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    Last week, students from various New Haven Public Schools packed approximately 700 backpacks that will be sent to children Haiti in partnership with the organization Remedy. In addition to toiletries, first-aid kits, food and clothing, each bag contained a letter of friendship and support that the students wrote as part of their French classes. The New Haven Public Schools also collected over $600 for Haiti relief. Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause and a special thank you to New Haven Public School students who participated in this effort.

    New Haven Neighborhood Quality of Life Survey

    The first-ever quality of life survey is now being conducted in New Haven. If you have opinions about your neighborhood or suggestions for improving the community, I encourage you to take 10 minutes to complete this survey before March 1, 2010. DataHaven, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that compiles and shares high-quality public information, will ensure accuracy of reporting and maintain the anonymity of all information collected. Please visit the following website to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/neighborhoodsurveynewhaven.

    Family Violence and Child Trauma Conference

    Clifford Beers Clinic will be hosting Healing the Generations: The Second Annual Family Violence and Child Trauma Conference, which will be held Thursday, March 25th and Friday, March 26th, 2010 at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Healing the Generations will bring attention to the role of resiliency and optimism in recovery for young children exposed to trauma. It will offer caregivers, family members and professionals from child and family service agencies, state and local community agencies, faith communities, schools, universities and colleges the opportunity to network and share trauma related programming and resources. Up to 12 Continuing Education Credits will be available for MFT, LPC, NASW, LCSW, CCB. For more information, and to register, please visit website: www.cliffordbeers.org or contact Jane Hendrickson at (203) 772-1270 ext. 246 or jhendrickson@cliffordbeers.org.

    Wellness Tip from the American Heart Association

    Snacking isn’t “bad” if you do it in moderation and make healthy choices. Healthy, good-for-you snacks can be a part of a healthy diet – which you need to do to live healthfully. To snack the sensible way, choose nutrient-rich snacks like these: apples, breadsticks, carrots, celery sticks, zucchini, green pepper sticks, broccoli spears, unsalted rice cakes, cauliflower, radishes, fat-free milk, unsweetened juices, low-sodium or mixed vegetable juice, water.

    Green Tip

    Lower shades and draw curtains to decrease the amount of heat escaping through windows at night. However, let sunlight in during the day to warm your home.

    The following cultural events are taking place this week:

    February 10th at 6 p.m.—Fiction Writing Workshop with Patricia Lapidus at the Main Library. No previous experienced required. To register: www.writingfiction.eventbrite.com.

    February 10th—SCSU Martin Luther King, Jr. program featuring former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Rogers at Adanti Center. For more information: www.southernct.edu/events/2010martinlutherk_7357/.

    February 10th at 7:30 p.m.—Yale Jazz Ensemble Winter Concert at Sprague Memorial Hall. For more information: 203-432-4113.

    February 11-14th at 8 p.m.—Missed Connections at Yale Cabaret. For more information: www.yalecabaret.org/home.php.

    February 12-14th at 8 p.m.—Yale Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro. To purchase tickets, visit: www.shubert.com.

    February 16th at 7 p.m.—Ordinary Evening Reading Series: A Tribute to Wallace Stevens, with work by poets including Richard Deming. Anchor Bar & Restaurant. To RSVP: news.ordinaryevening@gmail.com.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: jmayorga@newhavenct.net. An opportunity may exist down the line to receive messages specific to your neighborhood. For this purpose, in your email, please tell us what ward you live in.

    The Mayor's Monday Message list is not shared with any outside groups and is used solely for the purpose of delivering timely information about issues and events in the City from the Mayor's office to your inbox.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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