by Thomas Breen | Dec 7, 2018 12:18 pm | Comments (1)
Andres Concha-Brito spends his days installing carpets in Fairfield County mansions. Anneisha Haye spends her days overseeing housekeeping at a Whalley Avenue hotel.
Both can now return from a hard day’s work to homes of their own. They’re among the city’s latest property purchasers, thanks to a decades-old nonprofit that helps working class New Haveners become first-time homeowners.
Continue reading ‘Roots Planted In Newhallville’
by Thomas Breen | Dec 7, 2018 11:30 am | Comments (5)
After more than a decade as New Haven’s point person for all things zoning, Tom Talbot is packing up and leaving City Hall.
Continue reading ‘Zoning Guru Moving On’
by Christopher Peak | Dec 7, 2018 7:29 am | Comments (6)
Can a man’s online search history be threatening enough to retroactively justify his murder?
A defense attorney tried to present that argument by showing all the online auctions for brass knuckles, stun-guns and pepper spray that a man had been trawling through before his death.
Continue reading ‘eBay Defense Bombs’
by Allan Appel | Dec 6, 2018 9:09 pm | Comments (3)
Early on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, 19-year-old Electrician’s Mate Floyd Welch was pulling together the microphone and other equipment for church services on his ship, the U.S.S. Maryland, anchored, with a sister ship, two by two, along one of the inlets at Pearl Harbor.
Within a half hour of noise, confusion, and alarms, he and his 1,000 shipmates were at battle stations. Where he stood through the smoke on the forecastle, he saw a battleship lying on her side.
Continue reading ‘Pearl Harbor Memorial Park Dedicated’
by Thomas Breen | Dec 6, 2018 12:08 pm | Comments (1)
A new small business that sells portable martial arts “wooden dummies.” A new nonprofit that brings people together in Newhallville. A fireman-cum-software engineer using tech to support emergency responders. And a citywide push to teach residents how to code.
Those are a few local entrepreneurial initiatives to emerge this week as the city took next steps toward a future as an innovation economy.
Continue reading ‘Coders, Collab Chart Economy’s Next Moves’
by Christopher Peak | Dec 5, 2018 8:51 pm | Comments (4)
In a third-floor interrogation room at police headquarters, a detective asked a man if he realized how many times he’d knifed another man that morning outside the APT Foundation’s methadone clinic on Congress Avenue.
“He had about 16 stab wounds,” the detective informed him.
“Get the fuck out of here,” the man said. “Wow, I’m sorry, man.”
“And you didn’t have any,” the detective added.
Continue reading ‘16 Stab Wounds? “Wow. Sorry, Man”’
by Molly Montgomery | Dec 5, 2018 3:56 pm | Comments (14)
New Haven 20 years ago spawned a new test-score-focused set of charter schools known as “Achievement First” that challenged the approach of traditional public schools.
Now two women are trying to launch a private high school with a “Learning First” approach that also seeks to take education in a new direction.
Continue reading ‘Teachers Plan “Experiential” School’
by Christopher Peak | Dec 5, 2018 8:05 am | Comments (21)
Dave Cicarella, the teachers union president, narrowly defeated two challengers to win reelection to a fifth term at the helm of the New Haven Federation of Teachers.
Continue reading ‘Union Prez Beats Back Challenges’
by Paul Bass | Dec 4, 2018 4:13 pm | Comments (26)
Hemorrhaging younger cops to the suburbs, New Haven is looking to pluck suburban retirees to help build its force back up.
Continue reading ‘Harp Looks To Woo Retired Suburban Cops’
by Markeshia Ricks | Dec 4, 2018 8:04 am | Comments (9)
That’s about how long activists pushing for a strong civilian review board (CRB) have to convince alders that citizens seeking to keep cops accountable should have subpoena power.
Continue reading ‘Pressure Postpones Cop Review Vote’
by Christopher Peak | Dec 4, 2018 7:45 am | Comments (11)
After emotional pushback on tough questions about how public money gets spent, two controversial no-bid contracts advanced — with a promise that answers will come before the Board of Education’s final vote.
At stake are programs that enlist veterans and street-savvy outreach workers to help troubled kids.
Continue reading ‘Ed Board Spars On Controversial Contracts’
by Thomas Breen | Dec 3, 2018 3:55 pm | Comments (3)
Three self-representing tenants faced off against three lawyered-up landlords in attempts to stave off evictions. The final score at the end of the day: one win for the landlords, one win for the tenants, and one tie.
Continue reading ‘Tenants Face Off Vs. Landlords’ Lawyers’
by Thomas Breen | Dec 3, 2018 12:13 pm | Comments (9)
Pass an inclusionary zoning ordinance. Be stricter with bad landlords, and celebrate the responsible ones. Ease up on minimum lot area requirements. And regulate short-term rental services like Airbnb.
Those are four of the 15 specific policy recommendations recently put forward by a coalition of local affordable housing advocates.
Continue reading ‘15 Routes Offered To Affordable Housing’
by Allan Appel | Dec 3, 2018 7:48 am | Comments (1)
A church in the Hill bought a new building but forgot to register it as a nonprofit until a shocking summons arrived: Pay up thousands in back taxes or face foreclosure.
A minimum-wage laborer watched his back car taxes go up, for years during which he no longer even owned the vehicle.
And the general manager of a small business faced a $600 tax bill because he failed to send in his commercial property declaration.
Continue reading ‘Taxpayers Seek Redemption’