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New Haven
11:38 am
Wed January 30, 2013

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Will Not Seek Re-election

Diane Orson

Its official.  New Haven’s longest serving mayor, John DeStefano, will not seek re-election.  

As she introduced the mayor, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said she couldn’t imagine the city of New Haven as vibrant a place today were it not for John DeStefano.  "He takes big gambles. He takes risks. And those risks have paid off for people."

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The Butterfly Effect
10:20 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Butterfly Art to Make a Fossil Fuel Statement in New Haven

WalkBikeTransit New Haven

The winter streets of New Haven will get a little more colorful in January. Thousands of hand-made butterflies will be dispersed throughout the city in a massive outdoor art installation, and the public is being asked to get involved.

WNPR's Ray Hardman spoke recently with Chris Schweitzer from WalkBikeTransit New Haven, the organization sponsoring the butterfly art installation project. Chris is program director for the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project.

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Holiday Stress
12:46 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 67

Cindy Papish Gerber

For episode 67 of the RLSG, we decided to talk about “holiday stress”. This was before our perception of the world changed - just two days ago - as the heartbreaking series of events played out in Newtown. There will be more than the normal level of stress during this holiday season, and for too many, life will never be the same.

It is with thoughts of those who are no longer with us, and of those who will never see their loved ones again, that we go forward, hoping for a future in which we can live together in peace.

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Where We Live
11:09 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Longevity

Chion Wolf

Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.

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Art Collection
8:22 am
Tue December 11, 2012

So Much To See, So Little Time!

Diane Orson

Wednesday marks the grand opening of the Yale University Art Gallery, following its 14-year renovation.  

Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds is our guide. Time is short and with more than 200,000 objects in the museum’s collection we’re warned that its going to be a whirlwind tour. 

"You see here a great display of things from Mayan and Aztec cultures."

There’s a figure carved from manatee bone, colorful textiles and ceramics from Mexico and Costa Rica. I could spend all afternoon here, but gotta move on.

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Connecticut Museums
10:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Expanded Yale Art Gallery To Open This Week

Diane Orson

A newly renovated and expanded Yale University Art Gallery opens this week.  

"Look around you right now and you can see wonderful work by Sol LeWitt, David Smith.."  Yale Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds stands in the Louis Kahn building on Chapel Street in New Haven.

The 1953 modernist structure has been connected to two adjacent buildings, the Old Yale Gallery and Street Hall.  The 135 million dollar renovation project virtually doubles the size of the museum.

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Where We Live
10:06 am
Thu December 6, 2012

History of New Haven: Register, Lincoln and a Bit of Music

New Haven Register

The Hartford Courant is - famously - the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US.  But the New Haven Register has its long and storied history.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the paper - and today, where we live, we’ll talk about the history of the Register, and the city it covers.

From the early days of the paper, to the Amistad case, from Abraham Lincoln’s election, to his death, and the role of New Haven’s longest-running institution, Yale University in the city’s history.

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Health Care Training
6:14 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gateway Community College Trains Patient Navigators

Gateway Community College has created the state’s first Patient Navigator Program.  Students are trained to help people get the health care they need.

There’s a growing demand for Patient Navigators, says Vicki Bozzuto, dean of workforce development at Gateway Community College in New Haven.   "You might find a Patient Navigator in an emergency room, you might find them in a homeless shelter, you might find them on a street or in a doctor’s office."

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Community Violence
5:55 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder In CT To Launch Anti-Violence Initiative

Diane Orson

Attorney General Eric Holder joined Connecticut officials in New Haven Tuesday to announce a new statewide anti-violence initiative.  The project involves face-to-face meetings with gang members who are most responsible for killings and homicides.

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Disaster Preparation
1:39 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Towns Prepare Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plans

A project underway to help municipalities better prepare for natural disasters has taken on new meaning after Superstorm Sandy.  

Eugene Livshits, Regional Land Use planner with the South Central Regional Council of Governments, says extreme weather has underscored how important it is for municipalities to have pre-disaster plans in place.

"This is a pre-disaster mitigation grant awarded from the CT Dept of Emergency and Environmental Protection which basically goes through FEMA."

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Funding Education
6:58 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Five School Districts Submit Race To The Top Applications

Five school districts in Connecticut have submitted proposals for the next round of  Race to the Top grants.  They’ll compete with districts nationwide for a share of nearly 400 million dollars in federal education funding.

This Race to the Top competition is open to school districts,  " ...and its specifically targeted to personalized learning."

David Low teaches engineering and math at New Haven’s Sound School.

"Now that has some chance of creating innovative solutions that will actually have some hope of succeeding in the 21st century."

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Health Care Regulation
10:40 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Regulating Pharmacies To Protect Public Health

Diane Orson

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro met Thursday in North Haven with public health officials and pharmacists.  She heard their views on how the federal government could better regulate compounding pharmacies. 

The fungal meningitis outbreak that infected more than 400 people and caused 31 deaths across the country has been traced to a pharmacy in Massachusetts.    

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5:27 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

When the Trains Stopped: Getting From New Haven to New York

Dru Nadler

I don’t normally think of commuting as an adventure. But it did seem a little like one yesterday morning as people got word that they could finally take the train from Stamford into Manhattan once again. Trumbull resident Brian Keane usually commutes from Westport into the city. Today, he drove to Stamford’s train station – and was ready for a little adventure when it came to parking.

“I actually have a bike in my car, because I figured if there wasn’t any parking, I’d park up on Bedford Street and bike down," he told me.

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Election Season
3:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

McMahon Backs Off Legal Threat Against New Haven

The campaign of Republican senate candidate Linda McMahon has apparently backed off a threat to bring New Haven officials into state court just days before the election. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

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9:25 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Ethiopian Music And Dance Ensemble "Fendika" To Perform In Connecticut

Chion Wolf

In the past decade, West African sounds and rhythm have become part of America’s musical mainstream.  Less well-known is music from East Africa  which blends African drumming with Middle Eastern melodic inflections.  

A music and dance ensemble will bring the sounds of Ethiopia to Connecticut this weekend. 

Endris Hassan is practicing his single stringed fiddle called the masenqo.  He's part of Fendika, a collective of musicians and dancers.

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Voter Registration
8:47 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Voter Registration Drive Targets Ex-Offenders

Diane Orson

New Haven is hosting voter registration drives around the city targeted especially at ex-offenders. Many people with criminal records mistakenly think they can’t vote in Connecticut.

"Are you registered?"

"Well, you all just convinced me. Now I want to register."  

Tywain Harris was recently released from prison after serving three years for selling drugs.  Today he’s headed to a job interview. Along the way, for the first time, he’s registered to vote.

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War on Terror
8:22 am
Tue September 25, 2012

British Terror Suspect To Be Extradited To Connecticut

The European Court of Human Rights has given final approval for a British terror suspect, wanted in Connecticut, to be extradited. 

37-year old Babar Ahmad is accused of raising funds for terrorists through an internet service provider based in Trumbull, Connecticut. 

He was arrested as part of a larger investigation that led to the 2008 conviction of former Navy sailor Hassan Abu-Jihaad. Abu-Jihaad leaked classified information through a website that Ahmad allegedly operated. 

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5:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

More People Without Lawyers in Civil and Family Court

Courtesy of Flickr CC by JimmyWayne

Some needing legal help find that their only option is to represent themselves 

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2:26 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Applications for Deferred Action to be Released Next Week

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. 

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Food Banks
4:03 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Feeding Hungry Families During The Summer

Chion Wolf

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."

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Credit Ratings
7:47 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ratings Agencies Downgrade New Haven's Financial Outlook

Last week  two ratings agencies changed their financial outlook for the city of New Haven from stable to negative. Mayor John DeStefano says he can’t disagree with that.

Mayor DeStefano says he’s pleased that Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings did not downgrade New Haven’s credit ratings. The actual ratings were affirmed. But the city’s financial outlook declined.  

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Affordable Banking
12:23 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Helping The "Unbanked"

According to the FDIC, about 73,000 Connecticut households do not have bank accounts. These families often pay substantial fees to cash checks and pay bills, and may have a tough time establishing credit. There's a new state program aimed at helping the so-called "unbanked".

After bounced checks and financial difficulties, retired postal employee Juan Rosario was told by his bank that he’d never have another bank account or get a debit card.

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7:48 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Fifth Anniversary of the Elm City Resident Card

Diane Orson

It’s been five years since New Haven became the first municipality in the country to offer an identification card to all residents, regardless of immigration status. Since then, more than 10,000 Elm City Resident Cards have been issued.

"Es muy importante. Es una identificacion legal."

John Carmona joined New Haven residents, city officials and local law enforcement at City Hall Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Elm City Resident Card. He says the legal ID allows people to open bank accounts and get basic services.

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Community Health
4:36 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Ruling To Benefit Patients At Fair Haven Community Health Center

Diane Orson

Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling is expected to have a big impact on many patients who use community health centers. Patient Millie Cejas is leaving the Fair Haven Community Health Center with medication to control her blood sugar levels.  

"He tenido que pedir la medicina. No la puedo comprar..."

Cejas says she had to ask for medicine because she couldn’t afford to pay for it.  Cejas works ten hours a week for $8 an hour, and like about a third of the patients at the clinic has no health coverage.

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5:51 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

East Haven Starts Search For New Police Chief

Diane Orson WNPR

The town of East Haven has begun a nationwide search for a new police chief. 

Local volunteers have been asked to help, and on Tuesday the mayor drew names of applicants out of a hat. Twenty four people out of 30,000 East Haven residents entered the drawing to help in the search for a new police chief . 

Standing outside his office, Mayor Joe Maturo, Jr. selected ten names.  

"Number fourteen, Jeffrey Cofrancesco. Number seven, Glenda Gonzalez."

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Economic Development
9:29 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Alexion Pharmaceuticals To Anchor New Haven Downtown Crossing

Diane Orson

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced it will move its headquarters to New Haven with up to $51 million in state aid. Governor Malloy announced the move on Tuesday as part of his "First Five" economic development initiative.

For years, New Haven’s Route 34 highway connector separated the Hill neighborhood and Medical district from the downtown area. Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ move is part of a project to knit New Haven back together.

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Neighborhood Revitalization
12:00 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

A Highway Underpass Turns New Haven Inside Out

Diane Orson

A highway that once divided a New Haven neighborhood is bringing neighbors back together.  We report on a public art project that’s transformed a barren underpass into a lively mural of familiar faces.

To get from downtown New Haven to upper State Street, you have to pass under Route 91.

Most people see rusty steel beams that stretch a couple hundred feet, grey cold walls and eerie lighting. But to Ben Berkowitz, the highway underpass is something different.  

"Huge blank canvases, the perfect place to turn New Haven Inside Out."

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Urban Revitalization
11:06 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Fighting Urban Blight

Diane Orson

Urban blight can have an insidious impact on a local community - socially, economically and environmentally. New Haven has just acquired its first vacant property under an anti-blight ordinance.

"It's been a place for people to go and get high, a place for people who don’t have anywhere to live to sleep."

Joanne Kelly is walking back to her home, a few houses away from an abandoned property on Clay Street in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.

Former alderman Joe Rodriguez says city workers came here early this morning to clean the place up.

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That Midnight Train
8:32 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Connecticut Department of Transportation Examines Rail Environmental Impact Report

Keene/Cheshire Cty (NH) Historical Photos (Creative Commons)

Connecticut's Department of Transportation has released an environmental impact report for the proposed high speed rail line between New Haven and Springfield Massachusetts. 

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Education Reform
6:39 am
Wed May 30, 2012

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Meets With Educators In New Haven

Diane Orson

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Connecticut Tuesday to announce that eight states, including Connecticut, will be granted waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Duncan’s first stop was New Haven where he met with educators, advocates and lawmakers to talk about school reform. Much of the discussion centered on New Haven’s teachers’ contract, which has been hailed as a model for the nation.

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