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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    The public has another chance to view the Angel of Peace, this time as it is returned to its perch atop East Rock. The New Haven parks department plans to return the Angel of Peace, the 3,500-pound bronze statue which tops the New Haven Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on East Rock, back to the summit of East Rock on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. The event is weather dependent – rain or a windy day will require rescheduling. A speaking ceremony is set for noon, and will feature the James Hillhouse JROTC and drum corps, the Wilbur Cross High School marching band, remarks from dignitaries and musical selections by city schools. The City is joining with the Board of Aldermen, the New Haven Peace Commission and the Elm City Parks Conservancy in celebrating the Angel’s return. The Elm City Parks Conservancy has commissioned a special medallion of the Angel of Peace and will unveil the new medallion at Wednesday’s event.

    Losing a bright light

    As many know, Officer Dan Picagli passed away Saturday night of injuries sustained after he was struck by an SUV while working extra duty. I know that I speak for many in our community when I say that he was more than just a police officer. He was someone who brought people together, who created a sense of community, a life enhancer to all with whom he came in contact. The outpouring of support shows just how many people Officer Dan touched in our community. He will be greatly missed. I continue to extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Dee, his children and his family. Calling hours are Tuesday at Porto Funeral Home, 234 Foxon Road East Haven, CT 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. The funeral service is Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 355 Foxon Road, East Haven, 10 a.m. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the Picagli family in care of the Office of the Chief of Police Francisco Ortiz, New Haven Department of Police Services, 1 Union Ave., New Haven, CT, 06519. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Matthew and Jennifer Pacagli Education Fund at any NewAlliance Bank branch.

    The Flu and You

    This morning, Health Director William Quinn will roll out the Department of Health’s new, large-scale education campaign to advise citizens on how to avoid contracting the flu virus. Thousands of posters and brochures are being distributed across the city in schools, train stations, and senior centers. Twenty city buses bear messages of prevention this October and November. I urge you to take preventive steps and get a flu shot. Visit our website at www.cityofnewhaven.com and click on press releases to find out the schedule.

    Learning about college: bright future for persons with disabilities

    Wednesday, five students with disabilities from Wilbur Cross High School will spend a day at college shadowing five college mentors who also have disabilities at Southern Connecticut State University. The event, co-sponsored by the City’s Office of Disability Services and SCSU’s Disability Resource Center, is designed to give high school students with disabilities a taste of college life and to chip away at a national trend in which Americans with disabilities are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school. The event also honors Disability Mentoring Day and Disability Employment Awareness Month.

    Demonstration of New City Safety System

    The City of New Haven recently bought a state-of-the-art communications system to help keep New Haven residents safe and informed in the event of an emergency. The system, called CONNECT-CTY, can automatically call and email groups of residents, emergency workers, doctors, or other individuals in an incredibly short period of time (30 seconds!). A demonstration of the new system is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the city Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 200 Orange Street, Basement Level.

    Halloween Parade

    Halloween is just around the corner! I look forward to joining Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo in leading 1,200 costumed school children and six school bands in the City’s annual Mayor’s Halloween Parade on Friday at 11 a.m.(rain date is Monday). I started the Mayor’s Halloween Parade to showcase our fantastic children, while at the same time providing a safe way for them to celebrate the holiday. This year’s theme is “Healthy Kids First,” a topic in which New Haven public schools believe strongly. After all, our school district was the first in the State to remove soda, candy and junk food from school vending machines and to step up awareness and prevention of childhood obesity. For more information, please call 946-7172.

    Non-Profit Academy

    The New Haven Non-Profit Academy, an initiative of Empower New Haven and the Department of Health and Human Services, will hold informational sessions for non-profits and faith-based organizations. The Academy provides resources to community groups, such as free training and grant opportunities. Since all groups must attend an information session before applying, please come by! The sessions are 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the New Haven Public Library (133 Elm Street) on October 23rd, October 24th, and October 30th. An additional session for faith-based organizations is 10 a.m.-noon at Empower New Haven, Inc. (59 Elm Street, Suite 410) on October 28th. For further information, please contact Ivonne Padilla, Program Associate at

    (203) 776-2777 x227 or ivonnepadilla@empowernewhaven.org.

    Seven Easy Steps to Great Presentations

    Thurs., Oct. 26, 5:30-7pm

    New Haven Free Public Library, Main Branch

    133 Elm St.

    Public speaking is essential for the success of any small business, yet few people comfortable with talking in front of audiences. Jerry Wistrom, business coach and author, offers tips on overcoming fear of public speaking, and attracting more business through dynamic speeches and presentations. Anyone interested in attending is required to register at www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl or by calling 946-2228

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    John DeStefano, Jr.



    The City mourns the loss of Officer Dan Picagli.
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    The City mourns the loss of Officer Dan Picagli.

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