A Rainy ArtWalk Keeps It Warm

by Brian Slattery | May 14, 2017 2:43 pm

A steady rain couldn’t keep people away from ArtWalk, held in Westville Saturday afternoon. Though the neighborhood’s central streets were missing the usual crowds during the annual event, Edgewood Park stayed lively, and indoor activities in the artists’ studios in West River Arts and Lyric Hall on Whalley Avenue ensured ArtWalk kept its tradition of celebrating the arts — for 20 years and running — alive.

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“Don’t Show Up To My Establishment”

by Christopher Peak | May 10, 2017 12:11 pm | Comments (52)

Christopher Peak PhotoA businesswoman won permission to open a new lounge and eatery in Westville — then heatedly told a neighboring family they don’t have permission to step inside the doors.

“Don’t show up to my establishment,” Disha Joy Monsanto, the applicant, snapped at neighborhood activist Thea Buxbaum, who sought to prevent her from winning zoning approval to open her restaurant. “I don’t want you there! You’re not wanted there!”

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Marycare Founder Passes; Mission Moves Forward

by David Sepulveda | Apr 14, 2017 8:01 am | Comments (1)

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTO When Anne Bates, founder and president of the New Haven based nonprofit Marycare, passed away in December, her shared vision to develop a health center for the underserved people of Ejemekwuru, Nigeria, an unofficial sister “village” embraced by many Westville Village residents, had been realized.

But the hard work of staffing and maintaining the clinic had just begun.

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Money Wins Out Over Sleep In Zoning Votes

by Markeshia Ricks | Apr 13, 2017 3:05 pm | Comments (6)

Markeshia Ricks Photo How late should restaurants with bars be allowed to stay open? What should matter more in the decision — the bar’s need to make money, or nearby residents needing sleep?

The Board of Zoning Appeal considered those questions, then decided to allow two proposed restaurant/bars on different sides of town to serve alcohol and provide a reduced amount of parking.

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