by Carly Wanna | Jun 12, 2018 7:45 am | Comments (1)
Bob Madison did not know that a canal built in the 19th century had run near his childhood home in Westfield, Mass., until he became an adult. Yet he walked across what had once been a canal almost every day in high school.
Land spanning parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts has been home to the canal, a railroad, and now a paved pedestrian bike trail, the Farmington Canal trail Madison has made it his mission to disseminate the history of the canal across the two states.
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by Paul Bass | May 14, 2018 2:59 pm
Jonathan Lerner was lucky. He didn’t end up killing anybody.
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by Brian Slattery | Apr 30, 2018 12:18 pm | Comments (1)
Jazz heavyweights and artistic emissaries from Africa will mix with New Haven’s finest talent at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas this year. That’s just the way Chad Herzog, co-executive director of the festival and director of programming, wants it, as the festival continues to deal with a tighter state budget by sinking its roots deeper into the Elm City.
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by Staff | Apr 27, 2018 8:05 am
The Dwight police substation at 130 Edgewood Ave. is sandwiched between a school and the “A Walk In Truth” bookstore — two places where a kids can find a good story. Now substation, too, will be a hub that encourages the love of reading.
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by Staff | Apr 17, 2018 7:59 am | Comments (1)
James Forman Jr., who wrote a powerful book documenting the roots and unintended tragedies of drug-war mass incarceration, and Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, who told the story of a local Syrian immigrant family’s resettlement in the New Haven area in the Age of Trump, won journalism’s highest honor Monday: the Pulitzer Prize.
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by Allan Appel | Apr 5, 2018 12:13 pm
You may know the Connecticut state bird (the American robin). And perhaps the state flower (the mountain laurel).
You may even know the state fish (correct: the shad).
How about the official Connecticut state hero? Who even knew we had one!
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by Staff | Apr 4, 2018 3:02 pm
A program that uses art to help schoolkids with trauma is spreading from New Haven across the troubled nation.
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by Allan Appel | Mar 28, 2018 7:44 am | Comments (4)
Kids at the West Rock STREAM Academy are accustomed to hearing from authors. After all, until this year the inter-district magnet was officially called West Rock Authors Academy.
Until Tuesday, they had never heard from an author who also happened to be a professional football player.
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by Allan Appel | Mar 5, 2018 8:54 am | Comments (3)
Natalie Semmel can teach only one work of literature.
Will it be Sandra Cisneros’s Latina story, The House On Mango Street? Or Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God? Or a tale about hot, impulsive teenagers, albeit written by a dead white dude named William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)?
Do kids today benefit more from reading “classics,” which can be a slog, or more “diverse” authors with a more immediate connection to their lives? And how do you decide?
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by David Sepulveda | Feb 14, 2018 8:33 pm | Comments (1)
Exotic masks and costumes seemed in short supply under the shimmering streamers of the annual New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) Mardi Gras fundraiser celebration this year — but not the celebratory fervor that kicked into high gear at the celebration’s temporary new location in Westville.
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