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    Dear Friends

    The City of New Haven is committed to providing residents with a comfortable environment in which to live, work and raise families. This week, we will be announcing several initiatives that will help to achieve this goal. Here’s what’s happening in New Haven:

    Transition to Digital TV

    The transition from analog to digital television will be occurring on February 17th, 2009. I have recently joined the Mayors’ Digital Television Initiative, a program designed to assist the Federal Communications Commission in its effort to educate and advise consumers about the DTV transition. In the upcoming months, we will be reaching out to the community in order to ensure that all New Haven residents are prepared for this change. Throughout the next few weeks, be sure to check the City website at www.cityofnewhaven.com for more information regarding Digital TV.

    New Haven Partners with “Go Direct” to Protect Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

    On Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., we will be holding an event at Atwater Senior Center to promote “Go Direct,” a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Federal Reserve Banks that encourages people who receive federal benefits by paper check to switch to direct deposit. Direct deposit eliminates the risk of stolen checks and forged signatures and helps to protect people from identity theft. Switching from paper check to direct deposit is easy, too! For more information on “Go Direct” or to sign up for direct deposit, visit www.godirect.org or call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-333-1795.

    New Haven Kicks-off Homeownership Program

    This Friday, the City of New Haven will announce its participation in the Urban Revitalization Homeownership Program. The City has partnered with Blake Financial Services to offer financial assistance to municipal employees looking to purchase a home in need of repairs within New Haven. At no cost to the City, the program will allow eligible City employees to purchase a home in New Haven at a reduced CFHA rate for both the first mortgage and the down payment assistance and receive $20,000 to $25,000 as a forgivable grant to improve the property. This program is a great opportunity for City employees to fully integrate themselves into the New Haven community.

    Back to School Donations

    This is the last week to donate school supplies to the Newhallville Police Substation! Lt. Rebecca Sweeney Burns, District Manager for the Newhallville section of the City, is asking the public to donate paper, notebooks, book bags, pencils, pens, sharpeners, erasers, rulers, crayons, tissues and other school supplies with the hopes of outfitting 100 children with the supplies they need to return to the classroom in September. Donations should be dropped off at the Newhallville Police Substation located at 596 Winchester Ave. by August 22nd. The kids will be given their school supplies at a back-to-school celebration to be held at the substation on August 22nd. For more information, please contact the Newhallville Substation at 203-946-7572.

    Traffic Safety Hotline

    The Traffic Safety Hotline is up and running, but we need your help to keep our streets safe and to identify problem areas with chronic traffic violations. If you witness any type of traffic violation or reckless operation of a motor vehicle, please call the anonymous hotline at 203-946-6956, 24 hours a day, or email trafficsafety@newhavenct.net. Keep in mind that if you need a police officer to be dispatched immediately during an emergency, you should call 911 or 203-946-6316.

    Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament

    Pilot Pen will continue throughout this week, with the tournament wrapping up on August 23rd. As part of the Olympus US Open Series, the Pilot Pen tennis tournament attracts some of the world’s premiere tennis players to New Haven. It is a great opportunity for you to see world-class athletes compete in a family-friendly setting. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, visit www.pilotpentennis.com or call 1-888-99-PILOT.

    Here’s what’s happening at the New Haven Free Public Library this week:

    “Tiger Ted” Visits Main Branch

    Theodore Lowry, former boxing champion and a member of the “Triple Nickles,” the first all-black paratrooper division in World War II, will be visiting the Main Branch on Tuesday, August 19th at 5:00 p.m. “Tiger Ted” will read from his book and talk about his experience as both a paratrooper and a boxer. Copies of Lowry’s book, “God’s in My Corner,” can be purchased and signed at this event.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [8/17/2008]


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