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    Dear Friends:

    Last week, New Haven Fire Chief Michael Grant and Fire Marshal Joseph Cappucci announced concern for New Haven residents over recent cooking related fires and injuries. The following tips can help prevent injury, save lives and protect property:

    (1). Avoid loose sleeves and sweaters while cooking over the stove. Excess materials can catch fire. (2). Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. (3). Keep pot holders, oven mitts and pot lids handy. (4). If food catches fire, smother the flames with the pot lid and turn off the burner. (5). If your oven catches fire, shut the oven off and keep the door closed. (6). Keep matches and lighters away from children. (7). Avoid using extension cords. (8). Check cords to all appliances for fraying or breaks regularly. (9). Have a fire extinguisher available in your kitchen. (10). Test your smoke detectors once a month. (11). In the event of a fire or other emergency, do not hesitate to call 911, and once you are out of the building, do not go back in. (12). Do not attempt to calm a grease fire using water.

    Legislative Agenda Press Conference

    Tuesday, February 23rd at 1:30 pm, I will be holding a press conference in the 2nd floor Atrium of City Hall to discuss the 2010 legislative agenda.

    Community Budget Presentations

    I will be hosting two community presentations to discuss my proposed 2010-2011 budget. The first presentation will be held at Edgewood School on March 10th at 6:30 pm and the second will be at Nathan Hale School on March 23rd at 6:30 pm. I encourage residents to attend one of these meetings to learn about the proposed 2010-2011 budget.

    Early Childhood Council Parenting Workshops

    Next week, the New Haven Early Childhood Council will be hosting two free workshops for parents. On March 1st, the workshop will be held at Truman School and the topic is “Develop Strong Language Skills in your Child and Create a Reader!” The second workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd at Columbus School and the topic is “Down to Earth Parenting Advice for Child Discipline.” Both workshops will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner and childcare are provided. For more information and to RSVP: pamhansen11@gmail.com or 203-506-8374.

    Green Tip

    New Haven recycles most plastics curbside. Plastics with the numbers 1-7 in the triangular recycling symbol are okay to include in your recycling bin.

    The following cultural events are happening in the City:

    February 24th at 5 pm—Black History Month Family Celebration—Music, games, food and at the Stetson Branch. For more information: 203-946-8119.

    February 24th at 5:30 pm—Nikki Giovanni, Reading and Book-signing at the Yale Law School Auditorium, Sterling Law Building. For more information: www.yale.edu/afamstudies/events/.

    February 24th at 5:30 pm—Wednesday Classics: Casablanca (1943), film classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, at Main Library. For more information: 203-946-8835.

    February 25th at 5:30 pm—LEAP Year Event at Heath Commons, Hopkins School. Cost is $25. To RSVP and for more information: lscrofani@leapforkids.org.

    February 25-27th at 8 pm—Radio @ Yale Cabaret. For more information: www.yalecabaret.org/home.php.

    February 26th at 12:15 pm—Bach’s Brunch at Neighborhood Music School. For more information: www.nmsmusicschool.org/events.html.

    February 27th at 8 pm—Hips Against Hunger: Yale Belly Dance Society's 5th Annual Show at Harkness Auditorium in Sterling Hall of Medicine. Traditional and contemporary dances from across the Middle East and beyond! Cost is $5 and proceeds will benefit New Haven's Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. For more information: www.yale.edu/bellydance/events.

    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.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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