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Town Again Makes 100 Best Communities for Young People List

America's Promise Alliance is out with their annual list and for the second year in a row Hamden is on it.

On the heels of being named to CNN/Money Magazine's Top 100 Places to Live, Hamden has been named to the Top 100 Best Communities for Young People to Live by America's Promise Alliance and ING.

Mayor Scott Jackson, Supt. of Schools Fran Rabinowitz and Hamden High School Principal Gary Highsmith made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in the high school's auditorium in front of a group of  high school students.

"I think the two go hand in hand," Jackson said of the two honors. "Great places to live are great places for young people."

"While I'm not surprised," Highsmith said of the latest honor, "I'm certainly grateful."

The national award was given to Hamden to recognize its outstanding and innovative work to increase high school graduation rates and provide programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow, according to a release from the organization.

Hamden is one of three Connecticut municipalities chosen who will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources. The other two state cities included in the list are Norwalk and Waterbury.

America’s Promise Alliance is a coalition of more than 400 nonprofit groups, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers that come together with the goal of improving the lives of children and youth.

"I'm honored to be the superintendent in a town where students are the number one priority," Rabinowitz said.

"Hamden is a big town of 61,000 people," Jackson said, "but we still operate like a small town and I want to maintain that."

Thomas Alegi September 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM
“Town Again Makes 100 Best Communities for Young People List” One wonders if anyone took into account the number of Hamden young people who are dropping out of school? More importantly, has anyone taken into account how many Hamden young people are having their lives end abruptly?
Dan Garrett September 12, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thomas, please be happy just once, if possible. I am very pleased along with many others to live in this fine town. If residents listened to you and Cheryl, they would believe Hamden was the bottom of the barrel. Please just once,say something nice. Please
Chris Wilson September 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Actually Tom, our student drop out rate has dropped drastically over the past 7 years. Our town and school system has many great opportunities for our youth. It is up to our youth and their families to take advantage of all our great town has to offer.
Thomas Alegi September 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Dan, to use your words not mine “bottom of the barrel" The only way to keep Hamden from the “so called bottom of the barrel" is for residents of Hamden to debate their views, what better way than to comment on the HamdenPatch, I hope you agree. By the way, Dan, I did ask if your newborn was a girl or a boy in one of my comments to you, I thought that was nice and respectful. Dan, let me ask you another question if I may, why are you always attempting to paint people “unhappy” if they have a different viewpoint then yours, have you been reading a manifesto?
Thomas Alegi September 13, 2012 at 03:55 AM
As some would say, it is up to our youth and their families to take advantage of all our “Great” town has to offer. If that is true, why then are the so-called advantages that Hamden has to offer, not keeping young people from being randomly shot in Southern Hamden? Many in Hamden would say the parents of Southern Hamden want their children and families to take advantage of what Hamden has to offer, as we all do, but this becomes more and more difficult for them to do when their children and family members are dying from random gunfire in Southern Hamden. So calling Hamden a “Great” town at this time is unwarranted. When all residents of Hamden can live without fear of random gunfire, then and only then can Hamden, be called “Great” again.
Ted B September 13, 2012 at 04:49 AM
While many like to criticize the school system -- and I've been guilty of doing just that -- there are some very good things going on that not everyone is aware of. I congratulate everyone involved on this award, which really is something that everyone in the town can be proud of. Providing education in a town like Hamden with such wide diversity is difficult at best and especially at the high school level, where you have every high school student in the town filtering into one facility. I think considering the challenges they face, the school officials and teachers are doing a darn good job, and I especially think Ms. Rabinowitz is the best thing to happen to Hamden in a long time and I'm very happy she is still with us and hope she will be for a while. Just as a resident looking in from the outside I can see her devotion to the district and I am impressed, and I haven't been able to say that about a Hamden superintendent for a very long time.
Thomas Alegi September 13, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Sorry for some unknown reason the last two paragraphs did not show up in my last comment. Therefore, I am reposting it. As some would say, it is up to our youth and their families to take advantage of all our “Great” town has to offer. If that is true, why then are the so-called advantages that Hamden has to offer, not keeping young people from being randomly shot in Southern Hamden? Many in Hamden would say the parents of Southern Hamden want their children and families to take advantage of what Hamden has to offer, as we all do, but this becomes more and more difficult for them to do when their children and family members are dying from random gunfire in Southern Hamden. So calling Hamden a “Great” town at this time is unwarranted. When all residents of Hamden can live without fear of random gunfire, then and only then can Hamden, be called “Great” again. Furthermore, Hamden’s education system can no longer be called “Great”. Other towns in Connecticut offer more to their students at less cost to their taxpayers and they do not call their educational system “Great” or their town “Great”. Pride in one’s town or education system is healthy to a degree, but pride has to be, evaluated against moral and fiscal realities of the time, so with that said let me just say Hamden’s school system is average compared to other towns in Connecticut.
Dan Garrett September 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Thomas, thanks for asking about my newborn, Robert Kennedy is a healthy little boy. Dialog is great, I totally agree with you. The manifesto remark is not necessary. I am not a communist, just a family man and Democrat.
ladson September 13, 2012 at 01:45 PM
It nice to see hear good news about Hamden. Sometime thing Hamden is get the bottom of the barrel. Because of the crime rate and the gunfire.
Thomas Alegi September 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Dan if I thought you were a “communist” I would have said,” Have you been reading the communist manifesto?” What I wrote was, “have you been reading a manifesto?” Here is one short meaning of the word “manifesto” = (government) a public declaration of intentions (as issued by a political party or government). Dan you falsely took what I wrote to mean “communist” I hope now you can see that sometimes you misinterpret what people write, like we all do at times. Your newborn’s name Robert Kennedy is a very nice name.
Dan Garrett September 13, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Thomas, sorry about the mixup, glad you like my baby boy's name.

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