New Haven Region http://wnpr.org en Senators Blumenthal and Murphy Discuss Heroin Addiction at New Haven Forum http://wnpr.org/post/senators-blumenthal-and-murphy-discuss-heroin-addiction-new-haven-forum <p>U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy held a roundtable forum on&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_2098287380" tabindex="0">Thursday</span>&nbsp;about how to deal with the heroin problem in Connecticut. Senator Blumenthal described the situation as an "epidemic and [a] scourge."&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:42:50 +0000 Ray Hardman & Lori Mack 20367 at http://wnpr.org Senators Blumenthal and Murphy Discuss Heroin Addiction at New Haven Forum Examining the State's Heroin Problem; Danbury's Economic Boost; Republicans' Alternative Budget http://wnpr.org/post/examining-states-heroin-problem-danburys-economic-boost-republicans-alternative-budget <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S3kbiGMDtNY" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Heroin use is rising at an alarming rate here in Connecticut and in the northeast. According to U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty, 257 state residents have died from heroin overdoses, many in her district, which covers Torrington and Waterbury. Thursday, Esty met with the mayors of those two cities, along with law enforcement and public health professionals to explore options to combat the problem.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:13:03 +0000 Eric Clemmons 20343 at http://wnpr.org Unregistered Assault Rifle Gets Squirrel-Shooting Milford Man in Trouble http://wnpr.org/post/unregistered-assault-rifle-gets-squirrel-shooting-milford-man-trouble <p>An unregistered assault rifle was found at the home of a Milford man after he allegedly shot at a squirrel -- although not with the assault rifle.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:37:19 +0000 Heather Brandon 20299 at http://wnpr.org Unregistered Assault Rifle Gets Squirrel-Shooting Milford Man in Trouble Highway Improvement; Curbing Teen Violence; Examining Police Taser Use http://wnpr.org/post/highway-improvement-curbing-teen-violence-examining-police-taser-use <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JrQlZ-JAIKs?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:26:42 +0000 Eric Clemmons 20211 at http://wnpr.org New Haven Cardboard Furniture Company Goes Beyond One-Man Production http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-cardboard-furniture-company-goes-beyond-one-man-production <p>In New Haven, there's a furniture shop where everything is designed, hand-made, and shipped by just one employee working with cardboard.</p><p>Now <a href="http://www.chairigami.com/" target="_blank">Zachary Rotholz of Chairigami</a> is working with manufacturers in Connecticut to scale up production of his cardboard furniture, and even make it high-tech.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:54:33 +0000 Alan Yu 19527 at http://wnpr.org New Haven Cardboard Furniture Company Goes Beyond One-Man Production Connecticut State Board of Education Approves Four New Charter Schools http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-state-board-education-approves-four-new-charter-schools <p>The Connecticut State Board of Education has approved four new charter schools, including two in Bridgeport.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:24:21 +0000 Associated Press 19529 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut State Board of Education Approves Four New Charter Schools Shakespeare Plus The Beatles, Sort of, at Yale Rep http://wnpr.org/post/shakespeare-plus-beatles-sort-yale-rep <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yale Repertory </span>Theatre’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> current production plays on Shakespeare to tell the story of The Beatles’ triumphant return to England from the U.S. in 1964. Except the band isn’t quite The Beatles, the language isn’t entirely Shakespeare’s, and the songs aren’t by Lennon and McCartney.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:46:02 +0000 Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 19503 at http://wnpr.org Shakespeare Plus The Beatles, Sort of, at Yale Rep Yale Photo Show Offers Intimate Insights Into the Jazz World http://wnpr.org/post/yale-photo-show-offers-intimate-insights-jazz-world <p>More eloquently than the written word—including even the prose of the great Ralph Ellison or the poetry of the legendary Langston Hughes—poetically expressive black-and-white photographs taken by gifted jazz photographers can capture the elusive but soulful essence of the music and its cradle-to-the-grave love affair with life.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:50:58 +0000 Owen McNally 19382 at http://wnpr.org Yale Photo Show Offers Intimate Insights Into the Jazz World Study: Hartford, New Haven Hurt By Abundance of Parking http://wnpr.org/post/study-hartford-new-haven-hurt-abundance-parking <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Regardless of how hard it can seem to find a parking spot sometimes, Hartford and New Haven have built a lot more parking over the past few decades. But that can be a bad thing.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut recently investigated the impact of parking policies in six cities across the U.S.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:45:33 +0000 Alan Yu 19218 at http://wnpr.org Study: Hartford, New Haven Hurt By Abundance of Parking At 81, Playwright Athol Fugard Looks Back On Aging And Apartheid http://wnpr.org/post/81-playwright-athol-fugard-looks-back-aging-and-apartheid Under apartheid, trying to make an artistic political statement was difficult — artists were subject to scrutiny and even arrest. On the other hand, making a political statement was easy: All one had to do was put black and white actors on a stage together.<p>That's exactly what South African playwright Athol Fugard did back in 1961 with his breakout play <em>Blood Knot</em>. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:22:51 +0000 NPR Staff 19128 at http://wnpr.org At 81, Playwright Athol Fugard Looks Back On Aging And Apartheid Few Residential Treatment Programs for Connecticut Adolescents http://wnpr.org/post/few-residential-treatment-programs-connecticut-adolescents <p>One out of every 22 Connecticut high schoolers has taken medication such as painkillers that weren’t prescribed for them, according to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health. In the second of a three-part series, WNPR looks at treatment options available for local teens with substance abuse issues.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18700 at http://wnpr.org Few Residential Treatment Programs for Connecticut Adolescents A New Haven Kind of Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-kind-wheelhouse <p>Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse will be in New Haven, where the mayor's race led to special elections that created a political game of musical chairs recently. Our panel of reporters will catch you up on all the week’s news from the Elm City and beyond.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18630 at http://wnpr.org A New Haven Kind of Wheelhouse Addiction: A Guilford Family's Story http://wnpr.org/post/addiction-guilford-familys-story <p>A big increase in opiate overdoses nationwide has focused attention on substance abuse. Nine&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">out of ten adults suffering from addiction said they began using drugs or alcohol when they were adolescents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the first of a three-part series on youth battling addiction, WNPR introduces you to the Harmons of Guilford.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18628 at http://wnpr.org Addiction: A Guilford Family's Story Lecture Gives Voice to Remarkable African American Women From Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/lecture-gives-voice-remarkable-african-american-women-connecticut <p>The lives of African American women throughout Connecticut history will be discussed at a lecture titled, "The Struggle for Full Rights as Citizens: The Voice of African Americans at the New Haven Museum," Thursday night at the New Haven Museum.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:37:04 +0000 Ray Hardman 18318 at http://wnpr.org Lecture Gives Voice to Remarkable African American Women From Connecticut A New Exhibit Focuses on New Haven's Punk Past http://wnpr.org/post/new-exhibit-focuses-new-havens-punk-past <p>Part of The Elm City's rock and roll past will be on display in an exhibit opening Friday night at Cafe Nine in New Haven. It's called The Early Years of Punk in New Haven, and features the work of photographer Tom Hearn.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:31:24 +0000 Ray Hardman 18041 at http://wnpr.org A New Exhibit Focuses on New Haven's Punk Past Holder-Winfield Wins State Senate Special Election http://wnpr.org/post/holder-winfield-wins-state-senate-special-election <p>Democratic State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield of New Haven won a special state senate election on Tuesday. He succeeds veteran Toni Harp, who's now the mayor of New Haven.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/state_senate_special_election/" target="_blank"><em>The New Haven Independent</em> reports that Holder-Winfield defeated Republican Steven Mullins</a> with 76 percent of the vote.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Holder-Winfield had the backing of top state Democrats for the </span>10th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> District seat, including state Senate Majority Leader Martin </span>Looney<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and U.S. Senators Richard </span>Blumenthal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Chris Murphy.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:28:27 +0000 Heather Brandon 17577 at http://wnpr.org Holder-Winfield Wins State Senate Special Election West Haven VA Hospital in Spotlight for Unsanitary Conditions http://wnpr.org/post/west-haven-va-hospital-spotlight-unsanitary-conditions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Senator Richard </span>Blumenthal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has asked the Connecticut VA Healthcare System to report in a month how it will ensure sanitary conditions at its West Haven hospital.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, visited the hospital Friday morning after a VA Inspector General's report outlined several areas of concern from a June 2013 inspection at the VA hospital.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:47:22 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 17364 at http://wnpr.org West Haven VA Hospital in Spotlight for Unsanitary Conditions New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin http://wnpr.org/post/new-releases-goodnight-blue-moon-and-daphne-lee-martin-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, we check back in with two musical acts that we’ve featured on the program before. </span><a href="http://goodnightbluemoon.com/home" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="new">Goodnight Blue Moon</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s Elm City roots are evident in their music. Their new EP, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">A Girl I Never Met</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, features a song that’s based on a poem found in a Fair Haven history book. Goodnight Blue Moon join us in studio to talk about the new release and to play some music.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:55:38 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17315 at http://wnpr.org New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin Yale Hosts Law Enforcement and Hacking Conference http://wnpr.org/post/yale-hosts-law-enforcement-and-hacking-conference <p>Yale Law School is <a href="http://www.yaleisp.org/event/law-enforcement-and-hacking" target="_blank">hosting a conference on law enforcement and computer hacking.</a> The conference, "Law Enforcement and Hacking: When Cops Control Your Webcam," starts at 1:00 pm on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>It will focus on the increasing use of sophisticated tools to hack into the computers of targets, including remotely enabling webcams, turning on microphones, and downloading documents and other files from hacked computers.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:14:00 +0000 Associated Press 17046 at http://wnpr.org Yale Hosts Law Enforcement and Hacking Conference Art Exhibit Draws Inspiration From Talking Heads Song http://wnpr.org/post/art-exhibit-draws-inspiration-talking-heads-song <p>As a first-time curator, Stephen Grant “kind of did it maybe,” in his words, “backwards.” Rather than base his debut show on specific artists and media, Grant started with a concept, a theme.</p><p>Having read David Byrne’s part-memoir, part-textbook,&nbsp;<em>How Music Works</em>, Grant was inspired by Byrne’s own seemingly endless desire to be inspired. “I wanted to create a show that embodied that attitude,” Grant said, so he based it on and named it for a classic song from Byrne’s Talking Heads days, “Once in a Lifetime.”</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:22:13 +0000 Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 16880 at http://wnpr.org Art Exhibit Draws Inspiration From Talking Heads Song Malloy Says State Exceeding Its Goals for Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-says-state-exceeding-its-goals-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The goal</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of the Affordable Care Act was to insure more people at a lower cost. Affordability is still a moving target. At least in Connecticut, the enrollment numbers are looking good.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials announced that they have beaten their goal of enrolling 100,000 people in the Affordable Care Act by March 31 by more than 20 percent.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:03:05 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16794 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Says State Exceeding Its Goals for Obamacare New Haven Promise Reaches Out to Younger Children in Effort to Build a College-Going Culture http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-promise-reaches-out-younger-children-effort-build-college-going-culture <p>A recently-released report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that as college tuition costs soared between 2007 and 2012, demand for federal student loans increased more than 300 percent.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:13:24 +0000 Diane Orson 16398 at http://wnpr.org New Haven Promise Reaches Out to Younger Children in Effort to Build a College-Going Culture Upgrade to Metro-North New Haven Line Begins http://wnpr.org/post/upgrade-metro-north-new-haven-line-begins <p>Work on a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro North’s New Haven Line begins on Monday. The upgrade is aimed at preventing the kind of catastrophic power failure that took place in New York last fall, seriously disrupting service.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Dannel Malloy announced the project Sunday at Union Station in New Haven. “Transportation is the backbone of our economy here in Connecticut,” he said. “As governor, I’ve been clear that we need to invest in bringing our highways and mass transit systems into the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century after years of under-investment.”</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:37:31 +0000 Diane Orson 16385 at http://wnpr.org Upgrade to Metro-North New Haven Line Begins New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin http://wnpr.org/post/new-releases-goodnight-blue-moon-and-daphne-lee-martin <p>This hour, we check back in with two musical acts that we’ve featured on the program before. <a href="http://goodnightbluemoon.com/home">Goodnight Blue Moon</a>’s Elm City roots are evident in their music. Their new EP is called, <em>A Girl I Never Met</em>&nbsp;and it features a song that’s based on a poem found in a Fair Haven history book. Goodnight Blue Moon join us in-studio to talk about the new release and to play some music.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're also be joined by another Connecticut musician: </span><a href="http://daphneleemartin.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Daphne Lee Martin.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Her upcoming album </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Frost </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is a follow-up to last year’s </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Moxie,&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which we featured on the show last year. Daphne joins us to talk about </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Frost</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and to catch up on her success since she last joined us.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 16222 at http://wnpr.org New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin East Haven Police Chief Looks to Stop Immediate Transfers of New Trainees http://wnpr.org/post/east-haven-police-chief-looks-stop-immediate-transfers-new-trainees <p>East Haven's police chief is asking that something be done to stop town police recruits from completing their training and immediately transferring elsewhere. <a href="http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140129/east-haven-police-chief-furious-about-officers-jumping-ship" target="_blank">According to <em>The New Haven Register</em>, Chief Brent Larrabee has seen 26 officers of his 53-person force leave</a> during his two years on the job.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:43:21 +0000 Diane Orson 16208 at http://wnpr.org East Haven Police Chief Looks to Stop Immediate Transfers of New Trainees Former East Haven Police Officer Sentenced to Five Years in Prison http://wnpr.org/post/former-east-haven-police-officer-sentenced-five-years-prison <p>Former East Haven police officer Dennis Spaulding has been sentenced to five years in prison for violating the constitutional rights of members of the East Haven community, particularly Latinos.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:50:52 +0000 Diane Orson 15902 at http://wnpr.org Former East Haven Police Officer Sentenced to Five Years in Prison Yale Model U.N. Brings Future Leaders From Around The World To New Haven http://wnpr.org/post/yale-model-un-brings-future-leaders-around-world-new-haven <p>The 40th session of the Yale Model United Nations is underway in New Haven. Nearly 1,700 high school students from as far away as New Zealand have been immersing themselves in the Model U.N. experience, taking advantage of the plethora of speeches, classes and other activities happening this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:36:52 +0000 Ray Hardman 15858 at http://wnpr.org Yale Model U.N. Brings Future Leaders From Around The World To New Haven Former East Haven Police Officer Sentenced to Two and a Half Years In Prison http://wnpr.org/post/former-east-haven-police-officer-sentenced-two-and-half-years-prison <p>A former East Haven police officer was sentenced on Tuesday to two and a half years in prison for multiple civil rights violations. D<span style="line-height: 1.5;">avid </span>Cari<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was found guilty in October of conspiring to violate and violating the civil rights of members of the East Haven community, particularly Latinos. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:32:10 +0000 Diane Orson 15758 at http://wnpr.org Former East Haven Police Officer Sentenced to Two and a Half Years In Prison Music Program in Waterbury Teaches Children Team-Building Skills http://wnpr.org/post/music-program-waterbury-teaches-children-team-building-skills <p>Two years ago, we reported on plans to launch after-school music education programs for low-income children in several Connecticut cities. The programs are inspired by El Sistema, a music phenomenon in Venezuela that’s touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids, and captured the attention of the world. WNPR’s Diane Orson now reports on <a href="http://bravowaterbury.org/" target="_blank">Bravo Waterbury!, an initiative of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra</a>.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:21:30 +0000 Diane Orson 15558 at http://wnpr.org Music Program in Waterbury Teaches Children Team-Building Skills New Haven to Hold Special Election for Open State Senate Seat http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-hold-special-election-open-state-senate-seat <p>Two incumbent state legislators and a former alderman plan on running in next month’s special election for New Haven’s open state Senate seat. The post became vacant after Toni Harp became the city’s new mayor.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:01:58 +0000 Diane Orson 15375 at http://wnpr.org New Haven to Hold Special Election for Open State Senate Seat