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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.