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State Senator Gary Winfield: Your Voice

July 8, 2016

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Music on the Green

Our city is getting ready for the annual Music On The Green--a free summer concert series hosted by Yale-New Haven Hospital slated to take place on the last two Saturdays of the month.

On Saturday, July 23, legendary R&B "funky divas" En Vogue will take the stage, while pop music icon Debbie Gibson will perform on Saturday, July 30th.

This free concert series is a great way to bring our families and community together to savor the summer weather and our food and cultural scene.

I hope you grab a blanket or chair and settle in with us on the Green for these two days of music and fun!

En Vogue: Saturday, July 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
En VogueRhona Bennett, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron-Braggs of En Vogue will kick the concert series off on Saturday, July 23rd. Recognized as one of the top five highest-selling American female music groups in history. The group is known for top R&B and Pop hits that include "Hold On," "Free Your Mind," "Never Gonna Get It," "Giving Him Something He Can Feel," "Don't Let Go" and "Whatta Man" featuring Salt N Pepa. The group is also releasing a new album that explores a variety of new sounds.

Debbie Gibson: Saturday, July 30th, 7:30 p.m.
Debbie GibsonDebbie Gibson will perform the final night of the two weekend series on Saturday, July 30th. At the age of 16, Debbie Gibson exploded onto the pop music scene and instantly became the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song "Foolish Beat"--a title she still holds today. After three consecutive albums, world tours and selling more than 16 million albums, she starred in 17 musicals in 17 years, from Broadway to the West End. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, Gibson continues to perform and show her talent as a true entertainer. Other celebrated songs by Debbie Gibson include, "Shake Your Love," "Out of the Blue," "Electric Youth" and "Lost in Your Eyes."

For more information on Music on the Green, you can visit the official website www.infonewhaven.com/MOG.

Changes to Parking Permits in NHV

New Haven parkingThe City of New Haven has announced that new parking regulations, penalties and enforcement strategies are now in effect, following the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

For those who live in areas designated on this map as residential parking zones, parking permits are now available at City Hall for free, as long as you are a New Haven resident and your vehicle is registered in the City. Previously, residents had to pay a $20 fee to obtain the permits, which are valid from October 1 to September 30 and must be renewed annually.

If you live outside of a designated residential zone, or on a street not currently restricted to permit holders, the Mayor's office is urging you to contact your Alder to begin the process toward residential zone designation and resulting restrictions.

Please be aware that there is a new $100 penalty for violations of residential parking regulations, and the City is planning to step up enforcement this month to ensure that vehicles parked in restricted residential zones have the proper permitting.

Newhallville Personal Theft Reduction Plan

The District Manager for Newhallville/East Rock/Cedar Hill, Sergeant Shafiq Abdussabur, asked me to pass along a list of suggested recommendations designed to prevent thefts, car break-ins, car thefts and burglaries this summer.

I'm happy to pass along his "Personal Theft Reduction Plan," especially because--as Sgt. Abdussabur noted--90 percent of those thefts from vehicles happen after a person leaves an enticing valuable visible within his or her vehicle, or leaves the vehicle unlocked.

Many of his suggestions are common sense, and we should all do our part to keep crimes of opportunity at bay by reducing the opportunity for those crimes. These tips are great for parents to share with children and teens to get them into the habit of making smart choices that reduce the potential for a break in.

Sgt. Abdussabur suggests:

  • Making sure your home has well-lighted porches and over hangs of exterior doors, and that the bulbs are quality and checked frequently to ensure they are in good working condition.
  • Trim hedges and tree limbs close to your house so that criminals don't have a good hiding spot close to your home.
  • Always lock your doors after you've entered your home--and double check if a child or teen is the last one inside, because sometimes they forget.
  • Check all doors and windows at night and before bed to be sure they are locked, including basement doors and windows.
  • Close the drapes and pull down the shades at nightfall and when you are home alone.
  • Leave on a light at night, in the living room, kitchen or hallway, where it won't affect your ability to sleep.
  • If you have a dog, bring it inside before nightfall or when you are home alone.
  • When working outdoors, be sure that the exterior doors that are out of sight remain locked
  • Never leave messages on your home or cell phones that indicate you will be going out of town or will not be home for specific dates and times.
  • Always keep your garage doors closed when you are not home, or if you are home for the night.
  • Never open the door to someone until you have positively identified who that person is. If that person--or people--is not someone who would invite you into their home, don't invite them inside. Talk to them directly through a closed door.
  • Upon leaving the house, lock all first floor windows.
  • Never store trash cans, recycling bins or buckets under a window or balcony, as a thief could use it to climb up and make entry into your home. Keep them stored away from the house.
  • Chain ladders in the yard or garage away from the house.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know when you are going out of town for more than a day or overnight and when you will be back.
  • Never leave your bikes in the yard. Always chain them to the porch or in the garage, or store them somewhere safe when not in use.
  • Never leave a lawnmower in the yard, even if it is old. These are stolen frequently in the summer. Treat them as you would a bicycle.
  • When parking your car on the street, always remove valuables. Never leave jewelry, cell phones, change or banking information, empty prescription bottles, electronic items, cigarette boxes, briefcases, book bags or computer bags, or sports equipment in your vehicle.

If you have questions about any of these tips, or live in the Newhallville neighborhood and have concerns, questions or want to join his What's App group, please call or text Sgt. Abdussabur at 203-887-7303 or email him at SAbdussa@newhavenct.gov.


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