Citizen Contributions

An Immigrant Becomes A Citizen

by Josiah Brown | Jan 29, 2016 7:00 am | Comments (5)

On Jan. 7, at the Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford, my wife (Sahar Usmani-Brown) was among the 55 new U.S. citizens sworn in at a naturalization ceremony.

In her case, it came some 14 years after—having grown up in New Delhi—she received a J-1 visa, which was eventually followed by permanent residency in the U.S.: a “green card.”

Participants had to take an “Oath of Allegiance,” before everyone recited or read the Pledge of Allegiance, as well.

It appeared that, with the possible exceptions of Australia and Antarctica, every continent was represented among the 55 new citizens (eight of whom reportedly requested name changes).

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Kings & Buddies

by Staff | Jan 7, 2016 10:46 am

The New Haven crew traveled to New Britain on Three Kings Day this week, to help McDonald’s franchisee Joseph Rodriguez throw a party for local kids, featuring toys and coats. Mayor Toni Harp, Dixwell top cop Lt. Sam Brown, and Metashar Dillon were joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the event.

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‘Staches Disappear—For A Cause

by Staff | Dec 7, 2015 6:10 am

Contributed Photos (The fire union submitted the following article.)

On Tuesday Dec. 1 members of Local 825, New Haven’s firefighter union, raised $1,000 and awareness for the national chapter of Movember.

Firefighters Anthony Avitable and Daniel Del Prete coordinated with a local salon to shave members’ mustaches at Tavern New Haven. Several members of the department grew mustaches over the month to garner attention and raise awareness of prostate cancer.

They reached out to a local salon in an effort to give exposure to a New Haven business. The salon, called “The Mane Room” at located at 155 Temple St., donated its services to shave the mustaches.

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A Thankful Dinner For LEAP

by Staff | Nov 25, 2015 7:00 am | Comments (1)

Contributed Photo The following article was submitted by the youth agency LEAP.
Every year, right before Thanksgiving, LEAP holds its annual Thankful Dinner. LEAPers from all around the city come together in one location, to eat, play games, enjoy each other’s company, explain what they are thankful for and dance.  Several hundred children, counselors and volunteers filled the Hillhouse High School cafeteria.

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Early Literacy Experiences, The Brain, And Child Development

by Josiah Brown | Nov 24, 2015 4:27 am

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On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Psychology Department and its Journal of Student Psychological Research held a Forum on Early Literacy Experiences, the Brain, and Child Development.  Held at the Adanti Student Center at SCSU with support also from the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, the event featured a panel of the following speakers:

  *Perri Klass, M.D., national medical director of Reach Out and Read; columnist, New York Times

  *Myra Jones-Taylor, Ph.D., commissioner of early childhood, State of Connecticut (1)

  *Julia Irwin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, SCSU; senior scientist, Haskins Laboratories

  *Laura Raynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of special education and reading, SCSU; research affiliate, Haskins Laboratories (moderator).

Cheryl Durwin, Ph.D., professor of psychology at SCSU and a Literacy Coalition board member, was the event’s primary organizer.  Christine Garber, Connecticut director of Reach Out and Read, was also instrumental.  The audience included numerous early childhood teachers as well as various other educators, researchers, nonprofit staffers, and volunteers –  not to mention parents.

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The Fight Continues

by Staff | Jul 29, 2015 2:56 pm | Comments (1)

Contributed Photo Michelle Cole of Discovery to Cure sent in this report:

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro hosted nearly 100 guests at her East Rock home for a thank-you reception to honor supporters of Discovery to Cure at Yale School of Medicine, which advances the prevention, early detection and treatment of women’s reproductive cancers such as ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

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