Hometown Heroes

You Did Good, Mr. P

by Christopher Peak | Mar 7, 2019 8:29 am | Comments (6)

Christopher Peak PhotoAt the front of three rows of chairs, at the center of the school library, Mr. P was wincing. He folded his hands and crossed his legs.

Coworkers past and present had lured him to the school library to let him know what a difference he has made in the lives of New Haven’s young people — before it was too late to tell him.

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Voices Raised At Arts Awards

by Brian Slattery | Dec 10, 2018 8:39 am | Comments (2)

Luciana Q. McClure PhotosThe Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s 38th annual awards ceremony, held Friday during a luncheon at the New Haven Lawn Club, began with a protest. As patrons were seating themselves in the Lawn Club’s expansive ballroom, a troop of young women marched in file toward the stage, chanting and holding aloft signs about stopping domestic and sexual violence, about women’s suffrage, about curing breast cancer.

The women were dancers from Premier Dance Company, headed by Hanan Hameen, one of the afternoon’s award recipients. They took the stage to a blast of music from the speakers, moving from funk to pop to hip hop, as patrons finished sitting down — a fitting nod to the theme of the arts awards this year, of phenomenal women.

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