June 3, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Stephanie Addenbrooke-"When lawmakers voted on New Haven’s new city budget, someone had reason to cheer: City Librarian Martha Brogan, whose team’s lobbying efforts-a mixture of social media and old-fashioned bring-out-supporters-in-person-led to the creation of four new full-time positions. It was the library system’s first budget increase after years of cutbacks.Brogan (pictured above) said the new four positions will
Thursday | June 4, 2015
Tuesday | June 2, 2015
May 29, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Markeshia Ricks - “Do not smirk,” snapped the developer. “I sat here and respectfully listened to your presentation, Matt.” “I’m not smirking,” responded the city’s development chief. “Yes, you are.” “Look, this design is a generic unit B that I can find 800 times when I search Google images and it is an insult. I apologize for smirking, but somebody missed the boat here.” That kind of frank interaction usually takes place in private government offices.
Tuesday | May 26, 2015
"Friends of Lyric Hall lifted their bid paddles and their forks to raise some cash for the restored century-old former Vaudeville theater. More than 150 people packed the hall for a benefit Thursday night that included a silent auction, live auction, food and music. The Westville cultural gathering place fell behind on property taxes."
The state rejected Roshan Patel’s efforts to sell booze in the Annex neighborhood, not because of all the complaints from neighbors—but because New Haven had reached a little-known state-calculated limit for the number of liquor stores allowed within its boundaries. Meanwhile, across town, a Westville Village landlord who beat Patel out for the last permit (by one day) has since seen her own plans dashed, and may end up opening her liquor store instead ... over in the Annex. The two neighborhood liquor-store dramas came to a head in recent weeks.
Wednesday | May 20, 2015
May 19, 2015 Dr. Stanley Jacobs of Westville Family Dental is your neighborhood dentist. WVRA sat down with Dr. Jacobs to talk about their mission to create a friendly, non-aggressive atmosphere for their practice by moving into an arts-oriented neighborhood, hanging local artists’ work, and engaging with the community.
A Study in Landscapes: Two New Exhibits at Kehler Liddell Gallery
Tuesday | May 19, 2015
May 18, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Paul Bass - United Illuminating crew members started felling trees in Edgewood Park Monday—a day after nature started the job for them. UI plans to remove approximately 35 trees, including 15-20 locust trees along Edgewood Avenue near the West River, in the park as part of a power upgrade. With two officers guiding traffic along Edgewood through the park, the operation began Monday.
Monday | May 18, 2015
May 17, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Markeshia Ricks - What a difference two years make. At least it did for Toni Harp when she formally announced her candidacy Saturday for a second, two-year term as New Haven’s mayor. Though the day was overcast, it did not rain on Harp’s re-election kickoff.
Tuesday | May 12, 2015
May 12, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by David Sepulveda - There was a buzz in the air. Visitors were coming, lots of them. Like a family hosting out-of-town guests, Westville’s community engine of businesses, residents, and volunteers revved up to roll out the neighborhood’s annual Artwalk festival, held over Mother’s Day weekend. In the opening hours of the festival, energetic children took to the soft bed of mulch that had been spread over an empty sand lot where Delaney’s Restaurant once stood.
May 7, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Paul Bass - A new floor of wood chips will cover the vacant lot that used to house Delaney’s at the crossroads of Westville Village, as the dream of rebuilding the popular restaurant and tap room there has been put on hold. A dramatic all-night fire destroyed Delaney’s on Aug. 25, ripping a slice out of the neighborhood’s commercial heart. Since then the lot has lain vacant as the property’s owner, Ronald Groves, and Delaney’s operator Peter Gresme haggled with insurers and sought to build a new version of Delaney’s.