Mayor's Monday Message|
Whalley Avenue renaissance
I am delighted that the City is launching its first design overlay zone, in partnership with the Whalley Avenue Special Services District. This zoning tool, used in cities across the country, along with marketing tools and city assistance programs, promises to bring greater zoning and aesthetic control to the 1.2 mile stretch that ranks as one of the city’s busiest commercial thoroughfares. Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy detailed the plan last Friday for merchants. A new marketing brochure for the district, and the availability of façade improvement grants and small business loans have also been announced.
DOT to install traffic dividers on the Boulevard
I am pleased that the state DOT heeded our call back in April to bring greater focus to safety on Ella Grasso Boulevard. Today, the DOT is in town to install special traffic dividers designed to slow motorists and improve safety. A signs & markings crew from the Connecticut DOT is installing Flexi-Guide 300 plastic traffic barriers in order to improve traffic flow and limit potential hazards on the Boulevard. Coupled with the signal improvements made by Traffic & Parking and stepped up enforcement by city and state police, we are working hard to insure that the Boulevard remains safe.
Open Schools A Success
The Open Schools Program, a component of the broader Mayor’s Youth Initiative, came to a close last Friday and was a resounding success in providing safe, engaging environments for kids aged 12 to 18 at no charge. We strove to address a very critical but underserved population - adolescents who may have outgrown summer schools and camps. The initiative grew to four sites - John S. Martinez, King-Robinson, Hill Regional Career High School, and the New Haven YMCA Youth Center. Work is underway now to open two additional sites in time for fall.
City, Empower New Haven reach out to help contractors
The City’s Commission on Equal Opportunity and Small Business Initiative are proud to partner with Empower New Haven and others to launch The Building Contractors and Mentorship Program for EZ residents. The program is a joint partnership with Gateway Community College, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Greater New Haven Business and Professional Association and the Spanish American Merchants Association. We will be offering 11 classes to emerging contractors, teaching them the essentials of business in the construction sector. A one-on-one mentorship component allows each participant to focus on his or her specific needs. Three resource centers located throughout New Haven will provide accessibility. Additional funding is also available to enroll
in technical classes or purchase tools for capacity building. The program will launch officially on September 7. For more information, call Carlah Esdaile-Bragg at 203-776-2777 or email@example.com
Let’s take a look at the week ahead:
Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 11:30 a.m.
Leave a Legacy, East Shore Park ceremony
Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Tennis Association will dedicate the newly refurbished East Shore Park tennis courts. We are grateful to Pilot Pen for working with our parks department. This is a new initiative in which Pilot Pen is raising funds for the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, earmarked to benefit our kids through the New Haven Parks & Recreation Department tennis programs.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
The City’s successful string of free concerts on the Green and the 25th celebration of the New Haven Jazz Festival concludes this Saturday, opening with T.S. Monk on Coltrane. T.S. Watch as Monk creates a legacy of his own with his newest album, Higher Ground-and his acclaimed tribute to jazz great John Coltrane. The headliner is Jonny Lang, a music legend who will debut his much-anticipated album, Long Time Coming. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.