This is a terrific week to celebrate New Haven pride as we honor innovative organizations and programs that make a difference in our community on a daily basis. This Wednesday at 1 p.m., on the New Haven Green, we will raise the 2008 All America City flag in commemoration of our 4th win! This celebration will be complete with free refreshments, giveaways for the whole family and face painting. The four programs that we showcased this year to win the All America City title will all be represented at this event: CitySeed, the Street Outreach Workers Program, CTRIBAT Institute for Social Development and the Elm City Residents Card program. Join me on the Green this Wednesday for an afternoon full of fun and New Haven pride. This event will run until 3 p.m.
Sports Camp on the Green
From July 21-25 the City of New Haven Department of Parks Recreation and Trees will hold its 9th annual "Sports Camp on the Green." This year’s camp is sponsored by the City of New Haven, New Alliance and the New Haven Regional Water Authority. This camp is set-up for groups of youth throughout the city to come down to the Green and take part in clinics of professional coaches and local High School and College coaches working with children in various sports. Golf, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and Track & Field will be the featured sports this year.
Tom Girard, owner of Zane's Cycle of Branford will bring down bikes everyday to the Green for children to ride along the perimeter of the Green. Children will also take part in a daily bike safety class. Girard will also provide a bike and helmet each day to be raffled off to one of the campers courtesy of Zane's Cycle of Branford.
New Haven Celebrates 18th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act with SPOKEBENDERS on the Green
The New Haven Commission on Disabilities invites you to come out to the New Haven Green on Tuesday, July 22nd at 6:00 p.m. for a special presentation by the Spokebenders, Connecticut's Wheelchair Basketball Team. This event, co=sponsored by the American Institute of Architects' BP&R Committee (CT Chapter) celebrates the 18th anniversary of the passage of the American with Disabilities Act.
Elm City Resident Card Program Celebrates it’s 1st Anniversary
Nearly 6,000 New Haven residents have applied for and received an Elm City Resident Card since the programs inception last summer. This is just one of the reasons why this program has been so successful. Thursday, July 24 marks the one year anniversary of the program. Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of year one and the many great things to come in year two. At this event we’ll announce our funders for year two and plans for new benefits to card holders. Also, the first 100 residents to successfully complete an application that morning will receive a $25 gift card to C-Town Supermarket while the first 200 residents in line that day will receive a free loaf of bread. Koffee on Orange will provide free coffee to participants at the event.
Police Promotions Take Place this Friday
Public safety is a top priority in New Haven. The men and women of the New Haven Police Department work hard every day to make New Haven a safer and more desirable place in which to live, work and raise our families. I look forward to honoring 22 of these men and women on Friday as they receive promotions to the ranks of Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. This ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at Career High School on Legion Avenue.
Oleta Adams on the Green this Saturday
The third Music on the Green concert will feature Grammy-nominated Oleta Adams this Saturday. This is sure to be a terrific performance of Adams’ soul, gospel and jazz hits.
Here’s what’s happening in New Haven Public Schools this week:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 8:30 A.M.—10:30 A.M., ROSS/WOODWARD SCHOOL, 185 BARNES AVENUE: Open house for Ross/Woodward’s 3rd Grade Mandatory Summer Reading Program. 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.
FRIDAY, JULY 25, SPORTS CAMP ON THE GREEN: Chef Timothy Cipriano, New Haven Public School’s newly hired food services director, began in his new role on July 14. He is already busy at work as he plans a cookout on the Green this Friday, July, 25th as part of the parks’ department’s Sports Camp on the Green. Dressed in his chef white’s, Chef Tim is already putting his mark on this cookout, asking Chabaso Bakery to donate whole grain brioche rolls to go with burgers donated by the Food Services Department and serving local produce, including locally grown peaches, lettuce and tomatoes, to the campers. “Chef Tim” Cipriano is also known as the Local Food Dude. He has his own blog, is a guest chef who cooks with local foods on WFSB Channel 3 and has won acclaim for bringing farm-fresh food into local school systems. He previously was food service director at Bloomfield Public Schools and brings 16 years of culinary experience to his work, including three school positions and work at several restaurants in the Northeast.
Here’s what’s happening in the New Haven Free Public Library this week:
Catch the Reading Bug This Summer!
Come in to any New Haven Free Public Library Branch and sign up your child for the Summer Reading Program. Children from Kindergarten through 12th grade will receive a reading log where you’ll keep track of every hour that they read. For each hour they’ll earn a bug sticker on your log and for every two hours they’ll receive a prize! After 10 hours of reading, children will receive a free book and backpack.
Big Bug Read and more at Wilson Library
The Wilson Library is proud to invite children and parents to their daily Big Bug Read in their branch’s “Bug Discovery Zone” at 5p.m. This program will continue through August 15th. The Wilson Library also invites families to a special movie screening on July 25th at 2p.m. This Wednesday, and every Wednesday until August 13, come out to the library at 6:30 p.m. for “Family Game Night!” This provides a great opportunity for families to not only play games together, but you’ll get to make your own games as well.
Take Part in The Village and More at Stetson Library
Visit the Stetson Library this Tuesday at 11 a.m. for “The Village” with Mae Gibson Brown. And, don’t miss the screening of a surprise family movie this Thursday at 1p.m. at the library.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.