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    Dear Friends:

    This is National Safe Boating and Fishing week. As the weather gets warmer and we see more of the sun, enjoy the variety of water activities that our Department of Parks and Recreation has to offer including canoeing, kayaking and more. But, remember to be safe, wear lifejackets and practice responsible recreational behavior.


    Yesterday, I had a wonderful time at the Connecticut Puerto Rican Parade. New Haven had the honor of serving as the parade’s host city this year. I thank the organizing committee for all of their hard work in organizing this showcase of cultural diversity, entertainment and community unity.


    On Tuesday June 5th At 7 PM the New Haven Police Department’s Officer Joe Avery will be offering a Personal Safety and Burglary Prevention program entitled “In the Mind Of A Burglar” at Ross Woodward School 185 Barnes Ave. This program will give insight as to how the typical burglar thinks as he is choosing his target and also give you a new perspective as to how to avoid becoming a victim of this crime. This Year we added a personal safety component to the program to assist you with the problem of street robberies.

    We hope to see you there. This program is being sponsored by the Quinnipiac East Management team. If you would like to have one of these workshops take place in your neighborhood please schedule one by calling 946-5915.


    Today, the Board of Aldermen will vote on the acceptance of funds for our proposed Municpal Identification Program. This is a very exciting time for our City as we prepare to become the first in the nation to offer an identification card with all the features and uses that the Elm City Resident Card will provide. With this card you’ll be able to access City services such as access to the golf course, the public libraries and more. Also, the card will have Parcxmart capabilities so you can load money on to it to use in our parking meters or with participating merchants downtown. I urge our Board of Aldermen to vote in favor of accepting the private funds being provided to us to support this program.


    The New Haven Health Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health is teaming up with the Yale-New Haven Lead Program to host the 7th annual Lead Awareness Picnic in the Lighthouse Park Carousel Building on Sunday, June 10th. This free community event aims to educate local families about childhood lead poisoning prevention through educational booths, giveaways and entertainment that parents and children of all ages can enjoy. Representatives from the Health Department, the Yale-New Haven Lead program, other service agencies and local entertainers, including a magician, clowns and a puppeteer, will be on hand to demonstrate lead safety practices to participants through educational materials and interactive shows. More than 400 of New Haven’s community members are expected to be present to learn lead poisoning prevention tips while enjoying the food, entertainment and games. If you would like additional information on lead poisoning prevention initiatives in New Haven, please contact: New Haven Health Department Bureau of Environmental Health at 203-946-8174.


    Today, at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria of John S. Martinez School,

    Students will have an unusual treat as they watch while Band Teacher Joseph Collette has his head shaved in the cafeteria, fulfilling the school's promise that if the kids met their fundraising challenge, he would dispense with his hair. The kids raised $2,000 to help stage an upcoming production of Annie Jr., in which their band teacher will play Oliver Warbucks. Proceeds from the play will go toward the purchase of uniforms for the

    Martinez school marching band.

    Annie, Jr. will be presented Wednesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 7th,

    6pm in the John S. Martinez School Cafeteria, Donation, $3.00, under the

    direction of Ms. Jamie Coady and Mr. Joe Collette. Any student who donated or collected will be allowed to watch the shaving.

    Have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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