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    This Saturday we celebrated the 3rd Annual Chatham Square Neighborhood Association (CSNA) Festival. The event was a testament to the dedication of the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association, which since its inception in 2006, has helped stabilize and revitalize the Chatham Square Neighborhood through grassroots organization and community-leadership-building. Home improvement and home ownership in the neighborhood has flourished through the efforts of CSNA. It was wonderful seeing so many enthusiastic and involved residents of Chatham Square at the festival; your presence highlights what we can accomplish when we come together as neighbors for the good of our community. The festival is just one example of the many ways you can get involved with your neighborhood and our city this week:

    Attention Resident in Quinnipiac Avenue Community!

    This Thursday, please join me at Pilgrim Congregational Church on East Grand Avenue to talk about the future of Quinnipiac Avenue as well as other infrastructure improvements in this area of the City. The community meeting is open to all and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Tree Dedication Ceremony

    This Tuesday, New Haven’s Goodcopy Printing & Digital Graphics will plant a Japanese Snowbell tree in Wooster Square Park in honor of its commitment to “green” philosophy. Goodcopy has recently undertaken several environmentally-friendly initiatives that aim to reduce waste and to protect our forests. In addition to new state-of-the-art equipment, Goodcopy achieved the Chain-of-Custody (COC) certification by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), making Goodcopy an official provider of products and services that support responsible forest management. Goodcopy only chooses suppliers who use renewable forest land and has increased its supply of environmentally friendly products. The City of New Haven supports the efforts of business like Goodcopy as we aim to make our city a more green and environmentally-friendly one each day.

    New Haven Land Trust Celebrates Acquisition of Grannis Island

    On Tuesday we also celebrate the New Haven Land Trust’s acquisition of Grannis Island. The New Haven Land Trust, founded in 1982, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to land conservation, environmental education, and community vegetable gardening in New Haven. The City of New Haven is proud to have assisted the New Haven Land Trust in its procurement of the island, a remarkable piece of territory whose beauty and ecosystem can now remain protected. We encourage all residents to visit Grannis Island, which will be incorporated into the Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Reserve, and to appreciate the natural beauty that is found just a few minutes from Downtown.

    U.S. Airways Magazine Profiles New Haven

    On Thursday we celebrate the launch of the U.S. Airways Magazine October issue that features thorough coverage of New Haven. The articles highlight the array of cultural and historical attractions in New Haven and detail the immense revitalization of our downtown area. We encourage all residents to take advantage of the rich cultural sites that are right at our doorsteps.

    Meeting with Quinnipiac Avenue Residents

    This Thursday I will meet with the residents of the Quinnipiac Avenue neighborhood. The meeting will take place at 6:30pm at the Pilgrim Congregational Church on East Grand Avenue. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss the future of Quinnipiac Avenue and the Grand Avenue Bridge improvements and to raise your questions and community concerns. All residents are encouraged to attend.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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