Solar Youth Kroons For Dough In Tough Environment

by Lucy Gellman | May 23, 2016 7:02 am

Lucy Gellman Photos Quintaisja Harrison didn’t know a lot about New Haven’s natural environment — or about nonviolent communication and public speaking — until she was in the third grade, and a budding organization called Solar Youth offered to take her on a field trip to West Rock with a few fourth graders from her school. There, members promised, she could experience some of the the city’s native topography and learn about Connecticut’s food chain.

The trip lasted a few hours. By its end, Harrison was hooked, and became a participant in Solar Youth’s education-based programs.

Fourteen years later, she’s still there, working as a volunteer educator to teach kids like her younger brother the same lessons that so enriched her childhood — and helped her become “a better version of Tae, the version that you see standing here today.”

Continue reading ‘Solar Youth Kroons For Dough In Tough Environment’

Fair Haven Celebrates Opening Of Urban Trails

by Brian Slattery | May 2, 2016 12:00 pm | Comments (1)

Brian Slattery Photo At Quinnipiac River Park in Fair Haven, Orquesta Espada was heading into the last song of its set. The Caseus truck had run out of supplies to make sandwiches and was packing it in, while the ¡Ay Arepa! truck was still going strong. Chatham Square resident and community organizer Lee Cruz ran back and forth through the crowd of hundreds, from the stage to make announcements to the registration table, where families were still coming. And along Front Street bordering the park, the sharp-eyed could detect a string of new badges fixed to some of the street signs — a string that loops 5.8 miles through Fair Haven in a system of urban trails representing the culmination of a long, community-driven effort.

Continue reading ‘Fair Haven Celebrates Opening Of Urban Trails’