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    Dear Friends:

    This is an exciting week as we launch the new Elm City Resident Cards on Tuesday, July 24th. At 9am on Tuesday I will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the doors to the new Office of New Haven Residents. The new office will provide a one-stop shopping experience for anyone who is new to the City of New Haven. This office will house the Elm City Resident Card and information on a number of resources that will help any newcomer to New Haven better settle in and join our vibrant community. The Elm City Resident Card will be available at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please see more information on this website about the criteria for obtaining an Elm City Resident Card.

    This past Saturday I enjoyed a wonderful concert on the New Haven Green by Patti Austin. I hope you will all join me this upcoming Saturday for the third performance in this Summerís Music On the Green Concert Series as Soul Asylum takes the stage. For more information on the concert series and other entertainment taking place in Downtown New Haven, please visit www.infonewhaven.com


    It's that time of year - time to register for preschool. The New Haven Public Schools Head Start program offers quality preschool programs in a variety of settings. Those who register at the Zigler Center, 81 Olive Street through July 27th will receive a free storybook courtesy of Read to Grow, which has donated 500 new books to the New Haven Public Schools to aid in the registration process.

    For more information please contact 946-8977.

    New Haven's Head Start program offers:

    o Free high quality instruction, trained staff, computers in the classrooms and playgrounds

    o Free transportation

    o Free special education services, including developmental screenings, hearing and vision screens

    o Free nutrition meals for children.

    The following checklist shows required documents to successfully complete an application:

    1) Proof of address. (a utility bill in your name or a notarized letter stating you live with someone and that person's utility bill),

    2) Birth Certificate (long form). Custody or guardianship papers if applicable,

    3) Physical: a current "CT Early Childhood Health Assessment Record", known as the yellow form. It must also include immunizations and results for anemia (HGB/HCT), lead, and TB),

    4) Proof of Income: pay stubs, a state budget sheet, Social Security, or other income source


    Join me at East Shore Park this Friday night to support New Haven's U-16 soccer team as they prepare for the State Games of America National Championship. The team will be playing an exhibition match against community leaders from New Haven to raise funds and support for their championship game in Colorado. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm at East Shore Park Field #3 (behind the Annex Little League fields).

    This will be the last warm-up match before the team heads off to Colorado for the tournament. The suggested contribution is $5. Contact Chris Kafoglis with questions or for more information (215-5701).


    New Haven students who are participating in the Gear Up Summer Program will visit the campus of Yale. They start out at 9 a.m. at the Peabody and break into three groups to: visit the Peabody Museum for activities including making DNA necklaces; tour the Beinecke Library and see the original manuscript of Zora Neal Hurston's "Their Eyes were Watching God," a novel they are reading in the program; and attend the Yale Art Gallery.


    11:45 A.M., YALE UNIVERSITY:

    Eight students from New Haven Public Schools have received scholarships to study this summer alongside high school and university students from all over the world at the English Language Institute at Yale University. On Friday, July 27th, 2007, at 11:45 a.m., Dr. Jose Ortiz, supervisor of bilingual and ESL programs for NHPS, will be a guest lecturer. The program involves an intensive morning schedule of English Language study and afternoon courses that allow students to pursue areas of particular interest such as poetry, fiction writing, a film workshop or video production. The students from NHPS hail from native countries Dominican Republic, Mexico, China, Ecuador, Turkey, Yemen and Puerto Rico.

    FRIDAY, JULY 27, 11A.M.-1 P.M.,


    The Center for Academic Programs UCONN Gear Up and Educational Talent Search will recognize the accomplishments of students. The students from the UCONN GEAR UP and Educational Talent Search Programs participated in a 4 week intensive summer program that allowed them to experience high school before commencing in the fall. 8th graders from East Rock, Edgewood, Truman School and Fair Haven Middle Schools, had an opportunity to take interactive classes in Algebra I, English, chemistry and computers. The goal of the summer program was to prepare 8th grade students for the academic rigors at the high school level. Students earned a Ĺ credit towards their high school graduation for their participation in the program. Funding from AT&T/NCCEP allowed the program to coordinate out of state college visits that exposed students to college life, admissions, and the financial aid process. Students in the program had the opportunity to visit the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and the University of Connecticut. Students interacted with college students and addressed how to balance academics with social life. In helping our students make a connection between their academics and real world experience they will have the opportunity to hear from career speakers that will address how they use English, math, and science in their field of work. This event celebrates their work and their final projects.


    Empower New Haven is hosting mandatory Information Sessions for Phase II of the New Haven Repair Program. New Haven Repair provides financial assistance to Empowerment neighborhood owner occupied homeowners of up to $10,000.00 for approved home repairs and improvements. Please join us for one of the required following Information sessions if you are interested in applying:

    Session I

    Dates: Wednesday August 1, 2007 Where: Lincoln - Bassett School 130 Bassett St

    Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

    Session II

    Dates: Saturday August 4, 2007 Where: Hill Regional Career HS 140 Legion Ave

    Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Please RSVP to Sherry Gray at Empower New Haven, 776-2777, or email,


    I hope you enjoy 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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