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    Dear Friends

    Education is a top priority in New Haven. In recent months weíve received significant attention from national media and policy makers about the amazing things happening in our schools. Following the recent announcement of the Promise scholarship program and Promise Partnership, today, Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo announced the tiering of all New Haven Public Schools. Dr. Mayo also discussed the State of the District focusing on the progress of reform across New Haven Public Schools. Our nationally recognized School Change Initiative is thriving but it is only successful when we all work together. There is a role for everyone in ensuring that our children have the best education possible and in providing the support they need to succeed in school, in college and in life. Join us! For more information on how you can get involved, please visit: www.newhavenschoolchange.org


    The BOOST! component of New Havenís School Change Initiative will launch an effort to help children increase their physical activity and make healthy choices. ďGet Fit KidsĒ will be kicked-off on Tuesday, December 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Barnard School at 170 Derby Avenue. Each participating school will receive ďGet Fit KitsĒ containing materials that support increased physical activity among our children.

    New Haven Prepares to Plow through the Winter Season!

    At a news conference this Thursday, December 16th at 2:00pm I will join John Prokop, Director of Public Works to discuss New Havenís preparations to keep our streets clean and safe during this winterís snow fall. We will inspect the Cityís snow plow fleet and provide information on what residents should know and do to make this winterís snow clean-up efforts as smooth as possible. This event will take place at the Department of Public Works on Middletown Avenue.

    Green Tip

    Check to make sure that your chimney flue is closed when not in use. Warm air from your house can escape, drawing in cold air from outside.

    Health Matters Tip

    The holiday season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to be with friends and family! But don't forget to take time for yourself. Engaging in stress free activities and getting a good night's sleep can go a long way to improving and maintaining your health!

    Holiday Season Safety Tip

    Burglars look for an easy entry with good escape routes. Donít openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so itís easily visible from the street. Itís too tempting for them to smash the window and grab the wrapped packages.

    Cultural Events

    Dec. 12. New Haven Chamber Orchestra Concert. Fair Haven School Auditorium. 2pm - 3:45pm. www.newhavenchamberorchestra.org/

    Dec. 13. Liberabend: An Evening of Russian Songs. Yale School of Music.

    Morse Recital Hall. 8pm. (203) 432-4158

    Dec. 14. Ordinary Evening Reading Series. Phillip Lopate and Cynthia Zarin read. Anchor Bar & Restaurant's Mermaid Room. http://ordinaryevening.blogspot.com/

    Dec. 15. Yale School of Music presents Lunchtime Chamber Music. 12:30pm.Morse Recital Hall. http://music.yale.edu

    Dec. 15. Elm Street Book Group: An American Childhood by Annie Dillard. 6-7pm. www.esbgdec15.eventbrite.com/.

    Dec. 16 Listen Here! Short Story Reading Series: Tall Tales. Manjares Fine Pastries, 838 Whalley Avenue. 7-8pm. www.newhavenreview.com/

    Dec. 17. Singularity: Music by Joel Harrison Septet 8:30/10p.m. $18/$12. http://firehouse12.com

    Dec. 18. Centennial Celebration (1910-2010) at Donald G. Mitchell Library. Centennial Birthday Cake; Airborne Jugglers; Photo Exhibit; more. 1-4pm. 203-946-8117.

    Dec. 18. There's Something About Merry by the CGMC. Shubert Theatre. 8pm. $35/$25. www.ctgmc.org.

    Dec. 18-19. Free Photos with Santa. Barnes & Noble at Yale. Broadway district. 2-5pm. www.infonewhaven.com/holidays

    Dec. 18-19. Saturday Shopping Strolls. Caroling, in-store promotions Chapel and Broadway districts. 2-5pm. www.infonewhaven.com/holidays

    Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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