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    Dear Friends:

    From now on, my weekly message to you will feature a “Green Tip of the Week.” These tips will help us to become more conscious of our impact on the environment. They are simple and easy to follow through with. Please read the tips each week and find ways to incorporate them into your own lifestyles. Through our collective efforts, we can make our city and our world cleaner and greener places to live in.

    Green Tip of the Week

    Properly maintaining and inflating the tires on your vehicle according to manufacturer's specifications can save you 3.3% on your annual fuel bill (on average). For New Haven's 50,578 registered passenger vehicles, this equals a total annual savings of over $3.3 million!

    Holiday Safety and Substance Abuse Display

    For the Holiday season, the City of New Haven Commission on Substance Abuse Policy and Prevention, in cooperation with the New Haven Free Public Library and Hillhouse and Career High Schools will feature displays on "Holiday Safety" to increase awareness on the variety of resources available in the City for substance abuse prevention and treatment. The displays will be housed at the Main and the Wilson Branches of the Public Library and in the libraries at James Hillhouse and Career High Schools until the end of the month. Along with the display will be helpful substance abuse education materials including: pamphlets, treatment guides, and other resources for the public. Substance abuse negatively affects our entire city and increased awareness and participation among New Haven residents will bring us one step closer to reducing numbers affected by substance abuse issues and create a happier and healthier holiday season for all!

    All America City Quilt on Display

    The All America City Quilt is now on display in the 1st floor atrium of City Hall. The quilt features one square from each of the 10 cities that won the All America City contest this year. New Haven’s square was hand-crafted and sewn by the residents of the West River Senior Center. The quilt will be on display for only two weeks before it visits the other winning cities, so please come and view it before it leaves!

    Fire Safety

    The winter months create increased risks for home fires. With the high cost of utilities, many families turn to alternative sources of heat. On Thursday at 1 p.m., at the New Haven Fire Training Academy on Ella Grasso Blvd., our Fire Marshall and Livable City Initiative will host a demonstration to educate the public about fire safety and offer clear do’s and don’ts for the winter season. The media is encouraged to attend this event to help us spread the message of fire safety to the larger community.

    Tune in to the Chaz & AJ Morning Radio Show on Friday

    This Friday morning, I will be joining the Chaz & AJ Radio Show on WPLR for their Sixth Annual Toy Drive show. By tuning into the show, you will help support children in need and will hear about the ways you can help those less fortunate this holiday season.

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

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2008, 10:00 A.M.: Mary Wade Nursing Home, Pine Street, New Haven Katherine Brennan School Band.

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2008, 6:00 P.M.: Board of Education Meeting, Gateway Center, 54 Meadow Street, 2nd floor board room, New Haven Teacher Of The Year Celebration honoring winner Ms. Harriett Alfred, Cooperative Arts Humanities High School; Three finalists: Rocio Barahona, Clinton Avenue School; Melissa Talarczyk, Roberto Clemente; and Hilary Walsh, Fair Haven School.

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2008, 10:00 A.M.: SOUND SCHOOL, 60 So. Water Street, Students will undergo an emergency training session on the water in bright orange emergency suits. They will be jumping off the pier into the water and work their way to shore. They bob like corks in these suits and are protected against the cold water.

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2008, 7:30 P.M.: Episcopal Church of St. Paul & St. James, Corner of Olive and Chapel Streets, New Haven High School in the Community Holiday Concert.

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2008, 7:00 P.M.: Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven Micro Society Magnet School Chorus.

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2008, 6:00 P.M.: Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street, New Haven Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Chorus.

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2008, 7:00 P.M.: Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven Truman School Chorus.

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2008, 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.: Auditorium, 804 State Street

    Worthington Hooker School The 27th Annual REVELS, A celebration of the winter solstice and other celebrations of light from around the world. Multicultural songs, folk dances, processionals, ritual songs, singing games, poetry, mummer’s play and much more.

    THURSDAY DECEMBER 11, 2008, 2:30 P.M.: BARNARD SCHOOL, 170 Derby Ave., “Rock Festival” 3rd grade students have a culminating performance that showcases their studies on artistically and kinesthetically exploring the rock cycle. Students have been working with two artists, Joy Wulke and Gena Rho-Smith. Part of the project has been funded through a mini-grant from the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

    Have a Happy and Healthy Week!

    Very Truly Yours,

    John DeStefano Jr.



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