Thursday | October 26, 2017

"On Friday afternoon, a New Haven fashionista will raise a glass to five years at his Orange Street shop—then close the doors to his Ninth Square outpost for a final time. He’s in search of a better work-life balance, and thinks he might find it by spending more time in Westville. That’s the story for Neville Wisdom, a surgical tech-turned designer who has decided to close his 63 Orange St. location as many neighboring businesses move away, or come under new ownership.

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Tuesday | September 19, 2017

September 15, By Lucy Gellman- "Just to the right of a stripper pole, Madison Sapphire Duchannes is killing it. In one hand, she grips the microphone tightly, lifting it to her mouth as she flutters her blue-powdered eyes and long, mascaraed lashes. The mic casts its bulbous shadow on her outfit — red bra, red and black bustier, red panties, everything hugging minuscule, angular curves. She drags her right hand through her hair, pulling off a long blonde wig.

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Tuesday | September 5, 2017

September 1, 2017, by Paul Bass- "If not for his talents for forgery and for culinary invention, Salam Al-Rawi probably wouldn’t have been on Whalley Avenue this week preparing to open Westville Village’s newest restaurant. He might well have ended up in prison if he hadn’t been able to forge a convincing stamp on the passport he used to flee his native Iraq in 1978.

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Wednesday | July 5, 2017

July 3, 2017, The New Haven Independent, by Betsy Kim- "At the municipal parking lot wall on Blake Street, off Whalley Avenue in Westville, artist Don Wunderlee unveiled a new mural Sunday. “I did not consciously copy anything from a garden. It is about capturing energy and vitality through the repetition of form and color that coexist harmoniously,” he said.
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July 4, 2017, The New Haven Independent, by Markeshia Ricks- "Marijuana leaf symbols have appeared in the window of a small office at 326 Central Ave., but you can’t knock on the door and buy ganja. It’s not a dispensary. Instead two nurses there will offer you instruction on medical marijuana and its use and how to find your niche in the fast-growing cannabis industry. The nurses are Kebra Smith-Bolden and Lynne Kravitz. The office is home to their businesses, Cannabis Consultants of CT and CannaHealth.
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Wednesday | June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017, by Sorrel Westbrook- "Darrell Nurse opened his Westville confectionary, Chip in a Bottle, last November, right down the street from a dentist’s office. Over the course of the last few months, more and more dental employees have been showing up on their lunch hour, looking for something sweet. When I stopped in to interview him, the mother of a hygienist was trying the shop’s gelato for the first time.

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Monday | June 5, 2017

 June 5, 2017, The New Haven Independent, by Brian Slattery- "The Peabody Museum’s latest exhibit — the opening of which drew an overflow crowd to the third floor — combines powerful two and three dimensional artworks that will forever change your perception of beetles. Yes, beetles, those small flying and crawling insects many of us commonly, if not mistakenly, call bugs. New Haven sculptor Gar Waterman has been imbuing small creatures and natural forms with heroic stature for decades.

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Wednesday | May 10, 2017

"This week has felt a lot like early April, but even some forecasts of rain won’t stop this May treat, the 20th annual Westville Village ArtWalk May 12-13. After all, this is a festival that celebrates creativity in the community, rain or shine. The Westville fest draws more than 8,000 families, students, artists and performers to enjoy the village’s restaurants, merchants and galleries. The fun will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. and run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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May 10, 2017, by Christopher Peak- "A businesswoman won permission to open a new lounge and eatery in Westville — then heatedly told a neighboring family they don’t have permission to step inside the doors. “Don’t show up to my establishment,” Disha Joy Monsanto, the applicant, snapped at neighborhood activist Thea Buxbaum, who sought to prevent her from winning zoning approval to open her restaurant. “I don’t want you there! You’re not wanted there!” That contentious exchange came after an equally tense hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) on Tuesday night.

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Wednesday | April 26, 2017

April 25, 2017, by Sorrel Westbrook- "Kate Stephen grew up in rural Bethlehem, Connecticut, where she liked to pass the time “in the dirt, digging around, collecting rocks.” That habit was tempered by her father, a sheet metal mechanic, who offered Stephens “hammers and spools of wire” to play with. You can see those influences in Stephen’s eponymous handmade jewelry line.

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