by Allan Appel | Aug 22, 2017 1:19 pm
Young dad Chris Pena drives a truck; having just qualified for a commercial driver’s license, he’ll be able to move up and continue to pay the rent two-bedroom apartment, where his wife stays home to care for the couple’s kids, 2 1/2-year old Lia and baby Zoe, born just three weeks ago.
Still the baby supplies do run out on Fridays, and Pena’s wife often has to wait until he comes home with his paycheck before she can go out and buy another batch of diapers.
Continue reading ‘Fair Haven Showers The Babies’
by Allan Appel | Aug 21, 2017 4:32 pm
Thirteen-year-old Judah La Rose was generous about sharing the special and much sought-after special light-filtering glasses through which he viewed today’s rare total solar eclipse.
“There’s no point in keeping them. I’d have to wait 99 years to use them again. I’d be 114 years old and I’d be blind by then,” said the witty and mathematically-minded incoming Sound School freshman.
Still when he viewed the eclipse at around 2:45, the moment of near “totality” when about 60 percent of our star was covered by the moon’s shadow, he pronounced what he saw “cool” and proceeded to try to make a photograph and send the image of the historical moment to himself.
Continue reading ‘Eclipse-Watching Fair Haveners Share The Glasses’
by Allan Appel | Aug 21, 2017 12:43 pm | Comments (4)
The fish run thickest often near the piers of bridges. That’s why several fishermen recently were casting their lines from above the newly finished seawall on the newly repaired promenade at Brewery Square in Fair Haven.
As part of that nearly $1 million state-funded project, there’s a broad new pedestrian walkway and even a crescent of concrete where anglers can set up a circle of chairs to bide the time until there’s a bite.
Continue reading ‘Brewery Square Seawall Repaired; Fishermen Rejoice’
by Allan Appel | Jul 27, 2017 1:11 pm | Comments (23)
Micro-apartments? Wrong for a family neighborhood.
Monthly rents up to $1,700? Non-starters for middle-to-low-income Fair Haven.
This developer? Troubling track record.
Fair Haveners bombarded a selection committee with that take on a developer’s proposal to buy the shuttered Strong School from the city for $500,000 and spend $16.7 million converting it into apartments.
Continue reading ‘Neighbors Lacerate Strong School Proposal’
by David Sepulveda | Jul 27, 2017 7:50 am
A heart drawn on a steamy school bus window was the last message that 12-year-old Lizandra Gonzalez gave to her mother, standing outside, before heading off on a week-long camping adventure Monday along with 60 other kids and counselors.
Continue reading ‘Big Turtle Village Takes City Kids Into Nature For A Week’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jul 26, 2017 6:21 pm | Comments (4)
Hundreds of immigrant rights activists took to the streets of Fair Haven to celebrate — rather than protest as planned — after a 43-year-old woman taking sanctuary in a neighborhood church won a stay allowing her to remain in the country.
Continue reading ‘A Victory March For Nury’
by Christopher Peak | Jul 25, 2017 7:59 am | Comments (4)
Nury Chavarria’s decision to hole up in a Fair Haven church to evade deportation wasn’t the first time that she has fled her home to seek sanctuary.
In 1993, near the end of a three-decade civil war, government soldiers ransacked her village in El Petén, Guatemala’s northernmost region, forcing her to vacate her house and sleep overnight in a school. Shortly after, she flew to America, seeking a respite from her country’s violence and poverty.
Continue reading ‘As Nation Listens, Nury Embraces Role’
by Jon Greenberg | Jul 24, 2017 7:50 am | Comments (7)
“I grew up in this country undocumented. I grew up in the shadows before DACA,” Isabella Ceballos recounted, her voice breaking with emotion. “I was 15 when my family received our permanent residency … and once I was eligible to be a citizen, I almost didn’t want it. A part of me was so angry. And then I realized that I had to do it, because I saw so many people still in the shadows.”
Continue reading ‘Undocumented Urge Pols To Defend DACA’
by Paul Bass | Jul 23, 2017 10:46 pm | Comments (34)
The plan was for Nury Chavarria to stay inside the church Sunday night as hundreds of supporters gathered outside to sing and chant their support for her to remain in the U.S.
The plan changed. As her plans in general seem to change these days.
Continue reading ‘Hundreds Rally For Nury’
by Christopher Peak | Jul 21, 2017 2:03 pm | Comments (21)
A Norwalk woman took up sanctuary inside a Fair Haven church Thursday, after federal immigration authorities ordered her to fly back to Guatemala.
Continue reading ‘Fleeing ICE, Immigrant Moves Into Church’