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    Dear Friends

    Last week, in my 15th State of the City Address I spoke of the progress New Haven has made over the past years and of our goals for the upcoming year. As we enter the third week in February, we can see how our commitment to priorities such as public safety, education and shifting the tax burden away from residents is paying off.

    New Detectives

    This Tuesday, the New Haven Department of Police Services will swear in 20 new detectives in a ceremony in the Aldermanic Chamber in City Hall beginning at 4:30pm. The 20 detectives are being promoted from their ranks as patrol officers. We congratulate the detectives and their families and look forward to continued growth within the department.

    US News-Bronze Medal Award

    On Wednesday, we celebrate the achievement of two of New Haven’s high schools: the Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School and Hill Regional High Career High School. The two high schools are among 1,086 high schools in 40 states that passed muster as "bronze medal" high schools according to criteria set by the 2008 U.S. News & World Report America's Best High Schools methodology.

    Downtown Crossing Community Meetings

    This week marks the second of at least four community meetings in which we will discuss our plans and ideas for improving New Haven in the next 10-15 years. This meeting, held at the Celentano School library at 6:30pm, will continue the dialogue started at our first gathering at Career High School in which we spoke of advancing our economy, developing underutilized property and re-connecting our neighborhoods. We hope to see you at this meeting.

    The Downtown Crossing Calendar includes:

    Wednesday, February 13 at Celentano School Library, 400 Canner St.

    Wednesday, February 27 at Edgewood School Library, 737 Edgewood Ave. and

    Tuesday, March 18 at Martinez School Library, 100 James St.

    All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Not Your Average Bootfinder…

    Thursday, we’ll unveil our new Bootfinder program, a resource the City uses to collect taxes and fees from residents who are delinquent on their motor vehicle taxes or in paying their parking tickets. At 1p.m. Thursday, in front of City Hall, we’ll set up a tow-truck and the new equipment to demonstrate how this advanced technology will help us meet or beat the high standard of tax collection that we’ve set for ourselves.

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

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 10:00 A.M., CLEMENTE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, 360 COLUMBUS AVE: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo will speak to students during a Black History presentation.

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY, 12, 2008, 5:00 P.M.: KATHERINE BRENNAN SCHOOL, 200 Wilmot Road, Homework, Habits and Hugs, Parent workshop focusing on how to make homework more productive and less painful for your children. Sponsored by the school Family Resource Center, this workshop will be conducted by school social workers.

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 4:00 - 7:30 P.M. AT THE SHERIDAN COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY MAGNET SCHOOL: Teachers, parents and students at Sheridan will learn how to build their own model solar cars in this special workshop presented free by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Along the way, students will gain a deeper understanding about solar energy, math and physical science, along with craftsmanship. They will practice building a mini solar car and gain training in leading students through a highly motivating, unique learning experience. Teams can enter their cars in local design and race competitions with top winners invited to an annual Northeast championship! To register (required) visit the NESEA website www.NESEA.org http://www.nesea.org/ and click on Junior Solar Sprint program and get a form, OR provide your name, address, email, phone, school/organization and grade, AND be sure to note the date& location of the workshop. FAX to: (413) 774-6053 or EMAIL to: sreyes@nesea.org .

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, 6:00 p.m. DAVIS STREET SCHOOL, 35 Davis

    Street

    The Title I Dept. of New Haven Public Schools is celebrating Black History month and involved males at the same time. Dr. Clifton Graves will speak on the importance of males in a child's education. Male role models in each Title I school who have "made a difference" in their schools will be presented with a certificate for their dedication. The

    Davis Street band will perform during the event. Contact: Patti Avallone, 946-8912.

    Thursday, February 14, 2008, Noon, Vincent E. Mauro School, 130 Orchard Street

    A father from V. Mauro School is coming back from Iraq surprising his 3 children that attend the school.

    THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2008, 10:30 A.M., Vincent E. Mauro, 130 Orchard St.: Representatives from Flair for Hair in North Haven are coming to get "ponytail donations" from willing 6th grade students to benefit children going through chemotherapy. These donations are used to create wigs for children experiencing hair loss related to cancer treatments. This activity involves our 6th graders and was initiated by a 6th grade student here at Mauro, who through personal experience, came up with the idea for a grade-wide project. We plan for it to become an annual event for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, with the current 6th graders serving as mentors to the upcoming middle-schoolers.

    Have a happy and healthy week,

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [2/10/2008]


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