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    Today, I announced the appointment of Ferdinand Risco, Jr. to the New Haven Board of Education. Risco, who is the father of three children currently attending Edgewood School and one child who recently graduated from Hillhouse High School, represents the many parents in our schools who are actively involved in their children’s education. His appointment to the Board of Education will bring important perspective as we aggressively implement change in our school system.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Veteran’s Day

    In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Veterans’ Affairs Advisory Committee will be holding a ceremony on November 11th to pay tribute to the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country. The ceremony will be held in Center Church on the Green and will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a placement of wreaths at the War Memorial on the New Haven Green and the at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at Long Wharf. For more information, please contact Bob Fodero: 203-795-6948.

    New Haven Museum Unveils “East Coast Reflections”

    The New Haven Museum will be officially unveiling its newest exhibit, “East Shore Reflections” with a reception on Thursday, November 12th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This exhibit celebrates the evolution of the East Shore neighborhood from an agrarian farm area, to seaside resort, to modern day family enclave and residential setting. The exhibit will run through February 28th.

    Restaurant Week

    New Haven Restaurant Week is in full-swing! From now until Friday, November 13th, visit over 25 New Haven restaurants and sample world-class international cuisine at extraordinary prices. For a full listing of restaurants please visit: infonewhaven.com/restaurantweek.

    Tent City 2009

    On November 19th from 6 to 10 p.m., the City’s Community Services Administration will be hosting the second annual Tent City on the Green. Last year, this event raised over $40,000 to support the City’s overflow shelter. I encourage residents to stop by the Green to show your support for homelessness awareness, make a donation or sponsor a tent with a group of friends. For more information about Tent City, please contact Lynn Lyons at: llyons@newhavenct.net.

    New Haven Free Public Library Presents “No Unwounded Soldiers”

    On Tuesday, November 10th from 5:30 to 7:30, the New Haven Free Public Library will present “No Unwounded Soldiers,” which explores the devastating and persistent ripple effects of war on soldiers, their families and their communities. This documentary grew out of the work of a small group of Vietnam veterans who engaged in drama therapy as a way of dealing with the aftermath of their wartime experiences. “No Unwounded Soldiers” also interweaves archival footage, the personal stories of the group members and veterans of World War II and Iraq. More information and clips from the movie are available at www.nounwoundedsoldiers.com. Discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening. This event is free of charge.

    ROOF Housing Fair

    On December 1st from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the ROOF Project will be sponsoring a housing fair in the City Hall Atrium. At this event, local banks, community organizations and businesses will provide information for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, renters whose landlords are in foreclosure, new home buyers and current homeowners/renters who would like to learn about energy saving and weatherization programs. Seminars will also be held to provide more in-depth information on each topic and the event is open to all New Haven residents.

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    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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