by Hernando Diosa | Aug 8, 2016 12:05 pm | Comments (5)
The following story originally appeared in Spanish in La Voz Hispana Connecticut. It was translated into English by Daniela Brighenti.
Jesarel Calixto, an immigrant hailing from Tlaxcala, Mexico, is the proprietor of his own business Calixto Landscaping, LLC, a company that deals with gardening, tree trimmings and other services. He came to us to report that the nursing home “Paradigm Healthcare” has not paid him sums amounting to $10,000 that it owes Calixto for work performed in its two buildings, located at 181 Clifton St. in New Haven and 310 Terrace Ave.in West Haven.
Continue reading ‘Immigrant Contractor Stiffed’
by Allan Appel | Jul 28, 2016 12:14 pm
“Fitim” means “victory” in Albanian. That turns out to be a more than fit name for Fitim Cena, a 22-year-old from Kosovo who has just opened up his first business in New Haven.
Continue reading ‘A “Kosovar American Dream” Lands On Whitney’
by Lucy Gellman | Jul 25, 2016 8:11 pm | Comments (3)
Philadelphia—New Haven’s embrace of refugees provided a case point for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy when he got his moment in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention Monday night. While addressing Democrats gathered for their presidential nominating convention at the city’s Wells Fargo Center, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy invoked Connecticut — and then New Haven specifically — while making a pitch to delegates on both sides of the democratic aisle: It was necessary to vote for Hillary Clinton and present a unified front because Mike Pence, governor of Indiana and Donald Trump’s vice presidential hopeful, would be scarier in the White House than Donald Trump himself.
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by Aliyya Swaby | Jul 22, 2016 7:58 am
When asked what differentiates his barbershop from the many others down Grand Avenue, Javier Sanchez motioned to a playpen cordoning off a brown play horse and set of blocks.
“It’s a family business,” he said.
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by Daniela Brighenti | Jul 20, 2016 8:08 am
Tashi Sanchez dreamed of being a teacher since she was 8 years old.
Continue reading ‘“UndocuGrads” Celebrate’
by Sebastian Medina-Tayac | Jul 18, 2016 4:29 pm
David Mendieta leans over the JFK Airport railing, holding his baby boy and glancing often at the arrivals board with heavy eyelids.
Continue reading ‘Tlaxcala Dreams Land In New Haven’
by Daniela Brighenti | Jul 14, 2016 7:01 am
“Welcome to Little Colombia!” a woman declared at the restaurant’s door. Then she went to call her mother, Rosalba Vera, the owner, to the door.
Continue reading ‘She Sacrificed So Her Daughters Could Learn’
by Aliyya Swaby | Jul 5, 2016 1:52 pm | Comments (2)
As he installs floors for homes in the Connecticut suburbs, Oscar Romero has found that being a Latino business owner costs him some of the initial confidence of his wealthy white clients.
But he does his job well and the tension dissipates.
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by Jake Brussel Faria | Jun 30, 2016 8:16 am | Comments (1)
When she moved to New Haven in late 1978, Yoon-ock Kim — then fully intending on returning to Korea — missed the tastes of home.
There was the salt and spice of certain dishes she couldn’t find in New Haven, not quite the culinary mix of flavors and cultures it is today. Familiar ingredients were missing from Italian markets that dotted Orange Street. So when she found a small Asian grocer in East Rock with the things she wanted to eat, she and the owner became fast friends.
When that owner decided to leave seven years later, Kim acted on an instinct: Taking over the business seemed like the right thing to do.
Continue reading ‘On Orange Street, A Taste Of Home’
by Daniela Brighenti | Jun 27, 2016 8:24 pm
Nine protesters were arrested in Hartford on Monday as they blocked traffic in protest of the recent Supreme Court decision in United States v. Texas.
If it were up to Edgar Sandoval, that number would have been 10.
Continue reading ‘Nine Arrested At DAPA Protest’