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    Beginning this week, the New Haven Health Department will be offering free H1N1 vaccines throughout the month of January. Vaccines will be available at the New Haven Health Department’s clinic, located on the first floor of 54 Meadow Street, every Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon and every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit www.cityofnewhaven.com and click on “H1N1 information” or call 203-946-8178. H1N1 shots will also be available without an appointment on January 28th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Hall Atrium, 165 Church Street. City Senior Centers, Tower One, Bella Vista and Casa Otońal will be posting dates and times for clinics to be held at these sites. For up to date clinic information call: 203-946-7878.

    Tree Collection

    The Department of Public Works will begin holiday tree collection today and 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.

    Three Kings Day Festivities

    The New Haven Hispanic Firefighters Associations, Local 825, the New Haven Benevolent Association and United Healthcare of Oxford are sponsoring a Three Kings Day celebration on January 5th at 10 a.m. at Ross-Woodward School, 185 Barnes Avenue. At this event, students will learn about the history and tradition of Three Kings Day and firefighters will be dressed in costume. For more information, contact René Cordova at: 203-376-8851.

    New Haven Free Public Library Hosts Community Job Forum

    On January 5th from 8:30 to 10 a.m., New Haven Free Public Library invites residents to attend a discussion on the local economy as part of President Obama’s “Community Job Forum.” Feedback from the discussion will be sent directly to the White House for an official report to the President and will be shared with other communities via the White House blog. For more information and to receive a list of discussion questions, contact Seth Godfrey at: 203-946-8130 ext. 211 or sgodfrey@nhfpl.org. The forum will be held at the Main Branch, 133 Elm Street.

    Alarm Registration Ordinance Press Conference

    On Wednesday, January 6th at 10:30 a.m., there will be a press conference to announce the City’s new alarm registration ordinance. This new ordinance requires all alarms to be registered or re-registered with the Police Department, which includes providing the names of three individuals who can be contacted in the event of an alarm. The ordinance will also change the fee structure associated with false alarms. The event will be held in the atrium of the New Haven Police Department, 1 Union Avenue.

    Senior Talent Show

    Long Wharf Theatre invites local singers, actors, musicians and comedians 70 years of age or older to showcase their talents in an Early Bird Cabaret. This event will be held on the afternoon of January 17th at Long Wharf Theatre and will compliment the world premiere of “Lil’s 90th” which will run from January 6th through February 7th. Individual and group acts are welcome. For more information and to sign up, contact Leah Dudley at: 203-772-8242 or leah.dudley@longwharf.org.

    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.

    Green Tip

    Have old clothes, appliances, or other things that you no longer use? Donate them or give them away instead of throwing them out. The best way to recycle is to find another use for something.

    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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