Monday | March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016, By Elissa Sanci - Dressed sharp in a royal blue blazer, Corey Staggers walked center stage, soprano saxophone in hand, to thunderous cheers. After thanking the audience, filled with family, friends and members of the New Haven community, he started his set with a gospel song dedicated to his late grandmother. On Saturday, the intimate Lyric Hall Theater was filled to capacity as nearly 60 people crowded into the small space to watch Staggers, a Westville native starting a music career, perform.

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Friday | March 25, 2016

March 23, 2016, The New Haven Independent, By Anna Bisaro - "After months of meetings, presentations and voting, the West River Watershed has been officially recognized as a Connecticut Greenway.“It’ll really help the river,” said Martha Smith, a steering committee member of the West River Watershed Coalition. “It’ll help everybody.” Smith spent about six months traveling to all of the municipalities in the West River Watershed.

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Monday | March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016, by Allan Appel - "For more than a decade David Ottenstein has been looping around the Midwest and the South before returning home to New Haven. Everywhere he makes disturbingly beautiful photographs of broken buildings, abandoned industrial sites, savaged farm land, the undersides of overpasses, real bridges or piers that seem like moody stage sets left behind after an evacuation, and other de-peopled landscapes of abandonment, where the human touch is felt primarily by its neglect or absence. Now the human beings are about to make a comeback.

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Monday | March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016, by David Sepulveda -"Westville’s reputation as an emerging arts district and destination has taken a step forward with the introduction of West River Arts, a new cluster of art studios and sister project of The Range at Lotta Studios. The Range at Lotta Studios is a multi-function, adaptable facility; a creative co-working space in the heart of Westville Village with photo and gallery quality, digital printing studio, retail shop and meeting room.

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Monday | February 29, 2016

February 26, 2016, by David Sepulveda -“I write for whites. Black people already know the problem,” states New Haven author and attorney Robert L. Pellegrino in the introduction of his self-published new book, I See Color: Identifying, Understanding and Reducing Our Hidden Racism. Long Wharf’s Elizabeth Nearing moderates discussion. A standing-room-only event that included the reading of a scene from Emily Mann’s Having Our Say, the latest Long Wharf production, and featuring readings from Pellegrino’s book, was held this past Saturday at Westville’s Mitchell Library.

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Tuesday | February 16, 2016

February 16, by Daniel Shkolnik - "In a Westville yard along the West River, various entities-a squid, a sea slug, a shell, a little-known piece of plant biology called an elaiosome-are scattered about. Some are complete. Others wait for their maker to finish endowing them with form and luster. They’re sculptures, and the man they’re waiting for is Gar Waterman, who’s been doing this kind of thing for 35 years now.

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February 16, by David Sepulveda - “Filtering Noise,” Susan Clinard’s solo, mixed-media sculpture exhibit at Westville’s Da Silva Gallery until March 2, is a testament to the artist’s restless and sensitive spirit and “reflects the challenge,” she said, “of keeping myself inspired each and every day.”  Gabriel Da Silva, the gallery’s co-owner and director, said that gallerygoers could be for forgiven for initially thinking they might have walked into a group show, given the
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Thursday | February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016, by David Sepulveda - "Westville’s Lyric Hall will stage a world premiere Friday, as literature, music and history come together to celebrate the legacy of Broadway composers George Gershwin and Kay Swift in “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” a theatrical concert that will highlight composer George Gershwin’s  romance with Broadway composerKay Swift and some of the landmark musical

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February 11, 2016, by Aliyya Swaby - "CVS got over one of the first hurdles to setting up a new store on the corner of Whalley Avenue and Dayton Street, with City Hall finally on board for the ride. After almost a year of debate among developers, neighbors and City Hall, the planned new store — a block away from an existing store to be closed in Upper Westville — received positive reviews from all three sides Tuesday night at a Board of Zoning Appeals public hearing at 200 Orange St.

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February 11, 2016, By Markeshia Ricks - "A former home to Catholic nuns in Westville could become a home to “new urbanites” looking to give up big homes in the ‘burbs for city living. Neighbors Wednesday night got their first peek at SEEDnh architect Fernando Pastor’s plans for transforming the long empty, former convent at 345 Mckinley Ave. into a complex of nine condominiums. Part of the St. Aedan Church campus, the convent was built along with a bigger school back in 1957. It has been used sparingly by the church for the last decade, Pastor said.

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