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    Dear Friends

    Tomorrow, the City of New Haven will be conducting a community canvass in the Dixwell and Newhallville sections of the city, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Community canvasses are an opportunity for residents to meet with City department and agency heads to discuss your questions, concerns and suggestions—all without leaving your home.

    United Way Annual Campaign

    On Wednesday, October 27, there will be a kick-off celebration to launch the City’s United Way Campaign at Metropolitan Business Academy at 2 p.m. City department heads and their department “captains” should be present at this event to learn about the campaign and to ask any questions. The agencies that benefit from this campaign have a direct impact on the quality of life and opportunities made available in our community. I urge all City employees to participate in this year’s campaign by filling out a pledge form in the coming weeks.

    Tent City 2010

    On Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 6pm-10pm, the City of New Haven’s Community Services Administration (CSA) will be hosting its annual homeless awareness campaign and fundraiser, Tent City on the Green, to benefit the increasing number of women, youth and families requiring shelter. As part of this event, CSA is raising funds to support shelters that exclusively serve women, children and families. Donations of any amount are welcome. Please make checks payable to “United Way” with “Tent City 2010” on the memo line and send it to Dr. Chisara N. Asomugha, Community Services Administrator at City Hall. All cash donations should be hand-delivered to the Community Services Administration on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. Online donations can be made at: www.uwgnh.org/tent-city. In addition, non-perishable food items will be accepted on November 18 to support the work of the Connecticut Food Bank. On the night of Tent City, tents, signs and supporters will cover the Green signifying a commitment to addressing homelessness. To find out more about Tent City 2010 and additional ways you can help, contact Lynn Lyons at 203 946-7907. We look forward to seeing you at Tent City 2010 on November 18 and having your support to ensure the health and well-being of women, children and families.

    Health Matters! Tip

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Activities across the nation are educating women about the importance of early detection. More and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Encourage the women in your life to get mammograms on a regular basis. For more information, speak with your health care provider or go online to http://www.nbcam.org/index.cfm.

    Green Tip

    Use drapes to reduce your winter heating bill. Keep drapes open on sunny days to let the sun warm your house, otherwise keep them closed to reduce drafts.

    The following events are taking place in New Haven Public Schools this week:

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.—Thula Sizwe The Group Zulu—Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, 150 Kimberly Ave.—Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School will host a goodwill performance to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The African dance troupe; Thula Sizwe will perform with BRAMS 8th grade dance students. This presentation will be a result of a master dance class the troupe will offer BRAMS students prior to this production. In lieu of admission the audience is asked to bring non-perishable food donations which will be collected by BRAMS National Junior Honors Society members. The New Haven Public Schools' Comprehensive Arts Program will sponsor this event.

    OCTOBER 21-22, 2010 at 120 a.m.—Metric Olympics—Edgewood Magnet School and Edgewood Park, 737 Edgewood Ave. New Haven 06515—Seventh grade will compete in team events using math and science to complete tasks. Teams consist of five to six members and an eighth grade advisor. The morning activities are held in the field. Afternoon activities are held in the classroom, where students work in groups to complete calculations from the morning events. The next day medals are awarded to the teams and individuals students.

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.—Junior Achievement for a Day—Clinton Ave School, 293 Clinton Ave, New Haven, Ct 06513—Volunteers from local area businesses will teach students in grades K-5 about financial literacy and the world around them during JA for a Day. Students will participate in hands on activities that they will be able to apply to their every day life ranging from; Ourselves, Our Families, Our Community, Our City, Our Region and Our Nation. Students bring home lessons they can share with their families and in class.

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.—Exonerated Death Row Inmate to speak at Hillhouse—Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Ave., New Haven—Juan Melendez, who spent 17 years on Death Row in Florida for a murder he didn't commit, will address Civics and AP U.S. Government and Politics classes. Mr. Melendez is the subject of a documentary film titled "Juan Melendez 6446" which students have viewed in class.

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010 at 10 a.m.—Project Opening Doors Reception—Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Dr., New Haven—Wilbur Cross High School and Hill Regional Career High School are pleased to announce an AP Recognition Reception to honor 93 AP math, science, and English students who earned a score of 3 or higher on 127 AP math, science, and/or English exams. Cross and Career High School are all part of the Project Opening Doors AP Grant organized by the National Math and Science Initiative(NMSI). On October 21, 2010 at 9:30 A.M., at Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive, POD grant administrators Camille Vautour and Helen Weingart will present just over $32,000. to 93 students and 17 teachers from Cross and Career who have reached these academic targets.

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.—Eighth Grade Parent Meeting—Edgewood Magnet School Library, 737 Edgewood Ave. New Haven 06515—A discussion about graduation activities and the high school transition.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.—Winter Bear—BRAMS Hall, 150 Kimberly Ave.—In collaboration with the Yale University Class of 1957 'Music in Schools' initiative, The New Haven Public Schools Music Department and Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, an original story/play with original music will be performed. Last year a Yale student composer created original music for BRAMS Band and String Ensembles. This music complimented the original adaptation of Winter Bear. During the spring of 2010 BRAMS had an open rehearsal for family, friends and special guests. They viewed the process of putting the two components together. This performance is the culmination of BRAMS 8th grade theatre and music departments blending their talents and working diligently to produce this afternoon show.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor

    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [10/17/2010]


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