September 17, 2018, by Markeshia Ricks-"The Whalley Avenue gateway to the heart of Westville just got a bit more eye-catching. Banners provided by the Westville Community Management Team and Southern Connecticut State University have been added to the almost two-year-old, decorative median that divides and calms traffic on Whalley Avenue leading into the Village. The banners went up Friday morning. Lizzy Donius, who heads up the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (WVRA), and artist Susan McCaslin, made sure that they had all the banners sorted properly.
Monday | September 17, 2018
Friday | August 10, 2018
August 9, 2018, by E. A. Mcmullen-"A woman undergoing treatment for cancer strives to connect with her young daughter, even as she seems to be developing a new friendship at her chemo sessions. A middle-aged daughter tries to help her mother, who is suffering from dementia, deal with her impending eviction. A young man going out to buy condoms instead ends up part of the search for a lost car. Three local writers - Jennifer Hudson, Susan Nathiel, and Charles Rafferty - shared these stories with a curious crowd at Lotta Studio on Tuesday at Local Lit at Lotta.
August 10, 2018, by E. A. Mcmullen- "A burnished ornate candle holder stands beside a small Buddha balanced on a saffron paperback titled Love. Behind it, a vase erupts with gentle orange tulips. A plastic orange basket supports a slab of hardwood with a small painted alligator's head. More pensive paperbacks share a plastic orange cutting board with another case of tulips, copper cups, an orange, and a candle.
Friday | July 27, 2018
July 27, 2018, The New Haven Independent, by E.A. Mcmullan- "The house was packed Wednesday night at The Range at Lotta Studio as locals and travelers converged on the co-working space for the 33rd edition of Pecha Kucha New Haven, titled “Summer Lovin’.” The space had been transformed with an immense amount of seating, and I was struck instantly upon arrival by the festive atmosphere and the many connections made and renewed throughout the studio.
July 27, 2018, The New Haven Independent, by Thomas Breen- City officials presented an updated traffic calming plan for Yale Avenue — aka “Anarchy Road” — that now includes speed humps and a raised crosswalk in addition to the previous proposal’s two-way cycletrack and over 300 new parking spaces along Edgewood Park. Most neighbors welcomed the plan. The only question left before city officials can make these plans a reality is: will the neighborhood’s alder support the project?
Wednesday | July 25, 2018
July 25, 2018, by Markeshia Ricks- "Connecticut’s first cat cafe is a step closer to opening in Westville Village center now that the Board of Zoning Appeals granted its owners a special exception Tuesday night. Mew Haven Cat Cafe owners Michael and Angela Pullo were given that green light after a short public hearing at 200 Orange St., where those in favor of the first-of-its-kind venture for the state and the city showed their support. The couple gathered approximately 1,000 signatures in support of opening their hybrid coffee shop/cat shelter at 904 Whalley Ave.
Friday | July 6, 2018
July 5, 2018, New Haven Biz, by Wendy Pierman Mitzel- "New Haven Biz speaks with Lizzy Donius, executive director of the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance. Established in 1996, the WVRA is a non-profit that works to promote economic development and historic preservation at the foot of West Rock. Through initiatives like zoning changes, beautification efforts and cultural event marketing, the organization is building a strong New Haven community. Q. What are some of your latest accomplishments with zoning and development in Westville? A.
Friday | June 29, 2018
June 26, 2018, by Christopher Arnott- "The newish New Haven small-theater ensemble The Harpers is doing “Cabaret” with a bare-minimum (and half-dressed) nine-person cast. The actors double as the band, playing piano, violin, melodica, a small trap drum, cymbals, washboard, trombone and a slew of kazoos and ukuleles. It’s a rasping hoot of a show, deconstructing sacred musical theater values and crassly dramatizing the breakdown of society and government.
June 19, 2018, by Erik Ofgang- "When AJ Keirans talks about the “art” of craft beer, he’s not talking about the skill that went into making a specific brew — he means it literally. Keirans, of Shelton, is the host of The 16oz.