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study conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) of more than 1,000 coastline residents, identifies five types of people based on how they respond to hurricanes. They are:

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- The Constrained (14%) would like to evacuate, but face barriers to leaving. - The Optimists (16%) are doubtful that a hurricane will ever hit them, but will evacuate if necessary.

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Respondents who say they would be unwilling to evacuate are often driven by the impulse to protect their property; many express concern that leaving their homes during a weather emergency will leave their property vulnerable to looting or more severe damage.

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atson Inc.’s employees started up a gardening club—and as the efforts bear fruit, and vegetables, and possibly legumes—they are donated to the West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce (WHEAT). Watson Inc., headquartered in West Haven, is an international supplier of products and services geared towards enhancing human health and nutrition.

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ocal mystery writer Karen E. Olson is starting a new mystery series and you can almost read it. The first book, Hidden, will release as an ebook and in bookstores on November 1, later this year. It is already available in the UK, somehow 4 August/September 2015

those Brits got the jump on this one, but critics assure fans that Hidden is worth the wait. Olson, who is best known for the Annie Seymour and Tattoo Shop mysteries, says a sequel is already in the works We intereviewed Ms. Olson in August of 2011 for One To One.

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- The Diehards (22%) are confident they can ride out the storm and won’t evacuate.

Many who say they would leave immediately do not want to get stuck in their homes. They also tend to be concerned about putting rescuers at risk.

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- The Reluctant (27%) will leave only if ordered to do so.

Four of the five groups are much more likely to leave their homes if local officials — particularly police or fire officials — tell them to do so.

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- The First Out (21%) will evacuate for any hurricane.

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WBI BL I OF I L ES orking with the New Haven public schools, Write To Thrive aims to provide all members of the city’s educational community—not just teachers, but eventually students and teaching aides as well—with a powerful new approach that taps their innate abilities to communicate.

Charles Euchner’s The Elements of Writing, teaches 80 simple, intuitive skills that “anyone can learn”.

Lesley Mills, founder of Write To Thrive and owner of Griswold Home Care will underwrite the initiative through her donor-advised fund, Griswold LifeTales, at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

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he Anchor Bar, formerly of 272 College Street before being shut down earlier this year, will be rebranded as. . .The Anchor Bar under the proprietorship of Karl Franz Williams. Landlord Yale Properties shut down The Anchor in January when operators couldn’t pay rent, much to the dismay of the many (or maybe the few?) that graced the stools of the bar since Prohibition days.

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BODY & S OUL In addition to teaching teachers the Elements of Writing system, the program will engage student volunteers from Yale and other area universities and create programs for the students themselves.

ONS CR EEN The new lessee, Williams, operates a successful cocktail bar in Harlem called 67 Orange Street and has received very strong reviews from the likes of New York Magazine and The New Yorker. The Anchor, in this new campus-community concept by Karl Franz Williams, will offer simple menu items including healthy salads, small plates, and sandwiches along with a “unique mixology concept.” NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

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August/September 2015 Editor & Publisher: Mitchell Young Design Consultant Terry Wells Editorial Assistant Rachel Bergman Publisher’s Assistant Amy Kulikowski Graphics Manager Matthew Ford Contributing Writers Rachel Bergman Jason Bogdan Bruce Ditman Jessica Giannone Amy Kulikowski Emili Lanno Lesley Roy Derek Torellas Photographers Steve Blazo Lesley Roy Derek Torellas Chris Volpe Publisher’s Representative Robin Kroopnick Robin Ungaro New Haven is published 8 times annually by Second Wind Media Ltd., which also publishes Business New Haven, with offices at 458 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513. 203-781-3480 (voice), 203-781-3482 (fax). Subscriptions $24.95/year, $39.95/two years. Send name, address & zip code with payment. Second Wind Media Ltd. d/b/a New Haven shall not be held liable for failure to publish an advertisement or for typographical errors or errors in publication. For more information NewHaven@Conntact.com. Please send CALENDAR information to CALENDAR@conntact.com no later than six weeks preceding calendar month of event. Please include date, time, location, event description, cost and contact information. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi resolution and are published at discretion of NEW HAVEN magazine.

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DREAMERS & DOERS Devonne Canady of Elephant

in the Room Boxing Gym is a worldclass champion boxer who would have loved to compete in the Beijing Olympics—had women been allowed. Although she can recite statistics like only 5% of inner city girls participate in sports—EIR has produced a champion New England Golden Gloves boxer every year and this year achieved best novice team. Canady says coaching a girl up through the ranks to the Olympics would be a dream come true.

Jessica Huizenga, who entertains

21,000 Instagram followers, created The Confetti Bar, on online store of specialty confetti blends—like a biodegradable ‘sproutfetti’ made of paper with wildflower seeds embedded in, which is even plantable. Huizenga also co-owns a creative workshop series for women called Monarch Workshop to foster entrepreneurship, networking, wellness and creativity.

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3 DOG PARKS FOR POOCHIE TO PLAY

A wise dog trainer once said that sniffing the ground is like reading a newspaper for a dog, so it’s a good idea to let them read a new section now and again by taking them out of their regular environment. A dog park is a great way to give them new “reading material” and tire the pooch out, too. If your dog is the

Stacey Kigney, the

founder of Air Temple Arts aerial dance and circus school, used Kickstarter to produce her first show Missed Connections at Lyric Hall. She later opened Air Temple Arts, offering 20-30 classes per week, and subsequently put on more shows, like the recent Special Relativity, a sold out show about time travel and love. She recently newly launched Cirqularity professional production company.

Frank Brady, Dream Director with

the Future Project at Wilbur Cross High School, is a spoken-word poet and public speaker who performs in and around New Haven, as well as nationwide at events like Fresh Fest and the Congressional Black Caucus. As Dream Director, Brady helped students launch more than 30 projects last year, like a sneaker exchange, in which students bought, sold and exchanged sneakers, talent shows and charitable fundraisers—peaceful creative events between Cross and the community. social type-aggressives and introverts may rather catch up on Animal Planet reruns—why not try these? New Haven Union Street Dog Park Water feature for thirsty droolers, doublefenced entrance for safety, separate area for the littler dogs, and benches for sitting and watching your dog run and play. You can find bags to clean up after your dog. City rules require that waste be bagged. The park also offers scenic views of the city.

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The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument, located at the summit of East Rock, was completed in 1887 and honors the residents of New Haven who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, and Civil War. The East Rock Monument was dedicated in grand style with visiting dignitaries like William Tecumseh Sherman, Union General and implementer of a scorched earth policy in the South. It was one of the largest celebrations in New Haven history with more than 170,000 in attendance. are some plastic picnic chairs and grass— lots of grass. There is no separate small dog area. You can find bags to clean up after your dog. Watch out for townies.

Branford Dog Park Located behind the Orchard House on Short Beach Road, this enclosed dog park is not equipped with water. There are no benches, but there Hamden Dog Park at the intersection of Ridge Road and Waite Street in Bassett Park has been in operation since 2002. There is water, seating, and a small dog area, separately fenced, but this park is very large at almost an acre, and wellshaded with trees. You can find bags to clean up after your dog.

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Clearing Hurdles Is What Patricia Melton Does Best

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atricia Melton is the Executive Director of New Haven Promise. City of New Haven students are eligible under the program for paid tuition to Connecticut Colleges. Melton, a former track and field star, found that her life experience has provided her with the coaching skills to help students overcome their own obstacles. New Haven magazine publisher Mitchell Young interviewed Melton about her own life and the Promise program just as more than 250 students were to be recognized for their 2015 scholarship award. So where did your personal journey start? I grew up in Cleveland and received A Better Chance scholarship for high potential inner-city students. I then went to Middlesex School [boarding prep school] in Concord Massachusetts, with its first group of females. My mother had died in a car accident when I was twelve and I went to live with my older sister. Are you still close to your sister? Definitely, she is the matriarch of the family. Imagine being twentyfive and the parent of a twelve year old and an eight year old. So how did you get this scholarship? A friend of mine and I had both tried out for the basketball team; she made it and I didn’t. She said there is this friend who has a scholarship and I think you would really like the school—this from my little twelve year old friend. I started corresponding with him, and he told me about all this stuff they were not doing in my school. To me, it was like paradise, I was absolutely struck by it. I started to think maybe I could get one of these scholarships, because I had gone through this very traumatic experience. I found out everything I could about the program. I’m sure if my mother hadn’t died it wouldn’t have come on my radar.

I wrote three schools and told them about my mother and that I wanted to go to a boarding school; I thought it would help my family. I was letting them know that I would be applying because it still wasn’t for another year. How was that experience at a Massachusetts prep school coming from the inner city and all the way from Cleveland? This was the first class that they had girls.Thirty girls, four minority, three black, one Korean, lots of boys, about ten black boys, but not all through A Better Chance. It was a great experience. I had been at three different schools for Junior High School.

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You found your way to Yale, as well, as a student? When I was living at Middlesex, I knew I wanted to go to college. I wanted to go to Princeton because of the sports program. A representative came, I was there with another student, and he started talking to this young man whose father had gone, and probably his father’s father, and they were having this sort of personal conversation. I’m sure he had never met my classmate.

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After that experience, I just crossed it [Princeton] off my list. I was researching all these schools and then I came across Yale. [Middlesex] was very focused on Harvard, but I didn’t want to stay in Massachusetts, I wanted to try something else. I started researching and realized Yale had a very competitive athletic program. I got more enamored with Yale. Beside that you knew you were a jock, did you know what you wanted to study? When I was living with my mother, we were on welfare. My mother never really held a job, I didn’t know anything about what I was supposed to be doing. I was the first to go to college in my immediate family. I just thought people go to college to be a doctor or a lawyer, so I said doctor.

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I was pre-med and took Latin, French, Calculus, English and I was playing varsity sports—what do you think happened? I did everything wrong—which is why I’m so good at what I do now; I made every mistake [laughs].

Melton: I did everything wrong—which is why I’m so good at what I do now

So how did sports work out? When I got here to Yale, I was almost a week late, and I didn’t have any money. Financial aid didn’t really start to flow until I got here. I didn’t have any money to get here, it didn’t dawn on me to ask for help. I think I lasted almost one season [at Lacrosse]. I was the fastest kid on the team and he decided to put me in goal. I said, why didn’t you tell me this before I got here? Now I know the goalie is the fastest person on the team, he said you will play goalie or you will not play. I said I’m not playing. I was out of my element, he was from Britain, had a British accent. He was one of the few males at the time coaching females. I tried soccer and I said I’m not going to go into another team sport. If I’m really good, I don’t want any dispute about it. [laughs] I heard that the track team had a coach that was an Olympic medalist, Lee Calhoun [gold medalist]. I walked over to the track. Lee wasn’t there that day, coach Bruce Hescock said run around the track, he said do it again and said come back tomorrow. What did you do after graduation? I was in the top ten in the country with the fourth fastest time. I had only run the hurdles four times. I thought could I possibly train for the Olympics? It was going to be in L.A. in 1984. And it was going to be the first time the women would contest at the hurdles. I joined a club and trained in Boston with the Liberty Athletic Club and worked in a shoe store to make money. I was injured in 1984, competed through 1988 [didn’t get to the Olympics]; I came close.

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We mostly teach young women not to be competitive although will often hear that is an asset, should we teach girls to be competitive? Absolutely. When I was at Middlesex I was considered to be very aggressive, I didn’t consider myself aggressive, I was just playing sports. It was very clear, you watch the guy’s game and it was [boom, boom, boom], you watch the women and one tap; you can’t touch each other.You still see that today.

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decathlon, track and field. I did that for two years, it consumed my life.

Even when I was competing, I continued to work and was able to build my resumé. After I retired from running, I moved to Washington State. I thought, here’s a new phase of my life. I didn’t have a job or know a soul. I drove across country. My first job was to get a job and I did with the Goodwill Games. I had responsibility for six or seven sports: yachting, wrestling, modern

When I was forced to leave the team and do track and field, I hated it, because I was a team player. I’m from a big family; I love playing on a team. When I moved over to be solo, that was very hard and I was very unhappy, but I was very good. Eventually I learned to love the sport and by the time I graduated, I was all in.

Financial aid didn’t really start to flow until I got here. I didn’t have any money to get here, it didn’t dawn on me to ask for help.

I loved the Goodwill Games. We had a common purpose, I had to work with many different purposes and people, it was incredibly political, it was very high profile, jockeying for position and everyone wanted free tickets. I really didn’t know what I was doing career-wise and wasn’t talking to anyone to figure it out. I looked around and saw this job at the Urban League.

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Are there more than ten black people in Seattle?

then went to Indianapolis to work with some charter schools.

Yes, [laughs] they are just dispersed, they are not segregated the way it is here, people [live] just everywhere. I was very attracted to this project. It was community mobilization for education. It was a Ford [Foundation] grant that gave money to these different Urban Leagues to work with parents to help them advocate and navigate the public school system.That’s how I got into education.

I was back here speaking to athletes at Yale, my good friend Barbara Chesler [Yale, associate athletic director], said this new program is amazing you should get involved. I looked into and said “why didn’t they come ask me” [laughs]. My career had been flying but I had hit a ceiling, so I started to look at New York, but New York’s a big place and I don’t have connections.

I went to the school district and did personnel training all over the district.

I had been back, I had friends here and seen how the city had changed.The last several times I had wonderful experiences. I called my friend Barbara and she said “finally you’re coming home,” it is kind of like my second home. What is the Promise Program? The first Promise Program was in Kalamazoo Michigan, the city was going down the tubes, middle class flight, not just white flight. They came up with the plan of a place-based

So you are as far away from New Haven as you can be in the Continental U.S., how did you make it back? I was grant-funded and the grant ran out of money. I wasn’t a certified teacher, so I wasn’t going to get hired. I got cut. I said,“do I want to stay out here?” It was very Caucasian, my family couldn’t really come visit me, Seattle was a long way away from my network. Well let me interrupt, did your Middlesex and Yale connections help you? When I was out there I thought my Yale credential would help open doors. People in the Northwest are not that interested in outsiders. They really love their work life balance, I admire it, five o’clock it’s done. I talked to other people from the East Coast, they said get your license plate changed.You realized very quickly you had to assimilate or you would be discriminated against not because you were black, there was that too, but it was very subtle, but it was because you were not one of “our” class. I found I was not getting very far in the job market out there. There was a job in Massachusetts working with independent schools, they were having difficulty hiring faculty of color. In Connecticut forty percent of the students are minority yet only eight percent of the teachers are minority. Many will say it is difficult to recruit minority teachers here for a variety of reasons. I’ve been the chief academic officer of a district in Evansville, I‘ve been on the charter school side, the independent school side and the public school side. It’s not difficult, you just have to recruit. Education is a great profession, there is a great benefits package. So how did you get here?

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scholarship to stabilize the enrollment at the city schools. Their funders are anonymous but folks think it’s Upjohn. Whoever it is, they have deep pockets. You [in New Haven, Promise] have to be a resident of the city and have to go to a city public school and maintain a B average in High School, you also have to have forty hours of community service, we’re one of the few [Promise Programs] with a community service requirement, and you have to go to a college in state. If you go to a public college, you can get up to 100 percent of the cost depending on your length of residency, if you go to a private college it is up to $2,500. The idea is trying to strengthen the public schools. DeStefano, [former mayor John Destefano] was very keen on this Promise model, he had gone to Kalamazoo, and they said they could see changes in the district right away.Then it went to Pittsburgh, then it went to El Dorado [Arkansas]. We hosted the national conference of Promise Programs here last November.There are forty or so Promise Programs, but there are a lot of people doing this type of work. So now in New Haven with the Promise Program if a student does well they can afford to go to college. When you talk to a parent, do they understand that or that just the buzz of the system, etc.? They understand, they know what Promise is, that it is something that their child can get. We have record numbers, I don’t know if people really believed what this program can be but it is thriving and we’ve just begun. So besides Yale University does anyone else fund it? Yale funds the scholarship and the Community Foundation, our administrative stuff. [Yale New Haven Hospital] The first year there was a lot of criticism because folks were saying you talked about 12 August/September 2015

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how it was going to pay for 100% and we only dispersed $78,000. That’s because it was phased in. Usually, when a Promise Program is announced, they fund the program after four years. But they [founders] knew how demanding this population is and if we say in four years, people won’t see it as real. But last year they had to cut a check for $1.2 million? Yes, but this [year] was the first 100% class. We’re still not at full implementation, but this year its going to be $2.2 million, next year it will be around $3.6 million, that’s real money. Is Yale happy with the program? Very, our numbers are 253 scholars qualified out of 500 that applied. About 800-850 New Haven residents graduated, but you have to go to an in-state college. We now also have a paid internship program. We had 56 [interns] last year, now we expect over 100. If you go out of state you can still participate in the paid internship and other professional development. If you are a New Haven resident and you go to a magnet school outside of the city, you’re out?

come back, get jobs in the city to live work and play, they love New Haven and they can contribute to the city. A lot of people think all we do is give money, but actually we have a very comprehensive program. How important are high expectations? That is the Republican mantra and I’m sure they were big on that phrase in Indianapolis? They sure were, but it is huge. I consider myself an outsider in education, because I’m really not an educator per se, I stumbled into education. I’ve worked with educators my entire career. What I see in all these different places, whether it’s Seattle, Boston, Indianapolis, Cleveland, it is so bureaucratic it weighs down, the adults can’t figure out how to get loose from the system. I would say in terms of expectations, if you as an instructional leader don’t really believe, you are a long way of reaching your goal. Okay so you’re energetic, you see yourself as an outsider, you have a “jock” mentality of merit and I say that in an affectionate way, but how has that worked for you in New Haven?

Yes, it is about economic development and strengthening schools in the city. We have three pillars: it is about college access, a college going culture and a community that can support that.

I do, people think I’m a Democrat, but I’m not, not a Republican either, I’m an independent thinker.

Once our students get to college, we want them to be successful so we have an ambassador program. These are scholars in all different schools, and they help the new freshmen transition to college.

But that goes to my question, nobody’s turning their nose up at free money. But are you embraced, your energy, your ‘I don’t care how we get over that hurdle’ philosophy?

The internship program is going gangbusters and [where we could use more businesses] to have them

I’ve ruffled a few feathers, but I don’t have any problems saying

I’m not going to put that in here, you’ll be blackballed. It [laughing] is a Democratic town.

that. I was brought here to do a job and I’m very true to the mission. Some folks may say you can attract more with honey, I say I’ve used honey and all I’m doing is getting diabetic over here. [laughing]. We have some courageous conversations, but people cannot argue the results. People would say I’m a scrapper, and I definitely have high standards and some may say I’m difficult to work with, I don’t think I’m difficult, I think these kids can do it, our results indicate that you can raise that bar. Are we seeing a Promise Program starting up in Hartford? Yes, they just selected Richard Sugarman and he’s going to raise money.They don’t have the same situation we have here. All Promise Programs are different, but they have all those huge corporations. Do the kids get this idea that they can achieve? They get it, that’s why our numbers are going up.There may be occasions with kids being disadvantaged, like when I was moving around to three different schools and never took any homework home [when things got very tough]. We have an advantage of knowing how these kids will perform at the next level, the schools don’t really know. We are with them at every step of the way. They are performing great. Are there some that are going to college and they are not quite prepared? Absolutely.They just have to double down, we’re building this data warehouse and we get every transcript of every kid, every semester, because they have to maintain a certain GPA. Most of the kids do fine, but some could do better, they think a C is okay. I say no [to them], if I’m coming to my dentist, I do not want Cs [on his report card]! It is not good enough in this society, not now, you’ll be left in the dust. •

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or many city residents urban life and the New Haven experience has meant for years grungy, crowded and busy streets, overgrown entrance ways into the city and in many neighborhoods. Today however, there is great energy in New Haven as hundreds of new residents fill up freshly built homes and apartments, cranes [the construction type] dot New Haven’s skyline as modern building developments continue. But in spite of a long list of these growing successes, ironically the city defined by the New Haven Green and towering Elms is not viewed as particularly “green”. New Haven has become a place of growing human diversity, but burrito baristas and tech gurus aren’t the only ones making home in the city. As diverse as the thousands of millennial students are New Haven’s birds.These, the distant relatives of the dinosaurs are themselves the object of a new kind of “habitat” trailblazers and “developer” interest is very strong.

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Egrets, Herons, Osprey, Hawks, Snowy Owls, Kingfishers, even Bald Eagles and many more species have settled in. A wide variety of birds count on the city and the region as a major sheltering and feeding grounds as the winged travelers find their way each season. In 2013 to highlight the importance that New Haven has to our avian acquaintances, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through it’s Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative officially designated the New Haven Urban Oases Program and partnership as one of the first National Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships in the nation. Audubon Connecticut, the state affiliate of the National Audubon Society [there is a another bird loving Audubon group in the state as well, Connecticut Audubon] along with the Common Ground High School, Friends of Beaver Ponds Park, McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, New Haven Public Schools, New Haven Urban Resources Initiative, New NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM


Great Egret, Yale Fields, New Haven Photo: Lesley Roy

and assistance from Audubon Connecticut and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service puts a feather in the cap of all those doing this important conservation work.” Harp and the city’s Cultural Affairs director Andy Wolf, worked with local photographer Lesley Roy to develop and finance the printing of a Soaring In New Haven a photo book [see page 25] of birds “captured” in Roy’s lens within the city. The book is given by the mayor to dignitaries and special guests.

Haven Parks & Recreation, Yale Peabody Museum and the Yale School of Forestry have joined together to “develop” and protect wildlife and bird habitats in and around the Elm City, what the group calls “urban oases, habitats and green-spaces.” The importance of the cities and the New Have region to migratory birds, and community efforts to improve wildlife habitat yielded an additional recognition and a little bit of money to help things along as well. In late July the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated New Haven as an Urban Bird Treaty City.

environmental groups to provide urban oases for migratory birds.” Harp lauded the community habitat developers, “to receive this special recognition

Katherine Blake, Audubon Connecticut’s Bird-Friendly Communities Coordinator and a New Haven resident explained that New Haven is a great spot for birds,“New Haven has several hot spots, Lighthouse Point Park, East Rock, West Rock.” East Rock Park is a hot spot in the Springtime for migrating birds, they come back they’re hungry and weary and they need a place to rest and refuel”. Blake added “we want to help enhance New Haven ‘s contribution to protecting migratory birds and to communicate what is good for birds is good for peoplA festival is planned for East Rock next Spring to highlight its role for birds and wildlife. See the following pages for information and resources on birds in the region.

Yale’s Peabody Museum is the “bird daddy” of the region. It’s staff of scientists, curators and illustrators is unmatched anywhere. Here, volunteer bird model painter Collin Moret pauses to look at his work on a red phalarope with Michael Anderson, museum preparator. Anderson and his crew are creating models of birds that are not available to be taxidermied in order to fill gaps in the museum’s Birds of Connecticut Hall, which features every bird in the state. Photo: Derek Torellas

Twenty-one cities across the country share the designation, the goal of the “treaty” is to help New Haven engage the community and build wildlife territories. School yards have been identified as potential bird-friendly places and New Haven’s Common Ground High School with the help of a grant is working on developing these urban oases at several New Haven schools. On October 14, Audubon Connecticut will host a Schoolyard Habitat Summit. New Haven’s mayor Toni Harp shared her enthusiasm for the Urban Treaty City designation saying,“New Haven’s proximity to Long Island Sound, in the center lane of the Atlantic Flyway, make it a most likely and logical home for the comprehensive effort among municipal, education, and

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Ospreys Take Flight

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olunteers from the Connecticut Audubon Society are monitoring the increasing Osprey population in a citizen science program called Osprey Nation.The number of volunteers have grown as the program enters its second year running, and 134 Connecticut residents contribute; 30 more volunteers than the previous year.They collect data bi-weekly and monthly during the nesting season and have found 492 nests this year, compared to 414 nests last year.

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While volunteers try to determine the number of Osprey eggs in high nests, they have found that 94 pairs of birds have hatched two young Osprey per nest. In 2014, 78 nests were documented, although not every nest was monitored in the state, and it is unclear how many young Osprey were produced.The larger number of nests this year are behind schedule, and as the babies get bigger, they will be easier to see, therefore increasing the number of visible young Osprey. The data collected by the Connecticut Audubon Society’s volunteers are shown on an interactive map posted on their website, and shared with biologists at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Osprey bringing back lunch for the kiddies, Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Reserve, New Haven

Photo: Lesley Roy

The increasing Osprey population can be attributed to the ban of DDT in 1972. A widely used agricultural pesticide, the toxin DDT had entered Long Island Sound and rivers. It was absorbed in fish that the birds ate, then caused the shells of the eggs of Osprey to be very thin and break.

DDT decreased the Osprey’s ability to metabolize calcium and eventually affected the Osprey population, with only seven active nests in Connecticut. Since the ban, Osprey have become synonymous with conservation and a clean environment.

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Bird Sanctuaries Guilford Salt Meadows Sanctuary: Located along the East River, Salt Meadows Sanctuary is a habitat for rare saltmarsh dependent species. The East River drains into Long Island Sound and its wetlands form the heart of the sanctuary. These marshes once extended along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Georgia and provide many resting spots to migratory birds. The Sanctuary provides habitats for the Saltmarsh Sparrow, a species that are of conservation concern. They are found in a limited range, only nesting in a thin strip of coastal salt marshes from Maine to North Carolina. Because this area of salt marshes is so small, their breeding range is a smaller area than all of Connecticut. The salt marshes in Guilford are home to the highest density populations of nesting Saltmarsh Sparrows in the world.

and Connecticut Audubon Society, this eight acre sanctuary is adjacent to the Coastal Center at Milford Point. The boardwalk protects the dune and beach habitat facing Long Island Sound and the inland side is adjacent to the 840 acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh. It is located at 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford.

Banks South Farm: One of the newest additions to the Connecticut Audubon Society, this 60 acre sanctuary includes open pastures, an upland forest, wetlands, a small stream and trails. It is located at Merwins Ln., Fairfield.

Harlo N. Haagenson Preserve: Overlooking the Connecticut River, the 65 acre upland preserve includes small fields, a stream and newly installed trails. It is located at 137 Creek Row, East Haddam. Grace Robinson Nature Sanctuary, Lords Highway, Weston.

Pileated Woodpecker, Audubon Center at Bent of the River, Southbury. Photo: Lesley Roy

Birdcraft Sanctuary: Connecticut Audubon Society’s founder, Mabel Osgood Wright, founded Birdcraft Sanctuary in 1914 as the first songbird sanctuary in the country. It is made up of six acres of upland habitat, trails, a teaching bridge and a learning pavilion that spans a one acre pond. It is located at 314 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield.

actively used sanctuaries, the property features streams, ponds, forest and fields that are managed for their diverse plant and animal communities. Seven miles of trails and boardwalks are also included, located at 2325 Burr St., Fairfield.

Roy and Margaret Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary: One of Connecticut Audubon’s most

Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary: Managed by the New Haven Bird Club

H. Smith Richardson Wildlife Preserve and Christmas Tree Farm, Sasco Creek Rd., Westport. Elsa Feiler Denburg Wooldland Conservation Area, Burr St., Fairfield. John F. Field and John Mahoney Sanctuary, Old Academy Rd., Fairfield. Edward Steichen Memorial Wildlife Preserve, Chestnut Woods Rd., Redding. Richard G. Croft Memorial Preserve, East St. N., Goshen. Haddam Wildflower Gorge, adjacent to Hurd State Park, Haddam. Morgan R. Chaney Sanctuary, Turner Rd., Montville. Wilcox Preserve, Stonington. Cromwell Meadows, Middletown.

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Birding Hot Spots

Branford Trolley Trail, Stony Creek & The Shoreline Greenway Trail The Branford Trolley Trail follows an old, abandoned trolley track, which is part of the Shoreline Greenway Trail. The nature trails are along a marsh habitat that is home to shorebirds, fish, mammals and invertebrates.

Get your binoculars, here’s where they are.

The Shoreline Greenway Trail is in the process of becoming a scenic 25 mile route through East Haven, Branford, Guilford and Madison along Long Island Sound. From Lighthouse Point Park to Hammonasset, the trail will connect parks, schools, town centers and more. Views of the water, forests, meadows and marshes will be accessible.

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West Rock Ridge Park: West Rock Ridge is one of the most prominent features of New Haven. It rises 627 feet above sea level and offers an excellent view. It is estimated that one can see approximately 200 square miles from different locations on the ridge of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound.

Milford Mondo Ponds & Beaver Brook

Edgewood Park

Eastern Screech, East Rock State Park, Eli Whitney Museum

The park offers different activities such as walking, jogging, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and tennis, relaxing by the ponds or skateboarding by the Coogan Pavilion. The wetlands viewing platform is ideal for bird watchers.

Photo: Lesley Roy

Marginal Drive to the West River Memorial Park West River Memorial Park offers 200 acres of undeveloped land, water and brackish marsh. Both Edgewood Park and West Rock State Park connect to West River and the boat launch is located on Marginal Drive.

Sandy Point, West Haven Sandy Point is a bird sanctuary and a great place for bird watching. West Haven provides 3.5 miles of public beach or Waterfront Park. There are views of Long Island Sound along the greenway, which is open for walking, cycling and rollerblading.

East Rock State Park East Rock was formed about 200 million years ago when the continents were in the process of splitting apart. Glacial action and forces of weathering eroded away sandstone, and East Rock became more prominent. The summit now rises more than 350 feet above the floor of the Mill River at the base. The river and over 10 miles of trails support recreational use in the park.

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The park’s hiking trail is approximately three quarter miles long and goes through five ponds and wetlands. The Beaver Brook Trail is 1.3 miles long with an elevated bridge through wetlands.

Naugatuck State Forest Lighthouse Point Park and Long Wharf Nature Preserve/ Walk Lighthouse Point Park was purchased by the City of New Haven in 1924. Today, Long Island Sound attracts visitors to the park to enjoy the fishing pier, boat launch, picnic tables, pavilions and the playground. It is one of the most popular spots for bird watching along the East Coast. Thousands of birds migrate through the park every fall and spring, and in the fall, research is conducted for migration programs for visitors. The Long Wharf Nature Preserve/Walk is a 24-acre seaside habitat on the New Haven Harbor, and was developed by the New Haven Land Trust and the Garden Club of New Haven. Many forms of wildlife and native plants inhabit the preserve.

Bent of the River, Southbury The National Audubon Society has managed Bent of the River since 1993. It is a historic site located on a 700-acre sanctuary in western Connecticut. Its mission is to, “conserve birds, other wildlife and their habitats by engaging the community and inspiring lifelong appreciation of nature.” Visitors can enjoy a walk along the Pomperaug River or through the meadows. Bent

of the River maintains shrub and grasslands that support species that are declining in New England, such as the Prairie and Blue-winged warbler, Indigo Bunting and Field Sparrow.

Racebrook Tract & Sperry Falls in Woodbridge The Racebrook Tract is split between 210 acres in Orange and 181 acres in Woodbridge. The open area stretches to Maltby Lakes in West Haven, a great spot for wildlife. Habitats include stream belts, forests, wetlands, meadows and brush. Sperry Falls consists of two waterfalls, which separate as they fall into a deep pool surrounded by a ledge and cliffs. The height is approximately 3 meters, 10 feet and is located in Woodbridge. It is property of the Public Water Supply, but recreational permits are available.

Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford Chaffinch Island Park offers views of the mouth of the West River, Long Island Sound and Faulkner’s Island. Activities at the park include bird watching, fishing and crabbing and the landscape includes tidal rivers and wetlands.

Covering almost 5,000 acres, the forest is spread across Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Oxford, Bethany, Hamden, Cheshire, Ansonia and Seymour. The Forest is managed for saw timber, firewood, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities .

White Memorial Conservation Center Wildlife Sanctuary An Environmental Education Center and Nature Museum, the center is located in the 4,000-acre White Memorial Foundation in Northwestern Connecticut. The Nature Museum is full of exhibits focusing on local natural history, conservation and ecology. The wildlife sanctuary is maintained by the White Memorial Foundation, which is comprised of fields, water, woodlands, trails, campgrounds and boating facilities.

Nature Center – Hammonasset State Park: The Meigs Point Nature Center is an environmental education facility run and operated by the Department of Environmental Protection. The center is home to a variety of animals, including turtles, snakes, amphibians, crabs and fish. Most animals at the center have been previously injured, and therefore cannot return to the wild.

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New Haven Bird Club The New Haven Bird Club (NHBC) was founded in 1907, in remembrance of the birth of John Burroughs, naturalist and author. The NHBC is one of the oldest birding clubs in the U.S. and works with organizations such as Audubon Connecticut. The Club’s goal is to work on conservation at Long Wharf and Milford Point and preservation of natural resources in New Haven and surrounding areas. The group educates the public about recreation and opportunities for bird watching. Opportunities for the public include free field trips organized by the Club to local and regional bird watching areas. A popular area is at Lighthouse Point Park during the Hawk Watch, which is a birding event where hawks start to migrate south from September through November. Other activities from the Club include indoor meetings held monthly from autumn to spring. The meetings feature guest speakers including ornithologists,

New Haven Bird Club Walks All walks are free and open to the public. Annual Migration Festival, Lighthouse Point Park This festive event is sponsored by the New Haven Parks Dept., NHBC, and other organizations. There will be hawk watching; bird banding and live raptor demos; bird walks; and more. Chris Loscalzo will lead an 8:00 am walk, Mike Horn will lead one at 9:30 and Flo McBride will lead a kids’ walk at 9:30. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at 2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven.

Black-crowned Night-Heron, West River, New Haven Photo: Lesley Roy

birders and naturalists. Meetings are free and open to the public. The NHBC participates in the Natural Audubon Christmas Bird Count in December, as well as a summer bird count in June, a feeder survey of birds from November to March, and “The Big Sit” in which bird counts are compiled from 17 foot circles. To donate to the New Haven Bird Club, you can do so online at newhavenbirdclub.com. To join and become a member of NHBC,

Annual Migration Festival

you can go to the website, or send your information and a check to New Haven Bird Club, P.O. Box 9004, New Haven, CT 06532-0004. All membership prices are online and contribute to the program budget. By becoming a member, you will receive an electronic newsletter, which is published up to six times a year. The newsletter consists of a variety of events and news of the birding community. You will also receive their Annual Yearbook, a reference guide on the NHBC.

Lighthouse Point Park is a major bird watching area this time of the year as birds migrate south for the winter. The park is right in the Atlantic flyway, a main route for a variety of species. Birds native to the New Haven area usually depart from October through November, and can include different types of Sparrows such as the Sharp-tailed Sparrow and the White-throated Sparrow. However, migration of shorebirds can start as early as June, with land birds following its path. August through October are the best times to sneak a peek.

Peregrin Falcon on the cliff face of West Rock Mountain Photo: Lesley Roy

First Wednesday Walk, Lighthouse Point Park Join us on a visit to this premier local birding location, renowned for its migrating raptors and passerines. If the weather conditions are favorable, we may see hundreds of hawks in flight over the park. Meet at the hawk watch site inside the park. 8 a.m. Oct. 7 at 2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. Bird Count—“The Big Sit” Established by the NHBC, “The Big Sit” is an international event with birders from all over the world participating. The object is to record as many species of birds as possible in one day from one 17-foot diameter circle. The circles are located at a number of birding hot spots throughout CT. Join other birders in one of the established circles or create your own. Bird Watcher’s Digest runs the event. 6 a.m. Oct. 10- 9 p.m. Oct. 11. For details, go to birdwatchersdiigest.com or contact John Triana: 203-758-7203 or jtriana1@ sbcglobal.net.

Birds native to the United States and Canada are longdistance migrants, and fall into the Neotropic migrant category. Neotropical migrants fly to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America as the cold, winter months approach in the north. The vultures that are seen in the New Haven area are part of this group, including other commonly seen birds in the north such as hummingbirds, orioles, hawks, woodpeckers, and the bald eagle.

Hammonasset Beach State Park A top fall birding spots where the abundance of some migrants and sightings of less common species is common. The walking is easy, all on level ground. Meet outside the park at the new parking lot on the Post Rd. 8 a.m. Oct. 17 at Hammonasset Beach State Park, 1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison. 203-787-1642, 203-494-4325.

The Lighthouse Point Park ranger station offers bird migration programs for visitors, and hosts the Annual Migration Festival in partnership with the New Haven Bird Club and Audubon CT. There will be hawk watching, bird banding, bird walks and more. There will be three bird walks during the festival; 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and a kids’ walk at 9:30 a.m. The festival is held on September 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. For more info contact Ranger Dan Barvir at 203-946-6086.

Beacon Cap Short but strenuous hike up to Beacon Cap on the Naugatuck Trail in Bethany to look for late fall migrants. Hike will proceed to a glacial erratic at the top of a hill. Be prepared for a steep climb. 8 a.m. Oct. 18 at Beacon Rd. (Rt. 42), Bethany. 203-758-7203.

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BLACK HAWK DOWN A Guide To Bird Rescue By Amy Kulikowski

A walk in the woods during these late summer days might reveal some wildlife- perhaps an injured bird or a baby bird that has fallen out of its nest and needs assistance. Many bird rehabilitation centers in the region take in injured birds that are found in the wild. And don’t worry- that baby bird will soon be released back into nature. If you ever come across a bird that needs help, contact these rescues and potentially save a bird’s life.

falcons, harriers, vultures and osprey.

A Place Called Hope is

Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center is a

a raptor rescue, rehabilitation and education center located in Killingworth that heals injured, orphaned, or ill birds and returns them to their natural habitats. For birds that are no longer able to return to the wild, the staff cares for them at the rescue and some permanent guests even make appearances in educational presentations.

The rescue is a non-profit organization that is run by volunteers with donations of time, money and supplies. Along with educating the public about birds, the rescue helps foster understanding about how to protect and respect the local wildlife, in particular, raptors. Rehabilitators care for sick animals or animals in situations that require hands-on care, with the intention of releasing them back into the wild. All members at A Place Called Hope hold a CT Wildlife Rehabilitators License and a Federal Permit and specialize in birds of prey.These birds include eagles, hawks, owls,

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Todd Secki and Christine Cummings, co-founders of A Place Called Hope Rescue

You can visit the rescue at 154 Pond Meadow Rd., Killingworth, See them at Hammonasset Festival on Oct. 3 and 4. If you would like to donate, go to aplacecalledhoperaptors.com.

town-owned park in Ansonia with a mission “to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship that will connect our communities to the natural world of the Lower Naugatuck River Valley, and balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation.” Volunteers are a big part of the center and are responsible for animal care, trail maintenance and more.The Center no longer accepts baby wildlife, but do accept injured wildlife. All staff at the center are wildlife rehabilitators licensed by the CT State Department of Energy and Environmental Education (DEEP). ansonianaturecenter.org.

Wildlife in Crisis, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt

organization in Weston that cares for orphaned and injured wildlife. WIC emphasizes that they are a nurture center, not a nature center.They place importance on emergency care and temporary housing for wildlife and do not keep releasable animals in cages for public display.

WIC is entirely run by volunteers and devotes all donations to the animals.Their mission is to “exist in order to treat and care for debilitated wildlife so that these animals can be returned to their natural environment and can live independent of human care.” Staff is licensed to care for injured and orphaned wildlife by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. WIC frequently offers presentations to educate people about the dangers that wildlife face and to provide information to reduce those dangers.To donate and help Wildlife in Crisis, Inc., go to wildlifeincrisis.com.

Other bird rescues in Connecticut include:

Connecticut Parrot Rescue a non-profit

organization run by volunteers. It is located in Stratford and can be found on the web at Ctparrotrescue.org.

Wild Wings, Inc. Wildlife

Rescue & Rehabilitation run by volunteers in Old Greenwich. Works with migratory birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and turtles. Meredith Sampson, Director: 203-637-9822.

Persons Authorized To Care For Most Protected Birds Berlin Hungerford Park 860-827-9064 hungerfordpark@snet.net No Canadian Geese Deep River Grace Krick 860-575-9791 drrehabber@gmail.com Raptors -Osprey - Herons –Egrets Lebanon Mary DeVeau 860-450-1222 small birds, hawks & owls, sm. Mammals; no waterfowl Marlborough Kasha Breau 860-983-6065 kasha.breau@sbcglobal.net NO Pigeons, Gulls, Swans or Geese Old Lyme Susanne Colten-Carey 860-434-9999 Old Lyme ONLY; No birds of prey Redding Linda Fitzgerald 203-938-4769 Stonington Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center 860-536-1216 Stratford Dr. Louis Pieper, Jr. 203-378-0687 Barnum Animal Hospital Waterford Waterford Country School 860-442-9454 rmcpherson@ waterfordcs.org

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Osprey, Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Reserve, New Haven Photo: Lesley Roy

How To Handle An Injured Bird Many believe you should never touch a baby bird because the mother will then abandon it. According to the DEEP, this is not true. Birds have a poor sense of smell, and therefore, will not turn away their offspring after a human touch. However, it is strongly recommended that when possible, return the bird to its nest or put it in a wicker or woven stick basket and place it nearby if the nest is out of reach. If there is no sign of an adult bird, DEEP recommends assuming the baby bird is orphaned and to contact a wildlife rehabilitation center. If you see a bird outside that cannot fly, do not automatically assume it is orphaned. Birds leave the nest before they can fly, but while they are on the ground, the adult birds will continue to look after them. If the bird is near adult size, has its feathers, but still has a short tail, it is a giveaway that the bird is still being looked after. DEEP suggests to keep pets away at this time to let the bird be. If you are concerned about a bird’s health and think it might need help, these are three ways to tell: * If it is unable to stand or perch with both legs * If a wing is constantly hanging down or the bird is holding it out away from its body * If the bird was attacked and there is a noticeable puncture wound Watch out for Hawks and Owls If you come across a young hawk or owl on the ground, it may not be orphaned. Watch to see if the parents come in the next 24 hours, and if not, contact a rehabilitator. Hawks and owls have very sharp talons and beaks, therefore, do not handle them by yourself. They can inflict serious wounds if handled by someone inexperienced or without proper protection. Courtesy Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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New Haven’s New Bird Girl Former Fashion Model, Homeware Designer, Painter, Art’s Advocate Now Lesley Roy Takes Flight With A New Passion For Our Feathered Friends A Story of Migration to Avid Birder By Lesley Roy

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ome birders discover new landscapes on their quest to find birds; I went out to discover my New Haven neighborhood and found a passion for birds and birding photography.

This was a transformative experience, a meaningful encounter with the natural world, and another creature. Seeing the pictures of the raven and me superimposed over my father in his laboratory was a glimpse of my future self.

My bird calling began one chilly morning as a teen in Bethany. I heard a croaking raspy cawing from my neighbors’ yard. Still in my bathrobe, and not in a hurry to get ready for school, I went out to investigate. The big black bird, a raven, called to me. Naturally, I began to call back. In my mind, I invited the beautiful raven to land on my outstretched arm. The bird flew and landed on my wrist, I could hardly believe my eyes. This was a profoundly spiritual moment. I called for my mom to bring her camera. By the time she stepped onto the porch, the raven had sidestepped his way from my wrist to my shoulder. She shouted, “watch out for your eyes” and snapped the first photo. I had no fear, instead only love as the raven stuck his beak in my ear. Like a seasoned bird handler, I placed the raven on my hand, and lowered him to the ground. My mom took a second photo of us having a conversation. In an unfortunate accident, those two shots were superimposed over photos of my dad in his laboratory; photos mom had taken the day before.

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After high school, I ventured beyond New Haven to begin a career arc that took me to New York City, Europe and Japan. Eventually returning to New Haven to attend Yale School of Art and begin another ‘ARTrepreneur’ venture in my hometown. This venture, creating home couture dinnerware, had a strong natural world aesthetic; flowers, fruits and of course, birds. After a decade of hard work and commitment, I was able to retire from the day-to-day of the business. This was my time to explore the natural world that holds our greater New Haven community. I began explorations in my own neighborhood of Edgewood Park, West Rock and the watershed of the recently designated West River Greenway. With a Canon Rebel, curiosity and the question “what is out here?” - I headed to the woods and ‘wilds’ of New Haven. Roy on “assignment” in New Haven Harbor. Photo: Tod Murphy Roy

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was photographing a pair of Northern Flickers mating, it looked more like a battle to my untrained eye. When the dust settled, the female flew off to recoup on the side of tree. I slowly approached, instinctively knowing not to disturb her. I struggled to hold the hefty 100-400mm lens steady on the tiny image in the viewfinder. She flew off after a few minutes, but not before I captured a few images. This encounter was the pivotal moment that my curiosity about my hometown became my passion for our birds and wild places. At home, I uploaded the images and was dumb struck. The details in the photos were vivid; I was stunned by what they revealed, details I had not been able to see with my naked eye. Outrageous heart-shaped black spots on the birds’s entire underside popped against a saturated shade of luminous peach. I said out loud, “Are you kidding me?!?!” Each new detail was like looking into a diamond— the bird was a sparkly little jewel and each facet revealed more hidden beauty. In the beginning, my photos served to help me identify the bird species. I downloaded Audubon, BirdsEye North America, Merlin Bird ID, Hotspots, and any App or field guide I could get my hands on. I compared my shots with the images I found in these guides. Exploring bird life through photography is an exhilarating experience. It makes my heart race with anticipation and joy. What started as a surprise photo of a Flicker became a quest to discover what other beautiful birds lived in and around New Haven. Edgewood Park was an obvious place to go exploring. The park shares a great tradition with New York City’s Central Park, it shares Olmsted DNA with the more famous city oasis. Edgewood, too, has a tremendous diversity of bird life that few residents may be aware of. Edgewood is the migratory and resident home to a host of Herons, Gnatcatchers, Hummingbirds, Ducks (more than just Mallards), Woodcocks, Kingfishers and so much more. Discovering all these species was a joy; I hadn’t imagined all this diversity in the middle of town. From Edgewood, my exploring expanded to the Yale Bowl and fields, ponds and estuaries that border that iconic field. There I photographed a Great Egret, the emblem of the Audubon Society. This shot of the

egret in flight became the basis for my mixed media painting that still hangs in the studio.

of my bird exploration expanded to include Branford, Quinnipiac Meadows, Beaver Ponds Park, East Shore Park, Guilford, Milford, Sandy Point West Haven, McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Audubon Bent of the River in Southbury, White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, the Naugatuck Valley and many other hotspots.

Exploring the areas around the Yale ball fields revealed more wonderful surprises about our greater New Haven community. The birds who make up this community find the ball fields useful, if not an unusual habitat. I’ve photographed Killdeer Plovers nesting on the artificial turf of the batting As my skills in the art of nature cages and Ospreys using the practice photography grew and my passion field light stanchions as nesting for birds increased, I found myself platforms. What should make us all upgrading my equipment and proud is the devoting support the more of folks who my time to care for the discovering fields give to new areas these avian and species residents of while New Haven. checking The Osprey in on my nests are left favorite undisturbed spots. and the New Haven, Killdeer with its who make rivers, their ground woods, Roy’s high gloss “Bird Book” of New Haven birds nest on the cliffs and was produced for Mayor Toni Harp and given to practice expansive dignitaries and special visitors to New Haven. fields have their coastline, efforts marked is a rich habitat for an abundance of with surveyor tape by the grounds avian species. Around her lakes and crew so no lawn mowing occurs until rivers I’ve photographed Hooded after the chicks have fledged. This Mergansers, Wood Ducks, Redheaded level of consideration given to our Ducks, Ring-billed Ducks, Bald wild neighbors makes this a great Eagles, and Ospreys. Along her cliffs, community! Peregrine Falcons, Common Ravens, Having succumbed to the full-blown Red-shouldered Hawks, Coopers bird photo bug, my curiosity about Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and Black where to go exploring next was and Turkey Vultures. piqued. New Haven is the perfect The estuaries and shore provide a town to nurture a bird fascination. The completely different habitat and the New Haven Bird Club, one of the oldest opportunity to photograph a rich in the US, is easy to find, meeting the diversity of migrating and local shore 2nd Thursday of every month at the birds—American Bitterns, Clapper Whitney Center. Here I met folks with Rails, Common Terns, Piping Plovers, a passion to spot birds. This gracious Black Skimmers, dozens of gulls, and community told tales of locations to the hysterical American Oystercatcher. explore, the latest on birds spotted in With all these species so close by, New town or passing through, and what Haven feels like a living museum of events were coming up. From the natural history. bird club sprang a new and wider With an actual museum of natural exploration. history, the Peabody in our midst, the Another treasure here in New Haven opportunities to dive deeper into the is Gina Nichols, who has started her science of the birds is one I’ve taken own bird travel business. Although on. New Haven has created for me, for she is often trekking around the all of us, the opportunity to live out world, she hosts and promotes a that teenage photo of science and the series of local walks for folks of all natural world bound together. levels of experience. The Sunrise As a visual artist, it is easy to be Birding series of walks are smart and drawn to the colors, forms and informative, an opportunity to meet beautiful environments of the fellow enthusiasts. Through the birds. Photographing birds has its Sunrise Birding series, the geography

particular challenges and requires an ever-increasing level of dedication, perseverance, knowledge and tools of the trade. The craft of good photography is learned through practice. Capturing the image is the beginning. Creating an image I can use in the studio as the basis for a painting, is yet another commitment - hours culling thousands of shots, finding the extraordinary moment, editing the image to its essential parts, then asking the important questions: does this image resonant — does this image move me — am I inspired? One image can be breathtaking. I am seeking that image, looking through the lens for magic. When the magic happens I’m driven to create, to participate in the beauty of our natural world. The creation is the satisfaction. There are other satisfactions, one example is sharing the captured moments and beauty of New Haven through the book Mayor Harp commissioned, Soaring in New Haven. This book, given by Mayor Harp to visiting dignitaries, is a rewarding honor. Having been ‘found’ by Cornell University, my photos of rare birds from Central and South America are being used for its eBird apps; another tremendous honor. In addition to the photographs I’ve been able to contribute as a volunteer with the Osprey Stewards of Connecticut, I participate in Audubon’s “Good Egg” program providing conservation information to beach goers, and leading walks with Mayor Harp and local science students. Photographing the home habitat, life cycles and experiences of our avian neighbors may help add to our understanding of the challenges they face and inspire generations to take up the conservation work to protect habitats and our rich community. From a simple walk out the front door to explore the neighborhood, a passion for our community’s natural world has sprung forth. Lesley Roy Photography website: www.QuantumWow.com Call it a hobby, or a pastime. Call it a sport. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in 2011, more than 47,000,000 Americans are “birders.” Birding ranks as the 15th most popular outdoor recreational activity. US. Chances are that you either know a “birder” or you see one when you look in the mirror.

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What’s In The Greater New Haven Melting Pot? DIVERSITY: WHO WE ARE PART I OF A MULTI-PART SERIES ON NEW HAVEN COUNTY BY RACHEL BERGMAN

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Hindu Cultural Center: The goddess Durga is flanked by a host of other Hindu deities on an altar inside the temple of the Hindu Cultural Center in Stratford.

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American as possible, not speak with an accent, and to integrate. He was bullied at Greenwich high school for his “brown skin and accent.”

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f you Google search “New Haven Diversity” you will probably get a few Bar Association links. Of course, the lawyers would be all over this.

It’s a complicated region we’re living in and diversity has become a touch-point for celebrations, festivals, education, networking— and even public policy. Diversity is important, it makes people think harder, work harder to understand and get along, promotes innovation and variety. The census numbers show that the Greater New Haven region, home to storied institutions like Yale University and hospital and corporate conglomerates like UTC, is fairly educated with 88.3% of county residents possessing a high school diploma or higher. Thousands of small and mediumsized business owners comprise the economy along with larger corporate and academic players, many immigrant-owned. While the myth of the sun-hat wearing Buffy in pearls from Connecticut has been largely dispelled, or at least relegated to New Canaan, the question remains, is Connecticut a diverse state? Who makes up New Haven County’s 862,477? New Haven started out as a Revolutionary War battleground and later became known as the largest concentration of Italian Americans in the Northeastern region, with an Italian Consulate in New Haven at one point, and still boasts excellent Italian food aplenty and possibly the world’s best pizza, depending on who is talking. In examining the diversity of our own communities, New Haven Magazine reached out to those who are already doing outreach. Are we more than just the Little Italy of Wooster Square? The only consulate in New Haven today is Ecuador, serving the sizeable population here and around the New England region.

Turkish Cultural Center: Omer Kizilcik, president of the Turkish Cultural Center, sits in the office of the organization’s West Haven building.

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The Milford/New Haven metro region is estimated to be home to almost 7,000 Ecuadorians. Fausto Parra, Executive Secretary to the Commissioner at the State Department of Veteran’s Affairs, came to the U.S. as an infant from Ecuador, strapped into a backpack his mother was carrying as she crossed the border with the help of a coyotaje—a smuggler.The first time his mother applied for their legal citizenship, Parra was 9 years old and they returned to Ecuador to petition at the U.S. embassy there. It was the early 90s and they traveled to Ecuador on the advice of an “Advisor,” Parra explains, individuals in Spanish neighborhoods who provide advice

(for money) about the immigration process, although they are not lawyers or legal representatives. The advisor gave them bad advice and they lost everything.They were trapped in Ecuador. Parra’s mother paid yet another coyotaje, probably $10,000, he estimates, although Parra says those fees are much higher now—and a taxi picked them up in Mexico and drove them back into the States. She was able to get her citizenship a few years later, after she married, although Parra wasn’t yet eligible because his father was still a legal guardian in Ecuador. His mother had worked 2, sometimes 3 jobs to support them. As a teen, his goal was to be as

Now, he says, he owes everything he achieved in life to his service in the military. He joined the military in his early 20s, looking for opportunity, discipline, and money for college. He spent six months in Afghanistan and seven months in Iraq during his 3-year service in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Before joining the Connecticut State Department of Veteran’s affairs earlier this month, Parra worked for the VA Hospital in West Haven as a Program Specialist in Volunteer Services. Being bilingual helps, but he speaks Spanish with an American accent and his extended family teasingly calls him Gringo. In Volunteer Services with the VA Hospital, Parra spent a lot of time engaging with community volunteers, which anecdotally he feels were majority female. He began an outreach program with female veterans, putting together a series of recognition events for outstanding citizenship and humanitarianism after service. He served with females in combat zones, says they were often doing community outreach alongside combat soldiers, making small gestures like passing out soccer balls to village children. “A soldier is not just the strongjawed man on the poster anymore. Hopefully, we’re being more inclusive,” Parra says. He believes it’s important to re-educate the community about not only who a soldier is these days—male or female, or any of the soldiers he supports with his volunteer membership on the LGBT committee—but also, he says most people think vets all have PTSD. He admits people have asked him if he suffers from PTSD; want to know if he is “ok” after his combat service. “It’s not the case. I work, I have a family.”

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Parra’s wife Dorota is from Poland, came on a work visa when she was 18.Their 2-year-old daughter Zoey will speak three languages at home. He admits he lost a lot of his Ecuadorian traditions and heritage while trying to be too American. He doesn’t go to church like the rest of his family, which is a strong touch stone for their culture and traditions. “Things are changing all the time, I can’t imagine what it will be like for my daughter, but she will have

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her grandmothers to teach her the traditions.” The Hindu Cultural Center in Stratford, founded in 2003, is a house of worship for the local Hindu population, but it is much more to its member families and the greater Indian community. The building was formerly the Unitarian Universalist Church and the Hindu temple-goers rented for years before finally purchasing the building in 2011.


HCC President Renu Vij and VicePresident Dr. Pramila Nathan are from opposite ends of India, which represents not only cultural differences, but religious differences and variations in language and cuisine. Vij is from Northern India and Dr. Nathan is from the south, and they estimate their 350 or so members are split fairly evenly between the north and the south. They agree that there is a lot of diversity within their membership and they’re always looking for ways to reach out to Western and Eastern Indian families, estimated to be around 1,000 in the New Haven region. Statewide, Connecticut is purported to be home to 100,000 people of Indian descent, but Vij and Dr. Nathan explain that the real hubs for those residents are Danbury, Stamford, and Hartford. “The idea is to bring in diversity of culture, language, religious

worship—even if it’s all Indians or Hindu coming into the center,” Dr. Nathan explains. The Hindu Cultural Center is a house of worship, but they also offer yoga, a youth group, Bollywood nights with a dj and food, musicians, language classes in Tamil and Hindi— and some worship services include dinners. Monday night honors Shiva in the Southern style of worship and worshippers prepare dinner and eat in the dining room together. Tuesday night honors Hanuman, also with a prepared dinner, and service is in the northern traditional prayer service.The worship dinners are prepared by a rotating group of member volunteers and typically about 40 or so dine together as part of these traditional services. Both women were born in India, like most of the membership, and Dr. Nathan counts back 10-20-30

years and realizes she’s lived longer here in the U.S. than back in India, although preserving her traditions is important to her.The second generation is somewhat involved through the youth groups, but they have to admit that not many second generation adult members exist. It’s the cultural events that draw them in. Annually, the Center puts on an Indian Heritage Festival that becomes a large scale showcase of Indian regional dances, food, music and art—taking place this year at the Fairfield Fair Grounds on September 13. Cultural events always become a way for the HCC to tap into the larger Indian and Hindu community in the region. Non-Indians also enjoy the festivals. “Our Festival of Holi is starting to get neighborhood interest because kids want to join in the fun. Anything that appeals to children in our cultural programming is a

big draw,” says Renu Vij.The Festival of Holi—festival of colors—is open to all. Most of the members are doing well, they are doctors, small business owners and professionals. The Center has offered educational programs for adults like social security workshops and the doctormembers have put on health clinics, but there is typically a waning interest. It’s the cultural and religious activities that thrive. The Turkish Cultural Center in West Haven reaches out to the community through charitable activity. According to the Boston Consulate, about 10,000 Turkishborn residents are living in Connecticut and the Greater New Haven region is the State’s hub, with maybe 6,000 according to Mehmet Erdogdu, Executive Director and Omer Kizilcik, President of the West Haven branch of the TCC (a branch

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When asked if he eats out other than Turkish food, Kizilcik admits “Subway and Dunkin Donuts. At a restaurant, I eat fish and vegetables mostly, so sometimes The Olive Garden, but I have to spend time explaining to the waiter how to prepare the food. I ask them not to use cooking wine, but it’s still good.”

Total Population: 862,477 RACE White: 644,744 (74.8%) Hispanic/Latino (including Black Latino): 129,743 (15%) Black/African American: 109,850 (12.7%)

Erdogdu hosted the center’s most recent group trip to Turkey—this particular trip was for a women’s business networking group, but tour participants often admit that they don’t know what to expect in Turkey.“They think they will see camels and desert, they are scared someone will chop off their head, and then they are surprised that it is modern and European, very beautiful,” Erdogdu says, “maybe they feel that once they are comfortable, they have to admit they thought those things.”

Asian: 30,263 (3.5%) Foreign Born Population: 100,759 GENDER Male: 415,090 (48.1%) Female: 447,387 (51.9%) AGE 18 and over: 669,503 (77.6%) 62 years and over: 152,594 (17.7%) Median Age: 39.3 years INCOME Population in the workforce (16 and over): 697,215 Median Household Income: $61,996 Median full-time earnings Male: $59,381 Median full-time earnings Female: $46,909

HCC President Renu Vij [L] and VP, Dr. Pramila Nathan are from opposite ends of India, but in the U.S. the regional difference is not an obstacle.

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exists in Hartford and New York). The concentration around the Hartford cultural center is smaller. Erdogdu is also the Director of Peace Islands Institute, a think tank headquartered in New Haven that promotes outreach across religious and ethnic lines on broader social issues. It’s an organizing promoting diversity through educational panels and outreach.

Only English: 78.6% Other than English: 21.4% Speaks English less than “very well”: 7.8% EDUCATION FOR 25 and OVER Less than high school graduate: 11.7% H.S. diploma: 30.5% Some college or associate’s degree: 24.9% Bachelor’s: 17.8% Graduate or Professional degree: 15.2% Currently enrolled in college or graduate school: 31.1% Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

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Both men came to the U.S. as students and ultimately decided to settle here. Kizilcik, owner of an electronics business headquartered in Milford, says many in their community are entrepreneurs and Turkish shops and restaurants dot the area, but many also work in bigger companies like Unilever and UTC, as well as Yale.Turks

come through the Diversity Lottery Program offered by the U.S. government, and still others come by making investments here. The center in West Haven hosts events to welcome the outside community to learn about Turkish culture.They offer Turkish coffee nights, bridal nights exhibiting traditional henna painting, cooking classes, and Turkish community members are strongly encouraged to invite friends, neighbors, coworkers and classmates. At the end of Ramadan, the center hosted 3-days of feasts on the West Haven Green and served almost 300 each day.They invited everyone and anyone to come eat Iftar meals breaking the evening fast, and a celebration lunch on the first day

Collaboration is key. Erdogdu and Kizilcik see all of the diversity here as an advantage for their children.They will experience so much from so many different groups living in one area and attending the same public schools. To that end, the center organized a Teacher Appreciation event in which children submitted letters nominating a teacher in their school for recognition. A dinner was held to honor the winners, who suggested the center expand the event district-wide. It’s through their charitable work and community events that they get an opportunity to expand to a local community, not just the Turkish community. Kizilcik and Erdogdu agree,“We are happy to be a part of all of the diversity happening here.” When companies are looking to diversify their workforce, they often reach out to Jason V. Watts of the Urban Professionals Network. Watts has been with AT&T for 10 years and a New Haven original who remembers that when he NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM


started working, all of his coworkers were in their 40s. “At that time, there weren’t many options for someone like me looking to interact with young professionals. It’s how I started the UPN, it’s because I knew there were other young and mid-age professionals looking for that type of connection and that’s how it got started. Now, things are dramatically different, probably due to the influx of technology, Facebook, Meet-up.” Because there are 4 vital generations still in the workforce, Watts makes clear, they are allinclusive at events and you could bump into a 60 year old and a 25 year old. The region is attracting transplants for professional reasons, but Watts thinks diverse networking opportunities are essential for ensuring those diverse populations stay.

Businesses in the region work hard at attracting a diverse workforce and Watts works hard at keeping that workforce engaged in the community. He organizes trips, social events, outings, meet-ups and networking groups.“People find us with Google searches like “urban professionals Connecticut” and “minority professionals Connecticut.”They come from all over because they are working for ESPN or Aetna and they like their work, but they are looking to make friends, too. UPN is a conduit to helping others become involved in the community.They are young vibrant professionals looking to interact.”

the region loses young minority professionals at higher rates than other areas because there is not a lot of incentive to stay. He has developed a pipeline college graduates looking for jobs in the area to companies looking for talent.The Urban Professionals Network will host diversity job fairs and continue to provide outreach and an environment to keep the network engaged, and the companies are getting involved, putting their diversity goals out there, as well. According to Watts, “there is more of an openness for embracing diversity, it’s just a matter of how and how to connect with a diverse audience.”

It’s not only competitive for employees looking for work, but also for employers looking for the right people. Employers are losing talent to competitors all the time, they are getting competitive about acquiring talent, in Watts’ experience, and

In large and small-scale studies of diversity, results show that diversity provokes thought, improves performance—even in business, bottom lines are better with a diverse workforce. A 2014 Harvard study examined the ethnic identity of the authors of 1.5 million

scientific papers written between 1985 and 2008.They found that papers written by diverse groups receive more citations and have higher impact factors than papers written by people from the same ethnic group. It’s only natural that when communicating with a known diverse audience, you work harder to ensure your message is clear, well-thought out and open-minded. Diversity has long been a staple of our national fabric—attracting people from all over the world to pursue the American Dream. The diversity of organized groups in the New Haven region is particularly astounding—and all with open doors welcoming friendship and inclusion—often food.The particular commitment to the region in the form of cultural festivals, outreach and charitable efforts makes the diversity visible, reachable and universal.

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Khe San waterfall near the Khe San combat base as rendered by John Henningson of Guilford, a Vietnam Veteran and retired environmental engineer.

The Beauty and the Beast I spent many months touring the country side of I Corps in Vietnam. The country was beautiful‌green, lush and often quiet and calm. I would love to return in better times to absorb the cultural feast But while I was there I was well aware of the underlying beast. I remember flying in a chopper just east of the Kha Sahn Combat Base When suddenly there appeared a hidden falls staring me in the face. It plunged hundreds of feet from a cliff in triple canopy And disappeared back into jungle as it rapidly passed beneath me. 30 August/September 2015

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The colors have stayed with me through all of these intervening years The images still crystal clear overcoming all my fears. The mountains in the distance were purple, the clear water a brilliant blue And every shade imaginable of green‌ the prevalent hue. I also recall the bucolic scenes of thatched huts hidden in the palms And peasants in the paddies planting rice with delicate fronds. The grace of small sailed sampans floating on the sea And the fishing nets glimmering in the sunlight‌ all beautiful to me. But then the ugliness comes roaring back, too painful to recall Visions of charred bodies and blood pools create a gruesome pall. Bomb and artillery craters dot the once lush landscape below And Agent Orange had cleared huge swaths where triple canopy used to grow The tall dark green elephant grass would wave in the passing wind Perhaps hiding sharpened stakes upon which one could be pinned. The thick bamboo patches were beautiful from afar. But they had spines and hid snakes or centipedes whose cuts or stings would scar. The children and young women had a beauty and dignity But they might be carrying a grenade or ammo to supply the enemy. The mountain sunsets after a thunderstorm had a beauty that could thrill But during the monsoon season along the coast such storms could rage and kill. Then there were the variety of smells that commonly filled the air. But sometimes a cooking fire could lead to an enemy lair. But add then the smell of exotic spices cooking in the pot Made you want to duck in a peasant’s hooch and eat dinner on the spot. Often the odors were not so great to smell The burning of the latrine waste with diesel was something straight from hell. And the smell of jungle vegetation rotting could be overcoming But the stench from bodies unwashed for weeks was certainly unbecoming. There were birds with brilliant plumage and snakes or centipedes with brilliant hue But the latter could have a deadly bite and death could then ensue. The scenery in the mountains could be breathtaking for all to see. But that was where the beast was hiding just waiting for you and me. John Henningson, Guilford Poem and Painting

Writers In The Community is a showcase for local writers in greater New Haven of any genre. If you would like to submit a poem, short/flash fiction, personal essay or other piece no longer than 825 words, please email to rbergman@conntact.com with a headshot and short author bio.

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A House Transformed: EDITOR’S L ET T E R The Vlock House I NTEL BI BL I O F ILE S L ETTER S

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Sandra Vlock’s Stony Creek Home Goes Through Dramatic Changes

Living begins on the second floor of the family home. The large windows looking out onto Stony Creek village and the park across the street, providing ample lighting for the space between the living room and dining area


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andra Vlock and husband Glenn Arbonies of architecture and design firm Arbonies King Vlock purchased their Stony Creek property in 1989, to the dismay of Vlock’s parents. At the time, it was one of the worst houses in town, according to Vlock, but she and her husband took on the project together, transforming the house into something larger than its original single-gable form, to an open studio and office space on the main floor with living quarters on the second and third floors.They had renovated the home when they purchased it, building out for more space as much as they could, then again to accommodate two children, removing the office space and building walls on the main floor for bedrooms, but they sought a new canvas to work with. Hundreds of projects and more than twenty years later, the couple thought, what else could we do? They purchased a second Stony Creek property, drew up the plans, acquired the permits and were ready to break ground, but ultimately decided that wasn’t what they wanted. When Arbonies passed away unexpectedly in 2013, everything was different for the family, but the house was the same traditional shinglestyle exterior and the interior that Arbonies and Vlock designed and redesigned again and again. Vlock admits that when she thinks about that second Stony Creek property, now for sale, she can visualize that design and layout in perfect 3-D, but with the loss of her husband and business partner, couldn’t imagine what she would have done had they broken ground as planned. About a year ago, it was their son Adam who told Vlock that the house needed to change to support the changed family. It was the epiphany Vlock needed to get to work on yet another transformation.

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Selling the house was not an option, not even a consideration: Vlock embarked on a transformation for her home that would make everyone comfortable living there. Not only comfortable, but that every space would be uniquely redesigned and choreographed for activity and interaction—all in support of the life they lived now. As a process architect, Vlock has always been inclusive in her work, but not this time. She called all the shots for once, chose design elements, rugs, furniture, colors—it was now a Vlock house. There were moments when she solicited trusted co-workers and friends for opinions, but the process was all hers. She relied on a handful of expert collaborators like Michael J. Houde/Builder to complete construction work, NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM


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WESTVILLE HAPPY + FRIENDLY col w/ Leaded glass, FP, HW floors, renovated open kit., 4 BRs + study, finished LL. Quiet tree-lined block. Lovely deck and yard. Walk to park + shops. $349,000.

WOODBRIDGE RANCH is so affordable. 2 BRs 1.5 baths, well maintained. LR w/ FP + picture window, eat-in kit, family room + screened porch. Sits on nicely treed 2.75 acres in beautiful area. $269,900.

CHARMING ER condo located in elegant brick building directly on Yale Shuttle. Spacious rooms w/large windows, tall ceilings, HW floors, 2 BRs, 2 Bas, heated sunroom. $279,500.

ORANGE STREET AREA charmer architect renovated with great style and personality. 2 BRs, 2 baths, fabulous kit. + glorious private feeling yard. Super condition. Great condo alternative. $299,500.

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The kitchen is still “us,� as defined by Sandra Vlock in discussing the recent renovations to the home, and the decision to leave the kitchen unrenovated as designed by Vlock and her late husband, Glenn Arbonies.

Sandra Vlock stands in front of her future studio space, a detached garage behind the house.

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The Fireball is the signature product of Studio Vlock, with its first commission heading to The Florida Keys.

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324 SAINT JOHN ST #4, WOOSTER SQ, NH - Updated 2 BR condo w/HW fls, private outdoor deck, gas FP & parking. Newer appliances, W/D, wireless alarm system, furnace & hot water heater ensure you can move right in and enjoy –urban living. $310,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

2459 WHITNEY AVE #1, HAMDEN - Updated 1 BR condo w/newer KIT, custom cabinets & bfast bar! Open LR/DR leading to private brick terrace. MBR w/WIC. Updated BTH w/ cherry vanity & great storage. Coin op laundry in bsmnt. $99,000. Call Cathy Conlin 203-8431561.

1190 QUINNIPIAC AVE, NH - Beautifully renovated 3140 sq. ft. 4 BR Victorian home w/ detail and character throughout. HW flrs, gourmet kitchen, open floor plan, huge backyard & deck. This property also features an entire, separate 1 BR in-law apt. The perfect space for relatives or an income opportunity. $389,500. Call Sarah Beth Luce-Del Prete 203-887-2295.

12 ACADEMY ST #2A, WOOSTER SQ, NH – Great views of the cherry trees from this 2 BR/2 BTH ranch style condo on Wooster Square. The unit features many details of this historic home including 2 decorative FPs &lovely wood floors. 2 off street parking spaces, private entry, laundry & storage. Offered at $344,900. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

571 EVERGREEN AVE, HAMDEN - Mt Carmel storybook Cape w/ sprawling yard w/patio & invisible fence. 7 Rms, 2+ BRS, 1.5 Bths. Interior/Exterior freshly painted, New Roof, HW Flrs, LR.w/FP, Sunrm + part Fin Basmt w/Den. $229,900 Call Melanie Gunn 203-430-2622

81 CHURCH ST #5S, DOWNTOWN, NH – Exciting NYC style luxury loft. Open LR/DR w/ huge arch window, exposed brick, high ceilings & dark engineered wood floors. Private elevator w direct access to unit. Huge MBR & BTH w/Jacuzzi tub, double European sink & large tiled shower. Large bonus room & 2nd BR w/ full BTH. High energy efficient gas heating system and central air. $549,000. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.

15 ORANGE ST #407, DOWNTOWN, NH – Stylish 2 story townhouse condo in sought after Trader’s Block condo complex. Large LR/ DR w/ original refinished wood floors, exposed brick, wood beams & large skylight. Remodeled kitchen. The condo has 1.5 baths and 2 spacious BRs w/HW flrs. Condo has a newer gas furnace and central air. $319,000. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.

135 TROLLEY RD, GUILFORD - This classic 3 BR, 2 BA Ranch offers water views of LI Sound and panoramic marsh views. Enjoy the sandy beach outside your front door and mooring rights for boaters. In addition to having premier views of the Sound, one can enjoy bird watching and kayaking from the small dock right in your own back yard! $479,000. Call Cathy Conlin 203-843-1561.

149 NICOLL ST, NH – East Rock legal 3 family w/bonus storefront & 3rd floorrenovated owners unit. Large MBR w WIC & newtileBTHw/ Jacuzzitub. The 2nd fl has 5 rooms, 2 BRs & 1 245 WEST PARK AVE, NH - Bright, cheerful 5 CLAM ISLAND, LINDEN SHORE, BRANBTH w/ original home w/ fresh paint & updated lighting fixtures. FORD - Summer in your own Victorian island HW flrs & great Great yard w/private views of Edgewood Park. cottage! Just a 5 minute boat ride from shore light. The 2nd fl LR w/wood burning FP. MBR suite w/WIC. 2 car in your own Whaler (included in sale). Wrap has a 4 room apt w/large EIK. The home has garage & covered patio. In Yale home buyers around porch faces west for fabulous sunsets. 3 program for qualified Yale employees. $299,900. bedrooms, new roof. Comes w/most furnishings. newer vinyl siding & replacement windows. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328. Included in sale is 1/6th interest of lot on main- All separate furnaces and electrical. $499,900. land for parking. $400,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942. 203-996-8328.

23 FIRST ST, MADISON – Ready for summer enjoyment! Affordable beach cottage within walking distance to Hammonasset. Pleasant community of cottages in sought after Madison. Large wrap-around deck in fenced rear yard. $75,000. Call Jason Fredricksen 203-215-8735.

7A HUGHES PLACE, WOOSTER SQ, NH - Nicely maintained 2 BR townhouse condo on quiet street in Wooster Square. Hardwood flrs. Laundry. Parking. Central air. You’ll love the convenience to everything New Haven! Offered at $315,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328

249 JUDWIN AVE, WESTVILLE, NH – Adorable Westville Ranch on nice level lot w/large 2 car garage. Great 1 floor living w/large LR w/ HW flrs, small EIK w/gas cooking. 2 BRs w/nice closet space, part fin LL, Yard w/stone patio. Gas heat & central air. $129,000. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942. 556 CHAPEL ST #1, WOOSTER SQ, NH – Overlook Wooster Square park in this 2 level fabulously renovated 1400 sq. ft. condo. Terra cotta and HW floors, 1.5 BTHs. A gardener’s delight w/beautiful rosebushes, patio & paths in your private yard. Offered at $389,900. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

81 CHURCH ST #2S, DOWNTOWN, NH – Fantastic loft w/open living concept. Original HW flrs, 12 ft high ceilings, huge windows, amazing light. Modern kitchen, large BR area w/divider, renovated tile BTH w/Jacuzzi, extra room for home office. Private elevator to unit. $399,000. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.

195 DEVONSHIRE LANE, MADISON - Spacious Colonial w/over 2 private acres set atop Brian’s Knoll. HW flrs, formal LR & DR, open kitchen, sliders to deck. 2nd flr has MBR, 2 other BRs & laundry room. Unfinished 3rd level. Lovely patio and landscaped grounds. 3 car attached garage. $549,900. Call Sarah Beth Luce-Del Prete 203-887-2295.

20 WELLINGTON RD, NH – Updated Ranch w/new HW flrs, sunny KIT w/granite, A/C, 1 car garage & yard w/screened porch. LR/DR w/FP & recessed lighting. Partially finished basement w/cedar WIC. Updated electric & plumbing.$289,000. Call Jennifer D’Amato 203-605-7865.

15 PAWSON RD, BRANFORD - Linden Shores. 5 BR/2 BTH wood shingle 1920’s Cape w/access to 3 private beaches. Charming LR w/stone FP. Screened in porch leads to deck, hot tub & yard. $530,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

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Sandra Vlock’s Stony Creek home bears a traditional exterior. Originally a single-gabled home, Vlock purchased the property in 1989. Lily, the family dog, welcomes visitors.

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East Haven- Ledgeview, 2 bedroom, 1.1 bath townhouse condo with central air and pool, new stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, new roof and patio, ceiling fans, spacious unit with beautiful hummingbird and butterfly gardens, needs paint, carpet and some TLC. Priced to sell. 79,900. Gena x 203 (n10040004)

Hamden- Spring Glen Colonial with fantastic 20x20 addition, 4 bedrooms, 3 full plus 1 half bath, updated kitchen with pantry, living room with fire place, dining room, enclosed sun room, laundry on upper level, 20x20 master bedroom with full bath, central air, hardwood floors, newly painted, partially finished lower level, sliders to deck, fenced in yard, detached garage. 359,900. Gena x203 (n10033461)

New Haven- Extra large legal two family in the heart of Westville, detached 4 bay garage, level lot in neighborhood setting, each unit has two bedrooms, living and dining rooms, kitchen, pantry and full bath, 3rd floor is finished with 1 bedroom, living room, kitchen and full bath. Many upgrades, great potential. 270,000. Neile x 212

Hamden- Wooded Estates, townhouse condo with finished lower level, 2 full and 1 half bath, 2 bedrooms, living room with fire place and parquet floors, sliders to deck, central air. Meticulous kept grounds in very attractive and centrally located complex. 138,900. Gena x 203

New Haven - adorable Bungalo on idyllic wooded lot in Westville, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen with breakfast nook, first floor bedroom, two more bedrooms up, one and a half bath, house needs renovations. 100,000. Jeff x 210 (n10058722)

New Haven - Wooster Square, two family home directly on a Wooster Square, updated and remodeled and currently being used as a 1 family home. Brand new French Country kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliance, recess lighting, exposed beams, 3 full baths, laundry on second level with master bedroom suite, fantastic back yard with patio and grape arbor, hardwood floors, central air and more. 499,900. Gena x 203

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Hamden- Westwoods, 4 bedroom , 2.1 bath Colonial, completely renovated kitchen, new cabinets and hardwood floors, dining room, living room, new bay window, added 26x16 addition family room with gas stove and master bedroom suit with walk in closet, full bath and office, new gas furnace and central air, new roof and repointing, new vinyl siding, new garage door, new windows, additional insulation, new deck, connected garage to home, completely renovated bathrooms. Many gardens and plantings. 269,900. Gena x 203 (n10039726)

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East Haven - Open, bright Bungalo across from the beach with water views from almost every room. 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, New kitchen with granite opens to formal dining room lots of windows, enclosed front porch, large master bedroom, second floor with Wayne coated walls and ceilings, atrium door from living room to rear deck and patio with wisteria trellis and nice plantings lots of charm of the new England summer home at the beach. 228,000. Jeff x 210 (n10031127)

North Haven- Oversized Raised Ranch with in law addition at the end of a private drive, peaceful and private with new kitchens, new hardwood, new central air, new baths, fire place, family room, amazing wrap around decks, 2 car garage, sits on lovely 1 acre lot. 359,900. Gena x 203 (n10057531)

East Haven- Four Beaches, 2 bedroom condo completely remodeled with new kitchen, mission style cabinets, new SS appliances, new tile floor, new hardwood through out, new fire place, 2 new full baths, sliders to deck over look salt marsh and bird sanctuary. Complex looks amazing with new siding on Long Island Sound. 294,900. Gena x203 (n10061151)

New Haven - 2 Family Greek revival Colonial circa 1820, across from the Quinnipiac River, many historic features, 6 non working fireplaces, wide board floors, some original doors and trim, family owned and occupied for over 80 years. C/a on 2nd fl, deep lot. 230,000. Jeff x210 (n10060853)

East Haven - direct waterfront 5896 ft.² shell located on sandy beach, three stories of open space and light, custom designed with walls of glass in orientation for passive solar and maximum water views from every room, multilevel deck’s, garage holds six cars, utilities brought to the house but everything else is needed inside, unbelievable opportunity to have a unique home on a very special spot along the water boasting panoramic views and professional design. 765,000. Jeff x 210 (n10063420)

East Haven - 3 bedroom Raised Ranch built in 1999, gleaming hardwood floors, open country kitchen with additional window and slider to deck over looking level back yard, living room with hardwood floors, 2 full baths on upper level, lower level finished with laundry and half bath and walk out, central air, gas heat and 2 car garage, security system. Clean pallet for new homeowner to personalize. Well maintained. Cul de sac neighborhood. 269,900. Gena x 203

New Haven- Wooster Villa’s is a 9 unit complex redone in 2006. Convenience of townhouse style living in the heart of Historic Wooster Street. 2 bedroom 1.1 bath condo with Stainless steel appliances, hardwood and carpet flooring, washer and dryer in unit, slider to stone patio, and off street parking. Updated marble bathroom and newly painted. Walk to train, pizza, coffee, Yale and downtown. Historic Wooster Street offers culture, restaurants, farmers market and Wooster Square just steps away. 189,900. Gena x 203 (n10031996)

Bethany- Custom built builders home just under 5000 sq ft, grand stone and brick Colonial offers 4 plus bedrooms and 5 baths, grand foyer entry with hardwood throughout, formal living and dining rooms with natural stained woodwork, large custom kitchen with stainless appliances, granite, center island with cooktop, granite fire place and sliders to deck, two staircases, master bedroom suite with 19x15 closet, master bath with Jacuzzi, marble shower and bidet, 3 car garage set proudly on 2.2 acres at the end of the cul de sac. 599,900. Gena x 203 (n10027940)

New Haven- Edwards Abbey, 3 story, 2 bedroom, 3 bath condo with fantastic views of East rock, located on the Orange line of the Yale shuttle, this newly remodeled unit boasts a high end kitchen with Corian counters, under cabinet lighting, gas stove, built in micro,new lighting fixtures, new hardwood floors, new bathroom vanities, new windows, new recessed lighting, full unfinished basement with laundry and off street parking. 389,900. Gena x 203 (n10031444)

East Haven- Morgan Point, step back in time in this old world, charming Cape Cod home with views of the Long Island sound, live in a beach community and experience the sound breezes and beautiful sunsets, kayak, walk to beach and swim. 3/4 bedroom home with 1st floor master, wood burning fire place, open sunlit sun room, detached garage and loads of potential. 235,800 Neile x 212 (n10025357)

New Haven/Hamden- Grand remastered Georgian Colonial, 2005, tucked away privately at the end of a cul de sac in Prospect Hill, which abuts Albetus/ Yale campus. Luxury home boasts over 5500 square feet with 4 bedrooms , 6 baths, extra large aupair suite, 4 fire places, formal dining and living rooms, family room, den, office and billiard room, slate roof, high end moldings, gas heat and central air with 2 car attached garage and finished lower level. 1,500,000. Gena x 203

New Haven - Fair Haven Heights, sprawling Ranch sits proudly on 1.38 acres with magnificent views of the city and the New Haven sky line. One floor living at its finest, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, open floor plan, living room with fire place, remodeled kitchen with SS appliance, island, wine frig, sliders to deck. Finished lower level game room with movie theater room, bar, kitchen, 4th bedroom, attached garage. 278,000. Jeff x 210

East Haven - Morgan Point, .10 acre lot, direct waterfront sandy beach, own one of the few beach lots available to build your dream home. This is your opportunity to make every day vacation and live on the water. 233,900 Neile x 212

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which took almost a year. Custom bookshelves were designed by Vlock but then constructed by Breakfast Woodworks, a woodworking facility in Guilford. Lighting fixtures by David Weeks Lighting that finally achieved what the rooms needed: lighting from the center of the room. The renovated space is defined by high ceilings, functional fine art, and evolved interests; Vlock is thrilled with how comfortable she is in each and every space. The second floor kitchen is bright and large, but unchanged through the transformation—it’s still “us,” Vlock explains, referring to the maple cabinets she chose with her late husband. Much of the work was an “I” effort, but Vlock still uses the term “we” when describing her process.The house is asymmetrical in theory and design: the bones of the house look beachy and traditional with Tuscan columns, but inside the interior is very modern. Changing ceiling heights offer cadence while staying

The fireplace grate is a work of art straight out of Studio Vlock, Sandra Vlock’s new enterprise

intimate, making the spaces seem almost invisibly transitioning from living room to dining room. Vlock is stepping away from the Indian Neck office of Arbonies King Vlock. With the closing of one office door, opens another.The single-bay garage space in the back of the house, a former “man-cave,” will be the new workspace of Studio Vlock (www.studiovlock.com), artist Sandra Vlock’s new solo venture. Her latest inspiration is fire, and Studio Vlock is preparing to send its first commission, a Fireball, to a buyer in Islamorada, a small village in the Florida Keys. She produced the Fireball and the fireplace grate for her own home, using reams of paper laid out on the floor over which she charcoal-penciled in designs to be cut into metal.The Fireball, a repurposed mooring ball carved out with intricate designs to become an outdoor fireplace and backyard (or front yard) show piece, could be just the beginning.

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NORTH HAVEN-Premier location! A 4 BR, 2.5 bath col. on .89 acre in cul-de-sac neighborhood. EIK, LR w/bay win. & FP, DR, 1st flr. FR. C/A, deck, 2 car gar., sprinkler sys., sec. sys., 2 car gar., nice yard. $379,900. Elise x193

NO. HAVEN-Updated 4 BR col. on 1+ acre. Newly remod. kit. w/granite counters & vaulted ceils., LR w/gas FP, DR. FR w/FP & wall of stone. MBR suite w/deck. LL bath, steam/ exercise/game rms., gym & office. $495,000. Debbie x197

NO. HAVEN-Dramatic 3 BR, 2.5 bath contemp. Updated EIK w/granite & SS appls. Open floor plan, skylights, cath. ceils., FP in LR & FR. C/A, new roof, new ext. paint. Poss. 4th BR. $384,800. Mary Jo x133

BRANFORD-Direct waterfront! Pine Orchard 6-8 BR col. w/south facing front porch & gently sloping lawn to water’s edge. Fantastic views, endless possibilities. 3-car gar. Elevation of house about 24 feet. $850,000. John x124

HAMDEN-Spring Glen! Quality 3 BR, 2.5 bath col. LR & 1st flr. FR w/FPs. DR, lg. kit. w/sunfilled eating area overlooking priv. yard. C/A. Two-car att. gar. Gas heat. Mins. to Merritt & I-91. $415,000. Judy x147/Sarah x122

HAMDEN-Spring Glen! Beautiful quality 4 BR, 3 bath col. Foyer leads to DR, LR w/FP. FR/ lib. w/BI bookcases, heated sunrm. Kit. w/ bkfst. rm. MBR w/bath & 2nd BR both have att. dress./study/exercise rms. OS 2 car gar. $558,000. John x124

WALLINGFORD-Dramatic 2 BR contemp. ranchstyle det. condo w/golf course views. Fab sunken LR w/cath. ceil., gas FP. Bright kit. w/ bkfst. bar, DR, MBR suite. FR/den/office opens to deck. 2 car gar. Full bsmt. $429,000. Roberta x136

HAMDEN-Fabulous light-filled 4 BR, 3 bath contemp. on priv. lot. EIK w/views of woods, MBR suite w/sitting rm./office area. Two lg. FRs, C/A, big deck, fresh paint, new driveway. Move right in! $339,900. Betsy x144

NO. HAVEN-A 5 BR 1930s brick ext., slate roof estate on 14 acres. Gracious 6,000 s/f home w/28’ foyer, 6 FPs. First flr. guest suite, lib. w/ barrel ceil., FR, updated kit. French drs. to porch & Gunite pool. $1,295,000. John x124

HAMDEN-Dramatic, like new, light-filled 4 BR contemp. cape on 2.45 acres boasts gourmet kit. opening to great rm. w/FP & DR. First flr. MBR suite. Bonus rm. w/custom BIs. Fin. above grade LL w/half bath. $619,000. John x124

WOODBRIDGE-Exquisite reno. 5 BR landmark estate. Gracious foyer, LR w/wide plank random width flrs. & FP, 3-season sunrm. w/FP. EIK w/pantry & high end appls. Two 1st flr. studies, MBR suite. Much more! $899,000. Ellen x125/ Elise x193

HAMDEN-Spring Glen! Quality reno. 4 BR col. on corner lot. Foyer, LR w/FP. Updated 3.5 baths & updated kit. w/top of the line appls. & FR/sit. area w/BIs. New 2 rm. LL w/full bath perfect for guests. $559,000. John x124

NO. HAVEN-Walk to Ridge Road School from this 4 BR, 2.5 bath col. w/EIK, FR w/FP, 1st flr. office/den, HW flrs. C/A, WU attic, part. fin. LL, DR & LR w/slider to fenced rear yard. Perfect for entertaining! $379,000. Dave x196

HAMDEN-Gracious 4 BR col. offers designer kit. w/bkfst. area opening to FR w/FP. DR & LR w/French drs., MBR suite w/den, luxury bath. Deck, wooded lot w/stream. LL bonus rm w/ slider, 3rd flr. walkup. $419,900. Marilyn x142

WOODBRIDGE-Dramatic 4/5 BR contemp. cape. 1st flr. MBR suite. Skylit vault. ceil. Gourmet EIK w/maple cabs., FP. French drs. to FR w/walls of glass. WI pantry, laundry rm., OS 2-car gar. Bonus loft space, LL rec rm. Patio. $615,000. John x124

EAST HAVEN-Beautiful 4 BR, 2.5 bath col. w/ fabulous hilltop views! Kit. w/granite, DR, FR w/FP. C/A, 2 car att. gar. w/new drs. Fenced yard w/deck, basketball court. Nicely fin. LL. Nothing to do but move in. $339,000. Anne x154

CHESHIRE-Custom 4 BR, 3.5 bath col. boasts magnificent cherry kit. w/granite & top-ofthe-line appls. Stunning formal DR, LR, 1st flr. FR & library. MBR suite w/gym. Fin. LL. Gunite pool. Irrig. sys. $849,900. Susan S. x126

WOODBRIDGE-Elegant estate on over 6 acres of manicured grounds! 5 BRs, 7.5 baths, indoor heated pool rm. & guest house/cabana. Paddle tennis court, heated Gunite pool, Jacuzzi waterfall, much more. $1,195,000. Susan S. x126

NO. HAVEN-Millbrook! Reno. 4 BR, 3 bath contemp. split w/cook’s kit., LR/DR w/FP & BIs. Patio, fenced yard w/brook. MBR w/FP, cath. ceils., deck. LL FR. Two car gar. Priv. study w/ BIs. Much more! $399,000. Ellen x125

CHESHIRE-Magnificent 15 rm., 6 BR mini estate. Stone rotunda, circular foyer. FR w/FP, solarium. Heated, filtered salt water Gunite pool, guest house. Garages for 6, updated mechs., generator, more. $999,000. Susan S. x126/Debbie x197

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The subject of Fine Art versus Natural Science Illustration comes up and the difference between the two is explored in depth. It boils down to this: If a bird is depicted against a background it is fine art, if it is not, it is illustration. The painting, “Wood Stork� is a bird set against a swirl of watercolor and gouache and this fine art painting on paper is the direction in which Petrochko is taking her work, as she very much considers herself more a fine artist than an illustrator.

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When Petrochko is asked, “why birds,” numerous answers flow without hesitation: “They puzzle me— they intrigue me —they fascinate me. They just call to me in a way that nothing else does. There is nothing more beautiful than a bird.”

Dorie Petrochko Painting Birds The Fine Art of Natural Science Illustration Photos and Story by Lesley Roy

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orie Petrochko is an accomplished and passionate painter of wildlife, and birds in particular. Petrochko is a natural science illustrator and teacher dedicated to conserving endangered and threatened species through her art. The world really is her “Oyster” (or Oystercatcher, as the case may be), and the great outdoors is indeed, one big art studio.

apply for artist residency through the Julie and David White Foundation in San Vito, Costa Rica,” she says with a big grin,“I never looked back.”

Some of the perks of being selected: a studio near the Wilson Botanical Garden, the most famous Whether teaching Natural Science Illustration, lecturing at Audubon centers in CT, NY, Maine and botanical garden in Central America, lots of travel and the chance to observe nature from a fresh Florida or running classes in painting and drawing from nature, the 67 year old self-proclaimed “Citizen Scientist” has sculpted a creative life overflowing with beauty… and birds—lots of birds. perspective; all the while honing technical skills. Reiterating,“It was awesome, it was great— really Growing up on Staten Island, Petrochko began her creative journey early on with a BFA in great, I learned a lot about birds I’d never seen painting from Wagner College, classes at Art Students League in New York City, then a move to before.” Neotropical birds, exotic flora and fauna Connecticut where she received a Masters in Fine Arts and Arts Education at Southern CT State ignited a newfound passion for study, observation University. and the exacting detail required to accurately depict The budding and talented artist went on to teach art for ten years in Ridgefield, Winsted, and what was seen in nature. Petrochko exclaims,“I Middlebury, but she found herself at a crossroads when The Gilbert School, a college-prep high never imagined they existed, and that’s when my school in Winsted, cut the arts program in 2002. In retrospect,“It was devastating —I decided to serious interest in bird painting started.”Armed with new haven

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The mesmerizingly serene painting, “Cypress Vigil” watercolor on paper, depicts a large white Great Egret and a Tricolored Heron perched patiently over the swamp, awaiting their next meal.

a 7-megapixel Panasonic point and shoot and a borrowed spotting scope, she was able to hold the camera up to the back eyepiece, cup her hands to block out the light, snap pictures good enough to take back to the studio for careful study, identification, and painting reference. Petrochko was ahead of her time: nowadays, ‘digiscoping,’ a neologism describing the activity of using a digital camera to record distant images by coupling it with an optical telescope, is made easy with 50 megapixel point and shoot cameras and travel adapters. After the full immersion of a year-long extended stay, returning to the States was an adjustment, and a certificate of Botanical and Natural Science Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden took five years to achieve. Petrochko was exhibiting her bird/nature paintings and drawings through galleries with commissions nationally, as well as becoming the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships— keeping the affable and friendly artist quite busy. For her NYBG thesis final project six works, Green Heron,Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, 44 August/September 2015

Osprey, Green Heron and Belted Kingfisher, along with a Tricolored Heron and Great Egret, were created depicting Everglades birds in their natural habitat. The mesmerizingly serene painting,“Cypress Vigil,” a watercolor on paper, depicts a large white Great Egret and a Tricolored Heron perched patiently over the swamp, awaiting their next meal. Spending time with her brother who lived in Florida provided a good place to sketch and paint birds for the final project. Conserving wildlife through art and science serves two purposes:“It encourages people to explore the biodiversity of this planet while appreciating its aesthetic beauty.” Simultaneously, her creative journey unfolded after applying for and receiving the Don Eckelberry Fellowship Grant Award for Wildlife Painting from The Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. Don Eckelberry has been compared in stature to Roger Tory Peterson in the field of wildlife art and bird painting, so it was an extraordinary opportunity. Petrochko explains,“my proposal for the application for the Don Eckelberry Fellowship also served as

my final project for my New York Botanical Garden certification. It was a perfect set up…I needed a reason to apply and built into the proposal a theme for the final certificate…it was a win-win and one served the other.” There proved to be more serendipity— and another extraordinary opportunity presented itself —an introduction to Al Gilbert, a master bird painter and wildlife artist living in Guilford. Petrochko had asked the director of the academy if he knew of an artist who could mentor her. “I’m still in touch with him and he still critiques my work — we have a good relationship and he was very instrumental in my development as an artist.” During the ten-year period that Petrochko made time to volunteer at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, exciting new doors of opportunity opened. Working in the Vertebrate Zoology Division cataloging bird nests, eggs and labeling bones has provided great opportunities to continue learning and collaborating,“I met a ton of great people that I still work with.” That’s when the “Citizen Scientist” work truly NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM


Healing Feathers by fine artist Dorie Petrochko captures a flurry of bird feathers in wondrous shapes, colors and sizes. This original work is watercolor and pastel on archival paper.

Petrochko explains “many cultures use feathers in the healing process especially Native Americans and shamans. Each feather represents a certain part of the body and mind. A few years ago, I went through a difficult period in my life that was highly stressful, and in order to heal myself I would paint feathers.”

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Drawing/Painting Demo and Workshop with Dorie Petrochko Hosted by Lesley Roy Location: 845 Whalley Ave. New Haven, CT One-day workshop open and welcome to artists from beginners to all levels. All materials, brushes, paint, colored pencils & paper will be provided to complete a frameable feather study with Dorie’s guiding expertise. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the park or visit one of Westville Village’s great restaurants during the one-hour lunch break. Contact: Lesley Roy to reserve your seat and make a convenient credit card payment. Class fee $90.00 email: lesleyroy@mac.com Seating limited to 12 - first come, first served. new haven

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Dorie in her studio, “Conserving wildlife through art and science serves two purposes: It encourages people to explore the biodiversity of this planet while appreciating its aesthetic beauty.”

began—in the field monitoring nesting birds, counting eggs of Common Terns and Roseate Terns on Great Gull Island. There were abundant opportunities to learn about the lives of endangered and threatened species of birds and other creatures faced with the challenges of habitat loss, human activity and climate change right here in Connecticut. In 2009, Petrochko and four colleagues started the group Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators. Together they collaborate with The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, one of the oldest, largest, and most prolific university natural history museums in the world, offering classes to beginning and experienced adult artists of all levels interested in learning how to draw and paint. Some classes are held at Yale’s West Campus in Orange, with other classes held at the Peabody in the Dino 46 August/September 2015

Hall, the Bird Hall or utilizing the 3-D Diorama areas and specimens from the museum’s vast collection. New and exciting collaborations are in the works. When Petrochko is asked,“why birds?”— numerous answers flow without hesitation: “They puzzle me— they intrigue me —they fascinate me. They just call to me in a way that nothing else does.” “There is nothing more beautiful than a bird. Of course there’s something etherial about them that is untouchable that you try to record and know.” Explaining much more of the creative process than just brush and pigment, Petrochko goes on, “In any work, I do a lot of extreme research to get the coloration, the detail, anatomy and the characteristics of the bird.” She giggles,“one of the expressions in the trade is called the,‘jizz’ of the bird,” and mentions Sean Dooley. Turns

out he’s the author of The Big Twitch, editor of Australian Birdlife magazine, and holder of the Australian Big Year twitching record 2002-12, who described jizz as the indefinable quality of a particular species, the ‘vibe’ it gives off and notes that although it is “dismissed by many as some kind of birding alchemy, there is some physical basis to the idea of jizz.” We laugh and get right back to the business of Art and Natural Science Illustration. Petrochko then thoughtfully explains,“So in order to paint something successfully, you have to know its movement and spirit. How it walks, how if flies, how it stands and most importantly: do not be a slave to photographs. Variations in color mean you have to go out in the field and observe the birds and witness first hand the organic color in nature reflected from their environment.”

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Getting out into the field is a daily occurrence for Petrochko and she spreads her time across many organizations: From Piping Plovers to Project Limulus work, to monitoring the Horseshoe Crabs and the Red Knot bird populations on Long Island Sound. Sharing equal time with people, Petrochko currently serves as membership chairman of the New York Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and as president of the CT Natural Science Illustrators, LLC. Hers is a life fully dedicated to the arts and science of conservation.

The painting “Funky Chicken” is one of the many of Petrochko’s bird and nature paintings exhibited through galleries nationally.

The subject of Fine Art versus Natural Science Illustration comes up in conversation and the difference between the two is explored in depth. Petrochko boils it down to this: “If a bird is depicted against a background it is fine art—if it is not, it is illustration.” The painting “Wood Stork” is a bird set against a swirl of watercolor and gouache and pastel and this fine art painting on paper is the direction in which Petrochko is taking her work, as she very much considers herself more a fine artist than an illustrator. Petrochko states,“people think if you’re an Illustrator you’re not a fine artist—people thought Andrew Wyeth wasn’t a fine artist. Even some critics didn’t believe he was a fine artist —I disagree—just because you’re recording something in an exact way doesn’t mean you’re not a fine artist. You need the same skills to be an illustrator as to be a fine artist. It’s debatable, for example, the dioramas at the Peabody are gorgeous works of art—they’re illustration and fine art combined. And so are my paintings. I feel they are not strictly illustration — a lot of emotion goes into them. Illustration is more cut and dry and my work is very emotional.” For Petrochko, the role her art serves is to capture and preserve the magnificent essence of nature, grasp its curious intangible detail and make known the mysterious species on our fragile planet. Visit Dorie Petrochko’s website at www.aviartis.com

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BIBL IO F I LES W ORDS o f MOUTH

A new book released in June of this year by the Chicago Review Press, Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, A Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth by Connecticut-born author Laura Woollett, is an accounting of the events and their survivors for the middle-grade reader to take a turn at solving the mystery.

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The Story Of The Ringling Bros. Unforgettable Tragedy It was a hot day and the circus was expecting 7,000 visitors

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015 marked the 71st anniversary of the Hartford Circus Fire on July 6, 1944, one of the worst fire disasters in the country with more than 700 injuries and 169 deaths during an afternoon performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It’s still talked about not only because it was a tragedy of enormous proportions, but also because it remains one of the strangest mysteries that the public has ever dissected. From shady forensics to unidentified children to potential arson, there is too much room for speculation to ever stop speculating.

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It was a hot day and the circus was expecting more than 7,000 visitors, particularly since the previous day’s shows were cancelled due to a train delay. Expectations were high.The Ringling Bros. circus program boasted that the Flying Wallendas were “The last word in high wire thrillers, new hazardous and hair raising feats by world acclaimed artists who shake dice with death at dizzying heights.” Ringling Bros. boasted all sorts of exotic animals like a springbok, a cassowary, a white-bearded gnu, 30 elephants and 117 horses. A pygmy hippo by the name of Betty Lou was a favorite. No stranger to tragedy, Betty Lou had survived a 1942 fire caused by sparks from a passing train while 45 other animals had perished.Then, just prior to the Hartford fire, two unexplained tent fires at performances in Providence, RI and Portland were quickly put out by buckets of water that were typically placed throughout the circus tent. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM


In Hartford, however, the circus was a day late and hastily assembled without the 30 or so fire extinguishers that remained packed up in a train car. No buckets of water abounded this time, either. Many of the exit chutes were blocked by animal cages, cutting off obvious escape routes for the thousands of spectators trapped inside, many confused and still wondering if the flames in the corner were part of the show. As the fire spread, quickly climbing up the paraffin-dipped canvas to drop on anyone below, people clambered for the exits.The majority of those in attendance were women and children, with most men away at war. Many died, hundreds were injured, and the tragedy left many questions unanswered, such as the unidentified body of a little girl dubbed Little Miss 1565, the number assigned to her remains. Another, more pressing mystery,

surrounded the cause of the fire. While the circus was lined with dry hay, it was a hot day, and fires were not uncommon in an era when many smoked and carelessly tossed butts—there were more sinister characters surrounding the events of this tragedy.There happened to be an arsonist employed with the circus as a roustabout, Robert Dale Segee, although it could never be determined whether or not he was actually present at the Hartford show, even after his confession in 1950. The circus paid out more than $5million to victim’s families and four of the five Ringling Bros. officials that were brought to trial were convicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, although they were allowed to leave the state and later pardoned before serving any prison sentences. Woollett’s book is available on Amazon or in bookstores.

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CALENDAR circle. 8a.m.-8:45a.m. Fridays, Sept. 11-Nov. 20 (no classes Sept. 25, Oct. 16 & 23) at JCC of Greater New Haven-Dance Studio ll, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Free for members/ guest rates apply. 203387-2522 x. 265, jccnh.org/events.

BELLES LETTRES Joan Lunden, “Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival” In this personal memoir, an American journalist, mother, and New York Times bestselling author speaks about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it’s had on her life. 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-2453959, rjjulia.com.

Krav Magna Self-defense class. 7p.m.-8p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 29 at JCC of Greater New Haven- Aerobic Room, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Group training rates apply. 203-387-2522 x. 265, jccnh.org/events.

Derek Diedricksen, “Microshelters” is a collection of creative and inspiring ideas for tiny houses, cabins, forts, studios, and other microshelters. Created by a wide array of builders and designers around the United States and beyond, these 59 unique and innovative structures show the limits of what is possible. 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at R.J. Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com.

NATURAL HISTORY Ask the Horticulturist: Surviving the Winter- Putting your Garden to Bed. Bring your questions. Site Horticulturist George McCleary guides participants through garden topics & what is in bloom. 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main St. N., Bethlehem. $20. 203-266-7596, ctlandmarks.org.

CINEMAS

10th Annual Irish Festival The Irish Heritage Society of Milford hosts the festival with live musical performances, a variety of food samplings, and the Irish Marketplace. The Cultural area will feature Ceili, a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland, and children’s activities. 6 p.m.- 11p.m. Sept. 18 & 11a.m.-11p.m. Sept. 19 at The Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion (behind the Milford Public Library), 57 New Haven Ave., Milford. $5 Friday, $12 Saturday, $15 for a two day pass. 203-915-5979, milfordirish.org.

Malcom X Director: Spike Lee. Presented by Yale Film Society and Religion and Social Change Film Series. 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium, 53 Wall St., New Haven. Free. Calendar.yale.edu. Man with a Movie Camera Director: Dziga Vertov with live music by the Alloy Orchestra, introduced by John MacKay. 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium, 53 Wall St., New Haven. Free. Calendar.yale.edu. Letter From Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio Director: Karyl Evans, narrated by Meryl Streep, introduced and followed by a Q&A with the director. 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium, 53 Wall St., New Haven. Free. Calendar.yale.edu.

COMEDY Chris DiStefano MTV Guycode regular cast and a member featured on the Late Show with David Letterman. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Marisa’s, 6540 Main St., Trumbull. $20. 203-268-5857, treehousecomedy.com.

CULINARY Downtown New Haven Culinary Tour. The New Haven Downtown Culinary Tour, hosted by Stephen Fries, Food Columnist and Professor of Hospitality Management at Gateway Community College, stops at nine different restaurants and eateries throughout New Haven. Tours depart the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Yale University, 155 Temple St., New Haven. Reservations required. 203-415-3519, StephenFries.com. Top Chef: Holiday Edition inspired by the hit show Top Chef on the food network with a twist. Provides an understanding of the Jewish holidays and a new delicious recipe and food to share. 4p.m.-5p.m. Thurs., Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 & Dec. 3 at JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. $32 member/ $40 nonmember. 203-387-2522 x. 317, jccnh.org/events.

FAMILY EVENTS Fall Kids’ Movie Series Free movies in the JCC Living Room for the Kids’ Movie Series—complete with popcorn. Titles include Shrek, Wall-E, the Little Mermaid, and others 4p.m.-6p.m. every Thurs. from Sept. 3- Nov. 12 at JCC of Greater New Haven- Living Room, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 203-387-2522 x. 300, jccnh.org/events.

MIND BODY SOUL BY Basic Training Series for Beginners with Al Winnick. The 6-week BY Basic Training will break down the asanas while focusing on proper form, breath and how to incorporate both from pose to pose. Proper Sanskrit names for the poses, used

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CYCLING The New Haven Grand Prix. Sept. 18 at 1001 Chapel St., New Haven. 860-538-9369, ctcylingadvancement.org.

by many teachings, will also be part of the curriculum. 8 a.m.- 9 a.m. Sept. 6- Oct. 11 at Balanced Yoga Studio, 1079 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Drop ins are $18 regular and $15 for students. 203980-1356, balancedyoga.us. Full Moon Gong with Barbara Cox & Steve Chillemi. Once a month class on deep sound healing and relaxation. After preparing for an extended deep relaxation with Kundalini yoga, lay on the floor (or relax in a chair), and experience therapeutic meditative gong vibrations. Best to eat only lightly two hours prior to the session. Light refreshments provided after session. 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at Your Community Yoga Center LLC, 39 Putnam Ave., Hamden. $22. 203-287-2277, yourcommunityyoga. com. Elena Brower September Yoga: Art of Attention. Refine a yoga practice with attention to form and measure, and learn more Katonah style of yoga. Please bring a yoga mat and water. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Fairfield Museum Shop, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield. $35. 203-259-1598, fairfieldhistory.org. Intro to Meditation Learn and practice basic meditation techniques or share your own practice in this open meditation

Tuesday Night Easy/Medium Pace Rides two rides leave each Tuesday evening at 5:30 (from spring to fall) the first is an easy-paced, no-drop ride, suitable for beginning road riders. The second a more spirited but still-friendly ride. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at Café Romeo, Orange St., New Haven. Elmcitycycling.org. Devil’s Gear Bike Shop Tuesday Night Shop Ride from thedevilsgearbikeshop.com: a road ride averaging 15-17 mph, no drop. Leaves the shop at 6:00 p.m. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Aug. 25, Sept. 15, 22 & 29 at The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, Orange St., New Haven. 203-773-9288, Elmcitycycling.org. Thursday Night Medium-Pace Ride. Ride leaving Cafe Romeo on Thursday evenings at 5:30 (from spring to fall). 16-18 mph pace, some hills, back by 7:30. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 & 24 at Café Romeo, Orange St., New Haven. Elmcitycycling.org. New Haven Critical Mass Part of the worldwide Critical Mass movement, New Haven’s ‘Kinder and Less-Critical Mass’ is a monthly celebration of bicycling. Gathering begins on the Green at about 5:30 for a 6:00 departure. The ride is generally slow; length may vary. The size of the group can reach 200 in the summer and there is sometimes a community gathering or party afterwards. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the New Haven Green (near the flagpole), New Haven. Elmcitycycling.org. Lulu Ride The usual route is about 60 miles, through the hills to the north of New Haven before coming back down to the shore and returning to the city from the east. There’s an option for a shorter, +/- 30 mile route as well. Training pace, generally 16-18 mph. The Lulu ride is on year-round. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. A Sept. 20 & 27 at Lulu’s Coffee, Cottage St., New Haven. Elmcitycycling.org. Outspokin’ Ride A casually-paced destination oriented ride, leaving each week from East Rock Coffee Shop (formerly Lulu’s) on Cottage St. in New Haven. Occasional extended adventures involving train trips or overnight stays. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. , 20 & 27 at East Rock European Coffee House, Cottage St., New Haven. Elmcitycycling.org. Coffee Pedaler Ride Road ride of varying length and route. Meet early at the Coffee Pedaler for a 9:00 a.m. departure. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Sept. 19 & 26 at Coffee Pedaler, 605 East St., New Haven. Elmcitycycling.org.

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Two Ferry Ride Consists of three riding loops that cross the Connecticut River on historic ferries. After riding, participants are treated to a cookout. This year, the loop is revered and is 60+ miles with challenging hills. The full century (100 miles) is a leg-destroying loop for riders who like to test their limits. The 30+ mile route is a one-ferry, hilly, recreational loop that starts and ends at the Cycling Concepts shop. 7:30 a.m.Sept. 13 at Cycling Concepts, 2343 Main St., Glastonbury. $40 until Sept. 3, $50 afterwards. 860-633-3444, cyclingconcepts.com.

ROAD RACES Ride, Run, Walk for Mental Health hosted by Bridges, a community support system. Sept. 27 at Fowler Field, 1 Shipyard Ln., Milford. 203 878-6365, Folksonspokes.bridgesct.org. Saybrook Point 5K Road Race 8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Aug. 29 at Dock & Dine, 145 College St., Old Saybrook. Oswexchangeclub. com/events/saybrook_point_5k_road_race.htm. R.E. Thalberg Elementary School Family Fun Walk/Run to benefit the new playground for the school and community. 6:30 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. Sept. 5 at R.E. Thalbery Elementary School, 145 Dunham Rd., Southington. 860-922-9898, active.com/ thalberg. Haddam Neck State Fair 5K. The course starts and ends at the Fairgrounds with relatively flat country roads, with two moderate declines and one steep incline. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at Haddam Neck Fair Grounds, 26 Quarry Hill Rd., Haddam Neck. $17 day of race. 860-301-5856, Haddamneckfair.com. 38th Annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race. Starting on the New Haven Green, all three courses are flat and fast. The 20K course winds its way past Yale University, East Rock Park, by the New Haven Green and through the picturesque Westville neighborhood. Noon- 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Trailblazer, 296 Elm St., New Haven. 203-481-5933, Newhavenroadrace.org.

are partnering together to advance the cause for National Recovery Month and increase awareness and understanding of substance use and mental health disorders as well as strive to remove the stigma associated with them. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at Walnut Beach Pavilion, 113 E. Broadway St., Milford. 203507-4223.

East Rock Challenge 4.7 mile road race to the summit of East Rock and back. Benefits ALS Association and The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park, New Haven. Registration prices vary by date of registration. 203-481-7453, hitekracing. com/eastrockchallenge.

Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon. Half-mile swim in Long Island Sound (wetsuits allowed), 13 mile bike around through the back roads of Madison, 3 mile run along the beautiful Madison shore. 7 a.m. Sept. 12 at Surf Club, Madison Town Beach, Surf Club Rd., Madison. Pre-registration recommended. $70 individual, $100 team. Madisonjc.com

Ryan’s Superhero 5K run/walk. In memory of Ryan VerNooy. Some rolling hills are included in the course. Superhero costumes are encouraged, but not required. All proceeds benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast. 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Colonial Tavern, 24 Hawley Rd., Oxford. $20-$25. Hitekracing. com/ryanssuperherorun.

East Haven Fall Classic. 5K road race/2 mile fitness walk/kids fun runs. Benefits East Haven Food Pantry, Springs Learning Center and East Haven Animal Shelter. 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at East Haven Town Green, Main St., East Haven. Registration prices vary by date of registration. 203-481-7453, hitekracing.com/ fallclassic. 9/11 Heroes Run. The 9/11 Heroes Run 5k +1M fun run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages. Events take place all over the world, on or near September 11th, and are organized by local community volunteers. 8:15 a.m. Sept. 19 at Cranbury Park, 300 Gruman Ave., Norwalk. Registration prices vary by date of registration. Norwalk@911HeroesRun.org, travismanion.org/tmf_911run_race/norwalk-911-heroes-run. Dads Matter Too! 5K Road Race & Community Awareness Day. 5K road race in downtown Waterbury ending in Liberty Park. 9 a.m. Sept. 19 at 267 Grand St., Waterbury. $20 plus $2.50 signup fee. Runsignup.com/Race/CT/Waterbury/DadsMatterToo Fishbein/Wallingford YMCA Community Day & Road Race. 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Sept. 19 at Wallingford Family YMCA, 81 South Elm St., Wallingford. $25-$35. Callen@wallingfordymca.org, fasttracktiming.com/races/9192015-fishbeinwallingford-ymcacommunity-day-road-race/

Pies & Pints TaTa Trot 5K benefiting the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.” 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at 1 Store Rd., Middlebury. $25 plus $2.50 signup fee. Runsignup. com/tata5k

HISTORY Exhibit: This is my Story, This is my Song: Writers, Musicians, and the Black Freedom Struggle. Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”. William Wells Brown’s “Clotelle”. Harriet Jacobs’s “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”. James Weldon Johnson’s “Black Manhattan”. With books and images from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s collections and partner institutions, exhibit follows the history of a literary tradition emphasizing African American historical timelines, the evolution of the author-activist as public intellectual, and the significance of memoir, essay, novel, and music to the Civil Rights Movement. Through Dec. 31 at the Amistad Center at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford. Open 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wed., Thurs., & Fri. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. First Thursdays. $10. 860838-4133, amistadcenter.org.

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STAGE songbook. 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $20. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. La Cage Aux Folles Jerry Herman’s show tunes overflow in the outrageous tale of a family of cabaret performers led by partners Georges and Albin. When their son brings home his fiancée and the future in-laws, the limits of love, parenthood and mascara are put to the test. 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Wed. & Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sat. June 26- Sept. 10 at Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. $36.50-$80.50. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org. Little Shop of Horrors The charming, tongue in cheek musical comedy of Seymour, who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush, has been devouring audiences for over 30 years. The music, in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”. Based on the film by Roger Corman. 7:30 p.m. Wed. & Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Wed. & Sun. Sept. 23- Oct. 11 at Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. $42. 860-767-7318, ivorytonplayhouse.org. Tick, Tick…Boom! An aspiring composer questions his life choices on the eve of his thirtieth birthday in Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical. Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick… Boom! This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and TONY Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors, and a band, Tick, Tick…Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer’s journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster. 8 p.m. Fri., & Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. (13th), 7 p.m. Thurs., 5 p.m. Sun. (20th) at The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. $23. 203-332-3228, thebijoutheatre.com. CT Yankee Chorus The CT Yankee Chorus has been a part of the Barbershop Harmony Society for over 60 years. Show contains a cappella four-part harmony quartet and chorus entertainment featuring songs from the great American

A Wonderful Life In a tuneful re-imagining of the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a would-be angel swoops to the rescue of desperate banker George Bailey on Christmas Eve. 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Wed., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sat. Sept. 18- Nov. 29 at Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. $32.50-$78.50. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org. Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus The power and beauty of the human voice takes center stage as the Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus presents an afternoon of male choral music. 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $16. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater. org. Assassins combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, 82 Main St., Torrington. $29. 860-489-7180, warnertheatre.org. 42nd Street Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starryeyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer, who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the lead breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. 8 p.m. Oct. 9,

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Sonia Plumb Dance Company Presents “The Odyssey: An Epic Dance Journey” the Company uses modern dance as the medium to tell the theatrical tales of Odysseus’ travels home from the Trojan War, audience members will experience the wrath of Poseidon, traps of Cyclops, guidance from Athena, seduction of the Sirens, temptations by the Lotus Eaters, and challenges by Hades. Love, loyalty, courage, and cunning all keep Odysseus alive to return back home to Ithaca...and his loving wife Penelope. 6:30 p.m. (lecture) 7:30 p.m. (showtime) Oct. 8 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Eastern Connecticut Ballet presents: Ballet Spooktacular Special effects and bewitching costumes set the stage for spirited performances of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, “Dancing Bones”, and “Halloween Waltz”. Children are invited to wear their costumes to parade on stage, trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for spellbinding photos with the dancers. 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Oct. 17-18 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $18 adults, $12 children 12 & under. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Salt Marsh Opera: Madame Butterfly Puccini’s Madame Butterfly comes to the Kate celebrating Salt Marsh Opera’s 15th anniversary. It’s 1904 in Nagasaki, Japan. Exquisite young Cio-Cio San, “Butterfly,” worships her husband-to-be, U.S. Naval Officer B.F. Pinkerton. And though their wedding night soars with tender bliss, little does Butterfly suspect that Pinkerton awaits the day he will “have a real wedding with a real American bride.” Poor Butterfly! Ever faithful, ever loving, she longs for Pinkerton’s return for three lonely years. When the day arrives, will Butterfly’s dream fly? Or perish... 7 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sun. Oct. 30- Nov. 1 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $55- $65. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.

Tannhauser James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role of the young knight caught between true love and passion. EvaMaria Westbroek is Elisabeth, Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus. 12 p.m. Sat. Oct. 31 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $28. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.

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MUSIC Ride 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven. $23-$26. 203-8672000, manicproductions.org. Tony Lucca 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. Free. 21+. 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com. The Band Perry 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. $29-$49. 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com. Of Monsters And Men with special guest Highasakite. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. $35. 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com.

Open Mic Night featuring Kristen Ford 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. Free. 203-288-6400, theouterspace. net. Mercury Rev 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Ballroom, The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $20. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. Sean McVerry, Citris, Danielle Grubb 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $5. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. Low & Andy Shauf 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at The Ballroom, The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $20. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net.

Fall Jazz Series: Lauren Sevian’s LSQ Grammy award-winning saxophonist Lauren Sevian. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Palace Theatre, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $23. 203346-2000, palacetheaterct.org.

Rogerio Souza acclaimed seven string Brazilian guitarist, with Edinho Gerber and Stephen Guerra. 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $10. 21+. 203-7898281, cafenine.com.

Lexi Weigel 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Funkey Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $7. 203-439-9161, thefunkeymonkeycafe.com.

Elm City Noise Festival Presents: Oneida featuring Watermelon, Rivener, Black Fluff and Dan Greene 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $10. 21+. 203-7898281, cafenine.com.

Sunday Night Jazz Series featuring Latin Jazz Quartet ft. Robert Paskowitz, Saskia Laroo & Warren Bryd 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. Free. 203-2886400, theouterspace.net.

Sham 69 with Lost Generation and The Welch Boys. 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $15-$20. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.

Evensong at Christ Church in New Haven October 3. Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Show 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd., Norfolk. $25-$35. 860542-5331, infinityhall.com.

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The Doobie Brothers 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven. $70-$90. 203-867-2000, collegestreetmusicalhall.com. Built to Spill with Crosss, Clarke and the Himselfs. 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven. $25. 203-867-2000, collegestreetmusichall.com. Chicago Total Access Ten musicians recreate a slice of the timeless music catalog of Chicago staying true to the spirit of the original recordings. 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $35. 860-5100473, katharinehepburntheater.org. The Smithereens Best known for 1960s-influenced power pop with irresistibly catchy hooks and rapturously fuzzed-out guitars, these seminal New Jersey rockers inspired countless alternative rockers and gained popularity with hits, “A Girl Like You” and “Blood and Roses”. 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $40-$45. 860510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.

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Jonathan Edwards 1971 and Sunshine (Go Away Today) brought Jonathan Edwards to the world’s attention. 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $38. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. John Cafferty & Beaver Brown Band 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $50. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Yale Schola Cantorum: Evensong 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at Christ Church Episcopal, 84 Broadway, New Haven. 203-432-5062, ism. yale.edu. Great Organ Music at Yale: Renee Louprette 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. 203-432-5062, ism. yale.edu.

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“Natural Wonder”: The Premier Stevie Wonder Tribute Band 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at Infinity Music Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford. $29$44. 860-560-7757, infinityhall.com. Ana Popovic nominated ‘Contemporary Blues Female Artist’ of the year. 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd., Norfolk. $40-$60. 860-542-5331, infinityhall.com. Indian Ocean For over 25 years, New Delhi pioneers Indian Ocean have been performing their blend jazz-spiced Indo-rock fusion to arenas and concert halls all over the world. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Infinity Music Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford. $24-$39. 860560-7757, infinityhall.com. The Weight Come and rejoice in the music of a true iconic group whose songs meant so much too so many...played by guys who truly were members of THE BAND and it’s musical family. 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd., Norfolk. $39-$59. 860-542-5331, infinityhall.com. Josh Groban 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $62-$303.50. 203-265-1501, oakdale. com.

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ART Summer Vivication Summer group show at Six Summit Gallery. A mix of fine art with focus on color and vitality with a blend of media. Featured artists are Dean Fisher, Rachel Hellerich, Katia Jirankova Levanti, Suzanne Siegel, Melanie Carr, J.S. Robinson, Kathleen Jacobs, and Theresa Bonillo. Aug. 22- Sept. 20 at Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit St., Ivoryton. Open Wed., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.. Fri. 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Sat. 12 p.m.- 4 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Free. 860-581-8332, sixsummitgallery.com. “Nature’s Grace” Landscape Paintings by Kathleen Jacobs. Through Sept. 22 at Chamard Vineyards, 115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free. 860581-8332, sixsummitgallery.com. American Artists A 100 piece ongoing exhibition including: William Kent (1919-2012), Smithsonian, Princeton, Yale, New Britain and more. Jerry Weiss, Charles Bremer, Chris Gann, Ailene Fields and Kathleen Jacobs. Through Sept. 22 at Chamard Vineyards, 115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Free. 860-581-8332, sixsummitgallery. com. Dennis Sheehan and Curtis Hanson - New Paintings. Oct. 2Oct. 31 at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat. Free. 203-318-0616, susanpowellfineart. com.

For the Birds at DaSilva Gallery Guilford 9/18 - 10/1, 2015 Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. $10 Ongoing. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org.

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Summer Days, Starry Nights Portraits, landscapes, still life paintings and sculpture in this annual juried exhibition of work by the Association’s members. Through Sept. 18 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues. – Fri., 1 p.m. -5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation. org.

The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape marks the completion of an expansive project to contribute over 400 digital images to a decade-old collaborative digital library of over 15,000 drawings, prints, and photographs depicting historic images of Connecticut. Oct. 2 – Jan. 31 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. $10. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org.

Donald Blumberg Photographs: Selections from the Master Sets Blumberg focused his attention on the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and other political and cultural issues. The exhibition draws on this body of work as well as a number of other series Blumberg has undertaken during his career. Aug. 21 – Nov. 22 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale. edu.

Purely Pastel - Connecticut Pastel Society. Aug. 7 – Sept. 18 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Fri., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation.org. Fibrations: An exhibit of felted work inspired by the land and the people of India. Works by Carol Ingram. Aug. 19 – Sept. 27 at Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. noon – 4 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-344-0039, wesleyanpotters.com. Stonesetting with John Cogswell - The Bezel revisited. This workshop will focus on the fabrication of two types of bezels, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 19 – Sept. 20 at Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. noon – 4 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-344-0039, wesleyanpotters. com.

Permanent Collection Spanning three buildings, the greatly expanded spaces now feature more than 4,000 objects, including many favorites, new acquisitions, and works long off view. Ongoing exhibition. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8

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Vintage 20th Century Crafts Sept. 30 – Nov. 7 at Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. noon – 4 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-3440039, wesleyanpotters.com. Dawn Southworth in a group exhibition alongside new work by Daniel Bohman. Through Sept. 30 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., New Haven. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-498-2200, reynoldsfineart.com. New Works by Margot Nimiroski and Mary Black. Opening reception will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5pm8pm. Oct. 2 – Nov. 28 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., New Haven. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-498-2200, reynoldsfineart.com. All the Sea Knows Marine art from the Museum of the City of New York. Through Sept. 20 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. $10. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org. An American Place The Art Colony at Old Lyme. Ongoing exhibition. Second Floor, Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St.,

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p.m. Thurs.) 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery. yale.edu. The Shakers: Focus On: Enfield. The exhibition features many rare and authentic items—furniture, small crafts, textiles, and works on paper. There are significant gifts of objects from donors including nine objects from the widow of a direct descendant of the Enfield Shakers; Eldress Caroline Tate, the last leader of the community. Through Nov. 20 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat., noon – 5 p.m. Sun. $12. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org.

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Katja Loher: How can we cool down the gilded sunbeams? Through her wall-mounted video portals and hand-blown glass bubbles, the viewer enters a parallel universe in which Loher displays costumed dancers in choreographed routines filmed by the artist herself. Through Nov. 1 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat., noon – 5 p.m. Sun. $12. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. Boundary Conditions The New Britain Museum of American Art unveils the third site-specific installation to animate the LeWitt Family Staircase where undulating, effervescent abstract forms seemingly float above the staircase landing. The artist, Soo Sunny Park, is known for creating otherworldly, immersive installations that transform their environments into seas of dancing light, reflection and shadow. Ongoing through March 2016. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat., noon – 5 p.m. Sun. $12. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. ART TODAY: 2000–Present Aug 9- Dec. 13 at New Britain Museum of American Art., 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat., noon- 5 p.m. Sun. $12. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org.

100 Piece Exhibiton of the “American Artist” at the Chamard Vineyards in Clinton. including John Mason, Jim Melchert, Ken Price, Lucie Rie, and Peter Voulkos–alongside works in other media from the Yale University Art Gallery’s permanent collection by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Rothko, and Ed Ruscha. Sept. 4 – Jan 3 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8

New Media: Julie Orser Los Angeles-based contemporary video artist Julie Orser will screen Always Green, Ever-Living. Aug. 22 – Jan. 3 at New Britain Museum of American Art., 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat., noon – 5 p.m. Sun. $12. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. Clint Jukkala, John Newman, and Celia Johnson featured in a group showing. Sept. 12- Oct. 17 at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 1064 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Free. 203-777-7760, giampietrogallery.com.

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Arresting Patterns: Race and the Criminal Justice System. This exhibition brings together a group of artists who seek to uncover the often-overlooked patterns of racial disparity in the United States Criminal Justice system. The selected artworks use serial repetition as a strategy for showcasing how one action, repeated over time, may accumulate, spread, or evolve into another version of its original self. Through Sept. 13 at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon – 6 p.m. Wed. & Thurs., noon- 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org. From Clocks to Lollipops: Made in New Haven Ongoing through Dec. 31 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Fri., noon – 5 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-562-4183, newhavenmuseum.org. Collage – It’s an Adventure The seven-week show displays mixed media works by tri-state area artists in a variety of mediums including metal, paper, fabric, wood, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, photography and book design. Through Sept. 13 at Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-663-5593, spectrumartgallery.org.

Dawn Southworth and Daniel Bohman at Reynolds Gallery in New Haven, through September 30.

Brush & Bordeaux Local artist and instructor Betsy DeMarco will guide a class through painting a creation to take home. Ticket price includes all painting materials—as well as Kosher wine and hors d’oeuvres. 7p.m.-9p.m. Weds. Sept. 9, & Mon. Oct. 12 at JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. $30. 203-387-2522 x. 300, jccnh.org/events.

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B IB L I O FI L E S WORDS of MOUTH FÊTES IN S T Y L E O U T D O OR S

Time To Eat The Donuts Now that bathing suit season is mercifully coming to a close, we can pull out those bulky sweaters and start carbo-loading for the coming winter. Whatever your “cheat day” is on your new diet, we suggest spending it driving around and tasting these marvelous, and sometimes creatively flavored, donuts.

BODY & SOUL Everyone’s Best Dish At AliOBaba’s NSCREEN 986 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden

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amshed & Sovia Khalid started out with a food cart on Prospect St. in 2000 serving up traditional Indian/ Bengali food. Today, the Khalids own the building at the corner of Dixwell and George Streets, a former electrical supply store, and with the help of the recession, the family learned to evolve their menu to fuse everyone’s local favorites like a Greek style gyro, Arabic/Persian style lemon chicken, Pakistani biryani and still the traditional Bengali style kati rolls and samosas to make up Ali Baba’s Fusion’s menu. Khalid says he is always ready to change and try something different. One can only hope for baklava in the future.

Beach Donut Shop 344 E. Main St., Clinton Excellent blueberry cake donut, sour cream, and chocolate glazed. The filled donuts all taste the same (and from a can), but the Danish selection sets them apart from the average donut shop. Donut Crazy 785 River Rd, Shelton These donuts are an event. Come hungry, leave uncomfortably full. The selection is daunting: key lime pie, nutella, maple bacon,

the fat elvis (peanut butter icing, banana cream, topped with bacon-no wonder he died on the toilet) and a true sampling of these “hand-forged” beauties must be done in multiple visits. Heav’nly Donut 658 New Haven Ave, Derby Cakey, dense and sweet, these old-fashioned donuts get it right with flavors like Honeydew and Blueberry Cake. Neil’s Donuts 83 N Turnpike Rd, Wallingford A go-to for any donut lover. If you live north of New Haven, you probably head here for your donut needs and Neil’s is good

New Connecticut Diet: Fruits and Nuts

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urora Food Products began in Connecticut in 1999 as a small start-up filling a “whole foods” type marketshare with organic nut mixes, granolas, and dried fruit snacks that are currently distributed nationally. Today, the company employs more than 200 at an Orange manufacturing facility and participates heavily in the community, promotes energy efficiency and equal opportunity hiring practices for those of all abilities. CEO Kimberly Blackwell, founder, has even brought some family into the business. Her son, Matthew Blackwell, has taken over as Vice President. You can find Aurora products not only at Whole Foods, but also at Stop & Shop, Big Y, and many other local and regional grocers.

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enough to be worth a pilgrimage from other areas. Possibly the best classics of the region. Like, pretty great. The lines will speak for themselves. Tony’s Orangeside Donuts 25 Temple Street, New Haven A bumpy ride for this beautifully square donut, which went from a cozy Orange Street location to a bigger restaurant with a fuller menu beyond the Caramel Apple donut (who wants anything else?), and ultimately, these donuts are now separate from the restaurant and go out wholesale, as well as on a food truck (available for parties).

Jones Family Farms, Not Exactly Pick Your Own

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hile you can pick blueberries, pumpkins, and lots of other delectable fruits while in season, the farm boasts a top-notch winery producing a rosé, three whites, and four reds, like the stainless steel-aged Ripton Red, which pairs well with tomato sauce (“Sunday gravy”). The winery offers tastings, wine by the glass, and light fare like cheese and crackers. You can even find them at wine shops around the State. These sixth generation farmers didn’t forget about dessert: they also produce a total of seven dessert or fruit wines—the sparkling Strawberry Serenade is not to be missed.

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The Apple Cider Of Your Eye It’s almost apple picking season, and apple cider drinking season. Beardsley Cider Mill on Leavenworth Rd in Shelton is open for business and on September 12, will start milling up their tasty apply brew for sale. They don’t sell hard cider, but will get you started to brew your own. $75 gets you a kit complete with 5 gallons of unpasteurized raw cider, a carboy and an airlock, which you can leave to ferment naturally (4.5-6% ABV), or add to with yeast or sweetener (15% ABV). Dan Beardsley’s home brew includes a pound of honey per gallon and he prefers late season apples for lower moisture and sweeter flavor. He ages his cider about a year and says it looks like a chardonnay by the end. Look out for Beardsley’s Hard Cider Day some time in November when area home brewers bring samples to share.

NAKED CORN

SWEET CORN: THIS IS HOW YOU COOK IT, THIS IS HOW YOU EAT IT On any other day, for another food item, I would not be the go to guy. Indeed, while most men can luxuriate at the grill, I am banned, not allowed to make burgers, perhaps a hot dog, but no one is eating them these days. But with the help of a community newspaper I have been redeemed. On a visit to my father-in-law’s house, I picked up the Springfield Republican, and for some reason checked the recipe for Sweet Corn. Life has not been the same since. Southern New England farmers and farm stands have become powerhouses of quality, variety and taste in the vegetables they’ve been growing in the past few years. And we can reap the benefit without much effort. Here it is folks ... First off – buy your corn at a farm stand. If you buy your corn at the Supermarket please stop reading now, because the taste of sweet freshness is the whole idea. Get Butter and Sugar Corn, the white and yellow. Get a big pot. Put enough water in it to cover the corn you are putting in it. Get the water to a boil, THEN put the corn in.

Historic Westville Village Retail Store Available October 1

Perfect for Gallery, Artist Studio w/light manufacturing (commercial spray booth), Office, Salon or Cafe w/ Courtyard. The 1,200 sq.ft. space open to Whalley Avenue, features a 25ft. painted mural on the front ceiling, handpainted floors, venetian plaster walls, with a brand new handicap bathroom. The back half of the building offers great commercial workspace with washer/dryer hook-up, sink hook-up /coffee area, commercial 3 phase spray booth — the 20 x 20 back room is beautifully lit with 2 oversized sky lights for abundant natural light and opens up to a landscaped common courtyard — off street parking available.

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A Nice Lobster Paired Perfectly With A Cup of Coffee

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enny’s, opened by Lenny Conlin in 1968, has had the Shore Dinner Special on the menu for more than thirty years. A cup of chowder, a couple of raw cherrystones in a bowl of ice with a scoop of gelatinous cocktail sauce and lemon get you started. Lenny’s chowder is thick, more like a dip, and hearty. Much of the ingredients making their way to the table are locally sourced, particularly the seafood. Proprietor Chris Conlin, second generation, relies not only on his son Lee to bring in some of the catch, but also the local fishermen known to

bring in 10-pound lobsters off of Block Island and Patty King’s clams (“Patty Clam” according to Conlin). What summer meal would be complete without corn on the cob? Get it out of your teeth quick before the next course. When the main event arrives, a fat red lobster perfectly cooked for tender flesh and a fragile shell sitting on a bed of steamers, it is accompanied by a plastic bucket

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filled with napkins, a cracker, and a shrimp fork for picking meat. Side dish is a bowl of melted butter and a warm broth for rinsing the clams. Bibs upon request. A shaming tactic? Probably. As you’re swishing your gummy steamers in broth to shake out sand and cracking away at those claws, tail, maybe even considering slurping out the tamale—don’t expect disgusted stares from nearby patrons. Lenny’s is full of

regulars, customers who knew that although the Conlin family took a hit during Super Storm Sandy with waist-high water swooshing over the back deck, the restaurant was open as soon as power was back. The wood floor was a bit warped, but family and staff got right to work cleaning, polishing, frying seafood and cooking lobsters. During the storm, Conlin sat across the street in his truck with his sons, headlights trained on the building, waiting to see if his family’s legacy would survive. It did, and it is thriving. The shore dinner special is rounded out by a slice of fresh watermelon and a cup of coffee. It’s not difficult to cook a lobster at home and eat it without the prying eyes and ears of strangers seeing you greedily smash the creature’s body parts or slurp on its brain, but why not let the staff at Lenny’s clean up after you, instead?

ORANGE IS THE NEW ELI’S Now Open on Boston Post Road!

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Where To Eat Indian Style

Baingan

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Just a few miles away from a certain crazy donut shop, Baingan is a great choice for lunch or dinner.

Bainganindia.com (203) 924-2626 94 River Road, Shelton

hy doesn’t anyone do a dinner buffet? The traditional American way to eat Indian food is in large quantities in the afternoon, but why not at night when we can happily over-indulge and then lie prostrate on the floor at home to gently slip into a food coma.

Indian Cuisine abounds in the greater New Haven region; who doesn’t love those creamy sauces, tender chunks of stewed chicken, lamb or vegetables, or a basket of buttery naan? No really, who—because you can find a successful Indian restaurant in almost any suburban outpost these days—so everybody must love it. Or at least these ones. . .

Star of India Starofindiaorange.com (203) 799-8162 157 Boston Post Rd, Orange Excellent. Truly, Star of India is a king among princes. Is it Orange, is it West Haven—well, no matter, it’s a meal worth finding.

Zaika Indian Cuisine Darbar India Darbarindia.com (203) 481-8994, 1070 Main St, Branford A family originally from Nepal produces stellar traditional Indian food in downtown Branford.

Arriving Spring 2015

Zaikact.com (203) 239-0115 565 Washington Avenue, North Haven

Coromandel Coromandelcuisine.com (203) 795-9055 185 Boston Post Road, Orange This little gem of the Hitchcock Plaza excels at malai kofte, those slightly sweet veggie meatballs bobbing in a thick sauce.

Like many Indian restaurants, they thrive with a lunch buffet. Right smack in a busy business thoroughfare at the corner of an entrance to a thriving office park, don’t forget you can go for dinner.

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M y N ew Ha v e n

By Bruce Ditman

A Crisis of Faith “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt, as I understand the subject; difficulty and doubt are incommensurate”. John Henry Newman

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am not built like a runner – let alone a marathoner. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that my physique is better suited to moving refrigerators and digging postholes (two things I love to do) than towards gliding down a road for 26 some-odd miles. But nevertheless, at one point in my life I decided that distance running was going to be my thing and I made it so. But, I can tell you in doing that the hardest part of becoming the athlete I wanted to be turned out not to be my genetics. The biggest obstacle to me successfully becoming a runner was managing my panic. You know that feeling you get when you start (or get back to) running? After the first half-mile or so, when a hard sweat has broken, you scramble to regulate your breathing. When every school yard injury reasserts itself and you gasp for air like a guppy on the beach. I’m here to tell you that you are going to be OK. In fact, that it is just your mind trying to get your body to stop working so damn hard and, in order to do that, it plays a nasty little trick. It tells you that you’re dying. You must become equipped to deal with this terrifying but, ultimately, false, information because if you don’t you will fail and you will fail for the wrong reason. Besides, I believe that some failure is good. If you’re not failing at things you are not doing enough of them. But fear ought never to be the cause of the failure. To manage the panic, I developed a trick that I use to this day. During difficult exertion (these days less often while running and more often while getting kicked or choked on the mats at my MMA gym) I employ a mantra to get me through. “You’re not gonna die” I’d tell myself, over and over again. Mostly, I said this in my head but, occasionally, aloud, disguised though it was in my panting. And, guess what? It worked. Nowadays, my mantra has evolved and has expanded its role into all kinds of places in my life. The new mantra: “It’s supposed to be hard.” Whether it is in sport, work, life, family or love the “hard” is where you grow, the “hard” is where the heart is. The “hard” is where the art is. Enjoy the easy times, the perfect serves, the natural fits, as they come because as certain as there will be easy times there will be challenges. And, while I acknowledge that we ought to not conflate difficulty with

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merit it’s equally important that we not confuse ease with happiness. By doing hard things and finding satisfaction (if not outright right joy) in them, I’ve been forced to learn something which just may be the most important education of my adulthood. I’ve learned that success is not synonymous with dominance. In fact, I know that once you realize that you are the best in the room at anything, two things must be true: 1. You’re done finding real accomplishment there and 2. It’s time to politely excuse yourself and find a tougher room. So why bring this up? Well, because this week I found myself in an honest-to-god crisis of faith. I consider myself devoted to the success of our small City. I don’t mean to say that I am, personally and individually, critical to that success but would suggest that, in aggregate, a collection of like-minded, self-defined true-believers are. It has been my faith that our efforts and commitment will make the difference. And this week, that faith, beyond common testing, faltered. It hadn’t been a banner week for us in the news with violence, tragedy and scandal on every page of the paper. Likewise, it seemed to me that the energy that I volunteered and the effort I exerted into helping our city was, as it may now sound to you, dear reader, vanity disguised as charity. I feared maybe I was the fool. Foolish to own a home here, foolish to start a business here, foolish, even, to put my name, as byline, to something called “My New Haven,” here. Perhaps the suburbs were the answer, I negotiated. Or maybe a farm. But, after the ranting and the pouting and the shouting and, eventually, the calming, I realized it wasn’t futility that I was feeling but rather something more like frustration. Something closer to a new level of difficulty. Something you feel when the room gets tougher and the miles get longer. And, I thought, maybe it all isn’t impossible for us, yet. Maybe it’s just hard. And, maybe it’s supposed to be hard. Keep the faith, GSCIA.

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