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    Dear friends,

    Last week I announced a set of public safety initiatives aimed at further reducing crime and helping our youth make smart & safe choices. This week, I will begin a series of community meetings to discuss those proposals with residents. (To see the presentation, just look to the right of this webpage and click on the report).

    The first community meeting will take place at 230 Ashmun St. – the Community Room at Monterey Place in the Dixwell neighborhood. All members of the public are invited to attend and hear for themselves what my administration has planned to get illegal guns off the streets, crack down on truancy, and provide after school programming to ALL middle school students.

    Also on the agenda this week: getting rid of that old Christmas tree – which can become a fire hazard if they’re kept too long and get too dry. So, beginning this week and lasting through the end of the month our Public Works Department will picking up trees that are left curbside. Please note that trees with decorations on them or trees that are wrapped in plastic will not be picked up. Please contact the Citizen Response Unit at 946-7700 if you have any questions.

    It’s not too early to start thinking about filing your taxes and the City of New Haven is here to help. This month the city’s Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities is offering a free tax information workshop for people with disabilities. (Free tax prep. workshops for low and middle income workers will start in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that). In the meantime, if you have a disability and need help on your taxes, mark Wednesday January 24th at 5:30 p.m. in your calendar. Register is required so call 946-7833 or TTY (203) 946-8582 to save your spot.

    Finally, here’s some news for people who identified better health as a personal goal for 2007. You may not know this but the City supports the New Haven Land Trust's community gardening program which has gardens all over the city. All city residents can find a place to grow vegetables. The New Haven Greenmap, available from City Plan, shows the garden locations and also the preserves where one can hike. For more information or a tour please call the New Haven Land Trust at 562-6655. Vegetable gardening helps with both nutrition and exercise!

    That’s it for this week’s message. Next week we’ll have news about Martin Luther King celebrations across New Haven and I’ll be announcing details about the upcoming implosion of the old Veterans’ Coliseum – which is slated to come down on January 20th at 7:30 a.m.

    Until then, have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Derek Slap

    Contact Email: dslap@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 946-7660


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