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.

Fighting Urban Blight

Jun 12, 2012
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.

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. 

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.

Diane Orson

The valedictorian of a New Haven high school has won a Gates-Millenium scholarship to college. The student is a teen mother who will attend a college that supports single moms in higher education.

"My name is Shayla McQueen. I’m 17 years old. And I’m valedictorian of James Hillhouse High School."

Shayla McQueen is also a mother.  Her son, Arlander Folson, turns two in August. 

Deans from 21 top business schools around the world will gather today in New Haven. Yale University will host the first meeting of a new global network for business education.

The international focus of the Global Network for Advanced Management is something totally new in the business school world, says Edward Snyder, Dean of the Yale School of Management.  

A former Transportation Security Administration officer pleaded guilty in federal court in New Haven Tuesday  to participating  in a prescription-drug trafficking scheme.  Several law enforcement officers have admitted their roles in the case.

30-year old Jonathan Best pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to posses with intent to distribute the painkiller oxycodone.  

Diane Orson

Each month, about 100 people are released from prison and return to the city of New Haven. Many have a tough time finding work. Large employers often won’t hire ex-offenders. New Haven has passed a new ordinance that standardizes the procedure to get street vendor or food cart permits in the city.  

37-year old Harold Williams was discharged from prison in January after serving 2 ½ years for selling drugs.  

Chion Wolf

Occupy New Haven protestors will be able to remain on the city green...for now. 

There were some tense moments on the city green right after noon on Tuesday, as police and bulldozers began dismantling the encampment Occupy New Haven protesters have called home for the past six months. On Monday U.S. District Judge Mark Kravitz said the city could remove the protesters beginning noon on Tuesday. The city apparently took that noon deadline seriously.

Xavier de Jauréguiberry (Flickr Creative Commons)

Over 5,000 works from the Yale Center for British Art are now just a mouse click away. 

The New Haven Museum has joined 150 other art museums worldwide in the Google Art Project, an ambitious collaboration to create a unique interactive online art experience. Besides works of art, the project also gathers important manuscripts, photographs, maps, video and audio guides and other artifacts into the site.

Diane Orson

Governor Malloy was in New Haven last night for a Yale conference on the future of education. In contrast to recent town hall meetings, this time the Governor was met by a receptive audience.

Governor Malloy outlined key proposals in his school reform package to nearly 200 people at the Yale School of Management’s Education Leadership Conference.

On the highly-charged issues of teacher evaluation and tenure, the Governor said there needs to be honest and frank discussion.  

Karen Apricot / Creative Commons

New Haven Promise

New Haven Promise (NHP) is a visionary program for the purposes of promoting college education as an aspiration for all New Haven Public School (NHPS) students; assisting graduating students from NHPS to pursue education after high school; and enhancing the growth, stability, and economic development of the City of New Haven.

Prehensile Eye (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Flat Duo Jets were the darling of college radio in the 80's and 90's. The duo, guitarist Dex Romweber and drummer Chris Crow Smith influenced scores of musicians with their wild, raw performances of 50's rockabilly tunes. Guitarist Jack White points to the Flat Duo Jets as a major influence on him and his own duo band the White Stripes.

Diane Orson

Connecticut lawmakers joined civil rights groups at the capitol Monday to call for an overhaul of the state’s racial profiling law.

This follows a federal investigation into discriminatory policing in East Haven, and a separate racial profiling report by the Hartford Courant.

A Beautiful and Goodly Tree

Feb 24, 2012

When Thomas Hooker and his party reached Hartford in 1636, they would have found majestic elm trees growing in the meadows along the Connecticut River.

New Haven Rejects Immigration Crackdown Program

Feb 20, 2012
Uma Ramiah

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, announced it will roll out a program called Secure Communities in the state this week. In New Haven, community leaders are calling on Governor Dannel Malloy to reject the initiative.

The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit by 11 illegal immigrants in Fair Haven who sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement for violating their civil rights. 

East Haven Police Officer Files to Dismiss Charges

Feb 10, 2012

The intense publicity surrounding the recent indictment of the East Haven Police Department has prompted a police officer to ask that charges against him be dismissed.

Late last month, the federal government arrested four East Haven Police officers for engaging in systematic discrimination of Latino residents in the city. All of them have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The arrests came in the aftermath of a much-publicized investigation by the Justice Department of the East Haven Police department beginning back in 2009.

Chion Wolf

We're in New Haven today, borrowing the Faith Middleton studio to do the Nose with a stellar Elm City lineup of Emily Bazelon from Slate, Jack Hitt, often heard on This American Life, and Mark Oppenheimer, who is pretty much everywhere.

The topics, however, are not all that different. The Republican nomination drama seems to fuel our conversation every week. They are the new Kardashians, and if it seems like it's dragging on a long time, well not really.

Diane Orson

Qualified students in a New Haven engineering and science magnet school will be able to attend the University of New Haven for half price or free, under a program announced on Monday. The goal is to encourage students to pursue serious study in the “STEM” areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Speaking at Monday’s announcement, UNH President Steven Kaplan said America is lagging behind other developed nations in math and science.  

Diane Orson

The police commission in East Haven has voted unanimously - chief Len Gallo must go.

Chief Gallo had already said he was stepping down in the wake of an FBI investigation which resulted in four officers in the town being arrested for allegedly systematically terrorizing Latinos in the community.  

Mayor Joseph Maturo fanned the flames of this ugly chapter in East Haven history with his remarks about tacos...and now the national and international news has been focused on this shoreline community.

$2.5 Million to Help New Haven Moms

Jan 26, 2012

A diverse group of social service providers has just received $2.5 million in federal money to help New Haven mothers suffering from mental health issues. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.

Thomas McMillan Photo

First Lennie Gallo, an aspiring New Haven police chief, was exiled to the animal shelter—because his boss said he couldn’t be trusted with humans. He reemerged as chief of next-door East Haven—where he’s now the center of a federal probe into alleged evidence-tampering that goes far beyond harassing Latinos.

A spokesman for the New Haven Public Schools is leaving his post following an incident in which he grabbed a reporter’s camera while she was on assignment and insisted that she stop filming. More and more school districts are employing public relations professionals. We take a look at the field, at a time when people want more information about what’s going on in their local schools.

Diane Orson

Homicides in New Haven reached a near-record high in 2011. The city’s new police chief spoke to WNPR about what it will take to stop the violence.

There were 34 homicides in New Haven last year. Police Chief Dean Esserman says the face of violence in the city reflects other cities across the nation.  

"This country of ours is not at war on the streets of America. Providence kills Providence. Hartford, Hartford. New Haven, New Haven. These are our own children killing each other. And it needs to stop."

Long Wharf photo gallery

It's dangerous business adapting a film as iconic as It's a Wonderful Life for the stage. For one thing, you're begging audiences (and reviewers alike) to compare your new adaptation to the source material, even to reassess the source material itself at every turn. Those comparisons and reassessments are nothing approaching fair, but they happen anyway. So let's dispense with as much of that as we possibly can at the top here.

A lawyer representing the town of East Haven says findings in a federal racial profiling investigation must still be substantiated. He’s cautioning against a quick rush to judgment.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights’ Division found that East Haven Police intentionally target Latinos for traffic stops, and use excessive force against those taken into custody.  

"Charges like these are easily made. They’re not so easily proven."

Hugh Keefe is a trial lawyer for the town of East Haven.

Diane Orson

A U.S. Department of Justice investigation finds that police in East Haven engage in a pattern of discrimination against Latinos. The DOJ's Office for Civil Rights launched its investigation in 2009 after Latinos described a pattern of race-based violence, harassment and intimidation by East Haven police. 

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin announced the probe’s findings.  

Diane Orson

Think college music program in Connecticut and the Hartt School of Music springs to mind. There’s the Yale School of Music and Wesleyan’s ethnomusicology program. Now, a report on the quiet transformation of Southern Connecticut State University’s Music Department – thanks to the generosity of a state resident.

SCSU student Andrew Pinto sings a song he composed. Pinto, a music theory major, says he’s benefited from free private singing lessons at Southern.  

From the Occupy Wall Street movement to uproar over the prolonged power outages during the October snowstorm, people’s engagement in public space is alive and growing. A New Haven-based start-up is harnessing technology to make city governments and other public entities more accountable and efficient. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.

"Booker" is one of singer songwriter Milton's most well known songs, a tribute to the late New Orleans pianist James Booker. In fact it was the NPR song of the day back in 2009. With his husky soulful voice and evocative lyrics, Milton has garnered high praise from critics and scores of fans. Milton plays Friday night at Cafe Nine in New Haven, and he joins us now by phone.
 

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