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    Dear Friends

    This is another exciting week in New Haven! But first and foremost, I want to remind all eligible New Haven residents to make sure you exercise your right to vote on Tuesday. Itís important to do your part and have your voice heard in our local, State and National elections so I look forward to seeing many of you at the polls!

    Congratulations to New Police Sergeants and Graduating Fire Class

    Last Friday six patrol officers and detectives within our Police Department were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. These new Sergeants not only represent great, new leadership within the Department but they will also serve as valuable supervisors to the new class of officers graduating from the Police Academy in December.

    Next week, a new class of the New Haven Fire Department will graduate from their training academy and will begin to work to protect our City. This ceremony will take place next Monday at Career High School. Congratulations to the graduating class!

    Laptops for New Haven Teens

    This past summer, Youth@Work partnered with Knowledge Network to provide City youth [from the summer employment waiting list] with Microsoft Office certification training. Of the 20 youth that participated in the 100 hours of training (roughly 5 weeks) 17 achieved certification. This is an impressive accomplishment for these teens! This Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Atrium of City Hall, we will honor these students for their achievement and present them with the laptops they earned as part of this program. The media is encouraged to attend this event and acknowledge the hard work of these teens. While most computer users master 20% of Microsoft programs and applications, these teens, through their certification, have demonstrated their high aptitude of more than 80% of Microsoft programs.

    Chapel Street Bridge

    The Chapel Street Bridge near the intersection of Chapel and East Streets underwent improvements throughout the month of October. The bridge re-opened shortly after 10 a.m. today and is now available to motor vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian traffic.

    Hereís whatís happening in New Haven Public Schools this week:

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008 AT 9:15AM JOHN MARTINEZ SCHOOL CAF…, 100 James Street, Martinez students will be treated to a kick-off event with samples of fresh fruits and vegetables. The school is the third public school in New Haven (Columbus Family Academy & Fair Haven School) and one of 30 schools in the state selected to participate in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). This program allows the district to provide fresh fruits and vegetables at no cost to the schools while teaching students about the importance of good nutrition. The school is one of three public schools in New Haven (Columbus Family Academy & Fair Haven School) and one of 30 schools in the state selected to participate in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). In addition we have invited community groups and local chefs to attend.

    MONDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2008, 9:00 AM.-3:15 P.M.: JOHN S. MARTINEZ, 100 JAMES ST., The 7th and 8th grade students are facilitating a school-wide presidential vote alongside their Social Studies teacher, Juliet Sullivan. By creating an interdisciplinary project students are able to understand that politics is multi-faceted. Most importantly, they are learning how to become responsible citizens with a strong notion of civic duty.

    MONDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2008, 2:00 P.M.-3:15 P.M.: DAVIS ST. INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL, 35 Davis Street, Room 5, Students in Mrs. Deana Spinelli's fourth graders will hold their own presidential election. As part of the social studies curriculum, the students have studied the presidential election being held on Tuesday and have organized an election of their own to decide who will be the classroom president for the 2007-2008 school year. The six candidates for class president will deliver their speeches and debate about topics concerning classroom culture and environment.


    Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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