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    Dear Friends

    Friday is National Walk to Work Day! I encourage all residents to join me in walking all or part of your commute to work. If your commute to work is too long, make it a Walk to Lunch Day. If you take public transportation, try walking to a further stop or getting off a stop earlier and walking the rest of the distance. You’ll be joined by many of your neighbors, as New Haven has the highest percentage of residents who walk to work of any large city in New England! Prevention Magazine, the organization that is sponsoring National Walk to Work Day, ranked New Haven as a Top 20 “Best Walking City.”

    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!

    Community Budget Meeting

    I will be holding a community budget presentation on Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Edgewood School, 737 Edgewood Avenue. Join me at this meeting to discuss my proposed 2009-2010 budget. Another community budget meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. at Wexler/Grant School, 55 Foote Street.

    Street Sweeping

    Beginning on Wednesday April 1st, DPW crews will begin cleaning all New Haven roads to remove the accumulations of salt, sand and litter that have built up over the winter months. This year, to better inform residents, Public Works crews will “paper-post” all routes with "No Parking" signs the day before sweeping is to occur, including those neighborhoods with permanent signs already posted. Residents and businesses can be of great help to this effort by cleaning litter from front yards and curb lines. Street sweeping routes remain the same as in previous years. Residents can click on the map provided on the City’s website at: www.cityofnewhavenc.com to find out the schedule for their street.

    Memory Matters: New Haven Monuments & Memorials

    On Thursday, April 2nd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., The Committee on Urban Studies at Yale and the New Haven Museum will co-host a program and panel discussion that looks at the place of monuments and memory in our lives. There will be a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and PowerPoint show on American Monuments and Memorials as well as a reception with local cuisine from El Charro.

    Youth @ Work Kick-Off

    On Thursday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m., we will be kicking-off the Youth @ Work summer program at Career High School. At this event, we will be announcing the number of job opportunities that will be available to New Haven youth this summer as part of the Mayor’s Youth Initiative.

    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 Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information on tax balances can be found online at: www.cityofnewhaven.com.

    Restaurant Week

    Mark your calendars for New Haven Restaurant Week! During the week of April 19th-April 24th, 25 of New Haven’s finest restaurants will feature prix fixe menus for lunch ($16.38) and dinner ($29.00). To see the list of participating restaurants, their menus, and for further information on Restaurant Week dining, please visit: http://www.infonewhaven.com/restaurantweek.

    Culinary Walking Tour

    Saturday, April 25, 2009

    Experience a guided Culinary Walking Tour through historic downtown. Enjoy tasty

    samplings from stops along the way. Tour departs the Davenport's at the Top of

    the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale at 1:45 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets: $59. Call:

    203-777-8550 or 1-800-332-STAY (7829). Reservations required. (Amex, MC &

    VS accepted).

    Iron Chef Elm City

    Sunday, April 26 at noon

    Gateway Community College

    Competing Chefs:

    Arturo Franco-Camacho of Bespoke - Defending Champion

    Rafael Palomino of Pacifico

    Manuel Romero of Ibiza

    Emcee: Matt Scott of WTNH

    Commentator: Todd Lyon, Food Writer for the New Haven Register

    Admission:

    $30 for kitchen (registration limited to 40)

    $20 for viewing room

    $10 for students and senior citizens (viewing room only)

    Call: 203-777-8550 or 1-800-332-STAY (7829). (Amex, MC & VS accepted).

    Green Tip

    Do you leave your computer on all the time? Turning your computer off can save significant amounts of energy. Also, computers run more smoothly when periodically re-booted. Americans waste over $2.8 Billion each year by leaving their computers on overnight, with a carbon footprint equivalent to four million cars.

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

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009, 8:45 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.: NEW HAVEN ATHLETIC CENTER, 480 Sherman Parkway, for 11th grade students "College Fair," Explore colleges and universities and what they have to offer including other training programs and the military. For more information call (203) 946-8982.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009, 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.: KATHERINE BRENNAN SCHOOL, 200 Wilmot Road, Family Literacy Night. Two nationally known authors, Irene Smalls and Jerry Craft will share their works and how they write with the school. Storytelling, music, movement and cartoon making are included in the program.

    FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009, 2:30 P.M.: HILL REGIONAL CARRER HIGH SCHOOL HOSA, 140 Legion Ave., HOSA with SCSU and UHN are sponsoring an English Tea honoring Cancer Survivors and Caregivers, to celebrate life and raise awareness through relay for life. This event will take place in the Media Center. RSVP donna.alogna@new-haven.k12.ct.us.

    FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009, 2:00 P.M.: BETSY ROSS ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL, 150 Kimberly Ave. Auditorium, Jose Garcia-Leon, Assistant Professor of Music at University of New Haven will present a historical and cultural background of Spain through discussion, video and a live piano performance. Contact Peggy Moore, 946-8974.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009 11AM-1PM: CITY HALL, 165 Church St., Mayor's Celebration of Early Childhood, The New Haven Early Childhood Council and New Haven Public Schools will host an event for families with children under the age of 5 years. Activities for children, resources for parents will be available. For more information call 946-7875.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [3/29/2009]


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