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    Dear Friends:

    I hope you all enjoyed a safe and pleasant Memorial Day weekend. This past Sunday I was pleased to attend the 10th anniversary of the Memorial Day Concert at the Shubert, a wonderful event for the whole family. There were also a number of other events in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice that took place throughout the City.

    This weekend also marked the opening of our beaches, splashpads and carousel. I commend the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees for all of their hard work in preparation for this kick off to summer. Along these lines, it is appropriate that this is National Sun Awareness week. Whenever you spend time outside, don’t forget your sunscreen, plenty of water and other protective measures to guard yourselves from the harmful rays of the sun.

    Although a short week, there is plenty happening in the City. Here’s a look at the week ahead:

    KICK-OFF TO POLICE RECRUITMENT

    I’ll hold a press conference with the New Haven Police Department, Police Commissioner Richard Epstein and Alderwoman Katrina Jones at the Police Academy (710 Sherman Parkway) at 1pm to formally announce the launch of this campaign. We’re looking for men and women who are dedicated, motivated and are willing to rise above and beyond for the safety of the people of New Haven.

    PUERTO RICAN PARADE FESTIVITIES

    Today we mark the first in a series of events taking place this week in honor of Puerto Rican heritage and in celebration of the Puerto Rican community in Connecticut by raising the Puerto Rican flag at City Hall at 12 noon. On Friday, the Puerto Rican Parade is hosting a Gala Dinner at La Mirage in North Haven. Those interested in tickets to the dinner can contact Mercedes Beltran at 203-848-0057. On Saturday we continue this celebration with a festival on the New Haven Green. And, the event we’ve been waiting for, the Connecticut Puerto Rican Parade makes its way down Chapel Street on Sunday.

    OPEN SCHOOLS

    Open Schools begin tomorrow with 5 sites available to young people ages 12-18 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We’ll have activities such as yoga, arts, digital story telling, martial arts and much more. Our kick-offf event will take place at “The Shack” at 333 Valley Street. Please come out and join us for our opening celebration. Parents are encouraged to register their children for these activities by visiting www.cityofnewhaven.com where you can find the application form and pertinent information.

    PLAN TO END CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS

    On Thursday I’ll hold a press conference to unveil the implementation plan for the City’s 10 year plan to end chronic homelessness. Homelessness impacts New Haven as it does many cities throughout the nation. But, we want to take steps to help individuals and families afflicted by this epidemic. Please join us to learn about what we are doing to improve the lives of our homeless residents. This press conference will take place at Safe Haven located at 210 State Street at 1pm.

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007, 10:30 A.M.: Cooperative Arts & Humanities

    Topping off ceremony on Crown Street near the corner of College Street, Topping off ceremonies fall between groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings and occur when the highest structural element of a project is about to be swung into place. The new Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School, designed by noted architect Cesar Pelli, is under construction in the heart of downtown, close to arts institutions and the New Haven Green. The graduating class of 2009 will sign a beam that will then be hoisted by a crane into place to represent the topping out of the building.

    THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007, 9 A.M. - 2 P.M., BEULAH HEIGHTS, 806 ORCHARD ST:

    About 150 grandparents who are raising grandchildren the second time around will gather for this end-of-the-year celebration. Grandparents on the Move is a support organization run by the New Haven Public Schools' Social Development Department that serves approximately 250 grandparents.

    FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2007, 10: 45 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., NEW HAVEN ATHLETIC CENTER (FIELD HOUSE) 480 SHERMAN PARKWAY: The Early Head Start and Head Start programs of the New Haven Public Schools will hold "Family Day" including dance, arts and crafts for Head Start families. Contact: Karen, 946-5588.

    Have a healthy and happy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [5/28/2007]


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