Citizen Contributions

High Lead Levels Stall Eviction

by Thomas Breen | Apr 27, 2018 1:58 pm | Comments (22)

Thomas Breen photoA New Haven housing court judge ordered the landlord of a two-family house in the West River neighborhood to temporarily relocate the first-floor tenants he is trying to evict until he can prove that the high lead levels on the walls, doors, windows, and floors of his building are not unduly toxic for the young parents and their four young children.

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“Healthy From Day One” Gains Momentum

by Allan Appel | Apr 24, 2018 1:40 pm

Allan Appel PhotoYou’ve heard of dialing 9-1-1 in a police emergency.

And there used to be, in New Haven, a 3-1-1 non-emergency number for city services from fixing potholes to figuring out the mystery of an abandoned boat beside the roadway. (Then SeeClickFix replaced it for city offices.)

Now there’s 2-1-1 to provide new streamlined access, resources, and connecting young parents to what they specifically need for kids — and their families — to be healthy in the developmentally crucial early years of life.

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East Shore Sounds Off On Prescription Costs

by Allan Appel | Apr 5, 2018 8:11 am | Comments (1)

Allan Appel PhotoThe 20 most popularly prescribed drugs in America have increased 12 percent a year for each of the last five years, six of them by 100 percent.

Hearing that fact gave Ralph Zovich, who’s approaching retirement age, an idea: “Let the government declare those 20 ‘essential for life,’”  and give the feds immediate authority to negotiate the price.

“Also authorize the IRS to audit those drug makers. Put the fear of God into them.”

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