New Haven is at its best when we work together as team. That sense of community and team were on display this past weekend when I joined with Chris Randall of the New Haven Land Trust, James Redeker -Acting Commissioner of the State Department of Transportation members of the New Haven state legislative delegation, members of the Board of Aldermen, and residents of the City Point neighborhood to announce that state Department of Transportation will not proceed with plans to construct a new Exit 46 ramp without community discussion and collaboration.
The DOT had planed to use a portion of the 2.4 acre Long Wharf Nature Preserve for the exit ramp. Instead, all discussions will move forward in an open, public and transparent manner.
I want to thank Chris Randall, the New Haven Land Trust, our state senators and representatives and the community for their advocacy. I want to also extend my thanks to Acting Commissioner Redeker for his willingness to listen to the concerns of New Haven residents.
Volunteer with New Haven Promise
New Haven Promise continues to move forward as it prepares to award our first set of scholarships to the Class of 2011. Over 360 New Haven public school seniors applied for the scholarship and the program is excited to continue spreading the word about New Haven Promise.
This month New Haven Promise launched a new volunteer effort, called CollegeCorps. CollegeCorps volunteers will go door-to-door in the city's neighborhoods to talk to parents and guardians about how a New Haven Promise scholarship can benefit their child. Volunteers will also hand out "parent kits" designed to empower parents to be more engaged in their child's education.
The first CollegeCorps canvass will take place in the Dixwell/Newhallville neighborhood on June 25 from 1pm to 4pm. Volunteers interested in canvassing should attend a training sessions, on June 22 (5:30pm-6:30pm) at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 255 Goffe St.
New Haven Promise plans to do one canvass per month, through September.
CollegeCorps volunteers will canvass Fair Haven in July (trainings to be held on July 14 and 16; canvass on July 23); Dwight/West River in August (training on Aug. 16 and 18; canvass on Aug. 27); Hill North and Hill South in September (training on Sept. 14 and 15; canvass on Sept. 24).
As community members and/or parents of New Haven Public School students you are aware of the tools needed to help your children succeed. I hopeyou strongly consider volunteering a few hours this summer to help inform parents/guardians of the importance of education.
To sign up as a CollegeCorps volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call New Haven Promise at 203-776-6473.
One of the easiest things you can do that not only preserves our earth, but also provides incredible returns is composting.
Composting takes organic kitchen waste and turns it into nutrient rich soil for your garden and house plants. New Haven residents can call the Department of Public Works at (203) 946-7700 to get your free compost bin
Here’s what else is happening in the Elm City
Jun. 21. Social Media & the Performing Artist. The Grove. Presented by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. 12pm. $7 suggested donation. www.newhavenarts.org
Jun 22. New Haven Review Books authors and Release Party . Main Library. 6-7:30pm. 203-946-8835.
Jun 23. 16th GNH Pizza Fest on New Haven Green Benefits The Connection Fund. 12-1:30pm. 203-776-9900 x1003.
Jun 22. Schooner Sunset Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $30. 7-9pm. www.schoonerinc.org
Jun 23. Family Summer Celebration: Songs and Stories for a Small Planet, includes light supper, at Fair Haven Branch Library. 3:30-6 pm. 203-946-8115.
Jun 23. Schooner Sunset Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $30. 7-9pm. www.schoonerinc.org
Jun. 23. Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare Festival. The Tempest. Thru Aug. 12. http://summercabaret.org
June 24. 16th GNH Pizza Fest on New Haven Green Benefits The Connection Fund. 12-1:30pm. 203-776-9900 x1003.
Jun 24. Movie in the Park: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Edgewood Park Ranger Station. 8pm.
Jun 24. Schooner Sunset Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $30. 7-9pm. www.schoonerinc.org
Jun. 24. Yale Swing & Blues Presents Swing Dance. Afro-American Cultural Center. $7/$5 students Beginner lesson 8pm. 8pm-12pm.
Jun 25. Open Farm Day at Common Ground. 12pm-3pm. www.commongroundct.org.
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.
Contact Name: Adam Joseph
Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-8200