Dorsey Plows Through

by Lucy Gellman | Feb 10, 2017 8:16 am | Comments (5)

Lucy Gellman Photo Honking his horn once, Lynwood Dorsey came to a stop on Frances Hunter Drive and rolled down his truck window. On the other side, a woman with a snow shovel, long skirt, boots and hat took a break and put a hand on her hip.

“Please don’t shovel snow into the street,” Dorsey implored, the slightest edge to his voice. He’s been up since 4 a.m. and on the roads since 5. He needed to clear the street.

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5 Vacant Lot Sales Advance

by Allan Appel | Dec 23, 2016 10:41 am

Allan Appel Photo The city plans to sell four vacant lots to a not-for-profit in town at $1,000 a pop so affordable houses can be erected on three of them and an open community space maintained on the fourth.

The city turned around and became a purchaser, buying yet another vacant lot, for a buck. The plan is to sell it for a modest amount so another affordable house can be erected on it in the not too distant future.

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Re-Entry Plan Expansion Plan Wins A Parking Vote

by Allan Appel | Dec 22, 2016 8:27 am | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo A Newhallville not-for-profit agency Wednesday night made progress on overcoming one of two obstacles to setting up transitional housing for people coming out of prison.

About 1,000 people a year return from prison to New Haven, many of them them trying to resettle in the Dixwell-Newhallville area.

The not-for-profit agency, Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation, tries to help them do that at its center at Dixwell Avenue and Argyle Street, which it recently renovated after a fire. Now the group wants to transform the building into a custodial care facility to offer much needed transitional housing. It would serve men, 18 and older, with substance, mental health and behavioral problems, who have been released to the community by the state Department of Corrections.To do so, it needs special zoning permission.

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Gaze In Awe — Then Leave It Alone

by Brian Slattery | Dec 15, 2016 11:50 am

David Ottenstein Photo We’re looking over a stunning vista of rocky peaks, a few touched with snow, their outlines crisp under a blue sky rippling with clouds. A serene lake reflects those peaks, all the way from the distant shore to the one we’re standing on. A small dock, right at our feet, has six colorful kayaks on it. It couldn’t be more inviting. Except the sign says “Please Keep Off.”

And the way the picture’s taken, it could refer to the kayaks, or the dock —  or to the entire landscape.

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Lincoln-Bassett Aces The Math Test

by Allan Appel | Dec 8, 2016 2:30 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo Connecticut State Department of Education Commissioner (CSDE) Dianna Wentzell was on hand Thursday to lead a round of applause and a victory lap for Principal Janet Brown-Clayton, her staff, and the parents at the Lincoln-Bassett School in Newhallville.

That’s because Lincoln Bassett, a “Commissioner’s Network” school that for two years has been struggling mightily to turn itself around with state help, placed number two in Connecticut among high-needs students for growth in math.

“Lincoln-Bassett is one of our superstars,” the commissioner declared.

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