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    This is an exciting week in New Haven as more than 1,000 terrific students graduate from our High Schools. I congratulate those students and wish them well in their future endeavors. More than 85% of our graduates will go on to 2 and 4-year colleges and universities. Families throughout the City have a lot to be proud of!

    “Take Back the Net”

    Attorney General Blumenthal, Americans for Technology Leadership, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Haven’s Department of Elderly Services will be greeting members of the community at the Dixwell Newhallville Senior Center on June 24 at 9a.m. to discuss how to keep your family and your identity safe while surfing the internet. While the internet can be an educational tool and offer many advantages for families; it also opens up a world of danger, “Take Back the Net” is an event designed to make people aware of those dangers and provide them with tools to keep their loved ones safe.

    Partnership with ElmCityCycling leads to $10,000 Grant

    We are very pleased to announce that the City has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 to improve bicycle access to Union Station. The City plans to use the money to engage a consultant to design a bicycle route and bicycle parking facility at Union Station. Bicycle access to Union Station is a high priority, as it is a major destination for inbound and outbound bicycle commuters. We were very pleased to work closely with Elm City Cycling, a dedicated group of residents, to put together the application for this grant and we look forward to a continued partnership to execute this important work. The grant was made possible by the Bikes Belong Foundation in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists and REI.

    Educating Residents to Protect them Against Lotto Scams

    On Wednesday, at 2p.m. at City Hall, Attorney General Blumenthal will join me in a news conference to discuss the impact of Lottery and other mail scams on residents. Recently, residents in New Haven, and throughout the State, have received checks and letters in the mail that appear authentic but instead lure recipients into a financially debilitating scam. We will talk about how to spot these scams and how to protect yourself against them.

    Grand Opening of Lincoln-Bassett Splash Pad

    On Thursday at 3:30 p.m., I’ll join community leaders, Alderman Charles Blango (D-20), neighborhood youth, New Haven Police and others for the grand opening of a new Splash Pad at Lincoln Bassett School. This will be a great resource for the community in the hot summer months and something that the neighborhood can be proud of.

    Here’s what’s happening in New Haven Public Schools this week:

    MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2008: Elementary, Middle and K-8 school graduations with ceremonies across the city. Among them, Dwight School will celebrate the promotion of its final fourth graders at 10 a.m. The school is more than 100 years old and is closing after this school year, with its enrollment being absorbed into Troup. Former principals will be recognized and fourth graders will receive special recognition as the last departing class. The Junior League of Greater New Haven and other school partners will also be recognized.

    MONDAY, JUNE 23, 6:00 P.M., BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING: The Board of Education will honor Taylor Goodwin of New Haven Academy, who composed a piece of music inspired by his study of the Holocaust in the high school’s Facing History and Ourselves class and in his English class. The piece features him on the violin and his father on guitar.

    TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008, 6:00 P.M: The NHPS is on track to break a record this year, with more than 1,000 seniors graduating high school in 13 ceremonies across the city. Log onto www.nhps.net for a full schedule.

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2008, 5:00 P.M.: Regional Fire Training Academy, 230 Ella Grasso Boulevard, EMS Cadets graduation. Students from the New Haven Fire Department EMS Cadet Program have attended an unusual program designed by the City to help groom young people for city careers in firefighting and emergency medical response. The EMS Cadet program was the first of its kind in the state and has helped high school students gain a leg up on careers in firefighting and emergency medical response. They will celebrate their graduation at this event.For additional information contact Drill Master Rene Cordova at 946-6783 Congratulations to the following graduates: Wilbur Cross High School, LaTricia Walker; Sound School, Rosaly Rosario, Daniel King; Riverside Academy, Deanna Miller; New Haven Academy, Paris Cannon Alexander Rodriguez; High School in the Community, David Romero, Jasmen Bynum, Devon Riley, Robert Cassella.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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