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    Dear Friends

    I’m looking forward to an exciting week ahead full of festivities and great opportunities for all New Haven residents.

    Criterion Cinemas

    Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating the new expansion of the Criterion Cinemas downtown as we cut the ribbon on their new deluxe screening and party rooms. The continuous expansion and success of the Criterion represents what our booming Downtown has to offer. This celebration and media opportunity will take place at 12 noon at 86 Temple Street.

    Flu Shots

    Flu season is upon us. We want all New Haven residents to take precautions to be healthy this winter. Wednesday at City Hall we’ll have a flu clinic available to New Haven residents and City employees. With a Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance card or proof of Medicare coverage, you can receive your flu shot at no cost. The cost of the shot without insurance is only $10. I will be receiving my shot at 11:30 in the City Hall atrium and hope to see you there. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be repeated every Wednesday for one month at the same location.

    Mayor's Halloween Parade on the New Haven Green

    On Thursday at 10:30 am, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and I will lead over 1,200 costumed school children in New Haven's annual Halloween Parade. This year’s theme is "New Haven-The Movie City." Participants will create costumes related to their favorite G rated movie. I created the Mayor's Halloween Parade as a way to showcase New Haven school children and provide them with an opportunity to celebrate the holiday with a safe, unique event. The parade has become a point of pride for children and is popular with retailers, downtown businesses and spectators as well.

    Make a Difference

    While we believe in giving back to our community year-round, this is the last week in this year’s Make a Difference Drive where we’re asking you to help neighbors in need by performing your own acts of service and sharing your stories with us. As part of this effort, we’re also collecting non-perishable foods, blankets, towels and new socks at all New Haven Public Schools, all branches of the New Haven Free Public Library and the Office of New Haven Residents at City Hall. We will continue to accept donations up until 2pm this Friday. Saturday is National Make a Difference Day. I encourage you to spend some time on Saturday mentoring a child, working with your neighbors in a community clean-up activity or using your talents to help someone else in our city.

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2007, 9:45 A.M., HILL REGIONAL CAREER HIGH SCHOOL, 140 LEGION AVE.: Dr. Stephen Updegrove, M.D., M.P.H., a pediatrician and medical advisor to the New Haven Public Schools, will have some prevention tips when he visits Hill Regional Career High School on Monday to give a presentation on MRSA. Dr. Updegrove will address a combined class of students from the forensics and introduction to public health classes. The Health Department's Bureau of Nursing also will be on hand to distribute fact sheets (attached) in English and Spanish to students.

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2007, 6:00 P.M.: BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING, 54 Meadow Street, 2nd Floor: The Board of Education will honor students from the New Arrival Center at East Rock Global Magnet School for poems they wrote about the American dream. The Arrival Center enrolls students from all over the world for whom English is a second language.

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2007, 8:30 - 11:00 A.M. New Haven Fieldhouse, 480 Sherman Parkway, Career fair for 9th and 10th grade Hillhouse students will showcase companies/representatives from various fields - health, education, finance, communications, technology, skilled trades, government, retail, community services, and entrepreneurship. This fair is sponsored by the Career & Technical Education Services of the New Haven Board of Education.

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2007, 5:30 P.M.: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM, 1 State Street, New Haven, Arte's 4th annual Scholarship Reception sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Progreso Latino Fund and Giordano Construction.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2007, 12:30 P.M.: "Celebrating Family Day Literacy" - after a month long essay contest in which students were encouraged to write about "How my Grandmother/Grandfather has helped me become a better person and or reader." Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and I will crown one winning boy and girl during this celebration of Family Day. The school system's Social Development Department, the New Haven Public Schools solicited essays of 250 words or less from youngsters about "How my Grandmother/Grandfather has helped me become a better person and or reader." This event includes actual robes and crowns and is always a real tear-jerker! On hand will be the members of Grandparents on the Move, an organization of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren as primary caregivers.

    Next week we’re going to focus on safety. We’ll have several events focused on Halloween safety, protecting your family against fire in your home by remembering to change the battery in your smoke detector next weekend and much more.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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