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    Dear Friends:

    June is National Safety Month. This year’s theme is “celebrating safe communities” in the workplace and at home. This week in the awareness campaign is centered around emergency preparedness. It is important that you take the time to discuss what to do in an emergency with your family. Along these lines, it is advised that you have a family emergency response plan so that everyone is calm and knows what to do in the event of an actual emergency. It’s also a good idea to have CPR and first aid training because you never know when these skills might help you safe someone’s life.


    Tomorrow, Parcxmart will be giving away 500 cards each with a $5 value in celebration of the first anniversary of the city-wide roll out of 2,500 Parcxmart-compliant parking meters in New Haven. This event will take place at Café Java (59 Elm Street) at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend. New Haven was the first city in America to adopt Parcxmart’s fully functional parking and local merchant smart card payment system.


    The City of New Haven was honored last week with a “2007 Workforce Wellness Initiative” award at the 5th Annual Regional Health Care Breakfast hosted by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. This is a great recognition of the work the City has done to provide wellness programs and information to employees contributing toward a more health conscious workforce.

    MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2007, 3:00 P.M.: Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy, 360 Columbus Ave., 2nd Annual Learning Fair. K-8 students and their teachers will present thematic units that challenge students' critical and creative thinking. The public is welcome to learn about a variety of topics such as global warming, cycles of living things, characteristics of and adaptation in biomes, tolerance and America's influence on the contemporary world. Videos of student poetry readings, PowerPoint presentations and dioramas are among the displays of learning.

    MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2007, 6 P.M, FIRE TRAINING ACADEMY: 13 students from the New Haven Fire Department EMS Cadet Program have attended an unusual program designed by the City to help groom young people for city careers in firefighting and emergency medical response. The EMS Cadet program was the first of its kind in the state and has helped high school students gain a leg up on careers in firefighting and emergency medical response. They will celebrate their graduation at this event, including remarks from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and Fire Lt. Abraham Colon.

    I hope you have a healthy and happy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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