Frank and Bogumita Budleski immigrated from Poland in the early 20th century. Their two children, Frances and Stanley, grew up on the family farm in the Yalesville section of Wallingford. Frances attended Skidmore and New York University and taught and performed music in Wallingford for many years.
Nearly 30 million trips are made every day using public transit, mostly in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. And the main destination of these millions of commuters is, not surprisingly, work. So a new Brookings report surveyed public transit in 100 cities in the U.S. including Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, to see just how effective public transit is in getting people to their jobs every day.
More than 800 students graduate tonight from Gateway Community College in New Haven. Many took their first steps into higher education through the school’s open door policy. But budget shortfalls could end open admissions at community colleges in Connecticut. Walk down the corridor at Gateway Community College and you’ll see a diverse mix of students – teenagers right out of high school, mothers in their early 30s, even senior citizens.
More than 800 students graduate tonight from Gateway Community College in New Haven. Many took their first steps into higher education through the school’s open door policy. But, budget shortfalls could end open admissions at community colleges in Connecticut.
Walk down the corridor at Gateway Community College and you’ll see a diverse mix of students – teenagers right out of high school, mothers in their early 30's, even senior citizens.
New Haven is home to one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America. The Young Men's Institute Library hired a new executive director in February, and hopes to become the center of community life it was nearly 200 years ago.
Tucked between a vacant storefront and a tattoo parlor in the Young Men's Institute Library in New Haven would be easy to miss. But on a recent Saturday morning, volunteers could be found renovating the unused top two floors of the library.
People told Giuliana Maravalle she was crazy when she moved her piano bar and gelato factory to a neglected industrial warehouse on Sargent Drive. One year later, she’s ready to expand the business with a new country and western bar, and people are eating her “artisanal” Italian treat from the Boston Symphony to JFK airport thanks to the work of a dozen additional employees.
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.
Connecticut commuters reacted with cautious relief Monday to news of the death of Osama bin Laden. Some say they’re concerned about a possible backlash.
Police look on as Connecticut commuters rush to catch trains at New Haven’s Union Station. Madison businessman Jim Morrissey says he’s not sure yet what Osama bin Laden’s death will mean for Americans.
The Deputy Chief Executive of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was in New Haven on Tuesday. She spoke about African capital markets at a special Yale University event.
Nicky Newton-King says its important to talk about, in her words, the “elephants in the room." "Things that we don’t talk about that we should talk about if we’re trying to improve and position capital markets on my continent to be really meaningful global players."
Federal authorities are investigating a complaint that Yale University has failed to adequately respond to allegations of on-campus sexual harassment and misconduct. Students describe a “sexually hostile” environment at the school.
Sixteen current and former Yale University students filed the complaint under Title IX, with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Many in New Haven are still reeling from last week's tragic shooting death of 23 year old Mitchell Dubey. Last Thursday in an attempted robbery, a masked gunman entered Dubey's house, and ordered he and his roommates to sit down. After shooting Dubey in the chest, the gunman fled. Now one of those roommates, Andy Tabar is organizing a big music show this Sunday night at Toad's place in New Haven to raise money for the Dubey family. Andy Tabar joins us by phone.
Connecticut doesn’t yet have a reputation as a breeding ground for new high-tech companies, but there are efforts underway to change that image. In 2008, Connecticut Innovations introduced the CTech Incubator Program. WNPR’s Andrew Huston reports on some of the companies growing there.
Last weekend the Waterbury Arts Magnet School performed the Tony award-winning Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by the Pulitzer prize-winner August Wilson – a celebrated play that was first staged in1984 at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.
The play almost didn’t happen, though. A month ago, production was temporarily stopped, when questions were raised about the frequent use of a racially charged slang term…the so called “n-word.”
Students, lawyers and activists from across the country gathered at Yale University in New Haven recently for a conference on creative ways to fight for social change. As WNPR's Lauren Takores reports, one panel looked at the link between criminal justice and Native American tribal law.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on higher education to reinstate the Reserve Officer Training Corps on college campuses. Many elite colleges and universities haven't had ROTC chapters since the late 1960s. But the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell could open the door. Most undergraduates at Yale University think its a good idea.
Yale student Katherine Miller says President Obama’s message is clear. The military is becoming more inclusive. And that means she’ll be able to pursue her dream of a career in uniform.
The Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford is to hear testimony on Tuesday from the Former Police Chief of East Haven. He’s been subpoenaed in connection with an investigation into alleged racial profiling by East Haven police officers.
Former Police Chief Leonard Gallo is expected to testify about documents related to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into race-based violence, harassment and intimidation by East Haven police officers against Latinos.
The underlying theme this month (right after the elections, of course) is transportation. It seems much-anticipated changes are slowly happening, on the national and local level. This week, Connecticut and Massachusetts announced that they will share nearly 121 million in federal funds to help launch high speed passenger rail service. One step closer to the long awaited Springfield – New Haven rail line.