As we prepare for a great week of festive events and celebrations, I’d like to remind you to plan for a safe Halloween. The New Haven Police Department’s PAL program will be talking to parents and children today from 4-8 p.m. at the City’s only Walmart location about how to have a safe Halloween experience. Officers will be passing out bags and candy to children while discussing tips for a fun-filled and incident-free Halloween in New Haven! Officers will also be talking to merchants throughout the City this week to talk about what items should and shouldn’t be sold to young people during the Halloween season. While there are a number of great and positive activities to take part-in during this holiday week, young people should be reminded that behavior that harms people or property will not be tolerated anywhere in our City.
United Way Kick-Off
This Wednesday, October 29th, United Way, City Hall employees, and other community organizations convene to kick-off this year’s United Way Campaign. The campaign directly supports the endeavors of United Way and its affiliated charities, helping residents across New Haven to secure housing, education, and health resources. The event introduces the “Team Captains” within City Hall who are responsible for spreading awareness and raising funds for United Way within their respective departments. City Hall is eager to support United Way, especially as we enter times of increased economic need. It is more important than ever that all able residents extend their support to neighbors in need. To learn more about the campaign and the work of United Way of Greater New Haven, please visit www.uwgnh.org.
Mayor’s Annual Halloween Parade
At 10:30am this Wednesday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and I will lead 1,200 costumed school children and six school bands in the City’s annual Mayor’s Halloween Parade celebrating “New Haven: Going Green.” The parade showcases New Haven school children and provides them with an opportunity to celebrate the holiday in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The theme for this year’s parade is “New Haven: Going Green,” acknowledging the city’s efforts to explore renewable energy options, to increase participation and to implement citywide recycling and energy conservation programs. The parade route begins at the corner of Temple and Chapel Streets, proceeds up Chapel to High Street to Elm Street back to Temple. All are invited to come downtown and view and cheer New Haven's youth as the parade passes by. This year’s parade is presented the City of New Haven, Office of Cultural Affairs and the New Haven Public Schools. The parade rain date is scheduled for Friday, October 31, 2008. For more information, please call 946-7172.
Sergeants Promotion Ceremony
On Friday, October 31st, we recognize the achievements of 6 New Haven Police Department officers and detectives who are to be promoted to Sergeants. Congratulations to Officer Vernon Barham, Detective Samuel Brown, Detective Robert Criscuolo, Detective James Grasso, Jr., Officer Joseph Murphy III, and Officer Dean Reynolds. The City of New Haven wishes the best of luck to the new Sergeants.
Pandemic Flu Drill Press Event and Flu Season Precautions
On Saturday, November 1st, a press event will be held at Career High School at 10am to generate awareness about the extensive measures City Hall, the New Haven Health Department, and other local health organizations are taking to prevent the spread of the flu virus this season. This event kicks-off the largest full scale flu drill to date; no other health department in the state has attempted an undertaking so large. From 9am to 2pm, the flu vaccine will be offered at 8 different locations throughout the city in conjunction with non-governmental agency partners.
The New Haven Health Department will be providing up to 700 doses at no charge to partners and has offered to provide an additional 3,000 doses if needed.
Please be aware of the following participating agencies that offer the vaccine for free or at little cost. We encourage residents to take advantage of the clinics in their area and to get vaccinated as soon as possible next Saturday.
- The New Haven Health Department will operate one static location at Hill Regional High School and deploy mobile teams of nurses to 3 elderly housing sites Bella Vista, Casa Otonal, and Tower One.
- Hill Health Center, open to the public
- Fair Haven Community Health Center, open to the public
- Hill Health, and Fair Haven Health, will be accepting insurance or cash payment, although no one in need will be turned away.
- New Haven Health Department's Hill Regional Career High School clinic vaccines are free. At the elderly housing sites Medicare part b will be accepted, or the vaccine will be free of charge for anyone without insurance.
If you are unable to attend one of the vaccination sites this Saturday, please be aware of other dates upon which you can receive the vaccine:
November 6, 2008
10am-11am East Shore Senior Center, St. Bernadette’s Church, 411 Townsend Avenue
12pm-1pm Atwater Senior Center, 26 Atwater St
November 13, 2008
10am-11am Westville Senior Center, 349 McKinley Ave
12pm-1pm Dixwell Senior Center, 255 Goffe St
1:30pm-2:30pm West River Senior Center 1562 Chapel St
November 4, 18, & 25
Flu Clinics Held at the New Haven Health Department 54 Meadow Street, 1st floor Clinic 10am-12:30pm
FEES: There will be a $30.00 fee charged for those attending the flu clinic. If you have Medicare Part B, please bring your card and there will be no charge.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.