The launch of the community Street Smarts campaign was a great success this Sunday! Edgewood Park bustled with community members of all ages interested in learning about the new campaign focused on educating the public and enhancing road safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The Street Smarts campaign unites community members and organizations throughout New Haven to raise street safety awareness in all corners of our city. I was pleased to see so many residents actively engaged in learning about the many ways we can make the City of New Haven a safer place. Many participants at Sunday’s event signed a pledge to be responsible drivers. These individuals received a magnet baring the campaign’s logo so they can show everyone around them that they’ve agreed to be safe and aware drivers. You too can join this movement. To request a pledge form and magnet please call 946-7671.
Dedication of the Augusta Troup School
This past Sunday, we also celebrated the dedicated of the Augusta Troup School. The Troup School is the 26th in the Mayor’s Citywide School Construction program and recently underwent extensive renovations. The 113,200 square foot building is a historic landmark in the Edgewood neighborhood and boasts a number of celebrated murals that were built in the 1930s as part of the WPA project. The school is named after Augusta Lewis Troup, 1840-1920, a pioneer suffragist, philanthropist, and member of the board of education. The school’s new auditorium is named after Philip Voigt, 1943-2005, a lifelong New Haven resident who attended the Augusta Lewis Troup school and James Hillhouse High School. Voigt was a lifelong labor activist, an engineer in the department of utilities at Yale University for 43 years, and an activist for both labor and education.
Grand Opening of the Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Lab
This Tuesday, we celebrate the grand opening of the Neighborhood Housing Services’ (NHS) Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Lab. The grand opening of the lab marks a proud moment in the history of affordable and environmentally friendly housing not just in New Haven, but in all of New England. Neighborhood Housing Services brings to New Haven a lab that is the first of its kind in Connecticut. The lab is the only “green” lab in all of New England to be produced by an affordable housing agency. Since 1979, NHS has supported New Haven residents to secure affordable housing and has provided residents with vital information and education for securing the well-being of their homes. The new lab extends the breadth and depth of NHS’ services and ensure that new haven residents are provided with a wealth of information concerning the sustainability, environmental safety, and “greenness” of their homes.
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Luncheon
This Wednesday, we honor those members of our community who have made a significant impact in New Haven and who have contributed to the growth and livelihood of New Haven in unique ways. The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Luncheon celebrates the growth and innovations taking place in our community and those individuals who have been the catalyst for such development. I look forward to participating in this event on Wednesday.
Photo Voice Project
We encourage all residents to attend the opening of the Photo Voice Project this Friday at City Hall from 2pm to 2:30pm. The exhibit at City Hall is the result of the work of ten local women who have been participating in a Photo Voice project, led by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center with funding from the Connecticut Health Foundation. The project’s focus is on diabetes prevention.
The participants learned about documentary photography and took photographs over a 3 month period based on a series of questions they developed such as “what is missing in our community that would help prevent diabetes?”
The exhibit will include 48 photographs with accompanying quotes from the participants and related statistics. The photos that will line city hall are a testament to important research that the participants completed and are a visual reminder of the initiatives currently being undertaken to prevent diabetes in the greater New Haven area.
Check out this week’s events at your local public library branch:
Ives (Main Branch) 133 Elm Street - Adult Program Highlights
Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 pm "Talking about Cancer: Pain and Palliative Care" Yale Cancer Center's Thomas Quinn will explore ways to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life. Also includes a light supper www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl or call 946-8835
Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 pm Author Frank Strauss shares highlights from his recent book-"Dawn of a Dynasty: The Incredible and Improbable Story of the 1947 New York Yankees.
Thursday, October 23 at 5:00-6:30 pm "Immigrants' Rights in the Age of ICE" A Public Dialogue with Deepa Fernandes and Kica Matos moderated by Alicia Schmidt Camacho.
Saturday, October 23 at 2:00-3:30 pm Documentary: Richard Wright, Black Boy and discussion to follow.
Children and Young Adult Programs at Ives (Main) Highlights
Monday, October 20 at 4:00 pm - Learn Chess
Tuesday, October 21 at 4:00 pm Teen Book Club Monthly Book Club
Wednesday, October 22 at 4:00 pm "Typing Tutors" a 30 minute session for children(7-12 years old) to improve keyboarding skills!
Fair Haven Branch-182 Grand Avenue
Saturday, October 25 at 1:00 pm "Magic Dan and Snowball the Rabbit" sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 59 (New Haven)
Mitchell Branch - 37 Harrison Street
Tuesday, October 21 at 10:00 am Stay & Play program and same day 4:00 pm Booktivity.
Wilson Branch - 303 Washington Avenue
Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 23 at 3:30 pm Homework Help
Thursday, October 23 at 3:30 pm Teen Advisory Group
Here are some great cultural events taking place in New Haven:
Through November 9: Etchings of the Eternal City: Piranesi’s Rome. An exhibition that examines artist, print maker and Venice native Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s etchings of 18th century Rome. Knights of Columbus Museum. 1 State St., New Haven. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm. 865-0400.
Oct. 23. Hamden native & recent US Poet Laureate Donald Hall reads from Unpacking the Boxes: Memoir of a Life in Poetry. Special signed copy of Hall's poem The Sleeping Giant will be available for sale. New Haven Museum , 114 Whitney Ave. Free. 5:30pm. 562-4183 x11.
Oct. 24, 10-2:30pm--Senior Cultural Festival. Traditional foods, music, dance, handcrafts. Presented by Agency on Aging of So. Central CT and Mary Wade Home. Atwater Senior Center www.aoapartnerships.org or 785-8533 x3157.
October 25. The Natural History of Witches and Wizards: A Peabody Halloween. See live owls, spiders, snakes, and other creatures often associated with a witch’s brew. Find out why nocturnal animals can operate in the dark as easily as humans in daylight. Maskmaking and other crafts. 10 am-3 pm. $5-$7. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-432-5050. www.peabody.yale.edu.
October 25. Yale Center for British Art. 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. 432-2800. www.yale.edu/ycba. The Art of Papermaking. Adult workshop, part of the Pulp and Paint Transformed: The Art and Preservation of Watercolors series. Registration required at ycba.yale.edu/education. 10:30 am-1 pm.
On October 29 join me for the Mayor's Annual Halloween Parade. This year’s theme is: “New Haven Goes Green.” The parade route runs from Temple and Chapel Sts. to High St. to Elm St. to Temple St. beginning at 10:30am.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.