I hope you enjoyed a pleasant Thanksgiving. There are a number of events taking place this week in New Haven to celebrate the holiday season. Our annual tree lighting will take place on the New Haven Green on Thursday, November 29th; I hope to see you there!
Mass Notification System
The City of New Haven has begun utilizing its 3N Mass Notification System. This is a web-based system that allows me and other designated City officials to send messages to residents about emergencies, public service information and public safety information. This is an important tool to make residents aware of opportunities, concerns and incidents in the City. The system is designed to send phone message to the entire city, specific zip codes, any address within a radius of a specified location, any street segment and any address in a polygon shape which can be defined on the system. We have already tested the system using it to notify residents of leaf sweeping schedules and bridge closures. Today, I will demonstrate the system as I record a message for all residents to learn about the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) free bus pass distribution program. This initiative by CDOT offers passes good for 10 free rides on CTTRANSIT local and commuter buses for new users encouraging more residents to utilize public transportation to get to work.
Mayor’s Night Out
I invite you to join me on Wednesday at 7p.m. at Mayor’s Night Out at King/Robinson School. Representatives of all City departments will be present and available to answer your questions and concerns. King/Robinson School is located at 150 Fournier Street. Also, please remember that next Tuesday, December 4th, is Mayor’s Night In where I’ll be available to meet with you at City Hall from 5-6 p.m. to discuss issues important to you. Make sure to arrive early to secure your place in line.
Poinsettias Still for Sale
Students in the agricultural program at the Sound School have raised 8 ½ inch Poinsettias that are for sale to the public. You have until December 3rd to get in your order for a beautiful red, white or pink poinsettia. This is a terrific opportunity to support the work of Sound School students while also picking up a great gift for family, friends or yourself. If you’re interested in purchasing a poinsettia please call 946-8002 or 946-8142.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Join us for our annual tree lighting festivities on the New Haven Green at 6pm this Thursday. This annual family-fun event is sponsored by AT&T and kicks-off downtown’s holiday season. Activities will begin at 5:30pm with live performances by the Unity Boys Choir, Cooperative Arts High School Choir, Career High School Choir, and the Yale Gospel Choir. Santa, Ronald McDonald, the cast of New Haven Ballet’s Nutcracker and other special guests will lend a hand to illuminate the tree, a Norway spruce adorned with sparkling lights.
From 4-8PM there will be a host of activities for children including carousel rides, letter writing to the North Pole and an opportunity to be part of the “Alpine Safari” by riding on one of four mechanical animals free of charge. There will also be holiday crafts, popcorn, and free hayrides around the Green for all to enjoy. After the tree is lit, children can visit and take photos with Santa until 7PM. The celebration continues Thursday evening as the “Holiday Block Party” begins with Downtown restaurants offering a variety of themed specials. Participating restaurants and clubs include Black Bear Saloon, Bottega Lounge, Brass Monkey, Caffé Bottega, Katz’s II, Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, the Playwright, Richters and Temple Grill. This evening of events is sponsored by AT&T and presented by the New Haven Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. In the case of extreme inclement weather, the tree lighting will be held Friday, November 30. For more information please visit www.infonewhaven.com or contact (203) 946-7172.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week.
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.