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    May is national Older Americans Month. As I prepare to attend our annual Senior of the Year banquet today, I want to remind you to take some time to acknowledge the contributions of seniors in our community. Please remember to utilize the services offered by our Office of Elderly Services to help keep our seniors healthy, active and informed. Also, this is National Hamburger Month, a designation of much importance to New Haven, home of the first hamburger courtesy of Louis’ Lunch. Show your pride for New Haven’s firsts!

    New Haven to be Represented at the Prestigious Cannes Film Festival

    One of our very own New Haven Public School Teachers, Stephen Dest, who produced a short film entitled “Blind,” will have his work shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival later this month. I will honor Stephen, who is a teacher at Betsy Ross, this Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theater (located at Betsy Ross School). I welcome you to come out to celebrate Stephen’s accomplishments and to view the 15-minute film.

    Senior Expo

    Our annual Senior Expo will take place at the New Haven Athletic Center on Sherman Parkway from 10am until 2pm on Friday. This event brings together service providers, non-profit organizations, over 100 vendors and other parties that provide resources for the elderly. This is a fun-filled event that incorporates music, food and information for our seniors. This event is co-sponsored by the Agency on Aging of South Central CT and the City of New Haven. Come and enjoy free Admission, door prizes and raffles. Call Sue Hamiliton at (203)785-8533 with any questions. The DSS Medicare Rx-Xpress Bus will also be at this event.

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

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 9:45 A.M.-NOON, WOOLSEY HALL AT YALE, UNIVERSITY COMMONS, 14th ANNUAL CITYWIDE SCIENCE FAIR: It’s judgment day as nearly 1,000 NHPS students representing 240 projects present their cutting-edge science projects to the judges at the 14th Annual Citywide Science Fair. Students will attempt to solve some of life’s biggest scientific questions. How healthy is your favorite food? Do “space seeds” grow better vegetables? How much water pollution is in the City of New Haven? Do solar panels save money? The answers to these questions and many others will be on display. Interviews and assistance navigating newsworthy projects are available at the registration desk from Richard Therrien, NHPS Science Supervisor and Jack Crane, Science Fair Project Director.

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008, 10:30-11 A.M., 70 STATE ST., NORTH HAVEN: Choral students from Betsy Ross Arts Magnet’s grades 7 and 8 will perform at Elizabeth Ives School in North Haven. A variety of musical selections, including scat singing, will be performed. Contact: S. Petriccione, 946-8974.

    THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008, WOOLSEY HALL AT YALE, 7-9 P.M.: Awards ceremony for the 14th Annual Citywide Science Fair.

    MAY 15, 16, AND 17, 7:00PM. COOPERATIVE ARTS AND HUMANITIES MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL, 444 Orange Street, Footloose, The Musical: the annual all-school musical theatre production presented by the theatre department, this high-spirited celebration of music, theatre and dance will take place on the Co-op stage. Tickets are $7.00 at the door; $15.00 for a family of up to 6.

    WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, MAY 14 and 15, 10 A.M.: NEW HAVEN ATHLETIC CENTER, 480 Sherman Parkway Rotary Track Meet for grades 7 and 8. This special event has been sponsored by the Rotary Club and the NHPS for the past 30 years. Boys and girls in grades 7 and 8 compete in various track and field events. Many high school stars of New Haven have had their start by participating in this special track and field activity. Contact: John Vigliotti, 946-8497.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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