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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    1,000 teens employed

    This week, Youth @ Work takes time to thank all those who made this summer such a success for teen employment (see Thursday item for details). Let me add my thanks to all who pitched in with jobs, funding and can-do attitudes. I am delighted that $1.1 million was raised and nearly 1,000 teens had summer work.

    National Disability Awareness Month

    Congress has designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment. In 1945, Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month."

    Stuffed Animals needed for Kids and Cops program

    The New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee is collecting new and slightly used (clean) stuffed animals, to be donated to the Connecticut State Police and the New Haven Police Department in November. These donations are used by police departments in times of crisis involving children. Officers will carry the stuffed animal in their cruisers. If a child is present at the scene of a call the officer will present the child with your donation in hopes of having a calming and reassuring effect on the child in what may be a very difficult situation.

    Current drop off locations are;

    Yale Univ. Law School, 127 Wall St., New Haven

    Knights of St. Patrick, 1533 State St., New Haven

    Knights of Columbus / West Haven Irish American Club, 263 Center St., West Haven

    Irish American Community Center, 9 Venice Pl., East Haven

    New Haven Police Department, 1 Union Ave., New Haven

    For more information, please call Joseph Lynch, (203) 215-4163.

    Fighting childhood obesity

    Hats off to the New Haven Public Schools, Community Health Network, Shaw's Supermarket and Osco Pharmacy for organizing New Haven Families Step-UP Day this coming Saturday. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the field house on Sherman Parkway. See Saturday item for more details.

    Ride to Work Day

    Congratulations, City of New Haven employees! So far, we lead the pack when it comes to signing up for first “Ride the Bus to Work Day” on October 12. Since the event was announced, more than 150 people have taken the online survey that qualifies them to ride the bus for free. People who log onto www.rideworks.com or call 1 800 ALL RIDE and take a survey will receive bus tickets in the mail for Oct. 12 and can take a free round trip to work on any CTTransit bus. Other big winners are Yale University, New Alliance Bank, Wiggin and Dana, and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Check it out!

    Let’s take a look at the Week Ahead:

    Tuesday, Oct. 10

    5:30 p.m., Aldermanic Chambers

    The New Haven Civil Service Board is considering amending its rules. Most of the proposed changes are editorial in nature. One significant change may afford preference points to those who live in the City and to veterans. The changes would not apply to promotional exams. The board will hear public comment.

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006

    Celebrating Ride to Work Day, 8-9 a.m., corner of Temple and Elm

    The City, CTTransit and Rideworks will be on hand with hot coffee and “I rode the bus” stickers to thank all who celebrated New Haven’s First Ride the Bus to Work Day.

    Youth @ Work says thanks, 5:30-7:30, Sage American Grille

    Join Youth @ Work and partners in thanking all who raised in excess of $1 million to support jobs for New Haven’s youth. Youth@Work is a partnership of the City of New Haven, the Board of Education, Workforce Alliance, the Greater New Haven Chamber and Empower New Haven and is a year round program.

    Holding court in high school

    8:30 – noon, Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Dr.

    The State of Connecticut Appellate Court will hold session at the high school, giving students a flavor for what goes on inside the courts. Judge Lubbie Harper, the New Haven Bar Association and New Haven Public Schools are collaborating to hear two cases that have been selected for this event. The decision will be published at a later date in CT Law Journal. Oral arguments start at 9:40 a.m.

    Friday, Oct. 13

    6 p.m., ARTSPACE

    I look forward to opening the 9th annual Citywide Open Studios event.

    Saturday, Oct. 14

    Fire Prevention Community Day

    1-4 p.m., McDonald’s, 280 Kimberly Ave.

    McDonald’s is sponsoring a Fire Prevention Community Day with the New Haven Fire Department, Fire Marshal’s office, and Firefighter Union Local 825. Bring your family and learn about fire safety with the smoke trailer.

    New Haven Families Step-UP Day

    830-3:00 p.m., New Haven Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Parkway

    Shake it all off @ "New Haven Families Step-UP!" day, with a family walk-a-thon, fitness clinics, a dance clinic with the Connecticut Sun basketball team and health screenings. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The first 200 receive a free commemorative t-shirt.

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

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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