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    Dear Friends

    This Sunday we celebrated the dedication of the Christopher Columbus Family Academy (CCFA), the 27th school in the Citywide School Construction program. CCFA is a dual-language English and Spanish school that helps its students to develop oral and language fluency in both languages through scientific inquiry. Students, faculty, and community members held a parade around the new building and celebrated the legacy of their school. The City of New Haven congratulates CCFA on its newly dedicated and newly renovated building, a site for continued academic excellence.

    This past week we also celebrated the opening of newly completed housing units at 518 Whalley Avenue. The units were constructed under the auspices of Marrakesh Inc., Whalley Avenue Housing II, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the New Alliance Foundation, and the Livable City Initiative. The renovated and remodeled units consist of 6 one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments and will house 11 community members with developmental disabilities or acquired brain injuries. The units will each receive a Section 8 Subsidy from HUD, ensuring their lasting affordability. The new units highlight the City of New Havenís ongoing commitment towards the creation and sustainment of affordable housing for its residents.

    Davis School CommPACT Kick-Off Celebration

    This Monday we celebrate the Davis Street Arts & Academics Interdistrict Magnet Schoolís Comer CommPACT kick-off. The Davis School operates under the tenets of Dr. James P. Comer, which emphasize collaboration and consensus between all members of the school community: students, teachers, parents, and administration. The Davis schoolís recent collaboration with the University of Connecticutís NEAG School of Education now designates the Davis School as CommPACT school. The CommPACT program, which will serve to complement the foundations already established in the school by Dr. Comer, similarly call for collaboration and communication with the community, with parents, with administration, with children, and with teachers. The synthesis of these two successful programs will serve to intensify and strengthen the Davis schoolís commitment to academic superiority, notably in its arts programs.

    Check out US Airways Magazine Feature on New Haven!

    US Airways Magazine has launched its October issue, which featured a 26-page profile on New Haven. The article discusses the history of Downtown and its renaissance, encouraging readers and residents to visit landmark sites such as Louisí Lunch, the Louis Kahn New Art Gallery, the Long Wharf Theater, Wooster Square, Yale Universityís Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and more. The article highlights the City of New Havenís dedication to serving its diverse community as well as the collaboration between the City and its surrounding universities. We hope this article reminds residents to take advantage of the historical and cultural opportunities right in front of us!

    Hereís whatís happening in New Haven Free Public Libraries this week:

    Main Branch Children Programs this week include:

    -Chess on Monday at 4:00 pm for kids and young adults

    -Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: "Stay and Play" program at 11:00 am for infants and toddlers with a parent and/or a caregiver

    -For "adults" on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:00 -7:00 pm is Book Appraiser Adam Langlands who will be presenting a program entitled: "Is Your Book Rare-Or Just Old?"

    -Thursday at 5:30 pm there is a Grantwriting Workshop with Libby Makela Johnson

    In the branches throughout the City there are several offerings. Mitchell Branch in Westville has a Stay & Play program on Tuesday September 30 at 10:00 am. Also the same day, Mitchell has "Fishing Class" at 10-12, 1-3 or 3:30-5 sponsored by CT Department of Environmental Protection for children ages 7 and older.

    Fair Haven Branch has Family Play Group at 10:15 am on Tuesday while Wilson Branch has it at 10:30 on Tuesday. Then we have a collection of programs at Wilson Branch in the Hill that also include Homework Help Center on Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:30 in the afternoon, a Craft Table on Wednesday at 6:00 Young Adult Films at Wilson Branch on Thursday at 3:00 pm. Wilson Branch is also starting a Mother and daughter Book Club in Spanish on the Saturdays when they are open.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [9/28/2008]


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