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    This week marks Safe Kids Week. Accidental injury is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. After the establishment of Safe Kids in 1987, the Safe Kids Worldwide Campaign has reached millions of households each year, effectively reducing childhood fatality rates of accidental injury by 45%, a saving of 38,000 children. Take time this week to ensure that your childrenís habitual activities are safe. Even a small increase in parental surveillance can greatly enhance the safety and security of New Havenís youth.

    Powder House Day

    This Saturday, April 26th, we celebrated New Havenís 233rd Powder House Day. This day commemorates the events of April 22nd, 1775 when the Governorís Foot Guard requested the keys to the powder house to prepare its soldiersí march into Cambridge, Massachusetts, marking New Havenís official participation in the American Revolution. The day began with a memorial service at the Center Church on the Green. The service was followed by a reenactment of the Foot Guard marching to City Hall to demand the keys. This past Saturdayís events remind us of New Havenís rich history, a day that connects residents of the past with residents of today.

    Elm Ivy Awards Luncheon

    On Wednesday, I will attend the 29th Annual Elm Ivy Awards Luncheon at Yale. The Elm Ivy Awards recognize and honor individuals from the New Haven and Yale communities whose work promotes understanding and cooperation between the two, strengthening ties amongst both groups. The awards were established at Yale in 1979 by Fenmore Seton, Yale Class of 1938, and his wife Phyllis. Hundreds of people from our community have been honored with awards since the Luncheonís inception; I look forward to participating in honoring these distinct individuals whose work strengthens the relationships between the University and the City and who contribute toward great partnerships.

    New Haven Celebrates Arbor Day

    This Wednesday, in honor of Arbor Day, I will be participating in the planting of an Elm tree in Bayview Park alongside community members and students from Microsociety High School. Arbor Day, established in 1872 by Sterling Morton, established organized and conservational-minded tree planting practices across our nation. Arbor Day reminds us of the many parks and green areas at our disposal in the New Haven area, and helps ensure that our eco-friendly efforts are sustained and invigorated each year. This event will take place on Wednesday the 30th at 2:30p.m. at Bayview Park.

    Hereís whatís happening in New Haven Public Schools this week:

    THROUGH JUNE 12, THURSDAYS, 4:00 pm. Ė 5:20p.m.: Golf, anyone? Jepson School will be participating in the First Tee program, with 20 students learning the game of golf at Alling Memorial Golf Course in New Haven. Debbie Pittman and Tom Merritt are the staff from Jepson who will be taking the children.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008, FAIRFIELD WARDE HIGH SCHOOL, 4 P.M., 755 MELVILLE AVE., FAIRFIELD: A high school mock trial team from Wilbur Cross will battle it out with mock trial champs from all over the region, including Stamford, Greenwich, Westhill, East Lyme, Valley, Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe, Hamden, West Haven and Bethel, at the state mock trial quarterfinals. Wilbur Cross was the winner in the New Haven Mock Trial competition, held locally at Superior Court in New Haven on April 2 and April 9 and won the right to advance on. If the Cross team wins at Fairfield, the team will have to compete for two trials on the same day at the Waterbury Superior Court house, 300 Grand St, Waterbury, starting at 12 noon on April 30. The first round is sudden death, win and advance, lose and go home.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 29 and WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 10 a.m., 12:30 P.M., 7 P.M., NATHAN HALE SCHOOL, 480 TOWNSEND AVE: Nathan Hale Drama Club presents 101 Dalmatians with performances during the day for students and evenings for families. The Nathan Hale Drama Club is a collaboration between Alliance Theatre, Inc. and NHPS and has been in existence at Nathan Hale for 12 years.

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008, 6:00 P.M.: New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave., Connecticut Science Teachers Association annual awards dinner, CSTA-CSSA named Marjorie Drucker, Science Magnet Coordinator at Barnard Environmental Magnet School the 2007-2008 Middle School Science Teacher of the Year. The award is given annually to a science educator who has demonstrated excellence in science teaching, as well as contributing to the professional development of colleagues, and participated in conferences, workshops, extracurricular activities and the community.

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 7 P.M., BETSY ROSS ARTS MAGNET, 150 KIMBERLY AVE: Spring is in the air and Betsy Ross music is blowing on the breeze! Band concert by Betsy Ross arts magnet students.

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2008, NOON, PRESIDENTíS ROOM, WOOLSEY HALL, YALE: Dr. Dolores Garcia-Blocker, principal of Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School, is among recipients of the Seton Elm and Ivy awards, honoring outstanding individuals who strengthen the bonds of New Haven and Yale Elm-Ivy Award.

    THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008, 5:00 P.M.: SHUBERT THEATER, 247 College Street, The Big Read Ė Greater New Haven Kick-off with this yearís the selection is Ray Bradburyís popular novel Fahrenheit 451. Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. This is the second year of participation for New Haven, courtesy of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

    Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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