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The WESU Spring training enrollment site is up and running:


The first session will be held on Sunday, March 4th at 6:00 PM in PAC001.

Interested individuals can enroll in training using the link above. If you have questions, please email personnel@wesufm.org.

Pumpkin Fest at Long Lane Farm

  • Live Music
  • Crafts
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Food
  • Farm Tours

Bring a canned good to be entered in a raffle

Saturday, October 29
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Long Lane Farm, the WSA,  Bon Apetit, Wesleyan Farmer’s Market, and the College of the Environment.

Friday, January 21st at 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Address by Geoffrey Canada at the Memorial Chapel

Saturday, January 22nd at 9:30 a.m.

Check-in and walk in registration opens at the Usdan University Center
Go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/sjlc to register.

Workshops include:

  • Radical Accessibility
  • Building a Green and Equitable Economy
  • Local Social Justice: Elementary School Education in the Middletown Microcosm
  • Immigrants and National Values
  • How to Win: Building Power for Effective Social Change
  • Pell Grant Ineligibility and Incarcerated Students: Good Politics, Bad Policy?
  • Educators for Education Reform – The Reform we Have, the Reform we Need
  • The Liberal Arts in Prison: Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education
  • Leading the Food Fight: Local Agriculture and Food Politics at Long Lane Farm
  • When and How Faith Does Justice
  • The Intersection of Interfaith and Social Justice
  • Food Inequality in Hartford
  • Affirmative Reaction: Mapping Affirmative Action’s Legacy and Current Position in Higher Education
  • The Truth About Public Education Reform
  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education as a Social Justice Issue

Drop off an elementary level book after Thanksgiving Break.  Help a student in need!

Macdonough Elementary is located in Middletown’s North End. 76% of Macdonough students are on the free/reduced lunch program. Remember these students over your Thanksgiving Break and donate a book. Book type ranges from a picture book level to basic chapter books.

COLLECTION BINS will be located in Exely, Freeman Athletic Center Lobby, PAC, Usdan, Olin, North College, and outside of Weshop after Thanksgiving Break.

Wednesday, September 15, 11:30am – 1:15pm
Usdan Courtyard

  • Connect with the Middletown community
  • Volunteer and Work study opportunities
  • 25 local agencies and student groups will be there to share opportunities

Rain Site: Beckham Hall
Sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships
Questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu)

Can’t make the Fair? CCP will be at the Student Activities Fair on Friday.

Wednesday September 15, 11:30am – 1:15pm
Usdan Courtyard
Connect with the Middletown community
Volunteer and Work study opportunities
25 Local agencies and Student groups will be there to share opportunities
Rain Site: Beckham Hall
Sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships
Questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu)
Can’t make the Fair?  CCP will be at the Student Activities Fair

Please come to the steps of Olin this Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. for the annual Take Back the Night march.

Show your support for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Listen to their stories. Everyone’s presence is important.

Take a stand and break the silence because everyone deserves to be safe.
We will begin at Olin and march around campus. We will form speak-out circles in which survivors can share their stories (talk, read poems, sing, cry, yell, or request a moment of silence) in a supportive environment. There will be a candlelight vigil to end the march followed by debriefing sessions in Usdan led by counselors from the Women and Families Center.

Tuesday, September 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Usdan Courtyard

Rain Site: Beckham Hall

  • Connect with the Middletown community
  • Volunteer and Work study opportunities
  • Local agencies and Student groups will be there to share opportunities

Sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships
Questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu)
Can’t make the Fair? CCP will be at the Student Activities Fair

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has notified Wesleyan University that road construction on Washington Street (Route 66) between Bernie O’Rourke Drive and Plaza Drive is expected to cause heavy traffic delays weekdays between 6:00 am and 2:30 pm. Work is expected to continue for the next 2 years, except during the winter. Travelers from New Haven, New York and points south and from Waterbury and points west are encouraged to find alternate routes to Wesleyan via 91 Northbound to Route 9 Southbound. Wesleyan and Middletown officials are working with State officials to install temporary highway signs rerouting traffic and in the hopes of rescheduling construction to evenings. For the latest project updates, please check the DOT web site at this link.

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nixleThe City of Middletown Police Department has launched a new Community Information Service designed to deliver important and timely information to residents in our area using the latest technology.

This service, Nixle, delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications instantly sent to you by cell phone text message, email, and web. There is NO Spam or Advertising.

Nixle is completely free (standard text message rates apply for cell phone subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers).

The service is simple to use, reliable and trusted.

Register now and learn more at www.nixle.com . Then, ask five people that you know in the community to register for the service.

Stay connected to your world, from the public safety alerts that are relevant to you, to the important neighborhood advisories you want to know about, and other valuable community information.

You decide what information you want and whether you want it sent to your cell phone, email, or just simply over the web.

For additional information, please visit the Middletown Police website or call the Police Department at 860.344.3200.

Nixle It!

In keeping with the new Presidential initiative, Saint Clements Foundation (non-profit) invites you to attend the Saint Clements Castle Clean Energy Expo on March 21.

Help set the stage for the future by participating in this special clean energy expo focusing on alternative energy and conservation for your business and home.

Receive the latest information on clean energy from guest speakers including; the well known Architect, George Fellner from Fellner Associates Architects, who will speak on “Green Homes: Strategies for Sustainable Design”. Hear from the Clean Energy Task Force, P.A.C.E. and your local Portland and East Hampton Clean Energy Task Force to learn what’s being done in your community. Other speakers include Joe Swift, Residential Operations Supervisor from The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund/CL&P will speak on efficiency and conservation programs in Connecticut and Dell Smith from CES Consulting Engineering Services to speak about the latest technology in Geo Thermal design.

Visit and gather information from our vendors and visit with the folks from your community.

Admission is FREE

Saint Clements Castle
1931 Portland-Cobalt Road, Portland, CT

Saturday, March 21, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

VDay Middletown presents a benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler and needs YOU to join the cast!


  • Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

at the Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown, CT.

No experience or prepared material necessary.

Questions? Contact Jess Buttrey jbuttrey@womenfamilies.org or call 203.235.9297, ext. 126.

This Thursday evening, join members of the WSA, PSafe, and Middletown Police at 7:00 p.m. for discussion, snacks, and coffee in the Usdan Daniel Family Commons.

Officers will be there to talk about the work they do here on campus and in Middletown, and to answer questions about policy and enforcement issues, community relations, and law enforcement in general.

Take the time to meet the face behind the badge and feel free to stop by even if you can’t stay the whole time.

Middletown is much more than a nice place to walk around and pick up the laundry basket you forgot on Main Street. It’s definitely worth taking time to explore your new hometown during your first few months at college. This list contains just a few of the places off campus that can brighten your time at Wesleyan.
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  1. Food! Middletown boosts an impressive array of restaurants. Some of my favorites include Puerto Vallarta for generous portions of Mexican food, Forbidden City Bistro for upscale Chinese fusion and tasty desserts, and, of course, Udupi Bhavan which serves delicious and inexpensive vegetarian Indian food in an unassuming setting. It’s totally worth the short car trip. And no night spent dancing until the wee hours would be complete without a trip to O’Rourke’s Diner for the cheesy omelettes and a chat with Brian O’Rourke.
  2. Farms. The trip to Lyman Orchards by bike is pleasant, but also check out High Hill Orchard at 170 Fleming Road in Meriden, a lovely small organic alternative with heritage apple varieties and hay rides. Connecticut is an agriculturally rich state and you can find farms and farm tours nearby using LocalHarvest. Also, through October there is a farmers market on the South Green in town on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  3. The Roller Skating Rink. This place is such a blast and probably hasn’t changed much since it was built with vinyl flooring and a disco ball. You can even bring your own cds to play over the sound system.
  4. Coffee! Middletown has not one, but four independently owned coffee shops. Go to Klekolo for the sweet chai, Brew Bakers for the tasty black bean sandwiches, Cafe Ology, across the street from the High Rise parking lot, for pineapple pizza, and Javapalooza for the pastries and Italian soda.
  5. Vinnie’s Jump and Jive. Featuring a variety of dance classes, including country line and breakdancing, and monthly swing dancing nights, this place is perfect for mingling with Middletown residents and boogieing to grooves not often heard on campus sound speakers.
  6. Wadsworth Falls. This state park has a mossy mini-waterfall and hiking/biking trails, making it a nice mini-campus getaway.
  7. Destinta Theaters. When you want to see a new film before it gets to the Film Center, this theater is the place. You can pick up discount vouchers from the box office at Usdan. The large popcorn boxes come with free refills, which is perfect for when you bring a large group to a midnight showing.
  8. Veterans Memorial Park. It’s fun to walk around barefoot in the mud and moss near the Coginchaug River. You can bike to this 41-acre park in under 15 minutes.
  9. Green Street Arts Center. Started as a collaboration between Wesleyan, the city of Middletown, and the North End Action Team, Green Street offers all sorts of arts classes. Wesleyan students volunteer at the After School Program, but there are also neat performances including a Salon Series of mini-lectures and arts events on Sundays.
  10. The Russell Library. Located five minutes away from Fisk, this is the local public library. It has a great dvd/vhs collection and is a fine place to study when you want quiet and no distractions. Getting a library card only takes a few minutes.

On Saturday, I went to Haddam Meadows to check out the Antique Engine Show, sponsored by the Tobacco Valley Flywheelers.  The parade of tractors was the highlight of the show.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if someone at a future antique engine show brought an ancient Hummer to life and used it to give hayrides to our grandchildren?

north end peninsula

The north-end peninsula of Middletown is an area of spectacular beauty and unique aquatic and riparian ecology in the Connecticut River watershed. The north-end peninsula contains a converted sanitary landfill as well as the recycling center and the remnant of the old Remington Building that built both type writers and munitions during World War I. The Coginchaug and Matabesset rivers converge at the north-end peninsula just below the Cromwell Meadows. Professor Chernoff will talk about aquatic conservation efforts on the Matabessett and Coginchaug Rivers as well as the efforts of the Jonah Center to develop the area sustainably for residents while protecting the ecosystem. All of these efforts include involvement of Wesleyan students. Students will follow the lecture with a trip to the land fill and North-End Peninsula. This is an ongoing research and community involvement project to transform an important piece of Middletown and to protect our environment. The lecture will take place in Usdan 108 at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30. The trip to the North End Peninsula will follow the lecture.