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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    Thank you to everyone who came out last week to help celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Elm City Resident Card. It was an important opportunity to remember and recognize the thousands of New Haven residents who fought back against hate and ignorance to make a statement about what it means to be part of this community. But the anniversary was about more than reflecting and celebrating. It was an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the Elm City Resident Card Program and the message it represents. Over the next several months, that will mean continuing to reach out to new residents, and also evaluating things like adding new debit functions to the card. It also means continuing to push for financial literacy training so that every New Haven resident has access to the basic financial services we know are fundamental to building family wealth. It also means remaining committed to building a college-going culture so that, with the support of New Haven Promise, all New Haven students have the opportunity to attend college and achieve their dreams. To me, the Elm City Resident Card is about so much more than identification. It is about how we see ourselves as a community, and how we value and recognize one another. I am so proud to continue this program, and I hope you can join me by renewing your card today.

    Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

    The City of New Haven this morning participated in a statewide hurricane drill aimed at facilitating improved emergency management and inter-agency communications in the event of an emergency. While it's sunny out, take a minute to sign up for our emergency notification system here: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/EmergencyInfo/optin.asp. If you have a listed phone number, you may already be familiar with the alert system that allows the City to contact you in the event of an emergency or an important announcement. In the age of cell phones, I know that many of you do not own a landline phone or prefer to use a cell phone as your primary contact. The City does not have the ability to automatically add your cell phone number to the system, so please take a moment to add your phone number and email address to our list. The information you enter here is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.

    Back to School Rally this Friday

    It's still July, but it's not too early to start preparing for a new and exciting school year. The New Haven Public Schools and WYBC radio are hosting their annual back to school rally from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday, August 3 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at 480 Sherman Parkway. Raffle prizes, free lunch and snacks, and free book bags and school supplies will be available to students while supplies last. Gateway Community College President Dorsey Kendrick will also be there to award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving and talented New Haven graduate. Come learn more about the educational opportunities and neighborhood services available through the New Haven Public Schools and local agencies. For more information call 203-497-7051 or visit www.nhps.net.

    Join Food Bloggers, Musicians and Merchants for Noise On9 Celebration

    Head to the historic 9th Square at 6 p.m. this Friday as Noise On9 brings an eclectic array of in-store live music and artistic performances, including jazz, funk, punk, blues and more.

    The evening will kick off with an anniversary celebration at Euphoria salon, marking "9 on9," nine years at 57 Orange Street in the 9th Square. Building off the success of last month's Street Table, Orange Street will be closed again between Center and Crown streets for an outdoor bistro and social media gathering. "Streating On9" will add a fun social media aspect to the food celebration, pairing local food bloggers with local 9th Square restaurants. Guests will be treated to a three-course meal and invited to photograph and Tweet while enjoying the food and conversation. Thanks to Giulia Gouge of shesosocial.com for dreaming up this fun and creative event.

    This is the third "On9" event, a monthly First Friday celebration in the historic 9th Square district coordinated by the Town Green Special Service District, the New Haven Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism's Project Storefronts, and 9th Square businesses. For a full listing of events, visit www.On9NewHaven.com.



    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200

    [7/31/2012]


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