Mayor's Monday Message|
Help to displaced U.S. Repeating Arms workers
I am pleased to note that the City of New Haven, state Department of Labor, the Regional Workforce Development Board and the International Association of Machinists Local 609 will hold a Thursday workshop to help displaced U.S. Repeating Arms workers. The session is 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Lincoln Bassett School, 130 Basset St. and is a way for the City and the state to help workers fill out necessary forms, understand benefits available to help them during the period of unemployment and assist in searching for a new job. Thursday's workshop is especially important because the workers qualify for the Trade Assistance Adjustment Act. The state Department of Labor will explain in detail how to get started in accessing those benefits. For more information, call A. Walter Esdaile at (203) 946-7668.
Temple Street rejuvenation
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of joining Kelly Murphy, Tony Bialecki and Lisa Grossman on a tour of Temple Street, celebrating three new restaurants set to open and joining with Charley and Ben Moss of Bow Tie Cinemas to announce that the Criterion is expanding by adding two additional screens. The Criterion Cinemas at Temple Square have been a very positive catalyst, not just for the expansion of quality movie-going downtown, but also in sparking further rejuvenation of Temple Street. The City, in turn, has rejuvenated this entire block to the point that we can hardly keep up with the new restaurants clamoring to open. We stopped at three soon-to-open restaurants along Temple Street: Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar; Kudeta, a trans-Asian restaurant covering foods of Asia, Indonesia and China, plus a 35-seat sushi bar; and Cocina, a new Mexican restaurant. I also visited Bella’s Downtown Market Café and Diner 21.
HELP Organ Transplants
Right now, over 62,000 Americans are awaiting organ transports which could save or greatly improve their lives. Even here in Connecticut, the 700 people are waiting, and hoping, for the organ donation which would save their life. On average, 17 people on the transplant waiting list die each day, roughly a quarter of all the people on the list. Because of this great need in our state and country, our City has followed the example of our federal government and declared this April as National Donate Life Month. I join our citizens in honoring living and deceased donors and their families who have renewed the lives of others, and to call upon more Americans to follow their example.
Let's take a look at the week ahead:
Monday, April 3
Days of Remembrance
I was honored to issue a proclamation to recognize the Days of Remembrance, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. Representatives of the planning committee witnessed the signing of the proclamation.
Tuesday, April 4
Mayor speaks with Lt. Governor on TV show
I’ll be speaking with Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Kevin Sullivan on his monthly cable access television show “Around the State.”
Arts and Ideas press conference
3:00 p.m., Shubert Theater
I look forward to joining festival organizers in announcing a sneak peek at the lineup for this summer’s Arts and Ideas Festival.
Are you eligible for food stamps?
New Haven Free Public Library
133 Elm St.
The Connecticut Association. for Human Services estimates there are 100,000 residents who are eligible for food stamps but don’t know it—and they’d like to change that! A representative will describe the food stamp program and how to use it.
Mayor’s Night In
Wednesday, April 5
Library workshop on letter writing
New Haven Free Public Library
133 Elm St.
Rescue Writer™ Shaunda Holloway will provide tips on writing effective letters at short notice for a variety of purposes, including acceptances, complaints, applications, resignations, and more.
Thursday, April 6
Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding
The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding will hold a board meeting in New Haven and will discuss its plans to advocate for changes in the state’s budget priorities. The CCJEF is a broad-based coalition of municipalities, local boards of education, statewide professional education associations, unions, and other pro-education advocacy organizations, parents, and individuals. Member school districts serve more than 200,000 students, including some two-thirds of Connecticut’s minority students, those from low-income homes, and students from homes where English is not the primary language. The coalition’s growing membership includes towns that are home to 1.3 million residents (approximately 38 percent of the state’s population).
Keys to Creating a Sustainable New Haven
On Thursday April, 6th please join the Network for a Sustainable New Haven at a public lecture on the “keys to creating a sustainable New Haven” (4:00 p.m. at Yale’s Sage Hall). The focus of the lecture is the "Ecological Footprint" - a way to measure our relationship to the natural environment. Additional talks and workshops on this subject will be held Saturday, April 8th. Visit www.sustainablenewhaven.org for more details.
Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.