The Annex

Renovated Senior Centers Show Off Their Youthful New Looks

by Allan Appel | Mar 6, 2018 5:14 pm | Comments (1)

New electricity, new plumbing, new kitchen, new bingo board and sound system.

Add to that new noise-attenutating ceiling-borne panels that look like flying sculptures.

Throw in new flooring, windows, lights, furniture, carpeting, and a paint job of such bright wall colors that Margie Staggers, who is partially blind, can take delight in them.

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Plan Previewed For Deepened Harbor Channel

by Allan Appel | Jan 11, 2018 9:28 am | Comments (6)

Allan Appel PhotoYou dredge, deepen and extend the New Haven harbor channel to bring in bigger ships leading to more efficient business.

Then you take the sand, silt, and other stuff you’ve hauled out of the depths and use it to shore up washing away beaches, to create new shellfish habitats and salt marshes. Who knows? Maybe you even find three of Fort Hale’s three missing 1779 cannon.

That rosy picture of an invigorated harbor all depends on one big “if”: If the dredged out material is biologically safe —non-toxic, and suitable for such beneficial uses.

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Record Riot Sealed With KISS

by Karen Ponzio | Nov 13, 2017 8:51 am | Comments (1)

Karen Ponzio PhotoPat Prince edits Goldmine, a print and online magazine that caters to the vinyl and music collector. “Once KISS took off their makeup, that was the end of them for a lot of people,” he said during one of many musical discussions people were having at a “Record Riot” on Sunday at the Annex YMA Club Lounge and Hall on Woodward Avenue. Later on, New Haven musician Tim Goselin pulled the KISS album Animalize out of the stacks and smiled.

“This was one of the ones that did it for me as a kid. I love their stuff from when they stopped wearing the makeup. I’m always looking for those records,” he said.

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Sound Down Around Tweed

by Allan Appel | Aug 7, 2017 4:30 pm | Comments (6)

Allan Appel PhotoIf Kim Makres’s tidy beige ranch house were any closer to Tweed New Haven Airport, it would almost be on the runway.

Close as it is, it picks up 97 percent less noise than it used too from the planes landing and taking off perhaps 75 yards away. As for the cars racing by on Burr Street to catch those planes, she doesn’t hear a single engine revolution or the slap of a tire.

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