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    Dear Friends

    Today, two public service announcements created by students at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School debuted on nbcconnecticut.com. These students joined with the City of New Haven and NBC30 to produce and broadcast messages that encourage residents throughout the State to “Go Green.” To view these PSAs, please visit: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/green/New-Haven-Students-Into-the-Green.html

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

    Community Budget Meeting

    I will be holding a community budget presentation on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. at Wexler/Grant School, 55 Foote Street. Join me at this meeting to discuss my proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    Spring Clean-Up

    In continuation of Earth Day festivities, I will be joining the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Livable City Initiative Department and students from Betsy Ross School for a Spring Clean-Up. The event will kick-off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 30th and will be held at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, 150 Kimberly Avenue.

    T.A.P.S. Recognition Ceremony

    The New Haven Board of Education is currently accepting nominations for the 2009 T.A.P.S. program. Each year, the New Haven Public Schools has a recognition ceremony where teachers, administrators, parents, and support staff are nominated by fellow employees, community members, and parents to receive a T.A.P.S. award. To request an online nomination form or if you have any questions, please contact Stacy Harris at: stacyh@new-haven.k12.ct.us or call: 203-946-8455. The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, April 30th.

    Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Dinner

    On Monday, May 4th, the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Fund will be holding its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Dinner to pay tribute to the many men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Sergeant Dario Aponte of the NHPD will be remembered at this event and his name will be added to the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial, located at the Police Academy in Meriden, later in the month. For more information on the CT Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, please visit: http://www.ctneverforget.org/.

    Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening

    Smilow Cancer Hospital and the City of New Haven will be offering a free head and neck cancer screening on Friday, May 8th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Haven Hall of Records, 200 Orange Street. This screening is a great opportunity to get a very quick, basic exam by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician. To register for this free, easy, and non-invasive screening, please call 203-688-2000. Walk-ins are welcome.

    Green Tip

    Shade from trees and shrubs on the east and west sides of your house will help keep your house cooler in the summer months. While shade on the south side will cool your house as well, it reduces the heating effect of the wintertime sun. In a survey done by the Urban Resources Initiative, New Haven's 32,000 street trees save city residents and businesses $1.7 million per year in energy costs!

    Book Publishing Seminar

    On Wednesday, May 13th from 5:30 to 7 p.m., writers and readers are invited to a panel discussion about the process of book publishing today. The event will be held at the New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St. and panelists include: moderator Jessica Bram, author, NPR commentator, owner of Westport Writers Workshop; Lucy Hedrick, nonfiction author and writing coach; Prill Boyle, author of Defying Gravity: a Celebration of Late-Blooming Women; N.A. Nelson, YA novelist; and Denise Marcil, literary agent. The discussion will explore what’s hot right now in the industry, how to prepare a nonfiction book proposal, finding and working with an agent, and how to succeed in writing contests. There is no charge for this seminar and free parking is available. Registration is required, please visit: www.pubpanel.eventbrite.com or call the library at (203) 946-8835.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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