Around New Haven 11.20.09

Tis’ the season, city and Yale officials say

New Haven will become “a winter wonderland for the holidays,” City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga announced Thursday. Next Monday, Market New Haven Inc., a marketing organization that aims to improve the city’s image, will start its “2009 Holiday Campaign” with a launch event at the Shubert Theater. The event is expected to draw attendees such as Mayor John DeStefano Jr., as well as Market New Haven chair and University Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs and Campus Development Bruce Alexander ’65.

—Esther Zuckerman

Black firefighters file motion in Ricci case

Seven black firefighters filed a motion Monday to intervene in Ricci v. DeStefano, the court case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this past summer that a 2003 firefighters’ promotional exam administered by New Haven City Hall had discriminated against whites. Last Friday, both the city and the case’s 20 original plaintiffs argued in court filings that firefighters should be promoted based on the 2003 results. But if a federal judge approves the motion made Monday, the seven firefighters bringing the motion would force the court to judge whether the exam discriminated against minorities. The ensuing deliberations would further delay the promotion of any of the city’s firefighters.

—Colin Ross

Biden to attend Dodd fundraiser

Same state, same senator. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is following in the footsteps of President Barack Obama, who visited Stamford in October to help incumbent Sen. Chris Dodd raise $1 million for the 2010 election. Biden will be hosting a luncheon for Dodd at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford on Dec. 11. Tickets are $500 per person.

—Esther Zuckerman

911 call for New Haven burn victim released

The New Haven Police Department released the recording of a 911 call Thursday that reveals how a local woman tried to reach law enforcement officials while her boyfriend set her and her daughter on fire. A neighbor of the woman, 35-year old Christina Lee, called emergency dispatchers. According to the recording, during the call, Lee yelled, “He’s setting my daughter on fire.” Howard Steward, Lee’s boyfriend faces multiple charges, including arson and assault, and is being held on $2 million bail.

—Yale Daily News

911 call for New Haven burn victim released

The New Haven Police Department released the recording of a 911 call Thursday that reveals how a local woman tried to reach law enforcement officials while her boyfriend set her and her daughter on fire. A neighbor of the woman, 35-year old Christina Lee, called emergency dispatchers. According to the recording, during the call, Lee yelled, “He’s setting my daughter on fire.” Howard Steward, Lee’s boyfriend faces multiple charges, including arson and assault, and is being held on $2 million bail.

—Yale Daily News

Casino’s credit rating downgraded after default on debt

Connecticut-based Foxwoods Resort Casino on Tuesday received yet another credit downgrade after it paid just $14.2 million of a $21.25 million interest payment that was due Monday on $500 million worth of outstanding debt. Foxwood’s owner, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said it will likely be unable to pay the balance of the debt within 30 days, and subsequently defaulted. The default caused the rating agency Standard & Poors to lower Foxwoods credit rating to D, the casino’s lowest rating. Last year, Foxwoods made a profit of more than $700 million.

—Yale Daily News

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  • Bariethearchitect

    Having occupied the A&A building from 1965 to 1988, written extensively about architecture:the making of metaphors and conducted a lecture series at Yale on this subject I can write an article comparing the A&A building to frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building. I f this is of interest please let me know.
    Believe me,
    I am
    Barie Fez-Barringten

    Researched Publications: Refereed and Peer-reviewed Journals:
    Barie Fez-Barringten; “monographs”:

    1. “Architecture the making of metaphors”
    Main Currents in Modern Thought/Center for Integrative Education; Sep.-Oct. 1971, Vol. 28 No.1, New Rochelle, New York.
    2.”Schools and metaphors”
    Main Currents in Modern Thought/Center for Integrative Education Sep.-Oct. 1971, Vol. 28 No.1, New Rochelle, New York.
    3.”User’s metametaphoric phenomena of architecture and Music”:
    “METU” (Middle East Technical University: Ankara, Turkey): May 1995″
    Journal of the Faculty of Architecture
    4.”Metametaphors and Mondrian: Neo-plasticism and its’ influences in architecture” Unpublished, 1993
    5. “The Metametaphor of architectural education”,
    North Cypress, Turkish University. December, 1997

    6.”Mosques and metaphors” Unpublished,1993
    7.”The basis of the metaphor of Arabia” Unpublished, 1993
    8.”The conditions of Arabia in metaphor” Unpublished, 1993
    9. “The metametaphor theorem”Architectural Scientific Journal, Vol. No. 8; 1994
    Beirut Arab University.
    10. “Arabia’s metaphoric images” Unpublished, 1993
    11.”The context of Arabia in metaphor” Unpublished, 1993
    12. “A partial metaphoric vocabulary of Arabia” “Architecture: University of Technology in Datutop; February 1995 Finland
    13.”The Aesthetics of the Arab architectural metaphor” “International Journal for Housing Science and its applications” Coral Gables, Florida.1993

    14.”Multi-dimensional metaphoric thinking”: Open House, September 1997: Vol. 22;
    No. 3, United Kingdom: Newcastle uponTyne

    Education

    Pratt Institute: Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1962
    Environmental Design
    (Interior Design/Interior Architecture)

    Yale University: Master of Architecture 1968

    New York School Certificate of Interior Design: 1956

    Columbia University/ (Electives and extra-curricula studies) 1955-1958
    Yale University Law, Civil Engineering, City Planning,
    Urban Renewal, Behavioral-Psychology,
    Sociology and Communications.