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    May is Asthma Awareness Month. In an effort to raise awareness of the risks faced by Americans living with asthma, the New Haven Asthma Initiative will be holding an Asthma Awareness Walk on May 8th at 10 a.m. at the New Haven Field House, 480 Sherman Parkway. At this event, approximately 400 New Haven students will walk and chant slogans that educate the public about asthma and triggers that cause attacks. There will also be educational booths and displays, including the American Lung Association’s Breath Express bus. The Breath Express bus has state-of-the-art exhibits that teach children about the dangers of smoking, the effects of secondhand smoke, the importance of good air quality and how all this impacts people with asthma. For more information about the Asthma Awareness Walk and other activities taking place throughout Asthma Awareness Month, please contact Ashika Brinkley at: 203-946-8457.

    Here’s what’s happening in New Haven:

    Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening

    Smilow Cancer Hospital and the City of New Haven will be offering a free head and neck cancer screening on Friday, May 8th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Haven Hall of Records, 200 Orange Street. This screening is a great opportunity to get a very quick, basic exam by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician. To register for this free, easy, and non-invasive screening, please call 203-688-2000. Walk-ins are welcome.

    Mother’s Day

    Sunday, May 11th is Mother’s Day! I hope that everyone will use this holiday as an opportunity to thank your mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and other caretakers for their support and guidance.

    Façade Improvement Grants Program Celebration and Ribbon Cutting at Lyric Hall

    Lyric Hall, located in the heart of Westville Village, is the latest business to benefit from the City’s Façade Improvement Grants program. Through this program, City businesses can apply for funding to make improvements to the outside and entrance of their establishments. Join me at Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8th for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick-off ArtWalk by celebrating the improvements to Lyric Hall.

    ArtWalk 2009

    ArtWalk, now it its 12th year is New Haven’s largest all volunteer driven festival. This free community family event features art exhibitions from local, regional and artists, a craft fair, four stages of entertainment and events for kids and adults of all ages. The ArtWalk is presented by the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the celebration and enhancement of Westville Village and all its amenities. ArtWalk runs Friday, May, 8, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Saturday, May 9, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    Book Publishing Seminar

    On Wednesday, May 13th from 5:30 to 7 p.m., writers and readers are invited to a panel discussion about the process of book publishing today. The event will be held at the New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St. and panelists include: moderator Jessica Bram, author, NPR commentator, owner of Westport Writers Workshop; Lucy Hedrick, nonfiction author and writing coach; Prill Boyle, author of Defying Gravity: a Celebration of Late-Blooming Women; N.A. Nelson, YA novelist; and Denise Marcil, literary agent. The discussion will explore what’s hot right now in the industry, how to prepare a nonfiction book proposal, finding and working with an agent, and how to succeed in writing contests. There is no charge for this seminar and free parking is available. Registration is required, please visit: www.pubpanel.eventbrite.com or call the library at (203) 946-8835.

    Green Tip

    Reduce speed while driving to save gas. Accelerate slowly, drive moderately, and avoid hard braking to increase the fuel mileage of your vehicle. Not only will you save the environment, but you will make streets safer for New Haven's residents. Please see http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/StreetSmarts/index.asp for more information.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week,

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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