Thanks to all who participated in the various Columbus Day festivities throughout New Haven last week. The parade was a great success and it is always a joy to see so many enthusiastic residents supporting our City and its diverse heritage.
With the beautiful fall weather finally here, I encourage everyone to take advantage of a number of events taking place in our parks and outdoor sites this week:
Free Tour of Fort Nathan Hale
On Wednesday, there will be a free tour of Fort Nathan Hale from 10am to 11am. Fort Nathan Hale, a 20 acre City Park located on the east shore of New Haven Harbor, is much more than just a popular sun-bathing and picnicking spot for the community. The park is a historical site of the American Revolution and includes: a reconstructed Revolutionary fort, Black Rock Fort, and a partially restored Civil War facility, Fort Nathan Hale. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour this beautiful and historical spot!
Youth Capacity Building Grants
On Wednesday att 10:30 a.m. in City Hall, I will award the fourth round of Youth Capacity Building Grants to non-profit organizations as part of our efforts to support organizations who serve our City's children. Please join us in celebrating the work of these organizations and the children that benefit.
Celebrate Edgewood Park
On Sunday, we invite you to join us as we celebrate Edgewood Park. Edgewood Park is one of New Haven’s most treasured “green” areas and features an array of amenities and attractions for all age groups such as hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, a skating park, bird watching platforms, fishing ponds, and more! The celebration will take place from 11am to 3pm and will include: live reptiles, snakes, and amphibians; arts and crafts, canoeing at the Duck Pond, Climbing Wall, Hay rides, and much more. The celebration is a great opportunity to spend time with your family in a serene, versatile, and fun environment!
Also taking place at Edgewood Park on Sunday is a celebration for the launch of the community “Street Smarts” campaign. The event kicks-off a number of city-wide initiatives geared towards enhancing road safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The event will feature notable community speakers, free educational materials, giveaways, games, and live music. Join us at the CitySeed Farmer’s Market in the park from 11pm to 3pm to learn more about the campaign.
Fall weather also means that flu season will be arriving soon. Please take note of the following flu clinics throughout New Haven:
November 6, 2008
10am-11am East Shore Senior Center, St. Bernadette’s Church, 411 Townsend Avenue
12pm-1pm Atwater Senior Center, 26 Atwater St
November 13, 2008
10am-11am Westville Senior Center, 349 McKinley Ave
12pm-1pm Dixwell Senior Center, 255 Goffe St
1:30pm-2:30pm West River Senior Center 1562 Chapel St
November 4, 18, & 25
Flu Clinics Held at the New Haven Health Department 54 Meadow Street, 1st floor Clinic 10am-12:30pm
There will be a $30.00 fee charged for those attending the flu clinic. If you have Medicare Part B, please bring your card and there will be no charge.
Check out what’s happening in New Haven schools this week:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008, 6:00 P.M.: BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING, 54 MEADOW STREET, 2ND FLOOR.
TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2008. 9:30 A.M.: BETSY ROSS ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL, 150 Kimberly Ave., The Ct's Read to Grow program will pick up donated books from the school student council after a week long book drive held from Friday, October 3- 10, 2008, for children from birth to age ten.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008, 1:45 PM: BEECHER SCHOOL, 100 Jewell Street, Grades 3-8 students who scored Advanced, Goal and Proficient will be recognized for their CTM achievements and kick off this year’s CMT preparations in Olympic style ‘Let the GAINS Begin’ with the torch run, caldron lighting and medal ceremony!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008, 3:00 P.M.: TROUP SCHOOL, 259 Edgewood Ave. The New Haven Public Schools Afterschool Program will have more than 7,500 sites around the nation sending the message that after-school is key to children’s success, and that we must keep the lights on and doors open after school. Parents, media, employers, neighbors, school officials and others have been invited to help us rally support for safe, stimulating after-school programs. This rally and open house will showcase the plethora of after school programs available to families in New Haven. Parents are invited to this open house to browse among dozens of booths by afterschool providers, to enjoy refreshments and to learn more about what their kids can do during the critical after-school hours.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, AT 10:00 A.M.: TRUMAN SCHOOL, 114 Truman Street
Wind Over Wings a not for profit organization out of Guilford that rescues injured or abandoned birds will be visiting Ms. Marchitto classroom and bring four birds of prey for students to see up close, educate the children about the birds and what people can do for the environment to help keep the birds safe. More info can be found at their website www.windoverwings.com
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, (RAIN DATE 19TH) 8:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M. SOUND SCHOOL located at 60 South Water Street, The school Parent-Teacher Organization will hold their tag sale/flea market fundraiser. Contact, 484-6771 for more information.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2008, 2:00 P.M.: Troup School, 259 Edgewood Ave. The Augusta Troup School will be dedicated for receiving a $52 million makeover designed by Newman Architects, with the renovations and addition overseen by the construction manager, Fusco Corporation. The 113,200 square foot building remains a historic landmark in the Edgewood neighborhood. The building boasts a number of celebrated murals built in the 1930s as part of the WPA project. The murals include images of the Amistad, the founding of New Haven, Greek philosophers, New Haven founders of industry and scenes of New Haven in the early 1800s. The murals and sculptures in the building have been carefully restored. A festive speaking ceremony, student performances, tours, community organizational displays, and a catered reception. For more information, please call 691-3000.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.