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Decades Later, RR Safety Arms Coming

by Allan Appel | Oct 19, 2016 4:34 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo Giovanni Zinn was in fifth grade back in 1995 when the state initiated an upgrade of the Grand Avenue railroad level crossing—a plan to replace the flashing lights with a serious set of safety arms that will drop and physically prevent you from crossing the tracks when a train nears and crosses.

Twenty-one years later, the arms still haven’t arrived, but may soon. Zinn, who grew up to become New Haven’s city engineer, is overseeing that process.

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All Hail The King’s Block At Bicentennial

by Allan Appel | Sep 30, 2016 12:13 pm | Comments (2)

Allan Appel PhotoNot too many Elm Citizens — even the most preservation-minded — can tell you at the drop of a three-cornered hat to name the oldest surviving Federalist commercial building in the New Haven area.

One woman who can is 95-year-old Deb Townshend, Fair Haven’s most eminent historian, and the woman who three decades ago saved that very building from the wrecking ball.

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