This week I’ll be in Washington at an annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. I look forward to this opportunity as a way to share what we’re accomplishing here in New Haven, but at the same time to learn about how communities like ours throughout the nation are responding to some common challenges that we share. On Saturday, I will be speaking as part of the Mayor’s Innovation Project at the Brookings Institute to educate other leaders from across the nation about our Elm City Resident Card program and how we’ve worked together in New Haven to achieve a more unified community where everyone is encouraged to become active in the City.
An issue that will undoubtedly be discussed this at the conference, about which I spoke at a news conference at the State Capitol last week, is tax relief for working families. This is an issue I’m looking at critically as we work to achieve reform so that working families can afford to purchase homes in cities like New Haven and so that we are able to continue providing residents with the types of services and resources they expect. In the weeks to come I’ll elaborate further on my position on this matter.
Downtown Crossing Community Meetings
Last week we held our first of at least four community meetings centered around a vision for New Haven for the next 10-15 years. This meeting, held at Career High School, provided for excellent dialogue with residents about shifting the tax base away from homeowners, creating jobs and connecting neighborhoods. I invite you to join us at our upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, February 13 at Celentano School Library at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27 at Edgewood School Library at 6:30 p.m. and
Thursday, March 18 at Martinez School Library at 6:30 p.m.
Here’s what’s happening in New Haven Public Schools this week:
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, 10:00 A.M.: BARNARD SCHOOL, 170 Derby Ave. Arrival of Atlantic Salmon. Our 200 eyed eggs will be arriving on this date with Mr. Richard Bell of the CT River Salmon association. This is an annual event that brings excitement to our school. The students cheer as eggs are placed in the chilled tank, in the Discovery room, The students will watch their development from January until they are released to Eight Mile River in late April.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, 7:00 -8:00 PM, BARNARD SCHOOL, 170 Derby Ave., Computer Class for Parents, Internet 101, Mr. Perrone (technology Teacher/Facilitator) will train all interested parents on the basic skills to use the internet with their children; a handout of kid-friendly sites will be given out.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008, KATHERINE BRENNAN SCHOOL, 200 Wilmot Road, “Taste of BRAMS” touring with their performance group with dance, theatre and musical selections will be performed.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, YALE CAMPUS: Some 30 students from James Hillhouse High School, Cooperative Arts & Humanities, Hill Regional Career and Sound Schools will take part in one of the country’s most elite Model UN conferences at Yale. Yale’s high school Model UN conference (YMUN) will be held from January 24-27 on Yale’s campus, attended by 1,300 high school students from around the country and even outside the U.S. The students will grapple with some of the world’s most pressing issues. For example, Melissa Matos of Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School is representing India on a committee that will discuss the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan, while Jasmine Wilborne will represent El Salvador on economics. Toddchelle Young and Chevanne Spencer of Hillhouse are also participating on the Economic and Social Council and World Health Organization, respectively.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 1 P.M., EAST ROCK GLOBAL MAGNET SCHOOL, New Arrival Center, 133 Nash St.: Students in the New Arrival Center will receive storybooks donated by the third glass of Christie Wall at Lake Garda Elementary School in Burlington, CT. Her third graders collected enough books to fill nine boxes and donated them to the school’s center, where students hail from more than 20 different countries and are newly arrived in the U.S. Contact: Mary Lou DiPaolo, 946-8683
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.