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    This is another busy week in New Haven! The holidays are a great time for families to get together and celebrate and a popular time for decorating your home with lights and other festive ornaments. However, these decorations can often cause fire hazards. This Thursday, we’ll provide an educational demonstration at the fire academy to discuss common holiday fire hazards and what families can do to protect themselves and their homes. I look forward to seeing you there!

    Gun Buy Back

    Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Police Headquarters, we’ll launch a new gun buy-back program. New Haven residents will have the opportunity to turn in guns for $100 Wal-Mart gift cards. This effort will run December 11-15 and December 18-22. Residents can visit 1 Union Avenue between the hours of 2pm and 7pm on those days to turn in guns with no questions asked. I appreciate the support of our Police Commissioners and our funders in making this event possible. The media is invited to join us for this launch where we will be displaying some of the 235 guns we collected in our last buy-back program.

    Honoring AP® Scholars

    Wednesday, alongside Dr. Mayo, I’ll be honoring 34 New Haven Public School students who have achieved the prestigious honor of becoming AP® Scholars. At 11am this Wednesday we’ll gather at Hill Regional Career High School to celebrate the achievements of these students. Students from Wilbur Cross, Hill Regional Career, Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School and James Hillhouse High School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams. Each of these students passed between 3 and 8 AP Exams with a score of 3 or higher, scores which could earn them credit or higher placement in college classes.

    Holiday Fire Safety

    Thursday, Fire Chief Michael Grant and I will host a media event to discuss fire hazards that are prevalent during the holiday season. To demonstrate some of the common risks we see and some of the precautions we should take this time of the year Chief Grant and his team of firefighters will light a holiday tree on fire and provide tips for the public on how to protect themselves. This event will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Fire Academy this Thursday.

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

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2007, 6:00 P.M.: BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING, 54 Meadow Street, 2nd Floor: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and the Board of Education will have the pleasure of hearing part of the John C. Daniels Band perform with their clarinets conducted by John Miller, school band director. The band is recently formed thanks to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which, with the help of Comcast, celebrated its 10th Anniversary by providing $60,000 dollars worth of new musical instruments to two public school's music education programs in the New Haven Public Schools, John C. Daniels and Vincent E. Mauro Elementary School. Since 2005, Comcast and VH1 Save The Music have provided $160,000 worth of new musical instruments to restore music programs in six New Haven schools.

    MONDAY, DEC. 10-FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 6:30-8:30 P.M., COOPERATIVE ARTS & HUMANITIES MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL: Cooperative Arts senior theatre production presents "The Laramie Project, Durang Durang."

    TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 3:30-6 P.M., TIMOTHY DWIGHT SCHOOL, 130 EDGEWOOD AVE: Dwight School will hold a Clothing Fair. Nicholas Eisensmith, a fourth grader at Mary T. Murphy School in Branford, wanted to help less fortunate children. He asked the students at his school and their parents to donate any new or gently used clothing to the students and their families at our school. On Tuesday night the clothes including jackets, gloves, and hats will be available for free. The school also will sell hot dogs as a fundraiser for field day and the purchase of musical instruments.


    WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 10:50 A.M. - 12:30 p.m.: Betsy Ross Arts Magnet Chorus will be caroling in the downtown New Haven area. They will begin at the lobby of Webster Bank on Elm Street at 10:50 a.m., walk to New Alliance Bank and perform for customers from about 11:20-11:40a.m., then onto City Hall where they will sing on the stairs and City Hall lobby at 12noon-12:30p.m.

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, 9:00 A.M.: SOUND SCHOOL, 60 South Water Street, The Coast Guard will be conducting a training session for Sound students in the use of survival suits. Students involved in the lobster v-notch program are going to be on board lobster vessels and under the supervision of the Coast Guard, going to swim in the water off the Sound School pier in the survival suits.

    SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 7-9 P.M., LYMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, SCSU, 501 CRESCENT ST.: Cooperative Arts Holiday Dance celebration

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


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