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    Dear Friends

    Earlier today, Mayor Almon of East Haven and I held a press conference at Tweed New Haven Airport. This media event kicked-off construction work on the airport’s safety improvement areas and celebrated our commitment to the future of the airport and the surrounding community in both New Haven and East Haven.

    Caremark Program—Save up to 20% on Prescriptions

    Last Friday, the City of New Haven made free prescription drug discount cards available to residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities. This discount card may be used by all residents and offers an average savings of 20 percent off drug retail prices. It can be used to purchase prescription drugs at 22 pharmacies throughout the city as well as at more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country. Cards are available at the Office of new Haven Residents on the first floor of City Hall at no cost. Individuals who are interested in obtaining a card must show at least two forms of proof of residency or present their Elm City Resident Card. For more information about the discount card and to find out what documents qualify as proof of residency, please call the Office of New Haven Residents at: 203-946-6149 or 203-946-7847. Information is also available online at: www.cityofnewhaven.com

    Tax Delinquencies

    On April 6th, the Office of the Tax Collector will lien all delinquent real estate. Currently, there is over $6.5 million owed in back taxes that the City must collect in order to provide necessary services throughout the community. The Office of the Tax Collector is open from 9am until 10 pm Monday through Friday and from 9am until 1 pm on Saturdays. Information on tax balances can be found online at: www.cityofnewhaven.com.

    Quinnipiac Avenue Community Meeting

    Tonight at 7 p.m. I will be holding a meeting for members of the Quinnipiac Avenue, Fair Haven, and Fair Haven Heights communities to discuss updates to the Quinnipiac Avenue Improvement Projects plan. The meeting will be held at Pilgrim Congregational Church on the corner of Grand Avenue and Lenox Avenue.

    Community Budget Meeting

    My first community budget presentation will be on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 p.m. at St. Bernadette’s Church, 385 Townsend Ave. Join me at this meeting to discuss my proposed 2009-2010 budget. Additional meetings are scheduled as follows:

    Wednesday, April 1st, 6:30-8 p.m., Edgewood School, 737 Edgewood Avenue

    Wednesday, April 29th, 6:30-8 p.m., Wexler/Grant School, 55 Foote Street

    Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School Dedication

    Dr. Mayo and I will be holding a dedication ceremony for the new state of the art high school on Saturday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m. The event will feature musical performances, tours and workshops conducted by students as well as a catered reception.

    “Complete Streets” Study of the Hill

    On Monday, March 30th, nationally-known “Complete Streets” experts will be leading a walking tour and hands-on workshop where residents will have the opportunity to brainstorm solutions for developing safer streets in the Hill Neighborhood. The study will focus on creating safe and convenient streets for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus users, and motorists. The walking tour will be held from 12:30-4:00p.m. and the hands-on workshop will be from 6:00-8:00p.m. Both sessions will meet at the Wilson Branch Library.

    Flower Planting

    On March 31st at 10:30 a.m. at the Pardee Greenhouse, 180 Park Street, Hamden, volunteers will gather to plant flower seeds that have been donated to the City. Please join Sound School students and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees in kicking-off this year’s flower planting season!

    Green Tip

    Sign up for 100% clean, domestic, renewable electricity through the CT Clean Energy Options program. The electricity is provided through UI and provides an alternative to conventional, fossil fuel sources. New Haven leads the state with 1,131 households signed up. Please visit www.ctcleanenergyoptions.com for more information.

    Here’s what’s happening in the New Haven Public Schools this week:

    National Social Work Week

    In honor of National Social Work Week the NHPS Social Work Department is sponsoring “Social Work: Purpose Possibilities” featuring speakers to present on various topics familiar to the Social Work profession. For more information, please contact Typhanie Jackson, Social Work Supervisor at: 203-946-8986.

    Visual Arts Showcase 2009

    On Monday, March 23rd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Gateway Center, 54 Meadow Street, the Opening Reception of the annual Visual Arts Showcase will feature a selection of artwork by students throughout the district, from kindergarteners to twelfth graders. The exhibit will run from March 23rd to April 28th.

    From Africa to America

    Experience the turbulent journey of the Middle Passage, face slavery in America, and celebrate the sensation of the Harlem Renaissance at the performance of “From Africa to America: Then & Now” on Thursday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Ross Woodward Magnet School, 185 Barnes Avenue.

    Family Science Night

    On Thursday, March 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Barnard School will host Family Science Night. Wind Over Wings, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization dedicated to returning wildlife back to the wild, will be at Barnard to explain the nature of their work and will bring some of their rehabilitated birds to visit. Families will

    see a Golden Eagle, a Great Horned Owl, a Peregrine Falcon and a Saw-whet Owl.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [3/22/2009]


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