Tonight, the Board of Aldermen will vote on the proposed 2009-2010 budget. My proposed budget seeks to keep residential tax bills constant by implementing the reval phase-in freeze we fought for and achieved in the State Legislature and freezing the mill rate. In these difficult economic times, I understand the financial challenges that many of our families face and I believe that during times like this, we just can’t ask families to give any more than they are already giving.
Here’s what’s happening in New Haven this week:
Mayor’s Night In
On Tuesday, June 2nd at 5 p.m., I will be hosting Mayor’s Night In. I encourage residents to stop by my office, where I will be available to answer questions and address any concerns you may have. The Mayor’s Office is located on the second floor of City Hall, 165 Church Street.
Parks and Recreation Summer Programs
As summer approaches, I encourage residents to look at the City’s Parks and Recreation’s Summer 2009 Camp Guide. To view a list of the many programs that the City is offering this summer and how to register, please visit: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/media/
As cooling season starts, insulate ducts in areas such as attics and crawlspaces and keep them in good repair to prevent losses of up to 60 percent at the registers. Make sure your A/C unit functions properly, and keep the temperature setting as high as you can while still maintaining comfort.
The following events are taking place in the New Haven Public Schools this week:
TUESDAY, MAY 26, 200, 6PM – Board of Education meeting, Gateway Center, 54 Meadow Street, Board Room on the 2nd floor. World Language Recognition Night – students from the World Language program will recite original poems in a foreign language and be recognized by the Board of Education members for their accomplishments this year.
TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009, 10:30AM-11:30AM: JOHN C. DANIELS, 569 Congress Ave., Dr. David Katz MD. Renowned nutritionist will speak to our students and parents on his program entitled “Nutrition Detectives,” making good nutrition choices. This program is coordinated through the Health Kids Initiative, PAWS, Physical Activity and Wellness Committee and the school PTO, Contact: Kathy Barkin, Pre-K / P.A.W.S. Committee, 691-3600.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009, 10AM – NOON: PHYSICAL EDUCATION ON THE NEW HAVEN GREEN, National P.E. Day is celebrated by schools and communities nationwide to show their support for P.E. and the role it plays in reversing obesity problems in American youth by increasing their daily physical activity. The goal is to promote student awareness of the critical importance of a healthy lifestyle. “P. E. on the Green” delivers awareness and promotes the importance of physical education. Three hundred students from twelve schools demonstrate the various activities presented throughout the school year in the New Haven Public Schools! Contact: Michael Vollero, 946-8497.
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009, CARNEGIE HALL, 57TH AND 7TH Ave., NEW YORK CITY, Truman Elementary School’s fourth graders will perform in a concert at Carnegie Hall. This concert is the finale of a recorder music education program called "Link Up" sponsored by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Those students who have practiced and learned the recorder parts will play them with a symphony orchestra. All of the students will sing. Students have been prepared for this opportunity by music teacher, Margaret O’Hara Best during general music class and after school. Contact: 691-2100.
FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009 6PM, CAREER HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 140 Legion Ave., This is the 20th Anniversary Year of Daedream Theater Arts Group in the New Haven Public Schools. Vincent E. Mauro Interdistrict Magnet School and the 21st Century Grant Program, Daedream Theater Arts Group Presents: “Where is the Love?” Original Spring Musical Production 2009, Tickets are $5.00 and $1.00 for Children Under 5. Contact: Sean Hardy, 946-5970.
FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009, 6PM – 8PM, LONG WHARF THEATRE, 222 Sargent Drive, Playwriting Festival, The culminating activity of the Playwriting Program. Students from across the district present their original plays at this world renowned stage. A compilation of students’ plays is also presented. Sponsored by: New Haven Public Schools Comprehensive Arts Program. Contact: 946-6499.
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009, 1 PM – 3 PM, DAVIS STREET SCHOOL, 35 Davis Street, A Tribute Davis Street School, Featuring Music, Grand March and Performance with alumni, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m., Violin Performances, Student Ambassadors conducting school tours. Contact: Lola Nathan, 946-8660.
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I hope you have a safe and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.