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    March is National Nutrition Month! Sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, this annual campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. With Spring around the corner, I encourage residents to take advantage of the City’s parks, walking trails, and bicycle paths! For more information and tips on eating right and exercising, visit the ADA’s website at: www.eatright.org.

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

    Community Budget Presentations

    The community budget presentation at Edgewood School has been moved from April 8 to April 1. The new meeting schedule is:

    Wednesday, March 25, 6:30p.m. at St. Bernadette's Church, 385 Townsend Ave.

    Wednesday, April 1, 6:30p.m. at Edgewood School, 737 Edgewood Ave.

    Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 at Wexler/Grant School, 55 Foote St.

    I encourage all residents to attend one of these meetings to learn more about my proposed budget for 2009-2010.

    New Haven Police Receives a $5,000 Grant from Milkbone for Narcotics Enforcement Dogs

    The New Haven Police Department is pleased to announce a $5,000 donation from

    Del Monte Pet Products and Milk-Bone® in partnership with Stop & Shop towards the purchase of new narcotics enforcement dogs. These dogs will be used for the purposes of narcotics investigations. This donation is part of an on-going effort by Milk-Bone® to support local law enforcement and security preparedness nationwide.

    A press conference will be held this Thursday at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Stop & Shop on 112 Amity Rd in New Haven where Chief Lewis will receive the $5,000 donation on behalf of the department. A trained dog will provide a demonstration for all attendees so that the community can learn about what role these dogs will play within the department.

    Mayor’s Night Out

    On Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00p.m., I will be holding Mayor’s Night Out for Wards 23-30 at Barnard School, located on 170 Derby Avenue.

    Green Tip of the Week

    Take advantage of daylight savings time to reduce your home’s lighting costs. The average household spends 20% of its electricity bill on lighting. Turn off lights when exiting rooms, place lamps in corners of rooms so light reflects off two walls, and clean bulbs and fixtures to maximize the light available.

    Quinnipiac Avenue Community Meeting

    Members of the Quinnipiac Avenue, Fair Haven and Fair Haven Heights communities are encouraged to join me for a meeting at 7 p.m. on March 23rd where we will discuss updates to the Quinnipiac Avenue Improvement Projects plan. This meeting will be held at Pilgrim Congregational Church on the corner of Grand Avenue and Lenox Avenue. Please join us for this important meeting and bring your neighbors with you!

    The following events are taking place in the New Haven Public Schools this week:

    MONDAYS-FRIDAYS, MARCH 9-27, 2009, 3:45-5:15 P.M.: BETSY ROSS ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL, 150 Kimberly Ave., the Shubert Theater and Pilobilus Dance Company will host a three week after school dance workshop with the “Movin” Program for 15 BRAMS boys in grades 5-8. The boys will have daily classes with dancers from the Pilobilus Dance Company and perform an interactive program at 5:15p.m. on Friday March 27th as the culminating event. For further information call 946-8974.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009, 7:30 P.M., THE NATHANAEL B. GREENE CENTER, 32 Church Street, Guilford, The Faulkner Island Light Brigade Presents the S.S. Chanteens with students from New Haven’s Sound School Performing music of the sea. This concert is free to the public.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2009, 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 PM, WILBUR CROSS HIGH SCHOOL, 181 Mitchell Dr., Andrea Sorrells, M3 Challenge Coach and Math teacher, will gather with 5 students participating in this Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. The students have 14 hours to get the question, research, find a solution, and write a paper that explains their solution without Ms. Sorrels’ assistance. The goal of this entirely Internet-based challenge is to increase interest in and encourage high school students to pursue math-related studies and careers. This is the first time Cross has participated in this event and participants are hoping to win scholarship money for college! For more information about Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, visit: http://m3challenge.siam.org.

    SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009, 1:00 P.M.:ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE, The award winning Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Marching Band will participate in the annual New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade along with the following school bands: Jepson/John Martinez, King/Robinson, Ross/Woodward, Katherine Brennan and Roberto Clemente.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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