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    Dear Friends

    Happy New Year! Despite the difficult economic times, our community has been able to make many positive strides throughout 2009. This year, we saw the opening of four new schools as part of our Citywide School Construction Program. In addition to providing our children with state-of-the-art learning facilities, we made a commitment to making New Haven Public Schools the best urban school district in the country with the launch of the School Change initiative earlier this year. As construction slowed in cities across the nation this year, New Haven saw one of the biggest construction booms in our City’s history, stimulating job growth throughout the City. Throughout 2009, the ROOF Project continued to provide New Haven residents with foreclosure assistance and financial education to help struggling families remain in their homes. As we reflect on these accomplishments of the past year, I urge you to look forward to a more prosperous and productive 2010. As the new year begins, I ask residents to take this opportunity to join me in renewing our commitment to making New Haven a united, safe and welcoming community in the year to come.

    Here’s what else is happening in the City this week:

    2010 Inauguration

    I invite everyone to attend the inauguration ceremony, where the Board of Aldermen, City Clerk and I will be sworn in. The ceremony will begin at noon on Friday, January 1st at the Cooperative Arts High School in Downtown New Haven. Free parking will be available in the Crown Street Garage and in the ProPark lot across from the school.

    Tree Collection

    The Department of Public Works will begin Christmas tree collection on Monday, January 4th and will continue until the end of January. Please place your tree outside on your normal collection day with all of its decorations removed. If a tree becomes frozen to the ground, it will become the responsibility of the homeowner to remove the tree. For more information, please call the Department of Public Works Citizen Response Unit: 203-946-7700.

    Senior Newsletter

    The December edition of the Senior Newsletter is available online. The second edition of the newsletter will be available throughout the City’s senior centers, in all of our library branches and online beginning the first week of January.

    Worthington Hooker School Dedication

    Join me on January 17th at 2 p.m. at a dedication ceremony for the new Worthington Hooker School located on Whitney Avenue. This school is the 32nd school to be constructed or remodeled in the Citywide School Construction Program.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: elyons@newhavenct.net. An opportunity may exist down the line to receive messages specific to your neighborhood. For this purpose, in your email, please tell us what ward you live in.

    The Mayor's Monday Message list is not shared with any outside groups and is used solely for the purpose of delivering timely information about issues and events in the City from the Mayor's office to your inbox.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor

    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [12/27/2009]


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