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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Last week, I was delighted to join local businesses and neighbors in kicking off the demolition of 18 Hess oil storage tanks, clearing the way for future development of eight acres of prime developable land at 100 River St.

    The site is valuable waterfront property which the City will take title to once the Amerada Hess Corp. has cleared the site and completed environmental remediation. The purchase of 100 River St. is part of New Haven’s River Street Municipal Development Project, designating 25 acres of vacant or underutilized property, located primarily along the Quinnipiac River, within the 53-acre project area for City acquisition and resale for redevelopment for light industrial and commercial use.

    It also calls for the reconstruction of River Street - completed last year, improvements to side streets in the project area, the extension of Blatchley Avenue to enhance access to the riverfront, and construction of a landscaped walkway along the river connecting Criscuolo Park on the west and Front Street Park on the east.

    The City also looks forward to moving ahead with a plan to make 4.8 million gallons of Citgo oil available to low-income families across the State. This program has helped families in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and other states heat their homes and is a worthy initiative for our State.

    Let's take a look at the week ahead:

    If you have a chance, stop by the Shubert Theatre's Capa Community Art Gallery, 247 College St., to see the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Multi Media Art show on display for the month.

    Monday, February 27, 2006

    Grand Opening, Youth Continuum’s Education Training & Enrichment Center

    924 Grand Ave.

    I look forward to joining Youth Continuum and its generous funders in celebrating the grand opening of a safe, after-school alternative for kids.

    Monday, Feb. 27, 2006:

    Connecticut Board of Education Member Appreciation Week

    As part of Connecticut's Board of Education Member Appreciation Week, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo will honor Board of Education members for their commitment and time in supporting New Haven Public Schools.

    Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006

    “Making Our Voices Heard Rally”

    Legislative Office Building, Hartford

    Thirty students from New Haven Public Schools will join Stephanie Barnes of Youth at Work and staff from the school district’s career centers in a “Making Our Voices Heard” rally to support funding for youth employment. They will join the ongoing efforts of the Village for Families and Children and Capital Workforce Partners in Hartford in conjunction with state Legislators Kenneth Green (Hartford), Toni Edmonds-Walker (New Haven), Marie Kirkley-Bey (Hartford) and others. Proposed legislation at the state level would designate $100M towards year-round Youth Learning and Employment programs. These funds, which would be allocated statewide over the next five years, will greatly impact students 14-21 years old and their ability to attain not only summer youth employment but year-round employment opportunities as well.

    Friday, March 3

    Your $ @ Work Kickoff

    1:00 p.m.

    City Hall

    165 Church St.

    Business and Community Leaders, and State & Local Elected Officials kick off Your$@Work. The program includes Mayor John DeStefano, State

    Representative Toni Walker, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and

    inspiring students who have benefited from summer jobs and year-round internships, and special recognition of the program’s business leadership. R.S.V.P. Stephanie Barnes 203-946-7582 sbarnes@newhavenct.net

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

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [2/26/2006]


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