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    Mayor’s Night Out

    This Wednesday, May 16, will be the Mayor’s Night Out. Every couple of months members of my staff and I go out into the community to address any questions or concerns New Haven residents might have. My job as mayor is to serve all of you, and this is your chance to speak to me directly about any of your problems or issues concerning City government. This Night Out will also feature eight aldermen (for Wards 11 through 18) and the leaders of various departments. If there is anything that you would like City Hall assistance with, please come by:

    Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.

    Clinton Ave. School, 293 Clinton Ave.

    Community Tour’s Last Stop

    This Tuesday, May 15, is the last stop of the Mayor’s Community Tour. These community meetings are completely open to the public, and are chance to learn a number of important new City policies of interest. I’ll talk about the new City budget, the senior tax freeze, and the phase-in plan for property tax reevaluations, while experts from my staff will be on-hand to help any of you with any specific concerns you might have. This is a chance for you to hear how the City can better serve you and, like the Mayor’s Night Out, it’s a chance to have your particular issues addressed.

    Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

    Church of the Redeemer (185 Cold Spring, near Whitney Ave.)

    National Police Week

    In 1962, President Kennedy declared May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day. In recognition of the day, which falls on this Tuesday, this week is National Police Week. The week provides a chance to remember the law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. Here in New Haven, two of our own police officers lost their lives last year while serving our City. While a week of remembrance certainly does not make up for the great loss we feel for these officers, I do hope many of you take this opportunity to reflect on what some people have sacrificed for the safety and well-being of the rest of this City. I commend our officers who take daily risks to protect and serve our City – Thank you for your commitment!

    Nutrition Seminar

    Mary Maloy, a registered dietician St. Raphael Hospital, will be conducting a Nutrition Seminar on Monday, May 14 at 200 Orange St. from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Ground Floor Hearing Room. This is a continuation of the City's Employee Wellness Program and is designed to help employees gain the knowledge to incorporate healthy eating habits into everyday living. If you have any questions please contact Joanne M. Cavadini, Wellness Coordinator at (203)507-3053 or jcavadini@srhs.org.

    Monday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m.

    200 Orange St., Ground Floor Hearing Room

    Book Bowl

    New Haven Public Schools’ 11th Book Bowl will take place this Wednesday and Thursday. The Book Bowl is a reading incentive program in which students are drilled on their knowledge of ten books specially selected for the Book Bowl. A number of community leaders will host the competition, in which the “final four” from grades 4-5 and 9-12 will test their knowledge. I wish our young competitors all the best.

    Awards for New Haven Schools

    New Haven students will be recognized in Hartford twice this week for their accomplishments. Our own Bishop Woods School has ranked among the best performing schools in the Summer Reading Challenge for 10 consecutive years, and will receive a special award from Governor Jodi Rell this Thursday. Next Monday, Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz will honor the winners of the 2007 Connecticut Poster Contest, which includes Fifth Grader Marilyn Pinos of New Haven’s Columbus Family Academy. Congratulations to Marilyn and all the students of Bishop Woods.

    Senior Tax Freeze

    If you're age 70 and over with an income at or below $50,000 a year, don't forget to visit your local Senior Center to complete your tax freeze application! The deadline is May 30th!

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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