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    At a news conference today, I talked about New Haven's wins and losses in 2010 and the sacrifices we are going to need to make in 2011. It's time to make hard choices. Today I announced four steps we are going to need to take as a community to achieve a balanced budget and grow in this challenging economy. We will need to work together, everyone will need to pay their share and we can all benefit at the end of the day. If you missed the press conference, click here to read my remarks.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven this week:

    Library Fine Forgiveness Week

    The New Haven Free Public Library is offering a 2011 New Year’s Resolution to the public: Bring back your overdue books to the library during the week of January 3rd - January 8th 2011 and your fines on those books will be forgiven! The public library is resolved to make it easier for people to return overdue books and start the New Year with their library services completely restored. The Fine Forgiveness Week was launched this morning. Throughout the week, the Readmobile will visit the neighborhood branches lending a library face and presence before the branches open. The schedule includes Fair Haven Branch on Tuesday from 8:30 am - 10:00 am, Stetson Branch on Wednesday from 10:00am – 12:00 pm, Mitchell Branch on Thursday from 8:30 am – 10:00 am and Wilson Branch on Friday from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. If the Readmobile or branch hours aren’t convenient, the public can also return books in the system’s book drops located at each building.

    New Haven Police Celebrate 150 Years & Unveil New Badge

    On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Police Headquarters, Chief Limon and I will kick-off this year’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the New Haven Police Department on Tuesday. We will unveil a new Police badge that officers will be permitted to wear with their uniforms from January 1- December 31, 2011 in honor of the year-long anniversary celebration. A model of a new exhibit being constructed within the department to highlight the history and evolution of the department over the last 150 years will also be shown publicly for the first time at this event.

    Under the direction of former Assistant Police Chief for Administration, Stephanie Redding, a Historical Preservation Committee was formed to undertake methods of finding and preserving the history of the New Haven Police Services, from the earliest days in the 18th century to the present.

    Mayor’s Night Out

    Mayor’s Night Out is an important opportunity for me to visit the City’s neighborhoods where I can speak with residents directly about concerns and needs. My entire department heads and coordinators join me at this event so that you can go directly to the source with any questions you may have about any City service.

    The following are the 2011 MNO dates and locations:

    FEBRUARY 9, 2011 WARDS #7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 20, 21 & 22

    Celentano School – Canner Street

    MARCH 16, 2011 WARDS #8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18

    New Columbus Academy, Grand Ave

    MAY 18, 2011 WARDS #23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30

    Hillhouse High School, Sherman Parkway

    AUGUST 24, 2011 WARDS # 11, 13, 14, 17 & 18

    Nathan Hale School -480 Townsend Ave

    OCTOBER 26, 2011 WARDS # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 23

    Roberto Clemente School- Howard Ave.

    Green Tip

    Check the air filter on your furnace to make sure it is not clogged or blocked. Clogged air filters reduce the efficiency of your furnace, resulting in higher heating bills.

    Safety Tip

    The City of New Haven would like to remind residents, especially during this holiday season, which we must continue to maintain a heightened level of awareness for any suspicious activity you may observe. As citizens we can play a critical role to local and Federal law enforcement by reporting any suspicious or unusual activity (as was the case with the alert t-shirt vendor in the Times Square case). Your awareness can eliminate a potential threat and help maintain the highest degree of public safety.

    The Connecticut Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security continues to operate a 24/7 toll-free tips line 1-866-HLS-TIPS (1-866-457-8477). This allows citizens of Connecticut a single point of contact to report suspicious incidents or suspected acts of terrorism. Remember that if you "See Something, Say Something".

    You can also access a suspicious activity report for by clicking on the link below.


    I hope you have a happy and healthy New Year!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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