On August 6, New Haven's Board of Aldermen gave final approval to a major project that will remove highway 34, and replace the open land with biotech and medical facilities. It will also open up a part of the city that has been closed off to downtown by the highway since the 1950s.
In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, Germany is undertaking a massive effort to eliminate its eight nuclear power plants. It will rely on more wind and solar power, and less on coal.
The Germans may spend as much as $250 billion over the next several years just to get this plan started. Japan, meanwhile, despite a worried public, is still considering how much nuclear power they want to have part of their future energy mix.
Having spent an afternoon with some of New Haven's most notable chefs, I got sense that the biggest mistake we make when selecting our food is a lack of mindfulness. Jason Sobicinski of Caseus (and of host restaurant Park Central Tavern) spoke about moderation - and the need to "...be focused on what you're putting in your mouth".
Applications for President Obama’s new deferred action immigration policy for young people are to be released next week. Officials in New Haven will partner with local lawyers, Yale Law School and other organizations in the city to help undocumented youth navigate the application process.
Under the deferred action policy announced in June, undocumented immigrants who meet certain eligibility requirements will be considered for relief from deportation.
Connecticut has a new, destructive resident that most likely is here to stay. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer has caused state officials to impose a quarantine in one part of Connecticut.
The tiny village of Stonington Borough is hoping Hollywood stardom can put it on the map. Hope Springs, the movie shot last year on location in the Borough, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, opened Wednesday. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
The last time Stonington Borough hit the silver screen it had to give all the glory to its next door neighbor.
“I’m not going to be slinging pizza for the rest of my life.”
On May 7, Kayley, our first summer intern, began her experience in the media lab. She was later joined by Anthony, Lucy, Kirsten, Tyler, Emily, and me. We did a total of 17 shoots over our three months here. In addition to having three of the four senatorial candidates come to our studio for the (I)NTERVIEW series, we went out for two Outdoor Enthusiast shoots, at Wadsworth Falls and Candlewood Lake. With all of our adventures across the state, I wanted to know what my fellow interns are taking away from their experiences.
I was listening to NPR's morning edition this past Tuesday, August 7th, and I noticed something odd during the broadcast. A story ran reporting the threat posed to Theodore Roosevelt's Badlands Ranch by the proposed construction of a bridge.
A year after the Hartford Police Department began its Shooting Task Force, the department released results today/yesterday. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, shootings and gun crimes are down.
For years, two numbers in the city's crime stats were the ones to watch -- the number of shooting incidents, and the number of shooting victims. Because, for years, those numbers either stagnated or went up.
In June, the federal government announced a rule change that would allow some illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the date to apply for deferred action is coming up, prompting immigrant rights groups nationwide to get ready.
Congress has yet to pass The Dream Act, a federal law that would allow children brought to this country by their parents to apply for U.S citizenship.
This week on the Needle Drop, we're exploring new music from Swedish Pop duo Niki & the Dove; plus, we'll be hearing some compilation material from self-recording eccentric R. Stevie Moore. There will probably be a slew of other artists you're year to hear about as well. Let's go!
Tropical Storm Irene, record snowfalls in 2011, and a freak snowstorm last October: even in a part of the country that has unpredictable weather, Connecticut has had its share of extreme weather in the last few years.
Starting a new company is a lonely business. It can be particularly difficult if you have nowhere to turn for guidance or support. One program in Bridgeport has aimed to fill that gap for local entrepreneurs for the last 12 years. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
“Good to see you!.......
“Thank all of you for coming. Hope you guys are enjoying your meal….”
Cities all over Connecticut suffer periodically from empty storefronts and high business turnover. But a new survey shows New Haven is managing to provide some stability in its downtown. Sarah Miner reports from the city’s Ninth Square.
Summer is the time when hungry families are most in need of food assistance. Kids are home from school and food donations are at their lowest.
Standing at the corner of Dixwell and Argyle in the Newhallville section of New Haven, there’s a line of people around the block in front of the Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation. They’re waiting for an emergency food bank to open.
"Basically this program helps us, me and my mother, when we don’t have food at the end of the month. It helps us to get something in the pantry while our food stamps come."
Franchised companies have been through very tough times, just like other small businesses during the recession, but some are betting they have what it takes to make a quicker recovery. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
This is Connecticut’s latest Wireless Zone location, in Cromwell, and it’s the grand opening day. Co-owner Matt Pensiero says for him, the cell phone business is a smart place to be.
“Maybe ten years ago it was kind of a toy, kind of, you know, something nice to have; but now, it’s a have-to-have.”
State estimates say there may be as many as a thousand unfilled jobs in advanced manufacturing currently available in Connecticut. As our series continues on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we look at how the state is preparing the workers who will take this industry forward. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
Connecticut’s Governor has staked a lot on reforming the state’s educational system. And a large part of the motivation is to provide a workforce literate in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM skills. But the pace of technological change is getting quicker every year, and figuring out how to train workers for the high value industries of the 21st century is ever more challenging.
Levels of lending to small businesses took a long dip this year, before recovering slightly in May. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it’s the first time since the height of the recession that borrowing has seen a prolonged decline.
It’s often said that credit is the lifeblood of a small business. And therefore when small businesses aren’t getting loans, it’s significant.
“Small business is at the forefront of the economy.”
Just before our brainstorming session on etiquette, Guest Editor Joanne Kahan sent me an email that read “Pretty sure etiquette is dying a slow death. Perhaps, we should do a Memorial". That's when I realized we were in for an interesting afternoon!
Joining Joanne at The Winchester, a great new spot in Woodbridge, were our "Memorial" participants: architect (and featured writer for the Guide) Duo Dickinson, author Anne Witkavich, radio personality Randye Kaye, and beer maker Rob Leonard.
In the early 1900s, tourists from all over Connecticut and from other parts of the country as well flocked to the popular Savin Rock Amusement Park in West Haven. In the minds of many, Savin Rock rivaled New York’s Coney Island. It offered amusement park rides, a theater, and restaurants as well as swimming in the gentle waters of Long Island Sound. Postcards in the collections of the Connecticut Historical Society show that visitors to Savin Rock in the early 1900ss enjoyed themselves in the same ways that visitors continue to enjoy similar resorts today.
Stamford is ramping up efforts to test private wells for potentially cancer-causing pesticides that may be in the water. But getting the word out is a slow process, and so far, surrounding towns haven’t shown much concern.
As the summer growing season nears its peak, farmers’ markets in Connecticut are more popular than ever. Each week, you’ll find at least 130 dotting the landscape. But some folks say not all of the produce is what it’s supposed to be.
“Free range veal; beef and chevon; eggs and nettles; tomato, steaks, and compost”
Matt Staebner’s chant from his stall at the New Haven farmers’ market is practically poetic as it lists the many items from the family’s fourth generation Blue Slope farm in Franklin.
The Federal Government is touting the potential for tidal energy production, using underwater turbines. Thirty of these turbines are planned for New York City's East River by 2015, and a New York-based company is exploring an area of Eastern Long Island Sound known as "The Race" for a possible turbine site.
As Maine Public Broadcasting's Jay Field reports, that state is taking the lead in tidalenergy generation, lowering a 180-kilowatt turbine into the waters of Cobscook Bay. It will make Maine the first state to feed energy to the commercial electric grid.