Highsmith: No Deal For #2

by Gary Highsmith | Nov 20, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (16)

Christopher Peak Photo(Opinion) The following article was written by one of the three finalists for the position of New Haven superintendent of schools.

The New Haven Board of Education is about to hire a superintendent of schools, a decision that will directly impact the lives of more than 20,000 students.  The wrong decision could have long lasting negative consequences for the students, staff, parents and community that could take years to undo.

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Student Rep: School Board Should Reconsider

by Jacob Spell | Nov 17, 2017 12:11 pm | Comments (18)

Christopher Peak Photo(Opinion) Jacob Spell, a senior at Creed High School and one of the Board of Education’s two non-voting student representatives, submitted the following opinion article about student opinion of the superintendent search:

The New Haven Board of Education has a tough decision to make, as the final candidates for the superintendent position all have unique qualities and experiences. However, in the face of a tough decision, it is crucial that we make the right one for our students. Dr. Carol Birks is one of these finalists, and I have tremendous respect for her as an educator. While the majority of the board has unofficially backed her as our next superintendent, I do not believe that Dr. Birks is the best fit for our school system. By listening to the students and playing a role in the interview process, I strongly recommend that the board reconsiders its position.

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A New Haven Boy Meets Big-City Pizza

by Staff | Aug 24, 2017 10:59 am | Comments (17)

Contributed PhotoGrowing up in New Haven, I came to love and appreciate coal fired brick oven pizza at Sally’s, Modern, and Pepe’s as a major foundation of my city’s food identity.  The pizza is historic, critically acclaimed, but most of all, delicious.  It’s always worth the wait and makes our city stand out amongst the rest.

The white clam pizza at Pepe’s has a perfectly charred and erect crust when you take to the slice away from the pizza pie and fold it in mid air.  When folded, this flavorful crust deliciously bundles up the littleneck clams, garlic, oregano, and grated Pecorino Romano cheese when it enters your mouth.  So fresh, so pure, and so New Haven! 

After high school, I brought my enthusiasm for New Haven pizza into many conversations I had with outsiders in college at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.  I felt they needed to hear the truth, so if they ever wanted to have the best pizza, they knew where to go. 

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Lawyer Bid Blocked For Model 2nd-Chancer

by Nathan J. Robinson | Aug 7, 2017 6:49 am | Comments (26)

(Opinion) Former prisoners do not get much more “rehabilitated” than Reginald Dwayne Betts. In the time since his release in 2005, Betts has published two acclaimed books of poetry and a memoir, earned a college degree with a 4.0, earned an MFA, started a family, held a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard, earned a law degree from Yale, received an NAACP Image Award, given talks at schools, prisons, and conferences around the country, been accepted to a PhD program, worked for the New Haven Public Defender’s Office, and passed the Connecticut Bar Exam.

Yet this past Thursday, Betts was told by the State of Connecticut that he may not have the requisite “character and fitness” to practice law.

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