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    At dusk this evening, lasers will light up the sky over New Haven, forming a “night rainbow” in commemoration of today’s date. Today is the 375th Anniversary of New Haven. And on Saturday, April 27th, from 1-4 pm on the New Haven Green, there will be a free, family-friendly celebration—a birthday party— to mark this milestone for New Haven.

    The “Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven,” is a public art installation that will light up New Haven’s night sky for four consecutive nights, tonight through Saturday from dusk until 1 am. The lasers will originate from the top of East Rock Park and beam west, across New Haven and fade over Long Island Sound for approximately 30 miles.

    And on Saturday, April 27th, from 1-4 pm, on the New Haven Green there will be a free, family-friendly celebration—a birthday party— to mark this milestone for New Haven. The festivities include performances and activities for almost any taste, including horse drawn carriage rides; spoken word and poetry; classical music; folk music; gospel music; Ukrainian music and dance; ballet; salsa lessons; a yoga class; a puppet show; interactive art activities for children and adults; the screening of documentaries that explore topics in New Haven’s history and much, much more.

    Additionally, this spring's Restaurant Week began on Sunday and runs through Friday, April 26th. Participating restaurants will offer a three course, prix fixe menu consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Prix fixe menus are priced at $18 for lunch and $32 for dinner. For the duration of Restaurant Week, diners will be able to park at two downtown garages (the Temple Street Garage and the Crown Street Garage) for just $3.75 from 4 pm until midnight.

    I welcome and encourage all New Haven residents—and visitors from other towns—to bring your families and friends and join us in this historic event.

    City Budget Briefing for New Haven Residents

    On Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 pm at Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, I will provide an overview of the City’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013/2014 and answer questions from residents.

    Residents are encouraged to attend these informational meetings in order to gain an understanding of both the City’s budget priorities and the challenges presented for the City as a result of the proposed State budget.

    Stakeholder Engagement Schedule for Superintendent Search Released

    The New Haven Board of Education has released the schedule for stakeholder engagement for the superintendent search. Community input sessions that have been scheduled create a forum for everyone in the community to be directly involved in the process and share feedback on the characteristics they would like to see in their next superintendent.

    A web-based, electronic survey will also be made available on the district website here ,offering members of the community an alternative way of providing feedback for the superintendent search. The survey available in Spanish here

    Stakeholder engagement is a critical component to the development of the position profile for a superintendent search. It provides a valuable opportunity for community feedback to be incorporated directly into the profile and is used to drive recruiting and evaluation of candidates. The survey responses, along with the feedback and input that will be received throughout the stakeholder engagement process, will provide a basis for the types of candidates recruited.

    Upcoming Forums:

    • Open Forum: Wednesday, April 24, 7-9 PM, Fair Haven Middle School Auditorium, 164 Grand Avenue. Spanish Translation provided.

    • Open Forum: Saturday, April 27, 9-11 AM, Hillhouse High School Auditorium, 480 Sherman Parkway


    Apr. 24. Nature Pals Playground. Meet Ranger Harry Coyle at Barnard Nature Center. 9:30-11am.

    Apr. 24. Night Rainbow Opening Night Celebration. Come to the Penthouse Level of the Crown St. Garage for dancing, music, hors d’oeuvres and giveaways and to see the Night Rainbow unveiled. Use the College St. entrance. Rainbow or cocktail attire. 7-10pm http://nightrainbownewhaven.com/

    Apr. 25. Spring Nature Walk with Ranger Harry Coyle. Meet at Edgewood Nature Center. 3:30-4:30pm.

    Apr. 26. In a Year with 13 Moons. The world premiere of In a Year with 13 Moons-a new adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s melodramatic, darkly comic, and unsettling New German Cinema masterpiece. Goes until May 18th. $20-$80. Yale Repertory Theatre. 8pm.

    Apr. 27. Artspace Gala Benefit. Shake, Rattle and Roll-bid on amazing art and unique art experiences to benefit Artspace’s exhibitions and programs. 50 Orange St. 5-8:30pm. http://artspacenh.org/events.asp

    Apr. 27. 375th Anniversary. Come to the New Haven Green and celebrate New Haven's 375th birthday! Make tricorn hats, listen to the Lancraft Fife and Drum Corps perform, and more! New Haven Green. 1-4pm.


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