Merchants: Shoppers Prefer Plastic

by Sam Gurwitt | Jan 25, 2019 2:50 pm | Comments (28)

Sam Gurwitt PhotoDenine (Dee) Price stood behind the counter of Visel’s Pharmacy on Dixwell Avenue and contemplated her need for what may soon become contraband in Hamden and New Haven: single-use checkout plastic bags.

“I use them for the bathroom, the room trash … When you don’t have no money, you just use those … I wrap the baby diaper up in two, and then put them in the trash… And I use them for a shower cap.”

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Student-Shoving Principal Leaves Post

by Christopher Peak | Jan 17, 2019 3:13 pm | Comments (50)

(Update) Morgan Barth, the school leader at Achievement First Amistad High School, has decided to step down immediately.

His resignation comes hours after the Independent posted a story and a video of him shoving a student and days after a former employee criticized the working environment he fostered at Amistad in a viral video. The incidents touched off a broader community discussion about discipline practices at the nationally acclaimed Dixwell Avenue charter school.

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Demolition Turns Into Historic Opportunity

by Allan Appel | Jan 11, 2019 8:49 am | Comments (6)

Allan Appel PhotoThe 90-day clock has begun to tick for the demolition of 71 Shelton Ave., a long-vacant 1915 building in the Winchester Repeating Arms Historic District in Newhallville.

That’s because contamination from its life in the early 1960s as a site for the fabrication of nuclear fuel components is too serious for any option other than a take-down and removal including the concrete slab foundation and at least two feet of soil underneath.

The gleaming silver lining for the loss of this historic structure is that as “mitigation” or compensation, the Goffe Street Armory — nearby and with a related historical context but technically not within the historic district — can be researched and then nominated for a place on the National Historic Register.

With that designation, the city-owned armory becomes eligible for a host of preservation grants and tax credit programs that down the road may contribute significantly to preserving it and giving it a new, repurposed life.

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