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    The International Festival of Arts and Ideas kicked off this weekend and will continue through Saturday, June 27th. The Festival is a great opportunity for families to enjoy world-class entertainment, cultural and learning programs right here in New Haven. For a full list of this year’s activities, please visit: www.artidea.org.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Green Energy Tax Credits Press Conference

    On Wednesday, June 17th at 2 p.m., I will be holding a press conference to celebrate the recent legislation establishing a tax credit for taxpayers who construct “green” buildings. To qualify for these state tax credits, projects must meet certain energy and environmental standards, such as utilizing less energy and installing Energy Star standard equipment and appliances. Please join me on Wednesday at 360 State Street to learn more about the green energy tax credit program.

    Youth @ Work Orientation

    The Youth @ Work summer program will begin this week with a weeklong orientation. Through this program, approximately 1200 youths will work in the public and private sector over the course of 5 weeks, where they will learn valuable skills and gain professional work experience.

    Summer Reading Challenge

    The Summer Reading Challenge begins Saturday, June 20th at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Room on the second floor of the Ives Branch Library. The New Haven Public Library sponsors this summer offering, encouraging participants to “Be Creative at Your Library.” Kids from birth to 16-years-old are invited to explore their creativity through a variety of programs that highlight artistic expression and feature community talents. Kids receive a reading log when they sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and are eligible to win prizes for the number of hours spent reading. For more information, call the Children’s Room downtown at 946-1839.

    Green Tip

    Conserve water by washing dishes by hand instead of running a less-than-full dishwasher load or waiting until it is full. This can save 10-20 gallons of water per day. If you are purchasing a new dishwasher, look for the Energy Star label.

    The following events are taking place in the New Haven Public Schools this week:

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009 8:15 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.: NATHAN HALE AUDITORIUM, 480 Townsend Ave., Setting Sail Into 2nd Grade: Bring a beach towel, sunglasses and your favorite flip flops for a special reading "send off" into 2nd grade. Local children's author, Lisa Fieldler will be our guest reader. Together we will pretend we are on vacation on a tropical island. As we imagine that we are basking in the sun, let's read our favorite books. This will be a great chance to read together with your child and his or her friends. The 1st grade students would love to show off their reading skills and all they have learned this year. Contact: Lucia Paolella, 946-8669.

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009 AT 6 PM: HILL REGIONAL CAREER HIGH SCHOOL, 140 Legion Avenue, Davis St. Arts and Academics Magnet School is sponsoring The Davis Street 21st Century Band and String Ensemble Concert featuring award-winning soloists, Jamar Wright, Baritone Horn and Emily Adji, Violin. Davis Street will also be presenting the National Honors Induction. Donations will be accepted at the door. Contact: Lola Nathan @ Davis Street Arts and Academics Magnet School: 946-8660

    FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009, 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.: NATHAN HALE LIBRARY, 480 Townsend Ave., Volunteers make a difference!: To acknowledge the collaboration of the JCL volunteers and the Nathan Hale students, we would like to invite you to a special end of the year ceremony. Our volunteers and students have developed relationships, worked together and promoted literacy, making reading fun and exciting. Contact: Lucia Paolella, 946-8669.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: jmayorga@newhavenct.net. An opportunity may exist down the line to receive messages specific to your neighborhood. For this purpose, in your email, please tell us what ward you live in.

    The Mayor's Monday Message list is not shared with any outside groups and is used solely for the purpose of delivering timely information about issues and events in the City from the Mayor's office to your inbox.

    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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