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    National Eat Dinner with your Family Day

    Today is National Eat Dinner with your Family Day. I encourage all parents to find the time to sit with your children tonight, have a meal- whether it’s take out, at a restaurant or something you make in your own kitchen. Sit, eat and talk about what’s going on in your lives. This national celebration began in 2001 when The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) was looking for a way to connect families and help parents achieve a more active role in their children’s lives. Research by CASA at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families; the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.

    Elm City Resident Card Mobile Unit

    Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. we launch the Elm City Resident Card Mobile Unit. This new effort to bring the services of the Office of New Haven Residents to you will kick off at 2nd Star of Jacob Church at 201 Chapel Street in the City’s Fair Haven neighborhood. The mobile unit will make various stops throughout the City to make sure that all residents have a chance to obtain their Elm City Resident Cards. Remember, the cost for a card is only $10 for adults and $5 for children. These cards contain a debit feature you can use in a number of participating merchants throughout the City as well as double as a library card, your pass in to the City Dump and has a number of other uses.

    All-American City

    We’re applying to be an All-American City again. We’ve won this honor in the past for the great accomplishments of our residents, community organizations and City partnerships. In order to be successful we need your help and we want your input. There’s a questionnaire on the website that you can download and fill out. We want to know what your vision for New Haven is and what you think our challenges and solutions are. Fill it out, email it to the address listed on the page and keep in touch with us about what you think makes New Haven an All-American City.

    Coming Up During Hispanic Heritage Month:

    In celebration of both Hispanic Heritage Month and Children's Health Month, Federal Agencies have come together to sponsor the Lead Poisoning Prevention Campaign for Hispanics to spread the word to the Hispanic community about the importance of decreasing children's contact with lead.

    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Center for Disease Control is sponsoring a web based seminar featuring national experts on lead poisoning prevention. The webinar, which is scheduled to take place October 1, 1:00-2:30 EDT, will be conducted entirely in Spanish for members of the Latino community and those who work with them. This webcast is directed to Hispanic community members and will be offered solely in Spanish and will urge Hispanic Leaders and community members to raise awareness of this important health issue. Topics to be addressed include: an overview of the Federal Hispanic Lead Poisoning Prevention campaign; the importance of lead poisoning prevention; the health effects and exposure routes of lead; lead poisoning prevention resources; and case studies concerning lead exposure.

    How to Register: We invite you to join this interactive event via Microsoft Live Meeting. You will be able to listen in via telephone and view presentations on your computer. Participation is free, but limited. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to OCHPWebcast@icfi.com with your name and the name of your organization. Once you have registered, a subsequent email will be sent that includes log-in and other important instructions on running Microsoft Live Meeting.

    Fire Department and BOE Team-up to Offer Training Opportunities to High School Students

    Hire school juniors and seniors: Are you interested in becoming a state certified Emergency Medical Technician Basic (E.M.T. B.)? The New Haven Fire Department Cadet Program is currently seeking candidates that have a strong interest in becoming a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician or students who have some other allied health career interest. Candidates need to have a good attitude, interpersonal skills, a good attendance record and a “C” or better grade point average. Please visit the link on the city’s website to apply. The deadline for applications is October 12.

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

    MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2007, 11 A.M., CITY HALL, 165 CHURCH ST.: Jacqueline

    D. West of Metropolitan Business High School and Giovanni Preciado of Columbus Family Academy will be honored as the City's first Carson Scholars. The Carson Scholars Fund was founded in 1994 by renowned brain surgeon Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy as a way to reward students in grades 4-11 who demonstrate academic promise (3.75 GPA or higher) and humanitarian service. Carson Scholars receive scholarships invested for their college educations, honorary medals and certificates of recognition. As we honor our first two scholars, it is our hope that others will step forward to sponsor deserving young people in our community.

    TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2007, 9:00 - 10:30 A.M.: CLINTON AVENUE SCHOOL, 293

    CLINTON AVE: Fifth and sixth graders at Clinton Avenue School will become forensic scientists to create molecular fingerprints of paints from the "stolen" Mona Lisa and three other counterfeit paintings recovered using gel electrophoresis aboard the BioBus. Using observation skills they then will compare the fingerprints of the original Mona Lisa to the four recovered to determine which painting is the masterpiece and which are the forgeries.

    WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2007, 9:00 A.M.: OMNI HOTEL, 155 Temple St.,

    Developing Tomorrow's Professionals (DTP) Recognition Ceremony- honoring young men, their mentors and their community partners. DTP is a three phase program designed to create, improve and sustain a student’s approach to learning, college matriculation and career potentials.


    The urban agriculture program offered to students at the Sound School has now become even more state-of-the-art, thanks to the $3.4 million renovation of the Pardee Greenhouse. At this event, students who want to study agriculture will get their first tour of one of school construction's most unique projects - the renovation of the head house and Greenhouse C at Pardee Greenhouse in East Rock Park. The new facility will be officially dedicated and will include tours and refreshments. Renovations to the facility include new glass enclosures, upgraded mechanical systems, retail work areas and a computerized environmental control system. Students, who already grow the flowers used by the city in its beautification programs, will now be able to produce 42,000 plants for the city in a spring planting alone, as well as other seasonal plantings. Greenhouse C will also serve as a "show" greenhouse for ornamental species and nursery stock, broadening the vocational skills and experiences of the agriculture students with each plant. Two other greenhouses will be renovated by the Parks Department at a later date.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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