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    Office Of The Mayor
    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Criterion Cinemas expanding

    I look forward to joining with Charley and Ben Moss of Bow Tie Cinemas on Friday to cut the ribbon on an additional two new auditoriums at Criterion Cinemas, just in time to debut the new Josh Hartnett – Scarlett Johannson film, “The Black Dahlia,” directed by Brian DePalma, and “Half Nelson” starring Ryan Gosling. The addition gives the Criterion a total of seven screens, with more than 900 seats. The Criterion first opened in November 2004. To have a downtown, urban theatre do well enough to add two additional screens, for a total of seven, is phenomenal, and the result of a lot of hard work by the City to create just the right dynamic and inviting environment.

    Angel of Peace

    The Angel of Peace, the 5,000-pound bronze statue which tops the New Haven Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on East Rock, is being restored on the New Haven Green and I hope you will take the time to see the statue up close. I am delighted that the Parks Department was able to accommodate my request to restore the statue on the Green so that New Haveners could see the famous statue up close. This beautiful monument and symbol of peace is being restored by Frances Miller of ConservArt and will soon return to its perch atop East Rock. Take a look!

    Promoting Ride the Bus to Work Day

    Wednesday, October 12, is our official Ride the Bus to Work Day. Tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10 a.m., the City of New Haven will promote the event by taking a ride around the block under the skilled direction of 24-year CT Transit veteran Claudette Mayes as a kickoff event for the October 12 Ride the Bus to Work Day. The City of New Haven and other downtown area businesses (in cooperation with CTTRANSIT and Rideworks) are encouraging area residents to try public transit for their commute on October 12 by riding the bus to work. Friends and co-workers can take the bus together and make a fun day out of their commute to work.

    Wilson library branch

    Saturday will be a landmark day for the City of New Haven as we officially open the first new library branch to be built in the City since the mid-1960s. The new Courtland Seymour Wilson Branch Library opens with a ribbon cutting and reception at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Please join us to tour this newest addition to our library system at 303 Washington Avenue (corner of Daggett Street and Washington Avenue). The new library, designed by Pozzi Associates LLC and built by a minority-owned firm, Tri -Con, Construction Managers, LLC., is a split level design. One floor features books, comfortable reading areas, children’s and young adult services. The lower level is the community area featuring meeting rooms, exhibit area, Family Place/community programming spaces and a technology learning center with an internet oasis providing more than 20 public internet computers.

    New football field for Pop Warner

    The newly reconstructed Winslow Augustine football field in West Rock got its first tryout on Sunday, when New Haven Steelers Pop Warner team played a game against Stratford. I am delighted that we were able to create a football field that could accommodate the burgeoning needs of athletics, especially the Pop Warner League. My thanks to Bob Levine and the Parks Department for successfully steering this $714,000 reconstruction of the Winslow Augustine football field in West Rock, and for giving us a football field that is equipped with state of the art nighttime sports lighting. Now, we can schedule games with other city and suburban teams at a first rate facility and during evening hours so that parents and others can support their children.

    Friday, September 15, 2006, 9 a.m. on the Green:

    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. will join with supporters in seeing off the members of the Connecticut AIDS Bike tour on the Green.

    Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    [9/11/2006]


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