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Here’s what’s happening in New Haven this week:
Crime Statistics 3rd Quarter Presentation
Today at 1 p.m., there will be a press conference at the Police Department to announce the City’s crime statistics through the third quarter and to discuss the Department’s recent and upcoming initiatives.
CT Food Bank Press Conference
On Tuesday, December 8th at 11 a.m., New Haven city and school officials and the Connecticut Food Bank will highlight local efforts to combat childhood hunger and the importance of the $135,000 grant given to Connecticut Food Bank's Kids' BackPack Program by the Stop & Shop/Giant Family Foundation. Officials from the school, city, Connecticut Food Bank and Stop & Shop Co. will pack 36 bags of child-friendly, nutritious food that will be handed out to eligible students at the Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology and Communications Magnet School later in the week. The event will be held in the Mauro Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology and Communications Magnet School Cafeteria, 190 Fountain Street.
On Thursday, December 10th at 3 p.m., the City will be holding a ceremony for 24 firefighters who will be promoted to the ranks of Captain and Lieutenant. The ceremony will be held at Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Dr.
360 State Street Topping-Off
On Friday, December 11th, I will be attending a topping-off ceremony at the 360 State Street construction site. At this event, the highest beam will be placed on the structure, which will serve as a mixed-use facility once completed.
Shubert Theater Celebrates 95th Anniversary
On December 11th, the Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts will celebrate the Shubert Theater’s 95th anniversary. The day-long 95th Anniversary celebration begins on Friday, December 11 with free tours of the theater and backstage areas including the famous “Graffiti Walls” featuring murals of past shows and cast signatures. Tours will run on the hour from 12:30–3:30pm. A re-dedication ceremony on the Shubert Stage hosted by Shubert staff and City of New Haven officials begins at 7pm, followed by a screening of “Shubert Moments,” a short film highlighting the Shubert’s rich theatrical history, and the feature film, “The Sound of Music.” The celebration continues on Sunday, December 13 with a Free Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family-friendly activities including holiday arts & crafts projects and face painting and refreshments will be available throughout the day in the Shubert lobby. Participants will be entertained with Holiday Carols performed by New Haven youth choirs and a special visit by Santa Claus! Patrons will also be treated to a series of holiday-themed film shorts in the Shubert Theater.
Menorah Lighting on the Green
Join me on Sunday, December 13th at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate Hanukah with the lighting of the menorah on the New Haven Green.
Mayor’s Green Tip
Improve the efficiency of your clothes dryer by cleaning the lint trap after every load. Check the vent to make sure it is not clogged and free of any obstructions.
The following cultural events are taking place in the City this week:
December 10th at 5:30 p.m.—Unsilent Night: A Boombox Processional. 5:30pm. Leaves from Yale Bookstore @ 6:15pm. For more information, please call: 203-498-3727.
December 10th-12th from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Downtown-Chapel and Broadway Districts—Weekend Festival with horse and carriage rides and live music.
December 10th-12th from 5 to 8 p.m.—Photos with Santa at the Yale Bookstore. For more information, visit: www.infonewhaven.com/holidays.
December 11th and 12th at 7:30 p.m.—Elm City Dance Collective presents “House.” For information and tickets, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I hope you have a happy and healthy week,
John DeStefano, Jr.