I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. We have a busy week ahead:
Today I’m hosting Mayor’s night-in. This is your opportunity to come down to city hall from 5-6pm to talk to me about your concerns and your questions about what’s happening in our city. Come down and join me.
Dwight Management Team Meeting
The management team in district 4—the Dwight neighborhood will be meeting at 6:30pm at the Dwight school. Your district management teams offer great opportunities to become involved in your community. Join a block watch, get to know your neighbors and the police officers in your area. The more we can work together, the more we can accomplish.
Police Academy Graduation
On Friday, the New Haven Police Department will grow by 30 as the current Academy class graduates. These new officers will be matched with veteran officers to hit the streets as early as this weekend. Congratulations to the new graduating class and to all of the staff at the academy who have worked so hard to train this cohort.
The New Haven Police Department is still searching for dedicated men and women interested in serving New Haven as a police officer. “You too would look good in blue.” Applications are available on line at www.cityofnewhaven.com or by calling 203-946-7636. You need to be at least 21-years-old with at least a high school diploma or GED, a U.S. citizen with no criminal background. Applications are due September 21 at 5pm.
Start of School
New Haven Public Schools kicks off a new school year tomorrow. Grades 1-12 start tomorrow while pre-k and kindergarten students start on Friday the 7th.
We have a lot to celebrate as we start off the new school year. CMT scores increased in 8 of the 10 areas the state measures last year. Some of these gains were in the double digits. Our teachers are doing a great job and so are our students and parents. We’ve set the bar high so let’s do even better this year. I’ll be at the new Jepson School tomorrow for a great 1st day ceremony and ribbon cutting. This is the 25th school we’re opening as part of the citywide school construction program. Parents, come out, meet your teachers and administrators. We can’t do this without you.
Holocaust Memorial Exhibit
As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the New Haven Holocaust Memorial, the Greater New Haven Holocaust Memorial, Inc. Has built an exhibit that demonstrates the rich history behind the memorial, the individuals who contributed toward developing it and what the memorial symbolizes for new haven. This exhibit is on display in City Hall and will travel to other cities later this fall including a visit to the state capitol. This Thursday at 5pm we’ll have a reception at City Hall to welcome the exhibit and honor all those individuals who’ve worked so hard to develop it. A number of Holocaust survivors from our area and individuals involved in the development of the memorial will be on hand. The story of the Holocaust Memorial is a New Haven story. The New Haven Holocaust Memorial is the first of its kind built on public land-- where land was donated by the City for an important recognition of history, a deal made on a handshake.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.