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    A Reminder That Itís Winter

    As Iím sure all of you remember, last Tuesday and Wednesday brought some of the worst winter weather weíve had in months. New Haven was covered with snow and icy slush, and our Cityís departments were hard at work keeping New Haven residents safe. As always, call 946-SNOW (946-7669) for information about parking bans and other restrictions during snow storms.

    Publicly-Financed Election Rules Improved

    This past week, the Legislation Committee of the Board of Aldermen held a public hearing on recommendations to improve our Cityís public campaign financing rules. As you may know, New Haven is pioneering a program to have the first publicly financed campaign in Connecticut. The new rules I sent to the Board of Aldermen make numerous technical and other tweaks to the ground-breaking Democracy Fund ordinance passed by the Board last year in preparation for this fallís mayoral election. These changes will help ensure that New Havenís mayoral elections are the most democratic, accessible and cleanest in Connecticut.

    JANUARY 28-MARCH 4, 2007, JOHN SLADE ELY HOUSE, 51 Trumbull Street, Commemorating African-American History Month, ďBreaking the SilenceĒ an exhibit sponsored by the John Slade Ely House and New Haven Public Schools Comprehensive Arts Program offers visitors a chance to explore issues of identity, spirituality, and the powerful legacy of slavery Ė most notably the Atlantic crossing known as the Middle Passage. Over 220 students from different high schools will be visiting the exhibition during the month of February.

    JEPSON MIDDLE SCHOOL, 400 Lexington Ave., throughout the month, the New Haven Public Schools will be celebrating African-American History Month. At Jepson Middle School, eighth grade students are completeing research projects on famous African-American leaders and innovators. Other activities include learning songs from the 60ís during the Civil Rights Movement.

    Schools Get a $50,000 Grant

    ARAMARK Education, the company that has been responsible for all food services in the New Haven school system since 1994, will present Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and the Board of Education with a $50,000 contribution to establish a scholarship fund for students in the school system. Iím glad to see ARAMARK shares our commitment to giving New Haven students all the resources they need to succeed. On behalf of our Cityís students, I would like to thank the company for its generosity.

    Monday, February 26, 2007, 6:00 p.m., 54 Meadow St., 2nd Floor Boardroom

    The Blending of the Bands

    Today and tomorrow, the New Haven Public High School band students are invited to become part of the Yale University School of Music Winter Mix. Professors and graduate students from the school, one of the best in its kind in the country, will teach free music classes to interested New Haven high school students. Anyone interested should contact Dr. Regina Warner at 946-6363.

    Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 8:30 a.m., Sprague Hall, Yale University, Corner of College St. and Wall St.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    John DeStefano, Jr.


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