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    Dear Friends

    There are a number of exciting opportunities and events for you to take part in this week.

    Monitoring Lead in Toys

    As we’ve all seen in the news, recently there have been a significant number of cases where lead has been found in toys. Lead poisoning can cause life-altering if not fatal consequences. In an effort to protect our children, the New Haven Health Department has created an opportunity for families to make sure that the toys they may be giving their children this holiday season are lead-free. Beginning Tuesday, December 18, families can bring toys into the health department between 9a.m.-4p.m. Monday-Friday to have toys tested. I’ll be there for the kick-off of this new program at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The health department is located at 54 Meadow Street. The program will continue after the holidays so that if your child receives a toy from someone else as a gift, you’ll be able to bring those items in for screening. We’ll discuss the risks of lead in toys and provide a live demonstration.

    Web-3-1-1 Launch

    Have you ever had a concern about a sidewalk that needs repair, questions about street sweeping or want to report a situation in your community for which you need the City to respond? Well, that’s what Web 3-1-1 is all about. Starting this Thursday, New Haven residents will have access to an on-line system, accessible through the City’s website, where you can submit a request, question or concern and have it delivered directly to the appropriate department. You’ll even receive a confirmation code and start a “My 3-1-1” page where you can keep track of your requests and check the status of a response. At a media launch on Thursday we’ll be demonstrating how this works.

    New Haven Represented on Clash of the Choirs

    We have a great opportunity to show off our New Haven pride! Tune your televisions to “Clash of the Choirs” on Monday, December 17th at 8 p.m. and support your New Haven Choir in this nationally broadcasted, live competition. Choirs from across the nation will compete for recognition as the nation’s greatest choir in this 4-day televised event. NBC has selected five musical superstars and asked them to return to their hometowns to put together the best voices around to lead their City’s to victory in “Clash of the Choirs.” Our very own Michael Bolton will be leading the New Haven team with exceptional talent from throughout our City and our neighboring towns.

    Let’s show the nation that New Haven’s choir is the best. New Haven’s victory is in your hands as viewers will have the opportunity to call-in and vote for their favorite choirs. So, on Monday night, tune-in to the show, place your votes by phone and be part of history as we demonstrate another reason to put New Haven on the map as an international City of diversity, arts, education, culture and so much more.

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

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2007, 2:50 - 4:15 PM: ROBERTO CLEMENTE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 360 Columbus Ave., First annual Community Celebration of Learning Day. The celebration will showcase student work that is related to the theme of community or that contributes to the lifelong learning of the school community. This forum will provide a source of celebration and festivity while focusing on student achievement and teaching mastery. A Taste of the Community will culminate the event. All stakeholders are welcome to attend.

    DECEMBER 18, 2007, 7:00 P.M.: BARNARD SCHOOL, 170 Derby Ave., Holiday Music Concert, Grades 1, 2, 3 and 5 will perform selected songs of the holiday season.

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2007, 11:15 A.M., HARRY A. CONTE WEST HILLS, 511 CHAPEL ST.: The Conte West Hills music department (Stephen Wilder, Clarissa Dozier and Tara Chapman) will be presenting a Winter Holiday Concert for parents and students in grades k-8. Showtimes for the Winter Concert are at 11:15 a.m. (Grades K-4) 1:40 p.m. (Grades 5-8) and 6:30 p.m. (Grades K-4 & Instrumental Band Students).

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2007, 10 A.M. AND 7 P.M.: WORTHINGTON HOOKER SCHOOL, 804 State St., 25th Annual Revels, a celebration of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, honoring celebrations of lights from countries around the world, including English Wassails, a Buddhist "Kwan Seum Bosal, a Hindu "Ragu Pati," a Hebrew Round, a Sufi Song from Bangladesh, an ancient deer dance and spirituals.

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2007, 1:30 -3:00 P.M. BARNARD SCHOOL, 170 Derby Ave. Projects for a New Millennium, Students will present dance and artistic creations they have been working on with Joy Wulke, artist and Gina Rho-Smith, dancer in conjunction with their study of the Rock Cycle.

    WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 11 A.M. - NOON, YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART, 1080 CHAPEL: Cooperative Arts Choir Performance

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2007, 7 P.M.: BETSY ROSS ARTS MAGNET, 150 Kimberly Ave., The 5th annual 'Winterfest' will take place with year's theme, "Snow Day." The production is generated from the school's theatre department and includes the chorus and BRAMS Band Ensemble and String Ensemble as well as a number of dance performances.

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 11:00 PM ROBERTO CLEMENTE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY will host its annual K-5 Holiday gift giving with a surprise visitor bearing a sack of gifts for every boy and every girl in K-5. The event is supported by a local sponsor and is sure to bring joy to our community as we part for the holiday break.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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