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    Dear Friends

    This week is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. This week and every week, I encourage residents to be alert, keep your eyes on the road and obey posted speed limits and traffic signs while traveling in work zones. Following these simple rules can prevent injuries and accidents in and around work zones.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Bridge Closures

    The Chapel Street Bridge will be closed on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 from 8:00am to 6:00pm for barrier gate installations. The rain date for this activity is Thursday, April 22, 2010. Alternate travel routes must be used during this time. Please call the Department of Public Works at 203-946-8322 if you have any questions or concerns.

    New Haven Restaurant Week

    New Haven Restaurant Week returns from April 18th-April 23rd! Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe, three course lunch and dinner menus that include an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with some restaurants offering special deals on wine and cocktail menus as well. Lunch is offered at $16.38 and dinner at $29. For a complete list of restaurants, please visit: infonewhaven.com

    Greenway Phase IV Presentation

    On Thursday, April 22nd from 6 to 8pm, there will be a presentation of the preliminary design plans for Phase IV of the Farmington Canal Greenway. Phase IV will complete the New Haven portion of the Farmington Canal Greenway from Temple Street to Long Wharf Pier. This last piece of the Greenway contains a unique tunnel section between Temple Street and Whitney Avenue that emerges in the Arts Center District and transitions to street level at the corner of Orange and Grove Streets. The remainder of the trail will continue by way of on-street markings to a termination at Long Wharf Pier. The meeting will take place at the Hall of Records, 200 Orange Street, in the G-2 Hearing Room.

    Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Celebration

    On Saturday, April 24th beginning at 10am, there will be military re-enactments at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument atop the summit of East Rock Park. The Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War and U.S. Civil War will be interpreted by period re-enactors. The celebration will continue through Sunday at noon and will include the firing of muskets, cannons, bayonet drills, sword practice, medical demonstrations and general talks. This event is sponsored by Fort Nathan Hale Preservation Projects Organization.

    Community Budget Presentations

    I encourage residents to attend one of the remaining presentations to learn about my proposed FY2011 budget. The next meeting will be on April 27th at Lincoln Bassett at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a presentation on April 29th at Beecher School at 6:30 p.m.

    April 22nd is Earth Day. Throughout this week, there are many different activities happening throughout the City to celebrate this event:

    -Common Ground: 4/17, 10-2: Open Farm Day and garden volunteer; 4/17, 9-1: Electronics Recycling Day; 4/22-4/23 Family Camping. For more info: http://www.commongroundct.org/for_the_community.php

    -New Haven Green Drinks: 4/21, 7pm, talk with GG2G at Olde School Bistro and Saloon

    -Radio Broadcast: 4/22, 3-6 pm, 104.1 with Conscious Decisions and the Office of Sustainability. At 242 College St.

    -Peabody Museum: 4/22, 2-6 pm, Celebration of Earth Day, with beekeeping-themed events, and arts and crafts for children. www.peabody.yale.edu/

    -Yale Recycling: 4/22, Info Session, Old Campus Lawn. http://www.yale.edu/recycling/

    -Tree Plantings: 4/22, 4/24, and 4/30, with Urban Resources Initiative/GreenSkills, and New Haven Parks. Various locations, including Beaver Pond.

    Rock to Rock

    On Saturday, April 24th, explore New Haven by bicycle. Rock to Rock is a day-long celebration of New Haven’s rich environmental and cultural resources. Join other bicycle riders travelling between East Rock and West Rock, with celebrations on both sides of the City. Along the way, there will be food, music, opportunities to plant trees and to explore the city parks. You will travel along the Farmington Canal Trail and official City bike lanes. All proceeds, including registration fees, pledges, donations and sponsorships, will go towards supporting the work of local parks and environmental education organizations. To register and for more information, please visit: www.rocktorock.org.

    Arbor Day 2010

    The Friends of Beaver Pond Park along with the Urban Resources Initiative will be holding the annual Arbor Day tree planting on Saturday, April 24th at noon. For more information, contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees at 203-946-8027.

    Yale Climate and Energy Institute Conference on Clean Energy Innovation

    The Yale Climate and Energy Institute will be hosting its first annul Conference on Clean Energy Innovation on April 23rd and 24th. The theme of this year’s conference is Overcoming Barriers to a New Energy System. For more information, please visit: http://climate.yale.edu/annualconference/.

    Green Tip

    Want a green lawn for the summer? Follow the safe, easy, and environmentally-friendly tips at http://www.organiclandcare.net/ provided by the Northeast Organic Farming Association

    The following cultural events are taking place in the City this week:

    April 20th at 7pm—Ordinary Evening Reading Series: Allan Appel and Jake Halpern. Anchor Bar & Restaurant.

    April 20th at 7pm—Listen Here: L’Estranger at Bru Café. For more information: www.newhavenreview.com.

    April 20th at 7pm—Planetarium Show at Leitner Observatory & Planetarium. For more information: http://lfop.astro.yale.edu/.

    April 21st at 6pm—Elm Street Book Discussion at the Main Branch: Handle with Care by Jodi Piccoult. Register at: http://www.handle.eventbrite.com or 203-946-8835.

    April 22nd at 6pm—Earth Day Family Camping at Common Ground. $85 private cabin; $35 tent rental; $10 (additional $5 per person) with own tent. Pre-registration required. For more information: www.nhep.com.

    April 23rd at 8pm—Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor and Michael Lington at SCSU Lyman Center. For more information: www.southernct.edu/lymancenter/.

    April 23rd at 8pm—Home Grown on Common Ground at Morse Recital Hall.

    Are you interested in receiving newsletters, like the Mayor’s Monday Message, from the City of New Haven? If so, please click here, select “My New Haven” then click on “Message Center.” Once you register your email address, you will have the option to select which newsletters you’d like to receive.

    I hope you have a very happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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