City clergy split over univ. labor issues

March 5, 2003
As Yale moves into its third day of the strike, disagreement among New Haven’s clergy seems to rival the discord between the unions and the University. New Haven’s religious leaders have voiced mixed opinions about how the strike will affect many members of local congregations. While some clergy support the unions’ decision to strike, others »

Local group to conduct homeless count

February 19, 2003
The last time New Haven counted, its homeless population was about 2,000. But now, three years later, the number is probably much higher, and volunteers are setting out to prove it. On Monday the New Haven Continuum of Care kicked off the 2003 community-wide homeless count for New Haven. The Continuum, a local interagency group, »

IKEA site plan still under criticism

February 18, 2003
When Marcel Breuer designed the Armstrong-Pirelli Building more than 30 years ago, he probably did not expect to see a blue and yellow IKEA billboard hanging from the facade of his work. However, if IKEA goes ahead as planned, this will be the case in 2004. Despite local controversy, plans for an IKEA in New »

Public school experts tout emotional, social development

February 3, 2003
In New Haven, an academic education for public school students is not the only goal. Steering students toward emotional and social development is also a top priority. On Friday, Trey Billings, Evaluation Specialist for New Haven public schools, and Dee Speese-Linehan, Supervisor of New Haven’s Social Development Department, came to Mason Laboratory to talk about »

Cold weather puts squeeze on city shelters

January 30, 2003
As a bitter cold spell lingers in New Haven, the city’s homeless are trying to cope. And so are the shelters. Immanuel Baptist Shelter and Columbus House both experienced a jump in the number of homeless people seeking shelter within the past two weeks. The Outreach and Engagement Team — an inter-agency group that works »

Compass community assessment comes to city

January 23, 2003
In 1999, United Way of America tested Compass 2.0, a new methodology for community assessment, in 10 pilot regions across the nation. Now the product is coming to New Haven. United Way of Greater New Haven is undertaking perhaps the most broadly based community needs and assets study ever, said Hart Caparulo, president and chief »

Edwards offers glimpse of an activist’s life

January 21, 2003
George Edwards came to New Haven in 1964, but the former member of the New Haven Black Panther Party spoke at Yale for the first time on Monday afternoon. Clad in black from head to foot and wearing dark-tinted glasses, Edwards talked about his life as an activist and the legacy of Martin Luther King »

Transportation Dept. unveils plans to expand I-95

January 17, 2003
Each day, 140,000 vehicles zoom through New Haven’s Long Wharf area, which runs between the city and Long Island Sound. Forty-five years after it was incorporated into Eisenhower’s interstate program, I-95 now bulges with traffic — and the Connecticut Department of Transportation is proposing to add more lanes. Wednesday night, DOT hosted a “Public Scoping »

Shelter policy under review

January 13, 2003
Last fall, the city of New Haven implemented a 90-day length-of-stay policy for publicly-funded homless shelters, and the homeless advocacy group Respect Line lashed back with a rally and a letter to City Hall decrying the policy. The Finance Committee of the Board of Aldermen held a hearing in December about the policy, but opponents »

Program examines urban renewal era

December 11, 2002
In the 1920s New Haven had more than 830 grocery stores. But when the urban renewal period hit mid-century, chains began to swallow the local butcher shops, bakeries, and other small businesses. On Saturday, an array of speakers came to the New Haven Colony Historical Society to discuss this controversial period of urban reform — »

Snow postpones city tree-lighting ceremony

December 6, 2002
Thursday night, only a few people — instead of a crowd of several thousand — trudged through the snow to the New Haven Green. Thursday’s snowstorm forced the postponement of the annual tree-lighting ceremony, which now will be held Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. on the lower Green. Students, New Haven residents and visitors scattered »

Wild turkeys make comeback in Conn.

November 20, 2002
Many people will see a turkey on the Thanksgiving table next week, but they might also spot one flying across the Merritt Parkway. The bird has made a big comeback since humans wiped out the state’s wild turkey population in the early 19th century. Efforts to reintroduce the bird to Connecticut gained momentum in the »