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    Dear Friends,

    Even though it's a 'short' holiday week, there's still plenty going on.

    First, I want to mention a highlight from the weekend. Iím very proud to announce that Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet

    School was officially dedicated this past Sunday, November 19th. The school received a $43 million makeover, which involved a renovation of the original 1913 building and new additions. People driving by the school, at the intersection of Derby Ave. and Ella Grasso Blvd., may have noticed the new pedestrian bridge spanning the road, but thatís not all thatís new. The school, which focuses on the sciences and the environment, now has greenhouses, a courtyard for science experiments, and a Nature Center in the adjacent West River Memorial. Even the building itself is now environmentally-friendly: roof mounted solar panels will provide 16% of the school's energy. The completion of this project marks an exciting new chapter in our Cityís continued efforts to give New Haven students all the resources they need to succeed.

    Protecting yourself and loved ones from the flu:

    This week, youíll start seeing commercials on WTNH-TV explaining how to prevent spreading the flu virus this season. The commercials are the newest part of a large education campaign by the New Haven Health Department to prevent an outbreak of flu in the City of New Haven. The Health Department has also placed advertisements on the backs of city buses and distributed thousands of flyers. Although flu prevention is important every year, we have worked especially hard this year to improve our efforts because the recent attention given to a possible outbreak of pandemic flu or bird flu. All of the habits that prevent the transmission of normal flu also prevent the spread of the more infamous varieties of flu, so remember: cover your cough, and get that flu shot! Iíd also like to especially thank the Quinnipiac University students that produced the commercial, and the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness for its role in the ad campaign.

    New Haven prepares for the Holidays!

    Tuesday afternoon Market New Haven will announce its holiday promotional campaign and schedule of activities for the holidays. The news conference will take place at Cafe Bottega at 3:00 p.m. If you can't make it, check back here on the website in the coming days for all the details.

    CitySeed Thanksgiving Events:

    Thanksgiving is coming up this Thursday, and CitySeed is taking advantage of this food-focused week to provide two events focusing on healthy eating. CitySeed (www.cityseed.org) is a network of farmersí markets that provide residents of New Haven with fresh, delicious food grown by local farmers.

    First off, on Wednesday, CitySeed will be hosting a special farmersí market right downtown for all your food shopping just before Thanksgiving. The market will take place on Wednesday, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of City Hall at 165 Church St. It will feature locally-produced fruit, pies, cheese, spreads, salads, breads, honey as well as local vendors selling bath salts, market baskets, and gift certificates. The local farmers will thank youÖand your stomach will thank you, too! For more information, please go to: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=iedmc9bab.0.4o4pfxbab.ygsqhsbab.906&ts=S0211&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cityseed.org%2Fcity_markets%2Fmarkets%2Fdowntown%2Findex.shtml.

    There are also plenty of ways to pay for CitySeed food. CitySeed always accepts Food Stamps, but this month CitySeed will give you a $1 certificate for every $5 of food stamps you spend! Additionally, the farmersí markets will continue to accept WIC coupons, even if the coupons technically expired at the end of October.

    On Friday, CitySeed will celebrate the premiere of Fast Food Nation with a cheese and wine reception at Criterion Cinemas on Temple Street. The wine and cheese comes, of course, from local farms. The event will start at 6:15 in the lobby of the theater, and will continue before the 7:10 and 9:30 show times of Fast Food Nation. The movie, based on the best-selling book by Eric Schlosser, takes a look at the fast food industry in America and is a must-see for folks who care about the food they eat. For more information, please go to: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=iedmc9bab.0.csae7zbab.ygsqhsbab.906&ts=S0211&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.criterioncinemas.com.

    Report Card Night:

    Monday, November 20, and Tuesday, November 21, are report card nights for New Haven Public Schools students. Monday night is for elementary and middle schoolers, while Tuesday night is for high schoolers. The event is designed to create a forum where parents can pick up their child's report card and meet with teachers to discuss their childís academic progress. Parental involvement is crucial for the success of the education of our cityís young people, so I strongly encourage all of you to take advantage of this opportunity.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Derek Slap

    Contact Email: dslap@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 946-7660


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