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    Office Of The Mayor
    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Crime goes down

    I am pleased to report that the City of New Haven experienced experienced an 18% decrease in total crimes reported as of the end of March compared with the same period a year ago, including a dramatic dip in motor vehicle theft. The most significant dip came in motor vehicle theft, which is down 50% from this time a year ago, and down 19% for the first three months of 2006. The police department’s renewed commitment to auto theft enforcement, including the commitment of one detective and three officers full-time to a regional auto theft task force, is helping make inroads into auto theft recoveries and arrests. In addition, the police department’s newest initiative, ID-NET, which stands for Information Driven Neighborhood Enforcement Teams, has had success in three neighborhoods so far, Fair Haven, Dwight/Kensington and Newhallville.

    New elderly services director

    I am delighted to welcome Darcey Lynn Cobbs as the new Director of Elderly Services. Ms. Cobbs is a native of Bridgeport, CT and a graduate of Central Magnet High School, Florida State University and Georgia State University. Ms. Cobbs has worked in city government with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation where she was the Administrator for HIV Support Services at Harlem Hospital Center in their Infectious Disease Division and with the City of New Haven Health Department where she has managed the Regional Asthma Initiative for the past year. We are very excited to have her aboard.

    U.S. Repeating Arms Workshop

    About 80 employees of U.S. Repeating Arms attended a workshop organized by the City of New Haven to help them access benefits and job assistance. Many thanks to A. Walter Esdaile, who coordinated with the state Department of Labor, the Regional Workforce Development Board and the International Association of Machinists Local 609 yo help workers fill out necessary forms, understand what benefits are available to help them during the period of unemployment and assist in searching for a new job.

    Let's take a look at the week ahead:

    Monday, April 10

    A boost for Alling Memorial

    The First Tee of Connecticut today announces the official designation of Alling Memorial Golf Course as a First Tee of Connecticut facility. Karen Dubois-Walton, chief of staff for the City of New Haven, joins Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. and Bruce Wilson of the First Tee of Connecticut, students of Fair Haven Middle School and New Haven Parks and Recreation Department representatives in the announcement, which includes the unveiling of the official “The First Tee of Connecticut at Alling Memorial Golf Course ” sign and the announcement by Mr. Barrow that The First Tee is donating $25,000 to The First Tee of Connecticut for improvements to the practice area, which will enhance youth programs. The City of New Haven has entered into a 10-year agreement with The First Tee of Connecticut to provide a minimum of 250 hours per year of programming at Alling. This program gives our kids the opportunity to learn the game of golf in addition to other valuable life skills and allows us to showcase a city jewel.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 11

    Katherine Brennan School, 200 Wilmot

    The National Jewish Coalition for Literacy is donating 200 books to

    Katherine Brennan. The donation has been made possible through a young girl's

    community service project. The National Jewish Coalition for Literacy comes to Brennan to tutor our K-3 grade students.

    Wednesday, April 12

    Elm-Ivy Awards

    I look forward to joining with Yale President Rick Levin in honoring the recipients of the Elm-Ivy awards, including a special Elm and Ivy Award in memoriam to the late Philip Voigt, alderman, civic activist and longtime Yale employee. Congratulations to “Elms” Jeffie Frazier, Principal of Wexler-Grant Community School; Martin O’Connor, former fire chief and a director at the University of New Haven; Anne Worcester, Director of Market New Haven and Pilot Pen tennis tournament; and Rose Coggins, principal of Hill Regional Career High School. Congrats to “Ivy” awardees including Evelyn Streater-Frizzle, Robert Wyman, Jonathan Gillette, Peggy Delinois Hamilton (who serves on the New Haven Board of Education), Daniel Weeks, Laura Huizar, Peter Fishman and Malcolm Darrell.

    Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday

    Due to inclement weather, the City of New Haven’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Green has been moved to Saturday, April 15 at 10:00AM SHARP with fun activities, including face painting, music, and a climbing wall. Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will arrive to the New Haven Green by fire truck. All children should bring their own candy bags. For further information, please call 946-8019 or 946-8338.

    Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week and a great holiday.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [4/10/2006]


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