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    Dear Friends

    The members of the City’s Safety & Health Committee will sponsor and participate in a Benefit Walk through Yale University’s “Old Campus” section on Wednesday, June 23rd beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Benefit Walk is being conducted on behalf of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Sign in on the day of the event will take place in the City Hall Lobby on the first floor, and the first 20 participants to sign up and complete the Benefit Walk will receive a voucher for the City Seed Farmer’s Market located in the front of City Hall. If you are unable to participate in the Benefit Walk, you can still assist the effort as monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be accepted at the Sign-In Area. The most needed items are salad dressing, BBQ sauce, seasoning, kosher salt, minced garlic (in jars), chili powder, red vinegar, white vinegar, crushed red pepper, brown sugar, honey, dry mustard, canned crushed tomatoes, cans of white navy beans, large bags of rice, cumin, curry powder and Ziploc bags (all sizes).

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Downtown Crossing Community Workshop

    On June 24th from 6 to 8 p.m., the City of New Haven will hold a community workshop in the Main New Haven Free Public Library at 133 Elm Street on Downtown Crossing, a design and development framework for the future Route 34 between State Street and the Air Rights Garage. The Downtown Crossing project proposal aims to reshape the highway’s off-ramps and concrete barriers into a new neighborhood with the potential to provide new economic opportunities and means of sustainable transportation that will better serve New Haven’s future. Through this new development, the city will be able to further take advantage of its strategic position as the economic hub of South Central Connecticut and the state’s top city for health and biotechnology research to draw residents and up to 4,000 jobs to newly-constructed retail, office, research and residential space. This community workshop will give New Haven residents and businesspeople the opportunity to interact with designers, engineers and City officials to comment on and respond to the project’s challenges and prospects.

    Property Revaluation

    Data collectors will be visiting your home soon for Property Revaluation. In compliance with Connecticut state statute, the City of New Haven is collecting data for the 2011 property revaluation. State law requires all municipalities to conduct revaluations every five years and to perform physical property inspections every ten years to ensure that taxes accurately reflect property values. During the collection phase, Vision Appraisal data collectors will visit each property and physically inspect the interior and exterior of each building, as well as the characteristics of the land. Attend a Community Meeting with the Tax Assessor to learn about this process. All meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will be held: Thursday, June 24 at Nathan Hale School, Tuesday, July 13 at Celentano School and Thursday, July 15 at Edgewood School.

    Energy Efficiency Rehabilitation Program

    Apply for financial assistance with costs related to housing energy efficiency and rehabilitation for the purpose of providing safe, decent and energy efficient living conditions. The City of New Haven’s Livable City Initiative will be hosting two information sessions to explain program requirements, the application process, and details of EERAP. The last orientation will be held on Wednesday, June 30th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilson Library.

    Arts & Ideas

    The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is halfway over with events and activities continuing through June 26th. The Festival is a great opportunity for families to enjoy world-class entertainment, cultural and learning programs right here in New Haven. For a full list of this year’s activities, please visit: www.artidea.org.

    Green Tip

    Energy Star room air conditioners use at least 10% less electricity than conventional models. Also, they often include features such as timers that let you cool only when you need it.

    NHPS Events

    Monday, June 21st from 10 to 11 a.m. –Conte West Hills Moving UP Day will take place at Conte West Hills School, 511 Chapel Street.

    Monday, June 21st from 12 to 1 p.m. –Kindergarten and 5th Grade Reading Buddies will get together and have a picnic to kick off Buddy Summer Reading. Buddies will then go to the auditorium to read together, watch a slide show and hear a special story from Mrs. Paolella. Students will bring their picnic blankets, sunglasses and favorite books to share. The picnic will take place at the Nathan Hale School Courtyard, 480 Townsend Avenue.

    Tuesday, June 22nd from 7:45 to 9 a.m. –Parents of students in Grade 3 are invited to join us for 3rd Grade Publishing Party at the Nathan Hale School Cafeteria, 480 Townsend Avenue. Parents will gather together for our morning Café Hale and will receive information about summer reading expectations. The teachers and staff will provide suggestions on how to keep children engaged in learning during the summer. The children will then join the parents, teachers and staff for the publishing party.

    Tuesday, June 22nd at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. –The Year-End Celebration and Award Ceremony for Hill Central School Grades K-2 will take place in the Music Room of Hill Central School, 375 Quinnipiac Avenue. Each grade will present songs they have learned throughout the year. Each performance will be followed by an awards ceremony. Parents are invited to attend. The ceremony for Grade 2 is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Grade 1 for 10:30 a.m. and Kindergarten for 1 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 23rd –K-8 Promotions Events. For details of a specific school, please call the Board of Education at 203-946-8455.

    Thursday, June 24th from 10 to 11 a.m. –Barnard Pre-K Graduation at the Barnard School, 170 Derby Avenue. Barnard's Promotion Ceremony for Pre-K 4 students will recognize students as they transition to Kindergarten. Students will perform songs along with a slide presentation that showcases each student.

    Thursday, June 24th at 6 p.m. –High School Graduations. For Locations and other information, please call the Board of Education at 203-946-8455.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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