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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Rental licensing inspection

    Today at 10 a.m., City authorities gave a tour of the Winthrop Apartments at 1523 Chapel Street in order to showcase the updated rental licensing and inspection policy implemented two months ago. Under the new licensing program, 1,668 units have been inspected in 159 different buildings. 93 of those buildings passed, while 66 did not. LCI is inspecting an average of 35 units per day, and so far $34,400 in licensing fees has been brought in. Andrew Rizzo, Director of the Livable City Initiative, was on hand along with Mayor’s Chief of Staff Karen Dubois-Walton and Alderman Yusef I. Shah. Mendel Paris, a property manager of the building, pointed out to press and other officials changes that have been made at the site as a result of the inspection process. For the full story, log on to www.cityofnewhaven.com and click on Press Releases.

    Bookmobile back on the road

    The Bookmobile, a service of the New Haven Free Public Library, has hit the road again with visits to summer sites around New Haven. Destinations visited by the Bookmobile so far this summer include schools participating in the Open Schools Program, as well as community-based summer reading camps and childcare sites.

    Hill North Resource Room up and running

    The Hill North Resource Room at 90 Hallock Street is up and running, thanks to the efforts of community organizers and the donations of concerned partners. Already, 13 students are enrolled for the summer session at the Hill North Resource Room, which will run until August 24. The students are currently learning computer skills and will be organizing a Library Card Drive with the goal of getting 100 people signed up for library cards by the time the Cortland Seymour Wilson Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library opens in September. This photo shows the kids at the Resource Room in action.

    Gospelfest 2006 is coming!

    The upcoming Gospelfest 2006 is a way for people to support Youth @ Work, part of the Mayor’s Youth Initiative aimed at offering employment opportunities to New Haven’s young people. The 10th Annual Statewide Gospelfest is slated for August 4 at 7 p.m. at Hill Regional Career High School, sponsored by the Christian Community Commission and EMPOWER New Haven. This year’s features include Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers, Youthful Praise, Kierra Sheard, Deon Kipping, and Dee Dee’s Dance Center. FOR TICKETS, please contact Stephanie Barnes, Project Coordinator, Youth @ Work, at 946-7582 or sbarnes@newhavnetct.net. Tickets can also be purchased at Jerry Green's Gospel Music Store, 374 Whalley Avenue, or Christian Community Commission, 316 Goffe Street. SEATING IS LIMITED....GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

    Let’s take a look at the week ahead:

    Wednesday, July 19 – 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    Greater New Haven Roundtable monthly meeting at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.

    Greg Cesar(www.firstadvantagesolutions.com) will be on hand to provide insight about maximizing our online fundraising and communications efforts. Bring your flyers for upcoming events and your business card! Open to development professions working in Greater New Haven. $2 coffee donation. Register at 946-7431 or online at www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl.

    Thursday, July 20 – 6:30 p.m.

    GNHCC Leadership Center's 3rd Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser

    At Amarante's Sea Cliff, New Haven. Tax deductible $30 includes dinner, raffle and silent. Guest MC is Gil Simmons, Meteorologist, News Channel 8; featuring renowned comedians Roberta Rockwell & Johnny Watson. RSVP online: www.gnhcc.com.

    Friday, July 21 – 7 p.m.

    New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Broadway Goes West, Picnic in the Park Concert at Edgerton Park

    NHSO Associate Conductor Jerry Steichen conducts Broadway stars Annie Kozuch and Rob Richardson singing selections from Annie Get Your Gun, Paint Your Wagon and Oklahoma! Tickets from the NHSO box office at the Shubert Theater, 247 College St. , (800) 228-6622, or http://www.newhavensymphony.org/.

    Saturday, July 22 – Concerts on the Green: Boyz II Men

    This summer’s free Concerts on the Green series, which started last Saturday with Kenny Rogers, continues this weekend with Boyz II Men. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



    City officials review progress with new rental licensing and inspection ordinance during a news event at 1523 Chapel St.
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    City officials review progress with new rental licensing and inspection ordinance during a news event at 1523 Chapel St.

    The Bookmobile on a stop at Harris & Tucker Schools last week.
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    The Bookmobile on a stop at Harris & Tucker Schools last week.

    The Hill North Resource Room at 90 Hallock Street
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    The Hill North Resource Room at 90 Hallock Street

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