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    Office Of The Mayor
    Monday Message

    Dear friends,

    We begin this week’s Monday Message with a green theme:

    • We’re accepting applications for my Green Awards, given each year to a person, organization, and business that have each shown exceptional effort toward improving the environment in New Haven.

    With the help of active citizens and community groups, the City of New Haven has become an environmental leader, setting high standards in regard to renewable energy use, air quality improvements, and alternative transportation. We want to commend those achievements and encourage more.

    Nominations should address activities or initiatives that were in place within the last year. Self-nominations are encouraged. Successful nominations will demonstrate a lasting public health or environmental benefit from activities or initiatives addressing an unmet need. Three winners - one individual, one business, and one nonprofit organization - will be recognized at an awards ceremony later this year. The deadline to apply is Friday December 15, 2006.

    For instructions, an application form, and more details email: ebyrne@newhavenct.net or beginning Tuesday you can find everything you need by logging on to cityofnewhaven.com

    • Also: As you work on your shopping list, you should know this Saturday - the 9th - is the last Wooster Square Farmers’ Market for 2006.

    So, stop by and enjoy local food from your favorite local farms and from the many holiday craft vendors. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you can visit cityseed.org for more details.

    • Also: The New Haven Fire Department and Connecticut Transit will be conducting an emergency drill 9:00 - 12:00 Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at the 470 James St. Connecticut Transit facility.

    The scenario revolves around a leaking package left on one of the buses and a threatening call made to Connecticut Transit claiming the package is highly toxic. The primary goals for Connecticut Transit is to test their personnel's ability to properly record and report the threat, notify 911, evacuate their offices and continue dispatch functions with portable radios. The Fire Department will conduct a hazardous materials response to provide a realistic framework for Connecticut Transit's activities.

    • Looking ahead to the weekend, the 22nd annual Christopher Martin’s Christmas Run for Children is being held at 10 a.m. on Sunday beginning at 860 Main St. According to the organizers, the goal is to make Christmas a little brighter for needy children in the New Haven area by giving them not only a toy, but the message of love from friends and neighbors they have never met. Over the years, the race has given over 20,000 toys to children. I’ll be there - with a toy to donate - and I encourage everyone to show up as well, whether you’re running or just watching. Call 203-481-5933 for more details.

    • Finally, this Sunday Yale University will host a ribbon cutting for the completion of the Yale University Art Gallery - also known as the first major work of famed architect Louis Kahn. The three year $44 million renovation is wonderful news for New Haven -the cultural and arts capital of Connecticut. If you want to stop by the ceremony, it begins at 12:30 p.m. See you there!

    Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor



    Contact Name: Derek Slap

    Contact Email: dslap@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [12/4/2006]


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