Downtown Wooster Square Community Management Team
DWSCMT Monthly Meeting TUESDAY NIGHT

This month’s DWSCMT meeting will be hosted by Project Storefronts at 756 Chapel Street across from Elm City Market at 6 pm on Tuesday, May 21st. Vivian Nabeta is the Executive Director of Arts, Culture and Entertainment and she has graciously offered her space for our meeting. We will lean more about Project Storefronts at the same time. Also our guest presenter will be Lynne Bonnett. Lynne will be talking to the Management Team about the sewer plant’s plan to increase rates to manage combined sewer overspills. She represents the Greater New Haven Water Works Coalition (www.gnhwwc.com). They are also concerned about pollution from sludge incineration.

—Andy Ross Chairman

 *Pizza from Pepe’s will be served*

Join us For Our Monthly Meeting Tuesday, April 30

The next Downtown/Wooster Square Community Management Team meeting will be held on *Tuesday April 30th at 6 pm.* *Please note that this is not our usual time*. The meeting will be held at *Salon LULU* at 839 Chapel Street above the English market. This is a very important meting. Crime is on the rise in both Downtown and Wooster Square. Merchants have been complaining that the block from Orange to Chapel is a potpourri of crime from drug dealing to street gambling and position. Obviously this affects not only the Merchants that do business there but also the residents that need to walk through the area to get to and from Downtown and Wooster Square. Lieutenant Tammy Means will be introducing herself as the *temporary acting*District Manager while Lt. Rebecca Sweeney is on leave. LT. Means will be bringing her team from Vice to answer questions, hear concerns and propose solutions to the problems our community is facing. Chief Dean Esserman said he will try to make the meeting too. As always the safety of our residents in our neighborhoods is paramount to our success as a community. Please try to attend as theses issues need to be spoken out against so our police department understands how serious we are about combating crime. Andy Ross

The second mayoral debate is scheduled to take place on May 7 at Gateway Community College.
What issues should the candidates be discussing that are important to downtown and Wooster Square? 

The second mayoral debate is scheduled to take place on May 7 at Gateway Community College.

What issues should the candidates be discussing that are important to downtown and Wooster Square? 

Join Elm City Cycling this Fri., Apr 19th at 7:30-9:30AM for a free breakfast
and cyclist camaraderie outside New Haven City Hall at 165 Church St.

Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival

Great photos of the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival from neighbor Jeffrey Kerekes!

Thanks to DWSCMT member Charlie Murphy and other festival organizers for a great event.

Please join us for our monthly meeting tonight at The Grove, 71 Orange
Street in downtown New Haven. Hope to see you there!

Please join us for our monthly meeting tonight at The Grove, 71 Orange
Street in downtown New Haven. Hope to see you there!

The Elm City celebrates its 375th anniversary this spring! Check this special Info New Haven page for regular updates on all the anniversary themed events.

The Elm City celebrates its 375th anniversary this spring! Check this special Info New Haven page for regular updates on all the anniversary themed events.

Mayor To Hold Budget Presentations For New Haven Residents

Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will hold four meetings on the proposed city budget at locations across the city “in order to provide New Haven residents with information” about the proposal  for fiscal year 2013-14.

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Mayor DeStefano will provide an overview of the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14 and answer questions from residents. Residents are encouraged to attend these informational meetings in order to gain an understanding of both the city’s budget priorities and the challenges presented for the city as a result of the proposed state budget.


The first presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at St. Bernadette’s Church, 385 Townsend Ave. The second presentation will be held at 7 p.m. March 27 at Roberto Clemente School, 360 Columbus Avenue. The final two session will be at dates to be announced in April.

Read more at the New Haven Register.

Bike to Work Day - this Friday, March 15th , 7:30-9:30am, Pitkin Plaza (on Orange Street between Chapel and Court) Free breakfast at Bike to Work Day! Organized by Elm City Cycling. This month’s is sponsored by Yale Transportation Options.  Everyone is welcome, including walkers!

Bike to Work Day - this Friday, March 15th , 7:30-9:30am, Pitkin Plaza (on Orange Street between Chapel and Court)
Free breakfast at Bike to Work Day! Organized by Elm City Cycling. This month’s is sponsored by Yale Transportation Options.  Everyone is welcome, including walkers!

Wooster Square I-91 Sound Barrier Meeting

From Alderman Mike Smart:   
        
IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING 
REGARDING PLANNED CONSTRUCTION OF THE NOISE BARRIER WALL
ON I-91 SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN EXIT 2 AND THE ON-RAMP OF EXIT 3

Dear Neighbor, 

You are invited and encouraged to participate in an important public
information meeting regarding the planned building of a Noise Barrier
Wall on I-91 Southbound between Exit 2 and the on-ramp of Exit 3,
parallel to Bradley Street. The meeting will take place on Thursday,
January 24, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of Conte West Hills
Middle School, located at 511 Chapel Street in New Haven. 

Please join State Senator Martin Looney, Commissioner James Redeker of
the state Department of Transportation (DOT), and myself in an
informational discussion with area residents about the construction of
an urgently needed sound barrier between southbound Highway I-91 and the
residential neighborhood located between Exit 3 (Trumbull St.) and Exit
2 (Hamilton St.).  In 2003, the state DOT responded to 8th Ward
residents and their elected officials by constructing a sound barrier
along northbound Highway 91, where it abuts the Farnam Courts Public
Housing Complex, approximately located between Exit 3 and Exit 2.
Finally, after securing a noise barrier on the northbound stretch of
I-91, we will finish the job and see the state install a similar barrier
of pressure-treated wood on the southbound side of that same section of
I-91. 

Brian Mercure, Assistant District Engineer with state DOT, will make a
presentation on the planned design and construction of the Noise Barrier
Wall.  Your participation in this meeting is vital, as your input and
insights will be an important component in finalizing plans for this
project. 

This is a major, hard fought victory for the neighborhood. For
approximately 20 years, area residents have complained about the air and
noise pollution from the highway and appealed for a barrier.  During the
entire extent of my five terms on the Board of Aldermen, I’ve lobbied
for the necessity of this project.  This work is part of the I-95 New
Haven Harbor Crossing (NHHC) Corridor Improvement Program. The
Connecticut DOT is working to inform local residents of current and
upcoming construction activities through meetings such as this, as well
as through the I-95 NHHC Corridor Improvement Program website
(www.I95NewHaven.com).

If you have any questions about this event, please contact me at my
email mbsmart@sbcglobal.net or by calling the Board of Aldermen’s
Office at 203-946-5800. Hope to see you there.

Sincerely, 


MICHAEL B. SMART
Alderman, 8th Ward

CITY OF NEW HAVEN BOARD OF ALDERMEN
Michael B. Smart                            
One Lyon Street, 2nd Floor
Alderman, 8th Ward                        
New Haven, CT 06511-4925
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