The temperature today and tomorrow is expected to reach the mid to upper 90’s. While we’re seeing beautiful days in New Haven, I remind you to take precautions and protect yourselves in this heat. One of our major concerns is the well-being of our seniors in this season. All six senior centers in the City are open during the day and serve as cooling centers for the elderly. When the temperature rises above 90 degrees, we keep two of our centers open until 8pm to keep our seniors cool and hydrated until the sun goes down. These two centers are:
1) The Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center, Located at Bethel AME Church, 255 Goffe Street (203-946-8541)
2) East Shore Senior Center, Located at 411 Townsend Avenue (203-946-8549 or 203-946-8544)
If you need to get to one of these cooling centers and don’t have transportation, we’ll give you a ride for free; simply call: 203-288-6643 and ask for New Haven Elderly Services Senior Center Rides.
New Haven Celebrates Jazz with Documentary Film and Live Performance Series
The City of New Haven Office of Cultural Affairs and the New Haven Free Public Library will celebrate the history jazz by presenting a jazz documentary film series in July. The screenings will be held Wednesday evenings in four branch libraries throughout the city from July 11-August 1. An additional screening and performance will be held on Friday, August 3 features the Neighborhood Music School’s Summer Jazz Camp in Temple Street Plaza.
Activities begin at 6pm with the exception of July 11 at the Stetson Branch Library. The Stetson Library kicks off the series at 5pm when Images, Inc. presents “Bones of Contention, a vignette based on the play “Mule Bone” written by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. The Neighborhood Music School Jazz Camp will host their recital in downtown’s Temple Plaza on August 3 to close-out the series.
July 11 Harlem Renaissance: The Music and Rhythms that Started a Cultural Revolution, Stetson Library, 200 Dixwell Avenue
July 18 A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba, Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Avenue
July 25 Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker, Wilson (Hill) Library, 303 Washington Avenue
August 1 Bennie Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing, Ives Memorial (Downtown) Library, 133 Elm Street
August 3 Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billy Holiday, Temple Street Plaza
Beach Access For Everyone
On Wednesday, we’ll host a media event to unveil three new beach wheelchairs at Lighthouse Point. These wheelchairs will make it easier for individuals with mobility impairments to navigate beach sands and the shore. The purchase of these wheelchairs was made possible by a grant of $25,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection, Long Island Sound License Plate Program.
The grant funds also cover the costs of improving access to the bathhouse for individuals with mobility impairments as well as new life vests, an air pump and signage at the front gate and the bathhouse.
5 New Open Schools Sites Open
Dr. Mayo and I will visit one of the five new Open Schools Sites today. We’ll be at Truman School at 3:30 to welcome students to this new site and celebrate this great program that is expected to involve more than 1,000 young people over the course of the summer.
Next week I’ll start a community tour to talk to New Haven residents about what’s happening in our neighborhoods. We’ll talk about programs and opportunities for youth and families throughout the City and address any concerns and questions that community members may have. We’ll kick off this three-stop tour at the Beaver Hill Substation at 7pm on July 17th.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.