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    Dear Friends

    The City of New Haven will be celebrating the second annual “Street Smarts” Summer Cycling Celebration on Saturday, July 17thm at the Summit of East Rock Park. This event starts off with a scavenger hunt on bikes at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Orange Street and English Drive, with prizes for some of the first to make it to the summit. This aspect of the event will offer the unique opportunity to explore East Rock Park and surrounding roads free of motor vehicles with giveaways, games, rides musical entertainment, street performers and free educational materials. At the end of the day, a coordinated bike ride will take place from East Rock Park to the summer concert series on the New Haven Green, featuring Sister Sledge. Come and enjoy the day and the fantastic views of New Haven while riding the ferris wheel.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Tax Notification

    The first installments of Real Estate, Personal Property and Special Services District Tax and the total Motor Vehicle Tax on the Grand List of October 1, 2009 came due on July 1, 2010 and are payable during the month of July, 2010. Taxpayers who have not received a bill should contact the Tax Office at 203-946-8054 for a duplicate bill, since failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax and respective penalties should the account become delinquent. Unpaid taxes will be considered delinquent as of August 3, 2010. On that date, interest will be charged from the original date of July 1, 2010. Interest is charged at a rate of 18% per year in accordance with the provisions of CGS Section 12-146. Extended Hours at the Office of the Tax Collector are 8a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates: Thursday, July 22nd through Monday, August 2nd, including Saturday July 24th and July 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Church Street between Chapel Street and Elm Street has been reclassified as a "tow free" zone, from now until end of day August 2, 2010 in order that the tax payers of the City of New Haven can come into City Hall to pay their taxes/parking tags without the fear of being towed for any delinquencies.

    Tax payments may be mailed to: Collector of Taxes, P. O. Box 1927, New Haven, CT 06509-1927.

    If you would like to receive electronic notifications from the Office of the Tax Collector about when tax bills are mailed, how to receive a duplicate bill and when bills are due, 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 from the City you’d like to receive.

    Music on the Green

    The Music on the Green Concert Series, sponsored by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, kicks-off this weekend! All concerts begin at 6 p.m. with headliners at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. The following is a schedule of concerts:

    July 17—Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge—Opening Act Gene Dobbs and Nu-Cullers

    July 24—New Haven Symphony Orchestra

    July 31—Los Lobos—Opening Act Furious George

    Social Web Week CT

    Social Web Week CT is happening this week in New Haven. The first of its kind in Connecticut, Social Web Week is a series of live and participative events centered on how to use the social web to improve the quality of life, work and play in Connecticut. From Saturday, July 10th to Friday, July 16th, there will be more than 30 events with each day highlighting a different theme. Social Web Week CT is a grassroots initiative that has resulted in collaboration among business, non-profit, technology groups and other leaders across New Haven and the State. For a complete list of events and more information, please visit www.socialwebCT.com.

    Property Revaluation Community Meetings

    Data collectors will be visiting your home soon for Property Revaluation. In compliance with Connecticut state statute, the City of New Haven is collecting data for the 2011 property revaluation. State law requires all municipalities to conduct revaluations every five years and to perform physical property inspections every ten years to ensure that taxes accurately reflect property values. During the collection phase, Vision Appraisal data collectors will visit each property and physically inspect the interior and exterior of each building, as well as the characteristics of the land. Attend a Community Meeting with the Tax Assessor to learn about this process. All meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will be held: Tuesday, July 13th at Celentano School and Thursday, July 15th at Edgewood School.

    Summer Reading at New Haven Public Library

    The July selection for the Elm Street Book Group is Anne Fadiman's “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.” The book is a true and absorbing account of a medical catastrophe that evolves out of extreme cultural misunderstandings between a family of Hmong refugees living in California and their western doctors. It will be discussed on Wednesday, July 21st at 6pm. Register at: www.esbgjuly.eventbrite.com. The Elm Street Book Group meets the third Wednesday of the month at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm Street. New readers are always welcome! Free parking is available and books are provided for checkout by the CT Humanities Council. Free Blue State Coffee is available for those who register for the book discussions. For more information call the library at 203-946-8835.

    Sister Cities Presentation – Hue, Vietnam

    Hue, the former capital of Vietnam and often called its cultural center, is a coastal city located on the beautiful Perfume River. It is also one of New Haven’s seven Sister Cities, a relationship that was established in 1994 and celebrated with a visit from the Mayor of Hue the following year. This June, Barbara Lamb, New Haven’s Director of Cultural Affairs and president of New Haven Sister Cities, made her first visit to Hue. The public is invited to hear about her trip and to learn more about the Sister Cities project on July 28 at 6 p.m. at the New Haven Public Library.

    Green Tip

    Use a programmable thermostat in the summer to lower your electricity cost. Raise the temperature setting or turn off the A/C when you are out of the house.

    Cultural Events

    Flights of Fancy returns to Downtown New Haven

    The summer edition of the wine tasting and shopping event kicks-off at the Shubert Theater at 4:30pm on Friday, July 17th. Tickets are $10 and include an exclusive Flights of Fancy wine glass, a map to participating stores and entry into the grand prize drawing. Click here. Must be 21 or older to participate.

    Now through July 17th at 8 p.m.—Yale Summer Cabaret: The Phoenix. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner. Tickets: http://summercabaret.sites.yale.edu.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor

    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [7/11/2010]


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