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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    This weekend marked the first of what will almost certainly be more snow storms in 2012. I want to thank our Public Works and Transportation, Traffic, and Parking crews for working swiftly over the weekend to make our streets safe and passable.

    Public Works crews, mechanics, and subcontractors put in close to 1,500 hours of work treating roads and clearing snow over the weekend. One hundred tons of mixed sand and salt and 318 tons of treated salt were applied to city roads.

    I also want to thank the many New Haven residents who did their part shoveling out sidewalks and cars and adhered to the downtown parking ban. In every neighborhood, one could find numerous people who went above and beyond to help neighbors shovel out. It's that kind of spirit that makes me proud of this city each and every day.

    In anticipation of more snow this season, I want to remind property owners that shoveling sidewalks isn't only the right thing to do, it's the law. Property owners are responsible for removing snow, sleet, and ice from their sidewalks and handicap ramps within 24 hours after a storm ends. Failure to comply can result in fines. Please make sure your sidewalks are safe and clear for everyone, including those in wheelchairs.

    Partnership secures $2.3 million for New Haven moms

    Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro joined the New Haven Health Department, Housing Authority of New Haven, Yale University, and

    several community groups at Quinnipiac Terrace last week to announce a five-year $2.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health to address mental health needs of New Haven mothers.

    The grant will help fund the work of the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers Partnership (the MOMS Partnership). The partnership consists of a network of 513 mothers in New Haven trained in mental health outreach who serve as Community Mental Health Ambassadors.

    The MOMS Partnership has already established empowerment groups to provide support and services for New Haven mothers, helping to connect mothers to important mental health services. Thank you to Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic, New Haven Healthy Start, New Haven Health Department, All Our Kin, The Diaper Bank, The State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and the Housing Authority of New Haven for leading this important effort, and thank you to Congresswoman DeLauro for helping to secure this important funding.

    More passengers choose Tweed New Haven Airport

    Tweed New Haven Regional Airport announced last week that more passengers flew out of Tweed in 2011 than in 10 of the past 11 years. Airline passengers increased 11 percent between 2010 and 2011. Tweed has seen an increase in passengers for three consecutive years. In total, 39,791 passengers flew out of Tweed in 2011.

    U.S. Airways Express offers several flights a day out of Tweed to Philadelphia. Connections can be made there to almost any national or international destination. Fares are competitive, parking is convenient, and the airport is a close drive to anywhere in New Haven. I encourage you to consider flying from Tweed on your next trip.

    Policy Focus: Alderman Doug Hausladen advocates for red light cameras on Face the State

    Alderman Doug Hausladen appeared on Face the State last Sunday with State Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Tony Guerrera to advocate for state legislation that would enable the use of life-saving red light camera technology in the enforcement of traffic laws.

    The cameras would be installed at select high-volume intersections and would capture the images of the rear license plates of vehicles violating traffic laws. Violators would be issued tickets and would be subject to fines. Currently 25 states permit the use of this technology, and nearly 500 cities and towns nationwide employ red light cameras as a component of their traffic enforcement system. Recent studies have shown that the use of red light cameras has resulted in significant decreases in fatal accidents.

    I hope you can join advocates like myself and Alderman Hausladen in supporting this life-saving legislation. View the video here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6658691

    Winchester Revitalization Art Project Seeks Artists for Third Coffee House and Open Mic Night

    The Winchester Revitalization Art Project will host its third Coffee House and Open Mic Night this Saturday, January 28 fro m 7 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at Yummie's Restaurant at 679 Dixwell Avenue. Artists of all ages and skill are invited to participate. There will be a live band and refreshments.

    W.R.A.P. is an ongoing project of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, the Livable City Initiative, and the Office of Economic Development. The Project seeks to encourage arts and culture in the Newhallville neighborhood through programming on Winchester Avenue and other area venues. The neighborhood-based program seeks to engage the community in positive arts activities that take advantage of vacant city-owned lots and other community spaces.

    Interested in learning more about Winchester Revitalization Art Project? Or an Artist interested in participating? Contact (203) 946-7172 or wrapmoore@gmail.com.

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

    Jan. 24. Winter Birds at the Barnard Nature Center. 3:30-4:15 p.m. Contact the park ranger staff at 203-691-3539 to pre-register.

    Jan. 24.Library Science Film Festival: Hollywood Librarian, documentary surveys librarians in film. Main Library. 6pm. 203-946-8835.

    Jan 24 . The Kevin Saint James Band with Special Guest Kriss Santala. Cafe Nine. $6. 9pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/312849365403195/

    Jan. 25.Library Science Film Festival double feature: 4:30 pm, Out Of Obscurity & 6 pm, Storm Center. Main Library. 203-946-8835.

    Jan. 25. Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers. Firehouse 12. 8:30pm/10:00pm. $30. http://firehouse12.com

    Jan. 26. Therapy Dogs at the Fair Haven Library. 4:30 p.m.

    Jan. 26. Sea Life of Long Island Sound at the Barnard Nature Center. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact the park ranger staff at 203-691-3539 to pre-register.

    Jan. 26. Library Science Film Festival: Desk Set starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. 6pm. Main Library. 203-946-8835.

    Jan 26. Matthew Barnson, composer Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. 8pm.


    Jan. 26. Film: Tree of Life. Whitney Humanities Center. www.yale.edu/ism/

    Jan. 27. English Country Dance. Recital Hall $10. 8-10pm. http://neighborhoodmusicschool.org

    Jan 28. The Thomas Golden, Jr. Student Center at Saint Thomas More Chapel Yale University

    268 Park Street. 1-4pm.www.valentinechocolatefestival.org

    Dec. 28. Chinese New at the Fair Haven Library. Learn about the holiday and make a craft to celebrate. Wear something red and get a prize. 3:30 p.m.

    Jan. 29. Neighborhood Music School Open House. 12-2pm. http://neighborhoodmusicschool.org

    Jan. 30. Pond Lily Nature Preserve Public Meeting, hosted by the New Haven Land Trust. Mitchell Public Library. 37 Harrison Street. 6 p.m.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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