New Haven Region

Our New Haven Region coverage includes stories about all the towns in the Greater New Haven area, ranging from Southbury, Wolcott and Meriden to Milford, Branford and Madison.


The Colin McEnroe Show
3:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

The Vanishing Urban Republican Candidate

whatleydude, Flickr Creative Commons

There ARE city Repiblicans, but in New Haven, there's an 18-1 registration ratio, and there are no Republican candidates running for Alderman or Mayor. In Hartford, the Republicans have crossed-endorsed Mayor Segarra. Hear from Hartford Republicans about why it is that the Republican party is not representing in urban areas.

Leave your comments below, e-mail or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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Coming Home Project
6:45 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

A Therapy for Veterans and Others With PTSD

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Ars Electronica

Airdate: October 17, 2011 A recent Pew Center study of U.S military in the post 9-11 era found 37 percent of veterans suffer from post traumatic stress. For those diagnosed with PTSD and who are getting care at a VA facility, one of the treatments used is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing or EMDR. It's therapy to resolve trauma related disorders.

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6:41 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Teachers Involved In Waterbury Cheating Scandal Return To School

Eleven teachers involved in a cheating scandal at a Waterbury elementary school returned to work on Tuesday. The teachers will lose 20 days of pay and must perform community service as after-school tutors.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Increasing The Police Beat In New Haven

ElvertBarnes, Flickr Creative Commons

I sometimes worry that  our show is too Hartford-centric, so I'm thrilled that everything we're talking about today happens south of Middletown.

First we're talking to New Haven's police chief about a return to good old-fashioned foot and bike patrols, back almost literally by popular demand. Police Chief Frank Limon says walking the beat is a good way for officers to connect directly with city reisdents. He hopes increased patrols will help reduce crime.

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Where We Live
10:48 am
Thu October 6, 2011

#Occupying Spreads to Connecticut

Drug Control
4:27 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

UNH Forensic Biologist Develops Marijuana DNA Databank

A forensic biologist at the University of New Haven is developing a DNA databank that will help federal authorities track where marijuana originates.  It’s aimed at assisting law enforcement with drug busts, but it could also be used to protect against bio-terrorism.

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Small Business
10:37 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Social Media Marketing Revolution

courtesy Plastic Forming Company

Small businesses everywhere are learning the lesson – adapt to technology or die. Consumers increasingly look for both marketing and retailing online and companies need to meet those expectations or lose sales. In the first of a series of reports on the rise of social media in marketing, WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at how one manufacturer is facing up to the challenge.

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Still Recovering From Irene

Chion Wolf

Five days ago, Tropical Storm Irene battered Connecticut and put nearly a million utility customers in the dark.

Still, Governor Dannel Malloy says the biggest issue facing the state is “power, power, power, power.”

Homes from Bristol to East Haven have been destroyed by flooding. Outages have pushed back school openings by more than a week in some districts.

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Irene Recovery
10:50 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Irene Breaks Records

Irene hit Connecticut as a strong tropical storm Sunday with torrential rains and gusty winds that destroyed coastal homes, toppled trees and left a record 800,000 customers without power, surpassing damage from Hurricane Gloria in 1985. More than eight inches of rain fell.

The storm reached New England weaker than expected as it failed to re-intensify after making initial landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, but it still destroyed or damaged dozens of beachfront homes in East Haven and nearby communities and undermined sections of seawall, walkways and streets.

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Where We Live
10:27 am
Mon August 29, 2011

After Irene

Chion Wolf

Depending on where you live, this storm was either all hype - or a major disaster.

If you had power yesterday, and no trees came down in your backyard, you might have thought - “what’s all the fuss?”  

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6:38 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

DOT Considers Raising Fares For Buses And Trains

Rich Moffitt, Flickr Creative Commons

Public Hearings are being held this week on proposed fare increases for buses and trains in Connecticut. Tonight there are hearings in New Haven and tomorrow in Hartford. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports. 

Earlier this month Connecticut’s Department of  Transportation was proposing a fare increase of more than 16% for rail service. This would affect Shore Line east and the New Haven Line.  

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Free Meals
4:49 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

New Haven Food Truck Makes Its Rounds

Tim Cipriano

A mobile food truck is roaming the streets of New Haven this summer, handing out free meals to students from low income neighborhoods. The truck is reaching kids who might not otherwise get a healthy meal.  

The Betsy Ross School in New Haven is empty -- kids are out for the summer. But the parking lot outside -- that's buzzing. The New Haven School Food Truck has arrived.

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Real Life Survival Guide
10:24 am
Sun August 21, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 10: Ashleys Ice Cream

Gary Choronzy

This week we traveled to Ashley’s Ice Cream in Branford Connecticut, to pay homage to the summertime ritual of cooling down from the heat through the consumption of delicious animal fats.

We gathered with Ashley’s co-owner Brian Anderson, organizing and lifestyle expert Lisa Lilas, cookbook author and personal chef Gloria Zimmerman, and Ed Bartlett, the publisher of CT Out and

We invite you to have a listen, and to add your thoughts in the Comments section.

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Higher Education
3:43 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

New Haven Promise Goes Beyond Just Scholarships

You've probably heard of New Haven Promise by now.  It's a scholarship program funded by Yale University and community partners which awards New Haven public school students who show academic potential.

But the Promise program isn't just about paying tuition for some.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with New Haven Promise Executive Director Emily Brynes about the program's community outreach.


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Where We Live
11:16 am
Thu August 11, 2011

New Haven Mayoral Debate

Photos by Thomas MacMillan (New Haven Independent)

In 1994, John DeStefano took over as mayor of New Haven and has held the position ever since.

Tonight, with the primary just over a month away, DeStefano squares off in a debate with four Democratic opponents.

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New Haven
3:29 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

A Budget Watchdog Gets His Signatures

Uma Ramiah

Four challengers have entered the race against New Haven's nine term Mayor John DeStefano. And one of the candidates is a self-proclaimed budget watchdog Democrat.

Jeffrey Kerekes is at his home -- or rather his headquarters -- in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven. This is the last day of a two week struggle to find the 2100 signatures necessary to get him on the primary ballot. Now, he's telling a volunteer that the team has managed to get over 3500.

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New Haven
2:39 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

In New Haven, Head Start Hits the Road

An early education program in New Haven reaches more than 800 families in the city each year. The Head Start program hit the road this week, looking to recruit a few more.

Outside a Stop and Shop grocery store on Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Damaris Rodriguez is walking a parent through how to register her three year old for the New Haven Public Schools Head Start program.

"You're going to need the child's birth certificate long form, proof of residence, a utility bill or a lease in your name or your husband's name."

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New Haven
1:50 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Yale Student Nominated for Primetime Emmy

A Yale School of Music student has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. The 25 year old earned the nod for his score of a PBS documentary film.

Garth Neustadter says he spent some time in Yosemite Park in California to prepare for scoring the film, John Muir in the New World. The documentary follows the life of explorer and naturalist John Muir, who founded the environmental advocacy group The Sierra Club in 1892.

"Just being in the places that John Muir explored over 100 years ago definitely inspired me in a way that I didn't expect," he says.

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3:41 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Elm City ID Card Helping Former Inmates

Photo by WNPR's Chion Wolf

Four summers ago, New Haven began issuing the Elm City Resident Card.  The program was controversial at the time because the city encouraged illegal immigrants to get the IDs. And many did because they had no U.S identification As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the city has found another over-looked population to connect to the ID card.

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New Haven
1:57 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

A New Haven Neighborhood Embraces its Library

A recent report from New Haven's Public Health Department found that in 2008, 100% of people arrested for murder in the city were under the age of 35. Half of those were under 25. But a small library, tucked into a strip mall in a neighborhood often labeled one of New Haven's most dangerous, is making a real difference with city youth.

It's family night, and about 15 kids from the nieighborhood are learning to make Afro-Carribbean folk dolls from plastic bottles.

"Where do they come from? The Carribbean? No, they come from Africa, right?"

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11:46 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

New Haven Journalist Testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee

Christine Mai-Duc, Tribune Washington Bureau

New Haven native and journalist Clare Gillis spent 44 days in captivity in Libya before she was released in May. Gillis appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to share her story.

Gillis spoke out in favor of the bill in question --  the Consular Notification Compliance Act of 2011.

"If the U.S. continues to ignore its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, that makes it easier for foreign governments to ignore their obligations to imprisoned American citizens abroad," she said.

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Real Life
5:09 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 6: Delaney's

Bruce Barber

This week we gathered at one of my favorite local watering holes, Delaney’s Tap Room and Restaurant in the Westville section of New Haven. We chose Delaney’s to follow up on several conversations we had in Episode 4 at Heirloom: the importance of community, the uncertainty of our changing times, and the possibilities to be discovered in doing the things you love.

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Higher Education
4:52 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

New Haven Promise Awards Scholarships

Diane Orson

More than 100 students were honored on Thursday as the first class of New Haven Promise.  That’s the new scholarship program that provides college tuition for city students. 

Wearing caps and gowns, New Haven public high school graduates filed into Sprague Hall on the Yale University campus.  Parents beamed.  City and state officials told the students that the Promise scholarship program was an expression of confidence in their promise for a brighter future.   

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Real Life
7:15 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide: The Glenwood

Bruce Barber

Someone (it might have been Episode 4 guest editor Binnie Klein) commented recently that the show has been “a show about making a show”, and I don’t disagree with that assessment. Having worked on the Guide in one form or another for over ten years now, I’m finally learning not to over think things. (Gary, our web designer is constantly urging me to “grip it and rip it” – a golfer’s exhortation to stop standing there and hit the damn ball.) That’s what’s happening with the RLSG radio show: we’re trying things and finding out what works and what doesn’t.

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Achievement Gap
3:12 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Achievement Gap Between Hispanic And White Students Found In Every School District

For the past two decades, the achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white classmates nationwide has remained largely unchanged. Hispanic students perform about two grade levels below their white peers in math and reading.

Connecticut has one of the largest gaps in the nation, and a new study finds the problem exists in every school district in the state.

White students in Connecticut are two to three times more likely than Hispanic students to achieve at or above goal on the Connecticut Mastery Tests. 

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1:46 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Training Program Helps Low-Income Parents Help Kids

Diane Orson

A special summer program has just wrapped up at a New Haven elementary school.  But  in this class the students are parents. 

It’s the final day of his year’s parent training program at Lincoln-Bassett School in New Haven.  Brenda Whitfield is telling the class of about 20 parents, what she’s learned. "I found out a lot of stuff about the math I can tell my granddaughter and my grandson. And I learned a lot about the science. I just learned so much while I was here at the training."

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Mayoral Race
1:38 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Ganim? Seriously? Maybe.

Cloe Poisson photo courtesy of The Hartford Courant

Former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim has not announced whether he’ll jump into the mayoral race this year, but a poll finds that if he does, it could change the landscape of the election.

Joe Ganim was released from prison one year ago after serving six years for a massive municipal corruption scandal. The former Bridgeport mayor was convicted on 16 counts, including steering city contracts in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Big City Violence

Chion Wolf

The number of violent crimes in the US dropped significantly last year to the lowest rate in 40 years.

But then why haven’t Connecticut cities like Hartford and New Haven been able to join this trend?  

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New Haven
3:35 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Morris Cove Neighbors Say "No Dumping Here"

Allan Appel, New Haven Independent

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to move silt and sediment from Bridgeport’s Harbor to the New Haven Harbor. But some city residents are doing their best to keep that from happening.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro joined about fifty protestors who gathered recently on the shoreline in Morris Cove -- a neighborhood of New Haven that looks out onto New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound.  In the water are kayakers, and a line of boats 40 deep, all with anti-dumping signs…

"Thank you boaters! Thank you for coming out!


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State Intervention
10:18 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Quick Takeover Of Bridgeport Public Schools

A former Bridgeport Board of Education president says he and many city residents were surprised by the state’s quick takeover of the troubled school system.  

Max Medina Jr. says in 16 years serving on Bridgeport’s Board of Education he’s never seen anything quite as speedy as the recent decision by the state to intervene in the city’s schools.

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