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    Dear Friends

    As the holidays quickly approach, there are many exciting things happening here in New Haven. Yesterday, we kicked off our annual Hanukkah celebration with a Menorah Lighting on the Green which will continue throughout Hanukkah. Here’s what else is happening this week:

    Green Tip of the Week

    Will you be stringing lights on your tree this year? If so, you can use up to 90% less electricity with LED lights instead of traditional incandescent lights. Not only do LEDs use much less electricity, they are also much stronger and last longer. LEDs are widely available and the cost is comparable to incandescent lights. You can see LEDs in action on the Christmas tree on the Green this year. The 20,000 lights on the tree use 87% less electricity than last year's incandescent lights, saving approximately $5,000!

    Davis Street School Sights and Sounds of the Season Extravaganza

    Today and Tuesday, the Davis Street School, 35 Davis St., will be holding their Sights and Sounds of the Season Extravaganza. This year’s two-day event heralds the spirit of the season with melodies and verse of international flair. Hanukkah, Christmas, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa and more are among the holidays showcased with talented students and staff. Included in the festivities will be special presentations by the Davis Street 21st Century Band conducted by Maestro William Fluker and the Davis Street String Ensemble under the direction of our talented violin instructor, Lisa Woodard.

    Hillhouse Avenue Bridhe Grand Re-Opening

    After being closed for improvements for more than one year, the new and improved Hillhouse Avenue Bridge will re-open to bicycle and motor-vehicle traffic on Monday, December 29 at 11 a.m. Separate pedestrian bridges that are part of the Bridge’s new design remain under construction. Please join us for an exciting ribbon-cutting ceremony at the bridge next Monday!

    Community Fund for Women and Girls 2009 Grants

    The Community Fund for Women and Girls is currently accepting grant applications. The fund is designed to engage women and girls in improving their lives and community through activities that spur economic, educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic, and personal growth. Grant applications are due by January 16th for two grants. For more information and guidelines, please visit: www.fundforwomenandgirls.org or call Sarah Fabish at (203) 777-7075.

    Oil, Gas, and Electricity Resources

    If you can’t afford to pay your utility bills to heat your home, if your landlord has not provided heat of 65 degrees or more, or if you are experiencing challenges heating your home due to faulty equipment this winter, please reach out to one of the following resources for assistance:


    Community Action Agency, 781 Whalley Ave., New Haven CT, 06511




    Southern Connecticut Gas Company, 855 Main Street, 8th Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604 www.soconngas.com

    1-800-659-8299 - Customer Service and Hardship Program


    United Illuminating Company, P.O. Box 1564, New Haven, CT 06506-0901


    203-499-3333 - Customer Service and Hardship Program

    1-877-947-3873 - Weatherization Program & CT Energy Efficient Program

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


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