As we prepare for the winter season, I’d like to remind residents to check the City’s website or call 203-946-SNOW for information on parking bans, service changes and other weather-related messages during inclement weather. The City of New Haven also utilizes the 3N Emergency Notification System to communicate emergency information; however, residents with unlisted phone numbers and those who have placed their phone numbers on the national Do Not Call List will not receive a phone call in the event of a City emergency. I strongly encourage all residents to add your phone numbers to the notification system by visiting the website here. In addition, I want to remind all New Haven property owners that clearing the snow on the sidewalks and around your homes is your responsibility. This rule applies to both commercial and residential property owners and it requires that sidewalks be cleared within 24 hours of the end of a storm. To avoid fines, I encourage residents to maintain their property and pay attention to parking bans during inclement weather.
Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:
NBCConnecticut Golden Local Award
Downtown New Haven has been nominated for a Golden Local award by NBCConnecticut for Best Holiday Shopping. New Haven is up against West Hartford Center for this honor and we are counting on our residents and visitors to show your support for downtown businesses by taking a minute to vote online at: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/around-town/debates/Best_Holiday_Shopping.html. Voting ends Wednesday, December 16th at 2pm.
Worthington Hooker School Grand Opening
On Monday, December 21st, students at Worthington Hooker School will move into their new facility located at 691 Whitney Avenue. Along with Dr. Mayo, Principal Rifenburg and Worthington Hooker students and parents, I will be celebrating the grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to begin at 8:15 a.m.
Construction Workforce Initiative Press Conference
On Monday, December 21st at 2 p.m., I will be attending a press conference at Roberto Clemente School to celebrate the success of the City’s Construction Workforce Initiative, to talk about the program’s future and to kick-off the next round of application distributions.
Reduce wrapping-paper waste during the holidays by placing your gifts in reusable bags or boxes. Put a bow on larger gifts, or simply leave them unwrapped.
The following cultural activities are taking place in the City this week:
December 16th at 12:30 p.m.—Lunchtime Chamber Music at Yale Center of British Art.
December 17th from 6 to 9 p.m.—Children can decorate their own lumunaria bags on the Green.
December 17th at 7 p.m.—Word of Mouth Poetry Series Featuring Marilyn Nelson ay the Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 17th-19th from 5 to 9 p.m.—Weekend Festival featuring horse and carriage rides and live music in the Downtown-Chapel & Broadway districts.
December 17th-19th from 5 to 8 p.m.—Photos with Santa at the Yale Bookstore. For more information, please visit: www.infonewhaven.com/holidays
December 18th-20th—New Haven Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Shubert Theatre. For tickets and times, please call: 203-562-5666.
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I hope you have a happy and healthy week,
John DeStefano, Jr.