As we prepare for the winter season, I’d like to remind residents to check the City’s website or call 203-946-SNOW for information on parking bans, service changes and other weather-related messages during inclement weather. The City of New Haven also utilizes a notification system to communicate emergency information; however, residents with unlisted phone numbers and those who have placed their phone numbers on the national Do Not Call List will not receive a phone call in the event of a City emergency. I strongly encourage all residents to add your phone numbers to the notification system by visiting the Emergency OptIn/Out site. In addition, I want to remind all New Haven property owners that clearing the snow on the sidewalks and around your homes is your responsibility. This rule applies to both commercial and residential property owners and it requires that sidewalks be cleared within 24 hours of the end of a storm. To avoid fines, I encourage residents to maintain their property and pay attention to parking bans during inclement weather.
Year End Crime Statistics Presentation
On Thursday, February 18th at 1 p.m., there will be a press conference at the Police Department, 1 Union Ave., to announce the City’s 2009 crime statistics.
New Haven Neighborhood Quality of Life Survey
The first-ever quality of life survey is now being conducted in New Haven. If you have opinions about your neighborhood or suggestions for improving the community, I encourage you to take 10 minutes to complete this survey before March 1, 2010. DataHaven, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that compiles and shares high-quality public information, will ensure accuracy of reporting and maintain the anonymity of all information collected. Please visit the following website to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/neighborhoodsurveynewhaven.
Family Violence and Child Trauma Conference
Clifford Beers Clinic will be hosting Healing the Generations: The Second Annual Family Violence and Child Trauma Conference, which will be held Thursday, March 25th and Friday, March 26th, 2010 at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Healing the Generations will bring attention to the role of resiliency and optimism in recovery for young children exposed to trauma. It will offer caregivers, family members and professionals from child and family service agencies, state and local community agencies, faith communities, schools, universities and colleges the opportunity to network and share trauma related programming and resources. Up to 12 Continuing Education Credits will be available for MFT, LPC, NASW, LCSW, CCB. For more information, and to register, please visit website: www.cliffordbeers.org or contact Jane Hendrickson at (203) 772-1270 ext. 246 or email@example.com.
Wellness Tip from the American Heart Association
Vegetables and fruits are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber — and they’re low in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure.
Cut down on the cost of driving by using a car sharing service such as ZipCar (ZipCar has 20 cars available downtown). Pay for a car only when you actually need to use it!
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I hope you have a happy and healthy week,
John DeStefano, Jr.