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    This year’s Fourth of July celebration in New Haven will take place at the summit of East Rock Park. Beginning at 4pm on this Thursday, July 4, come celebrate with free horse drawn carriage rides, free tours of the Soldier and Sailor monument and live music. Food vendors will be on site and the fireworks show will begin at 9:15.

    Families can park at North Meadows, Davis Street and Farnum Drive and for $5 per car take a shuttle up to the summit of East Rock Park. Shuttle buses will stop running at 8:45 pm and will resume after the fireworks. For more information on shuttle service, street closures and other viewing areas for the fireworks, go here: http://bit.ly/15dCYIQ

    I hope you will join us for this year’s Fourth of July celebration!

    Resident Input Wanted!

    The City of New Haven is seeking resident input about housing, environmental, transportation and economic concerns in order to update our Comprehensive Plan, an important planning document that will serve as a guide for the City’s planning goals and objectives for the next ten years.

    I encourage all New Haven residents to take a few minutes and share their valuable input by filling out this brief survey. The collective results will be included in the Comprehensive Plan update and will help to shape the City’s future.

    The survey is quick and easy—it only takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is available online in English here: http://svy.mk/10xKSuN and in Spanish here: http://svy.mk/19TZ0Vr. The survey will be available online for six weeks, until August 19th.

    The City of New Haven’s Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan that provides the vision and guidance for the physical growth and development of the city over a ten year period. It is a realistic assessment of the existing condition of the city, a blue print of the city’s vision for the future, and a policy guide for achieving the city’s planning goals. It serves as a decision making guide for residents and elected and appointed local government officials in matters relating to land use, public investments, and capital improvement programs.

    The update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan is mandated by the state of Connecticut to happen every ten years. The Comprehensive Plan focuses primarily on the physical development of the city. More specific public policy issues such as public safety or education are partially covered by the plan but are more thoroughly addressed by other agency plans. In addition to serving as a guide for the next ten years, the Comprehensive Plan update functions as a yardstick to measure the progress made by the Comprehensive Planning goals and recommendations set in 2003, as well as other changes in the city.

    Canoeing and Kayaking Summer Schedule is here!

    Summer is here with its longer day light and warmer weather, so why not get out and enjoy the evening with one of New Haven’s Parks Department kayak or canoe instructional tours! The tours are being offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at various locations around New Haven. This is a great opportunity to join with New Haven Parks and Recreation Outdoor Adventure Program to experience and learn kayaking and canoeing skills and safety. All equipment will be provided. All you need to bring is your personal gear and a desire for some fun.

    For more information and to register, go here: http://bit.ly/19Vs7qt


    The heavy rains we have received over the past month seemed to have caused another round of potholes to sprout. In order to ensure that the Department of Public Works has the location of all potholes that need patching, please report any potholes you may come across to the City on See, Click, Fix at www.seeclickfix.com


    Jul. 3. Twilight Concert Series. Enjoy music from The Survivors Swing Band, a 7-piece jazz band who plays classic melodies from a bygone era. FREE. Pardee-Morris House. 325 Lighthouse Road. 6-9pm.

    Jul 3. Greg Sherrod Blues Band. 268 College Street. FREE. 9pm.

    Jul 3. Cityseed Farmers Market. On the Green @ corner of Chapel & Temple. Today 11am-3pm. www.cityseed.org

    Jul 4. Fireworks Display. East Rock Park. Activities begin at 4pm. 9pm fireworks display. (Rain date is Friday, July 5th)

    Jul. 5. Summer on9. Celebrate Summer On9 at Elm City Market with grilled corn for a buck outside! Watch a cooking demonstration by Global Local Gourmet Chef, Nadine Nelson. Enjoy samples from our local vendors throughout the market as well! Elm City Market. 6-8pm.

    Jul. 6. Grove Street Cemetery Walking Tours. Information 203.389.5403 for group and private tours as well. 227 Grove Street. Noon.

    Jul. 6+7. Khalas. “Khalas” is a theatrical workshop of a new play based on PTSD research and conversations. Written by Jon Goode, directed by Dexter J. Singleton. It is the outcome of the collaborative “Living with PTSD” Reintegrate team. FREE. Lyric Hall. 827 Whalley Avenue. 8pm.


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