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    Dear Friends

    Tonight at 7 p.m. I will be delivering my 16th State of the City Address before the Board of Aldermen and community members. The New Haven Register will be transmitting my address on its website via a live webcast, allowing you to hear the speech from the comfort of your own homes for the very first time. I encourage all residents to log on to the Registerís website tonight to hear the vision and agenda for our City in 2009.

    Construction Scholarships

    The Home Builders Association of New Haven County is offering two scholarships for secondary school students interested in pursuing careers in construction. One scholarship is focused on design and drafting; the other is more general. Applications are due by March 15th and winners will be notified by April 15th. For details, call: 203-239-2002 or email: info@hbanewhaven.com.

    Potholes Press Conference

    On Wednesday at 11 a.m. the Department of Public Works led by Director John Prokop will host a press conference on plans to fill the Cityís potholes that have resulted from this winterís weather conditions. The event will take place at the corner of Humphrey and State as crews fill potholes beginning at this intersection through the intersection of Humphrey and Whitney Avenue.

    Residential Licensing Program Press Conference

    On Wednesday, February 11th at 2 p.m., there will be a press conference to celebrate the success of the second year of the Residential Licensing Program. This program has been credited with saving the lives of two individuals. After issuing nearly 2,000 licenses and inspecting nearly tens of thousands of units, knowing that weíve saved at least two lives makes every inspection, every man hour and every dollar invested into this program truly worth it. In 2006, this program was launched in an effort to identify housing code violations in the Cityís rental properties and ensure that landlords make the necessary repairs to make units safe for occupancy. The press event will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

    Diversity Celebration

    On Tuesday, February 10th the student council of Wilbur Cross High School will be hosting a diversity celebration. The forum will include performances by student singers and poets and will address controversial issues surrounding cultural diversity. The celebration will be held in the auditorium of Wilbur Cross High School, located on 181 Mitchell Drive.

    Report Cards

    Wednesday, February 11th is Report Card Night for elementary and middle schools and Thursday, February 12th is Report Card Night for high schools.

    Black History Month

    On Thursday, February 12th at 10 a.m., State Representative Gary Winfield will be holding a motivational story telling hour for sixth grade students at Vincent E. Mauro School. Retired Principal, Mr. Emmanuel Stanfield, will be speaking for the seventh grade students. Vincent E. Mauro School is located on 130 Orchard Street.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [2/8/2009]


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