As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to take this opportunity to wish residents a happy and healthy holiday season as well as to remind everyone about the many activities that are happening in New Haven in the coming weeks. The holiday season is a special time here in New Haven, as our theaters, museums, restaurants and merchants showcase what makes our City the cultural capital of Connecticut. Whether you’re looking to shop, dine or be entertained, I encourage residents to take full advantage of the special events, promotions and extended hours that many of our downtown businesses will be offering in the coming weeks. For a full listing of the holiday happenings in New Haven, please visit: www.infonewhaven.com/holidays.
World AIDS Day
December 1st marks World AIDS Day. A collaboration of New Haven AIDS service organizations, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS, will be will be holding a ceremony at the United Church of Christ on the Green at noon to commemorate those who have lost their lives or are currently battling HIV/AIDS as well as to raise awareness about this global pandemic. Keeping in mind the work remaining to be accomplished in dealing with universal access, stigma, and discrimination, this World AIDS Day is meant to again focus our attention on the job to be done.
Mayor’s Night In
On the first Tuesday of every month, I hold Mayor’s Night In at City Hall. This event is an opportunity for residents to meet with me to discuss you your questions, concerns, and suggestions for our City. I encourage residents to stop by Tuesday, December 1st at 5 p.m.
City of New Haven Housing Fair
On December 1st from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the ROOF Project will be sponsoring a housing fair in the City Hall Atrium. At this event, local banks, community organizations and businesses will provide information for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, renters whose landlords are in foreclosure, new home buyers and current homeowners/renters who would like to learn about energy saving and weatherization programs. Seminars will also be held to provide more in-depth information on each topic and the event is open to all New Haven residents.
Join me on Thursday, December 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m. for the annual tree lighting on the Green! This event is the City’s traditional kick-off to the holiday family and is free for the entire family. There will be live musical performances, carousel rides, holiday crafts, hay rides, letter writing to the North Pole and train rides. Santa, Rudolph and other costumed characters will be stopping by to take photographs with the kids! The ceremony is hosted by Ronald McDonald and WTNH/MyTV 9 in collaboration with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees
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I hope you have a happy and healthy week,
John DeStefano, Jr.