New Haven Region

As the region struggles to recover from Superstorm Sandy, the next hurricane season is less than a month away. Here in Connecticut officials have their eyes on several areas along the coast that are particularly vulnerable to the next storm. This is the first in a three-part series examining areas on the state's coastline that could be in trouble.

J Holt

Businessman Chris Runyan isn't one to follow a trend. In an online, downloadable world, he's built a successful brick and mortar business. And, in a time when companies are moving out of state, he relocated from Arkansas to Connecticut to do it.

When Chris Runyan moved to Connecticut in 2009, he came with the intention to start his own business. He said, "My goal was to get six stores on the ground in three years." 

Diane Orson

Earlier this week, we reported on the mayor’s race in New Haven, where there are many new voices vying for the top post. 

Today we report on another mayors’ race in East Haven, where supporters of a long-entrenched administration are facing off against residents calling for change.

Republican Joseph Maturo, Jr. has been Mayor of East Haven for 12 of the last 16 years. He’s the longest serving mayor in the town’s history. 

"I think a lot of people who like how things are and how they’ve been may support Mr. Maturo."

New Haven Mayor's Race

Apr 30, 2013

New Haven mayor John DeStefano’s announcement earlier this year that he would not seek re-election has opened up the field to a host of politicians eager to fill the city’s top job.  

New Haven has had one mayor for the past twenty years.  Now lots of candidates with lots of points of view are vying for the post, says Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent. 

"And they’re going to have to prove that they have support and their ideas have support in order to win. We haven’t seen that in a long time."

New Haven Mayor's Race

Apr 30, 2013

New Haven mayor John DeStefano’s announcement earlier this year that he would not seek re-election has opened up the field to a host of politicians eager to fill the city’s top job.  

New Haven has had one mayor for the past twenty years.  Now lots of candidates with lots of points of view are vying for the post, says Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent. 

"And they’re going to have to prove that they have support and their ideas have support in order to win. We haven’t seen that in a long time."

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Waterbury police are collaborating with mental health professionals in a pilot program that aims to reduce traumatic stress in children.  The program is meant to provide support to children after the arrest of a parent or caregiver.

Edmund White (Flickr Creative Commons)

The City of New Haven's 375th birthday celebration will feature a laser light display.

New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans. The city is celebrating it's 375th birthday this week with a hosts of activities throughout the city, culminating this Saturday with the official birthday celebration on the New Haven green.

Edmund White (Flickr Creative Commons)

The City of New Haven's 375th birthday celebration will feature a laser light display.

New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans. The city is celebrating it's 375th birthday this week with a hosts of activities throughout the city, culminating this Saturday with the official birthday celebration on the New Haven green.

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Officials from towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties got a crash course on transit oriented development.

Roger Reynolds is the senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. He helped create the toolkit and he gave us a crash course on TOD.

Reynolds says taking a TOD will create more of a community and use the resources that we already have.

Sean Marshall (Flickr Creative Commons)

Officials from towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties got a crash course on transit oriented development.

Roger Reynolds is the senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. He helped create the toolkit and he gave us a crash course on TOD.

Reynolds says taking a TOD will create more of a community and use the resources that we already have.

On the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, refugees continue to flee their country for the U.S.  More than 650 Iraqis have resettled in Connecticut since 2007, 400 in the New Haven area.

Imad Al Mallack arrived in January. Speaking through an interpreter, he says he left Iraq with his wife and two young children because its so unsafe.

"Very bad security situation. Car bomb. They have a lot of bombing in Baghdad."

Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport will appeal a decision by the FAA to close its control tower because of across-the-board spending cuts called sequestration.

Tweed is the only airport with commercial service in New England slated to lose its control tower. U.S. Airways flies from New Haven to Philadelphia four times a day. 

Local municipalities open their charters for revision at least once every ten years. New Haven is in the midst of a charter revision process, and the issue getting the most attention, is whether the school board should remain appointed by the mayor.

In New Haven, the mayor appoints the entire school board and is also a member. 

Chion Wolf

A few years ago, we broadcast from "The Grove" in New Haven's Ninth Square, when it was part of "Project Storefront" - an attempt to breath life into a neighborhood that needed help.

Now, this co-working space, which draws entrepreneurs from all over, is part of a state-sponsored innovation "hub" - as well as a center of activity for a thriving neighborhood.

Dru Nadler

When the city threatened to tow all the cars on my street after the blizzard, I went into full-on panic mode. I paid a guy with a snow plow thirty bucks to dig out my car. And there was such a huge mound of snow between my roommate’s car and the road, that we actually drove it onto the sidewalk to get it off the street. And then the city never delivered. We live in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven. We’re not alone.

Digging Out After The Storm

Feb 15, 2013
Neena Satija

After this weekend’s historic blizzard, it’s still slow going in much of New Haven County. Crews continue working day and night in New Haven to clear and widen the streets. Their main concern is figuring out what to do with all the snow.

 Rich Solomon’s been here since 6:45 this morning. He’s in downtown New Haven driving a Volvo dump truck to haul snow off the city streets. Right now his truck is empty, but it’s about to be filled by a payloader with 20 tons of snow. It’s a pretty quick process.

Shane Pope (Flickr Creative Commons)

In New Haven, as city workers and the National Guard work to clear the streets, a website has been organizing residents willing to chip in and help.

On the night of the blizzard, SeeClickFix.com's CEO Ben Berkowitz took a ride in an emergency vehicle with a New Haven city official and it became clear to him that this storm, in the short term, would cripple the Elm City.

New Haven emerges from 34 inches of snow

Feb 11, 2013
Neena Satija

Reporting is tricky business while snowed-in. Follow along as Neena Satija attempts to leave her house and check on her car Sunday afternoon. She barely passes on both counts. 

Chion Wolf

The Shubert Theater in New Haven turns 100 next year - At one time it was a test stage for future Broadway shows, but since then has struggled to make ends meet, and now the city wants to hand over operations and expenses to a private company.

But the Shubert’s a success story, in that it survived the wrecking ball, while other, once thriving performance and movie houses have fallen to pieces, long ago torn down and forgotten.

Diane Orson

Poet Richard Blanco, President Obama's 2nd inaugural poet, was in New Haven Tuesday. He spoke at an intimate gathering at Yale University. 

"One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes…"

Richard Blanco made history last month when he read his poem “One Today”. He’s the first Hispanic, openly gay and youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration.

"One light. Waking up rooftops. Under each one, a story.. "

Courtesy of Clifford Beers Clinic

A New Haven mental health clinic has received a federal grant to help the children of military families. The clinic aims to use the funding to fill a gap that exists in the VA health care system.

Chion Wolf

Today we’ll talk about the legacy of John DeStefano, the long-serving New Haven Mayor who’s said he’ll step aside. We talk to Paul Bass from the New Haven Independent. 

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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