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    The City of New Haven and the New Haven Public Schools will be collecting items to send to children affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Students in New Haven Public Schools will be packing backpacks with essential items to be delivered to children in Haiti. Items to fill these bags are needed. Please reference the list below to make a donation. If you choose to donate an item, please drop it off in the Office of Public Information, located on the second floor of 165 Church Street before Wednesday, February 3rd. The Haitian government has expressed a need for the following items: toiletries, (shampoo, soap, toothpaste), hand sanitizer, first aid kits, socks and mosquito repellent. Since these items are going to young people in Haiti, we are also accepting donations of notebooks and school supplies to include in their backpacks.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Mayor’s Night Out

    On Wednesday, January 27th at 7 p.m., I will be hosting Mayor’s Night Out for wards 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at the new Worthington Hooker School, 691 Whitney Avenue. Leaders of the various city departments and agencies will be available to discuss important issues impacting these wards.

    State of the City Address

    On Monday, February 1st at Tonight at 7 p.m., I will be delivering my 17th State of the City Address before the Board of Alderman and community members. This event will be held in the Aldermanic Chambers and is open to the public. In addition, the City of New Haven and the New Haven Register will be broadcasting this address via a live webcast. I encourage residents to log on to either the City’s website or to the New Haven Register’s website on Monday to hear the vision and agenda for our City in 2010.

    Census “Road Tour”

    On Friday, January 29th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Census Road Tour Bus will be stopping in New Haven to educate residents about the importance of filling out your census forms this March. The bus will be parked on Elm Street between College and High streets.

    Brookside Groundbreaking

    The Housing Authority of the City of New and the City of New Haven will hold a groundbreaking on January 29th at 11 a.m. at the site of the new Brookside Housing development (Brookside Road) to celebrate the start of the long delayed redevelopment of the West Rock neighborhood. The groundbreaking celebrates the start of construction of the infrastructure for the first phase of the Brookside Redevelopment that will provide 101 units of safe, decent and affordable housing that will help to spur the economic revitalization of this neighborhood. The West Rock Revitalization Plan calls to the eventual development of more than 450 units of housing, 8,000 square feet of community space, and a revitalized 12,000 family center. Work on the infrastructure is expected to be completed by the late fall or early winter of 2010.

    Senior Newsletter

    Next week, the February edition of the Senior Newsletter will be available at libraries and senior centers throughout New Haven. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the January newsletter, it is available online at: http://www.seniorpublishing.com/system/Newsletters%5CCT%5C47%5C47_1_2010.pdf

    Green Tip

    Use a toaster oven or microwave rather than a conventional oven when cooking in small quantities to reduce energy use by up to 80%.

    Wellness Tip from the American Heart Association

    By exercising for as little as 30 minutes each day you can reduce your risk of heart disease. Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength and ability to function well. Physical activity = living a longer, healthier life.

    The following cultural events are taking place in New Haven this week:

    January 26th at 8 p.m.—Tokyo String Quartet will perform music by Haydn, Barber and Beethoven at Sprague Memorial Hall, Morse Recital Hall. For tickets and information visit: http://music.yale.edu/.

    January 27th at 7:30 p.m.—PechaKucha Night @ Bentara. For more information, please visit: PechaKuchaNightNewHaven.com

    January 27th at 5:30 p.m.—Wednesday Classics: It Happened One Night (1934) at the Main Library. For more information, call: (203) 946-8835.

    January 29th at 7 p.m.—Winter Dance Concert at ECA’s Arts Hall. For more information, please visit: www.nmsmusicschool.org/events.html.

    January 30th at 1 p.m.—Chocolate Festival at the Golden Student Center at St. Thomas More Chapel, 268 Park St.

    January 30th and 31st—Chicago @ Shubert. For more information, call: 203-562-5666.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: elyons@newhavenct.net. An opportunity may exist down the line to receive messages specific to your neighborhood. For this purpose, in your email, please tell us what ward you live in.

    The Mayor's Monday Message list is not shared with any outside groups and is used solely for the purpose of delivering timely information about issues and events in the City from the Mayor's office to your inbox.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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