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    Dear Friends

    Property owners should expect to receive their preliminary property revaluation notices this week. I will be hosting a series of public information meetings this week and next week to explain the revaluation process and answer questions residents may have on their property values. I encourage you to attend one of these meetings. The dates are:

    • 7 p.m., Thursday, December 8th at Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Pky

    • 2 p.m., Saturday, December 10th at St. Bernadette’s Hall, 385 Townsend Ave.

    • 7:30 p.m., Monday, December 12th at Edgewood School, 737 Edgewood Ave.

    • 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 13th at Bishop Woods School, 1481 Quinnipiac Ave.

    • 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 14th at Celentano School, 400 Canner St.

    • 7 p.m., Thursday, December 15th at Career High School, 140 Legion Avenue

    Revaluation is a state-mandated process of determining the fair market value of all taxable property. State law mandates that municipalities perform a revaluation every five years, and a full visual revaluation once every ten years. The last revaluation was performed in 2006 based on a statistical analysis of market values. That revaluation was only partially implemented. The 2011 revaluation included a statistical market analysis as well as exterior and interior inspections that were performed between summer 2010 and summer 2011. I understand that revaluation is a genuine concern to residents. I encourage you to attend one of the public meetings to learn how revaluation might affect you and your family.

    At 7 p.m. on Wednesday I will be participating in a multimedia public forum at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School with David Kennedy, author of Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America. I will be part of a team of live bloggers at the event. Panelists will include Police Chief Dean Esserman, Police Officer Shafiq Abdussabur, activist Barbara Fair, Street Outreach Worker William Outlaw, and activist Darrell Allick. The event is co-sponsored by the New Haven Independent, WTNH, and the New Haven Register. I invite everyone to join in this public dialogue.

    I also want to send my gratitude to 911 dispatcher Robert Grauer, whose level-headed professionalism helped save the life of an infant in respiratory arrest on Thanksgiving weekend. Robert gave calm and clear over-the-phone CPR instructions to the infant’s mother. Working together, Robert and the mother were able to turn what could have been a truly horrible event into what will hopefully become just one minor chapter in this infant’s long and healthy life. We are a better city thanks to the talented, dedicated, and professional men and women like Robert who answer our phones during our most critical of incidents.

    Green Tip of the Week

    This holiday season, use LED lights instead of incandescent lights to use up to 80% less electricity!

    Health Matters!

    The single best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot each season, but good health habits like covering your cough, washing your hands often, and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth can help stop the spread of germs and prevent colds and flu.

    Here’s what else is going on in the Elm City…

    Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Chorus will be performing at Union Station.

    Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. Celentano School Chorus will be performing at the Yale Center for British Art.

    Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School Strings and Wind Ensemble Concert at Coop High School, 177 College Street.

    Monday, December 12 from 1-2 p.m. Senior Nature Walk from the Edgewood Ranger Station

    Tuesday, December 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop at the Barnard Nature Center

    Tuesday, December 13 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Sea Life of Long Island Sound at Barnard Nature Center

    Wednesday, December 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nature Pals Playgroup at the Edgewood Ranger Station

    Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. Atwater Senior Center Holiday Party, 26 Atwater Street.

    Friday, December 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. Climb the Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point park ($3 per person fee)

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 946-8200


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