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    Office Of The Mayor
    Dear Friends

    There are a number of opportunities in the City for your questions, concerns and suggestions to be heard. On the first Tuesday of every month, I hold Mayor’s Night In at City Hall, a chance for us to sit one on one to discuss what’s on your mind about New Haven. Mayor’s Night Out is held periodically in a different neighborhood of the City each time. At Mayor’s Night Out you have an opportunity to not only address me with your concerns but, with all department heads from the City’s various agencies present, you can take your questions directly to the departments that handle your areas of concern. The next Mayor’s Night Out is scheduled to take March 18th at 7pm at Barnard School.

    Also, make use of the City’s website through the web311 feature where you can create work orders for specific needs in your neighborhoods. Potholes, issues with City trees, traffic and parking concerns, etc… can all be reported through this feature. To use web311 just visit www.cityofnewhaven.com. Recently, the Department of Public Works announced plans to fill potholes by mid-spring as weather permits. To report potholes in your community please call the hotline at 946-7700.

    As we move forward in budget planning for the next fiscal year, I will be hosting meetings in various neighborhoods to discuss the budget I am proposing to the Board of Aldermen. I ask that you look-out for the community budget meeting calendar which should be posted on our website in the next few weeks and that you attend the meeting that is most convenient to you. Your voice is important to this process. I look forward to seeing you in the community!

    City Announces results of Year One of Plate Hunter & Vio-Alert Combined Program & Plans for 2009

    This Thursday, at 2pm in front of City Hall, we’ll discuss the results of the first year of our combined Plate Hunter & Vio-Alert programs which we use to find scofflaws who are delinquent on tax and parking ticket debts. This combined program helps the City maintain its high tax collection rate and therefore helps to keep tax collections fair and equitable. The media is asked to join us on Thursday as the Tax Collector discussed the successes of year one and the goals for year two.

    While New Haven Public Schools are enjoying a break this week, they have plenty coming up in the next few weeks:

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009 AT 8:45 A.M.: NATHAN HALE SCHOOL, 480

    Townsend Ave. Third graders will perform "Follow the Drinking Gourd" in honor of Black History Month in the school auditorium.

    Thursday, February 26, 2009, 10:00 a.m.-noon at Hill Regional Career High School, 140 Legion Ave, CMT (Connecticut Mastery Test) Pep Rally for Hill Central Music Academy 3rd through 8th grade students (300 to 500 students). This is a yearly special event to get students pumped up/excited about doing well on the test by featuring recording artist from NY, NJ, New Haven and Bridgeport to entertain and encourage our students. Students are greeted by the artist and sign autographs as well as promoted higher learning/educational values.

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009 6:00-7:00 PM: KATHERINE BRENNAN SCHOOL, 200 Wilmot St., Two nationally known authors, Jerry Craft, author of "Mama's Boyz" and Irene Smalls, author of "Jonathan and his Mommy," "Irene and the Nickel," and many more. Both writers will share their works and how they compose with us. The evening includes storytelling, music, movement and cartoon making.

    I hope you have a healthy and happy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [2/15/2009]


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