This is an exciting week as more than 22,000 young people go back to school in New Haven. Coming off of a very successful 2007-2008 school year with a record-breaking graduating class of more than 1,000 and impressive CMT and CAPT scores, weíre looking forward to going above and beyond in this new academic year. Thursday, when our schools open their doors to students and families, we will be celebrating the grand opening of two state-of-the-art facilities: the Columbus Family Academy and the Augusta Lewis Troup School.
Our morning will begin on Thursday with a procession into the Troup School at 8:35 a.m. led by the Second Company Governorís Foot Guard featuring our very own, Captain Bryan Kearney, of the New Haven Police Department, singing the Star Spangled Banner. A celebration at the Columbus School will follow at 10 a.m. as students enjoy an exciting rally to celebrate their brand new school in the heart of the Fair Haven community. At the Columbus celebration, students will accept donations from two community groups and businesses of supplies for their building.
Unveiling of Police Memorial
Since 1855, 19 New Haven Police Officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. On Wednesday, the City will honor these 19 individuals and their families as an official Police Memorial is unveiled at the Department of Police Services, 1 Union Avenue. The memorial contains names, photographs and badges of these officers and recognizes them for making the ultimate sacrifice in their journey to protect the residents of the City. The unveiling ceremony will take place Wednesday, September 3rd at 11:15 a.m. in the main lobby area of Police Headquarters.
Construction Workforce Appreciation Day
On the heels of Labor Day, the community and media are encouraged to join the City of New Haven and New Haven Public Schools in honoring the State of Connecticut Building Trades, its members, and construction workers who have dedicated their energy and talents toward the construction of nearly 30 schools and related projects under the Citywide School Construction Program. This event will take place at Troup School, a newly renovated building that will open to students the day following this event. Troup is named for Mrs. Augusta Lewis Troup who was a pioneer for rights in the workplace. This event is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3rd.
Applications are now being accepted for the new class of the Cityís Democracy School.
Democracy School will introduce residents to City Hallís structure, services, and leaders through a public information forum where citizens are provided useful information on how city government operates. This experience will open lines of communication and enable citizens to better utilize City resources. Applications are available on the Cityís website at www.newhavenct.net and will be accepted through close of business on September 26, 2008.
Requirements: The Democracy School is open to any New Haven resident, at least 18 years old. Due to limited space, 25 students will be accepted based on submitted applications.
Course Details: The Democracy School will meet on Wednesday nights, 6:00 pm Ė 8:00 pm for six weeks, starting on Wednesday, October 8, 2008. Refreshments will be provided by area restaurants. Participants should avoid missing a class. Each person will be required to complete a Class Assignment, which can include doing one of the following over the six week period: attend a Board of Aldermen meeting, attend a Committee meeting, attend Mayorís Night Out, or meet with a City Hall employee. For more information please contact Emily Byrne at 946-7671.
New Haven Free Public Library and CSAPP Encourage Substance Abuse Education
In honor of National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, the City of New Haven Commission on Substance Abuse Policy and Prevention in Partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library will feature a display to increase public awareness on the variety of resources available in the City for substance abuse prevention and treatment. The display will be housed in the Main Branch on Elm Street until the end of the month. Along with the display will be helpful information surrounding recovery including: pamphlets, treatment guides, and other resources available for the public to borrow. Substance abuse negatively affects our entire city and increased awareness and participation amongst New Haven residents will bring us one step closer towards reducing the numbers of those affected by these issues. Letís Celebrate Recovery together! For more information on ways to celebrate and other activities that will be going on for the month please stop by the Library.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.