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    CitySeed, the Farmers’ Market Program based in New Haven, is one of the three programs we are showcasing when we compete for the 2008 All America City Title in Tampa next month. CitySeed opened its Wooster Square Farmers’ Market for the season this past Saturday. The Fair Haven, Downtown and Edgewood Park locations will open over the course of the next several weeks so that all residents have access to fresh, healthy and locally grown fruits, vegetables and more. I encourage you to support CitySeed’s markets and enjoy locally grown produce. CitySeed markets, named among the 10 Great Farmers’ Markets Nationwide in USA Today, are also WIC certified and welcome food stamps.

    Kick-off to Summer

    Thursday, at 4p.m. in the first floor Atrium of City Hall, we will showcase the many opportunities available to New Haven youth for the summer. We’ll have demonstrations of classes and performance groups from our Open Schools program and representatives eager to answer questions from our Parks and Recreation Summer Programs. District Managers and officers from the New Haven Police Department will also participate to share information about opportunities for youth through the department including summer camp and drug resistance education programming. Families and the media are encouraged to attend. I will be present to introduce program coordinators and discuss the role of programs and positive choices to keep our children safe this summer.

    SCSU & Gateway Graduations

    This week I look forward to speaking at Commencement ceremonies at Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway College. I congratulate the class of 2008!

    New Haven's Memorial Day Events - May 25, 2008 Sunday:

    The City of New Haven will commemorate Memorial Day this Sunday, May 25th with three events:

    -A ceremony will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Long Wharf at 1:00 PM. Ms. Barbara Cito, a Gold Star Sister will be the guest speaker.

    -The War Memorial on the New Haven Green will be the site of the second event beginning at 3:00 PM. I will give an address that will be followed by a presentation by Ms. Cito. In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be conducted in The Center Church on the Green, Temple Street.

    -The annual Memorial Day Concert featuring Orchestra New England with Musical Conductor, James Sinclair, will be held at the Shubert Theater, College Street, at 5:00 PM. The musical program will also include jazz vocalist "Giacomo Gates" and a reading by "Chris Velardi", Anchor/Reporter of TV New WTNH Channel 8. The public is invited to all events.

    Here’s what’s happening in New Haven Public Schools this week:


    Traffic and Parking Director Michael Piscitelli will visit a third grade class and discuss the concerns of the students about cars speeding by their school, an issue they first raised in their Citywide Science Fair project. He will talk to the kids about their experiment and what the city can do. The students won a second place award for their experiment.

    THURSDAY, MAY 22, MAYOR'S OFFICE, 165 CHURCH ST., 11 A.M.: The classroom of Beecher teacher Andrew Ferguson will meet with Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. to brief him on their ideas for making New Haven environmentally sustainable as part of the Mayor's greening agenda.

    THURSDAY, MAY 22, VINCENT E. MAURO SCHOOL, 130 Orchard Street, The

    Vincent Mauro Wellness Team presents their "Healthy Snack Taste Testing" for all students to sample assorted healthy and tasty snacks while learning how to make healthy food portions and food choices.

    FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008, 10:00 A.M., NEW HAVEN ATHLETIC CENTER, 4th-5th grade city-wide Book Bowl playoffs and festival. 30 schools will be competing for the final four taking place on May 28th.

    I hope you have a healthy and happy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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