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    Dear Friends

    As we begin to dig out of this winter storm, I want to remind all New Haven property owners that clearing the snow on the sidewalks and around your homes is your responsibility. This rule applies to both commercial and residential property owners and it requires that sidewalks be cleared within 24 hours of the end of a storm. In addition, I encourage residents to check the City’s website or call 203-946-SNOW for information on parking bans, service changes, and other weather-related messages during inclement weather.

    The City of New Haven also utilizes the 3N Emergency Notification System to communicate emergency information; however, residents with unlisted phone numbers and those who have placed their phone numbers on the national Do Not Call List will not receive a phone call in the event of a City emergency. I strongly encourage all residents to add your phone numbers to the notification system by visiting: www.cityofnewhaven.com/emergencyinfo/optin.asp.

    Here’s what’s happening in New Haven:

    Accessible America Competition

    New Haven has been selected as one of seven finalists in the National Organization on Disability’s Accessible America Competition. This award is recognizes communities that have made extraordinary efforts to create an accessible environment for people with disabilities. The winner of the competition will receive $25,000 to fund local disability-related efforts.

    Mayor’s Green Tip

    Many common electronic devices draw power even when they are “off” or in “standby.” On average, common devices such as televisions, stereos, cell phone chargers, and computers in standby mode are responsible for 5% of your monthly electric bill. Unplug the device or use a switch to cut off power to the device when not in use. For New Haven's households, the total savings would be over $3.5 million annually!

    Mayor’s Night Out

    On Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00p.m., I will be holding Mayor’s Night Out for Wards 23-30 at Barnard School, located on 170 Derby Avenue.

    Community Budget Meetings

    Last week, I presented my 2009-2010 proposed budget to the Board of Aldermen. Throughout March and April, I’ll be in the community delivering the same presentation to residents. On Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30p.m., I’ll be in the meeting room of St. Bernadette’s Church, located on 385 Townsend Ave. There will be another meeting on Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30p.m. in the cafetorium of Edgewood School, 737 Edgewood Ave. Additional meetings will be scheduled soon, so please check future Monday Messages for a complete list of dates, times, and locations.

    To save room on the City’s server space, the contents of the MMM will no longer be emailed. However, you will receive a weekly reminder with a link to the City’s website encouraging you to read the message on-line every week.

    Have a happy and healthy week,

    John DeStefano, Jr



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