by Staff | Apr 17, 2018 7:59 am | Comments (1)
James Forman Jr., who wrote a powerful book documenting the roots and unintended tragedies of drug-war mass incarceration, and Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, who told the story of a local Syrian immigrant family’s resettlement in the New Haven area in the Age of Trump, won journalism’s highest honor Monday: the Pulitzer Prize.
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by Allan Appel | Apr 5, 2018 12:13 pm
You may know the Connecticut state bird (the American robin). And perhaps the state flower (the mountain laurel).
You may even know the state fish (correct: the shad).
How about the official Connecticut state hero? Who even knew we had one!
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by Staff | Apr 4, 2018 3:02 pm
A program that uses art to help schoolkids with trauma is spreading from New Haven across the troubled nation.
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by Allan Appel | Mar 28, 2018 7:44 am | Comments (4)
Kids at the West Rock STREAM Academy are accustomed to hearing from authors. After all, until this year the inter-district magnet was officially called West Rock Authors Academy.
Until Tuesday, they had never heard from an author who also happened to be a professional football player.
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by Allan Appel | Mar 5, 2018 8:54 am | Comments (3)
Natalie Semmel can teach only one work of literature.
Will it be Sandra Cisneros’s Latina story, The House On Mango Street? Or Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God? Or a tale about hot, impulsive teenagers, albeit written by a dead white dude named William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)?
Do kids today benefit more from reading “classics,” which can be a slog, or more “diverse” authors with a more immediate connection to their lives? And how do you decide?
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by David Sepulveda | Feb 14, 2018 8:33 pm | Comments (1)
Exotic masks and costumes seemed in short supply under the shimmering streamers of the annual New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) Mardi Gras fundraiser celebration this year — but not the celebratory fervor that kicked into high gear at the celebration’s temporary new location in Westville.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 5, 2018 9:09 am | Comments (3)
Cornel West got Black History Month going in New Haven with a challenge for people to love — not a polite kind of love, but the kind that speaks truth to power and makes people uncomfortable during “the bleakest moment” since the 1860s for the civil rights struggle.
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by Allan Appel | Feb 1, 2018 4:19 pm
The kindergarteners through third-graders at Fair Haven School read 1,814 books since Dec. 22 — and they kept the number growing on Thursday.
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by Michael Pavano & Kay Balionis | Jan 4, 2018 8:36 am
Teacher Michael Pavano sent in the following aritcle:
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2017, was a cold day, but the warm welcome inside the K-2 classrooms at Columbus Academy was spreading.
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by Allan Appel | Dec 15, 2017 1:12 pm
When an artist and a baker get together — when they get along famously, and the artist loves food and the baker loves art — well, an illustrated cookbook can’t be far behind.
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