by Brian Slattery | Apr 25, 2017 12:11 pm | Comments (4)
On a recent afternoon at the West Rock Community Center, Sarah Bowles, Elm Shakespeare Company’s new education program manager, heard the kids in her after-school program talking about bars. She asked them what they meant. They explained: In hip hop, the bars meant the metered sentences that rhymed with each other.
That was like Shakespeare’s language, Bowles told them. “It’s like bars.” And they got it. Soon they were trading lines from Shakespeare with the same ease and flow they brought to their favorite hip hop songs.
Continue reading ‘The Bard Meets West Rock’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jan 26, 2017 9:03 am | Comments (3)
The City Plan Commission gave the go-ahead for the city’s housing authority to get moving on the second phase of the redevelopment of a West Rock public-housing community.
Continue reading ‘Rockview Phase 2 Greenlighted’
by Markeshia Ricks | Nov 18, 2016 9:00 am | Comments (8)
Francine Caplan was all too happy to be standing Thursday in a back lot tucked behind Southern Connecticut State University, with a shovel in her hand. The day was more than 20 years in the making.
Continue reading ‘New Firing Range To Offer Silent Nights’
by Brian Slattery | Oct 27, 2016 3:29 pm
With a Dec. 1 deadline looming, local nonprofits are changing how they operate to comply with a new federal overtime rule.
Continue reading ‘Overtime Rule Change Looms’
by Markeshia Ricks | Sep 2, 2016 8:42 am | Comments (2)
Instead of sitting inside his third-grade classroom with his fellow students hours into his first day of school, Benny was standing in the hallway talking to two teachers.
He wasn’t in trouble. He was in distress. And he wanted to speak with “Dr. D.”
Continue reading ‘Benny & Dr. D Strike A Deal’
by Qi Xu | Jul 1, 2016 7:27 am | Comments (2)
In one month, Wilmot Crossing resident Betty Reveas will be able to do grocery shopping around the corner. In about a year, she can see a doctor a stone’s throw away, instead of having to drive downtown.
Continue reading ‘Hill Health Clinic Coming To West Rock’
by Aliyya Swaby | Jun 2, 2016 7:40 am | Comments (3)
Nyasia Mercer said now that Common Ground has a new building able to accommodate a major expansion in students and activities, the school will no longer be a secret to those outside of its grounds.
Continue reading ‘Common Ground Sprouts Green Addition’
by Aliyya Swaby | Jan 29, 2016 3:05 pm | Comments (1)
When Mariah yelled at Tiana for stepping on her coat after recess, their third-grade teacher sent them to a pair of seventh-grade peer mediators to work out their differences.
Continue reading ‘In “Relax Room,” School Finds Better Way’
by Paul Bass | Jan 19, 2016 6:05 pm | Comments (4)
Heading back home from a family viewing in North Haven of Ride Along 2, Lajuan Anderson cruised into her West Rock neighborhood via a newly opened road rather than travel miles out of her way.
Continue reading ‘Border Road Opens. Shrug’
by Allan Appel | Dec 23, 2015 1:14 pm
Without knowing quite why, six girls and ten boys in separate groups meeting on different nights passed around a roll of toilet tissue.
Continue reading ‘“Teen Talkers” Journey To Self-Sufficiency’