Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you had a chance to take part in this past Sunday’s Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day parade. The weather was beautiful and the bands and crowds were outstanding.
Around the time the New Haven Knights of St. Patrick had their first Banquet in the middle of the 19th Century about 21% of New Haven was Irish. Irish immigrants were flowing into New York and Boston because of the potato famine – many of those immigrants found their way to New Haven.
Many of those arriving in the Connecticut faced discrimination and prejudice. In 1855 Connecticut elected a governor and New Haven elected a mayor from the Know-Nothing Party which ran on an openly anti-Irish platform.
This did not discourage the Irish – they fought in the Civil War, found jobs with the railroad and manufacturing companies, joined the police and fire departments, established Churches and paved the way for other groups of immigrants seeking a better life in America.
The hard work and determination that immigrants irrespective of place of birth bring to America is why on March 15th I will testify before the state legislature's Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee in favor of An Act Concerning Access to Postsecondary Education otherwise known as the Connecticut DREAM ACT.
This bill will position Connecticut to win the future and set a course for economic growth and wealth creation by removing barriers and providing better access to higher education for all our kids- native born and immigrant because in our increasingly knowledge based economy the muscle in our head is much more important the muscles in our back.
Green Tip: Be extra aware of environmental conditions where older people live! As we age, our bodies become more sensitive to chemicals and environmental conditions. So you should carefully use products such as pesticides or cleaning solvents near areas where older adults live and sleep. Always follow the directions on the product package or label.
Health Matters Tip: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating in the morning is essential for optimal school and work performance and overall health. Kids and adults who eat breakfast tend to do better at school and work and have healthier weights and cholesterol levels as well. To refuel and rev-up for an energetic day, plan a power breakfast.
Health Matters Conference
March 17, 2011
Thursday, March 17th, 2011 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Registration is closed
New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
The Health Matters Conference will include a debut of Visions of a Healthier New Haven short film documentary, panel presentations, and an interactive discussion about how we can work together to build a healthier New Haven.
Visions of a Healthier New Haven is a program of the New Haven Health Equity Alliance and New Haven Health Matters.
For more information, please contact Shanta L. Evans, New Haven Health Equity Alliance Project Director, by calling (860) 869-8779, or email at HealthMattersNH@newhavenct.net .
Upcoming Cultural Events
Mar. 15. Tour: Behind the Scenes at Shubert Theater. Meet in lobby. 247 College Street. 12:15pm. www.nhpt.org.
Mar. 15. Ordinary Evening Reading Series: Michael Alenyikov & Daniel Swift. Anchor Bar’s Mermaid Room, 272 College Street. 7pm. www.ordinaryevening.blogspot.com/
Mar. 16. Elm Street Book Group POT LUCK. Main Library, 133 Elm Street. Bring a favorite book to recommend to the group. 6-7:30pm.
Mar. 17. Thursday Open Mic. Featuring Dana Sonnenschein. The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street. Reading starts at 7pm. http://thepoetryinstitute.com
Mar 18-20. All Shook Up. Shubert Theater. 247 College Street. Fri. 8pm/Sat. 2pm & 8pm/Sun. 2pm. $15-$72. www.shubert.com.
Mar. 18. Adam Rogers Trio @ Firehouse 12. 45 Crown Street. 8:30pm/10pm. $18/$12. http://firehouse12.com
Mar. 19. Edgewood Park Farmers Market, Edgewood Avenue/379 Whalley Avenue. 10am-1pm. www.cityseed.org
Mar. 19. Winterfest at Common Ground. 358 Springside Avenue. 11am-2pm. www.commongroundct.org.
Mar. 19. A Taste of Korea, featuring short films, a mock traditional wedding ceremony, a Korean meal, more! Main Library, 133 Elm Street. No charge/all ages. 1-2:30pm. www.tasteofkorea.eventbrite.com/
Mar. 19. A Night at the Peabody. Yale Peabody Museum. 170 Whitney Avenue. 6-9pm. www.peabody.yale.edu
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.
Contact Name: Adam Joseph
Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-7660