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For Some, Halloween’s On After All

by Paul Bass | Oct 31, 2012 12:24 pm

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Posted to: East Rock, Westville

Parents in at least two city neighborhoods plan to take their children trick-or-treating—in defiance of a mayoral request to keep them home.

Matt Higbee took his three children, ages 3, 5 and 7, to the playground while schools were closed for the clean-up of Superstorm Sandy. Fifty kids were there with their parents. So he sees no reason to keep his children home Wednesday night. He plans to take them trick-or-treating, usually an especially elaborate ritual in his stretch of Westville, drawing families from other neighborhoods.

“I feel that if it was safe enough for us to be outside with our children yesterday [on the playground], then it is safe enough for a little trick-or-treating tonight,” Higbee reasoned.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Mayor John DeStefano called on parents to keep their children home Wednesday night rather than allow them to go Halloween trick-or-treating. He asked parents to wait a week and take the kids out on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Other regional mayors issued similar requests.

Downed wires and ongoing power outages will probably still make some streets dangerous for kids to traverse at night, the mayor said. “I don’t see any reason we should be putting our children at risk. I would suggest folks skip trick-or-treating and stay home and have a wonderful time. It’s the safe and right thing to do.”

“Because our street has no downed wires and the majority of houses maintained power, several families have decided to proceed with trick or treating. There has been some backlash from people that want to adhere to the mayor’s recommendation, so I anticipate that we will end up having two Halloweens this year,” Higbee reported. “This is not super organized, but rather a bunch of people that plan to go up and down West Rock and the section of West Elm from Yale to Central.”

“To my mind, there’s a key question: if trick or treating isn’t safe, what is?,” argued Tim Holahan, another Westville parent who plans to defy the mayor’s request. “Because school is closed, I just walked my daughter to her grandparents house a couple blocks away. Was that dangerous?”

“Since storms like this are likely to be more frequent in the future, it seems New Haven will have to develop a more measured and appropriate response to the aftermath.”

In East Rock, as well, some parents are planning to defy the no-trick-no-treat directive, according to Alderman Justin Elicker.

“There has been a lot of excitement and everyone has an opinion on whether or not to trick-or-treat tonight,” Elicker reported. “The majority of residents I’ve heard from are planning on going out tonight, local conditions permitting. Since we don’t have a very developed notification system in the city for reaching out to residents, it’s difficult for everyone to be notified and therefore likely that many people didn’t get John [DeStefano]‘s message to postpone Halloween. The mayor’s delaying Halloween surely makes sense in neighborhoods that were more severely impacted by the storm.

“Perhaps we’ll end up having two Halloweens, which isn’t a bad thing for such a fun holiday.”


Update: Westville Alderman Adam Marchand emailed constituents Wednesday urging them to abide by the mayor’s recommended postponement. Here’s what he wrote:

“Our Mayor and his counterparts from West Haven, East Haven, and Branford have recommended that all Halloween activities be postponed one week until Wednesday, November 7th.  I strongly support this recommendation.  Even though the storm is over, we are not out of the woods just yet. Some streets still have no power, and therefore no street lights.  Many trees have been weakened by Hurricane Sandy, and we need to have a little more time to feel confident that more limbs won’t fall.  In addition, many power lines fell these past few days, some of which are quite small and difficult to see in the dark.  It is true that UI crews have done a good job dealing with these issues, but sometimes power lines can be energized unpredictably and without warning.  I have been all over our Ward, and I have seen a great deal of damage to power lines, including loose and sagging wires in addition to downed lines.  As a result, I urge all of you to refrain from walking around the neighborhood tonight.  Let’s do our trick-or-treating next Wednesday.

“I have heard of some neighbors making plans for small-scale, block-specific trick-or-treating.  I ASK THAT YOU NOT DO THIS AFTER DARK.  Believe me, I understand the urge to get the kids out tonight; my boys have been looking forward to Halloween for weeks. In the end, safety trumps all.  If you do go out with your children after dark, don’t be surprised if you see me out there, in my bright yellow vest, asking folks to go home.  Safety first.”

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posted by: newhavenmom on October 31, 2012  12:33pm

Alderperson Jessica Holmes of Ward 9 sent an email to her constituents advocating people go out for Halloween even though the mayor asked us not to…..

posted by: Mary Faulkner on October 31, 2012  1:05pm

I am sticking with the mayor’s recommendation to hold Halloween next week. My kids are excited as well but this is about the safety of the greater community and I think the rule is in everyone’s best interest. We live in a community much bigger than this block or this neighborhood. Now that it is announced in the press and on Facebook there won’t be just a few neighborhood families who know which streets are safe and I think that is irresponsible.  As of 11:30 this morning there are still lines down on West Rock Ave.  I hope everyone will reconsider going tonight.

posted by: PH on October 31, 2012  1:46pm

If school is back on tomorrow, I don’t see how the streets (which at least some children walk on to get to school) will be any safer for children in the morning than they will be tonight.  Postponing Halloween for a week is anti-climactic.  I could perhaps have accepted a move to a sooner, more child-friendly night like Saturday or Sunday, but I think moving the holiday back a full week is poorly thought out.  I’m going out tonight.

posted by: Mike Slattery on October 31, 2012  1:47pm

I can’t see the citywide policy as controversial - our first responders are probably spread thin right now, and debris and wires are still floating around.  If you can’t have sawhorses and cops at each problem site then I’m not sure what else you can say.  Grownups could direct their trick-or-treaters well enough if they go out together, but there are lots of unattended children that will go into blocks they haven’t visited since the storm hit.  It makes sense not to encourage a lot of foot traffic in the dark tonight.

I’m not up for creating an attraction on my porch near downed trees and wires, but I am hoping to get some kids together inside.  I hope everyone is safe tonight.

posted by: aeo2012 on October 31, 2012  1:47pm

The headline and the first sentence make it sound like anyone who comes to Westville will be able to trick or treat successfully.  This is misleading and inaccurate.

posted by: Long Time NH Resident on October 31, 2012  1:59pm

Those that feel defiant enough to go out tonight should drive around their area (or try to) before going out. In those areas I have seen multiple trees on power lines and houses, many roads are still closed. Wires are everywhere on some blocks. Don’t be ignorant of the danger looming. Another few days may produce some whining, but its better than ending up in the Hospital or morgue without a child or parent.

If you must hold a private party !

posted by: streever on October 31, 2012  2:44pm

Obviously people should exercise common sense and caution, but I find the comments by John and Marchand to be beyond patronizing. People have been walking, biking, shopping, and driving in my neighborhood since Monday with only minor interruptions or issues. I understand that John can’t responsibly tell people to go out and party, but please, don’t tell people to cower in their homes in fear! It is completely missing the reality of what most people see when they walk down their block.

posted by: Carl Goldfield on October 31, 2012  3:00pm

If I had kids who were trick or treat age there is no way I’d let them out tonight.  A power line is still dangling into my street(and I know its a power line because the home to which it was connected has no power) and I have no idea whether its live or not. Why take a chance ? Because I have no children to keep in, I will try to discourage what I consider to be irresponsible, selfish behavior with the other half of the trick or treat equation- My lights will be off and I won’t be handing out candy tonight. I’ll make home delivery to my neighbor’s children.

posted by: anonymous on October 31, 2012  3:20pm

The suggestion that children and adults should not be able to walk around their own neighborhood - using the precautions that they deem necessary - is absolutely ridiculous.

Kids have been walking around the neighborhood for days now. The politicians should have focused on describing the potential risks of walking on the streets, and the need to report hazards, not on telling people that they should not leave their homes. If there are downed wires, they should have been barricaded off long ago.

These statements - combined with politicians’ ongoing fecklessness when it comes to taking steps that might improve safety in New Haven (such as getting more people to walk in their neighborhoods) - shows that they are more interested in their own power than in anyone’s safety.

posted by: Jim Berger on October 31, 2012  3:44pm

I guess I’m not sure why my friends Matt and Tim are so determined to have Halloween on its calendar date.  I’m unclear about what’s at stake and what’s the downside of waiting a week with the rest of the city.  I agree with Mary here.  I don’t think we have to be pioneers or “libertarians” about this.  You know, if Clara or Miranda come to the door, I’ll give ‘em some candy.  But I think it’s better to wait.  I’ll talk with you guys.  I just don’t understand why it’s an issue.

posted by: streever on October 31, 2012  3:50pm

Jim:
I think they (like me) are responding to the insane level of hysteria that John, Adam, and even Carl are putting out there. Well, I give Carl a pass, because he is a lawyer ;-).

This is just silly stuff. Sure, everyone should be careful, but I can count on one hand the number of wires down in East Rock, and I know they have been secured.

School opens tomorrow. How much safer will the streets be between the hours of 8 pm tonight and 7 am tomorrow morning? The difference will be negligible.

If politicians are genuinely worried about safety, they’d be working toward improving the overall safety of New Haven in meaningful and measurable ways, not just telling you to barricade yourself in the house.

posted by: MamaBear on October 31, 2012  3:57pm

I commend Alderman Marchand for having common sense as well as teaching our young citizens to not disregard our mayor as well as respect safety! He as well as his previous opponent Mike Slattery have been out in the ward tirelessly advocating and helping their constituents and neighbors while witnessing endless downed trees and power lines throughout Westville! House parties make sense… trick-or- treating does not! It is irresponsible for any elected official to encourage her/his constituents to put themselves or their children at risk. If a ward is fortunate enough to be fully safe and problem free, they should empathize with and recognize the situation in the rest of the greater New Haven area. I do not feel anyone should blindly support our elected officials, but lets not rebel blindly either!

posted by: Pedro Soto on October 31, 2012  4:05pm

Come on, folks, just don’t go out tonight. Just give the folks cleaning this mess up more time to actually DO that, and not have to worry that kids are going to be in the area in the dark.

The mayor and everyone else is just trying to get the difficult job of cleaning this hurricane mess up and keeping people safe.

“Using precautions they deem necessary” is exactly the problem. Some people may not have the common sense to avoid things like downed trees and power lines, ESPECIALLY unsupervised children.

posted by: Threefifths on October 31, 2012  4:17pm

Should We Celebrate Halloween?

http://youtu.be/nl-OkdTtKUw

posted by: Carl Goldfield on October 31, 2012  4:20pm

@Streever.  “insane level of hysteria” “just silly stuff” ????

Dave I invite you (and anyone else who wishes to witness the event) to my house this evening. I will lead you up the street to the dangling wire so that you may grasp it in one hand and my rechargeable flashlight in the other (if it is (and I hope it is not) live I would not want your bravado to be wasted).

Of course I do recommend that you check with your lawyer and your life insurance agent first.

posted by: streever on October 31, 2012  4:39pm

@Carl
Come to MY street and I challenge you to find, in a 6 block radius, a single down wire!

You really think that people can’t figure out for themselves if their neighborhoods are safe or not? Halloween is not an official city holiday, for the Mayor to re-schedule or schedule in the first place. Did the Mayor decide today was Halloween?

No!

So why the heck is the Mayor scheduling “new” halloween?

All I’m saying is it is a bit hysterical to go around telling people if they can go trick or treating or not. I honestly think most parents can be trusted to use common sense and pick safe places to trick or treat tonight.

If they can’t, they absolutely aren’t going to be swayed by this report or the Mayor telling them to barricade themselves in the house.

It is absolutely silly to think that people can go to jobs, go to markets, walk around their neighborhood, clean out the storm gutters on their streets, etc, etc, etc, but not determine for themselves if they will be safe trick or treating tonight.

That is what I find so absurd and hysterical about all of this.

Obviously, none of this is legal advice, and please, no one sue me if you go out tonight and anything bad happens, but seriously, I do think it is on all of us to determine our own level of risk. I’d encourage any parent who is uncertain to go out NOW and drive/bike/walk several blocks. If they are safe, bring your kid there tonight, and make sure you stay to where you know is safe. Call your neighbors and ask them about their blocks.

We can figure this stuff out ourselves.

posted by: Ali on October 31, 2012  4:52pm

The difference between tonight and tomorrow’s walk to school is that in about an hour it will be rather dark. I’m less concerned about people going in their own familiar surroundings (hopefully they are well aware of the potential dangers) but what about the many people who come in from outside the neighborhood? Do they know the closed streets, downed branch and areas that haven’t been cleaned up?  I drove today through my own neighborhood and saw things I wasn’t even aware of yet.

Yes, it’s anti-climatic and wish the change had been made to a Saturday but things happen and plans have to be changed. Hopefully this will be a one-time occurance.

I also wish the NHI hadn’t made it sound like Westville as open for trick-or-treating.  I’m afraid people may be disappointed.  I’m saving the candy for next week!

posted by: John DeStefano, Jr. on October 31, 2012  4:53pm

Dear anonymous (Mark).  Sorry I disagree.  Not every child walks around with parents and some neighborhoods are completely dark and there are more than a few wires out there.  So, take a deep breadth and do something in your home for kids if it must be tonight.

posted by: Drosophila on the Wall on October 31, 2012  5:39pm

Yo, Streever:
You are very clearly thinking about this as it pertains to individual people in their own neighborhood, and assuming that all parents are 1) well-informed about what is and isn’t dangerous, 2) in control of their trick-or-treating kids, and 3) aware of where dangers in the city are in the dark.  I’m sure that most parents in East Rock and Westville (and probably across the city) are reasonably informed about dangers on the street and reasonably in control of their kids, but I am 100% sure that that is not true of ALL parents.

The Mayor (and all the other elected officials and citizens advocating staying at home) are thinking about this as the majority of kids in the city wanting to go out trick-or-treating.  As in, something on the order of 10,000 people, all outside, all in the space of 3-4 hours, in the dark, in a city where there are dangerous streets very close to perfectly safe streets.  It is also a city that has been working overtime to clean up the storm damage for the past 2 days, so I would guess that there is a little less stamina in public works/the police department/emergency services than normal.  The mayor is trying to avoid having a few kids get hurt due to this Halloween being more dangerous than most Halloweens—he isn’t worried about EVERYONE being in danger.  But it turns out that encouraging people to stay in is pretty much the only way to protect the people who might end up being hurt.

Obviously the mayor isn’t going to stand outside your house making sure you don’t go out, and you can do what you want.  But this does make a lot of sense as a policy for the city as a whole, has very few downsides, and would be a measure of solidarity for the people whose streets ARE still too dangerous to trick-or-treat tonight.

posted by: Leslie Blatteau on October 31, 2012  7:21pm

None of this is about paternalistic government.  It is about the fact that Halloween is a community event and community events need coordination. Seems more like entitlement to me.

posted by: Bennett on October 31, 2012  8:14pm

A few thoughts to consider…

1) Some children tricked or treated tonight.  Some did not. How will those who did not trick or treat feel when those who did tell them at school tomorrow?  Not so good, I suspect.

2) If we believe in such a things as civic responsibility, then it affects things both large and small.  If you’re asked to evacuate, you should, whether your home ends up flooded or not.  If you’re asked to refrain from, oh, say, trick or treating at night shortly after a major hurricane, and there is no harm in such a delay (ok, there may be a childish tear or two), then good citizenship suggests that complying as a community offers a greater benefits all around.

3) What kind of example for good citizenship has been set for the children—who are, in fact, alongside their parents, acting at that moment as citizens of our community?

This is about more than just downed trees and power lines.

posted by: darnell on October 31, 2012  10:17pm

I agree with Streever, I think the admin’s reaction was a little overkill. Grown folks can make reasonable decisions about whether or not it is safe to take out their kids. I took mine out tonight, and they were extremely disappointed that some Grinch stole Halloween. What’s next, canceling Thanksgiving if it is too cold or Christmas if it snows to much. Jeez. Hope they remember this when it is their turn to vote for DeStefano in 8 years…lol

posted by: streever on October 31, 2012  11:05pm

Dros:
I think you place far too much stock and power in the Mayor’s announcements, at least judging by the large number of children I saw tonight, from neighborhoods all over the city. They loved trick-or-treating and were happy to be out and enjoying a beautiful night.

If you honestly think that a parent can’t figure out on their own that the neighboring 5 blocks are safe or not, but that the Mayor is able to make that call for them and explain it in a way that will reach 100% of children, then I have a great deal for you on a bridge!

Bennett: much like Dros, I’m worried that you’re in a vacuum where the Mayor is all powerful and can actually have a meaningful impact on who does or doesn’t trick or treat.

Folks, Halloween was today. Most people made their minds up regardless of what the Mayor, Marchand, or Elicker said.

You are all absolutely kidding yourselves if you honestly think that the Mayor made a difference in most of these peoples decisions.

posted by: RR on October 31, 2012  11:37pm

I grew up in an area that always schedules an official “trick or treat” time. If Halloween falls on a school night, they usually move the observance to a weekend, and early enough in the evening that it will still be at least somewhat light out (say, 4:30-6:30 p.m.). They have public safety volunteers serve as crossing guards at busier intersections; implement extra traffic calming measures like putting up cones in areas where drivers tend to speed; encourage visitors to park in school parking lots and other designated areas rather than driving through town; and make other logistical arrangements just as for any public event. This is helpful both for those who wish to participate—to be sure the event is as safe as possible—as well as for those who do not, so they need not hide out with the lights off for an entire evening. They can simply go out for dinner, then come home and relax once the festivities are over. We had lots of fun with trick-or-treaters here earlier this evening, but we still had people ringing the doorbell long after we had turned off our porch lights, brought in our pumpkins and closed the blinds, which got to be quite disruptive. While I don’t want to wander into the debate about the government telling folks they can or cannot leave their houses, in general I quite like the idea of having a scheduled trick-or-treat time, and know that when well-planned and coordinated, it can be a successful and fun event for all.

posted by: streever on November 1, 2012  8:20am

Exactly RR! That is kind of the point—if the City organized Halloween with safety guards, hours, designated etc, they can re-schedule it. As the city does not and no one has an expectation that they will, it is kind of bizarre that they think the Mayor’s mighty powers will reach into the neighborhoods and convince people when to go trick or treating.

If the Mayor wants to properly recognized Halloween, I’m for it, and it should start with him designating it for Friday or Saturday night each year, assigning crossing guards to streets that need them, and putting together a real event.

Until then, I’m flabbergasted by the other responses, some of which seem to imply you have to be a tea party member who hates community to think that the Mayor simply has a case of swelled head when he asserts that this is going to be “safer”.

The issue is two-fold. There is an overblown sense of importance in the pronouncements made by our “authorities”, and there is simply too much noise around fear and staying indoors huddled for warmth.

I don’t see any grisly reports in the morning paper, but I saw a ton of trick or treaters last night, so I can only assume that the Mayor and Marchand added a lot of noise to an already loud world, full of uncertain messages preaching fear.

posted by: Pedro Soto on November 1, 2012  9:36am

Streever, your attitude on this is infuriating. The mayor isn’t the mayor of East Rock, he’s not the mayor of Westville, he’s the mayor of the entire city, several parts of which have been severely impacted by a major hurricane, and which many people are still having to deal with.

My mom lives in Westville, but currently has no power and has to care for my elderly grandmother, trying to keep the house warm with firewood for her.  She loves Halloween.

Should she have been bravely standing outside her powerless house, putting on a brave face, letting cold air in so kids with power could have Halloween on the right day?

How about my employee in Fair Haven who has no power, a bunch of water in his basement and has a little bit more to deal with than dressing his kids in Halloween costumes in the dark?

Please.


The whole point of this was to give EVERYONE the chance to enjoy Halloween TOGETHER, not to let the lucky people with power show that they know better than anyone else.

posted by: Jim Berger on November 1, 2012  9:48am

Guys, it was just a recommendation based on prudence and caution.  It was not an edict.  The mayor did not declare a curfew.  People went out and had a good time, and that’s fine.  My daughters put on their costumes and we went to Ashley’s and had some ice cream, and we’ll trick or treat next week.  No big deal either way.

posted by: michaelnogelo on November 1, 2012  10:18am

Many of the comments on this thread seem very reasonable (Mary, Mike, Carl, Jim, Pedro, Ali, etc.) but the commenters who insist on making everything about their own pet issues (government tyranny, police, jobs, etc.) are so frustrating. This was an isolated response to an extraordinary circumstance and not related to anything bigger than that.  A few other points:

1. People who are determined to use this issue to give the Mayor the middle finger don’t seem to realize (or care) that they put parents who didn’t send their kids out last night (whether because of safety concerns and/or to abide by the Mayor’s request) in a position to have to explain to their kids why some people trick-or-treated and others didn’t.  As many people have said, Halloween works best when it is something celebrated by the whole community.  What would have been the big deal if we all celebrated next week? (And I understand that most people who chose to go out last night did so for good reasons - my comment is directed only to the commenters determined to stick it to the Mayor).
2. What message does it send that it was not safe enough to go to school yesterday but it was safe enough to walk the streets at night?
3. Anonymous - It is absurd if you really think that the Mayor trying to postpone Halloween is a power grab.  Postponing holidays is probably not the best way of gaining popularity.  It was about public safety.

posted by: streever on November 1, 2012  10:19am

@Soto
You feel infuriated because you are absolutely missing my point and misunderstanding it.

It isn’t neighbor vs neighbor.

As usual, the Mayor did not bother to talk to his Aldermen about their neighborhoods, and made a huge decision for everyone. You’re right: he isn’t the Mayor of East Rock. Therefore, he should talk to his Aldermen and make decisions WITH THEM, not FOR THEM.

I’m not comfortable with a guy who spends zero time in my neighborhood making decisions for my neighbors without ever even checking with us.

The Mayor doesn’t plan Halloween. You—and he—seem to think that his announcement would have fixed something, but the reality is that many families went out anyway. I’m glad that many of us were ready & happy to give them candy.

If the Mayor is going to be the “master of ceremonies” for Halloween, use some common sense, and plan it for Friday or Saturday following—not for next Wednesday.

He should have spoken to his aldermen, and issued something like the following:

“Hard hit neighborhoods may wish to celebrate Halloween this (choose Friday or Saturday). I have spoken to the aldermen of our 30 wards, and learned that Wards 9 and 10 will be celebrating Halloween on Wednesday. All residents should feel welcome to trick-or-treat in these neighborhoods on Wednesday, using your own discretion, and making sure that your children are safe.”

City-wide schools are open today. The roads have not magically been fixed overnight: kids who can go to school today could have come to my neighborhood last night.

Look, East Rock was spared. Why can’t we do something nice for people from the rest of the city?

posted by: michaelnogelo on November 1, 2012  10:26am

Streever - It was easy for you to tell everyone to go out last night and then say “no one sue me if you go out tonight and anything bad happens” because you are not responsible.  The Mayor is responsible if anything bad happens.

posted by: streever on November 1, 2012  10:34am

@michaelnogelo
As the Mayor did not plan Halloween, he actually is also NOT responsible for anything bad that happens. I can’t sue him if I celebrate my birthday by paragliding off East Rock in a hurricane.

posted by: JMS on November 1, 2012  10:51am

I can’t speak for all neighborhoods but in Westville there have definitely been some secondary tree and large limbs coming down well after the storm did it’s initial damage. In my neighbors yard very close to the sidewalk there is a huge limb (essentially half a tree) dangling perilously ready to fall. It probably weighs a ton or two and would easily kill or seriously injure anyone standing below. And I have seen many more like this around the neighborhood and in my travels around town after the storm. Sidewalks have been damaged by uprooted trees and there are no street lights or house lights on many streets that are still without power. As a parent and New Haven resident I completely agree with the decision to postpone Halloween trick or treating activities. It hurts no one, allows the community to celebrate together on the same night and dramatically reduces any possible risk of injury.

Streever you seriously need to get over your persecution complex. Everything the city and the mayor does and says does not amount to a conspiracy against the rights of New Haven citizens. Some things just make plain old fashioned sense.

JMS

posted by: anonymous on November 1, 2012  11:25am

Pedro, there are no rules or laws saying that people have to participate in Halloween. In fact, there are always a majority of people who will choose not to. So I don’t see your point.

Streever is correct that whether or not to walk outside in your neighborhood, and visit neighbors’ houses, should be a local decision.

Telling parents to stay in their houses is just a way to get more coverage in the newspaper.  This type of statement is an attempt to give the appearance that politicians are doing something that improves public safety, when all their other actions show that they have no honest interest in it - and when, in reality, their statement makes things more dangerous by taking people off the streets. 

A public statement about safety issues (such as avoiding downed wires in puddles and observing driver and pedestrian safety while going out at night) would have been far more welcome and effective than a statement about staying in your house and watching TV. 

People - including children - are still going to go out tonight, tomorrow, and the day after, and they are still going to be injured and killed due to politicians’ continuing lack of action on urgent safety concerns.

posted by: streever on November 1, 2012  11:35am

@JMS
My persecution complex is very real in your vivid imagination, but alas, not actually present in my comments on this.

Rather, I’m describing a politician who makes sweeping decisions without any consultation of his colleagues.

I’m sorry that your neighborhood has many tree limbs down. I hope you and your neighbors are safe. You would have been welcome to join many of your neighbors in my neighborhood last night—we were happy to give out candy to everyone.

We were very fortunate in the storm, and were happy to share that good fortune with the entire city. It is a shame that our Mayor did not bother to call Elicker or Holmes to ask them about our neighborhood.

posted by: John DeStefano, Jr. on November 1, 2012  12:07pm

Without making too much of this -  I have held conference calls with the Alders at least once each day on the storm and any related matters this wish to discuss - including Halloween which we talked about.  I also talked with Mayors Picard and Maturo.  That said, see you Nov. 7 in costume!

posted by: darnell on November 1, 2012  1:10pm

Two things I must admit:
1. When I was an Alderman, after the botched response to the massive snowstorms 2 years ago, DeStefano did learn from those disasters and became very communicative with the BOA, hosting at least one phone conference a day, and many times multiple calls per day. I’m sure he did the same with this storm. To anyone paying attention I’m sure this Halloween kidnapping could not have been a surprise.

2. My kids were probably more upset with me than with DeStefano, they did inform me earlier in the day that Halloween was canceled, but I was the one that insisted it couldn’t be so, and made them get into their outfits and hit the streets. I guess I just figured in all the years I have spent on this earth, I never recalled a mayor of New Haven canceling Halloween, and I was going to go whether or not he said so. I guess that was my own arrogance at work. If it were raining or exceptionally cold out, I’m sure I would made a different decision, and probably would have thank the mayor…lol…

I think all the adults need to chill out a little, we all had a chance to vent on one side or another of this issue, and move on to Halloween next Wednesday, I know my kids have.

posted by: streever on November 1, 2012  1:18pm

John:
You asked people what day to reschedule Halloween for and they all said Wednesday, not Friday or Saturday? I have a hard time believing that!

If we’re going to plan Halloween, let’s do it on a day that makes sense, and use some common sense.

posted by: darnell on November 2, 2012  6:35am

Besides this Halloween hijacking, I must say that from my vantage point, the city and its employees did an EXCELLENT job informing the public, cleaning up, and maintaining order during this storm.

Often I am quick to point out the problems, but not so quick to highlight the pluses.

Good job DeStefano and crew.

posted by: JMS on November 7, 2012  8:34am

Bump:

Now what? Looks like tonight’s weather will wash out trick or treating. I heard East Haven has already bumped to Saturday to avoid the incoming weather.

http://www.weather.com/weather/today/New+Haven+CT+06515:4:US

JMS

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Sidewalks and Curb damage
Oct 1, 2014 5:19 pm
Address: 813 Quinnipiac Avenue New Haven, CT 06513, USA
Rating: 4

The sidewalks leading to Quinnipiac Elementary on Quinnipiac Ave and Clifton...

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Illegal Dumping
Oct 1, 2014 5:18 pm
Address: 209 Lombard Street New Haven, Connecticut
Rating: 2

Resident reports illegally dumped items in front of this location. Items have been...

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