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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    I want to extend a special congratulations to Hillhouse High School valedictorian Shaylah McQueen, who has been selected out of 24,000 applications nationwide to receive a prestigious Gates Millenium Scholarship. The scholarship will provide Shaylah with full college tuition, possibly through graduate school. Shaylah plans to use the scholarship to study teaching at Wilson College in Pennsylvania, a national center for single mothers in higher education. The college was the first nationwide to offer on-campus residential housing for single mothers. The Gates scholarship will allow her to reside on campus with her one-year-old son Arlander. Congratulations Shaylah!

    Agency on Aging and Department of Elderly Services Co-Sponsoring Senior, Caregiver & Disability Expo

    The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC) and the City of New Haven Department of Elderly Services will be co-sponsoring the Seventh Annual Greater New Haven Senior, Caregiver & Disability Expo at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Avenue in New Haven, on Friday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Last year, the Expo featured 121 exhibitors and was attended by 1,500 people. The Expo presents a wonderful opportunity to meet older adults, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities and learn about services and products available to assist older adults and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence.

    For additional information, please contact Sue Hamilton at (203) 785-8533 or shamilton@aoapartnerships.org.

    The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC), located in New Haven, serves older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers in the greater New Haven area and lower Naugatuck Valley. Its mission is to empower adults to remain as independent and engaged as possible within their communities through advocacy, information, and services.

    Thank you to VITA Volunteers

    Thanks to dozens of volunteers across the city, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helped more than 3,500 low-income New Haven area residents prepare their taxes this year. Through the VITA program, New Haven area residents received more than $5.8 million in total tax refunds, including nearly $2 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of dedicated volunteers who committed countless hours of their own free time to help their neighbors in need. Thank you to all who helped!

    100 College Street Public Hearing on Thursday

    The Board of Aldermen will be holding an important public hearing at 6 p.m. this Thursday, May 10 to discuss the 100 College Street project. This is the first development at Downtown Crossing, a transformational effort to reclaim nearly 11 acres of land currently underutilized by the Route 34 connector. Visit www.downtowncrossingnewhaven.com or come to City Hall Thursday evening to learn more about this exciting effort. There will be an opportunity for public testimony at this hearing.

    Applications Available for Mayor's Community Arts Grants

    Applications are available for the 2012-2013 Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program. The Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program provides financial, marketing and technical assistance for arts and cultural programs in New Haven neighborhoods. The goals of the program are:

    1. To encourage the education of emerging artists;

    2. To strengthen neighborhood cohesiveness through collaborative programs particularly aimed at families and youth; and

    3. To promote and celebrate cultural awareness and diversity.

    Individual artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations working with neighborhood-based community and/or youth or senior groups within the City of New Haven are encouraged to apply. Eligible activities include festivals, parades, exhibitions, murals/public art, children's activities, inter-generational programs, arts education, film, public performances, neighborhood collaborations and apprenticeships. Applicants may apply for up to $1,500.

    The Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program was established in 2000, and is one of a number of City efforts aimed at supporting local artists and fostering arts and cultural events in New Haven neighborhoods. Those efforts increased last year with the creation of the Winchester Revitalization Art Project, a joint effort of the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism, the Livable City Initiative and the Office of Economic Development. The project seeks to encourage arts and culture in the Newhallville neighborhood through programming on Winchester Avenue and other area venues. The neighborhood-based program seeks to engage the community in positive arts activities that take advantage of vacant city-owned lots and other community spaces.

    Carousel Celebrates 100 Years This Weekend

    Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Carousel at Lighthouse Park, and the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees and Friends of Lighthouse Point Park are planning a fun-filled celebration weekend May 12-13 to celebrate the milestone.

    The celebration weekend features free and low cost family fun, in addition to a gala fundraiser.

    The celebration includes 50 cent carousel rides and $1 ferris wheel rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Children's face painting, nature tours, lighthouse tours, carousel rides, ferris wheel rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, and food will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.

    The Carousel is a wonderful piece of New Haven history. After 100 years, it is great to see it still enjoyed. This celebration and fundraiser will help make sure the Carousel will be preserved for the next century.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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