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    On Monday, October 26th, the New Haven Federation of Teachers, Dr. Mayo and I will be hosting an eduction panel featuring local policy makers and distinguished national education leaders. The panel will address the state of school change in New Haven and education reform around the nation. The panel will be asked questions from a pool submitted in advance.

    Click here to submit a question.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Do you have a favorite evening activity or destination in New Haven? If so, we would like to hear about it for possible inclusion in the 2010 City of New Haven calendar and annual report. Whether it’s gazing at the stars at an observatory or the night bat hikes offered by the Parks Department, we are interested in scenic locations, interesting hobbies or any activity that you can enjoy during a regular evening in New Haven. Please nominate your favorite New Haven at Night activity by emailing your name, contact information and activity to: nhatnight@gmail.com on or before October 31, 2009.

    360 State Street Jumps to Next Level of Construction

    On Tuesday, October 20th at 2:45 p.m., I will be celebrating a milestone in the construction of the 360 State Street Project. At this event, Suffolk Construction workers will bring the project to the next elevation where the crane will have to be braced to the building in order to move up from here. This jump will allow for steel to be erected to the highest point of the tower. There will be 6 tower sections added and this will place the crane at the highest level required for this project.

    Citizens’ Academy Seeks Applicants

    The New Haven Police Department is currently seeking applicants for its popular Citizens’ Academy which will begin on October 28th and will run for eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This program is designed to improve communication and understanding between police and community members and will give residents the opportunity to work with officers and get a behind the scenes look at a progressive, community-minded police department. Applications can be downloaded by clicking the link under the “What’s New” box on the right side of the City’s homepage. Completed applications should be returned by October 23rd to the New Haven Police Academy, 710 Sherman Parkway, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Citizens’ Academy staff will be available October 21st-23rd from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to answer questions and review completed applications.

    City-wide Health and Safety Committee Walkathon

    On Wednesday, October 21st, members of the City-wide Health and Safety Committee will be sponsoring and participating in a walkathon around the New Haven Green from noon to 2 p.m. Participants will be accepting monetary donations and non-perishable canned goods to benefit the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Registration will be held in the first floor lobby of City Hall on the day of the event.

    Disability.Gov Day

    People with disabilities are an important part of our society and are valued workers, civic leaders, business owners, veterans, family members and friends. Disability.Gov offers comprehensive disability-related resources and information for Americans with disabilities, employers, family members and caregivers. For this reason, I have declared October 23rd, 2009 Disability.Gov Day in the City of New Haven.

    Farmington Canal Greenway Ribbon Cutting

    On Monday, October 26th at 11 a.m., I will join Congresswoman DeLauro and Hamden Mayor Henrici for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Phase III of the Farmington Canal Greenway project. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on the Greenway at the New Haven/Hamden border just south of Goodrich Street.

    Parks & Recreation Fright Night

    There will be plenty of Halloween fun happening in New Haven this year! The festivities will begin with a free Halloween Mask Making Workshop on October 25th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edgewood Ranger Station, located on the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Hobart Street. On October 29th and 30th from 5 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a Classic Movie Monster Haunted House for $2 at Coogan Pavilion in Edgewood Park, located on Whalley Avenue and Fitch Street. Following the haunted exhibition at 7:30 p.m., there will be a free showing of the 1939 film classic, “Son of Frankenstein,” at the skate park behind Coogan Pavilion. On Halloween day from 2 to 6 p.m., the festivities will continue with performances of “Thunderbolt,” a ghost story by A Broken Umbrella Theatre. For more information on these events, please call: 203-946-8028.

    Public Architecture Discussion at the Main Branch

    Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker magazine’s “Sky Line” column and author of the newly published “Why Architecture Matters,” will be visiting the Main Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library on Wednesday, October 28th at 6 p.m. for a civic conversation focused on public architecture. Goldberger will be joined by Hartford Courant columnist Tom Condon who is the editor of “Place” in the Sunday Commentary section of the Hartford Courant.

    Halloween at the Peabody Museum

    On Saturday, October 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Peabody Museum will be celebrating the nature-based traditions associated with Halloween. There will also be mask-making and other fun and educational activities. For more information, visit: http://www.peabody.yale.edu/events/halloween.html.

    Green Tip

    With the onset of cold weather, it is a good time to check windows and doors for air leaks. For more info on fixing those leaks, check out the Energy Star DIY Sealing and Insulating Guide at: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/DIY_Guide_May_2008.pdf.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: jmayorga@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!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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