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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    The Board of Aldermen will be holding an important workshop at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, May 2 to discuss the 100 College Street project. This is the first development at Downtown Crossing, a transformational effort to reclaim nearly 11 acres of land currently underutilized by the Route 34 connector. Visit www.downtowncrossingnewhaven.com or come to City Hall Wednesday evening to learn more about this exciting effort.

    Celebrating 100 Years of the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

    Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Carousel at Lighthouse Park, and the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees and Friends of Lighthouse Point Park are planning a fun-filled celebration weekend May 12-13 to celebrate the milestone.

    The celebration weekend features free and low cost family fun, in addition to a gala fundraiser.

    The celebration includes 50 cent carousel rides and $1 ferris wheel rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Children's face painting, nature tours, lighthouse tours, carousel rides, ferris wheel rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, and food will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.

    The fundraiser gala will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, offering a lobster dinner, drinks, music, dancing, carousel and ferris wheel rides, and fireworks. Tickets are $100 per person. Guests are required to RSVP by May 5 to carousel@newhavenct.net.

    The Carousel is a wonderful piece of New Haven history. After 100 years, it is great to see it still enjoyed. This celebration and fundraiser will help make sure the Carousel will be preserved for the next century.

    Ward Redistricting

    Every ten years, the City must redraw its ward boundaries to align with population shifts reported in the census. The Board of Aldermen has been working for the past few months to redraw ward lines in a way that equalizes population without diluting minority voting power or crossing state or federal district lines. A special Aldermanic committee working on redistricting approved a new ward map last week that will now go to the full Board of Aldermen for a vote.

    Summer Camp Registration Period Begins

    While spring leaves are only just returning to the trees, it's not too early to start thinking about summer plans. Today marks the first day of enrollment for summer programs offered by the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees.

    The City offers a wide array of affordable opportunities for New Haven youth during the summer, including nature, adventure, athletics, and performing arts programs. This year the City is offering more than 60 different camp programs. In addition to organized programs, the City also offers an array of fun outdoor facilities, including playgrounds, parks, and splash pads.

    Parents and guardians can register their children in person between the hours of 9am - 4:30pm at the Parks Administrative Offices, 720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. Non-residents may not register before June 6 to give residents priority. A limited number of scholarships are available to City residents. Parents may call 203-946-8338 for scholarship details.

    For more information about programs and how to register, visit the webpage for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees.

    Restaurant Week Success

    I want to thank everyone who made this year's Restaurant Week a huge success. Nearly 25,000 diners visited downtown New Haven from April 15-20 and many of the 34 participating restaurants said they were at capacity. Market New Haven reports that 116 Crown had its busiest Restaurant Week ever, with a full book of reservations throughout the week. Caseus served over 250 pounds of dried pasta to diners who ordered their specialty macaroni and cheese! Central Steakhouse, Christopher Martins Restaurant and Sage American Grill & Oyster Bar broke revenue records for at least three days out of the week, while Basta Trattoria, Café Goodfellas and Oxaca Kitchen reached maximum capacity at their restaurants for at least three days out of the week. Thanks again to all who made this week a success!

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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