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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Focusing on young people: mediation expands, court comes to Cross

    At a time when school violence is rising across the country, New Haven’s public schools last week showcased our City’s ability to work positively with young people. At Wilbur Cross High School, Appellate Court Court Judge Lubbie Harper came up with the innovative idea of holding real court sessions in the auditorium, affording high school students the chance to view the legal process and the consequences. Across town at James Hillhouse High School, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo announced a partnership with Community Mediation, Inc. to provide expanded mediation services to 25 schools, helping students resolve problems peacefully.

    Tribute to Veterans

    I look forward to joining with the Mayor's Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee to dedicate a new Veterans Memorial Hall being created at City Hall that will serve as a stately remembrance of city veterans and that preserves two plaques from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Many thanks to Bob Fodero, Judy Williams and Tony Bialecki, who have worked hard to make this project happen. I am especially pleased that the City was able to preserve the memorial plaques from the Coliseum in a place as fitting as City Hall. The dedication ceremony is Saturday, November 11, 2006, at 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of New Haven City Hall, 165 Church St. Go to our website at www.cityofnewhaven.com to learn more and to remember all the New Haven veterans who died in Korea and Vietnam.

    The Flu and You

    New Haven’s Department of Health is beginning a large-scale education campaign to advise citizens on how to avoid contracting the flu virus. Thousands of posters and brochures will be available across the city in schools, train stations, and senior centers. Twenty city buses will bear messages of prevention this October and November. The City is also working with Quinnipiac University to create television commercials on flu prevention which will air next month. In November, the Department of Health will open up its flu clinics for New Haveners. Visit our website at www.cityofnewhaven.com and click on press releases to find out the schedule.

    Become a Police Officer

    The City is accepting applications for Police Officer Recruits through 5pm, Friday, October 27. Applications may be picked up in person in at 200 Orange Street, 1st Floor (Human Resources); One Union Avenue (Police Services); 710 Sherman Parkway (Police Training Academy); or online at www.cityofnewhaven.com.

    Civil Service Rule Change

    The Civil Service Commission completed its hearings with the public and held a special last Thursday to finalize changes to hiring practices for the City of New Haven. Many are editorial changes, but the most significant is the decision to add five preference points to a passing score on an open, competitive exam to domiciled residents of New Haven. (Veterans are already eligible for 5 preference points, and disabled veterans may apply for an additional 5 points.) This newly adopted change to the Civil Service Rules and Regulations goes into effect immediately and will affect several upcoming examination processes, including the entry level Police Officer examination. For further information, please call the Department of Human Resources, 946-8252

    Need for Volunteers

    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Seeks Volunteers: The VITA program provides free tax preparation, access to bank accounts, financial literacy courses and other asset-building services to increase the financial security of low-income taxpayers in the New Haven area. Last year the VITA prpgram brought over $1 million in returns and tax credits to New Haven residents. Your help is needed to do it again. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one night/day per week for 4 hours for the duration of the tax season: January through April 15. For more information, call 946-7670.

    “Help for Those Who Help” Benefit Dinner

    The State of Connecticut Children’s Fund is hosting a dinner dance October 19 at New Haven Lawn Club to support caregivers in our City. The dinner will raise money for the Kinship Fund, which offers grants to ease the financial burden on people who help out their relatives as a court-appointed guardian. This program has been successful recently, and efforts are underway to expand the program so that more caregivers can receive assistance. Contact Emma Jones - 946-4880.

    West River Senior Center Anniversary

    Next Friday, the 27th, the West River Senior Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a luncheon at 500 Blake Street, at 12:30 p.m. and $15. Please call Michelle Clary-Butler at 946-8543. The event will honor former director Marilyn Braginsky, retiree of 29 years, and Irving Weinstein, center club president. Congrats to all!

    Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to Gloria Rodriguez of Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven Teacher of the Year for 2006. Dr. Mayo will recognize this innovative teacher on Thursday, along with four finalists, Brenda Fortes, Troup Magnet Academy, Grace Malangone, Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, Holly O'Brien, Davis Street Magnet School and Mnikesa Whitaker, Fair Haven School.

    Let’s take a look at the week ahead:

    Thursday, October 19

    Arte, Inc., 6 p.m., 900 Chapel St.

    Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Reginald Mayo will be honored for his

    support of the Arts in Education. Arte, Inc. is a non-profit community

    arts foundation that offers after school programming, hosts special

    events and sponsors scholarships for students pursuing advanced

    education in the arts.

    Friday, Oct. 20, 3:30 p.m.

    Checkmate! Chess for Champions

    Microsociety Magnet School, 130 Hallock Ave.

    Congratulations to teacher Howard Nero, who will be honored by ING, a global financial service company is honoring teacher Howard Nero, for his CHESS project.

    Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [10/16/2006]

    Gloria Rodriguez of Wilbur Cross is New Haven's Teacher of the Year.
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    Gloria Rodriguez of Wilbur Cross is New Haven's Teacher of the Year.


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