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    Dear Friends:

    Yesterday I enjoyed the kick-off to our “Music on the Green” series with a performance by Los Lonely Boys. It was great to see so many people in the audience enjoying a beautiful summer evening and great music. I hope to see you at next Saturday’s concert, featuring Patti Austin starting at 6pm. Also, remember to come out and enjoy Soul Asylum on Saturday the 28th and Regina Belle on Saturday, August 4th. After the concerts, don’t forget to dine at one of over 100 diverse restaurants within a two block radius of the New Haven Green.

    POLICE RECRUITMENT

    Application packets for the new recruiting cycle of the New Haven Police Department are now available on line at www.cityofnewhaven.com. Hard copies will be available beginning Wednesday at the City’s human resources office located at 200 Orange Street from 9am until 5pm Monday through Friday. The official application period begins on September 4th. Therefore, completed applications can be turned in on or after September 4th. We are looking to recruit 45 new police officers through this drive. Do you have what it takes to be a New Haven Police officer? We’re looking for dedicated, energetic and dependable men and women to join this first-class force.

    TRAFFIC CALMING

    Tomorrow we’ll be installing speed bumps at Valley Street and Tour Avenue as part of our Traffic Calming initiative. We’ll closely follow the impact of the improvements at this intersection to gauge effectiveness and to plan future traffic calming projects throughout the City. The Mayor will be announcing these efforts at a media event at 11am tomorrow at the intersection of Tour Ave and Valley Street.

    SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    Monday, 9-10:30 a.m., Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive.

    Eli Whitney Museum will come to the Yale/New Haven Public Schools' Summer Music Academy to help students build violins and bows made of wood, plastic parts and fishing lines. Students will learn that this instrument can be easily constructed and will learn some simple tunes. Yale/New Haven Public Schools' Summer Music Academy, July 5-Aug. 3, 2007 at Wilbur Cross High School, is for NHPS students grades 6-12. Faculty members from the New Haven Public Schools and Yale School of Music offer musical instruction. For more information, call 946-6363.

    Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Summer Parent Training Institute

    25 parents - including six fathers - are rolling up their sleeves and receiving training on everything from how to help their kids do well on the Connecticut Mastery Tests to helping the school system to craft a new district wide parental involvement policy. The institute is through July 20 and is held Mondays through Fridays at Lincoln Bassett School, 130 Basset St. Wednesday, Laurie Ruderfer of the NHPS Wellness Committee will get the parents up and jumping in a presentation on Healthy Kids First.

    Thursday, 9-1 p.m., Hill Regional Career High School, 40 Legion Ave.

    As part of the Gear Up Summer Program, students will participate in a College Fair. Colleges and Universities from the state will introduce students to their campus and areas of concentration. This experience will give students an idea of the application process and what schools look for during their high school years. Please come join us!

    Friday, 9-noon, Sound School, 160 So. Water St.

    The Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center operates a very popular summer program, enrolling students from the City and suburbs. Students learn math, science and technology aboard a schooner, build their own fishing rods, canoe the Quinnipiac River and improve math and literacy skills through this innovative, marine science-based curriculum. The summer program is designed to foster greater interaction among students of all races and backgrounds. On Fridays, students go out on the Island Rover science boat to explore Long Island Sound, and they hold model sailboat races, using student built sailboat models incorporating what they've learned about maritime history and boat design, off the Sound School dock.

    For more about summer in New Haven Public Schools, log onto www.nhps.net

    and browse under "news now."

    STREET OUTREACH WORKERS

    Today, in partnership with the New Haven Family Alliance, we launched the new Street Outreach Workers Program designed to engage those young people in our community who are most at risk of either causing or being the victims of violence and crime. This program, modeled after successful predecessors in Providence and Boston, will develop and implement a collaborative, multi-faceted approach to reduce and prevent youth violence. All effective street outreach efforts to prevent violence will be supported by comprehensive and inclusive prevention strategies.

    Aside from creating relationships with at-risk youth, street outreach workers will also provide access to high-risk conflict mediation and a number of mental health, job training, work placement and other resources to help them begin more positive paths in life.

    SUMMER HEALTH FAIR

    Join us at this summer’s Senior Health Fair and enjoy:

    Free Cookout

    Vendor Tables and Free Samples

    Health Screenings

    Information about health and well-being opportunities

    Educational Presentations: Speakers from Masonicare and Connecticut VNA

    This fair will take place at the Atwater Senior Center, 26 Atwater Street on Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

    I hope you have a very happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [7/15/2007]


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