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    January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air, but can reach harmful levels when trapped inside buildings. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. As part of radon action month, I encourage residents to test the radon levels in your homes. Testing is easy, inexpensive and can prevent unnecessary exposure to radon. For more information about radon, please contact the City of New Haven Health Department at: 203-946-8174 or visit the EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/radon/nram/index.html.

    Citywide Magnet School Fair

    On Wednesday, January 13th from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a Citywide Magnet Fair at the New Haven Field House, 480 Sherman Parkway. This is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to meet with representatives from the New Haven Magnet Schools. For more information, contact: 203-946-7415 or visit: http://nhps.net/magnets.

    Meet the Author

    Chesa Boudin, author of “GRINGO: A Coming-of-Age in Latin America,” will be visiting the Main Branch on January 14th at 6 p.m. For more information or to register for this free event, visit: www.gringo.eventbrite.com.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Love March

    On Friday, January 15th, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 40th annual Love March honoring Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The march will begin at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 100 Lawrence Street.

    Worthington Hooker School Dedication

    Join me on January 17th at 2 p.m. at a dedication ceremony for the new Worthington Hooker School located on Whitney Avenue. This school is the 32nd school to be constructed or remodeled in the Citywide School Construction Program.

    Tree Collection

    Holiday tree collection will continue through the end of January. Please place your tree outside on your normal collection day with all of its decorations removed. If a tree becomes frozen to the ground, it will become the responsibility of the homeowner to remove the tree. For more information, please call the Department of Public Works Citizen Response Unit: 203-946-7700.

    Green Tip

    Fireplaces can be significant sources of heat loss for your home. Make sure to close the flue damper when the fireplace is not in use, along with glass doors if applicable. Reduce heat loss when you are using the fireplace by opening (<1 inch) a nearby window.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: elyons@newhavenct.net. An opportunity may exist down the line to receive messages specific to your neighborhood. For this purpose, in your email, please tell us what ward you live in.

    The Mayor's Monday Message list is not shared with any outside groups and is used solely for the purpose of delivering timely information about issues and events in the City from the Mayor's office to your inbox.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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