by Allan Appel | Sep 20, 2017 12:25 pm
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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by Christopher Peak | Aug 29, 2017 1:56 pm | Comments (7)
Rabbi Daniel Greer Tuesday pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and child endangerment charges.
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by Allan Appel | Aug 28, 2017 7:28 am | Comments (5)
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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by Paul Bass | Aug 21, 2017 5:23 pm | Comments (9)
On Monday afternoon in New Haven, even Jewish lives mattered.
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by Christopher Peak | Aug 8, 2017 9:05 pm | Comments (22)
In the face of a deportation order, an Ecuadorian immigrant who came to the United States to flee violence has taken sanctuary in a New Haven church — an act of defiance that was welcomed Tuesday evening by the city’s political representatives and immigration advocates.
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by Paul Bass | Aug 4, 2017 8:00 am
A 1980s-era, guitar-god concert at the old New Haven Coliseum featuring Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughn helped propel a then-teenaged boy toward a musical career of his own — and, eventually, an intertwined Jewish spiritual quest.
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by Christopher Peak | Aug 3, 2017 12:29 pm | Comments (5)
Under investigation by the state, the Yeshiva of New Haven has promised that no students under 18 years old will attend classes when school resumes this fall.
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by Christopher Peak | Jul 27, 2017 2:38 pm | Comments (34)
A one-to-three-inch scar, and the way he pulled his pants over his shoes, helped seal Rabbi Daniel Greer’s fate with police investigating whether he repeatedly sexually assaulted yeshiva students over a period of years.
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by Christopher Peak | Jul 25, 2017 7:59 am | Comments (4)
Nury Chavarria’s decision to hole up in a Fair Haven church to evade deportation wasn’t the first time that she has fled her home to seek sanctuary.
In 1993, near the end of a three-decade civil war, government soldiers ransacked her village in El Petén, Guatemala’s northernmost region, forcing her to vacate her house and sleep overnight in a school. Shortly after, she flew to America, seeking a respite from her country’s violence and poverty.
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by Christopher Peak | Jul 21, 2017 2:03 pm | Comments (21)
A Norwalk woman took up sanctuary inside a Fair Haven church Thursday, after federal immigration authorities ordered her to fly back to Guatemala.
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