Thursday, February 28, 2008

Off topic but cool

Strange Mind

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Mayor's Budget Roadshow

Hi All:

The Mayor is going on his anual budget roadshow. If you are intrested in the way your taxes will look this spring GO & ASK QUESTIONS! Moti

Budget Community Meeting

Please join the Mayor this Thursday, February 28th at 6pm at the Main Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library on Elm Street. This will be the first of four community meetings focusing on the budget. The presentation touches on our most recent local economic concerns such as taxes, city resources, services, shared responsibilities the State's role in our budget and more. We encourage you to attend and voice your questions and opinions about the fiscal topics that concern you most. If you can't make it to this Thursday's meeting, please join us at one of the following:

March 27 at 6pm, St. Aedan's Church Hall
April 9 at 6pm, Pilgrim Congregational Church Hall
April 24 at 6pm St. Bernadette Church Hall

Balance fitness boot camp

Local CT Fitness Guru Offers Unique Alternative to Boring Exercise and Weight Loss Programs: Best Of all it's FREE To Women and Girls who Reside in the New Haven County!
New Haven CT - February 26, 2008
Local fitness guru unveiled the most unique solution for fitness and weight loss boredom yet - BALANCE Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp for women! This alternative to crowded gyms, bogus diets, and clunky home exercise equipment is the fastest growing fitness trend today and because it works - it's here to stay. "Most people have tried the fad diets and trendy fitness gimmicks and have failed. I got tired of seeing that. So I created the most exciting fitness adventure ever. Who doesn't want to burn up to 500 calories per workout and have a ton of fun in the process? And our Free Saturday Boot Camps are just the way to do it!" says Mubarakah Ibrahim, owner of BALANCE fitness Studio for women and head boot camp trainer.
In the U.S., an estimated 60 percent of all adults are overweight, and 20 percent are obese or 100 pounds over their ideal body weight. More men are overweight but more women are obese. Overweight and obese people are more at risk for many chronic and devastating diseases. Boot Camps are designed to encourage women in CT to focus on health and fitness as the national obesity rates grows at an alarming rate. It's a fun "team" training program designed to give participants that extra boost they need. The activities include fun exercises, and team relays specifically designed to burn calories and tone the body. "In addition, the participants will have spent an hour outdoors in a beautiful community park. That doesn't' happen much these days! Honestly, I can't think of a better way to spend my weekend than having an energizing workout and burning some serious calories in a team setting" say Ibrahim, also known as "the Muslim Trainer". To make is even better it's a fun way for me to give back to the community and to help hundreds of local residents get back the body that they deserve," explains Ibrahim.
The FREE Fitness Boot Camps for women will take place every Saturday morning in April at 8:00 am - rain or shine, in a beautiful New Haven Area Park.
Boot Camp Date & Time: Every Saturday at 8:00 AM (Rain or Shine!)
Camp Cost: FREE to New Haven County residents
All participants must register the Thursday at 6:PM before the day of Boot Camp
For information: or
Contact: Phone: (203)-624-9999
Client Results

"I lost 14 lbs (with six weeks of Boot Camp)"
----K. Mcavoy
"I can tell everything is shaped better"
----H. Tarikti
"I can fit in size 8 again"
---A. Gay.
About BALANCE fitness
BALANCE fitness Studio for women is New Haven's Only All woman personal training studio who offers one on one personal training, partner training and outdoor fitness Boot Camp programs. BALANCE fitness owner and head trainer has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, WTNH, WTIC, and the front page of the Hartford Current and Chicago Tribune.

Mubarakah Ibrahim
BALANCE fitness Studio for Women Owner and Head Trainer

Friday, February 22, 2008


MAYOR IMPOSES ON-STREET PARKING BANS EFFECTIVE: AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, AN ON-STREET PARKING BAN IS IMPOSED IN NEW HAVEN AS FOLLOWS:1. NO PARKING ON STREETS POSTED AS SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES 2. NO PARKING ON STREETS DOWNTOWN Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. has declared a snow emergency for snow removal purposes and has announced the following on-street parking bans:(1.) Effective at Midnight on Friday February 22, 2008 PARKING BAN IMPOSED on all major arterial streets that are posted as emergency snowroutes.(2.) Effective at Midnight on Friday February 22, 1008, PARKING BAN IMPOSED on streets in the Downtown Area (all streets within the are abounded by Howe Street, Tower Parkway, Grove Street, State Street and North Frontage Road). Cars parking in violation of the parking ban may be ticketed and/or towed.Please note: Parking garages and off-street parking lots downtown are still open during snow emergencies. Residents are encouraged to use these facilities as an alternative to parking on the street.In residential areas, residents are encouraged NOT to park on the odd numbered side of the street (numbers ending in 1,3,5,7,9) so that snowplows can clear the street to the curb. It is also helpful if cars don't park within 25 feet of any intersection so the plows can push snow to the curb and not out into the intersection.The Parking Ban will expire at 7:00 A.M. on Saturday February 23,2008.Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. urges the public's cooperation in complying with the parking ban in order to assist the City's plowing operations.

Greg is going to Letterman!

Message from Alderman Greg Morehead (Ward 22):

Hi All,
I just wanted to make sure that you tune in to David Letterman this Tuesday night. For all of you that don't know, that is the late show, and it airs at 11:30pm. If you know you are an early sleeper, set your timers now so that you can tape it. My band DangerZone and I will be appearing on David Letterman playing behind Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, and Chingy. This is going to be a great performance and its going to be fun to play behind3Artists at once. Please let me know how you like it!! You can view pictures of our band and past shows at

Regards, Greg Morehead

Monday, February 18, 2008


Hi All:

There has been a rash of graffiti plastered around the neighborhood in the past few weeks. I am going to start working with the appropriated parties to get the ball rolling and have this removed. Please email me the list of locations of graffiti and we will get on it. I can be reached at

This is what I have so far:

Corner of Dyer & Colony - Green AT&T box
Side of 130 Colony Road - on the Dyer side (between Colony & Bellevue) on the AT&T Uverse box
Corner of Colony & Goffe - on the US Postal service box is a picture of a skunk

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Virus Warning from Jerry Antuns Alderman Ward12

Greetings All;

Having graduated from the FBI National Academy I sometimes receive information that I can share with others. Today I received the message below and would like to pass it on to all of you for your protection. You can feel confident that the information is accurate and does come from the FBI offices in Washington, D.C.

New E-Scams & Warnings


02/11/08—With the Valentine's Day holiday approaching, be on the lookout for spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm malicious software (malware). The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to retrieve the electronic greeting card (e-card). Once the user clicks on the link, malware is downloaded to the Internet-connected device and causes it to become infected and part of the Storm Worm botnet. A botnet is a network of compromised machines under the control of a single user. Botnets are typically set up to facilitate criminal activity such as spam e-mail, identity theft, denial of service attacks, and spreading malware to other machines on the Internet.

The Storm Worm virus has capitalized on various holidays in the last year by sending millions of e-mails advertising an e-card link within the text of the spam e-mail. Valentine's Day has been identified as the next target.

Be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender. Do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided.

If you have received this, or a similar e-mail, please file a complaint at

Monday, February 11, 2008

Party for Steve Shea

This message is for participants in the Whalley-Edgewood-Management Team

Its Party time for Sgt. Shea.

To say an official good bye, and to thank the Sgt for his years of service with us, we will meet at Delaney’s, 882 Whalley Avenue , next Wendsday at 6 o’clock.

For those of you who sent a donation to help purchase tickets for a Red Sox game – thank you. For those of you who have not, please bring your donation with you if you’ll be attending the party or mail it to our Treasurer, Peaches Quinn at 650 Ellsworth Ave. New Haven , 06511.

We hope you can all join us.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

WEB Meeting Minutes

City of New Haven

Whalley-Edgewood-Beaver Hill
Management Team

Jan. 15, 2008

In attendance: Pamela R. Lopes, Mildred Godfrey, Fred Puiia, George Rose, Sr., Toni N. Harp, Moti Sandman, Rob Smuts, Nadine Herring, Mark Strange, Lena Ferguson, Bob Correa, Elder Edward Eyabough(sp?), Sr., Robin O. Hobson, B.R. Hammed-Owens, Elaine Braffman, Rena Way-Owens, Melinda Tuhus, Francine Caplan, Nikkina Ossei, Dianne Grant, Nan Bartow, Capt. Bryan D. Kearney, Liz McCormack, Lt. Kevin Costin, Sgt. Stephen P. Shea, Judi Janette, Nathan Janette, Tom Lehtoner, Bob Caplan, Chris Peterson, Sheila Shanklin, Hardy Davis, Stephen Kobasa, Michael E. Shanklin, Kara Capone, Colleen B. Ormsby, Barbara Fair, Stephanie FitzGerald, Sally Joughin, John Vuoso, Peaches Quinn,Carl Goldfield, Bruce Henderson, Asst. Chief Herman Badger, Patricia Dillon, Rabbi Dov Greer, Geraldine White.

Chair Caplan called the meeting to order at 7:04 and read the team’s Statement of Purpose. He introduced Lt. Kevin Costin, our new community policing District Manager and invited guest Senator Toni Harp. Participants introduced themselves.

B. Caplan invited Hobson to recap the WEB team’s concerns regarding released prisoners. Prisoners are released on Whalley Ave. in front of the jail early in the morning with lack of transportation and lack of clothing (for winter weather). Our goal is for better release planning. Why are so many prisoners released in New Haven?

Senator Harp invited Dept. of Corrections staff to the meeting. Dept. of Corrections reps (Strange, Correa and Ferguson): New Haven is one of the major sending towns into the correction system so they are a major receiving town. There are two kinds of prisoners released: end-of –sentence complete release, and discharge on bond. Corrections rep. explained a 45 day plan before prison release that includes counseling about money, medications, transportation, clothes, and jobs. In Nov. ’07, 100 prisoners were released in New Haven – 79 males at Corrections on Whalley Ave. and 21 females at Union Station; in Dec. 77 males were released on Whalley Ave. and 15 females at Union Station. If their ride is a no-show, Corrections gives them a ride. Many released prisoners go to the homeless shelters. The majority of parolees have people pick them up. Released prisoners are given a two week supply of meds. If the released prisoner has less that $50, he is given $50. If inmate earned more, s/he gets all the dollars earned. Most prisoners are released in New haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford. The biggest problem is released prisoners without rides.
Shea: It is an issue for residents and business owners to have prisoners released on Whalley Ave.
Costin: How about contracting with a cab company?
F. Caplan: It is not good for residents to have prisoners released into the Beaver Hills neighborhood.
Harp: What about contracting with Project M.OR.E.?
Capone: New Haven Home Recovery, Continuum of Care and Columbus House work with lots of released prisoners.
Capone(?): There are often psychiatric issues. Although prisoners receive 2 weeks worth of meds, it takes 6 weeks to be processed at CMHC to get medical help.
Harp: Gov. Rell is unveiling her plan for prison release soon. Hopefully it will include a plan that released prisoners will be eligible for expedited SAGA (state administered General Assistance)
Braffman: There should be an alternative to dropping off prisoners into a residential neighborhood.
What about dropping off all the prisoners at Union Station
Fair: That too is a residential neighborhood.
Harp will report back to this group. The group invited her to come to our next meeting.
Hobson: Jail has a quarterly Resource Day when prisoners can find out about resources that are available to them upon their release.
Vuoso: As a Whalley Ave. business owner, I wrote to the Warden in April 2005 complaining about the release of prisoners and never received a reply..

Quinn: Treasurer’s Report - $1350.47

Shea: Introduced Lt. Kevin Costin. Chief Ortiz absent because of sick daughter. Asst. Chief Badger was present for the start of the meeting.

Police Report
District Crime statistics
Dec. (complete)
Jan. (so far)
5 burglaries
8 robberies
5 reports of gun fire
2 shootings (assaults with firearms not fatal
3 burglaries
4 robberies
6 reports of gun fire

Shea celebrated last year’s (07) district crime stats compared to compared to the year before(06). He attributes the positive change to citizen involvement and solid police work.
District Statistics 06 – 07
Robbery, aggravated assault and burglary all down by more than 20%
Auto theft slightly down.
Firearm discharge up by almost 50%
Murder down 100% (from 8 homicides to 0)

Braffman: LCI Report included 510 Winthrop Ave. Police have been called. There are housing code violations. The owner is being served papers.

No WASSD and Reading Club reports.

No Whalley Ave. Revitalization Committee report.

Bartow: Beaver Pond Park – Yale Forestry School has applied for a USDA grant to make a study of the West River watershed. A study group is now forming.

Firing Range. The city is pursuing federal funding to look for alternate sites or to rebuild at present site with indoor (=quiet) range. If you are interested in this issue, contact Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
Community Policing – New promotion (5 captain, 16 lieutenants), new entry level list. New class of 45 begins in the spring. The police dept. is now at 420. The goal is to reach 494, the full amount allowed. National search for police chief. Looking for someone who is friendly to community policing, has management ability, vision, and energy. Finalists in March.
Outreach workers began in Aug. They have been working at “full steam” since Sept. The challenge is to quantify their work to be able to sustain their funding. They are working on Whalley Ave. They each have a caseload of young people.
Group: Let’s invite Barbara Tinney and Tyron to our meeting
Crime Shootings down in city – from 23 in August to 4 in Oct.
Prisoners Dropped
Sandman: It is imperative that the Dept of Corrections not dump prisoners in residential neighborhoods.
Smuts: There needs to be a release plan that begins 6 – 9 months before release not just 45 days. The plan needs to include networking with local service providers. During a recession agencies tend to take care of their own, not see the broad picture.

Hobson: Citizen Review Board will work with the Malik organization.

New Business
Chris Peterson: Whalley Terrace will be ready for occupancy Jan. 17. Offices and residents will be moving in. HOME Inc. is looking for first floor business tenants.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes submitted by Stephanie FitzGerald

Friday, February 8, 2008

Edge of The Woods Community Wellness

I would like to invite you to our community wellness education workshops. All workshops are free and open to the public. Please join us! Be enlightened and informed!
Edge of The Woods Food Store Presents Community Wellness Education

Our Winter Workshop Calendar
Wednesday Evenings 7:PM-8:PM

Wednesday January 23, 2008
The Truth About Weight Loss
Eating Healthy but Still Can’t Lose Weight?
Are you eating whole grains, lean proteins, and lots of fruits and vegetables and still can’t seem to lose weight? Can your whole wheat bread can be causing your fat belly? Will switching to a vegetarian diet really help you lose 20lbs? Are there really a such thing as “fat burning” foods. The truth about these and more will be reveled as we have a dialog with certified personal trainer and owner of BALANCE fitness Studio for Women Mubarakah Ibrahim.

Wednesday February 6, 2008
Nurturing Generations
Pre and Postnatal Health
Herbs, homeopathy and natural healing . . . is it safe during pregnancy? There is a New Birthing Center coming to New Haven ...find out when and where. Can what you eat give your infant allergies? Discuss these and more with our panel of experts.
Dr. Amanda Levitt, Mid-wives Janet Spinner and Vicki Marnin, and Rachel Light MD.

Wednesday February 20, 2008
Living with Vitality
Vitality: The Chiropractic Link
Studies show that decreased stress to the nervous system can increase your longevity and vitality. This evenings talk will explain how Chiropractic care can make this possible. Join Dr. Katey Cofrancesco as she exposes groundbreaking technology in the realm of mind body healing that plays a vital role in longevity.


Wednesday March 5, 2008
Is the Grass Greener on Your Own Side?
Sustainable Agriculture
Does local resources really decrease our dependence on foreign oil? Is CT grown vegetables that better than those grown in sunny California ? Can allergies be improved by eating locally? These and other questions are up for discussion with local farmers
George Hendinger and Vincent Kay

Wednesday March 19, 2008
CT: A part of a Global Village
Is CT contributing to global warming?
Ozone layer, alternative fuel, animal extinction, global warming...
what does little CT has to do with this global problem and its solutions? Are we apart or the solutions or part of the problem? An enlightening conversation for anyone who care about our planet. Come discuss how we as individuals and a community can make a difference in our global village with Environmentalist Brandy Love.

Yours In Health and WellnessMubarakah Ibrahim CPT
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Become a Lobbiest for New Haven & Yourself

Last night Mayor John DeStefano gave his annual State of the City Address. In it - he spoke about a number of important issues and outlined his priorities for the next few years. The top items that I took out of it were:

  1. Public Safety
  2. Property Taxes
  3. Economic Development
  4. Unified City

These are all important issues and over the next few days I will be posting about them.

Regarding the public safety issue - JD focused on the new cops that are coming online and the changes for the up tier of police management.

From the Chief to the new assistant chief and the 2 civilians that are due to come on as well. This means that 3 out of the 4 top police officials will be new within the year. I hope this is good and works out for the best.

A bright point was when the Street Outreach workers stood up and told us what they are up to. They do good work. I hope we can find the funding to keep them going (currently they are funded from grants and nothing from the PD general budget).

The fact is that we need to create a city where the average citizen is not afraid to walk down the street or be afraid that your home will be broken into. I know that we are not at the low point we were at in the early 1990s but we must always try to become better.

The Mayor also spoke about the reentry of criminals into our back yard (literally) from all around the State to the Whalley Ave Jail. JD says that we need to push our delegation and Jodi Rell to get some action.

To that point I can tell you that the WEB Management Team is working on this issue and I am personally involved with State Rep Toni Walker and working with her on the issue as well.

That is all for now I will post more later.

You can read the New Haven Independent coverage here and the New Haven Register's coverage here.



Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

Hi All:

I would like to publicly announce that I am Endorsing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination.

In choosing Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama is not rejecting in any way the energy and message that Senator Obama brings to the race.

I am endorsing Hillary because she is brilliant, has a handle on all of the issues and most importantly is a pragmatist.

As a legislator I understand the importance of working with others with whom you may not agree with. As President it is of the utmost importance that she is able to work with members of both sides of Congress.

In addition we need our President to be willing to take a strong stand on our National Security and I have greater faith in Hillary’s plan then in Barack’s.

I look forward to your comments on this matter and hope that we can work together to put a Democrat into the White House this November.

Yours truly,

Go forth & VOTE!

Dear Friends & Neighbors:

Today is Primary day in Connecticut. For the first time that I can remember our vote will make a difference in both races for the Democratic & Republican nominations.

Regardless of whom you support please make sure you make your voice heard.

Please note that if you are an independent voter you will not be able to vote today. This is open to registered Democrats & Republicans only.

See you at the polls,

Moti Sandman
Alderman - Ward 28
City of New Haven
195 Colony Road
New Haven, CT 06511

Friday, February 1, 2008

Budget Time

Hi All:

I just got an email from a neighbor asking about what the Aldermen are doing to aliviate the tax burden on the average taxpayer.

It is a great question and below please find my reply.

Also the budget season is coming up and truth be told it is not looking good, in my estimation there will probably be no mill rate drop and your revaluation will kick in the next 20%.

Thank you for writing to me with regard to the tax burden on the average tax payer. I understand the real pain of seeing your taxes jump substantially and not having a good reason why.
I dealt with this topic over the last year on my blog I will give you an outline here of what is happening and for more details please check out the blog.

(You all reading this can type finance or taxes in the "search blog" box and read what I posted there, now back to the email.)

Back to your simple question of what – we the Board of Aldermen is doing about this – we are taking a multi pronged approach:

1) As you noted we are working with our state delegation up in Hartford to put in a “Property Tax Circuit Breaker” that would cap the amount a family paid in city property tax to 6% of their gross adjusted income. Please note that although the Mayor gets the press the Aldermen are working on this as well.

2) Looking at ways to reduce the city’s long term obligations i.e. Pension, Health Care. We the Aldermen have held a number of hearings on what city owned properties we can sell to raise additional funds and close the gap in what the state is giving us to what we need.

3) Working with our state delegation to find ways on raising revenue other then property taxes. As of now we can only generate funds by taxing folks on their houses and cars. We would like to be able to tax hotel beds and food & beverages as they do in other cities.

I hope that if you have any further questions or comments that you do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours truly,

Finally the City email is back up

Hi All:

Finally the City email is back up but the preferred email is still