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    Dear Friends

    With the holiday season approaching, it is important that we stay healthy and flu-free! I encourage all residents who have not done so already to visit a flu-shot clinic. On November 18th and November 25th you can visit the New Haven Health Department at 54 Meadow Street on the 1st floor, between 10am-12:30pm There will be a $30.00 fee charged for those attending; however, if you have Medicare Part B, please bring your card and there will be no charge.

    Homework Help Night this Tuesday (and every Tuesday!)

    Did you know that every Tuesday night the New Haven Free Public Library at 133 Elm Street offers free homework help to New Haven students? Tutors from nearby universities are available to answer any homework questions between 6pm and 8pm. I encourage parents and students to take advantage of this opportunity!

    Mayor’s Night Out

    This Wednesday I look forward to seeing you at Mayor’s Night Out which will be held at the Nathan Hale School beginning at 7 p.m. Representatives from all of the City’s departments and agencies will be present to respond to your questions and concerns.

    Switch to Digital Television

    Over the past months there has been much talk about the national switch to Digital Television (DTV). The City of New Haven wants to ensure that all residents are well-informed about the switch and are well-prepared for the switch. This Wednesday I will hold an informational event for seniors at the Dixwell Senior Center at 1pm. I encourage all residents to join me as I explain what the switch from analog TV to DTV means and as I discuss the resources that will be made available to help all residents with the switch. If you are unable to attend the press event or would like more information, please visit http://www.dtv.gov/

    Dedication of Phyllis M. Mcdowell Fellowship House

    This Thursday we honor Phyllis M. McDowell for her work as the founder and developer of Fellowship Place. The dedication event celebrates the new house of Fellowship Place at 441 Elm Street. The new house is energy efficient and offers a computer center, a housing office, and a program meeting space. The dedication of the new house marks the end of Phase 1 of Fellowship Place’s long-term renovation plan. Fellowship Place was founded in 1960 as a Monday Night Social Program for people newly released from state institutions for the mentally ill. Entering its 49th year, Fellowship Place now serves over 600 adults each year living with chronic mental illness. The agency offers programs 7 days a week, ranging from homeless engagement programs, to vocational training and placement, to supported housing services, and social and recreational activities. The City of New Haven congratulates Fellowship Place on its continued success and gives thanks to the members of the organization for their dedication to helping the lives of New Haven residents in need.

    Tent-City on New Haven Green

    This Thursday night the City of New Haven Community Services Administration sponsors a “Tent-City” on the Green from 6pm to 12am. The City of New Haven seeks your cooperation to provide shelter to the homeless during the cold winter months. The Tent City is an initial step to raise awareness and to ensure that all New Haven residents have warm places to sleep this winter. To register for the event, please contact jhuette@newhavenct.net.

    Here are some cultural events taking place in New Haven this week that I encourage you to check out:

    November 17 – December 24. Celebration of American Crafts. Exhibition and sale of contemporary crafts by professional artists. Creative Arts Workshop. 80 Audubon St. 11am-6pm Mon-Sat., 11am-8pm Thur., 1-5pm Sun.

    November 20-21. Rough Edges 2008. The ACES Educational Center for the Arts Dance Department presents the ECA Dancers, showcasing new choreography created by the students in their classes. November 20, 7 pm. November 21, 6 pm. Donation: $5. $15 for a large family. ECA Arts Hall, 55 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-777-5451. smatheke@aces.org.

    Sun. Nov. 23 Neighborhood Music School's Faculty Sunday Concert. Mark Rike (violin) and Alexis Zingale (piano) perform Stravinsky's Divertimento and sonatas by Mozart and J.S. Bach. Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. 2pm. Free. 203-624-5189

    Have a Happy and Healthy Week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [11/16/2008]


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