Books, Then Sundaes

by Allan Appel | Jul 10, 2018 1:07 pm

Allan Appel PhotoSpirite Watson led the way helping to read an inspirational book about a powerful hat and what it means to be a foreigner.

Jayden Bolden thought the sundaes were particularly good with chocolate sauce and a ton of sprinkles.

And Valentine Moore was so comfortable with the reading and the event, he fell fast asleep on Marge Wiener’s leg for 15 minutes.

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Mattei Gets An Earful In Newhallville

by Allan Appel | Jun 18, 2018 7:58 am | Comments (6)

Allan Appel PhotoChris Mattei listened for nearly ten straight minutes. He leaned in, kept eye contact. But he didn’t say a word.

His interlocutor was Shelton Avenue resident Darlene Grant, who graphically described a bleak situation: She has a chronically derelict landlord, with trash overflowing in the back yard, mice running throughout the house. and a little child who’s been tested for lead and has alarmingly elevated levels.

When the exterminators do come, they stay for five minutes, and then are gone; yet the mice remain. She desperately wants to move out but with her federal Section 8 rent voucher she doesn’t know where to go, or to whom to turn for help.

Finally Mattei said that’s why he’s running for Connecticut attorney general: to serve as her voice.

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Yes They Did!

by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 14, 2018 6:51 pm | Comments (9)

Markeshia Ricks PhotoWith a shout of “Yes we can!” and the toss of some dirt, politicians and city officials launched the building of what will be the Barack H. Obama Magnet University School on the Southern Connecticut State University campus.

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City Follows Up On Fair Haven Sweep

by Thomas Breen | Jun 11, 2018 4:56 pm | Comments (18)

Thomas Breen PhotoEd Rodriguez wanted to turn the garage behind his Exchange Street home into an apartment for his daughter, her husband, and their child.

But he failed to clear his plans by the city first, and a dispute with a neighbor plus a city agency sweep of the neighborhood have put a pause on his hopes to increase the number of residential units on his property. At least, until he gets his permits in place.

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Newhallville Remembers Mother Brown

by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 6, 2018 7:49 am | Comments (1)

Markeshia Ricks PhotoLillian Brown’s mothering powers were so strong that she could just look at a child in Newhallville — her own and anyone else’s — and the child would straighten right up. She could cook food so good that you might be convinced to try chitlins.

And so sharp was her political acumen that mayors of New Haven knew that they hadn’t really won the seat until they’d had an audience with her on her front porch.

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