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    Dear Friends

    With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I want to wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe holiday. Thanksgiving is a day to spend with family and friends and a day to give thanks and appreciation to all those who impact our lives each day. During these difficult economic times, let us give thanks for the continuing vitality of our City and the positive holiday spirits that are alive in New Haven. Today, Market New Haven kicks off the Holiday Season in the City at 3 p.m. at The Study Hotel on Chapel Street, encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the great dining, shopping and cultural opportunities that New Haven has to offer.

    I had the privilege of spending time with a group of extraordinary individuals this past Friday at the Adult Education Centerís Thanksgiving Dinner for the New Haven Vocational Program. The dinner honored a class of 8 students who, in spite of learning disabilities, successfully completed the course which taught daily life skills and which placed students in community organizations and businesses. Congratulations to the students for their hard work and for the leaps and bounds they have made thanks to the Adult Education Center.

    Democracy School Graduation

    Today we also celebrate the graduation of our 6th Democracy School class. Democracy School is a six session course aimed at introducing residents to their local government. Residents talk to key administrators and decision-makers in city government and local politics. These leaders will present on their roles and priorities, and engage in structured discussions with participants. It is the goal of Democracy School that such dialogue and education serve as a pathway for participating residents to increase their leadership and involvement in the community. The City of New Haven congratulates the current graduating class of 19 residents! The graduation ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers today.

    Last Week for Downtown Farmerís Market

    November 26th will be the last day to take advantage of the CitySeed farmerís market that takes place at Church Street on the Green in front of City Hall from 11am to 3pm. For the last time this season, come take advantage of locally grown food from nearby farms, including fresh produce, meat, bread, baked goods, honey and more!

    New Exhibition at the Knights of Columbus Museum

    This week marks the opening of a new exhibition at the Knights of Columbus Museum entitled ďNativities in Europe: Folk Art to Fine Art.Ē The exhibition includes more than 80 miniature Nativities ranging from 4 inches high to 24 feet high! All nativities contain extraordinarily detailed and intricate figures, modeled and painted by a variety of European artists. The exhibition is free of charge and will continue thru February 1st. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm. A visit to the museum is a great way to spend time this Thanksgiving with friends or family! For more information please contact the museum at (203) 865-0400.

    Hereís Whatís Happening in New Haven Public Schools This Week:

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2008: 24th ANNUAL ELM CITY BOWL THANKSGIVING

    BREAKFAST and Football Game, 8 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. Breakfast, Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Dr. followed by the 24st annual Elm City Bowl Football Game, James Hillhouse vs. Wilbur Cross, Wilbur Cross Complex, 10:30 a.m. Breakfast Tickets, $10 and Game Tickets, $5.00 can be purchased in the main athletic office at Gateway Center, Hillhouse athletic office and Wilbur Cross main office. For more information call 946-8497.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor
    [11/23/2008]


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