Mayor's Monday Message|
I would like to acknowledge the men and women of the Police, Fire, Parks, and Public Works departments who acted with incredible professionalism last Wednesday in cleaning and clearing Occupy New Haven from the New Haven Green. Occupy New Haven expressed real and valid concerns about income inequality that still deserve to be a part of our public dialog, but at some point the movement became less about those important issues and more about holding on to a piece of the New Haven Green.
Parks crews have begun treating and preparing the site to be re-seeded. I am looking forward to the restoration of the Upper Green as a place for all.
National Week of the Young Child
Saturday marked the start of National Week of the Young Child. The New Haven Early Childhood Council is sponsoring events all week to promote the importance of high quality early care and education for young children. Over 15 children's book readings have been scheduled throughout the community. At each event children will be given a free copy of the book to be read. This morning, New Haven Police Officer Rose Dell helped celebrate the week by reading Keeping You Safe to children from local preschools.
In-Road Pedestrian Crossing Signs Return to Neighborhoods Throughout the City
Last week Transportation, Traffic and Parking crews began installing approximately 65 in-road pedestrian crossing signs at various intersections throughout the city. The signs are a reminder to motorists to stop for pedestrians as they cross the street. The signs are taken down each winter and reinstalled each spring to allow snow plow access. They have been well-received by residents and are one of a number of traffic calming tools we deploy to help keep streets safe for all users. Check out our Street Smarts website for more information about how to make our roads safer for all users. If you think your neighborhood would benefit from an in-road pedestrian crossing sign, contact the Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking at 203-946-8075.
New Haven Promise is partnering with Arte Inc. this spring to offer college-focused workshops for parents of New Haven Public School students. Arte is also offering computer and financial literacy classes for parents. The workshops are geared toward helping parents, guardians and students plan for college. Food will be provided for participants.
Space is limited, so RSVP soon to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and a schedule of workshops, click here: http://schoolpromise.webship.com/planning-for-college-101/
What is Your New Haven Story?
Connecticut's Office of Tourism is running a contest to find the best local stories. They are looking for personal stories from residents, businesses, organizations, and institutions about what makes Connecticut great. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase New Haven and everything we have to offer. There are already some great New Haven stories on the website, including submissions from Pepe's pizza, Claire Criscuolo of Claire's Corner Copia, Cluefest, and more. Check out the contest website and submit your New Haven story!