High Holiday Parrot

by Allan Appel | Sep 22, 2017 12:45 pm

Zoe Matthiessen In my 12 years writing stories for the Independent, I’ve covered, no surprise, many issues dealing with parking, and parking lots. Too many.  Throw in a few more stories over the years about parakeets, and specifically little monk parrots, nesting in United Illuminating transformers at City Point and other locales that occasionally erupt into flames.

Add a note or two floating in via the remembered fictional voice of Bernard Malamud, a pinch of cranky musings about the Jewish High Holidays, upcoming, mix it all up, hope you’re lucky — and that’s how the following fiction story, “High Holiday Parrot,” emerged.

I hope you enjoy; if not, I repent.

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Paca Believes

by Allan Appel | Aug 28, 2017 6:28 am | Comments (5)

Allan Appel Photo Sunday morning Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church‘s Associate Pastor Ron Smith—a former city clerk and 2015 mayoral aspirant — preached an impassioned sermon with the theme “Nothing is impossible.”

Those words had particular resonance for one visiting worshipper, Marcus Paca, whose campaign to unseat incumbent Mayor Toni Harp constitutes taking on the New Haven’s Democratic establishment.

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