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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Roll out the red carpet for the Hillhouse State Champs!

    Congratulations to the Hillhouse boys’ basketball team for reclaiming the #1 state title. I look forward to honoring the team on Tuesday during a 3:15 ceremony in the City Hall atrium. Not only did the Academics win the state title, but they won all 26 games by double digits, capped off with an 81-43 victory over East Catholic-Manchester Friday night that sealed the CIAC Division I state championship. Class act!

    U.S. Repeating Arms

    While the City continues to pursue new uses for the U.S. Repeating Arms factory in Newhallville, the workers got some good news last week. They qualify for the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Act, which provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. The workers will receive unemployment benefits for 18 months, in addition to severance and unemployment. Get more information about the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act. In the meantime, the City has more than one serious suitor and is pursuing two strategies. One is to ask Herstal, the Belgium-based owner of U.S. Repeating Arms, to transfer its interest in the facility, the inventory and the intellectual property to the City in exchange for a waiver of the financial obligations owed to the City, the union and Science Park. That transfer of interest would help the City create a smooth transition with a new buyer, important to keeping the jobs and the factory here in New Haven. The second strategy is to convince Olin not to allow the Winchester brand name to leave New Haven. We have had a lot of help from Congresswoman DeLauro and Senator Dodd and the City will continue to fight for a productive outcome.

    Emergency preparedness

    This week, the City of New Haven is taking the lead in three back-to-back days of emergency preparedness sessions that will strengthen the City and region’s ability to respond to everything from an all-out terrorism attack to a natural disaster to a school shooting. On Monday, March 20, 2006, the City will take a page from a panel of Israeli terrorism experts during a presentation sponsored by the New Haven Urban Area Security Initiative. The City of New Haven’s Urban Area Security Initiative, the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at the Child Study Center and the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine will host “The Terror of Terrorism and Disaster: Planning, Response and Recovery” at Yale New Haven Health Institute for Excellence, 300 Orange St. On Tuesday, March 21, 2006, elected officials from the New Haven region and their emergency planning designees will gather at the Omni New Haven Hotel for a half-day Executive Education Seminar on Homeland Security, cosponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The day will feature a scenario appropriate to an urban setting and will give elected officials from the New Haven region a chance to practice how they would respond to security risks, challenges and issues. On Wednesday, March 22, 2006, the New Haven Public Schools will stage a full-scale crisis drill from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sound School. This is part of a $494,746 U.S. Department of Education federal grant won in 2004 by the Social Development Department of the New Haven Public Schools. The goal of the grant is to help the schools and the City strengthen crisis management.

    Other events this week:

    Monday, March 20, 2006, 3:45 p.m., East Rock Global Studies Magnet School: Do you know who Augusta Troup, Susan S. Sheridan and Nathan Hale were? Which school was named after one of the Elm City’s largest property owners? What did Katherine Brennan do that was exceptional? Congratulations to Deb Townshend, who will join Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo at a reception in her honor for hew new book, “Evolution of New Haven Public School: From 1638 to the Present, An Overview.” The eighty-four-year-old Townshend, a self-described “literary sleuth,” weaves a narrative that takes readers back to the 1600s. She was prompted to work on the project in the wake of learning of the construction of new schools in New Haven and existing schools earmarked for major renovations. “This work attempts to celebrate our history here in words and document it with photographs.”

    Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 6 p.m., Anthony's Oceanview Restaurant: Another state champ, Hyde Leadership, will celebrate a Championship Dinner, Connecticut 2005, Class "S" High School Football Champs. Contact: Hyde Leadership School, 946-8121. Tickets are $35:00.

    Sunday, March 26, 2006: I look forward to joining with the New Haven Police department in honoring the best and bravest at the department’s annual awards ceremony.

    Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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