New “Freddy” Assumes Clean-Up Mission

by Markeshia Ricks | May 25, 2017 8:02 am | Comments (3)

Markeshia Ricks Photo Sultan Stallings had been in New Haven only a few weeks when he heard about the historical Freddy Fixer Parade and the fictional character who has inspired the black community to clean up since 1962. Stallings, who’s in the process of opening a series of Dixwell Avenue businesses, had an epiphany: “I’m Freddy Fixer reincarnated.”

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“Ugly” Turns To “Beautiful,” “Stupid” To “Smart”

by Allan Appel | Apr 6, 2017 3:14 pm

Allan Appel Photo “Who can share a word someone said about you?”

It didn’t take long for “ugly” and “stupid” to emerge as answers to that question from the circle of 25 jumpy pre-teen girls.

Then author Sakina Ibrahim led the girls in a dance movement to propel those words out, way out the window.

And let their opposites in.

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Dixwell’s History Comes Alive On New Tour

by Allan Appel | Mar 23, 2017 1:39 pm

Allan Appel Photo When Diane Petaway visited her grandmother in the 1950s in the Dixwell neighborhood, she never knew about Curry’s Confectionery, a sweet shop whose chocolates were so delicious local white merchants sold them as their own. They carried the subterfuge as far as to require James and Ethel Curry to deliver their candies at night so customers would not know the original candy makers were African-American.

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