This is a great day in New Haven as we celebrate the progress of the 360 State project through a groundbreaking ceremony. While the project broke ground some time ago and has already made significant progress, today’s event served as an opportunity to acknowledge New Haven’s ability to thrive, even in the most difficult of economic times. While we feel our share of the national financial crisis here, the economic development projects that continue to move forward in our City really set us apart on a national level. Congratulations to all parties that helped make this project happen! We look forward to the building’s projected opening in 2010 when 500 units of housing, retail space, a grocery store, a child care center and more open their doors for business at 360 State, the site of the former Shartenberg Department Store.
This coming Sunday, I will be on Face the State on WFSB, Channel 3, talking about New Haven’s economic development position and the great projects unfolding in our City. I encourage you to check-out this program at 11 a.m. on Sunday to learn more about the efforts that are helping to make New Haven even more of a destination in which to live, work and play!
Today is also World Aids Day. The theme, on the 20th anniversary of this important day, is leadership. I encourage each of you to be leaders in the journey for a cure and in efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. I spent time with a 7th grade class at Christopher Columbus Family Academy this morning where young people learned about the importance of talking about this disease and demystifying it. There more we all know, the more we can do to stop the spread and help improve the lives of those individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS. The New Haven Health Department provides excellent information on HIV/AIDS, prevention and more. Please feel free to contact our Health Department for educational information.
Thursday, at 6:00 p.m., I will join the City in celebrating our annual Tree Lighting on the New Haven Green. This is a great event for the whole family that will feature activities for children, refreshments, musical performances, a visit from Santa and much more. The afternoon’s festivities will run from 4-8 p.m. For additional information please call: 946-7172.
Here are some other events taking place in New Haven this week. This information is brought to you by the New Haven Free Public Library.
Dec. 3, 5:30-7:30pm--GNH Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, at Shubert Theatre. Special 50% discount on tickets for MAMA MIA that evening. RSVP: www.gnhcc.com or 782-4342.
Dec. 3, 6-7:30pm--Writers/Illustrators Workshop on preparation of manuscripts and portfolios for submission to literary agents, art directors and publishers, plus a review of the 2009 guidelines for the Tassy Walden Awards, at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St. Workshop facilitators are former Tassy Walden Award winners and finalists who are now either published or under contract for publication. No charge; free parking. Registration is required at 203-453-3890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.shorelinearts.org.
Dec. 4 & 11, 11 am--Sit and Knit at the Mitchell Branch Library. Yarn LLC offers a workshop to create knitted holiday ornaments. Participants may bring their own materials (some will be available). No charge. Details: Sharon at 946-8819.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.