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    Dear Friends:

    I hope you enjoyed a beautiful weekend in New Haven! We hope the great weather will stick around for our Independence Day Celebration on Long Wharf on Wednesday evening. Fireworks are scheduled to begin shortly after 9 p.m.


    The Housing Authority of the City of New Haven (HANH) has been awarded an allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits in the amount of $987,037 by the State of Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) for Phase One of the Eastview Terrace Mixed Finance Revitalization Project. The allocation from CHFA will enable HANH to raise nearly $10,000,000 in private equity for the project.

    In addition to the allocation from CHFA, HANH has been successful in securing a $375,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank that is being sponsored by the Bank of America and a $723,000 grant for the State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).


    Empower New Haven seeks to fund Summer 2007 programs administered by neighborhood non-profit, community and faith-based organizations consistent with the goals of Empower New Haven. This single round of funding will be awarded to summer 2007 projects in the Empowerment Zone. The maximum award to an individual project is $5,000. Applications are due Monday, July 9 by 5:00 pm. Detailed application instructions and related information can be found at: www.empowernewhaven.org.

    For more information call Seanne Hanke, Sherry Gray or Tom Ficklin at 203-776-2677.


    This Thursday 1,200 New Haven teens will begin their first day at jobs where they were placed by the City’s Youth @ Work program. This program has grown from 981 youth workers last year to this year’s larger cohort. Youth in the program have received thorough training in workplace etiquette, interviewing and communication skills, conflict resolution, workplace safety and other areas to best prepare them for their summer work.


    In May we opened 4 sites as part of our Open Schools program giving young people positive activities to engage in after school. This Thursday we will open 5 additional sites: Truman, Martinez, Dwight, Hillhouse and Clinton Avenue Schools. Beginning this week, all Open Schools will be open from 3-8pm and will feature activities such as martial arts, theatre workshops, art, music, sports, dance and more. For more information on the Open Schools program please contact Pierette Silverman at 203-946-7658.


    Starting this Thursday, the New Haven Public Schools will serve more than 5,600 students in programs ranging from enrichment to academic studies to musical instruction to prepping to take AP classes in the fall.

    Core programs include:

    The NHPS Mandatory Summer Reading Academy: will serve about 1,600 students in Grades 1-3 and takes place July 5 through August 3, 2007. The program provides intense instruction designed to assist students having difficulty mastering literacy skills. Students enjoy individual and small group instruction and strategies that will help them to become independent readers. Sites are Lincoln Bassett, John S. Martinez, Barnard, Clinton Avenue and Ross/Woodward. For information, please call 946-8669.

    The Grade K-5 Summer, Reading & Science Academy helps children develop independent reading skills and provides academic support to help with CMT in reading, science and math. This program operates July 5 through Aug 3, 2007 at Truman, King/Robinson, Katherine Brennan, Fair Haven and East Rock schools. For info., call Laura Russo, 691-3400

    GEAR Up programs will operate at James Hillhouse High School, Wilbur Cross and Hill Regional Career High schools and will operate July 5 - August 3, 2007. Gear Up gives rising 9th graders transitional help into high school and a chance to learn about the high school environment. Juniors and seniors also will gain help in preparing college applications, writing essays and takes students on college fairs and tours, along with a virtual college fair. For more information, Kelly Mero at 691-3100.

    Kids First High School Summer Studies Program allows secondary students to repeat subjects for which they have received failing grades. Classes are held Monday through Thursday, July 5- August 2, at High School in the Community. For more information, call 946-8974.

    Yale/New Haven Public Schools’ Summer Music Academy, July 5-Aug. 3, 2007 at Wilbur Cross High School, is for NHPS students grades 6-12. Faculty members are from the New Haven Public Schools and Yale School of Music will offer musical instruction over four weeks including vocal and chorus, piano, percussion, ensembles, guitar, strings, wind and brass. For more information, call 946-6363.

    The Gear Up Advanced Placement Summer Program will ready students to enroll in AP classes for the coming school year. This program is July 5-Aug. 3, 2007 at Wilbur Cross High School, and will include course offerings in English Literature, U.S. History, Calculus, Spanish, Biology and Chemistry, among others. For more information, call Linda Powell at 946-5518 or Dr. Regina Warner at 946-6363.

    Aspirations’ EXCEL Program will offer accelerated rising 8th and 9th graders a rigorous and challenging six week pre-college, campus based program to excel above their present academic levels. The program is July 2 – Aug. 10, at Southern Connecticut State University and is designed to stimulate interest in writing, math, science, contemporary issues, art, graphic designing, and video production. For more info., call (203) 946-8982.

    For more information on summer programs run by the New Haven Public Schools, call (203) 946-7874. For a copy of the Mayor’s Youth Summer Guide 2003, please call (203) 946-8592/6085/8583.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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