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    Dear Friends:

    New Haven Restaurant Week returns from April 18th-April 23rd! Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe, three course lunch and dinner menus that include an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with some restaurants offering special deals on wine and cocktail menus as well. Lunch is offered at $16.38 and dinner at $29. For a complete list of restaurants, please visit: infonewhaven.com

    Community Budget Presentations

    I encourage residents to attend one of the remaining presentations to learn about my proposed FY2011 budget. The next meeting will be on April 27th at Lincoln Bassett at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a presentation on April 29th at Beecher School at 6:30 p.m.

    Teach for America Week

    Mayor DeStefano will be a guest teacher in a science classroom at Truman School on Tuesday as part of Teacher for America Week. Mayor DeStefano will talk to students about his work, civic engagement and the importance of education. Teach For America Week draws community leaders nationwide to support educational excellence for all children. These volunteers will visit the classrooms of Teach For America teachers, also known as corps members, and teach lessons based on their experience in business, politics, and beyond. An annual event since 1997, Teach For America Week will take place in 30 regions across the country in 2010. This event will take place from 11am until noon at the Truman School, 114 Truman Street, New Haven, Conn.

    Texts for Healthy Pregnancies

    On Wednesday at 1 p.m., the New Haven Health Department will announce its participation in a national campaign to provide timely health information to pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby’s first year. This event will take place at the Health Clinic at 54 Meadow Street. Moms and pregnant women will speak alongside health experts about the need to be informed and aware to carry out healthy pregnancies.

    In the U.S., more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely and an estimated 28,000 children die before their first birthday—signifying a public health crisis. The infant mortality rate in the U.S. is one of the highest in the industrialized world, and for the first time since the 1950s, that rate is on the rise.

    National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

    April is National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month and the City of New Haven’s Department of Health and Community Services Administration encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making New Haven a better and safer place for children and their families.

    The New Haven Health Department’s Nurturing Families Network, supported by the Children’s Trust Fund, is taking this month to promote the “Take 5” initiative. “Take 5” gives parents and caretakers the tools they need to be stronger and better parents. Parents, caretakers, organizations, faith communities, business and public agencies can all “Take 5” for a child by promoting these 5 tips:

    Take 5 seconds and close your eyes…

    Take 5 deep breaths…

    Take 5 steps back…

    Take 5 minutes to find out where you can get help…

    Make a 5 minute phone call and ask for help.

    New Haven Celebrates Two Weeks of “The Little Read” Family Reading Events:

    The New Haven Early Childhood Council is currently celebrating the Citywide Little Read during the Week of the Young Child. During the Little Read, which will run from April 4th through April 17th, family reading events will take place in early childhood classrooms, libraries, family childcare homes and residences to promote early language and literacy. Every family of a preschool child in a center-based classroom or family childcare home throughout the City received the book: Read to Me/Vamos a Leer, a bilingual book which was widely distributed for free to centers and homes over the course of the last several weeks.

    Childcare centers, libraries and families are encouraged to organize unique and fun family reading events based on their children’s favorite picture books. Families and center-based classrooms or childcare homes received Read To Me/Vamos a Leer to inspire more reading and storytelling.

    Are you interested in receiving newsletters, like the Mayor’s Monday Message, from the City of New Haven? If so, please click here, select “My New Haven” then click on “Message Center.” Once you register your email address, you will have the option to select which newsletters you’d like to receive.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor

    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [4/10/2010]


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