Earlier today, I attended the groundbreaking of the last portion of the northern Greenway section of the Farmington Canal. This section will connect the New Haven and Hamden trails which will provide for Greenway access from points along Newhallville, Dixwell, and Downtown to the entire Hamden and Cheshire trail systems. Conversely, the linking of the trails will provide for access from Hamden and Cheshire to Science Park, the Yale University Campus, and Downtown New Haven.
Beginning today, April 6th, the Office of the Tax Collector will lien all delinquent real estate. Currently, there are over $6.5 million owed in back taxes that the City must collect in order to provide necessary services throughout the community. The Office of the Tax Collector is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information on tax balances can be found online at: www.cityofnewhaven.com.
Real Life. Real Talk
Today, “Real Life. Real Talk.” is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Real Life. Real Talk, is a bold program aimed at changing the social climate around sex and sexual health by creating more open, honest, and balanced talk between parents and their children. Last year, 72 community workshops were held throughout the city reaching over 1,000 New Haven parents and caretakers. “Real Life. Real Talk.” will continue to provide free workshops and events for New Haven parents and caretakers, to learn more about this and to find information on future events, visit www.RealLifeRealTalk.org.
Wednesday, April 8th is the third annual National Start! Walking Day. The American Heart Association is promoting National Start! Walking Day as a call-to-action for Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. National Start! Walking Day is a day for New Haven employees and New Haven residents to Start! getting healthy by dedicating at least 30 minutes of their day to walking. Bring your sneakers and join us for a rally to celebrate the American Heart Association's National Start! Walking Day. Meet in front of City Hall at noon for a 30 minute walk through New Haven.
Rediscovering Historic New Haven
Beginning April 15th, the New Haven Museum and Historical Society will be hosting its Spring Lecture Series on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. The series involves a cast of civic personalities and experts – architects, archivists, planners, professors, foundation heads, museum scholars and our own staff—in a multi-dimensional exploration of little known and familiar treasures that make New Haven the best cultural tourism value in the northeast. Please visit: www.newhavenmuseum.org for the lecture schedule.
PTO Meeting and Karate Demonstration
On Thursday, April 16th at 6 p.m., students and parents from John C. Daniels School will be able to participate in a karate demonstration as part of the City’s successful Open Schools program. The demonstration will be led by Grand Master George Logan and Chief Professor Gregory McCall, instructors of Jujitsu. Following the demonstration, parents and students will learn self-defense techniques from Grand Master Logan and Professor McCall.
Free Dental Care
On April 17th and 18th, the Connecticut State Dental Association will be sponsoring a free dental care event at the New Haven Citywide Public Greenhouse, 480 Sherman Parkway. There are no eligibility or income requirements and care will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Services will include: fillings, cleanings, extractions, partial dentures, and root canals. For more information, please call: (866)-539-9372 or visit: www.esda.com. These services will be limited to 1,000 individuals each day.
Mark your calendars for New Haven Restaurant Week! During the week of April 19th-April 24th, 25 of New Haven’s finest restaurants will feature prix fixe menus for lunch ($16.38) and dinner ($29.00). To see the list of participating restaurants, their menus, and for further information on Restaurant Week dining, please visit: http://www.infonewhaven.com/restaurantweek.
Culinary Walking Tour
Experience a guided Culinary Walking Tour through historic downtown on April 25th and enjoy tasty samplings along the way. The tour departs the Davenport's at the Top of the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale at 1:45 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets: $59. Call: 203-777-8550 or 1-800-332-STAY (7829). Reservations required. (Amex, MC & VS accepted).
Iron Chef Elm City
There will be an Iron Chef Elm City on Sunday, April 26th at noon at Gateway Community College. The competing chefs are: Arturo Franco-Camacho of Bespoke, Rafael Palomino of Pacificom, and Manuel Romero of Ibiza. Admission is $30 for kitchen (registration limited to 40), $20 for viewing room, and $10 for students and senior citizens (viewing room only). Call: 203-777-8550 or 1-800-332-STAY (7829). (Amex, MC & VS accepted).
Instead of purchasing a movie or book that you will only use once, borrow them instead. Libraries, rental stores, and other services can lower the environmental impact of activities you only do occasionally. Check out the New Haven Free Public Library at www.cityofnewhaven.com/library to get started.
Here’s what’s happening in the New Haven Public Schools this week:
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009, 3:00 P.M.: WILBUR CROSS HIGH SCHOOL, 181 Mitchell Drive, “Super Bowl of Foreign Languages!” Wilbur Cross will be hosting Poetry Recitation Contests sponsored by the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT). Approximately 1040 students from 99 schools will compete in 16 languages including American Sign Language (ASL), Ancient Greek, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Many More! This event will include poems, recited languages, and many other performances related to the following languages. For further information please contact Maria Fiore at 946-8728.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009, 9:00 A.M.: HILL CENTRAL MUSIC ACADEMY, 140 DEWITT STREET, The Rotary Club of New Haven will distribute more than 3000 free dictionaries to all third graders throughout the system with this year beginning at Hill Central. Since 2005, the New Haven Rotary’s continues to support the district through the donation of dictionaries to all 3rd grade students. This is one way to help ensure our children’s success in literacy.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.