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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    I was proud to join the members of the Board of Aldermen and City Clerk Ron Smith at Career High School on New Year’s Day for the City of New Haven’s Inauguration Ceremony. January 1 marked the beginning of my tenth term as Mayor, and I could not be more excited to get to work.

    My agenda for the next two years is clear: reduce violent crime, grow the economy, and assure that every young person in our City has the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. That means investing in worker training, in technical education, and in job pipelines that prepare residents for careers with our major employers and institutions. That will mean continuing to invest in the prison re-entry population and the small part of our city that is perpetuating the violence here, and reinvesting in the policies of community policing. We must work to build trust between citizens and police, and we must accept our personal responsibility as a community to reduce the unacceptable levels of violence in our neighborhoods. That will also mean continuing to invest in our public schools and in opportunities for young people.

    At the beginning of my tenth term, I remain committed to the success of the School Change initiative. We will close the achievement gap to the state average, we will cut the drop out rate in half and, through New Haven Promise, we will see that every New Haven student has the opportunity to succeed in college. These are aggressive goals, and we will not complete this work overnight, but I know we as a community are up to this challenge.

    Youth@Work Applications

    Today marks the beginning of the application period for yet another successful season for Youth@Work. Applications for the summer 2012 season are available online at www.cityofnewhaven.com or at City Hall in the Youth@Work office on the first floor. Applications are due April 5.

    Youth@Work provides low-to-moderate income youth ages 14-21 with paid year-round and summer employment opportunities and workplace exposure. This past summer 667 youth workers were placed in 82 private and public sector workplaces throughout the city. Youth@Work’s school-year program is currently underway serving 80 students at 47 worksites.

    Youth@Work provides students with more than just a paycheck. The program provides students with important job-readiness skills, and connects youth with adult mentors and role models. Since 2005, Youth@Work has provided thousands of New Haven students with life-changing workplace experiences, and I am proud to see this important program continue in 2012.

    For more information, contact Youth@Work at 203-946-7582.

    National Radon Action Month

    January is National Radon Action Month and the New Haven Health Department is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a nationwide campaign to educate families about the dangers of radon exposure. The New Haven Health Department is distributing free radon home testing kids and educational materials throughout the month of January. To receive a radon test kit, while supplies last, residents should contact 203-946-6760 or visit the department which is located on the ninth floor of 54 Meadow St.

    Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air, but which can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Scientists have long been concerned about the health risks of radon, but never before has there been such overwhelming proof that exposure to elevated levels of radon causes lung cancer in humans. Radon poses a serious threat to our community’s health and I encourage you to test your home.

    New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Fair

    Are you a New Haven parent interested in learning more about the magnet, ACES & charter school options available to you? Our Citywide Magnet Fair will answer all of your questions. Representatives from all the New Haven Magnet, ACES & Charter Schools will be in attendance. The fair will take place Wednesday, January 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Floyd Little Athletics Center next to Hillhouse High School at 480 Sherman Parkway. For more information, please call (203) 946-7415.

    New Haven’s inter-district magnet program is the largest and most successful in the State of Connecticut, and is recognized nationally as a model program. From science and technology to the performing arts to agriculture and aquaculture, there’s something for every young achiever in New Haven schools. For more information about school choice and the options available to you within the New Haven Public Schools, visit www.nhps.net or www.newhavenmagnetschools.com.

    Green Tip of the Week

    Reduce heat loss through your fireplace by making sure that the damper is closed when the fireplace is not in use. Also, consider glass doors to cover the front of the fireplace to reduce heat loss.

    Health Matters!

    Moth balls may work to keep moths away, but they can be harmful to children if used improperly. In fact, some countries have banned moth balls containing the chemical naphthalene because of the risks posed to children. Consider using other methods to repel moths, such as cedar chips. If you do use moth balls, never sprinkle them in closets, attics, gardens, or storage areas. Choose a brand that contains paradichlorobenzene, instead of naphthalene. If you do store clothing with moth balls, wash the clothing and air it out before allowing children to wear it. You can report any moth ball exposures to the Connecticut Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

    Here’s what else is going on in the Elm City…

    Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m. Nature Pals Playgroup at the Edgewood Ranger Station. To pre-register call 203-691-3539.

    Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. Knitting and Crochetting at the East Shore Senior Center.

    Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. Yoga at the Library (Main Branch). $5 per class. Bring your own mat.

    Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Ask a Lawyer. One-on-one brief session with a lawyer. New Haven Free Public Library, Main Branch.

    Thursday, Jan. 5 at 5:15 p.m. Beginning Line Dancing. Dixwell Senior Center. Call 946-8541 for more information.

    Friday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. CT Folk First Friday: Gathering Time. First Presbyterian Church. $20. For more information go to www.ctfolk.com

    Saturday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Gleek’d Out at the Long Wharf Theater. A musical theater production in the style of the television show Glee by Annie DiMartino, Director of Education at the Long Wharf Theater featuring ECA musicians and vocalists. Contact ecainfo@aces.org or 203-777-5451 for more information.

    Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. Tokyo String Quartet play Haydn, Bartok, and Dvorak at the Morse Recital Hall. $25-35 ($15 for students). 470 College Street. Music.yale.edu/concerts or 432-4158 for more information.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: (203) 946-7660


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