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    DPW is sweeping in the spring with an updated Street Sweeping Schedule based on our residents' feedback from last year. Beginning April 1 and running through late October, this year's program will be providing additional sweeps to arterial locations as well as moving Route 7 - Fair Haven Heights/Annex section- to a Tag and Tow operation. With narrow streets and on-street parking, effectively sweeping through Fair Haven Heights/Annex has been difficult to achieve. Thus in this sweeping season the department is initiating a Tag-Tow for Route 7 If you reside in Route 7 or any of the nine Tag - Tow neighborhoods, you can be reminded to move your car by opting into the city's Emergency Information system at http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/EmergencyInfo/optin.asp follow the posted paper signs on your route which will be placed 24 hours before street sweeping is scheduled to begin and/or follow the April - October 2014 Street Sweeping Schedule which can be found on Street Sweeping page http://cityofnewhaven.com/PublicWorks/sweep/index.asp

    The City's Neighborhood Beautification Project will kick off on Saturday, April 5 with a Community Clean Up in West Hills/West Rock. Departments of Public Works and Parks in conjunction with the Concerned Citizens of West Hills/West Rock plus volunteers from various groups will be focusing on cleaning the common areas of the neighborhood as well as the unkempt areas along the neighborhood border.
    West Hills/West Rock Clean Up is the first in a series of neighborhood projects which defines the Neighborhood Beautification Project. Neighbors throughout the city are encouraged to consider developing clean-up projects reflecting the needs of their neighborhood. Some areas have to deal with enormous amounts of litter while other areas need plantings and common parks and spaces spruced up. Residents are also encouraged to beautify their properties while businesses in the neighborhood will be asked to do likewise. City can provide information and, if requested, classes on "how to" beautify the neighborhood. Sample class topics include; Trash & Recycling, Planting Annuals, Bulk Separation, City Ordinances on Bulk and Litter.

    Neighborhood Beautification Project 2014 features several city neighborhoods hosting Clean Up days throughout the city. Though each clean-up has been designed by the neighborhood, it's under the umbrella of the city's Beautification project and will be a part of a citywide judging process held in June. Judges will walk the neighborhoods and choose winners based on several categories such as; the most improved area, the most beautiful property.
    If you'd like assistance with your neighborhood's project and/or to register your neighborhood's clean up as part of the Neighborhood Beautification Project, please call the Department of Public Works at 203-946-7700.

    LEAVES: DPW will collect brown paper leaf bags left out at the curb on your usually scheduled trash and recycling day. The bags must be paper not plastic and must contain ONLY leaves-no sticks, rocks or other materials which can't be composted. Bags will be picked up and delivered to the Transfer Station where they will be composted.
    COMPOST BINS: Residents can also compost at home by picking up a free compost bin with instructions at DPW office at 34 Middletown Avenue.
    BRANCHES: Branches and sticks will also be picked up at the curb ONLY if they are tied into bundles less than 4 feet in length and 1 foot in diameter. All other yard waste can be disposed of at the Transfer Station with free coupons from DPW. Follow this link for further information-http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/PublicWorks/Trash/ResidentialWaste.asp
    LEAF BLOWING: Residents can incur fines for blowing, raking or placing leaves into the streets and blocking Street Sweeping operations.

    If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 946-7700.

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