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    Budget Updates

    We’ve received our final report on our City ‘06’-07 City budget and are pleased to report that our estimates of a $1.1 million dollar surplus are wrong. We actually achieved a surplus of nearly $1.7 million. I’d like to acknowledge the great work of our budget and finance office for this great achievement. Tax dollars are hard at work in New Haven and every day we’re making sure that we deliver the most we can for your hard earned money.

    Democracy School

    Wednesday we will begin a new class in our Democracy School. Nearly 30 New Haven Residents will have an opportunity to learn, first hand, about the ins and outs of City government. These individuals submitted applications and were selected to attend 6 weeks of informational and interactive sessions. I look forward to meeting our new class on Wednesday. There will be another class in the spring. Make sure to pay attention to my weekly message to learn about opportunities to join Democracy School in 2008.

    Can New Haven Become a Sustainable City?

    This will be the topic at an important forum taking place thisThursday at the Peabody Museum. The forum will be moderated by Moderated by Michael Donoghue, Director, Peabody Museum of Natural History and G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Come be a part of a community conversation on:

    -How to build a stronger economy for ALL of New Haven.

    -The role of cultural resources in fostering civic engagement and a sense of place.

    -How we can foster sustainable urban planning and smart growth.

    -Urban ecosystems: the role of tree canopy in a sustainable city.

    -How large institutions can become more sustainable and contribute to a sustainable community.

    For more information please contact Emily Byrne at (203) 946-6377 or EByrne@newhavenct.net.

    Columbus Day Festivities

    Columbus Day Weekend is approaching. There are tons of things to do in New Haven this weekend. We’re excited to be home to the annual Columbus Day Parade which will kick off at Chapel and Derby at 1pm on Sunday. Make sure to get there early to get a good spot on the sidelines. We’re starting the celebration early with the traditional parade dinner on Friday night. Tickets to the dinner are available by calling C.J. Cuticello at 410-8162. We’ll have a wreath ceremony in Wooster Square at 11 am on Saturday. Make sure to be part of this great weekend of celebration and culture.

    Household Electronics Recycling Day

    There will be a Household Electronics Recycling Day, Saturday, October 6 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Department of Public Works, 34 Middletown Avenue for New Haven residents only. To register you must call 946-6136 no later than noon Friday, October 5. A valid CT driver’s license, tax bill or utility bill may be used as proof of residency. No Commercial or industrial electronics will be accepted. Program operators reserve the right to refuse large quantities of household electronics. For more information regarding this electronics collection event, please call 946-6136.

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

    WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2007, 8:30 A.M.: CHATHAM SQUARE PARK, "Safe Routes to school day" - If all children could walk to school, New Haven would have healthier kids and less motor transportation clogging its air. That is the thinking behind "Safe Routes to School Day," an event expected to draw up to 500 participants as the students of Clinton Avenue School have the chance to stroll to school. They will be dropped off at Chatham Square Park, where they will walk two blocks safely to school. Alderwoman Erin Sturgis-Pascale, City of New Haven Transportation Department and NHPS Transportation Coordinator Teddi Barra will join safety patrol clad in their sashes and bearing banners, crossing guards and the Chatham neighborhood in promoting healthy kids and helping the environment by using fewer buses.

    THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2007, 5:30 P.M.: Saint Clements Castle, Portland, CT: The Connecticut Association of Schools will honor Connecticut 2007 Distinguished Administrators, Principal of the Year, Gina Wells, John C. Daniels School. Ms. Wells oversees John C. Daniels School, located in the Hill, and one of the poorest in the City, where 81.4% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch, with many from homes where English is not the dominant language. Under Ms. Wells' leadership, the school made tremendous gains on the 2006 Connecticut Mastery Tests. Between 2000 and 2006, the percent of students proficient in fourth grade math grew by 24%, while the percent proficient in reading also increased 21% and writing increased 16%. The school also was the first to pilot dual language and has developed a national reputation in using the model. Today, all kindergarten, first, second graders, two third and two fourth grade classes receive daily instruction in both English and Spanish. The results have drawn national attention. Ms. Wells and her staff have presented on the dual language program at several national conferences, including for the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Bilingual Educators.

    THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2007, 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.: Wilson Branch Library, 303 Washington Ave., "A Family Night Out" Parents and caregivers will have an opportunity to network with agencies provider and other parents about resources available for their youth. Sponsored by Clifford Beers Clinic and the New Haven Collaborative for Youth.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [9/30/2007]


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