For Mayor Toni Harp, the moment the door opened came right after the birth of her first child, while she was sharing a recovery room after at Yale New Haven Hospital with the sister of a woman named Kathy Robinson, who convinced Harp to work on her campaign for Ward 20 alder.
When the Strong 21st Century Communications Magnet School opens its new home on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University, it might have a new name — that of the 44th president on the United States.
A lifelong Newhallville community activist and a nonprofit dedicated to keeping local immigrants out of jail are the latest recipients of an annual award given to New Haveners who work towards extending help to local families in need.
The move to legalize marijuana in Connecticut has a New Haven entrepreneur eyeing his next move: Marketing a homegrown marijuana-infused barbecue sauce. And becoming “the Heinz ketchup of the cannabis industry.”
Standing in front of a movie screen on Thursday night at ConnCAT in Science Park, filmmaker Frank Mitchell recognized a lot of familiar faces in the small but attentive crowd who had come to see Unsung Heroes, his movie about New Haven’s jazz scene.
“There are folks in the audience who can tell the entire story themselves,” he said.
And soon enough, Allen “Rubbs” Williams, former bartender at the Monterey Club on Dixwell Avenue, would watch a slightly younger version of himself on the screen talk about the history and legacy of New Haven jazz — and offer some insight about how that history might shape the city’s future.
Staff figured out the problem: She had become homeless. They put her in touch with an agency that could help. She got a place to live, she returned to the phlebotomy program, she graduated, and she is now gainfully employed.