There is a busy week ahead. Tomorrow is Election Day. I encourage all residents to be engaged and exercise their right to vote. Also, this week we’ll be kicking-off our efforts to seek the title of All America City for a fourth time in New Haven history. There will be a number of opportunities for residents and organizations to become involved in this quest. Make sure to keep-up to date with the City’s website for details.
New Haven Police Officers on the Road to Better Health
Twenty New Haven Police officers are participating in a rapid weight-loss program developed by Connecticut Weight and Wellness, a unique weight loss program created by Dr. Jack Hauser, a New Haven- based Cardiologist. At a kick-off event at the Police Headquarters today, Hauser will meet with interested officers who will be new to the program to get them started on their road to fitness and better health. This is only one of a number of health awareness efforts being made available to New Haven Police and City Employees. The City of New Haven has a contract with the Hospital of St. Raphael to carry out an Employee Wellness Program designed to increase health awareness and the quality of life for all employees and families. The program kicked-off earlier this year for City Hall employees and is now expanding to serve New Haven Police Department employees. For more information on the St. Raphael Employee Wellness Program for New Haven employees, please contact Joanne Cavadini at 203-507-3053.
New Haven Solidarity Week Kicks-off at Yale
Tonight, at 7:30 p.m., I will join dozens of student groups at Yale to kick-off “New Haven Solidarity Week”. This event will take place at Dwight Hall Chapel. A little over three months after New Haven launched the Elm City Resident Card, the Yale University Campus is welcoming this program with open arms as part of “New Haven Solidarity Week.” From November 5-9 the University will host discussions and events surrounding immigration issues that link students to the City. A highlight of the week’s activities is the presence of the Elm City Resident Card Mobile Unit at Dwight Hall’s Chapel in an effort to ensure that a significant number of students apply for and receive an Elm City Resident Card.
Groundbreaking of Eastview Terrace Redevelopment
At 11 a.m. on Wednesday I will join the Housing Authority of New Haven and a number of community leaders as we break ground for the redevelopment of homes at Eastview Terrace. This event will take place at 145 Eastern Street. The revitalization calls for the redevelopment of the 142 existing public housing units, presently contained in 21 buildings. Nine buildings, containing 52 units, will be demolished. The remaining 90 units will be rehabilitated. The revitalized development will consist of a total of 127 rental units, comprised of 90 rehabilitated units and 37 newly constructed units. The 90 units to be rehabilitated will be two-story townhouses. The 37 new-construction units will be either two-story multi-unit buildings or townhouse. The Community Center will be newly constructed as a single-floor detached building.
Eastview Terrace Redevelopment Phase One will consist of 90 rehabilitated rental units and 12 newly constructed rental units, as well as a 6,066 square-foot Community Center. Phase Two will contain 25 newly constructed rental units. The Community Center will provide the residents with a learning center, meeting room, recreation space and offices for the on-site manager and the community partners with which the Authority will partner with to provide supportive services.
All America City Kick-Off Breakfast
In 2003 New Haven became an All America City for the third time. We’re looking to earn this title for the fourth time in 2008. The All America City program is highly competitive and only recognizes 10 outstanding cities in the nation every year for their ability to provide collaborative and distinctive solutions to challenges they face while engaging the community at the community, grassroots, business and civic levels. At 9 a.m. at Stillwater Restaurant I will join 50 community leaders to begin our efforts to bring the All America City title back to New Haven next year.
Here’s what’s happening this week in New Haven Public Schools:
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2007, 5:30 - 9:00 P.M.: HILL REGIONAL CAREER
HIGH, 140 Legion Ave., College Forum 2007, Students who are interested in attending college are encouraged to attend with their parents to learn keys to understanding the college admission process as well as assessing choices and the criteria for Ivy League schools, mid-range, state and private schools. The program is sponsored by the New Haven Public Schools' Department of Guidance and Counseling with a dinner reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and college forum at 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, 11 A.M., NEW HAVEN ADULT & CONTINUING
EDUCATION, 580 ELLA GRASSO BOULEVARD: Thanksgiving is coming early to
Adult Education's Vocational Program, as 10 intellectually disabled students and their parents are preparing a sumptuous Thanksgiving luncheon where Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo and I will be in attendance. Along with turkey sandwiches with all the trimmings is a message about how young people overcome disabilities ranging from down syndrome to pervasive development disorders are able learn vocational skills in this program and then to go out to work sites and learn how to earn a living. The students range from ages 18 to 21. They are cooking, along with their parents. Ferraro's on Grand Avenue is donating food and Adult Education staffers also are contributing.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2007, 8:45 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.: HILL REGIONAL
CAREER HIGH, 140 Legion Ave., Expanding Young Minds II: Creating Holistic Visions" Parents and students in grades 6-8th are invited to attend workshops to challenge young minds which includes exciting science projects, debates to enhance creativity. This will be a day filled with fun and great interaction sponsored by NHPS Talented & Gifted Program.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2007, 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.: George Harte Nissan, 426 Derby Ave., West Haven, Lincoln Bassett School Boy Scout Pack and Troop 4229 is teaming up with the CT Food Bank to coordinate a food and clothing drive. For more information: Phil Salters, CT Yankee Council, (203) 876-6868, ext. 267.
I hope you have a healthy and happy week.
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.