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    April is Fair Housing Month. On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Title VIII of this Act has come to be known as the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) disability and family status. The City of New Haven’s Fair Rent Commission is responsible for ensuring that no resident faces discrimination in housing or public accommodations. To learn more about the Fair Rent Commission, please click here.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Community Budget Presentation

    This week, I will be hosting the last of a series of community budget presentations for residents. These presentations will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27th at Lincoln Bassett School and Thursday, April 29th at Beecher School. These meetings are an opportunity for residents to learn about my proposed FY2011 budget and for me to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you have not had an opportunity to attend one of these presentations, I hope to see you tomorrow or Thursday night.

    Kite Flying at Lighthouse Point Park

    The City of New Haven’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees will be hosting Kite Flying Day at Lighthouse Point Park on Saturday, May 1st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will feature an act from Joseph “Sky King” Perron as well as an opportunity to meet the ConnectiKiters. Kite Flying Day will be located in the Open Space Area at the Park and there will be a $10 registration fee that will qualify participants for contests and great prizes. For more information, please call: 203-946-8027.

    Adaptive Paddling Workshop

    On May 15th and 16th, instructors from the American Canoe Association will be offering an adaptive paddling workshop in cooperation with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. This is an opportunity for individuals who have significant mobility impairments to receive instruction in sea kayaking from expert instructors. Participants will learn how to compensate for function lost due to your disability, how to adapt the boat and paddle to best suit your needs, and you will complete the ACA Introduction to Paddling course. This course includes paddling instruction in a pool session and paddling on calm water with your instructors. The course will be held on May15th at Hillhouse High School and May16th at Lighthouse Point Park. Attendance on both days is required and space is limited. For information and registration forms, contact Martin Torresquintero at: mtorresq@newhavenct.net or by phone at (203)946-6768. For more information about paddling visit http://www.americancanoe.org.

    Green Tip

    Did you know that you can now include lids, small metal objects, and old pots and pans in your curbside recycling? For more info, visit www.cityofnewhaven.com/recycling.

    Here’s what’s happening in the New Haven Public Schools this week:

    Principal of the Year

    On Friday, April 30th at 4:15 p.m., the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School community will be celebrating Principal Peggy Moore. Ms. Moore was chosen by Magnet Schools of America as Region 1 Principal of the Year. Congratulations to Principal Moore on behalf of the City of New Haven.

    Annual Visual Arts Exhibit

    The Annual Visual Arts Exhibit, featuring artwork from students throughout the district, is currently on display on the second floor of the Board of Education, 54 Meadow Street. The artwork will be on display through Monday, May 11th.

    Garden Clean-up and PTO Meeting

    On Tuesday, April 27th from 4:30-7:30 p.m., families are invited to help prepare the school garden for the next growing season. All are invited to grab a rake, some garden gloves and help to prep the soil and tidy up the beds. The PTO will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30.

    Internet Safety Seminar

    New Haven Public School Social Work Department will hold a presentation on internet safety given by New Haven Officer, Joe Avery. This is an informative presentation for parents to help keep their children safe on the internet. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Nathan Hale School Cafeteria. For more information, contact Nancy Dumark: nancy.dumark@new-haven.k12.ct.us.

    Head Start Registration Rally

    On Wednesday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a Head Start Rally at Martinez School. At this event, parents can register their children for NHPS Head Start as well as receive free dental, vision and hearing testing for their children.

    BRAMS Band Concert

    On Wednesday, April 28th at 7 p.m., the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School band will be holding a concert in the school’s auditorium.

    Poetry Reading Café

    On Thursday, April 29th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Barnard School, fifth and sixth grade poets will read their original poems to an audience of family and friends.

    Thursday, April 29, 2010

    Family Resource Fair

    On Thursday, April 29th from 6 to 8 p.m., New Haven Board of Education, Student Services Department will host a resource fair for parents of children with disabilities at Hill Regional Career High School. Representatives from local agencies and organizations in the community will provide information on various services for children with disabilities, browse the booths and obtain materials for their families.

    Are you interested in receiving newsletters, like the Mayor’s Monday Message, from the City of New Haven? If so, please click here, select “My New Haven” then click on “Message Center.” Once you register your email address, you will have the option to select which newsletters you’d like to receive.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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