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    Office Of The Mayor
    Dear Friends:

    This Wednesday, May 19th, is Mayor’s Night Out for Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 23 at Truman School, 114 Truman Street. I invite residents of these wards to join me, as well as leaders from various City departments and organizations, at 7 p.m. to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

    Here’s what else is happening this week:

    Gun Awareness Campaign Kick-Off Press Conference

    On Wednesday, May 19th at 4:30 p.m., I will join Dr. Mayo, Chief Limon and members of several community organizations in celebrating the Gun Awareness Month Campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness among children ages 3-13 about the dangers of guns and is a collaborative effort between the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater New Haven Class of 2010 and a youth leadership group from the New Haven YMCA Youth Center. The press conference will be held in the 2nd floor Atrium of City Hall, 165 Church Street, and will unveil the graphic and tagline that was developed as part of this campaign.

    Green Tip

    Did you know that you can recycle paper milk cartons and juice cartons in your curbside recycling? Learn more at www.cityofnewhaven.com/recycling.

    Cultural Events

    Tuesday, May 18th at 7 p.m.—Ordinary Evening Reading Series: Rebecca Chace & Sven Birkerts at Anchor Bar & Restaurant. For more information: news.ordinaryevening@gmail.com.

    Tuesday, May 18th at 7 p.m.—Listen Here: Brothers at Bru Café. For more information: www.newhavenreview.com.

    Tuesday, May 18th at 7 p.m.—Planetarium Show at Leitner Observatory & Planetarium. For more information: http://lfop.astro.yale.edu/.

    Wednesday, May 19th at 6 p.m.—Elm Street Book Group: Dead Head by Rosemary Harris at Main Library. Register at www.esbgdeadhead.eventbrite.com.

    Saturday, May 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—Seedling Sale and Farm Festival at Common Ground. For more information: www.nhep.com.

    Saturday, May 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Community Picnic: Monument tours, music, canoe and kayak rentals on the Mill River with the New Haven Park Rangers. For more information: www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks.

    NHPS Events

    Tuesday, May 18th at 10 a.m.— Mauro Sheridan seventh graders will have their annual visit to the New Haven Courthouse. This event is hosted by Judge Angela C. Robinson and students will tour the courthouse, meet judges, clerks, attorneys, marshals and other law enforcers. Judge Robinson will give a lesson on values, respect, self awareness, life challenges, proper behavior in school and community to enhance social development skills in students.

    Tuesday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Head Start Pre-Registration Rally at Celentano School, 400 Canner Street. Families will have the opportunity to pre-register their pre-schoolers for Head Start programs for the upcoming school year. Free dental, vision testing and hearing screenings will be offered to NHPS Head Start children.

    Wednesday, May 19th at 9:30 a.m.—Students at High School in the Community have planned a health fair to inform their peers about healthy relationships. The fair will take place throughout the first floor of the school. Students will hear a variety of different presentations from local organizations including Planned Parenthood, the Yale community, health educators and a teen parent panel. They will be speaking about topics such as birth control, STDs and healthy relationships.

    Wednesday, May 19th at 10 a.m.—Book Bowl Festival and City-wide Playoffs at the New Haven Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Avenue. Grades 6-8 will compete against each other in order to have an opportunity to take part in the final 4 competition on the May 26th. Book Bowl is a reading incentive program in which students are drilled on their knowledge of 10 books specially selected for the Book Bowl.

    Wednesday, May 19th at 4 p.m.—Spring Tea and Musicale at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, BRAMS Hall, 150 Kimberly Ave. The BRAMS Chorus and String Ensemble will be featured at this annual concert. Students in grades 5-8 will perform a variety of musical selections. There will be tea and other refreshments as provided by parents and staff.

    Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m.--"Summer Literacy, Opportunities and Activities" at King Robinson Magnet School, 150 Fournier Street. Title I District Wide Parent Advisory Council presents summer opportunities for their children. Presenters will include: New Haven Public Library, Youth at Work, Board of Education Summer School Options, New Haven Parks and Recreation, LEAP, and New Haven Boys and Girls Club.

    Thursday, May 20th at 5 p.m.—Celebrating the Arts in the first floor Atrium of City Hall, 165 Church Street. The opening reception of the district's annual art exhibit featuring a selection of students' artwork from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Courtesy of the Comprehensive Arts Program.

    Thursday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m.—Pre-International Day at Davis Street Arts & Academics Interdistrict Magnet School, 130 Orchard Street. The Davis Street PTO and community are celebrating an annual Pre-International Day featuring student presentations on their countries of study as well as a sampling of foods from local restaurants.

    Friday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m.—International Day at Hill Regional Career High School on 140 Legion Avenue. Davis Street Arts & Academics Interdistrict Magnet School is celebrating their annual International Day at Hill Regional Career High. This annual tradition features a processional of flags representing those cultures that make up the community of Davis Street School. The audience will also enjoy speeches, songs, dance, and musical ensembles performed by the students. Donations for the Region of Darfur in Sudan, Africa will be collected at the entrance of the auditorium.

    Friday, May 21st from 2 to 6 p.m.—Car Wash at High School in the Community, 145 Water Street. High School in the Community's students are hosting a car wash to raise money for local animal shelter. Students are asking for a donation of $10 per car. Proceeds will go to the New Haven Animal Shelter.

    Friday, May 21st at 5 p.m.—The Opening Reception of the 24th Annual AFATECS Art Exhibition will take place in the BRAMS auditorium. Visual Arts/Video students in grades 5-8 will have a collection of their art work on display, as the auditorium is transformed into an art gallery. The art show will remain up through Friday, May 28th.

    Friday, May 21st from 5 to 9 p.m.—Worthington Hooker's 8th grade fundraiser at Moe's Southwestern Grill, 46 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Twenty percent of all of Moe's Restaurant sales during this 4-hour period will help send the 8th grade students off on their end-of-the-year class trip and provide a donation to the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. This organization was chosen by 8th grade as their designated charity.

    Saturday, May 22nd at 1 p.m.—3rd Annual Film Premiere at Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street. The 8th Grade Talented and Gifted Program is premiering movies that are written and produced by New Haven Public Schools 8th grade TAG students. This event is free and open to the public.

    Are you interested in receiving newsletters, like the Mayor’s Monday Message, from the City of New Haven? If so, please click here, select “My New Haven” then click on “Message Center.” Once you register your email address, you will have the option to select which newsletters you’d like to receive.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor

    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [5/16/2010]


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