The mission of the Glenbrook Neighborhood Association (GNA) is to enhance the quality of life in Glenbrook.
The GNA meets four times a year on the third Wednesdays in January, March, June, and September. The June meeting, at the end of the fiscal year, is the "Annual Meeting" where board members are elected and the budget for the new fiscal year is approved. GNA meets in the gym at Glenbrook Community Center, 35 Crescent Street. Every meeting features a Glenbrook-related program presented by a guest speaker. GNA meetings are open to the public, but only members are allowed to vote. Members pay dues that are valid from July 1 through June 30.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
June 19, 2019
September 18, 2019
January 15, 2020
March 18, 2020
Because GNA encompasses the entire 06906 zip code, our streets happen to fall within 5 of Stamford's 20 municipal voting districts as currently drawn. Each voting district has two members on the Board of Representatives, which means that Glenbrook's 10 representatives make up 25% of the Board of Representatives, more than any other neighborhood. You can determine your municipal voting district by clicking this link.
Glenbrook's 10 representatives are:
|D-7||Lindsey C. Millerfirstname.lastname@example.org||203-325-4745|
|D-7||Monica Di Costanzoemail@example.com||203-517-8985|
Glenbrook falls within three state and federal voting districts. You can determine who represents you in Hartford by clicking this link. Below are their email addresses and Stamford phone numbers.
|144th District||Caroline Simmons||Caroline.Simmons@cga.ct.gov||860-240-8585|
|146th District||Terry Adams||Terry.Adams@cga.ct.gov||860-240-8500|
|147th District||Matthew Blumenthal||Matt.Blumenthal@cga.ct.gov||860-240-8585|
|148th District||Dan Fox||Dan.Fox@cga.ct.gov||203-324-6777|
27th Senate District State Senator Carlo Leone represents all of Stamford. He can be reached at 860-240-8600 or or he can be reached by email at Carlo.Leone@cga.ct.gov.
The Glenbrook Neighborhood Association began in October 1999 after lifelong Glenbrook resident Gloria Battinelli called a Glenbrook member of the Board of Representatives with a complaint about her street. She was told that Glenbrook would have more clout at Government Center if it had a neighborhood organization like Springdale's. At that same time consultants for Stamford's Master Plan were looking for input from Glenbrook and Springdale, the only Stamford neighborhoods with train stations, prime areas for transit-related development. A core of Glenbrook residents provided their vision for Glenbrook's evolution. Afterwards they created a tax-exempt nonprofit organization called Glenbrook Neighborhood Association, Inc., and held the first annual meeting in June 2000. Gloria served as President until June 2010.
The vision for Glenbrook is to create a "village atmosphere" for the commercial area near the train station while providing opportunity for redevelopment that upgrades the neighborhood's quality of life and encourages use of the train. One major focus for GNA is to improve the train station and the experience of the people who use it. Another focus is to serve as a watchdog for the "Village Commercial District," approved by the Zoning Board in June 2009. Other ongoing GNA efforts are clean up and planting projects; community events, such as swaps; and supporting the Glenbrook Fire Department's annual tree lighting event.
To learn about GNA's accomplishments, read the Neighborhood News archives accessible on the Newsletters link. The 2009 issue has information about the zoning change that led to the creation of a Village Commercial District in Glenbrook.
In 2005 GNA commissioned a short history of Glenbrook, written by freelance history researcher Nils Kerschus. After spending some time in Glenbrook, the author commented that three things distinguish Glenbrook as a neighborhood: Hope Street Park, the presence of mature trees, and the variety of historically significant architecture. For a PDF of the history, click here. Union Memorial Church's Rev. Dr. Blaine Edele, a history buff, volunteered to design a cover and have the document printed and bound. He and Ron Marcus of the Stamford Historical Society then photographed the extant buildings mentioned in the history. The images are in the Photo Gallery. Bound copies of the history are available in the library of the Stamford Historical Society.
You can read the document's introduction, which includes an overview of Glenbrook history here.
Stamford Historical Society (recommended: their Phillips Estate photos.)
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