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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    First Niagara bank announced this week that it will donate $3 million over the next three years to the New Haven Public Schools in support of the School Change initiative. The gift will help pay for Boost!, a joint effort of the City of New Haven, NHPS and United Way of Greater New Haven to provide wraparound support services to students. The gift will also support the Residency Program for School Leadership, a partnership between NHPS and Achievement First to train and develop the next generation of talented school leaders here in New Haven. I’m confident that this gift will produce tangible results in our classrooms, and will help assure that every New Haven student has access to the wraparound services and talented educators we know are necessary for success. Thank you to First Niagara, the United Way, and Achievement First for their support for School Change!

    Property Revaluation Update

    So far I have hosted six public information meetings on property revaluation to help explain the process and to answer questions from residents on individual property values. During those meetings, residents asked for more information to determine how their individual tax bills might be affected. It became apparent that it would be useful to homeowners to have their 2010 property values, the values the most recent tax bills were based on. You should have received that new letter either late last week or over the weekend.

    In order to accommodate questions about revaluation, I will be hosting two more public meetings this week. They are:

    • 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 20th at Troup School, 259 Edgewood Avenue.

    • 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 21st at Wilbur Cross School, 181 Mitchell Drive.

    Vision Appraisal has also extended their informal hearing schedule through noon on December 23. Appointments may be made by calling 888-844-4300. You can find out more information about revaluation and submit questions at www.cityofnewhaven.com.

    Job Opportunities in the Public Schools

    GCA Services Group will be hosting job fairs today, December 20 and Thursday, December 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hill Regional Career High School for part time custodial positions in the New Haven Public Schools. It is our intent that as many New Haven residents as possible are hired for these positions. As many as 162 new positions will be created by July 30. This is the result of the arbitration award delivered last month that ended the longstanding negotiations between the district and school custodians. The award reduced labor and healthcare costs, restructured pensions, and provided the district with the flexibility and savings needed to educate students and maintain the city’s rebuilt schools.

    Shop Local for the Holidays

    More than 30 restaurants and shops opened their doors in New Haven this year, yet another demonstration of how the New Haven economy is continuing to thrive in a difficult time. New Haven has the highest percentage of job growth in Connecticut, and the second highest concentration of jobs. The city has also had among the largest rates of growth of any major municipality in Connecticut for three consecutive years.

    Major retailers chose to open stores in New Haven in recent months, including Apple (the fourth retail location in the state, and the only one not located in a mall), Subway, Stop and Shop, Edible Arrangements, Radio Shack, and Verizon Wireless. New Haven has also seen several new innovative and creative incubator and co-working spaces this year, including Project Storefronts, The Grove, and the Bourse. And, last but not least, we’ve seen a number of great new restaurants and eating establishments, including Asian Kitchen, Katalina’s Bakery, Ivy Bistro, Jalisciences Taqueria and Cave a Vin. Please keep these new businesses in mind when you are shopping for the holidays!

    Health Matters

    Exercise can lower blood glucose and possibly reduce the amount of, or even eliminate the need for diabetes medication.

    Green Tip of the Week

    Try low flow on your toilet and shower heads, it will save 276,000 gallons over a 30 year house payment for just 1 restroom.

    Here’s what else is happening in the Elm city…

    Dec. 21-22. Co-op High School Presents a World Premiere "Broken Chains: A Gospel Hip-Hopera". 2:30 & 7pm. $15. http://tinyurl.com/7vtorrf

    Dec. 21. ACES ECA Music Department Presents Winter Concert. Arts Hall 6:30pm (Snow Date Dec. 22)

    Dec. 21. Line Dancing at the Wilson Library. 5 p.m. 303 Washington Avenue.

    Dec. 21. Wii Wednesday with XBOX Kinect. Board games and card games will also be available. 6 p.m. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm Street.

    Dec 22. Climb the Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point Park. $3 per person. 10-11 a.m. Contact (203) 691-3539 to pre-register.

    Dec 22. Grand Menorah Lighting of Westville’s Largest Menorah, plus chocolate Gelt and hot drinks in souvenir cups for all! Whalley Avenue corner Blake Street. 5:30-6pm. www.westvillechabad.com/

    Dec. 22 Reptile Program at Barnard Nature Center. 3:30 p.m. Call 691-3539 for more information.

    Dec. 27. Tracking Santa—Looking for signs of Woodland Animals at Trowbridge Environmental Center. Corner of Cold Spring & Orange Street. 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 946-6086 for more information.

    Dec.29-Jan.1. The Wizard of Oz. Shubert Theater. Times and tickets www.shubert.com

    Dec. 31. Newhallville Coffee House & Open Mic. St. Andrews Church. 266 Shelton Ave. 7-10pm.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 946-8200


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