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    Time is ticking and New Haven Public Schools are counting on you to bring home a much deserved prize! Out of 5,000 applications across the United States, the New Haven Community Engagement Team made it to the final 20 of the Make It Your Own Awards where we are now competing for a grant award of $25,000! We are rallying to get everyone to vote by Tusday, April 22, 2008 to bring home the final award. We need your help to bring home this grant money. Please visit Case Foundation Website and cast your vote for our project “My School is Your School.”

    Third Community Budget Briefing

    Thank you again to those residents who attended the first and second of our four community meetings to discuss the FY09 budget. It’s important to have community members present and involved in this process. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Wednesday, April 9th at Pilgrim Congregational Church, at 65 East Grand Avenue at 6pm.

    Farewell to Chief Francisco Ortiz

    This is Police Chief Francisco Ortiz’s last week in his position as he prepares for retirement from the City. We are pleased to honor the career of Chief Ortiz. We thank him for his years of service and leadership and wish him and his family the very best in the future. Current Assistant Chief Stephanie Redding, the first female Assistant Chief in the history of the Department, will step into the role of Interim Chief as we continue a nationwide search for a replacement.

    Quinnipiac Terrace Ribbon-Cutting

    Next week we will celebrate the completion of the second phase of the Quinnipiac Terrace Development. The City of New Haven, the Housing Authority of New Haven, and Trinity Financial have been working on the development over the past 16 months and are thrilled with the development’s progress. Quinnipiac Terrace Phase II consists of 79 affordable rental units, located on Peck Street and on St. Anthony Street. Overall, the development consists of 176 units. Its design reflects the historical oyster farming and fishing elements of the Fair Haven neighborhood, and boasts a new community center that looks onto the Quinnipiac River. Quinnipiac Terrace is a great achievement for the Housing Authority and the City of New Haven and is the result of the city’s ongoing effort to provide and uphold affordable, mixed-income housing for all residents.

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

    TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, 9:30 A.M.: CELENTANO SCHOOL, 400 Canner St. Celentano's first graders will be performing a play called "Stone Soup" at Celentano, and again on April 9 at 6:00 p.m. for the PTO and Celentano families. Desserts will be served. For more information contact Sue Aube @ 691-3400.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, 6:00 P.M.: The William K. Lanman, Jr. Center at Payne Whitney Gym, 70 Tower Pkwy. 32nd Annual Biddy Basketball Awards Banquet to honor the accomplishments of boys and girls ages 7-14 from every neighborhood in New Haven.

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.: FAIR HAVEN SCHOOL, 164 Grand Ave., Telling Tales, a children’s Storytelling Festival, an enchanting evening where budding storytellers spin traditional and personal stories sponsored by the Comprehensive Arts Program. Contact: Nilda Morales, Comprehensive Arts (203) 946-8817

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008, 7:30 P.M.: Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Library Complex, , 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden: An awards ceremony will celebrate winners in the Thornton Wilder Writing Competition. Two students from NHPS, both of whom attend Wilbur Cross High School and the Educational Center for the Arts, are among those being recognized. Senior Annie Bass won first prize in prose for her story: “Plumber” and twelfth grader Daphne Lew won first prize in poetry for her poem: “July Baby.” They competed with 141 other entrants from 23 Connecticut High Schools.

    FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008, 1:00 P.M. LUNCHEON, 2:00 P.M. AWARD CEREMONY: DIXWELL YALE COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER, 101 Ashmun Street: Yale University is hosting an event in which Dr. Ben Carson will honor the achievements of the 2008 Carson Scholars: Cody Barlow, Wexler Grant School; Nyghel Byrd, Metropolitan Business Academy; Dimas Catalan-Brown, Columbus Family Academy; Darcy Yankowich, Hill Regional Career High School. The Carson Scholars Fund was founded by renowned brain surgeon Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy as a way to rewards students in grades 4-11 who demonstrate academic promise (3.75 GPA or higher) and humanitarian service. Carson Scholars receive scholarships invested for their college educations, honorary medals and certificates of recognition.


    APRIL RECESS 14-18, 2008

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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