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Dear Barack. Dear Donald ...

by Allan Appel | Jan 5, 2017 2:29 pm | Comments (3)

Allan Appel PhotoDear President Obama:
As you wind up your presidency, we, environmental activists in New Haven, extend thanks to you for eight years of envirormental stewardship. Thanks to your leadership, the government set aside tens of thousands of acres of national forest safeguarding it from logging and drilling. You strengthened the Environmental Protection Agency. The sea and the air are ...

A letter containing general sentiments like the above will be sent to President Obama in the coming days. It’s not the only missive to policy makers that’s in the works from New Haven’s official body of green advocates.

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Re-Entry Plan Expansion Plan Wins A Parking Vote

by Allan Appel | Dec 22, 2016 8:27 am | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo A Newhallville not-for-profit agency Wednesday night made progress on overcoming one of two obstacles to setting up transitional housing for people coming out of prison.

About 1,000 people a year return from prison to New Haven, many of them them trying to resettle in the Dixwell-Newhallville area.

The not-for-profit agency, Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation, tries to help them do that at its center at Dixwell Avenue and Argyle Street, which it recently renovated after a fire. Now the group wants to transform the building into a custodial care facility to offer much needed transitional housing. It would serve men, 18 and older, with substance, mental health and behavioral problems, who have been released to the community by the state Department of Corrections.To do so, it needs special zoning permission.

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