This past Sunday, I joined with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, State Sen. Martin Looney, Aldermen Arlene DePino and Alphonse Paolillo, Jr, and fellow New Haven activists to show support a clean New Haven Harbor. The Army Corps of Engineers has recently proposed about 250,000 cubic yards of waste be brought from Bridgeport Harbor to Morris Cove. The sludge is toxic and will pollute the clean, family friendly environment that Morris Cove offers.
This dredged material would be considered unsuitable for Open Ocean dumping and would be contained in a confined aquatic disposal cell in the harbor. The cad would fill a hole created when gravel was excavated from New Haven Harbor to construct Interstate-95 more than fifty years ago.
The levels of containments in the materials proposed to be brought into Morris Cove are significantly higher than those currently. According to a chart presented by Michael F. Keegan, Project Manager for the Army Corps of Engineers’ New England district, Bridgeport harbor has PCB (Polychlorinated biphenyls) levels just under 600 parts per billion, while New Haven harbor has slightly under 200 parts per billion.
New Haven residents use the Cove as recreational water for swimming, boating, fishing and community activity. It is vital to our New Haven community and serves as a refuge for land-bound families looking to relax.
I am proud to have gathered with fellow residents to show our support to this worthy cause. It is truly a testament to the strength of our community activists that an event like this was able to occur.
New Haven Launches Phase Two of Project Storefronts
After the resounding success of its pilot program last year, the New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and I launched phase two of Project Storefronts. It was conceived as a way to energize some of New Haven’s less active commercial areas while enhancing the city’s standing as the Creative Capital of Connecticut. Project Storefronts works with “creative entrepreneurs” who have innovative business ideas to transform vacant storefronts into places that attract shoppers and potential tenants while increasing area foot traffic.
During its Pilot Program, Project Storefronts received national media attention for its innovative approach to addressing entrepreneurship and the arts while helping to fill empty retail spaces. Recently, the project received the first ever Creative Economy Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), as well as a prestigious annual Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
The success of the Pilot Program has allowed Project Storefronts to garner renewed financial support and start its next phase, continuing its presence in downtown’s Ninth Square.
As New Haven continues as a leader in Connecticut and New England in its support of cultural institutions, individual artists, creative industries and entrepreneurs, we see these initiatives as among the most important keys to economic development in our city. They are an important catalyst of entrepreneurial growth in our community.
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Remember, what you drink has just as much effect on your overall wellness as what you eat so when you're thirsty, drink water!
Green Tip of the Week:
In the hot summer weather, check for proper maintenance on your A/C system - clogged filters and other neglected maintenance can increase cooling costs. Also, explore energy saving alternatives to A/C such as whole house fans or heat pumps.
Here’s what else is happening in the Elm City:
July 12. Twilight Tuesdays: Caravan of Thieves. Neighborhood Music School. $20-40. 6pm.To order tickets or dinner, call (203) 624-5189. http://neighborhoodmusicschool.org.
July 12. Menopause the Musical. Long Wharf Theatre. Thru 8/7 . www.longwharf.org
July 13. Baseball in Manuscripts and Photographs. New Haven Museum. Learn more about the prominence and popularity of baseball in New Haven in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 5:30-6:30pm. http://newhavenmuseum.org
Jul. 13. Late Night Catechism. Long Wharf Theatre. Thru Aug. 21. Tickets www.longwharf.org
Jul 14. "Cuba: Arrested Splendor" Exhibition & Film Night by Hank Paper. Kehler Liddell Gallery. 7pm. $10. www.kehlerliddell.com/
July 14. New Haven Sister Cities’ invites you to celebrate Bastille Day Union League Café, 1032 Chapel St., New Haven from 5 - 7pm.
Jul. 15. Project Storefronts Open House. 55 Church St. A variety of fun activities including a bike-building workshop, talent mic, crafting, food, and fun.7-9pm.
Jul. 15. Friday Flicks: Men in Black. New Haven Green. Free. 8:30pm. www.cityofnewhaven.com/CulturalAffairs/Events/fridayflicks.html
Jul 16. Schooner Family Pirate Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $40/$15.4-6pm. www.schoonerinc.org
Jul 16. Schooner Adult Pirate Sail. Long Wharf Pier. BYOB. $40.7-9pm. www.schoonerinc.org
Jul. 16. Saint Francis Church Spring Concert Series. 7pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul. 16. Music on the Green Series: Johnny Gill. New Haven Green. 7pm. www.infonewhaven.com
Jul 17. Schooner Brunch Sail. Long Wharf Pier. 11am-1pm. www.schoonerinc.org.
Jul. 17. Bike Collective Sundays. 55 Church St. A workshop-style opportunity for community members to learn tips and tricks for building, repairing, and maintaining bicycles. http://www.newhavenbikecollective.com/
Jul 17. Let's Play Ball! A Family Day. New Haven Museum. 10am-2:30pm. http://newhavenmuseum.org
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.
Contact Name: Adam Joseph
Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-7660