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    Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Fourth site added to Open Schools Program

    Today, the New Haven YMCA Youth Center at 52 Howe Street becomes the fourth site of the Open Schools Program, a component of the broader Mayor’s Youth Initiative. Last Thursday a group of New Haven youths, employed by the City’s Youth @ Work initiative, gave reporters a tour of the facilities—including two gyms, a game room and a pool—that will be open to kids at the Youth Center this summer. The Open Schools Program began two weeks ago at John S. Martinez, King-Robinson, and Hill Regional Career High School, and already hundreds of New Haven youth aged 12 to 18 have taken advantage of the free workshops and activities available at these sites, from basketball to swimming to martial arts. Kids aged 12 to 18 are welcome to drop in at any of the four sites. Registration can be completed at the door. Take advantage!

    Public invited to view installation of Barnard pedestrian bridge

    Monday, starting at 8 p.m., the public has the chance to watch as two giant cranes swing a brand new pedestrian bride into place across Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. The bridge, which is 229 feet long and weighs 138 tons, will connect the Barnard School at 170 Derby Avenue with the new Nature Center currently being built in West River Memorial Park. Special bleacher seating guarantees you a front row seat! The Citywide School Construction Program is overseeing the $43 million renovation of the Barnard School, an interdistrict environmental studies school set to reopen in September, 2006. This bridge will enhance the school’s environmental studies theme, and its installation on Monday night is sure to be a lively and uplifting spectacle. Join us!

    City crime info now posted online

    The New Haven Police Department is making every effort to keep the public aware of its ongoing steps to combat crime in our City. Now, residents can access New Haven crime statistics on the City’s website. Here, you will find information on the number and types of crimes being committed in our City, as well as learn about the efforts that law enforcement officials are making to keep you safe and your neighborhoods friendly.

    Pilot Pen Tennis Block Party featuring James Blake

    Pilot Pen Tennis and defending champion James Blake will be stirring up excitement for the 2006 Pilot Pen tournament by throwing a block party on the Green at noon on Tuesday, July 11. James Blake, a Connecticut native and the winner of the 2005 Pilot Pen, is helping to kick off the U.S. Open Series with appearances in New York City, Stamford, and New Haven. The first 500 people in attendance at Tuesday’s block party will receive free food and free tickets to the 2006 Pilot Pen.

    Let’s take a look at the week ahead:

    Tuesday, July 11, 2006 – 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Mayor’s Night In

    Please join me for my weekly Mayor’s Night In this Tuesday evening at City Hall, 165 Church Street. I will be here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

    Tuesday, July 11, 2006 – 6:30 p.m.

    Grand Opening of Elm Street Ventures

    Elm Street Ventures is an up-and-coming group whose mission is to foster the creation and growth of life science and biotech companies in New Haven, by working with research institutions and higher education. They will be holding a grand opening at 300 George Street, Suite 310.

    Wednesday, July 12, 2006 – 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Free Pre-Business Workshop by SCORE

    The Service Corps of Retired Engineers, part of a national nonprofit, will be holding an educational workshop at Gateway Community College, Long Wharf. 60 Sargent Drive. For details, please call 865-7645.

    Wednesday, July 12, 2006 – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Business Planning Workshop with Dennis Brown of CT Community Investment Corp.

    At the New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm Street. Participants will learn how to navigate successfully the process of starting a business, including finding financing. Free, but reservations are required. Please call 946-7431 or go online at www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl.

    Friday, July 14, 2006 – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    A Day at the Beach: Summer Session for New & Emerging Executive Directors

    Presented by CT Assn. of Nonprofits (CAN), at Mercy Center, Madison. CAN members $30, nonmembers $45; includes lunch. Details and to register: www.ctnonprofits.org or call (860) 525-5080.

    Friday, July 28, 2006 – 11: a.m.

    Second Annual City Wide Youth Coalition Walk-a-Thon

    Please help New Haven's youth by supporting one of the Coalition's 20 youth outreach organizations for the 2006 City Walk: New Haven. Be a walker and get pledges, support a walker, or make a donation directly to a participating organization. For more info and/or a pledge form, contact Brooke Crockett at 203-786-5970. Thanks in advance for your support!

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

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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