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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    The City of New Haven and the Proprietors of the Green are seeking public input as we begin to identify long range plans for the development, restoration and management of the New Haven Green. To help facilitate the process, Proprietors have commissioned the Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces and build stronger communities. Their "placemaking" approach works to engage citizens in developing community visions for vital public spaces. The intent is to draft a plan with a component that can be "shovel ready" by New Haven's 375th birthday in April 2013. The City, the Proprietors and the Project for Public Spaces will hold a stakeholders meeting for interested citizens this Wednesday, July 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hall of Records at 200 Orange Street. I encourage you to attend and lend your voice to this important project.

    Westville Community Canvas this Thursday

    I will be joined by City department heads in Westville's Ward 25 this Thursday as we knock on doors to speak to residents about their neighborhood and any questions and concerns they might have. The Community Canvas is something I try to host a few times a year in neighborhoods across the City. In the past, it has been a great way for department heads and City staff to interact with residents and to help get questions answered for residents. It's my hope to make myself and City Hall as accessible as possible, but I know it's not always easy for residents to find time to come downtown, or to find the right person to answer their questions. That's why I hold open office hours at 5 p.m. the first Tuesday of every Monday, and hold regularly scheduled "Mayor's Night Out" events with City department heads in neighborhoods across the City. As always, if you have a question and don't know the best place to go for help, call my office at 203-946-8200.

    Applications Available for Fall Democracy School Session

    I am pleased to announce that the City is now accepting applications for the Fall 2012 session of New Haven Democracy School, an eight session course aimed at introducing residents to their local government. Residents will have an opportunity to meet key administrators and decision makers in City government and local politics. City officials will talk about their work and lead question and answer sessions aimed at fostering open lines of communication, enabling participants to take full advantage of city resources, and empowering residents to become community leaders.

    Democracy School meets every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for eight weeks at interesting locations across the City. The Fall 2012 session will begin Tuesday, September 11th and end Tuesday, October 30. Interested? Please visit the city’s website for more information. Applications are due by August 17th. For more information, contact Rebecca Bombero at 203-946-7663 or via e-mail at rbombero@newhavenct.net.

    School Learning Environment Survey Reports Available

    The New Haven Public Schools announced last week results of the third annual School Learning Environment Survey, showing substantially improved satisfaction in many schools across the district. The Learning Environment Survey (also referred to as the climate

    survey) gathers feedback from students, parents, teachers and school staff on a variety of measures grouped into five categories: academic expectations, communication, collaboration, engagement, and safety and respect. School staff received results in June prior to the end of school. The results are now posted publicly at www.nhps.net. The Learning Environment Survey is a key component of New Haven School Change and was developed collaboratively by school leaders, teachers, and parents. I encourage you to visit the website and take a look at the scores for your school.

    Reminder Notice to City of New Haven Taxpayers

    The first installments of Real Estate, Personal Property and Special Services District Tax and the total Motor Vehicle Tax on the Grand List of 2011 are now due and payable during the month of July 2012. Unpaid taxes will be considered delinquent as of August 2, 2012. The Tax Office will have extended hours starting Wednesday, July 25, 2012 through and including Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. On Saturday, July 28, 2012 the tax office will be open from 9:00 am - Noon. Taxpayers are encouraged to mail payments to Collector of Taxes, City of New Haven, P. O. Box 1927, New Haven, CT 06509-1927. Any taxpayer who has not received a bill should visit the City of New Haven website or contact the Tax Office, as failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax and respective penalties should the account become delinquent.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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