While making the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut," producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film. Charles Vendetti, photo journalist and fashion photographer, was one of them. His photographs can be seen in the documentary along with his commentary. His full length interview is now available online.
New London's Board of Education has been getting attention recently for adopting a policy that will require all students beginning in 2015 to know English before they can graduate. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the requirement reaches beyond the school district’s large student immigrant population.
A little more than half of New London tenth graders are proficient in reading and writing. Some point to the school district's diverse population as a reason. Almost thirty countries are represented in the student body.
This was one of the snowiest winters in recent memory in Connecticut. There seemed to be almost an epidemic of roof collapses as buildings all over the state gave way under the weight of accumulated snowfalls. Many of those affected were businesses. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went to visit with one of them, to see how the recovery is progressing.
One snowy day last February, the two staff working at Alexandra Litor’s French bakery in Stafford Springs heard the sounds of the building collapsing all around them.
A bill that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates has passed in the state House and now moves to the Senate.
The legislation would allow students who have graduated from a Connecticut high school after attending for at least four years to be eligible for the state tuition rate at a public college or university.
A similar bill was vetoed by former Governor Jodi Rell in 2007. But this year, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy says he'll sign the bill into law.
Malloy's support is embraced by undocumented students like Carolina Bortolleto.
The New Haven to Springfield high speed rail line snagged $30 million in federal funding today. But that's far less than the $227 million Connecticut was hoping for.
Governor Dannel Malloy says he's not disappointed with the pay-out.
"You ask for a lot money in the hopes that you're going to get it. Amtrak asked for a lot more than they're getting. Everybody asked for more than they're getting," Malloy says. "No, I'm feeling great. We're going to compete time and time again. We're going to be in those fights. And we're not going to take passes."
A new report says almost all low-income residents in Connecticut's biggest cities have access to public transportation. But those buses, shuttles and trains are often too infrequent to get them to work.
After two years of crunching data, Alan Berube was surprised to find that nearly 70 percent of people in America's metropolitan areas have access to public transit.
That's true in Connecticut too. But "access" here could just mean a bus runs down your street every half hour.
Earlier this week, Connecticut received $30 million federal dollars for the New Haven to Springfield rail project. As the money starts to trickle in, WNPR is checking in with a few towns along the line to see how they're preparing. The first stop is Meriden, a city well on its way to welcoming the train.
Meriden's downtown isn't that different from those in other industrial towns in Connecticut. After manufacturing dried up, retail fled to the malls and slowly, all that was left behind started to crumble.
Negotiators for state employee unions and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tentatively agreed today on a package of concessions and other labor savings that will help Malloy balance the $40.1 billion biennial budget without 4,700 announced layoffs.
The deal, which is subject to ratification by nearly 45,000 employees in 15 unions, comes after weeks of intensifying negotiations and days after the first 186 of 4,472 layoff notices went out.
It can feel daunting and perhaps lonely to start a new business. So where can you turn for some friendly advice and seasoned experience?
It turns out there are hundreds of retired executives in Connecticut who offer free counseling services to small business. They're known as SCORE.
WNPR's Harriet Jones sat down with four SCORE counselors, Dennis Peoples, Nazz Paciotti, Joe Beerbower and Eric Steinmetz, who have a pretty good perspective on what small business people do right...and wrong...when getting started.
Last year, the city of New Haven announced the start of an ambitious 5-year education reform program. Schools were assigned levels, or “tiers". That’s something that might not affect kids as much asteachers and school administrators.
With summer vacation just a few weeks away, we visited a lower-performing “Tier Three” school to talk with educators and parents about what’s changed this year.
While Governor Malloy continues to negotiate with state employee unions for $2 billion in concessions, his budget chief has come up with a contingency plan to balance the budget. It’s known as “Plan B”.
It's been more than a month since freelance journalist Clare Gillis was detained in Libya. Gillis'parents still live in New Haven, where she was raised, and they are anxiously awaiting her release. Last night, friends held a candlelight vigil for her at Harvard.
In the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut," Kate Swift, feminist and author, shares her experiences of the 60s. While making the documentary, producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film. This interview with Kate Swift, was conducted in the fall of 2010; she passed away on May 8, 2011.
Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, Connecticut is one of the only farms in the country cultivating a rare perennial variety ... the Chinese tree peony. As part of WNPR's Small Business Project, Andrew Huston spoke with members of the family who run the garden about their plans to improve the business.
In the coming weeks, the woody shrubs lining Cricket Hill Garden’s woodland terraced garden will burst with large, fragrant, colorful blossoms.
“In the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut", producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film. Since the documentary can only include small portions of each interview, we are making the full interviews available on-line. The "60s in Connecticut" can be seen on CPTV.
The Connecticut Health Investigative Team or C-HIT has uncovered that many school cafeterias in Connecticut are not getting regular inspections as required by law. Some schools, who were cited for various health infractions, did not even get a follow-up inspection to ensure they had resolved their health issue. We talked to C-HIT reporter and co-founder, Lisa Chedekel about the story.
Governor Malloy has declared the state of Connecticut open for business. But many small businesses find when they come in contact with state government, their first experience is frustration. WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at just how well the state is doing in streamlining its approach to business.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would swap a piece of preserved land in Haddam with a developer for a much larger property. But officials in East Haddam have voted against the deal and are sending a letter to lawmakers and the state’s environmental Commissioner arguing against the swap. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.
Keney Park in Hartford has received a $96,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The money will be spent to improve hiking trails. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.
A crowd gathered in front of a windswept pond to celebrate the grant. The pond is part of the park’s 693 acres which includes trails for hiking, biking, and even a golf course. Henry Hester, of the Friends of Keney Park, says the money will pay for enhancing trails and creating a web-based trail guide
A new report finds noticeable academic progress in fifteen low-performing Connecticut districts where there’s been intensive intervention by the state. Test scores in these districts show substantial improvement over time, particularly among minority students.
Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Waterbury and Stamford are among fifteen school districts that are part of the Connecticut Accountability for Learning Initiative or CALI. All were identified as needing improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has delayed the issuance of mass layoff notices planned for Friday, but a spokesman said today the change does not necessarily mean the administration is close to a deal for concessions and other labor savings.
"It's not a sign of a huge breakthrough. If it helps bring one, that would be welcome," said Roy Occhiogrosso, senior adviser to the governor.