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    Dear Friends

    I am very proud to announce that New Haven has been selected as one of 17 finalists in the 2008 All America City competition. The next step in this process is to compete for the “All America City” title at a national event in Tampa, Florida this June. We will continue to seek your input as we prepare for this major presentation. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the process up to now and to everyone participating on the road to Tampa. For this competition, we were asked to identify three programs that work to solve major challenges encountered within the City. Our successful application profiled: the Elm City Resident Card program, a combined Street Outreach Workers/CTRIBAT program and CitySeed.

    Bregamos Theater Group Send-Off

    Today at 2p.m. at Fair Haven Middle School, I will honor the Bregamos Theater Group for being one of only two theater companies asked to represent the United States at the International Community Arts Festival in the Netherlands. Bregamos is a Fair Haven based group dedicated to expanding community-theater throughout the City and giving residents the opportunity to grow their talents in the arts. Bregamos will be in the Netherlands from March 26-30 performing “Kingdom,” a hip-hop musical. Please join us at 2p.m. today for an excerpt of Kingdom performed by Bregamos and a send-off celebration.

    Final Downtown Community Crossing Meeting

    Tuesday, March 18th marks our final Downtown Community Crossing Meeting. We encourage all residents to take part in our last meeting of this series that addresses the future of New Haven. The meeting will take place at the Martinez School Library at 100 James Street at 6:30pm.

    Community Budget Meetings

    Thank you again to those who attended the first of our four community meetings to discuss the FY09 budget. It’s important to have community members present and involved in this process. We look forward to seeing you at our next meetings on:

    March 27 at 6pm, St. Aedan’s Church Hall on Fountain Street

    April 9 at 6pm, Pilgrim Church Hall on Grand Ave.

    April 24 at 6pm Nathan Hale School on Townsend Ave.

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

    TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2008, 8:40 TO 10:05 A.M., WILBUR CROSS HIGH SCHOOL, 181 Mitchell Drive, classroom A214, Holocaust survivor Sidney Glucksman will visit Jim Brochin's history class to talk with students about the Holocaust.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2008, 5 P.M., AQUA TURF CLUB, SOUTHINGTON: Four parents who have been instrumental members in serving the New Haven Public Schools' Community Engagement Team will receive state recognition at the 8th Annual Elementary Parent Volunteer Recognition Banquet sponsored by Connecticut Association of Schools. This elementary level program is designed to bring recognition to those individuals who selflessly volunteer their time and expertise to their local schools and who consistently demonstrate their commitment and dedication to quality education in their communities. To be recognized are: Dominick Maldonado of Columbus Family Academy; Maria Noad of Vincent Mauro; Dawn Roy of Sheridan; and Kathy Gardner of Celentano School. All four are parents who serve on the district's Community Engagement Team and who have been instrumental in helping the school system listen to, engage and involve parents' voices in district matters.

    THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2008, FAIR HAVEN SCHOOL, 164 Grand Ave., Supervisor of Science Richard Therrien will hold a science fair workshop to help parents with ideas/strategies for preparing good science fair projects. The Title I office will sponsor this event.

    I hope you have a healthy and happy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


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