Mayor's Monday Message|
Pop Smith Little League Cleaned up!
I am very proud to announce that the Walter “Pop” Smith Little League returns to New Haven today victorious after winning all three exhibition games at the Little League Baseball World Series Jamboree in Williamsport, PA. Congratulations to the 13 players from New Haven and their coaches for prevailing against North Richmond Little League (Richmond, Va.); Wilkinsburg Little League (Pittsburgh, Pa) and Pelham Parkway Little League (The Bronx, N.Y.). This is a great honor. In 1974 Walter Pop Smith Little league went undefeated through regional play and earned the right to represent the East in the 1974 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. Over the years Pop Smith Little league has earned other district, and state accolades and has participated in a very competitive district and state.
This season promises to be a tough one for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes trapped in New Haven and West Haven have tested positive for the virus and we have had one fatal case so far. This reminds us all to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Health experts advise that we minimize time outdoors at dusk and dawn, check door and window screens to be sure they are tight fitting, use mosquito repellent as necessary and do not leave standing water around your property. The New Haven Health Department is working closely with the state on prevention efforts. Additional resources are available at http://dph.state.ct.us
Parish Hall Restored
School Construction has completed 22 new schools to date, with two to open this fall – John C. Daniels and Barnard schools. A unique project that rounds out the mix is the newly restored Parish Hall at 174 Kimberly Ave. The Parish Hall, which is attached to St. Peter’s Church, now features 4,300 square feet of gleaming hard wood floors, stripped and restained interior paneling, a new exterior and even a new bell in the belfry. The restored hall will serve as both a new community space and doubles as extra performance space for the adjoining Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School.
National Violent Crime Summit
Assistant Chief of Police Stephanie Redding and Chief Administrative Officer John Buturla will represent the City of New Haven alongside nearly 50 police chiefs, 11 mayors, several dozen local and federal government leaders, and leading criminologists when they attend the National Violent Crime Summit in Washington, DC on August 30. They will discuss issues related to the rise of violent crime in America. This conference reminds us that New Haven is not alone in coping with an increase in crime. We have an outstanding track record in New Haven for community policing and crime reduction. But we need to get the attention of our national leaders that our cities need help from the very top.
Senior Day Downtown
Wednesday, August 30, 9:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.
The Department of Elderly Services will be hosting a “Senior Day Downtown” in partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library and Cityseed on the New Haven Green. The Department of Elderly Services will be providing transportation for seniors to the event. Seniors can obtain information about the library 50+ Transition Center, receive helpful nutrition information, shop at the Farmer’s Market and enjoy the final day of Blues, Berries and Jam. Each senior will also receive a coupon book for the Farmer’s Market with $15.00 of vouchers that can be used that day.
Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.
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Karen Dubois-Walton, Chief of Staff for Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., joins Tripper, the mascot for the New Haven County Cutters, in sending off the Walter Pop Smith Little Leaguers.
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Chief Administrative Officer John Buturla and Assistant Chief of Police Stephanie Redding will participate in a national summit on violent crime this week.