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    Office Of The Mayor
    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Public Safety

    Maintaining a safe city is a top priority for our City. Chief Francisco Ortiz and his staff have been holding meetings in neighborhoods across the City, to give citizens and management teams the chance to connect with district managers and police. This Wednesday, residents in the Kensington Street area of Dwight/Chapel will benefit from a Light the Night project in partnership with the UI. The school system is adding a seventh school resource officer to its staff. We have a new member of our police mounted unit and Assistant Chief Redding is appealing to the community to contribute to a “Friends of the NHPD Mounted Unit” campaign to grow the unit. And we continue to find ways of strengthening families, including designating tonight Eat Dinner with Your Children Day as part of a national celebration. You will hear more about the city’s crime prevention efforts in the coming weeks.

    Voter Registration Week

    As Mayor, one of the things I have tried hard to do is encourage you to become active members and to make New Haven your city. One of the most basic ways of empowering yourself, and maintaining the vibrancy of our democracy is to vote. To help make sure you are all able to exercise this fundamental right, the New Haven Free Public Library will join several other public libraries throughout the state to host DemocracyWorks’ 2006 Library Voter Registration Week this week. Starting tomorrow, the main branch of the New Haven Public Library (at 133 Elm St.) will host activities and workshops that will inform and empower residents on their voting rights. For more information, please contact Kathie Hurley at 946-8125, or go to http://www.democracyworksct.org/news.htm and click on Library Voter Registration Week brochure.

    Good deeds

    Last week, the Angel of Peace on the New Haven Green was once again in the news following the discovery of a century-old shoe found inside the cavity of the 11.5 foot bronze statue, planted there by an earlier generation to ward off evil spirits. Today, Michael Bianchi, a maintainer for the State Department of Transportation, will be honored at the Lighthouse Point Park Carousel for returning a treasured antique leg to Quicksilver – the largest and one of the most popular antique horses at New Haven’s Lighthouse Point Park Carousel. “I knew when I picked it up, it was not junk – it was heavy, beautifully carved and well painted - so I put it in the cab of the truck to see if I could solve the mystery of why it was on the side of the embankment,” Bianchi noted. New Haven is fortunate to have both great citizens and historic landmarks worthy of our continuing care.

    “Watch What You Heat!”

    Last week, Fire Marshal Joseph Cappucci announced the start of this school year's Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. The contest theme is "Prevent Cooking Fires, Watch What You Heat!" which promotes child and adult awareness of fire safety. The annual competition will officially begin next Monday, as 4th and 5th graders from across the state design their own fire safety posters. From the art I’ve seen by our City’s elementary school students, I’m feeling quite confident about our chances. While we root for our City’s children in the competition, please work to protect them and your other loved ones by checking your fire detector and having your home heating equipment properly serviced before the winter season.

    An Unusual Prize

    Speaking of the accomplishments of our City’s students, fourteen New Haven public high school students were awarded with a day aboard the Freedom Schooner Amistad for their essays on what the Amistad means to them. The students recalled an important piece of history that happened in New Haven harbor in 1839, when West Africans fought against their kidnappers on the slave ship Amistad, seized the ship, and eventually won their freedom in the Supreme Court. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo saw our students off for their morning cruise last Friday. Six of the 14 will be awarded the chance to spend a whole week on the ship, beginning today. Congratulations to all!

    Let’s take a look at the week ahead:

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    Eat Dinner with Your Family Day

    New Haven joins millions of families in more than 500 US cities in celebrating Family Day by eating a meal at home with their children.

    Tuesday, September 26

    Nutrition and Cooking Class

    4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    New Haven Public Library, Main Branch

    133 Elm St.

    This class, the fourth in a five-class series, will explore how to plan healthy meals with antioxidants and phytochemicals. To register for this free class, please go to www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl, or call 946-7431.

    Wednesday, September 27

    Business Planning Workshop

    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    New Haven Public Library, Main Branch

    133 Elm St.

    If you decide that the for-profit structure is what you're looking for, Connecticut Community Investment Corp.’s Dennis Brown will help you explore the process of starting a business, developing a comprehensive business plan, and finding financing. To register for this free workshop, please go to www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl, or call 946-7431.

    Wednesday, September 27

    Kensington and Edgewood, 8 p.m.

    New Haven Police and United Illuminating celebrate completion of a night-time lighting project designed make the Kensington area less desirable for criminal activity

    Thursday, September 28

    Apple Picking

    About 150 seniors across the City will go apple picking at Bishop Orchards in Guilford starting at 10 a.m. in a field trip sponsored by the Department of Elderly Services, followed by a lunch at Lenny and Joes in Madison.

    New Haven Adult and Continuing Education

    580 Ella Grasso Blvd., 9-11 a.m.

    Attend the Adult Education’s Open House and learn about Adult Education programs and how they can help individuals achieve future goals.

    How To Start a Nonprofit Organization

    4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

    New Haven Public Library, Main Branch

    133 Elm St.

    Priya Morganstern, Executive Director of The Nonprofit Pro Bono Initiative, follows up her September 14 workshop by outlining the process of organizing a new nonprofit initiative for you. Board development and governance will be emphasized. To register for this free workshop, please go to www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl, or call 946-7431.

    Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [9/24/2006]

    Parks Director Robert Levine and the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Karen Dubois-Walton, congratulate Michael Bianchi for returning the wooden leg to the Carousel.
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    Parks Director Robert Levine and the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Karen Dubois-Walton, congratulate Michael Bianchi for returning the wooden leg to the Carousel.


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