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    Dear Friends

    Tonight I will deliver my 15th State of the City Address before the Board of Aldermen and members of our community. This is an important day in New Haven as we review the successes of 2007 and set out our goals and needs for 2008. I invite you to join us at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers for this informative program.

    Presidential Primary

    Don’t forget! Tomorrow is Connecticut’s Presidential Primary. Regardless of who you’re supporting, make sure to come out to your polling site and cast your vote!

    Mardi Gras!

    The New Haven Free Public Library will be hosting a “Mardi Gras” fundraiser in celebration of their 121st birthday! A gala and silent auction will take place Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the New Haven Lawn Club. The Patrons Board of Directors of the New Haven Public Library invites you to join them for a night of fun, frivolity and jazz. For more information, contact Barbara Segaloff at 946-8130.

    Woods Demolition

    Friday, I’ll join Dr. Mayo and the students and staff of the Bishop Woods School as the final portion of the old structure is demolished making way for a state-of-the-art learning facility. Woods students are currently housed in two “swing space” sites but look forward to moving into their new school in the fall of 2009.

    Peace Jam

    Also on Friday I’ll join the New Haven Chapter of Peace Jam to launch their PeaceJam Light Bulb Exchange. Members of this group will assess selected homes throughout the City and, with the consent of homeowners, assess use of incandescent light bulbs in order to replace them with compact fluorescent bulbs. The purpose of the exchange is to help homeowners achieve lower electric bills and save energy. We will gather at the first house where this program will take place and discuss the group’s plan to expand this program. This event will take place at 35 Howard Street in the Fair Haven Heights neighborhood of the City.

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

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2008, 10:00 A.M., VINCENT E. MAURO SCHOOL, 130 Orchard Street, “Take Note of Our History.” All objectives and activities will focus on Literacy, CMT Preparation and Social Development. Superior Court Judge Angela Robinson will visit Mauro students in grade 3 and deliver a storytelling presentation, complete with a self-esteem building discussion regarding test-taking and CMT Success. Dr. Ed Joyner, professor at Sacred Heart University, will present a self-affirming presentation for 6th graders, regarding success, achievement and goal setting. He will also provide anectodal examples from history to support his CMT-preparatory speech, with emphasis on academic achievement as the key to life accomplishments.

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2008: HIGH SCHOOL IN THE COMMUNITY, 175 Water Street, Students and staff will participate in a mock Super Tuesday Primary as voters in 24 states take part in the real thing - primaries or caucuses in the Presidential elections. Teachers Toni Criscuolo and Marc Anthony Solli are coordinating the voting and tallying of the votes. The activity will follow preparation in various classes about the upcoming presidential elections.

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2008, 1:45 – 2:30 P.M.: TRUMAN SCHOOL, 114 Truman Street: Health Net Mentors will have a basketball shoot-out with their mentees. This is a monthly activity that fosters the mentor program. Contact: Carmen Padilla-DeChalus, 691-2108.

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2008, 4 P.M.: URBAN YOUTH CENTER, 800 Dixwell Ave., Black History Month mini concert orchestrated by Wayne Brown the choral director.

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008, 6:30 P.M.: Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, SCSU Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration. Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School will perform dances choreographed to inspirational music selections in honor of Dr. King. BRAMS dance emphasis students in grades 7 and 8. This is the 3rd year for this event and the first time BRAMS dancers have been invited to participate. This is a free event that is open to the public. For more information please contact: 392-5492.

    Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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