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    Mentor-Protégé Program

    I’d like to congratulate Caribbean Masonry, a New Haven-based company, for being the newest protégé in the City’s Construction Mentor-Protégé program. This initiative matches a small trade company with a larger company working in the construction of our schools in the Citywide School Construction program so that small companies can learn about the bidding process, how to fill out and handle paperwork, payroll and much more so that they too can grow and compete for larger jobs. Caribbean Masonry is being mentored by Connecticut Masonry. I’d like to thank Connecticut Masonry for participating and helping to open doors for smaller companies in the construction trades. Through this match, the protégé will work closely with the mentor at a school site, in this case the Troup School, and in an office setting to learn about best practices and operations.

    16 More Officers on Patrol

    Last week we announced that 16 police officers have been added to patrol duty and will be hitting the streets on October 21st. This is only the first step in a new violence reduction strategy that the City and Police Department are preparing to announce later this month. Look out for new officers in your neighborhood, introduce yourself and starting building relationships with them- that’s what community policing is all about. These officers are there to increase police presence throughout the City and to further strengthen the core of community policing.

    Breast Cancer Prevention Event on Wednesday, October 17

    Please join us for a lecture on Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection. This informative program is part of The City of New Haven Employee Wellness Initiative. Tochi Okeke, BDS, MPH, Cancer Health Educator and Breast Health Navigator, from the Integrative Medicine Department at The Hospital of Saint Raphael, will present this lecture. This event will begin at 11:00 AM this Wednesday in the Ground Floor Hearing Room at 200 Orange Street. If you are interested in attending this program, please contact: Joanne Cavadini, Wellness Coordinator at: (203)507-3053 or jcavadini@srhs.org.

    Snow Plow Training

    Despite summer-like weather recently, we know that winter will be upon us soon. In preparation for snowy days ahead, a dozen public works employees will be going through training on Saturday to learn to drive our large snow removal vehicles. This training will take place Saturday morning at the DPW site on Middletown Avenue.

    Mayor’s Make a Difference Drive/ Inside @ Night Press Conference

    Last Thursday I kicked-off a food and blanket drive to benefit shelters and food pantries that work closely with the City to make sure that New Haven residents have the resources they need to stay warm and well-fed this winter. Let’s not wait until the cold hits us before we begin amassing these resources. We’ve already set up collection boxes at City Hall, all New Haven Public Schools and all branches of the New Haven Free Public Library. Please come out and make a donation. Needy families and individuals need clean blankets, towels, unused socks and non-perishable foods. On Thursday we’ll be holding a press conference at Inside @ Night, the overflow shelter we run in partnership with Columbus House. They will be making an exciting announcement so join us for the media event at 2pm on Thursday.

    Poinsettia Sale to Benefit Sound School

    For the fourth year, we are offering an opportunity for you to purchase your holiday poinsettia plants while you support the agricultural program of our students at The Sound School. These beautiful jumbo-sized plants (3’x3’) were raised by Sound School students in cooperation with the staff of New Haven's Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees. Revenues from sales will be used to support future horticultural programs of the City/Sound School partnership. There are a limited number of plants available, so please complete the order form below and fax to (203) 946-6556. For additional information, please contact charles.mavrelion@new-haven.k12.ct.us or doboyski@newhavenct.net.

    Next Week: Flu Shots

    Flu season is upon us. Protect yourself by getting a flu shot. You can contact your primary care physician or you can come down to City Hall on Wednesday, October 24th between 10am and 1pm to get your vaccination. We want to make sure residents are happy and healthy this season so make sure to participate. The clinic will accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance and Medicare. For uninsured individuals, shots will cost $10. This program is intended for New Haven residents. You are encouraged to use your Elm City Resident Card to demonstrate that you are a New Haven resident. Elm City Resident Cards are available for $10 for adults and only $5 for children. The Office of New Haven Residents issues Elm City Resident Cards Monday-Friday from 9am until 2pm. Stay tuned for a mobile unit visit to a community based organization near you.

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


    Hillhouse High School Library Media Center joins thousands of libraries across the country in celebrating 10th annual Teen Read Week. Students will be encouraged to read for the fun of it in this national literacy initiative sponsored by the American Library Association. They will enjoy book promotion displays, an essay contest, a poster design contest and a raffle for students who check out books during the week. They also will contribute to a list of their favorite books, posted on a special bulletin on display in the library media center. In a recent national survey, 91% of teens who responded said they would read more often if they knew about good books to read. Teen Read Week at Hillhouse is designed to connect students with good books and expose them to the joy and benefits of reading beyond their required course work.

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007, 7 P.M. AT HOOKER MIDDLE SCHOOL (St. Stanislaus School), 804 State St., second floor auditorium, A community meeting on the proposed design plans, layout and construction schedule for the Worthington Hooker Renovation and Expansion Project with Alderpersons Edward Mattison(D-10), Alfreda Edwards (D-19) and Roland Lemar (D-9) will join Board of Education, city and community representatives to update parents and the East Rock neighborhood on plans for the new Worthington Hooker School located at 691 Whitney Ave.

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2007, 3 P.M., JOHN C. DANIELS SCHOOL, 569 CONGRESS AVE.: The New Haven Public Schools Afterschool Program will be among more than 7,500 sites around the nation sending the message that after-school activities are key to children's success, and that we must keep the lights on and doors open after school. Parents, media, employers, neighbors, school officials and others have been invited to help us rally support for safe, stimulating after-school programs. This rally and open house will showcase the plethora of after school programs available to families in New Haven. Parents are invited to this open house to browse among dozens of booths by afterschool providers, to enjoy refreshments and to learn more about what their kids can do during the critical after-school hours.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2007, 1:00 P.M. BETSY ROSS ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL, 150 Kimberly Ave. Yale Spizzwinks singing group will perform an a cappella concert for the 5th and 8th grade students.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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