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    Dear Friends

    Today, I will join Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez at the Hartford Union Station to celebrate National Train Day and draw attention to the importance of investing in rail. As we look to the future and as we consider environmentally and fiscally responsible planning, transit is a priority. I invite you to join us at 2 p.m. today in Hartford to learn more.

    Join Me on Bike to Work Day!

    May is National Bike to Work Month. Elm City Cycling, Yale University and the City of New Haven encourage all employees to bike to work in May and throughout the year. I encourage individuals who live and/or work in New Haven to participate in a Bike to Work celebration this Friday May 15, 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in front of City Hall. Elm City Cycling will be sponsoring a Bike-to-Work Breakfast at this event.

    As always, residents and employees are encouraged to practice Street Smarts. Street smarts go beyond simply obeying the traffic regulations or driving below the speed limit. Street Smarts call for your attentiveness at all times; your patience with others; and your willingness to share the road.

    First CERT Class Graduating

    The City of New Haven is proud to announce the graduation and swearing in ceremony of the City's first Community Emergency Response Team. Please join us in congratulating this team for their dedication, hard work, and their willingness to help strengthen the City's community disaster preparedness program. The ceremony will take place on May 20th at 6:00 PM at City Hall. Please find the enclosed invitation and RSVP instructions.

    Temple Street Bridge Prepares to Re-open

    Finishing touches are taking place on the Temple Street Bridge improvements. We look forward to a ribbon cutting ceremony later this month to officially re-open the bridge to pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle traffic.

    Memorial Day Celebrations

    The City of New Haven will commemorate Memorial Day on Sunday, May 24th with a series of three events. A ceremony will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Long wharf at 1p.m. where Air Force Veteran Paul Stetson will serve as guest speaker. The War Memorial on the New Haven Green will be the site of the second event beginning at 3 p.m. where I will give an address. In the event of inclement weather this ceremony will be moved to the Center Church on the Green. The third event will be our 12th annual free Memorial Day Concert at the Shubert Theater at 5 p.m. This concert will feature Orchestra New England with music conductor James Sinclair, the singing group Moxie and a reading by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. For more information on Memorial Day events, please contact Bob Fodero at 795-6948.

    Don’t Forget to Check-Out Green Tips PSAs Created By Co-Op High School Students on NBCCONNECTICUT.COM

    Two public service announcements created by students at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School are featured on nbcconnecticut.com. These students joined with the City of New Haven and NBC30 to produce and broadcast messages that encourage residents throughout the State to “Go Green.” To view these PSAs, please visit:

    http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/green/New-Haven-Students-Into-the-Green.html

    This Week’s Green Tip

    Building any spring projects? Use wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure that it comes from forests that are managed to high environmental, social, and ethical standards. Look for the FSC logo on the wood at your local retailer.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [5/10/2009]


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