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    Dear Friends

    August promises a number of exciting events to entertain the whole family in New Haven. Don’t miss out on world-class events that you can only find in the Elm City like the New Haven Jazz Festival and the Pilot Pen tennis tournament. Come out and enjoy what our City has to offer. Here’s what’s happening in New Haven this week:

    Support the Red Cross’ Emergency Appeal for Blood Donations

    The Red Cross is asking every eligible individual in Connecticut to make an appointment to donate blood, as the Connecticut Blood Services Region is currently experiencing a significant shortage in blood inventories. I urge all New Haven residents to participate in this effort to replenish Connecticut’s blood supply by becoming donors and encouraging their friends, family, and co-workers to do the same. There will be two blood drives in New Haven this week: The first will take place at the Yale School of Medicine at 315 Cedar Street from 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6th. The second drive will be on Friday, August 8th from 12:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the New Haven Chapter House on 703 Whitney Ave. Please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. For more information on blood drives near you, or to schedule your own community drive, please visit: www.bloodct.org.

    New Haven Jazz Festival August 8-10

    Come down to the New Haven Green this weekend to enjoy exceptional jazz music! It’s free! The New Haven Jazz Festival, presented by Casey Family Services is a concert series that begins on Friday, August 8th at 5:30 p.m. with the Neighborhood Music School's Summer Jazz "Program Concert." On Saturday and Sunday, the concerts will begin at 4:00 p.m. For more information and a list of performers, please visit: www.newhavenjazz.com.

    Bregamos Community Theater presents “Migrant”

    On August 10th, Bregamos Community Theater is hosting a musical to be performed by Pregones Theater. The musical, “Migrant,” deals with early Puerto Rican immigration to the eastern United States. This free event will take place at 4:00 p.m. at Quinnipiac River Park.

    Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament

    The Pilot Pen tennis tournament will begin on August 15th and will run through August 23rd at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. This tournament is a great opportunity to see world-class athletes compete in a family-friendly setting. For tickets and more information please call 1-888-99-PILOT or visit: www.pilotpentennis.com.

    Back to School Donations

    For the second year in a row, Lt. Rebecca Sweeney Burns, District Manager for the Newhallville section of the City, will be hosting a back-to-school celebration with a goal of outfitting 100 children with the supplies they need to return to the classroom in September. Lt. Sweeney Burns is asking for public donations of paper, notebooks, book bags, pencils, pens, sharpeners, eraser, rulers, crayons, tissues and other school supplies. Donations should be dropped off at the Newhallville Police Substation located at 596 Winchester Avenue no later than August 22nd. The back to school celebration will take place on August 22nd at the substation. For more information, please contact the Newhallville Substation at 203-946-7572.

    Traffic Safety Hotline

    Help us keep New Haven streets safe by calling the anonymous Traffic Safety Hotline at 203-946-6956, 24 hours a day. If you see a dirt-bike or ATV out on the streets, or if you witness any type of unsafe traffic behavior, please call the hotline. Neighborhood specialists will be disseminating flyers this week with tips on how to keep our streets safe, but we need your help too! If you are part of a community group or faith-based organization, I encourage you to make copies of the flyer available at www.cityofnewhaven.com and help get this message out to as many people as possible. Working together we can significantly decrease traffic incidents in the City and achieve safer streets. The flyer is now available in English and Spanish.

    Here’s what’s happening at the New Haven Free Public Library this week:

    Meet B.B. the Bluefish

    B.B., the official mascot of the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team will be visiting the Fair Haven Branch on Tuesday at Noon, the Wilson Branch on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., the Stetson Branch at Noon on Thursday, and the Mitchell Branch next Monday, August 11th, at Noon. Visit your local branch to learn about the team and meet B.B.!

    Learn Sign Language

    On Tuesday, August 5th at 4:00 p.m., learn American Sign Language at the Children's Room in the Main Branch. All ages are welcome to attend the class and learn the alphabet as well as the words for bugs and other creepy crawlies.

    Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place

    The Main Branch will be showing the film, “Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place” at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. This 2004 film, directed by Saul Landau, depicts both a historical look at the country and a modern one which has been influenced by the West. There will also be Syrian cuisine courtesy of Mediterranea Restaurant on Orange Street. Please register by calling 946-7431 or visit: www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor
    [8/3/2008]


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