by Paul Bass | Oct 18, 2017 4:16 pm | Comments (6)
When dozens of government workers swarm into Newhallville next week on a new “Clean City” quest for clues about what makes blocks thrive or decay, they might want to pop in on Levon Quattlebaum and Alberta Nelson on Bassett Street.
Continue reading ‘Clean Neighborhood Quest Starts Here’
by Paul Bass | Oct 18, 2017 7:37 am | Comments (25)
Mayor Toni Harp remains to be convinced whether any of the six out-of-town finalists to become New Haven’s next schools superintendent has the right stuff for the job.
Continue reading ‘Supe Finalists Don’t “Blow Away” Harp’
by Markeshia Ricks | Oct 16, 2017 1:04 pm | Comments (47)
When Rodney “Rock” Williams watches the demolition of the last vestiges of the former Winchester Arms plant in Newhallville, he sees more than childhood memories and the neighborhood’s past slipping away. He sees the alarming potential for the neighborhood’s political power to slip away too.
Continue reading ‘2 Community Organizers Square Off’
by Christopher Peak | Oct 9, 2017 8:13 am | Comments (5)
Investigators are offering $50,000 to produce a break in a three-month-old homicide of a 14-year-old boy.
Continue reading ‘$50K Reward Posted In Tyrick’s Murder’
by Markeshia Ricks | Sep 28, 2017 12:50 pm | Comments (1)
James Walker believes in the power of second chances. He believes his plan to bring housing and jobs to Shelton Avenue could offer a second chance for Newhallville.
Regulatory hurdles have reminded him that second chances don’t come easy, or cheap.
Continue reading ‘Shelton Ave. “Believer” Pursues Lots’
by Thomas Breen | Sep 24, 2017 9:09 am | Comments (1)
Standing alongside the mother of Tyriek B. Keyes, a 14-year-old dancer who was shot dead in Newhallville this summer, Ice the Beef Youth President Chaz Carmon demanded a safe recreational space and better employment opportunities for the neighborhood’s youth.
Continue reading ‘Newhallville Marches For Youth Jobs, End to Violence’
by Markeshia Ricks | Aug 30, 2017 5:22 pm | Comments (4)
The principal credited with helping to turn around Lincoln-Bassett School has been hired away by Bridgeport.
Continue reading ‘Bridgeport Snags Star Elm City Principal’
by Markeshia Ricks & Lucy Gellman | Aug 28, 2017 12:27 pm
The little boy in the dark blue polo and khaki pants looked stoic and also a little perplexed as a line of adults cheered and smiled to welcome him to his first day of school Monday morning. at Lincoln-Bassett Community School.
Continue reading ‘“Cheer” Squads Welcome Students Back’
by Brian Slattery | Aug 25, 2017 7:58 am
“A.I.,” from the New Haven-raised Black Jewelz’s science-fiction hip hop odyssey Illethal, begins with a sparse yet shimmering beat, one that leaves plenty of room for the torrent of words that’s coming. Then the voice comes in, first heavily distorted, the sound of a machine talking.
“Attention,” it says. “I am immortal / Anthropomorphic, invincible, abnormal / Infamous. Also incognito, anonymous, / Intently announcing impending Armageddon, imminent annihilation, instant apocalypse.”
“The main attraction of the song,” Black Jewelz — that is, Julius Ferguson — explained, “is the lyrical pattern. I labored over it for two days straight. I went through every word in the dictionary that begins with a and i.”
Continue reading ‘For Black Jewelz, It’s Time To Shine’
by Markeshia Ricks | Aug 20, 2017 1:50 pm | Comments (5)
Could the next tennis phenom be growing up in Newhallville or Dixwell? Maybe, if the neighborhoods had tennis courts.
Continue reading ‘No Courts, No Next Serena Williams?’