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    Office Of The Mayor
    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Responding to the recent violence in New Haven

    The City of New Haven will not tolerate violent crime. The City is responding to the recent rash of violent incidents—including the shooting of a 13-year-old boy in the Hill neighborhood—with a vigorous, multifaceted effort that will bulk up law enforcement and increase preventive measures. The New Haven Police Department will accelerate recruitment and hiring of new officers and will intensify its neighborhood presence with additional beats. The City is continuing its partnership with the Yale Child Study Center to identify at-risk youth populations and to develop effective strategies for reaching out to them. The Mayor’s Youth Initiative is gaining ground every day: the Open Schools sites provide free programming for average of 200 kids per day, and the Youth @ Work Initiative has hired over 900 youths, up 400 from last year. The Open Schools program will extend year-round at six different sites throughout the City. The City’s gun hotline, available at 946-8244, offers resources 24 hours a day to any resident who reports concerns about gun violence in his or her community.

    Summer paving starts today

    The Department of Public Works will begin milling and paving operations throughout the City. The following streets are scheduled to be paved: Stevenson Road; Byron Place; Kohary Drive; Conrad Drive; Valley Street (Blake to Strong); Tour Avenue; West Rock Ext.; Edgewood Avenue (Sherman to Orchard); George Street (College to York, extended from York to No. Frontage); Orange Street (Elm to Grove); Front Street (Grand to Chatham); Crofton Street; Stuyvesant Avenue; Anthony Drive; Uriah Street; Park Lane; Allen Place; Pope Street.

    CTRIBAT added to Mayor’s Youth Initiative

    CTRIBAT (which stands for Connecticut Alternate Retreat), run by New Haven patrol officer Shafiq Abdussabur, will receive $5,000 from the Mayor’s Youth Initiative to fund retreats in August for approximately 40 boys aged 14 to 17. CTRIBAT has been operating for three years, and the new funding from the Mayor’s Youth Initiative will give it an added boost. The retreats are designed to teach children ways to cope in urban environments, to develop their verbal and literacy skills, to teach them how to set and keep goals, to adopt proper diet and exercise, and to model appropriate behaviors. Approximately 56 young males aged 9 to 17 are currently enrolled in CTRIBAT’s summer program. Alderman Drew King, D-22 serves on CTRIBAT’s Board of Directors and has actively supported the program’s inclusion in the Mayor’s Youth Initiative.

    Barnard School receives new solar panels

    The Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School, currently under construction and set to open in September, is the site of the largest solar panel installation in the State of Connecticut. The school will begin receiving 272 solar panels this week under the school construction program. Designed by Solar Works, the panels will produce 81.6 Kw electricity per year (AC). Installation will take two weeks. The photovoltaic cells will be spread across the school’s roof: 144 cells will be installed over the gym, 96 over the west wing, and 32 over the cafeteria.

    Hollywood comes to New Haven

    The Elm City is getting ready to flex its star power. Later this month, acclaimed movie actress Uma Thurman is scheduled to begin shooting scenes in New Haven for the upcoming movie “In Bloom.” Michael Nikodem, the film’s location manager, is working with administrators and aldermen to arrange the appropriate permits and accommodations. “In Bloom” will also feature actor Pierce Brosnan and actress Evan Rachel Wood (“The Upside of Anger,” “Thirteen”). It is anticipated for release in 2007.

    Check out the New Haven Green Map

    The City is now offering a fantastic new resource for exploring New Haven’s natural wonders: the Green Map, detailing the many parks, waterways, and hiking routes found in the Elm City—perfect for just about every exercise regime or leisure activity. The map can be downloaded from the internet at www.cityofnewhaven.com. To request printed copies, please call New Haven Urban Resources Initiative at (203) 432-6570 or call City Plan at (203) 946-7814.

    Let’s take a look at the week ahead:

    Wednesday, August 9 – 5:30 p.m.

    Free credit education seminar

    Presented by New Haven Economic Security Coalition, at Stetson Branch Library, 200 Dixwell Ave. Topics include credit basics, credit reports, and predatory lending. Information: 946-6751.

    Saturday, August 12 – 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

    7th Bioregional Walkabout East Rock Park

    Meet at the Ranger Station in College Woods, Cold Spring and Orange Street for a four-mile stroll. Bring something to share for a potluck breakfast after the walk, from 8 – 9 a.m. Water, watermelon, and coffee will be provided. Details: Roger Uihlein 773-9510.

    Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [8/7/2006]


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