New Haven’s annual tree-lighting ceremony featured a 65-foot tree decorated with 30,000 lights.

City kicks off holiday season on the Green

December 3, 2010
Amid a Christmas bunny village, a carousel and a Santa photo booth, New Haven residents gathered in celebration for the annual Holiday Tree-lighting ceremony on the New Haven Green Thursday night. A crowd of about 7,500 attended the ceremony, said Christy Hass, deputy director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. But for thousands »

City’s Ecuadorians promote roots to youth

December 2, 2010
There may be no Ecuadorian culture group at Yale, but an active community in New Haven is helping children connect with the traditions of the South American country. Over the past few years, New Haven Ecuadorian community leaders have become aware that first generation Americans are quickly growing away from their heritage. To address the »
Clothes Without Borders is run by New Haven’s Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services.

Refugees benefit from thrift store

November 17, 2010
Salvation Army is facing a new rival on its home turf. Clothes Without Borders is a thrift store that passes its profits on to New Haven’s Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS). Opened in September at 900 Grand Ave., the shop was started by New Haven IRIS to increase the resettlement agency’s funds. The store »

Berkeley wins best chili

November 8, 2010
Berkeley College won bragging rights this weekend: It is now the “Home of Yale’s Best Chili.” Yale Dining hosted its second annual “Chili Throwdown” in Commons Friday to raise money for United Way, an international nongovernmental organization that funds local initiatives for health, education and financial stability. The judging panel, which included Dean of Yale »

Kroon Hall shows environmentally conscious photographs

November 2, 2010
Kroon Hall, a classroom building frequently touted for its environmentally efficient design, is now playing the part of an environmentally aware art gallery as well. Robert Haas ’69, an investor and photographer for National Geographic, spoke yesterday at the opening of an exhibition in Kroon Hall featuring 12 prints from his most recent book of »

Fair Haven garden gets greenhouse

October 28, 2010
While Yalies may complain about skimpy salad bars, some residents in Fair Haven can barely afford fresh vegetables or fruits every day. A new community garden hopes to change that. This month, during the Yale Graduate Day of Service, graduate students completed the construction of a greenhouse for the garden. The community garden is part »

Slow Food founder talks global food overhaul

October 11, 2010
Life at Yale moves fast, but when it comes to food, Carlo Petrini encouraged Yalies to take it slow. Carlo Petrini, founder and president of Slow Foods International,kicked off Food Week at Yale on Friday with a talk in the Whitney Humanities Center aboutwhat’s wrongwith the way we produce and consume food. The Slow Food »

Whitney welcomes fitness studio

October 11, 2010
An associate master of Timothy Dwight College, Sally Brenzel is also a master of Pilates. “It is rewarding for me to inspire, motivate and educate our members to change their health and fitness behaviors,” said Brenzel, who co-owns Workout on Whitney with Amanda Mia.Workout on Whitney has an indoor cycling room, a dance studio and »

East Rock welcomes The Fitness Haven

October 7, 2010
Debra Trout-Kolb wants to bean inspiration for people who want to get in shape, said theowner of the newly opened The Fitness Haven, a group fitness center in East Rock. At the grand opening of The Fitness Haven, located the intersection of State and Bishop Streets, a crowd of 12 New Haven residents gathered at »

Biologist pushes animal ethics

September 24, 2010
Everything we know about animals demands that we treat them better, University of Colorado professor Marc Bekoff said at a talk Thursday sponsored by the Yale College Student Animal Welfare Alliance. Before an audience of 18 in Branford College, Bekoff spoke about his research on animal emotion and cognition. While evidence suggests that animals experience »

Alum discusses Yale-China Association

September 15, 2010
Yale’s plans to open a liberal arts college in Singapore are not the University’s first foray into education in Asia. More than a century ago, a group of Yale students traveled 10,000 miles by steamer to establish the Yale-China Association and set up a medical school in Changsha, China. At an Ezra Stiles College Master’s »

Univ. hosts charitable book drive

September 10, 2010
“Smart Bra Clips — The Ultimate Bra Strap Solution — Keep bra straps where they belong!” and “8,000 Awesome Things You Should Know” were among the hundreds of books and gifts at the Yale-organized book fair at Woolsey Hall on Thursday. University officials hosted the fair as part of the national Days of Caring campaign, »