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    What beautiful spring weather! New Haven Public Schools are on vacation this week and 45 children are enjoying camps run by the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees at the Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park and Coogan Pavillion at Edgewood Park. While spring camps have only just begun, it's not too early to start thinking about summer youth programs. Check out this guide for more information about that.

    I was glad to see the weather cooperate for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square on Sunday. While the trees reached their peak a few days early this year, the festival was a hit. Congratulations and thank you to all who worked hard all year to make the festival a huge success. Thank you to Chris Randall for this wonderful photo.

    Judith Schiff Appointed City Historian

    I am pleased to announce I have appointed lifelong New Haven resident Judith Schiff to serve as City Historian. As you may know, New Haven's first and only City Historian Richard Hegel passed away in February. Dick Hegel was a generous, authentic, and unique individual with an encyclopedic knowledge of New Haven history. Anytime I needed any history question answered, I knew I could ask him. While it will be impossible to ever replace Dick, I am confident Judith Schiff will be a fantastic City Historian. Judith Schiff is knowledgeable in all matters regarding New Haven history, and has consistently demonstrated a passion for New Haven's past as well as a commitment to the betterment of its future.

    City Plan Commission to Consider Two Important Downtown Crossing Items

    The City Plan Commission will meet at 6 p.m. this Wednesday at City Hall to consider two important Downtown Crossing items. The first item will be a public hearing on an amended zone change to expand the boundaries of the vibrant mixed used district proposed for what is now the limited access Route 34 highway. Later, the City Plan Commission will formally review and potentially vote on the development agreement for 100 College Street, the first development of Downtown Crossing. The Board of Aldermen will then hold additional public hearings before ultimately voting on the items.

    While most residents may not think of zoning amendments and development agreements when they think of transformational change in the City, these requests are key components of the Downtown Crossing project to revitalize nearly 11 acres of developable land now occupied by the Route 34 highway.

    For more information about Downtown Crossing visit www.downtowncrossingnewhaven.com .

    What is Your New Haven Story?

    Connecticut's Office of Tourism is running a contest to find the best local stories. They are looking for personal stories from residents, businesses, organizations, and institutions about what makes Connecticut great. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase New Haven and everything we have to offer. There are already some great New Haven stories on the website, including submissions from Pepe's pizza, Claire Criscuolo of Claire's Corner Copia, Cluefest, and more. Check out the contest website and submit your New Haven story! Check out www.myconnecticutstory.com for more information.

    Restaurant Week is Back!

    Restaurant Week is back this week until Friday, April 20, featuring 34 options for delectable dining! Participating restaurants will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Prix fixe menus are priced at $18.00 for lunch and $32.00 for dinner.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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