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    Dear Friends

    Tuesday, November 2nd is Election Day. I encourage residents to exercise your right to vote by making time between 6am and 8pm to visit your local polling place. For a complete list of polling places and acceptable forms of identification, please click here.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Fall Street Sweeping and Leaf Collection Programs

    The Department of Public Works will begin its Fall Sweeping Program today. In order to ensure that streets are free of leaves before winter arrives, the City will sweep streets based upon their existing and anticipated conditions. Streets that are normally posted for sweeping will continue to be posted with paper signs that will alert residents of parking restrictions. These streets will be posted at least one day prior to sweeping. Violations of these postings will result in a parking ticket and the vehicle being towed. For a listing of sweeping routes and schedules, please click here.

    To ensure a successful leaf collection season, please keep in mind the following guidelines:

    -Bag all leaves in paper leaf bags weighing of no more than 50 pounds.

    -Place your bags out as close to your trash and recycling collection day as possible.

    -Keep catch basins free of leaves.

    -Do not place dirt, grass, mulch, sticks or any non-leaf items in leaf bags.

    -Do not sweep, blow, or rake leaves from private property into the sidewalks, grass strips or streets.

    -Do not allow any contractors, landscapers, etc. to place leaves onto the sidewalks, grass strips or streets.

    Meet the Chief

    The New Haven Police Department and Community Mediation, Inc. are pleased to present “Meet the Chief: A Community Dialogue on Creating Community-Policing Partnerships.” These dialogues are an opportunity for residents to meet Chief Limon and are intended to promote the discussion of important topics such as public safety and healthy neighborhoods. The first of this series of discussions will be on Thursday, November 4th at Barnard School from 6 to 8 p.m. For a full listing of times and locations click here.

    Skating Season Begins

    The Walker Ice Rink is now open for the 2010-2011 ice skating season. The municipal rink is located at 1080 State Street and offers a variety of activities and opportunities for fun on the ice. There are Learn-to-Skate classes and a Learn-to-play Hockey program, both serving individuals ages 4 through adult. For those already involved in skill programs, the rink offers freestyle ice, stick time and slots for hockey team practices and games. Skating rates are based on New Haven resident and non-resident status. For more information about programs and rates at the Ralph Walker Rink call 203-946-8007 or click here.

    New Haven Restaurant Week

    The 5th New Haven Restaurant Week returns November 7-12, 2010. Over 30 of New Haven’s unique, award-winning and internationally diverse restaurants will be offering prix fixe lunch ($16.38) and dinner ($29.00) menus. Diners can take advantage of free parking in the Broadway District during Restaurant Week at Broadway Center and LAZ lots only from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Just have your Restaurant Week receipt validated at a participating restaurant and present your validated receipt to an attendant at the Broadway Center or LAZ lot when exiting.

    Tent City 2010

    On Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 6pm-10pm, the City of New Haven’s Community Services Administration (CSA) will be hosting its annual homeless awareness campaign and fundraiser, Tent City on the Green, to benefit the increasing number of women, youth and families requiring shelter. As part of this event, CSA is raising funds to support shelters that exclusively serve women, children and families. Donations of any amount are welcome. Please make checks payable to “United Way” with “Tent City 2010” on the memo line and send it to Dr. Chisara N. Asomugha, Community Services Administrator at City Hall. All cash donations should be hand-delivered to the Community Services Administration on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. Online donations can be made at: www.uwgnh.org/tent-city. In addition, non-perishable food items will be accepted on November 18 to support the work of the Connecticut Food Bank. On the night of Tent City, tents, signs and supporters will cover the Green signifying a commitment to addressing homelessness. To find out more about Tent City 2010 and additional ways you can help, contact Lynn Lyons at 203 946-7907. We look forward to seeing you at Tent City 2010 on November 18 and having your support to ensure the health and well-being of women, children and families.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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