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    I invite and welcome you all to join me tomorrow, Thursday December 5th, for New Havenís Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the New Haven Green!

    This family friendly event will feature many fun (and free!) activities including horse drawn carriage rides around the Green; arts and crafts activities; a petting zoo; carousel, carnival and mechanical animal rides; book giveaways provided by NewHaven Reads; musical performances by New Haven Public Schools and local arts organizations and visits with Santa.

    All events are free and will run from 4 to 8 pm!

    Then, at 5:45 join me for the countdown to the lighting of this year's tree--which will be lit with over 25,000 lights!

    Many downtown shops and restaurants will be open late tomorrow night to accommodate the visitors that will come to attend the celebration. I urge you to join us in this fun celebration on the New Haven Green beginning at 4pm!

    Board of Aldermen Unanimously Pass Development Agreement for Major Project at Coliseum Site

    This past Monday, the New Haven Board of Alderman voted unanimously voted approve the Development and Land Disposition Agreement between the City and LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), the team that was chosen in 2011 as the preferred developer for the former Coliseum site.

    The Board of Aldermenís vote of approval represents the culmination of over two yearís worth of work, engaging city and state leaders and Ė more importantly Ė the residents of New Haven,

    While meeting the strong demand for housing in New Haven, this project will significantly add to the City's tax base. It will create both construction and permanent jobs and will have a long term effect of revitalizing an underutilized area within the central business district--helping to create the conditions necessary for future commercial development throughout the city.

    The nearly $400 million dollar (including $33 million in infrastructure improvements), transit oriented, mixed-use, mixed-income development will include 75,000 square feet of retail, 700 residential units, and a 200,000 square foot class A office building, a community gathering place, underground parking and a hotel.

    The Project calls for attracting over 35 new small to mid-sized permanent businesses and up to 20 seasonal incubator businesses, along with a mix of quality housing options ranging from low, moderate and workforce housing options.

    Diabetes Prevention Program

    The New Haven Health Department will conduct a year-long diabetes prevention program for adults at risk for diabetes. The program, which will run weekly for 16 weeks and then once a month for 8 months, will take place at Brennan-Rogers Schoolís Family Resource Center, 200 Wilmot Road. The program will be conducted from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, beginning January 15, 2014.

    For more information or to find out if youíre at risk for diabetes, please contact Mary Ann Zavorskas, Health Education Assistant, at 203-946-8186.


    Ever think about how committing just 4 hours a week can really make a huge difference in someone's life? That is what becoming a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) can be - the chance to help struggling low-income families of New Haven file their state and federal income tax returns, while assuring they claim the Earned Income Tax Credits or other credits they might be entitled. Cited as being the most effective anti-poverty program - the EITC can boost a refund, in some cases more than doubling what the tax payer would receive - making it possible to pay the rent, a heating bill, get education, pay medical insurance premiums or better still - save something.

    Volunteers train and certify as tax preparers under IRS sponsored web-based hard copy materials beginning in December then commit to a schedule of weekly volunteer hours at one of the free tax preparation VITA clinics around New Haven.

    Clinics begin operations in mid January and run through till April 15, 2014.

    Please consider joining with some very wonderful people who already volunteer. Contact: Vita@newhavenct.net and let us know you are interested.


    Dec. 4-14. Sisterís Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magiís

    Gold. Long Wharf Theatre. $35. www.longwharf.org.

    Dec. 5. New Haven Tree Lighting Celebration. Visits with Santa,

    carousel, horse drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, live performances.

    Free. 4-8pm. rain date Friday, December 6.

    Dec. 5-22. Project Storefronts HolidaymART. Th/Fri 11am-6pm, Sat/Sun

    12-5pm. www.projectstorefrontsnewhaven.com

    Dec. 5. NHSO: St. Nicholas. Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green.

    7:30pm. www.NewHavenSymphony.org.

    Dec. 6. Neighborhood Music School Bachís Lunch Concert First Fruits.

    12:10pm. www.neighborhoodmusicschool.org

    Dec. 6. Cookies On9. Ninth Square.$25. 6-8pm.


    Dec. 6. Ralph Peterson's Fo'tet Augmented Firehouse 12. $12/$18

    8:30/10pm. http://firehouse12.com

    Dec. 7-15. 24th Annual Trees of Hope. Maritime Ctr, 555 Long Wharf Dr.

    10Am - 5PM. http://www.rmh-ct.org/events/trees-of-hope

    Dec. 7. Najee & Alex Bugnon. SCSU Lyman Center for the Arts. 8pm.


    Dec. 8. Annual Messiah Sing-In. Battell Chapel. 2pm. $5 suggested



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