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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    I am proud to announce that a new, re-organized, and more user-friendly version of the City of New Haven website will be launched today. More than giving our website a new face, the new website marks the beginning of a new effort to use web technology available to better and more efficiently serve our residents. Among the new features of the website are:

    -centralized calendar for city events and meetings

    -easy access to dozens of city forms on one webpage

    -ability to get information about your home, such as trash pick up day and alderperson contact information, simply by typing in your address

    -an online newsletter about our public schools entirely written and created by New Haven students

    -an easy way get answers to any of your New Haven related questions from experts in City Hall, through Ask New Haven

    More improvements are coming soon, including the ability to report problems to our Public Works Department online and to register for Parks and Recreation events entirely through the website

    In another piece of good news, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has named New Haven its National Employer of the Year in its 100+ employee category.

    Let's take a look at the week ahead:

    Monday, January 30

    Rally for students to excel in expanded Connecticut Mastery Tests

    11:30 a.m.

    Wexler-Grant Community School

    55 Foote St.

    I will join Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo, students, parents, and the mascot from the New Haven County Cutters baseball team to send the message that New Haven students can do well on the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT). Originally taken by fourth, sixth, and eight graders in September, the CMT will now be required of all Connecticut students in grades 3-8 and moved to March. I know our students and smart and capable, and Iíd like to show them that our cityís parents, teachers, principals, and leaders are 100% behind them.

    Energy Conservation Class Initiative

    Fuel costs are at an all-time high, raising the cost of heating the average household an estimated $350 this year. In light of this, the United Illuminated Company has teamed up with a number of other groups, including City Hall, to offer classes in how to reduce consumption and save money on electric bills to senior citizens, CAA energy assistance recipients, and low to moderate-income members of the general public. For a schedule of how to attend these two and a half hour classes, please call (203) 562-0598.

    Schools donate dental supplies to African refugees

    1 p.m.

    James Hillhouse High School

    480 Sherman Ave.

    Dr. Diane Komp, a professor of pediatrics emeritus from Yale University School of Medicine, will pick up new toothbrushes and toothpaste collected by schools in the district and deliver tem to child refugees in New Havenís sister city in the African country of Sierra Leone. Additionally, the director of community health for World Hope Sierra Leone will be coming to New Haven in June for a continuing education program.

    Wednesyday, February 2

    Students and local leaders kick-off Black History Month

    9 a.m.

    Wilbur Cross High School

    181 Mitchell Drive

    February is Black History Month, and Wilbur Cross High School will hold its kickoff event for Black History Month, in the

    school auditorium. The event is for high school seniors. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo, State Sen. Martin Looney, State Sen. Toni Harp and Alderman Edward Mattison, will share their personal histories and then entertain questions and answers from the students about their careers. The school chorus will perform.

    Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [1/27/2006]


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