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    This past Saturday, New Haven celebrated the reopening of the Ferry Street Bridge after six years of its being closed. The bridge connects Fair Haven and Downtown to Fair Haven Heights and the East Shore, facilitating travel across the Quinnipiac River and connecting different neighborhoods and communities in our city. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at the festivities on the bridge and to all the Grand Avenue merchants that donated food and refreshments. The restoration of the Ferry Street Bridge, which now exposes its original art-deco design and which finished six-months earlier than expected, marks the beginning of many similar bridge construction projects that will improve intra-city transportation and enhance community exchange.

    Today kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from September 15- October 15. Keep an eye out for great events throughout the City as we celebrate the cultures, histories and futures of a diverse people from 22 nations. On Sunday, we celebrated the 198th Anniversary of Mexican Independence on the New Haven Green. The Mexican Consul from New York, dignitaries from the city of Puebla in Mexico, residents of New Haven and many others were present to raise the Mexican flag above the New Haven Green to commemorate Mexican Independence. While this event was taking place on the Green, a second celebration for Mexican Independence took place at St. Rose of Lima Church in Fair Haven making sure that residents throughout the City could partake in this joyous event. New Haven values its vibrant international community and is proud to play a part in this event and many other similar events.

    Premiere of “Your Responsibility” Public Service Announcements

    On Wednesday, the Mayor’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council will host the grand premiere of “Your Responsibility” Public Service Announcements by teens for teens. The Council, founded in 2008, advocates for increased education and resources for teens surrounding the issue of teen pregnancy. The premiere will take place at 10:00am in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall at 165 Church Street. We encourage all community members to attend the event to view this creative and high-quality work produced by our very own New Haven Public School students. This is also an important opportunity to learn more about the progress the Council has made since its launch earlier this year.

    Come Vote for your Favorite Public Art Project at Artspace’s Closing Party!

    On September 18th from 6pm to 8pm The Office of Cultural Affairs will participate in Artspace's current exhibitions closing party to encourage the public to vote on their favorite proposal for New Haven's nine squares public art project. Tamara Dimitri, a Public Art specialist from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism will speak about upcoming opportunities for artists under the age of 20 in Connecticut. The event is a great opportunity to view the work of local artists and to support the growth of art in our community.

    Trowbridge Square part of 2008 Freedom Trail

    Next Saturday, September 20th, marks the kick-off event of Connecticut’s Freedom Trail Month in New Haven. The Freedom Trail events, which continue thru September 29th in New Haven, identify and honor sites throughout Connecticut that are significant to African-American history in the region. New Haven’s Trowbridge Square will be featured as part of the trail, as it was a vibrant locus for working-class African-American residents in the 1840’s. We hope to see you at the different sites along the Freedom Trail as we re-connect to the history of our city and its ancestors.

    Family Focus Event

    On Wednesday, September 24th we discuss the importance of “Recovery” at our 8th Family Focus Event. The event, “Real People, Real Recovery,” is sponsored by the Connecticut Mental Health Center and the Commission on Substance Abuse Policy & Prevention and will feature guest speaker Ginger Katz from The Courage to Speak Foundation, Inc. Family Focus Events are a meaningful way to connect with your own family and other families in a forum for new knowledge and information. The event takes place during National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and underscores New Haven’s fight against substance abuse. The event will take place from 4pm to 6pm in the auditorium at 34 Park Street in New Haven.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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