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    Dear Friends

    Thank you to those who came out to the first of our four community meetings to discuss the FY09 budget. We were thrilled to see so many community members present and we look forward to seeing you again on:

    March 27 at 6pm, St. Aedan’s Church Hall on Fountain Street

    April 9 at 6pm, Pilgrim Church Hall on Grand Ave.

    April 24 at 6pm Nathan Hale School on Townsend Ave.

    Please bring your questions and concerns regarding next year’s budget and the ways in which it will affect downtown New Haven and you.

    Community Meeting on Street Cars

    The South Central Council of Governments and the City of New Haven invite you to a community meeting to discuss streetcar lines around the nation and what their role could be in New Haven. This meeting will take place Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. on the 2nd floor of City Hall. For more information, please contact the Transportation, Traffic and Parking Department at 946-8077.

    Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council

    Today I hosted a news conference to announce the creation of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council. The Teen Pregnancy Council is the result of strong collaboration between the Board of Education, the Mayor’s Task Force on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, and various community resources. We look forward to the great work we know will come out of this council in our continued dedication to providing the youth of New Haven with vital and applicable resources for their health and well-being.

    Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Goes Green!

    This Sunday we celebrate New Haven’s 1166th St. Patrick’s Day Parade-the oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New England and the sixth longest running parade in America! This year, the parade will be even more green as organizers have made recycling bins available along the route which they encourage participants to use when disposing recyclable items. This will help keep our streets clean and reduce the amount of waste created. Please keep an eye out for these bins and eco-friendly materials. As we continue to celebrate long-standing traditions such as St. Patrick’s Day, it is important for us to make sure that these traditions align with our goals for an even cleaner, greener New Haven.

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

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008, 6 P.M.: Connecticut State Board of Education, State Office Building, Hartford, Commissioner McQuinn will honor social studies teacher John Nguyen from Hillhouse High School at a recognition ceremony for receiving a National Educator Milken Award from the California based Milken family foundation for his outstanding work in the classroom. On Sunday, March 30th Nguyen will officially receive a check for $25,000 in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure during the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Conference in conjunction with the Teacher Advancement Program Conference.

    FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2008, 5:30 - 8:00 P.M.: VINCENT E. MAURO SCHOOL, 130 Orchard Street, Black History culminating event, “Take Note of Our History Through Song” including a pot luck dinner and musical extravaganza for the school community, featuring Mauro School’s Dream A Cappella Group and the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Chorus under the direction of Jonathan Q. Berryman. Contact Person: Sean Hardy, 946-5970.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 8 AND SUNDAY MARCH 9, 2008: MicroSociety Magnet School will participate in the Scholastic State Chess Championship at Yale. Last year 5th graders received first place holding the State Champs title in their division. In addition 6th graders came in 2nd in their division, and our 7th & 8th graders came in 3rd in their respective divisions. Currently New Haven has the largest chess club with approximately 50 students who play the game on a regular basis. Contact person: Howard Nero, 946-7761.

    SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008, 2:00 P.M.: The Annual New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The award winning Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Marching Band, The John S. Martinez Band.

    Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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