, however the NSA must rank its project preferences.  Please respond to this email with your ideas no later than Wednesday February 21st. info@northstamfordassoc.org

February 26th, 2018, Presentation by Greg Stackpole, CCMAII, Assessor, City of Stamford

2/9/18. The North Stamford Association is pleased to announce that it’s next Member Only Forum will be held on Monday February 26th at 6:30 pm at the Long Ridge Fire House on Old Long Ridge. Our speaker will be Greg Stackpole, CCMAII – Assessor, City of Stamford. Come join us to better understand the recent Tax Assessment changes and engage in Q & A on mill rate differences by area and other tax issues of concern to North Stamford residents. Following a presentation by Mr. Stackpole, questions will be fielded from our members. Please limit questions to 20 seconds to permit many of your fellow members to participate in the dialog. We hope to see you on the 26th!

North Stamford Association attended Planning Board meeting about High Ridge Office Park

2/8/18. Board members from the North Stamford Association attended the Planning Board meeting on Tuesday February 6th to speak in opposition to the text change proposing to change permissible uses of High Ridge Office Park and potentially other office parks in  Stamford. North Stamford Association Land Use Chair, Tom Lombardo presented on behalf of the North Stamford Association. Read the full statement of opposition submitted by the North Stamford Association into the permanent record of the Planning Board meeting.  NSA Letter to PB Feb 6 2018

Watch the video of the public meeting at http://cityofstamford.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=20&clip_id=6761

The Board deferred making a decision on the text change and asked for more information on the FAR, more clarity on building characteristics/historic preservation (the issue raised by Ms. Godzeno) and a definition of a “Physical Culture Establishment.” The applicant will attend the Planning Board meeting on Feb. 20 to answer the remaining questions. Chair Dell will determine whether the public will be allowed to speak at that meeting. In the past, she’s been very receptive to allowing the public to speak. The next step would be a referral to the Zoning Board when a public meeting would be required.

 

Link to Superintendent Earl Kim’s presentation to North Stamford Association

2/2/18. Last Monday, Stamford Schools Superintendent Earl Kim spoke to the North Stamford Association about the progress of our schools and the status of the launch of their Strategic Plan. He is looking forward to coming back in 12-18 months for an update.

Following is a link to Mr. Kim’s presentation charts—you will notice a link for their video is included in the presentation. SPS Overview for Community 1-18NorthStamford

You are encouraged to attend the upcoming Budget Public Hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 at Westover Elementary School.

Stamford Schools Superintendent Presented to North Stamford Association Members

1/30/18. Mr. Earl Kim, superintendent of the Stamford Schools, gave a substantive presentation last night to more than 75 North Stamford Association members. Mr. Kim discussed his vision and goals for the Stamford Schools. The presentation was followed by a question and answer period. Thank you Mr. Kim and thanks to all for coming out. The North Stamford Association will invite Mr. Kim back in the future for a follow-up discussion.

REMINDER: Superintendent Earl Kim Presentation to North Stamford Association

1/26/18. REMINDER: Superintendent Earl Kim will be discussing his vision for the Stamford Schools and engaging in a Q & A with North Stamford Association Members on Monday January 29th at 6:30 pm at the Long Ridge Fire House on Old Long Ridge Road. For a preview of Mr. Kim’s ideas for Stamford Schools, click the following video: https://vimeo.com/251979798

This member only event is free to North Stamford Association members and non-member residents of 06903 may join the Association at the door.

Superintendent Earl Kim to make presentation to North Stamford Association Members

1/19/18. The North Stamford Association will host Stamford School Superintendent Earl Kim at a member only event on Monday January 29th at 6:30 pm at the Long Ridge Fire House on Old Long Ridge Road.  Mr. Kim will share his vision for the Stamford School System and engage in Q & A with Association members. This event is free to North Stamford Association members and non-members of 06903 may join the Association at the door.

Message from the North Stamford Association President – Winter 2018

1/12/18.  The North Stamford Association (NSA) Board of Directors commences its work in 2018 reminded of our mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of life in North Stamford. We do so this year with a robust schedule of member events and the implementation of a strategic plan focused on increasing member engagement and communication via in-person, email, and social media conduits.

The recent election elevated the dialog about land use, zoning, and development to new heights.  The North Stamford Association actively participated in several planning and zoning meetings to express great concern and on occasion, direct opposition to proposals that were in direct conflict with our mission. Several proposals, whether within or outside of the 06903 zip code would, if implemented, negatively impact traffic, availability of city services, or strain existing infrastructures, with significant overflow or ripple implications for our North Stamford community.  Continue reading “Message from the North Stamford Association President – Winter 2018”