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    Dear Friends

    This week kicks off my Citywide tour to engage in conversations with all of you about the future of New Haven. Starting Wednesday I’ll meet with residents in 4 locations throughout the City about “Downtown Crossing,” economic development, shifting some of the tax burden away from homeowners through innovative strategies and growth of our tax base and more. The first meeting will take place in the library of Career High School on Legion Avenue at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday. This meeting is targeted at the Hill neighborhood but all residents are invited to join us. The following meeting will take place in early February. I will update you on dates and locations for the additional three meetings in next week’s Monday Message. The media is encouraged to join us for this event.

    2008 Wellness Kickoff

    Today, at 1p.m. in City Hall we’ll host an event designed to encourage all City employees to make a wellness resolution this year and participate in the various programs and opportunities offered by our Wellness Program. In partnership with the Hospital of St. Raphael and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield we’ll recap the first year of the program’s success, tell you what’s new in 2008 and share information on how to make 2008 your healthiest year yet. Our friends at Anthem BCBS will also be raffling a mountain bike. So, don’t miss out on this great event in the 2nd floor atrium of City Hall.

    New Lieutenants and Captains

    Last week the New Haven Department of Police Services promoted 16 top the rank of Lieutenant and 5 to the rank of Captain. These promotions are the first to these ranks since 2000. We’re looking forward to making an already strong department even stronger in 2008. Next for the department will be an announcement of a new detectives list which we expect will be ready and approved this month.

    Tax Collection Deadlines- Online Option Available

    The second installments of real estate, personal property and special services district tax and total supplemental motor vehicle tax on the Grand List of October 1, 2006 were due on January 1, 2008. Residents should be reminded that unpaid taxes will be considered delinquent as of February 2, 2008. Therefore, if you have an outstanding payment, you are encouraged to come in to the tax collector’s office or go online to make your payment. Online payments can be made at www.officialpayments.com (jurisdiction code 1729). There is a nominal fee for using the online service but it is the only method for using a credit card to pay your tax bills.

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

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2008, 10:00 A.M.: BETSY ROSS ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL, 150 Kimberly Ave., Martin Luther King Assembly, the BRAMS Faculty chorus performs for the students.

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 FROM 6:00-8:00 P.M.: New Haven Field House, 480 Sherman Parkway, Citywide New Haven Magnet Fair.

    THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 1:30-2:30 P.M., HIGH SCHOOL IN THE COMMUNITY, 175 WATER ST.: High School in the Community will present a forum on gang violence. Over 40 students will participate in this forum led by Ron Huggins, a student from James Hillhouse High School, and Doug Bethea, a Street Outreach Worker and community activist. They will address such topics as teen violence, teen pregnancy, and gangs.

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2008, 9:30 A.M.: CELENTANO SCHOOL, 400 Canner St. The first grade class will present a play entitled, “The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”, written by first grade teacher, Susan Aube. Foote School first graders, who are “first grade buddies” with Celentano first graders, will attend.

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2008, 10 A.M., 691 WHITNEY AVE.: A storage shed on the site of the new Worthington Hooker 3-8 school will come tumbling down on this day, signaling the start of construction on the long-awaited project. Students, staff and parents will join Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo, alders, state dignitaries and community in “breaking ground” with a demolition, the collection of paper cranes with wishes penned for the new school by students, staff and friends, and the school song. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend. The new Worthington Hooker School is a $35.5 million project that will serve grades 3-8, with a scheduled opening of 2009. The project will deliver a new, 60,000 square foot school that will accommodate Worthington Hooker students in grades 3-8.

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2008, 8:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.: Community Outreach Center, 654 Orchard Street, Managing the Crisis: Youth Advocacy, Intervention, and Education Forum, an initiative of the New Haven Public Schools Guidance Dept., is a collaborative effort that will connect school counselors and school social workers with the many mental health resources in New Haven. This collaborative endeavor will provide educators with information and resources concerning youth advocacy and crisis management.

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2008, 10:00 A.M.: VINCENT E. MAURO SCHOOL, 130 Orchard Street, Community Activist, Dr. Clifton Graves, Jr. will present on the life and legacy of Dr. King's Dream and how it connects with the world today for 4th & 5th graders.

    THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 6:30 P.M., LINCOLN BASSETT, 130 BASSETT ST.: The Title I District Wide Advisory Council presents Family Word Bingo, with games, prizes, refreshments for students and their families.

    FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2008, 9:45 A.M., VINCENT E. MAURO SCHOOL, 130 Orchard Street, “Take Note of the Dream, A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Peace,” features the Dream A Capella Chorus & Vincent Mauro Band, incorporating song, recitation and reflection of the dream of Dr. King and his commitment to love, unity & peace. For more information please contact Sean W. Hardy @ 203-946-5970.

    SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2008, NOON-2 P.M., HILL REGIONAL CAREER HIGH SCHOOL: High School Interdistrict Magnet Fair for interested families.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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