Cuts, Cops & Community

by Markeshia Ricks | Jan 16, 2018 7:43 am | Comments (2)

Markeshia Ricks PhotoIn one room, dozens of children learned martial arts techniques, while children in an auditorium rhythmically clapped their hands and stomped their feet as they tried to get the hang of stepping. In yet another room, people learned about local government and voter registration.

In these ways, New Haveners at Wexler-Grant School honored what would have been the 89th birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Goldson’s Boss Gets Board Business

by Christopher Peak | Jan 5, 2018 12:41 pm | Comments (37)

Flickr, Liu, Breen PhotosDonald Vaccaro, the boss and business partner of Board of Education member Darnell Goldson, profited off school contracts by offering quick cash that a company needed for painting gigs in exchange for a percentage of the eventual city payments.

Then the city repaid Vaccaro directly out of government funds, rather than wait for the painting company to pay him back.

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Two Teachers Face History —& The Grief After Violence

by Brian Slattery | Jan 4, 2018 3:20 pm | Comments (5)

Melissa Bailey PhotoTwo men, Tommy and Petesy, stand on a stage. They’re side by side, but an ocean apart. Tommy’s a boxer in New Haven who’s taken a couple punches. Petesy is a tall man whose life in Belfast, Northern Ireland has made him smaller. They’re cousins who grew up seeing each other now and again. But they’re writing each other now because they’ve both lost a son to violence, and neither of them knows exactly how to go on.

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Lincoln-Bassett Honors Stand-Up Dads

by Christopher Peak | Jan 2, 2018 1:15 pm | Comments (2)

Christopher Peak PhotoWilliam Lathrop’s parents weren’t involved in his education. When he started playing hooky, ditching class as soon as his teacher marked him in homeroom, he didn’t hear about it. “I did what I wanted to,” he recalled. “I had Fs.” Soon, he stopped going altogether, and it took a three-month stint in jail for him to realize he needed to get his GED.

Now, as a stay-at-home dad with a son and two daughters, Lathrop walks his daughters to class every morning, makes sure they finish their homework, and communicates the importance of schooling.

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