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    Dear Friends

    With summer in full swing, there are many fun activities taking place throughout the City that you should be sure to take part in:

    Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Drive

    On Monday, July 28th at 2:30 p.m., Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and DKMS Americas will sponsor a Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Drive at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium located on 50 South Main St., West Hartford, CT. The Red Cross is appealing to every eligible individual to make an appointment to donate blood, as the Connecticut Blood Services Region is currently experiencing a significant shortfall in blood inventories. I urge all eligible New Haven residents to participate in this effort to replenish Connecticut’s blood supply by becoming donors and encouraging their friends, family, and co-workers to do the same. The Red Cross will run a number of drives in New Haven over the course of the next several weeks. The first will take place at the Shubert Theater at 247 College Street from 11:30 am until 4:00 p.m. A second drive this week will take place Friday, August 1, from 12:15pm to 5:45pm at the New Haven Chapter House at 703 Whitney Avenue. Please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. For more information on blood drives near you, or to schedule your own community drive, please visit www.bloodct.org.

    Protecting Vulnerable Populations in the City Against West Nile Virus

    On Tuesday, July 29th at 1:30 p.m., we will be holding a news conference at West River Senior Center to educate residents about the West Nile Virus and to offer tips on how to minimize the risk of mosquito bites and protect against the West Nile Virus. I will be joined by Bill Quinn of the Health Department as we raise awareness and hand out free mosquito repellant.

    1st Anniversary of the Street Outreach Workers Program

    The Street Outreach Workers Program will be celebrating its first anniversary on Wednesday, July 30th. Street outreach workers will talk about the success of the first year of the program as well as what’s in store for year two. The event will be held at the New Haven Family Alliance located on the second floor of 370 James St.

    Tax Collection

    The last day to pay your taxes without a penalty is this Thursday, July 31st. On August 1st, individuals who have not paid their property taxes will begin to receive delinquency notices with fees attached. Please visit the Tax Collector’s Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays to pay your taxes.

    Yale New Haven Hospital presents “Music on the Green”

    Michael Stuart, an internationally renowned Salsa star, will be performing at this week’s free concert on the Green. The concert will begin on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. For more information please visit: www.infonewhaven.com/freeconcerts.

    Here’s what’s happening at the New Haven Free Public Library this week:

    Health Issues

    On Monday, July 28th, Connie Razza, Director of Programs at the CT Health Policy Project, will discuss strategies for saving money on doctors and prescriptions at this month’s Health Issues CT in the Transition Center on the first floor of the Main Branch at 6:00 p.m.

    West Rock Nature Center visits Stetson

    The West Rock Nature Center will be visiting the Stetson Branch at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30th to show off some of the bugs from their collection.

    Game Night

    The Wilson Branch Library will be hosting a family game night on Wednesday, July 30th at 6:30 p.m. Game night is a great opportunity to spend time with your family and neighbors.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


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