As of 3 p.m. today, United Illuminating was still reporting 547 households in New Haven without power. United Illuminating crews are working throughout New Haven today and will continue to do so until all power has been restored. For many homes and businesses, power is back on but the damage, losses and mess from Storm Sandy remain. I will list below a few ways the City can help. If you need assistance that is not addressed below, the Emergency Operations Center will remain open Tuesday and can be reached at 203-946-8221. After Tuesday the Emergency Operations Center will be deactivated, but residents may continue to call 203-946-8221 to be connected to someone who can assist. I also want to thank the City staff and United Illuminating employees who have worked tirelessly since before the storm to keep New Haven families safe. When we see the damage in New York and New Jersey, I am mindful of the destruction that could have occurred here. My thoughts are prayers are with the residents and first responders there.
Branch and Leaf Pick-up
Residents may place branches and leaves at the curb for pick-up on their regularly scheduled refuse collection day. Branches must be less than four feet in length or they will not fit into the refuse truck. The City cannot pick up trees cut down by private contractors.
The City of New Haven distributed more than 300 emergency meals to families impacted by power outages and storm damages. If you need food assistance, call the Emergency Operations Center at 203-946-8221.
Technical Support for Residents and Businesses Seeking Storm Damage Assistance/FEMA Center Open in New Haven
The Office of Economic Development and the Livable City Initiative are conducting storm damage assessments citywide. For those that qualify for assistance, federal aid may be available to address damages. FEMA has opened at disaster recovery center at the Long Wharf Campus of Gateway Community College, 60 Sargent Drive. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 8AM-8PM and Sunday 10AM- 5PM. Residents in need of technical assistance with an application to FEMA may contact Cathy Schroeter at (203) 946-8274 or a firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the United States Small Business Administration has announced an assistance program for homeowners and businesses impacted by the storm. For business assistance or to schedule an appointment, please contact Clay Williams at (203) 946-7093 or email@example.com.
Tomorrow is Election Day! Voters in New Haven will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for President and Vice-President, U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Representative and Registrar of Voters. All polling places are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Please be sure to come out and cast your ballot! Visit the Secretary of the State’s website (http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots) a preview of the ballot and check your polling location.
Fallen Flags Project to be Unveiled at Veterans Day Ceremony Sunday
The Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee Veterans Day Ceremony will take place next Sunday, November 11 at 11 a.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall. This year's ceremony will be particularly special as we will unveil the Fallen Flags Project by Connecticut artist Rebecca Fellows. Inspired by the loss of a friend serving in Iraq in 2007, Fellows has pieced together the images of 6,389 fallen soldiers in chronological order of their deaths. When viewed together, the images form six large American flags. The flags will be unveiled at Sunday's ceremony and will remain on display in City Hall indefinitely.
I will join Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Korean War veteran retired Army Colonel Kenneth Gertz in delivering remarks at the ceremony. The Unity Boys Choir will perform and the Star Spangled Banner will be sung by Lucinda Gall. Wreaths will be placed at the War Memorial on the New Haven Green and at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Long Wharf following the ceremony. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Halloween Trick-Or-Treating November 7
In the midst of Storm Sandy clean-up last week, no announcement attracted as much attention as my joint suggestion along with area mayors to postpone Halloween trick-or-treating. Many neighborhoods last week were safe and clear and trick-or-treating proceeded without any problems. Still, there were many other neighborhoods with down wires and power outages. Mayor Picard of West Haven, Mayor Maturo of East Haven, Mayor Blake of Milford and First Selectman DaRos of Branford and I jointly agreed it made sense to suggest to families that trick-or-treating should be delayed one week. I joined Mayor Picard and Mayor Maturo at John C. Daniels School this morning to speak to students there who were excited for a second chance to celebrate Halloween. Weather permitting, let's all have a fun time this Wednesday!
Parent University a Big Success
Parent University was a big success last Saturday with more than 200 parents showing up for the daylong series of free workshops at Gateway Community College. Parent University New Haven last Saturday offered a wide variety of more than 35 workshop topics including how to help your child study for exams, planning for college, how to support teenagers, navigating the public school system, reading with your child and fun ways to teach math. Non-academic support workshops included how to protect children from cyber-bullying and abuse. New Haven fathers also had the opportunity to attend a workshop on how to be a strong male role model for their children.
Modeled on similar Parent Universities in Boston and Philadelphia, New Haven's Parent University was unique in that workshops not only addressed how parents can support their kids in school, but also how they could enrich their own lives. Topics included tips for successful job searches, learning a trade, computer literacy, resume writing and starting your own business.
Parents are our first and most important teachers. Parent engagement is vital to the success of our students and for New Haven School Change. Parent University is part of what will be a broad and sustained effort to engage parents and to provide all families the tools and support they need to help their children succeed.
Shoreline Greenway Trail Public Meeting
Come voice your opinion next week on a possible route for the Shoreline Greenway Trail. A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7 at Nathan Hale School, 480 Townsend Ave, New Haven.
A study on a potential route, completed by Stantec Consulting Services, will be presented with opportunities for questions, answers and comments. John Eberle of Stantec will discuss maps and drawings of a prospective trail connecting Lighthouse Point Park with the Morris Creek Bridge on South End Rd, where the Trail will connect to East Haven's section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail.
The Shoreline Greenway Trail will be a multi-use continuous trail for non-motorized transportation spanning approximately 25-miles from Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. It will be a unique hiking and biking trail passing through the five shoreline towns of New Haven, East Haven, Branford, Guilford and Madison which has captured the excitement of more than 2,500 supporters since its founding ten years ago. Numerous dedicated volunteers from all five shoreline towns are making it a reality. With more than 40% of the trail route now approved, several trail sections are under construction, and two trail sections have been completed with their final topping in East Haven and at Hammonasset.
Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton
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Contact Phone: (203) 946-8200