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    Dear Friends:

    This is another busy week in New Haven. I will be attending the opening of Whalley Terrace on Tuesday, a 22-unit supportive housing site for elderly and homeless adults. This site has been transformed into a stunning building that residents can now call home. On Thursday, I look forward to welcoming the Northeast Regional Conference on Social Studies as educators from throughout the region convene in New Haven around the theme: “Social Studies: Global and Local Connections, Shared Responsibilities.”

    Economic Stimulus Payments for Seniors

    As you may know the Federal government will be issuing Economic Stimulus Payments (ESP) beginning in Mid-May. These payments can total up to $1,200 for a married couple and can even include an additional $300 for qualifying children. All you have to do to apply for the ESP is to file their tax returns. However, I am concerned that many senior citizens who do not typically file tax returns will lose out on their opportunity to receive an ESP. Many individuals who do not regularly file tax returns may be able to qualify for an ESP of $300 if unmarried or $600 if married. If you received at least $3,000 in Social Security benefits or certain railroad retirement or Veterans benefits you are encouraged to file a tax return so that you may receive an ESP if you qualify. Alongside our partners from the IRS, I will host an event in the Victoria Room at Bella Vista this Thursday at 1p.m. to talk about how seniors are impacted by the ESP and how they can claim their share. Please join me for this important discussion.

    Awareness Month

    Our Commission on Substance Abuse Policy and Prevention is responsible for a number of great programs and partnerships throughout our City concentrated around preventing substance abuse and offering support services to individuals struggling with addiction. April is National Awareness Month. Please join me at the Main Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library on Wednesday, April 2 at 1p.m. to kick-off the Commission’s initiatives for the month. Representatives from the Commission and its partner organizations will talk about the range of programming available throughout the City for substance abuse prevention and treatment and how they work to achieve their goals moving forward.

    Later that evening, the Commission in conjunction with the New Haven Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking will sponsor a Town Hall Meeting concerning preventing underage drinking entitled, “Start Talking Before they Start Drinking.” This event will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at career High School.

    Community Budget Meeting

    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 25, 2008: 7:00 P.M.: WOOLSEY HALL, YALE: The New Haven Public Schools presents the Yale Glee Club-New Haven High Schools Choral Festival, Roland Carter, clinician and guest conductor; featuring the Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School chorus, Harriet Alfred, director; the High School in the Community Chorus, Frank Martignetti, director; the Hill Regional Career High School Chorus, Scott McCoy, director; the Wilbur Cross High School Chorus, Danielle Storey, director; and the Yale Glee Club, Jeffrey Douma, director. Admission is free.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008, 5 P.M., ANTHONY’S OCEAN VIEW: Casa Otoñal celebrates “Sowing the Seeds for Change in our Community,” an annual dinner and fundraiser. Casa Otoñal provides housing, social, cultural and educational services, with a focus on strengthening the Hispanic community.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008, 10:45 A.M., JOHN C. DANIELS, 569 Congress Ave. Seniors from the Goodwin-Levine Adult Day Center at the Jewish Home will come to the school to watch preschoolers perform songs and dance. The seniors and children visit each other throughout the year.

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2008, 10:00 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M.: BARNARD ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MAGNET SCHOOL, 170 Derby Ave., Environmental Round Up and assembly program showcasing the work of every grade level through song, demonstration and visual presentation. Student projects studying living and non-living things, weather, the energy of the sun, solar energy and human biology.

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2008, 6:30 P.M. WILBUR CROSS HIGH SCHOOL, 181 Mitchell Drive, A reception and orientation program for all students admitted to the University of Connecticut. The reception is specifically for students to ask questions and the University to answers. Last year approximately 120 students from New Haven were accepted to the university and this year the school is expecting similar numbers.

    THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2008, 10:00 A.M. - NOON; CELENTANO SCHOOL, 400 Canner St., A Celentano School-Wide Science Fair in the Great Hall.

    FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008, 9:15 A.M.: BEECHER SCHOOL, 100 Jewel Street, and 1:15 P.M.: WEXLER GRANT SCHOOL, 55 Foote Street World famous steel pan virtuoso Liam Teague will perform for students as well as introduce them to the steel pan and its fascinating history. Mr. Teague is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. His visit is sponsored by the City of New Haven Mayor’s community Grant Program.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2008, 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.: STETSON LIBRARY, 200 Dixwell Ave., Connecting Youth in Work Career Resource Center (CYTW), Career and Job Fair providing students with workshops, seminars and special programs designed to connect and prepare teens for the world of work with internships, job shadowing and summer employment.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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