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    Dear Friends:

    Last week, Yale University, the City of New Haven, New Haven Public Schools and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven launched New Haven Promise, a groundbreaking scholarship and support program for New Haven public school resident students. On Wednesday at 3 p.m., we will announce the second component of New Haven Promise, which involves the role and functions of the program beyond the scholarships announced last week, and supports our goal of cultivating a college-going aspiration in every New Haven public school student. This announcement is a monumental moment for New Haven’s nationally recognized School Change Initiative and for the future of our city. I encourage you to attend the press conference, which will be held in Room 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, located at 53 Wall Street.

    Following the press conference, there will be a Chubb Fellowship Forum, entitled “New Haven School Change and the Path to College,” which will focus on creating a college-going culture as well as the next steps in our School Change Initiative. Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, and J.B. Schramm, Founder & CEO of College Summit, will join me as panelists for this discussion, with Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions for Yale University, serving as moderator. The forum will begin at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    To learn more about New Haven’s School Change Initiative and New Haven Promise, please visit: www.newhavenschoolchange.org. You can also follow New Haven School Change on Facebook and on Twitter.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven this week:

    Mayor’s Night Out

    On Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m., I will be hosting Mayor’s Night Out at Nathan Hale School, 480 Townsend Avenue. Mayor’s Night Out is an opportunity for residents in these wards to stop by and talk to City department heads and agency leaders about any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have.

    Tent City 2010

    This Thursday, November 18 from 6 to 10 p.m., the City of New Haven’s Community Services Administration, in partnership with United Way and area agencies, will be hosting its annual homelessness awareness campaign and fundraiser, Tent City on the Green. Donations of any amount are welcome and donations can be made online, or by writing a check made out to “United Way” with “Tent City 2010” written in the memo line of the check. Checks should be mailed to Dr. Chisara N. Asomugha, Community Services Administrator, City Hall, 165 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510. Donations will also be accepted in the City Hall Atrium, 165 Church Street, during the event. Stop by the Lower Green on Thursday evening to show your support for this campaign. Food and entertainment will be provided throughout the event.

    Green Tip

    Check to make sure that the flue on your fireplace is closed securely. Warm air from your house can escape quickly through the flue, increasing your heating bills.

    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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