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    Dear Friends

    Thursday, March 18th is Mayor’s Night Out for Wards 11-18 at Fair Haven School. Beginning at 7 p.m., representatives from all of the City’s departments and agencies will be available to respond to any questions or concerns that you have.

    Here’s what’s happening in New Haven this week:

    School Tiering Press Conference

    Today at 4 p.m., Dr. Mayo and I will be announcing the first phase of school tiering, a groundbreaking stage in our City’s nationally recognized School Change Initiative. This phase will identify 6-8 schools that, based on a previously announced set of school measurement tools, will be placed in one of three tiers. Tier I schools will have high autonomy in how they are run; Tier II schools have some work to do, but are on the right path and Tier III schools will receive intensive support and guidance from central office. In Tier III there will also be a sub-designation known as “turnaround.” If a school is identified as a Tier III “turnaround” school, it will be closed and reconstituted, possibly as a charter school. These designations will take effect in September 2010 to give each school time to create a new school plan. By November 2010, all remaining schools will be tiered and will implement their new plans in September 2011.

    Budget Questions

    Residents are encouraged to submit questions on my proposed FY2011 budget by clicking here. Residents are also encouraged to attend one of my upcoming community budget presentations. The next presentation will be on March 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Nathan Hale School.

    Sign up for City newsletters

    Are you interested in receiving newsletters, like the Mayor’s Monday Message, from the City of New Haven? If so, please click here, select “My New Haven” then click on “Message Center.” Once you register your email address, you will have the option to select which newsletters you’d like to receive.

    Green Tip

    YouRenew is a New Haven company focused on helping individuals and organizations responsibly dispose of their used electronics. Visit YouRenew.com and sell or recycle your used mobile phones, laptops, MP3 players and more!

    The following cultural events are taking place this week:

    March 16th at 6 p.m.— Meet the Author: Aife Murray, author of MAID AS MUSE: How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson's Life and Language, at Main Library. For more information: http://www.maidasmuse.eventbrite.com/.

    March 17th at 6 p.m.—Elm Street Book Group: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein at the Main Library. Register at www.artofracing.eventbrite.com/.

    March 19th through March 21st—Docu-drama musical Runaways by Act 2 Theatre at Albertus Magnus College. Fri & Sat 7pm/Sun. 2pm.

    March 20th from 11a.m. to 2p.m.—Winterfest at Common Ground. Brunch featuring locally made maple syrup and pancakes. For more information: www.nhep.com.

    March 20th from 2 to 4p.m.—Irish Music, Dance and Folklore at Mitchell Branch. Performance by Liz McNichol, Irish Step Dancing, sing-along, storytelling and crafts. Bring an Irish snack to share.

    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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