Fair Haven

UI Agrees To Confront Public On English Station Cleanup

by Thomas Breen | Feb 21, 2019 7:37 am | Comments (3)

Thomas Breen photosA regional utility company is finally ready to start hauling toxic dirt from the contaminated site of two long-defunct Fair Haven power plants.

But there’s one more task the company has to complete before it can begin this latest stage of environmental remediation: It has to actually talk with the public about what it’s doing, and why.

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New Grand Avenue Bridge: Paint It Black?

by Allan Appel | Jan 30, 2019 7:50 am | Comments (8)

Sketch drawing by Chris OzyckThe Grand Avenue Bridge, a swing span with Erector Set-like trusses and one of the glories of Fair Haven and of the city, was painted black back in 1898 when it was built and has always been so.

A needed full rehabilitation will get under way this fall, complete with vehicle closures that will last all of 2020 and perhaps through the middle of 2021.

When the rebuilt bridge emerges — with new electrical and mechanical systems and new, smoother roadways to endure for future generations — will it be painted the old coal black or Statue of Liberty Green or some shade thereof?

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Collective Consciousness Lets Rasheeda Speak

by Brian Slattery | Jan 15, 2019 7:44 am | Comments (1)

Brian Slattery PhotosWe’re maybe a third of the way into Rasheeda Speaking, and Ileen is treating Jaclyn badly. She’s sniping and casually cruel, and going a little nuts, and for much of the time so far, it has worked on Jaclyn, who at first doesn’t understand what exactly is going on.

Then there is a moment where she gets it. She sees the forces aligned against her. They threaten her livelihood. They threaten her dignity. And in retaliation, in a moment when Ileen isn’t looking, Jaclyn seizes the chance to open the drawers of Ileen’s desk and rearrange everything in them, so Ileen, who prizes order, can’t find anything.

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