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    Dear Friends

    Congratulations New Haven! I am very pleased to announce that after months of hard work and community collaboration, we brought home our 4th All America City Title. Winning this award means a great deal as it acknowledges the innovative programs in our City that make us so special. These programs and the people who work with them help to make New Haven a better, safer and more welcoming city. Last week, a 28-member delegation traveled to Tampa, Florida to represent New Haven in the All America City competition. The representatives successfully showcased how the following programs provide solutions to some of the challenges we experience as a community: CitySeed, the Elm Street Resident Card Program, CTRIBAT Institute for Social Development and the Street Outreach Workers Program. Look out for an upcoming event so that you too can be part of celebrating this great achievement!

    Cooling Centers for the Elderly

    The Department of Elderly Services is extending hours at two senior centers to be used as cooling centers for the excessive heat impacting New Haven today and tomorrow. The following senior centers will be open and air conditioned from 8:30 am until 7pm on the day specified below to give seniors a cool place to rest and avoid the heat outside:

    Atwater Senior Center- Open until 7pm Monday

    located at 26 Atwater Street

    West River Senior Center- Open until 7pm Tuesday

    1562 Chapel Street

    Also open for lunch on Tuesday. Interested seniors should call: 203-946-8543 to arrange for lunch.

    Bike to Work Friday, June 13!

    Between 7:30-9:30 a.m. I encourage you to join me in riding a bike to work. We’ll also gather in front of the New Haven City Hall on Church Street for a free breakfast brought to you by Koffee on Orange and members of Elm City Cycling. At this event you can pick up free helpful information and bike accessories. Take some time to chat with fellow cyclists about best commuting routes. This all supports our pledge to become a greener and healthier City! Contact us Elm City Cycling in advance to be paired up with a commuting buddy, if you’re interested! For more information please reach out to: melinda.tuhus@gmail.com or visit www.elmcitycycling.org

    TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2008, 5:30 P.M., JAMES HILLHOUSE HIGH SCHOOL, 480

    Sherman Parkway: About 250 high school seniors will receive close to $260,000 in college scholarship awards representing some 75 scholarship funds held at the Community Foundation. This event will also include a reception for the students and their families, sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2008, 9:30 A.M., COLUMBUS FAMILY ACADEMY (NEW SCHOOL UNDER CONSTRUCTION), 255 BLATCHLEY AVE: Columbus Family Academy is the recipient of a Love Your Veggies(tm) Nationwide School Lunch Campaign grant, sponsored by the makers of Hidden Valley(r) Salad Dressings in collaboration with the School Nutrition Foundation and Produce for Better Health Foundation. Students, led by Principal Dr. Abie Benitez and the NHPS Wellness Committee, will stroll over to the new school and enjoy a veggie-tasting event courtesy of Cityseed and get an updated glimpse of their new school. The new, $10,000 nutrition grant will help support increased access to -- and consumption of -- fresh fruits and vegetables at a time when schools are required by federal mandate to strengthen nutrition and exercise programs as part of local wellness policies.

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2008, 3:00 -5:00 P.M.: John C. Daniels, 569 Congress

    Ave., Soccer Haven Jamboree: This event celebrates the successful first year of Soccer Haven, drawing players from John C. Daniels, Truman, Hill Central and Clemente schools. The students have been coached by New Haven Youth Soccer and volunteers, including students from the Hopkins School. Funds to buy uniforms came from the youth school league and Connecticut Youth Soccer Association. Players will receive ribbons and certificates and enjoy a cook-out.

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2008, 3:00 P.M.: OLD SAYBROOK HIGH SCHOOL, 1111

    Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook: Hyde Leadership School students John Matheney and Jordan Gilliam have been selected for the very prestigious Shoreline Conference Scholar-Athletic Award. Both seniors are being honored for demonstrating excellence in athletics and in the classroom through out the year.

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2008, 6:00 P.M., Hill Regional Career High School, 140 Legion Ave., Davis Street Annual Extravaganza featuring performances from the Davis Street 21C Band as well as the Davis Street Strings Ensemble. In addition, students will be inducted into the National Honor Society. A donation of $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children will be collected at the door. Contact Person: Ms. Nathan at 946-8660

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2008, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.: WEXLER GRANT SCHOOL

    AUDITORIUM, 55 Foote St., School Security Recognition Program to award the officers for their achievements.

    THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2008, 1 P.M., EDGEWOOD SCHOOL, 737 EDGEWOOD AVE: Inspired by the world's oldest adults-"super centenarians" at least 110 years old-New Haven is the first city in the nation to embrace a unique learning experience through a curriculum that directly links elementary schools with local senior centers to foster intergenerational respect and understanding. One-hundred twenty fifth graders, an equal number of senior citizens and six teachers and staff members are currently participating in the city's program which began in April. I will join Julia Evans Starr, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Aging, to honor the participants. Co-sponsored by the Earth's Elders Foundation of Kent, Conn., and the Connecticut Commission on Aging based at the state Capitol in Hartford, the program will resume at the schools in September. Participating schools are the Celentano Museum Academy, 50 students; Edgewood Magnet School, 30 students; and Hooker Middle School, 40 fifth-graders.

    I hope you have a healthy and happy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [6/8/2008]


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