Magic Week continues in New Haven through Wednesday. On October 25th, I proclaimed the start of Magic Week in the City working together with the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 59 and a number of City agencies, businesses and organizations. This week of events has included free magic shows for children and the whole family, magic classes and other performances throughout New Haven. Along with Magic Week festivities, there are a number of events taking place this week to keep everyone in the City busy and informed.
I’ll accompany Sgt. Ricardo Rodriguez of the New Haven Police Department at Truman School tomorrow as we discuss Halloween safety with a group of second grade students. We’ll be distributing festive and bags with important information to all children in attendance as work to make this a safe and healthy Halloween for New Haven children. This event is open to the media and will take place at 10am at Truman School, 114 Truman Avenue.
City Teens & College Students to Ask the Tough Questions at Mayoral Debate
City high school and college Students have been invited to submit questions for the final debate of the City’s Mayoral candidates in preparation for the November 6 election. On Tuesday, October 30, 2007, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, a mayoral debate will be held by the New Haven Democracy Fund in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, WTNH, the New Haven Register and the New Haven Advocate. The debate will be held at the Wexler-Grant School auditorium located at 55 Foote Street. All three mayoral candidates will appear.
New Haven Continues to set the Pace Through an Innovative Program
This Wednesday, New Haven becomes a Pace Car City! As drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians of the City of New Haven it is our responsibility to share the road. The New Haven Pace Car Pledge is a citizen-based traffic calming initiative of cars calming other cars. It is a promise to set the “pace” for other drivers and serves as a reminder to share the road and take responsibility for safer streets and neighborhoods. Be a part of the solution to New Haven’s traffic problem. In order to become a New Haven Pace Car driver, you need to sign a pledge that states, “I will drive safely, courteously, and within the speed limit on our city streets and receive an official ‘New Haven Pace Car’ sticker to display on my vehicle.” The window decal is a reminder to other users of the road as well as a “pledge reminder” to Pace Car drivers that you are taking part in a community-based effort to address the problems of traffic speed, safety, and congestion in New Haven. Pledges and stickers will be distributed at this kick-off event at River Park located at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Front Street in the City’s Fair Haven neighborhood. After the launch, residents will be able to download the pledge on line at: www.cityofnewhaven.com and return it to City Hall to receive their yellow Pace Car sticker.
The Pace Car concept originated in Boise, Idaho and has been replicated in Atlanta, Greensboro, Santa Cruz, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, and other cities and towns across the nation.
Madison Teen Honored for his Efforts to Benefit New Haven Families at an Event Regarding Smoke Detectors and Fire Safety- 2 pm Thursday
Jimmy Kottage is a freshman at Daniel Hand High School in Madison. For his community service project he raised money and awareness among his neighbors and peers to provide free smoke detectors to low-income families in New Haven. I will honor Jimmy for his efforts at this important event regarding fire safety. This is a timely event as we prepare to change the time on our clocks this weekend and at the same time change the batteries in our smoke detectors. Along with Fire Chief Michael Grant and our Fire Marshall Joe Cappucci, we’ll talk to residents about the importance of changing the battery on their detector and about precautions when using portable heaters this winter. All are welcome to join us in this important discussion. This event will take place in the Community Room of the Ribicoff Cottages Housing Development at 200 Brookside Avenue at 2pm on Thursday.
United Way Annual Campaign
I urge City employees to participate in this year’s City of New Haven Employee Campaign. This effort will benefit the United Way, Combined Health, Community Works and the United Negro College Fund. This year, for the first time, employees will also be able to designate funds to the Mayor’s Youth Initiative, Success by 6, New Haven Public School Foundation, the New Haven Scholarship Fund and the Mayor’s Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. This campaign will kick-off in the Atrium of City Hall on Thursday at 11am. This is a joint campaign in partnership with the Board of Education. The City’s Community Service Administration will create special incentives to encourage generous giving. The agencies that benefit from this campaign have a direct impact on the quality of life and opportunities made available in our communities. My goal this year is to raise $40,000 for these important causes. Be part of a great 2007 campaign by filling out the pledge card you will receive later this week and by motivating your peers to participate.
Residents in the East Shore/Cove Receive Burglary Prevention Education
This Thursday at 7pm, the East Shore/Cove management team will host a personal safety and burglary prevention workshop presented by New Haven Police Officer Joe Avery. This event will take place at Nathan Hale School at 480 Townsend Avenue.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.