Univ. Properties head begins amid conflict

Yale’s new director of University Properties is a renaissance woman — a New Haven renaissance woman, that is. Hailing from Brown University, where she was the director of Real Estate and Administrative Services, Abigail Rider is described by her supporters and co-workers as well-qualified to sustain and bolster New Haven’s “downtown renaissance.” But observers also […]

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Bespoke contends property line

For the past few years, Yale and the Franco-Camachos have labored for hours on end in court, arguing over a strip of walkway, a back door and a shed. The small parcel of land came to the fore again yesterday in Connecticut housing court, where University officials said their property rights to the area behind […]

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City’s magnet schools face budget shortfalls

New Haven’s magnet schools recently won more than $6 million in federal grants, but they may lose that same amount — plus a third of their students in the next three years — as a result of a state budget reconfiguration. Throughout the state, some leading municipal officials and education specialists are now sounding alarms […]

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‘No-freeze’ policy leaves immigrants in cold

With the weather cooling down and raindrops gathering on window panes, state government leaders are hoping to reach a consensus soon on whether low-income residents applying for winter heating assistance will need to present their social security numbers. A state joint legislative committee met Tuesday to review the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and a proposed […]

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City resident fights to hold on to pet chicken

Beyond the honking cars, shrieking sirens and grinding construction machinery, New Haven residents may just be able to make out the sounds of chickens BAWK BAWK-ing. The New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals last night reviewed an appeal that Rebecca Weiner ’85 and her husband Michael Rastelli filed after a neighbor’s complaint almost cost them […]

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Two NHPD cops enter guilty pleas

A former New Haven Police Department detective and a current NHPD detective pleaded guilty Friday to federal civil rights charges relating to the theft of government funds and the planting of evidence at a search-and-seizure scene. Justen Kasperzyk, 35, pleaded guilty to a civil rights conspiracy felony and a theft of government property misdemeanor, while […]

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Sustainability hits the streets

As Yale’s first-ever director of sustainable transportation, Holly Parker says her role is to offer more transportation options — or, as she puts it, “lots of tasty vegetables.” “It’s like you’re telling people to ‘Eat your vegetables’ — carpool, ride a bike,” she said. “[But] people get tired of being reminded. What you have to […]

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Dems debate ’08 race

A panel of representatives from six democratic presidential campaigns addressed over 75 students in a campus forum yesterday, fielding questions related to student interests and responding to criticisms on the candidates’ behalf. The Yale College Democrats-sponsored event, held in the Branford College common room, raised questions about health care, costs of higher education, global warming, […]

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Danbury sued over immigrants’ arrests

Nine day laborers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing Danbury’s mayor and police officers of committing constitutional violations and unlawfully collaborating with federal agents to enforce immigration laws. The civil rights suit was filed by Yale Law School professors and students on behalf of nine of eleven workers now known as the “Danbury 11,” as […]

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Newspaper wants names of ID seekers

Using a Freedom of Information request, the managing editor of Connecticut’s Journal Inquirer is trying to force New Haven’s city government to release the names of municipal ID card applicants. Chris Powell’s initial FOI request for the “names, addresses and photographs” of applicants was denied by city officials last month on the grounds that the […]

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Leaders talk immigration

Labor and immigrant advocates from across the state convened in New Haven yesterday, demanding that Congress produce new federal immigration legislation that addresses international trade policies, due process and immigrant rights. Presenting a declaration titled “Immigrant Rights are Human Rights” in a press conference at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, religious leaders, community […]

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