In January, I wrote to you about the various ways in which we are working to reduce violence in New Haven. One important way was through working to enact state legislation. I am thrilled to report that the Connecticut General Assembly that produced a bill that, if enacted, will make the City’s schools, streets and neighborhoods safer.
This bipartisan bill is a great piece of legislation that is thoughtful and thorough. Its provisions address the many types of gun violence that occur—both mass shootings like the tragedy in Newtown as well as the violence that occurs in our city.
The proposed legislation calls for the creation of a Dangerous Weapons Registry—the first in the nation—that will require people who have been convicted of weapons offenses to register and check in with law enforcement at regular intervals. The registry will not be available to the public, only to law enforcement and will allow law enforcement to monitor people who are convicted of possessing or using unregistered guns. This is directly applicable to the kind of gun violence that occurs in New Haven. If this proposed state legislation is enacted, the Dangerous Weapons Registry will be a powerful resource in our efforts to reduce violence.
The bill also addresses the issues of school security and mental health; both of which are vital to reducing violence.
For more information on the provisions of the proposed legislation, please see the links below:
• Gun violence prevention provisions: here
• Mental health provisions: here
• School security provisions: here
Parent University is a free Parent Support Network for all New Haven Public School parents. A critical component of New Haven’s School Change Initiative, Parent University aims to give parents the tools needed to help their children succeed in school and in life.
Parent University is free and will be held this Saturday, April 6th from 8am-4pm at Gateway Community College and includes:
• Free Breakfast and Lunch
• Free Parking at Temple Street Garage (Bring your ticket)
• Free bus transportation
• Free childcare for ages 3-12 (SPACE IS LIMITED)
• Free informative workshops and discussions on wide-ranging issues related to the social, emotional and physical health of your child and educational topics ranging from early literacy to success in college.
To register, call 203-497-7055 or, to register online, go here
Project Storefronts Celebrates Spring with New Hours and the Metamorphosis Project!
Project Storefronts, located at 756 Chapel Street, has new hours and will now be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 12 Noon until 3pm (excluding holidays).
Visit Project Storefronts and take part in the new Metamorphosis project. For the project, participants will be given a paper butterfly on which they can write a message of hope, a dream, or a wish. Then each butterfly will be attached to a backing that will be hung or mounted in various spaces and places throughout the Project Storefronts facility. This activity is free and open to the public. No prior arts experience is necessary.
Rent Rebate Program
The City of New Haven will begin accepting applications for the State of Connecticut’s Rent Rebate Program on April 15th. Due to the high volume of applicants expected for this program, residents interested in applying must do so by appointment only. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. The state program provides a reimbursement for Connecticut renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits.
More information on the Rent Rebate Program can be found here
Apr. 3. W. Kamau Bell. Lyman Ctr for Arts. 8pm. http://tickets.southernct.edu/
Apr. 3. Dishcrawl. Enjoy a night of culinary bliss as you explore and sample 4 different restaurants in downtown New Haven. 7-9pm. http://dishcrawl.com/downtownewhaven/
Apr. 4. Animal Tracking. Learn to track animals with Ranger Harry Coyle. Meet at Nature Center on corner of Route 34 and Ella Grasso Boulevard. 3:30-4:30pm.
Apr. 4. Davis Street Community Concert. 6pm. www.newhavensymphony.org
Apr. 5. Fair Haven Middle Community Concert. 6pm. www.newhavensymphony.org
Apr. 5. Project Storefronts Family Dance Party. 756 Chapel St. 6-8pm. www.projectstorefrontsnewhaven.com
Apr. 5. Spring On9. Ninth Square. 6-8pm. www.on9newhaven.com
Apr. 6. Big Day Cleanup with Quinnipiac University. Help clean up the park with Ranger Dan Barvir. Meet at Nature Center across the street from Wilbur Cross. 10am-1pm.
Apr. 6. Spring Open Farm Day. Common Ground. 10am-2pm. www.commongroundct.org
Apr. 6. Lyric Hall Theater Big Band. Lyric Hall. 8:30pm.