Standing alongside a dozen framed black-and-white photographs from the New Haven police department’s past and present, Sgt. John Wolcheski paused with a smile as he recalled the story behind each picture.
Friends and fellow artists B*Wak Comfort, Jug Visconti, and Leslie and Troy Mozell wanted to give back to the community they’ve lived in all their lives, so they pooled their talents and started a business.
As I followed a dotted line of orange tape into an old bathroom at New Haven’s Goffe Street Armory, Martial Chazallon’s voice flowed from a pair of earbuds into my ears, directing me to sit in a plush armchair and start to relax.
Sit down, he urged, the command softened in the thick webbing of his French accent. Place your hands on your knees. Back straight against your chair. Feet flat on the floor. Are you feeling the solidness of that floor through your shoes, your socks? Listen to your breath. Listen to the building.
The deadly mauling of a 53-year-old New Haven woman has changed the way the city’s 911 center prioritizes the calls it receives about dog bites and attacks. It also might put new rules on the city books that would require more responsible dog ownership.