Monday, March 24, 2008

Firing Range Schedual

Dear Eric,

The following is the range schedule for this week and next week. This, of course, is subject to change.

March 24 - no classes scheduled
March 25-26 - 8:00 am - 3:45 pm
March 27 - no classes scheduled
March 28 - 8:00 am -3:45 pm
March 31 - April 4 - 8:00 am - 3:45 pm

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact the academy at 203.946.6309.


K. D. Codish

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Traffic Advisory


Chapel Street between York and Park is to be narrowed for sewer work starting Monday to make sanitary and storm sewer connections at the Yale Art & Architecture building, their contractor will be narrowing Chapel St to one travel lane past the work site.
This work will begin on Monday, March 24, 2008 and continue for a period of six to eight weeks.

Also, beginning shortly after the above, the Colony Inn will be making the same connections to the sewers and that work will also narrow the street to one travel lane. The work at the Colony Inn is expected to last two weeks. This work will occur simultaneously since the set up for both jobs is the same, and the overall traffic impact will be shortened.

We anticipate that there will be traffic congestion at peak times due to the narrowing of the roadway.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Important meeting regarding Route 10


Judy Gott, Executive Director

For Immediate Release March 12, 2008

PRESS RELEASE – April 2 Public Information Meeting for Route 10 Corridor Study
The South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) is currently completing a study to identify and assess transportation system needs and deficiencies in the Route 10 corridor between I-95 Interchange 45 in the City of New Haven and Skiff Street in the Town of Hamden. This area includes sections of Ella T. Grasso Boulevard, Whalley Avenue, Fitch Street, Arch Street, and Dixwell Avenue.

An important component of the study process is public outreach to the local community of residents, business people, and commuters who are concerned about transportation and its effect on the livability or quality of life of neighborhoods in and around the Route 10 study corridor. Towards this end, a public information meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Beecher School gymnasium located at 100 Jewell Street, New Haven. The public information meeting will provide interested citizens an opportunity to learn about the study purpose and initial study findings, and will allow them to provide input to SCRCOG staff and our technical consultant, Clough Harbour & Associates LLP.

In general, the purpose of the Route 10 Corridor Study is to identify and address transportation needs in the corridor relative to safety; traffic operations; pedestrian and bicycle facilities; and transit services and amenities. The study will also investigate opportunities to apply Smart Growth strategies in the corridor and will coordinate transportation system recommendations with municipal land use and development plans.

For further information on this press release, please contact Judy Gott, Executive Director of SCRCOG, at (203) 234-7555.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Firing Range Notice

Hello all: Sorry for the short notice, but there will be rifle practice on the range tomorrow (Tuesday, March 18), from approximately 9am - 3pm.

Cynthia Savenelli
New Haven Police
AcademyDivision of Training & Education
710 Sherman Parkway
New Haven, CT 06511
Tel: 203-946-6309
Fax: 203-946-6141

Get involved & make a difference


13 March 2008 Training Director Kay Codish


(New Haven, CT)—The New Haven Police Department (NHPD) is currently accepting applications for its popular Citizens’ Academy (CA), which will run from May 21st through July 23rd on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Approximately 25 local residents will be selected from the department’s 10 community policing districts throughout the city. They will participate in the program which is designed to improve communication and understanding between police and community members.

Residents selected will have a unique opportunity to work with officers and look behind the scenes of a progressive, community-minded police department. Ride-alongs with veteran officers, tours of various department divisions and meetings with the chiefs are only a sample of the extensive curriculum.

Application forms for the next New Haven Police Citizens’ Academy are available between 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. weekdays at the Police Academy (710 Sherman Parkway), where the 8-week course will be held. Forms may also be obtained at all ten police substations, the main desk at police headquarters at One Union Avenue and at area libraries. Information will also be mailed directly to local social service organizations and agencies and to individuals throughout the city. In addition, details may be found online at


PRESS RELEASE: Police Citizen’s Academy Page 2 of 2

Completed applications must be received at the New Haven Police Academy at the hours listed below, when Citizens’ Academy staff will be available to answer questions:
Wednesdays – Fridays: April 2nd – April 25th, 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturdays: April 5th, 12th and 19th, 10:00am – 12:00noon
Applications received after 8:00pm on April 25th will not be considered.

Applicants must reside in New Haven and people of all races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages, genders and physical abilities are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be 18 years of age by the first day of classes, have no major felony convictions and no convictions involving domestic violence. Applications will be processed by the New Haven Police Department and potential candidates will be subject to a basic criminal history check. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Participants are required to commit to actively participating in all twelve sessions.

For additional information, please call the New Haven Police Academy at 203.946.6309 between 9:00am – 4:00pm weekdays, or email us at

Spring into Spring with a Health kick!

The New Haven Advocate’s Best of Award ballots are out. Did you vote yet? Last year we won 3rd place for “the best all woman Health Club“. This year the goal is to get #1 personal trainer. Pick up a New Haven Advocate and Cast your ballot or vote on-line by clicking here...VOTE NOW! Remember you have to vote in at least 20 catagories in order for your ballot to qualify.
Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp:
We are gearing up for Boot Camp Season. It starts in two short weeks. If you are ready to get in the best shape of your life, then I am ready to help you get there. Last year's Boot Camp is estimated to have shed over 300 reported pounds among participants. Will you be among this year's sucess stories? We are limiting each camp, so be sure to sign up before we fill up!
Article of the Month:
I have written a couple articles and posted them on the website. You have to read
The Krispy Kreme Diet: How to Lose 2lbs a Week Eating Krispy Kreme Every Day...Read More
Five Reasons You May Not be Losing Weight...Read More
Audio of the Month:
Starting Monday March 17th, you can look forward to an audio of the week posted on the website. I don't always have time to write or blog but I do have the “gift of gab“. So start tuning in and even send in a question to be answered.
Yours in Health and Fitness
Mubarakah Ibrahim, CPT
Who Else Wants the Secret to Great Abs?
It never fails. As spring approaches people start thinking about getting in shape for summer. And every year the number one thing I'm asked is "How can I get great abs?" You've probably pondered that question at some time or another and you're likely frustrated with your waistline. Maybe you've given up on your abs after doing dozens of crunches only to see zero results. I don't blame you. Forget everything you've heard about how to sculpt your abs. Crunches simply won't give you a six pack. You see, to do crunches with the hope that it will turn your midsection into a washboard is to operate under one of the most widely held fitness myths. I'm talking about spot reducing. Simply put, training one area of your body will not specifically burn fat from that area. You've probably heard that spot reducing is a myth, but most people still train as if it is true. Doing crunches will not magically make your waist shrink, it will not cause your muffin top to disappear, and it will not give you washboard abs. Only a drop in body fat will do that for you.So what is the secret to great abs? Instead of endless crunches, the secret is a winning combination of fat burning cardio, resistance training, and proper eating. It is absolutely possible for you to dramatically shape up your waistline before summer hits this year. Yes, Y-O-U. Weight loss is not reserved only for the people you've seen on the Biggest Loser or on diet pill infomercials. You can do it too.Answer the following two questions to see how your routine measures up:How often do you exercise? If your answer was anything less than 4 times a week, then that's the first thing getting between you and streamline abs. How do you define a fat burning workout? A routine including intense cardiovascular training coupled with effective resistance training. Do you do this?I'm sorry to be the one to break this to you, but walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes isn't a fat blasting routine. Neither is a leisurely 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. The truth is that you can dramatically increase your results while investing less time when you exercise right. Cardio exercise is all about maintaining an effective level of intensity. This doesn't mean that you should be out of breath or gasping for air. It does mean that you need to push yourself. Resistance training is the second key part of a fat burning workout. This means working your major muscle groups against resistance in a way that stimulates your metabolism. Again the key here is to find the right intensity and to keep each muscle group guessing.What kind of shape is your diet in? Diet is a big stumbling block for most people-especially as it relates to their midsection. Here's a fact: If your diet is out of control then your abs will be too. You can't trim your waist without trimming the junk out of your diet, regardless of how hard you exercise.
Keep calories in check. Do you know how many calories you eat? The best way to find out is to record everything you eat for a few days. Tally the number of calories that you eat each day and do an evaluation-feel free to recruit me to help out with this part. Together we'll chart improvements for your diet and adjust your calories for maximum results.
Just say "No" to junk food. While this may seem obvious, your definition of "junk food" may need an alteration. Refined sugar is one of the biggest culprits in the junk food world-it is found in soft drinks, blended coffee drinks, cookies, cakes, packaged snacks, and other sinfully sweet treats. Processed fat is another monster. As a rule of thumb you can safely view all processed or refined items as junk food.
Eat more frequently. The key here is to never let your metabolism "crash" by going hours without eating. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to skip breakfast-as this is the meal that 'breaks the fast' that your body goes into each night. Stick with eating small meals every few hours and always avoid stuffing yourself. You should now understand why you are better off not wasting time on crunches-while it is important to exercise your abs a couple of times a week, you won't expect fat to fall of that area after 100's of crunches. Do you want to flatten and sculpt your waist in time for summer this year? All you have to do is decide that you really want it. Commit to yourself-you deserve it. See me for fat blasting workouts that deliver results. Together we will get you on a program that will melt the fat off your abs, exposing shape and definition-just in time for summer. Call or email me today for a no obligation consultation.
Back to Basics
Losing weight may seem anything but simple. With all of the trendy diet plans and new workout fads-it is easy to become confused. The good news is that the basics of weight loss have not changed over the years. It all boils down to Calories In versus Calories Out. Too many Calories In, and you will gain weight. Extra Calories Out and you will lose it. Keep in mind that 3,500 calories equals one pound and every single calorie counts!
Fiesta Breakfast Taco
This delicious dish is made with egg whites and sautéed vegetables and makes a wonderful light breakfast. Enjoy with salsa for an added kick. Servings: 2Here's what you need...
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 medium tomato, chopped
3/4 cup egg whites (about 4 large egg whites)
2 wheat tortillas
1/4 of a small avocado
A dash of Paprika
A dash of Garlic salt
Spray a medium frying pan with cooking spray. Sauté the onion, bell pepper and garlic until soft. Add the tomato and egg whites. Cook until the egg whites have set.
Divide the egg and veggie mixture between the tortillas and fold like a taco.
Slice the avocado and sprinkle it with paprika and garlic salt. Arrange the avocado on each taco and serve. Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 243 calories, 5g fat, 35g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, and 15g protein.

We are in the running!

For Immediate Release
Denver, Colorado
March 14, 2008
Contact: Mike McGrath
303 571 4343

Finalists Named for 2008 All-America City Award
The National Civic League announced the finalists in the annual all-America City Award today.
The finalists are: Goodyear, Arizona; Marana, Arizona; Cerritos, California; Aurora, Colorado; New Haven, Connecticut; Kissimmee- Osceola County, Florida; Sarasota County, Florida; Somerville, Massachusetts; Gladstone, Missouri; the St. Louis Region, Missouri-Illinois; Lenoir, North Carolina; Reidsville, North Carolina; Akron, Ohio; Upper Dublin Township, Pennsylvania; Abbeville County, South Carolina; Selma, Texas, and Caroline County, Virginia.
Each finalist completed an extensive application providing detailed descriptions of the challenges they face and the impacts of three community projects to address those challenges.
The next step is for each community to send a delegation to Tampa, Florida, for a three-day awards competition and innovations forum (June 4-6). The winners will be announced on the evening of Friday, June 6.
“New Haven is proud to be selected as a 2008 All America City Finalist,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “Our last win was in 2003 and we look forward to bringing the title back home this year. This accomplishment is to be shared by all residents and community leaders in New Haven as it is based on the hard work of so many individuals and organizations. In this application we profiled the success of three important programs: the Elm City Resident Card Program, the combined efforts of the Street Outreach Workers Program and CTRIBAT, and CitySeed.”

The All-America City Awards recognizes communities for collaboration, inclusiveness, and successful innovation. All-America Cities demonstrate community-wide civic accomplishments, cross-sector cooperation, grassroots participation, and creative approaches to issues such as the need for low-income housing, support for at-risk youth, downtown revitalization, and healthcare for the uninsured.

“The original community award, the All-America City Award is the ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes,” noted National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortés. “It recognizes the efforts of entire communities and exemplifies extensive civic engagement. When people attend the event for the first time, they are energized by the can-do spirit, excitement and optimism of the participants. The spirit of community-pride and unlimited possibility is contagious.”

During the three-day competition, a delegation from each community will present its programs and solutions to a jury of national experts from across the United States. Their presentations will address the community’s social and economic issues, including at least one project that focuses on the needs of young people.

A jury of national business, government, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders will select the top 10 communities based on their presentations and applications. The 2008 All-America City Award winners will be announced Friday June 6 at a ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina.

This year the awards program will feature Innovation Forums to promote peer-to-peer dialogues among the finalist communities and regional and national leaders. The topics include best practices of All-America Cities, effectively marketing your community, a youth forum, and a chief elected and appointed officials forum on civic issues. Hot topic workshops are being developed on green solutions, immigrant integration, the community-side of the subprime lending crisis, and other issues.

Now in its 59th year, the All-America City Award is an honor achieved by more than 500 neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, and regions across the country. Some have won the award multiple times.

This year’s AAC Awards are sponsored in part by Jones Day, MWH, RBC Capital Markets, Southwest Airlines (The Official Airline of the AAC Awards), Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina (The Sole Official Headquarters Hotel of the AAC Awards), and Marriott International.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the National Civic League strengthens democracy by increasing the capacity of our nation’s people to fully participate in and build healthy and prosperous communities across America. We are the nation’s best at the science of local government, the art of public engagement, and the celebration of the progress that can be achieved when people work together. Founded in 1894 by Theodore Roosevelt and other government reformers, NCL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that accomplishes its mission through training, technical assistance, publishing, facilitating community-wide strategic planning and awards programs. It publishes research on government structures and reform and community building innovation (The National Civic Review, The Civic Index, and The 8th Edition of the Model City Charter). In addition to the All-America City Awards, NCL conducts the MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Awards to be announced in April.

Bingo at St. Brendans

Hi All:

Our neighbor Dale Bruckhart asked that I pass this along...


Bingo players can play every Wednesday at St. Brendans. The average prize money every week is about $1,500.

We now have (2) two progressive bingo games with a payout of $1,000.00 every eight weeks and $2,000.00 every sixteen weeks.

For a fun, low cost night out walk to the corner of Ellsworth and Whalley Avenue . It’s the “Green” alternative to driving to Foxwoods and all profits go to the school and the parish in our neighborhood.

The first game begins at 7:15PM.

No bingo on March 19.

Please help to spread the word.


Dale Bruckhart
456 Ellsworth Avenue

Thursday, March 6, 2008

I just got this email - it looks intresting so I am going to post a link on the site.



Dear Mr. Sandman,

I am writing as publisher of the New Haven Review, a new journal recently created by a collection of New Haven resident-writers. The journal is first and foremost a book review of quality, with a large portion of the contributions coming from well-known writers who once resided or currently reside in the Greater New Haven area.

We intend to follow our first issue of last year, done very much on the cheap, with a far more professional version this May. However, we are most excited about the new website that we just launched at

With that in mind, if you produce on behalf of your constituency a newsletter of some sort—delivered by hand or regular mail or email—we would be very much grateful if you’d put in a small notice about this new endeavor. It’s something we believe the city should be proud to have—as proud as we are to be part of this city.

A small notice could read as follows or you can write your own:

For those looking for good book recommendations from fellow New Haven resident, go ahead and take a look at the New Haven Review at It is edited by long-time New Haven residents who looked at book review publications in New York and Boston and decided—why not New Haven? New Haven Review is looking for subscribers and donors, too. Even though the publisher and editors—even the writers—all volunteer their time and effort, there are still printing costs, so it’s for a good cause.

Appreciatively yours,

Bennett Lovett-Graff
New Haven Review

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Bellevue Road Block watch meeting tonight!

Hi, neighbors,

Just a reminder that our next meeting is Tues. at Sue and Gene's at 7 pm at 47 Bellevue Rd. Our agenda will include:

1. Update from Lt. Costin

2. Report of Management Team meeting re: prisoners released on Whalley Ave, etc.

3. News re: Beaver Pond Park from Nan

4. Other business, next meeting date and place

Let me know if you have anything to add to the agenda.

See you Tues.


Edge of The Wooods Workshop/ Mubarakah Ibrahim

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Dear Friends

We at Edge of The Woods Food Store take pride in the fact that our customers are proactive in improving their health and wellbeing, by taking the necessary steps to seek alternative paths to wellness.

We are happy to announce our affiliate relationship with BALANCE fitness Studio and its owner Mubarakah Ibrahim as our community wellness educator. Mubarakah (pronounce Moo-ba-ra-ka), brings her energy, thirst for knowledge and love of health and wellness together with area health professionals that will inform, enlighten, guide and us through the many paths we have to choose from.

Please join us for our Wednesday evening bi-monthly series of workshops beginning in January of 2008. In addition you can stay connected and updated by joining our e-list and blog.

Dear Monti

GO GREEN month is a national month of recognition and reminder for everyone to make more effort being environmentally conscious. Just as we make effort to remember the contribution of African American during February Black History Month. This month we should make effort to remember ways to help improve and save the enviornment.

How can you help save the environment and save money at the same time?
Did you know that eating and buying local produce helps boost the local economy and the dollars in your pocket. We save on emissions that are created by trucks carrying foods across the country, which in turns makes the food less expensive.

Imagine that! Eating healthier can benefit your health and your bank account.

Find out more this Wednesday!

Wednesday March 5, 2008
7:pm-8:pm Edge of the Woods Food Store Upstairs Lounge
363 Whalley Ave, New Haven CT
Is the Grass is 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

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 fitness counselor 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 Rachael 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 can make this possible. Join
Dr. Katey Confrenscesco 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 is Greener on Your Own Side
Sustainable Agriculture
Does local resources reallydecrease 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.

Election Today!

Hi All:

Today is the Election for Ward 28 Town Committee representatives.

I ask that everyone please take a few minutes and vote for

Don Walker &
Connie Perkins.

They are fine people who really listen to the Ward and I hope that you will join me in supporting them in their efforts.