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Mikro Breaks Ground at Former Depot Site 

Monday, July 24, 2017
MiKro, a craft beer and small plate restaurant located in 3000 Whitney Shopping Center on Whitney Avenue is expanding. Owner Mike Farber, Mayor Curt Leng, and others attended the official groundbreaking at the site of MiKro’s expansion at 0 Depot Road, on Sherman Avenue (behind Dunkin’ Donuts) on Thursday, June 22nd. “It brings me great pleasure to see one of Hamden’s most popular and respected restaurants expanding here in Town. We are all very excited to work with Mr. Farber on MiKro’s expansion, and we look forward to the fantastic commercial and community impacts this project will offer to Hamden.”

Featured Business-Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies 

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Hamden is proud to promote unique, local businesses that are independently owned and operated. For this edition, we will feature Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies.

Since Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies opened its storefront in 2015, it has become a local favorite for dessert items.
The story of Moon Rocks Cookies actually begins over 40 years ago when Cynthia Rae, a single mother and culinary school student developed a unique recipe for cookies. Cynthia worked tirelessly but could not find employment even after graduating. As a result, she had to put her passion for creating her special cookies on hold.

In 2014, Cynthia’s daughter, Marni decided that it was now-or-never to act on her mother’s dream. With her mother’s recipes and help, Marni started selling Moon Rocks Cookies in September of that year. In October 2015, she opened her storefront at 1830 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden and this past March, she acquired a food truck. Demand has become so large, Marni is looking to acquire more kitchen space to fill orders.

Clifford Beers Clinic Coming to Hamden This Fall 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Hamden is proud to announce that a Clifford Beers Clinic is expected to open in Hamden in late Summer or early Fall of 2017.

Clifford Beers clinics started over a century ago, when a man of the same name was institutionalized for a suicide attempt. Following his release, Clifford Beers did pioneering work in developing outpatient care- where patients could still live at home and receive two hours of treatment on a weekly basis. There are now more than twenty Clifford Beers clinics in the Greater New Haven area, working to give autistic children the community-based support they need.

Hamden Marketplace 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Hamden Marketplace located at 2335 Dixwell Avenue was sold last month to the Boston-based Wilder Companies for $51.7 million. The 235,000 square foot shopping center is home to Staples, Old Navy, Stop n’ Shop, Petco, and more. The space was sold by the California State Teachers' Retirement System, one of the largest pension funds in the world. The fund had acquired the property more than a decade ago as part of its portfolio and decided in May to cash in on their investment.

Featured Business-Lucky Ewe Irish Goods 

Monday, June 19, 2017
Hamden is proud to promote unique, local businesses that are independently owned and operated. For this Edition, we will feature Lucky Ewe. Lucky Goods located at 2371 Whitney Avenue, across from the old Hamden Town Hall, opened in November 2015 and offers a beautiful collection of Celtic inspired gifts, clothing, jewelry and crafts.

Hamden DECA Students Find Success in Anaheim 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Students that are part of Hamden’s DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) chapter competed in the annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim this past April. Over 19,000 high school students from around the world competed in about 50 events, showcasing their projects. DECA prepares high school and college students for future careers in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Of the 31 students who participated in Anaheim, 28 of them finished in the top 20%.

Young Developers Contractors Expanding on Crest Way 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Town of Hamden is proud to announce the continued expansion of Young Developers LLC, a full service roofing contractor located at 42 Crestway. The small, homegrown firm offers a wide variety of materials for their roofs including tile, copper, cedar, slate, and asphalt. Young Developers also provides snow removal, and siding and gutter installation. The company has completed numerous impressive projects over the past several years including the Alternative Center for Excellence in Danbury, the Westport Town Hall, Bristol Historical Society, and the Terry Conners Ice Rink in Stamford. “Small businesses are critical to the health of Hamden’s economy” said Hamden Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Director Dale Kroop. “We were pleased that the company was able to get the help they needed from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Business Express Program so they can continue to grow.”

Application and Webcoding Training 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Town of Hamden is pleased to announce a collaboration between Checkmate, a full service digital agency and Learn To Program TV. There will be an information session on an exciting Boot Camp that will soon be available for people interested in developing skills in coding and other tech skills for the 21st century. The Information session about Framework will be held at Checkmate on Thursday May 11th at 6P.M. at Whitneyville Cultural Commons at 1253 Whitney Avenue. Framework is Connecticut’s own boot camp program to train new web and mobile developers. Framework is distributed and owned by Learn to Program.TV, based in New Haven.

Centerville Lumber Site Redevelopment Moves Forward 

Thursday, April 27, 2017
After years of planning, construction has begun at the former site of Centerville Lumber. The site at 2320 Whitney Avenue has been cleared of all of the old barns and pavement and the site work continues for the multi- faceted development.
Construction of the Residence Inn by Marriot will begin this spring and be completed in early 2018, while the rehabilitation and conversion of the Centerville Lumber building into Amity Physical Therapy will continue throughout the summer and fall of 2017. A yet to be named restaurant will likely occupy the front building formerly leased by Brandman’s Paint.

Town Expands Relationship With Albertus Magnus College 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Roughly one year ago, Hamden began a relationship with Albertus Magnus College focused on baseball. Albertus now plays collegiate baseball at the newly rebuilt Rochford Field. On Monday night the Hamden Legislative Council approved a Memorandum of Agreement with Albertus Magnus College for the two parties to collaborate on several new areas including; • 10% Discount of tuition for Hamden Employees at Albertus Magnus College. • Promotion of internship opportunities within the Town Departments • Collaboration on Career Fairs • Lunch and Learn Sessions for Town employees

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