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BIG MELT, NO BURN While the Greater New Haven area may be starting to melt, the state is reporting shortages of fire wood. Wood surpluses resulting from Hurricanes Sandy and Irene have been near-depleted and firewood sellers are suggesting folks stock up over the summer for their fire needs next winter. That’s right, start thinking about next winter today.
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on’t be concerned that Maryland bumped Connecticut with the most millionaires per capita, because Forbes has released its annual list of “The 500 Richest People in the World” for 2015 and 16 CT residents are on the list, up from 13 last year. The Forbes list comprises 1,826 billionaires, a record, with a total net worth of $7 trillion, up from $6.4 trillion last year. The full list includes New Haven’s own Karen Pritzker, founder of the Seedlings Foundation, who jumped from #408 last year to #381 on this year’s list.
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F ÊTES WHAT OBJECTS DEFINE CT? By RACHEL BERGMAN
he Connecticut Historical Society is asking state residents this very question as they curate an exhibit titled Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories. Established in Hartford in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the official state historical society of Connecticut and one of the oldest historical societies in the nation. The exhibit, set to open at the museum on May 19, 2015, invites the public to submit objects and ideas in response to the question If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be? What objects—from the past and from today—help tell the stories that define Connecticut as a changing place, a community, and an idea?
HOARDER NABBED, TOOTHBRUSHES SAFE A Waterbury woman was arrested at a Target store in Orange after attempting to shoplift $800 worth of electronic toothbrushes. She made it all the way
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Objects submitted include the diary of Nathan Hale, a vinyl record of the Hartford Whalers Victory March, and the mummified hand of St. Edmund. No one here at New Haven Magazine would object to our publication being submitted by a devoted reader, *hint hint* as long as it isn’t referred to as a relic of the past. Although only 50 objects will ultimately comprise the final exhibit, all submissions can be viewed in the online gallery at chs.org/50objects and submissions are open to the public until April 30. So ask, what makes Connecticut, Connecticut?
A pizza delivery driver in New Haven was robbed of cash and pizza at gunpoint while making a delivery on Fairfield Street. The driver was unharmed, the pizza is believed to be eaten.
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The Milford Harbor Duck Race, a family-friendly event, is scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 11:00 - 4:00 at Fowler Pavilion behind the Milford Library. The event features two duck races in the Milford Pond: a corporate race at 12:00 and the Milford Harbor Duck Race at 2:00. The event seeks sponsorship and vendors for the craft fair. For more information, www.milfordduckrace.com
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DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT Defense Attorney Vincent J. Fazzone was ticketed and paid a $150 fine recently when a small bag containing 2 oz. of marijuana fell out of his pocket in the middle of a courtroom hearing. Attorney Fazzone was representing a client when U.S.
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to the parking lot with the stash, at which point Orange police stopped her. She fled, attempting to get into a parked vehicle, but officers caught up with
Marshalls in the courtroom noticed the green baggie that fell from his trouser pocket and onto a courtroom bench. His paralegal defended him, claiming that her boss doesn’t smoke pot and that he received the weed from a client, who allegedly took it from her child, and asked Fazzone to confront the kid later in the day about the dangers of drugs.
her and she was taken into custody and charged with fifth degree larceny, conspiracy, and interfering with an officer, later making bail. It is unclear whether the recovered toothbrushes are now discounted.
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As an artistic, cultural and educational epicenter for Connecticut, New Haven has been the birthplace and workspace of many innovators, activists, artists and scientists who were revolutionaries in their fields. Some of them have even been women. In celebration of their achievements, here are three of them.
Constance Baker Motley Born in New Haven September 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was the first African American female federal judge. She clerked for Thurgood Marshall and went on to play a major role in many school desegregation cases as one of the NAACP’s principal trial
Neville Wisdom At a time when independent dress boutiques are closing down, Neville Wisdom’s clothing design studio and boutique in the artistic Ninth Square district is thriving and looking to build out and hire employees. Wisdom displays his hand-crafted creations in street fashion shows, community events to benefit local nonprofits, and On9’s First Fridays, held the first Friday of each month, showcasing the neighborhood’s restaurants, shops and galleries.
Chris Randall You may have seen Chris on any given day, taking photos around the city for his photo blog ilovenewhaven. org or his photo tours, but chances are you’ve seen his work for the Inside Out project, which installed the six foot high portraits under New Haven’s overpasses. attorneys. She argued 10 civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, winning nine, and her autobiography, Equal Justice Under The Law, was published in 1998. She was the recipient of both the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001, and the Springarn Medal in 2003.
Martha Coolidge Born in New Haven on August 17, 1946, Martha Coolidge is a widely respected director of both films and television and in 2002, became the first female president of the Directors Guild of America. Her first Hollywood debut, Valley Girls, opened the door for big-budget filmmaking and since then has directed many feature films, including Rambling Rose, The Prince And Me, and Material Girls, as well as episodes for several television series including Sex and the City.
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pinning alongside the Q Bridge, or seen from the top of East Rock is Gus(t) a solo windmill sprouting up across from Criscuolo park near the water on James Street. The New Haven windmill is the brainchild of local businessman Brian Driscoll at The Phoenix Printing Press. Gust, was named by Jessica D’Errico a former elementary student from The Cold Spring School, and produces up to 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per day when it’s windy, averaging 110k-115,000 kilowatt hours per year, and supplying an estimated one-third of overall electricity consumption by Phoenix Press. Gus(t) is a Northwind 100 model, originally designed with a NASA grant, and was erected in 2010, with plenty of room for a second windmill.
Glenna Collett Vare Born in New Haven, Glenna Collett Vare started playing golf at the age of 14. She went on to win six U.S. Amateur Championships, two Canadian Ladies Opens, and the French Ladies Open. When interviewed about her success, she explained that “to make oneself a successful matchplayer, there are certain qualities to be sought after, certain ideas must be kept in mind, and certain phases of one’s attitude towards the game that come in for special notice. The three I have taken are these: love of combat, serenity of mind and fearlessness.” With help from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
From left to right, Tyesha Alexander, Dacia Toll, Na’saundra Gibbs, and Justin Hernandez at Amistad Academy, ranked 4th best high school in Connecticut by U.S. News and World Report
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acia Toll is Co-CEO, President and the co-founder of Achievement First, a nonprofit charter school network that manages twenty-nine schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Toll started the effort as the lead founder of New Haven’s original Amistad Academy charter school in 1999. Toll graduated from the University of North Carolina and received a degree from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. She
received her teaching certificate and J.D. from Yale University. Toll was the director of the Amistad Academy through 2005 when it demonstrated that Connecticut’s largest in the nation achievement gap between minority and white students could be overcome. Students at Achievement First schools across the network achieve much higher standardized test scores than other urban schools and in many cases exceed the achievement of schools from the wealthiest communities in Connecticut. In February, a partnership between the city of New Haven and Achievement First, which would have provided for a new elementary school, was halted due to community and
teacher’s union opposition to the plan. New Haven magazine publisher Mitchell Young interviewed Toll at the new Amistad High School on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven. The 2014 college acceptance rate for graduates at the high school was 100%. In elementary school they typically ask you what do you want to be when you grow up; were you asked? I was asked and I had lots of different answers depending on when. At some point, I settled on saying lawyer and that’s what brought me to New Haven twenty years ago to go to law school. I went to elementary school in College Park Maryland, a public school. I went to UNC Chapel Hill, Go Tar Heels!
In this school [Achievement First Amistad High School] all over the hallways are dozens of college banners.
BIBLIOFILES That was true then and is still painfully true. Middle-income families are generally able to send their kids to very good schools, and they work hard to do it, sometimes by moving or paying for private schools. Too many low-income students go to the worst schools in the country. Those are the students who are most dependent on a great education to succeed.
I can’t remember whose great idea that was. We had a team asking how we can focus on their [student’s] potential and future so they are willing to work hard today. There is a lot of talk [that achievement] is about the parents, the culture, society, the kids? First and foremost, it’s the students and what they are capable of, and what we believe a student is capable of, and their potential, and (for us) how do we align that potential. Research studies and our own experience is that the single biggest factor in student achievement is the teacher. In some grades there are multiple teachers, not a single teacher? The most important thing we do is recruit, develop, and invest in highly effective teachers. Individual teachers can make a gap-changing life change (for a student).
What confuses me is that most teachers in all schools are there to teach and do a good job. They like schools and education and they are committed to it. What is holding them back? There are complicated sets of factors why certain schools are low performing. I think it is more of a systemic failure of the [school district or society]. Frequently, there are policies that concentrate very high needs students with the least effective teachers and leaders and overall low expectations.
In this school – do the students come just through the Achievement First pipeline?
How did you come to the idea of doing a school? We started the conversation eighteen years ago. In New Haven, roughly 30% of students were reading at grade level. It was clear students were struggling when the results were discussed.
This year we admitted students by lottery [from the city of] New Haven, in addition students came from Amistad, and we do not have a high school in Bridgeport and most of our students from Bridgeport opt to come to high school here. What is the qualitative difference between the students? Yes generally they [lottery students] are farther behind. You wanted to be a lawyer, did you ever practice? No, I came to New Haven for Law School and was interested in issues of civil rights and social justice. The more I dug into the issue, from inequality of income, housing, or healthcare the more I realized they were downstream of unequal investments in educating kids.
The emphasis was ‘the kids are poor, they’re from single-family homes, there is violence in the community.” All of those factors certainly are real and make it more challenging, but the conversation seemed to end there. That was a sufficient explanation or excuse, and until we fix those other complicated things we were not going to be able to expect more of public education. As the former chancellor of education of New York more famously said, ‘that’s backwards, until we fix public education we’re not going to be able to fix poverty.” What I’ve learned then, and more so now, are that these issues are complex and that we know we need to work on multiple fronts simultaneously. But I believe more
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Charley Terrell [than president of the New Haven Savings Bank], Barbara Winters, Judge Clarence Jones, we had Rod Lane, who was the head of education at Southern. It was an incredible collection of people who came together and everyone recognized the charter school opportunity. Both [New Haven School superintendent] Reggie Mayo and Mayor John DeStefano, were supportive. Early on, there was enough excitement about the charter school opportunity to do something different and see what is possible. At the time the amount of money the Charter schools were going to be given by the state was a fraction of the cost of urban district public schools, at around $14,000 per pupil. What brought philanthropists in? Yes it was $6000 [from the state] and it was too low. It was the same opportunity that captivated the founders. There was this incredible opportunity to start a public school that would serve city students by lottery, but had the opportunity to do things differently.
than ever in the transformative power of a great education. A great teacher, especially a collection of great teachers, a great school, where a student can have a consistently supportive and challenging experience year on year. I’ve seen kids that can blossom and defy expectations and background. What is the length of school day for elementary students? They come at 7:30 am and they leave at 4:00. The first half hour is like a breakfast warm up and with pretty solid academics from 8 to 4. I wish we could do it in six hours it would make it easier for the staff, but our goal is to completely close the achievement gap. When our students go to apply for college or to apply for jobs, people are not going to care what zip code they come 12 M ARCH /A PRIL 2015
from, they are going to want to know what they are capable of. Back to the start-up? Connecticut passed charter school [legislation] in 1997 and we started this conversation right about then. There was a group of us, it started at the [Yale] Law School, Stefan Pryor [former Commissioner of Education for Connecticut] and I were two of the leaders. Ultimately, there were thirty-two founders of the Amistad. It was an extraordinary, diverse group of parents, teachers, a juvenile court judge, philanthropists.
New Haven has a history of very generous philanthropists, people like Bill Graustein who are willing to invest in a good idea. The most challenging part was actually the year we went through, we were the number one ranked charter application, but there was no funding from the General Assembly. That year and most every year since, we’ve had to go and fight for the appropriation. Most people don’t understand how Connecticut funds charter schools. We don’t have a system where money follows the child. In essence, the charter school students are double funded. The bulk of the funding stays with the host system and the state funds the charter separately. So getting additional appropriation is always challenging.
What were the first responses you got?
When did you realize that your effort, your “experiment,” would work for students?
Charter schools were such a new concept but there were enough people involved who were really respected as community leaders:
The very first year of the school we started with eighty-four kids in fifth and sixth grade. By the end of that year, the students had grown
two and a half grade levels in math, on average, and one and a half in reading. We had the sense that it would work. In the early years, we got a lot out of purely just hard work and effort, working with the students, with each other. The early founding group put everything we had into it, as founders in many organizations do. When you were first doing the standard testing, did you see it as a test of the school, of the teachers or a test of the kids? It is an assessment of individual students, mastery, whether they have learned what they need to learn, but that’s a reflection of primarily the school, because it is a team sport. When you look at reading and writing, we’re all reading and writing teachers. Now there are twenty nine schools. How do you translate achievement, which may not be so hard to control at a single school, to a system, or what you call a “network,” and are your schools in urban areas? The way we approach achieving excellence is driven by what we think needs to be excellent as a school. The first, and most important, is talent and making sure that we have recruited and developed, celebrated and retained, really effective teachers and leaders. We have schools in Bridgeport, Hartford, Providence, and in New York, central Brooklyn. I saw a comment that you said that the new Common Core standards would show that many schools, not just urban districts, were not really functioning up to the needed levels of academic achievement. Do you support Common Core standards? We had an early chance to experience “common core” first hand because New York implemented common core assessments two years ahead of the rest of the country. It is more challenging, the expectations for student thinking, for student writing, are more rigorous and truly aligned to what they need in college and career. Some people relish that
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challenge and others, not so much, students, parents, teachers. So what do you think is the push back on Common Core and even on testing in general? On the broader issue of testing, some school systems are over testing. I believe in a meaningful annual assessment of whether students have learned what they need to learn. What has really gone wrong is when you’ve had state assessments layered on top of districts, layered on top of school assessments. There can be a lot of practice testing and just an overall narrowing of focus. We view the test as a reflection of how well we’ve done, rather than the goal we’re shooting towards. Every strong teacher regularly assesses what kids know and don’t know. It often happens informally almost minute to minute and certainly on a daily basis. And then they do unit assessments at key points during the years and that informs their own practice and it is feedback on students.
There is, with the state test, a lag between when you give the test and get the data. It [state test] is more helpful for us in identifying the best practices, in our network and from outside our network. We’re always looking for what works, and where we can move the needles for kids and what is underneath that success. You said early on that the teachers are the key component to achievement, what else matters? The most important is the recruitment of not just teachers, but also school leaders. The second is they need a strong core program to go off of, our core curriculum, resources, strategies and approaches and that is an ever-evolving program. Our curriculum is revised every year by our lead teachers, who are called curriculum fellows. Thirdly how do you maintain a really joyful school culture where students are invested in their future. Then there is what we call wind in the sails support from the network. It is really hard to try
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and run a high performing urban school and close the achievement gap. We have a team of people at the network level whether that’s for facilities, or instructional programs, or finance. Especially in the charter school space, individual schools have a really tough time being experts in everything they need to be experts in. We often call efforts like this doing the “lord’s work,” but there is a lot of criticism of the whole effort, what do you feel on a personal level about that? The criticism certainly can be discouraging and feels unfair, and I find myself with a protective instinct to protect the good work that our teachers, leaders and students are doing. Most of the criticism has been unfair and is based on misinformation that keeps getting repeated. Some of it has been fair, and we try to use that to get stronger. Two years ago, it was the first time they published suspension data for charter schools. Our schools had
very high suspension rates relative to other schools. It was not data we were focused on and it having come to light publicly helped us to a lot more internal reflection. What do we really want to do? It was clearly not what we thought was best for students and it started very hard work. We were able to cut our suspension rates in half and they’re still heading down, this is network wide. The fist thing [we did] was change the policies and to look for alternatives to suspension. The second was teacher and leader skill building, when students are doing something they shouldn’t be doing. There are ways to engage with them and re-direct them and de-escalate the situation and there are ways that escalate. Is there something done in an Achievement First, or other charter school, that can’t be done in a traditional public school, some secret sauce? In general, what we do, many other successful schools do, including
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The other source of opposition was influenced by significant misinformation.
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We think the biggest difference [for us] is teacher effectiveness, the way you approach teaching professional development. We make a huge investment there.
Intuitively, people believed if money is going to pay the charter school, then that must be less money for my child. What I didn’t do a good enough job communicating is that charter schools are funded through a different [revenue] stream and it represents a windfall to the city.
Are Politicians supportive enough for educational innovation – not just charter schools?
Is it harder for the other public schools to make that investment?
We were going to get $700 per student, but also 550 students overwhelmingly funded by state
The mayor (New Haven’s mayor Toni Harp) supported Elm City Imagine. I certainly wish there was more political leadership [everywhere] for standing up for kids and the urgent need for great schools. v
There is a time commitment, we do three weeks of professional development every summer. Also, every teacher has a coach that observes them, in most cases weekly, to provide coaching and feedback. When President Obama was elected, there was a big change for the charter schools, he put out a different signal? It seems that has gone backwards. Is it a regional issue? It varies significantly – all politics is local, the region, at some level the city. In New York, while the Mayor started out fairly negatively, the governor has been an extraordinarily strong supporter. The charter school movement is evolving, charter schools are here to stay, and will be part of the portfolio of options for families. What we’re working through now, including the Elm City Imagine Partnership, what is the best way for charters and districts to work together. As you mature, expand past surface issues like enrollment and you have to have thoughtful solutions. There needs to be more of a coordinated effort rather than every one doing their own thing. New Haven has a lot of people that are keen on education on the one hand, but seem very negative about change? I do think there is an increasing awareness that education is one of the most or most critical issues for an individual student, families and a community. There is increasing awareness that schools have differential outcomes, and that we want more great schools and fewer lower performing schools. There is an increasing awareness that while poverty and other personal and social challenges are real, you can break the cycle of poverty, and that a great school is a powerful antipoverty strategy. In that sense, the discussion has moved a long way. There is an increasing sense that charter schools are public schools and can exist alongside district schools and it’s time to change the us versus them mentality. Opposition to the Elm City Partnership came from two places. Unions fundamentally find the expansion of charter schools to be threatening. I believe it does not have to be.
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Major Gary Stegina, Commandant of the 2nd CompanyGovernorâ€™s Foot Guard, plays the part of Captain Benedict Arnold and recites his lines, demanding the keys to the powder house. The reenactment of Powder House Day is traditionally held on the steps of city hall, however the steady rain outside led the event to be held inside Center Church after the memorial service in 2014.
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The 2nd Company Governor’s Foot Guard Color Guard led by Captain Alice Cronin, executive officer, marches back from the pulpit with the American and state flags
Connecticut Foot Guard To Take The Green “Regular order be damned,” the Captain shouted, “Give me the powder or I’ll take it.”
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t was the morning of April 22, 1775, and news of the battles at Lexington and Concord had reached New Haven. 58 militia volunteers of the 2nd Company Governor’s Foot Guard assembled on the town green in full uniform, ready for action. Their Captain had marched to the tavern where David Wooster, of the city square as namesake, and the town selectmen were holding council, and demanded the keys to the powder house that stored the musket ammunition.
Wooster and the selectmen refused at first, even as the Captain threatened to simply break open the supply on their own. “None but God almighty shall stop me from going today,” the Captain added. Wooster and the selectmen ultimately relented, surrendering the powder house keys. The Foot Guard immediately began their long march toward Cambridge behind their Captain, none other than Benedict Arnold. Arnold’s personality led him to act rashly, according to Marie McDaniel, Southern Connecticut State University professor of history. He was a man of mixed attributes. “Brash and often rude, although
clearly very intelligent,” says McDaniel. “His actions directly after this event in his raid on Fort Ticonderoga show him to be brilliant and foolhardy.” 239 years later, inside Center Church on the green, Major Gary Stegina, current commandant of the 2nd Company Governor’s Foot Guard, boisterously echoed Benedict Arnold’s words, demanding the powder house keys from Mayor Toni Harp. Mayor Harp, playing the role of her town selectmen forbearers, initially resisted before symbolically handing over the large, antique keys. The standoff has been reenacted in New Haven every year since 1905 by successive generations of the Foot Guard. 2015 marks the 240th anniversary of the event now memorialized as Powder House Day, with the celebration scheduled for April 25 on the Green. Until 1873, New Haven and Hartford were joint state capitols. After Hartford citizens formed a group to guard Governor Jonathan Trumbull, New Haven followed their example and organized the 2nd Company Governor’s Foot Guard on December 27, 1774. Among the founding members seated in Beer’s Tavern on College Street were names that are familiar to New Haven today, like James Hillhouse, and those of national renown, such as Aaron Burr and Benedict Arnold. Arnold was instrumental
Corporal Thomas Storace, trumpeter, stands at attention during the memorial service at Center Church on the New Haven Green during last year’s Powder House Day, April 26, 2014.
in the unit’s formation, and was elected the first commandant, with the rank of Captain. Records from the first meeting mention hiring a man to instruct them in military procedures. But these volunteers could hardly compare with the battle-hardened European armies of the time. “These weren’t professional soldiers,” says Richard Greenalch, who has served in the Foot Guard for 34 years and is the unit’s public affairs representative. Instead of the common farmer-soldier of that era, Greenalch says these men from New Haven were more like merchantsoldiers and businessmen. Arnold, for instance, owned a profitable pharmacy and shipping business in town. The 58 members of the Foot Guard who left New Haven reached Cambridge on April 29, 1775, one week after Captain Arnold had seized the keys. Their duties included returning bodies of British officers who died at Lexington, and they impressed the enemy with their professional appearance. They were, in fact, some of the only uniformed Americans, wearing ornate scarlet coats with white pants, not unlike what the British wore. Arnold and a few members stayed in Massachusetts to become part of the first national contingent of soldiers, the Continental Army. The remaining New Haven men marched back to their hometown. The 2nd Company Governor’s Foot Guard continued on while Arnold found action on the frontlines of Quebec and Saratoga. Though not tested in battle as a unit, many former members later saw combat with the Continental Army. The situation changed in 1779 when the British launched a string of attacks against Connecticut port towns, known as Tryon’s Raid, and New Haven was the opening act. “It was never intended to turn the fates of the war,” McDaniel says. “It was intended to be disruptive to the people of Connecticut so they could provide less aid to the Patriots in New York.” It was a pincer movement, Greenalch says, when the British landed one force east of New Haven near modern-day Lighthouse Point, and the second force west of town in what became West Haven, closing in on New Haven from both sides. In the East Shore district, they burned down Black Rock Fort after capturing it and set fire to the original Morris House. Both were rebuilt; Fort Nathan Hale was built over the remains of the old fortification, and reconstruction of the Morris House, which is still standing, began in 1780. McDaniel says the indiscriminant raiding and burning “helped turn those undecided against the British.” James Hillhouse, newly elected as commandant, supervised the Foot Guard’s resistance to the British advance along with a collection of Yale
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students and a group led by the visiting Aaron Burr. Today, a monument at the intersections of Columbus, Davenport, and Congress avenues marks the spot where determined defenders used two cannons to fire at the enemy across the West River. In an attempt to stall the raiding party, a member of the Foot Guard blew up the West River Bridge before the enemy could cross. Greenalch says the two British columns eventually met toward the center of New Haven, and considered burning the city. The continued resistance by locals, he says, along with militia moving in from nearby towns, persuaded the attackers not to stay any longer and they set off on the subsequent raids; Fairfield and Norwalk were not spared as New Haven was. Local history, McDaniel says, is a wonderful thing as a historian, because it is the history that surrounds you. “It’s about the people who lived here and died here and are buried under our feet, who lived in the houses before us. So, we have a connection just by walking on the same ground that they did, by seeing the same buildings that they did. There must be some connection here that you can’t get from national history. I think local history is people interested in their heritage in the world around them.” The reenactment of Powder House Day is living, local history. It places events from the formation of the nation into our own backyard. Far from the legacy of David Wooster as an area where one can find the best pizza, Powder House Day provides a glimpse of the man he was. Wooster was a patriot, says Greenalch, but a cautious one that wouldn’t take action hastily. Wooster was later killed at the Battle of Ridgefield, where he led the American attack on the British who burned Danbury the previous day. Powder House Day and New Haven’s Revolutionary War history are not common knowledge among many people that reside in the area. There isn’t much room in school curriculums, McDaniel says, and both events are minor and very local in the greater context. Powder House Day “is one of several examples just like this that happened all over New England in 1774 and 1775.” Greenalch has a pragmatic view of the lesson taught by Powder House Day. It wasn’t Arnold and the Foot Guard against the town leaders; it was simply the desire for action over a conservative approach. The event illustrates how there were differences in opinion, he says, even among patriots. The 2015 ceremony will be a bigger event than in previous years, Greenalch says. “We expect to have quite a bit of support from the state and from the city because it is the 240th. Sometimes people take it for granted when it’s every year, but the 240th really is a memorable occasion, just as we expect the 250th to be a memorable occasion.” v
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ggs, which have long been demonized because they contain fairly high levels of cholesterol, aren’t as bad as they’ve been cracked up to be. New research shows that as little as 15% of your cholesterol is influenced by food your genes account for the rest Indeed, an egg is a much better breakfast than a doughnut cooked in an oil rich in trans fats or a bagel made from refined flour.
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omen should consume no more than 6 tsp. of sugar and men should limit sugar to 9 tsp. daily. Since sugar is typically listed in grams on ingredient labels, many consumers don’t realize how much sugar it is. A 20 oz. soda has 65 grams of sugar which is equivalent to 16 tsp. of sugar. If you saw 16 tsp. of sugar lined up in a row, it would have a very different impact on your choice.
THE GLUTEN FREE SUPERFOOD
BY LAURA FANTARELLA
e’ve all heard about the superfoods du jour – be it kale…quinoa… avocados…even blueberries – that can help stave off disease and increase your chances of living to a ripe old age if you eat enough of them. But you don’t have to drop cheeseburgers from your diet cold turkey – or drink vibrant green-colored juices -- to make healthier food choices.
n fact, if new healthy foods find a place on your plate gradually, there’s an increased chance they will become part of your menu repertoire.
Yale New Haven Hospital’s Outpatient Nutrition Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator Ellen Liskov, RD, MPH, CD-N, CDE, recommends a slow transition to a better diet. Liskov is an advocate of the US Department of Agriculture’s “Healthy Plate” guidelines, which suggest meals should consist of 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% grain and 25% protein. “Going to ridiculous extremes decreases the likelihood you will continue,” she said. “Food has important meaning in our lives – we use it to celebrate, to connect with family over dinner, to socialize… when people are considering making changes to their diet, they want to feel good about it, it shouldn’t be shocking. Liskov suggests starting with one area of your diet you’d like to improve – for example, eliminating processed meats like bologna, bacon and sausages, or eating less beef and more poultry --- and make that change part of your lifestyle for at least 21 days.
good way to start thinking about eating healthy is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store –where the “real food” is. “Most of the foods in the produce aisle are low in calories and sodium, almost devoid of saturated and trans fats,” Liskov said. Though the meat and dairy aisles are a bit more complicated, containing processed meats and dairy items with added sugars, it’s the middle of the store – what Liskov describes as the “coupon aisles” -- that hosts the unhealthiest items. Canned and processed foods, like soups, crackers, cookies, soda, energy drinks, and cereals generally contain impressive amounts of the refined flour, sugar, and sodium best avoided.
ealthy eating may also keep you out of reach of Dr. Lisa Freed.
The Yale New Haven cardiologist says losing weight and lifestyle modifications are always the first line of defense when a patient is newly diagnosed with high cholesterol and/or blood pressure. “Fine-tuning of the diet and adding daily exercise can have a big impact on these issues and can often delay the time when medication is needed. It’s important to limit portion sizes and read food labels to understand the balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, sodium and sugar in the products,” she said.
uinoa is considered by many to be a superfood – a whole grain that is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein, and it is comprised of essential amino acids. Quinoa also has a high protein-to-carbohydrate ratio when compared to other grains. 20 M ARCH /A PRIL 2015
Sampling new healthy foods can be a fun and tasty adventure. “Take a trip to Edge of the Woods and find three grains you’ve never tried before in the bulk bins and buy a scoop of each,” Liskov suggests. “You might find things you’ve never even heard of – farro, spelt, maybe kamut and you may discover a new food that’s delicious, filling and good for you.”
GO NUTS! Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids, which can be found in walnuts, almonds,
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The Winner and Still Champion Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health discovered that women who ate more than three servings a week of blueberries or strawberries decreased their risk of attack by onethird. This benefit was thought to be due to the presence of anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and which are present in red and blue-colored fruits and vegetables.
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Eagle-Clipper-Ship: “Leading the Way,” oil on linen by Tony Falcone, commissioned by the National Coast Guard Museum Association for use as their primary marketing image
The United States Coast Guard Museum Soon Will Have A Berth Of Its Own Local Artist Tony Falcone Helps Coast Guard Museum Set Sail BY STEPHEN CULPEPPER
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nlike its four much larger, though mostly younger, military siblings, no national museum exists for the 225-year-old United States Coast Guard.
That condition is about to change spectacularly. Fund-raising goals are being met, ground has been broken, and a New Haven native billed by the Coast Guard itself as “U.S. Coast Guard Artist” Tony Falcone has stepped into the breach to help out. In 2018, possibly as soon as late 2017, the Coast Guard will cut the ribbon on its own national museum, fittingly underway near the place that’s been the cradle of everything Coast Guard since 1876, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. The other military branches have their own national museums, as well as scores of smaller museums dedicated to them – 13 for the Marine Corps, 18 for the Air Force, 15 for the Navy, and 28 museums for the Army, scattered around the country. The museum that exists now for the Coast Guard is a small but interesting one-room institution that’s tucked away inside the Academy’s Waesche Hall, which also houses the school’s admissions office and library. What first grabs your eye is the massive and impressive golden eagle figurehead of the Guard’s training ship Eagle, which, along with the 300-ft. barque (a barque, or bark, is a 3-masted sailing ship with special rigging), was built in NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
Nazi Germany in 1936 before being taken as war reparation in 1945 by the United States. Even in this small space, there’s much to see. And clearly, the Coast Guard has a big story to tell.
Otto Graham in Clay: Bust of Otto Graham, NFL Hall of Fame recipient who went on to coach the U.S.C.G.A. football team, the first bronze sculpture commission of Tony Falcone’s career
The Coast Guard’s Own Artist on Duty Before paint hits canvas for one of his large-scale commissioned paintings of scenes of U.S. Coast Guard duty and heroism, in his mind’s eye Tony Falcone can see how the finished painting will look. Falcone prepares elaborately: full-sized plywood mockups of key features, cardboard recreations, live models of the appropriate age in period clothing or gear, travel when possible to event locations to understand context, view, light, geography and sky, and photographs from every possible angle. For instance, he wanted to capture the sunlight on southern Manhattan just as it looked the morning of September 11, 2001, when terrorists struck the Twin Towers and an evacuation flotilla ferried the equivalent of the population of Washington D.C., more than 600,000 people, safely off the island. It was yet another of the Coast Guard’s finest moments. As Falcone began painting that scene in the spring before the tenth anniversary of 9/11, he asked if the Coast Guard could determine the precise time of day to visit lower Manhattan so he could view the light with the sun at the same height and angle as it was during the 2001 attack, as seen from the perspective of lower Manhattan in the harbor south of Battery Park. On a recent weekday, he looked up at the finished painting – Coast Guard Units Respond to Attacks on the World Trade Center – that hangs in an elegant small dining room of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, and described the scouting trip up New York harbor. He met with a Coast Guard crew early in the cold spring darkness and sailed toward the island as the light was getting where he needed it to be. When the sun was up and the angle was right, Falcone had the visual information he needed to capture it, to preserve the moment in a work of art. That vision became an 8 foot by 6 foot painting that depicts the 9/11 evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Manhattan over an eight-hour period, coordinated by the Coast Guard and involving Coast Guard ships, fishing boats, ferries, tug boats, merchant ships, pleasure boats, and every other type of floating new haven
conveyance within reach. Estimates put the number of evacuated between a half-million and a million. That’s more people than were plucked from Dunkirk over nine days at the beginning of World War II, albeit under enemy fire.
Ocean Station Vessel Launches a Weather Balloon in the North Atlantic Ocean, 1964
The southern tip of Manhattan was evacuated over the course of about eight hours.
USOGC Apprehends Drug Runners, 1993
Overseeing the Academy’s Historical Murals Project
The Cold War – Bering Sea Patrol
The 9/11 painting is one of ten paintings by Falcone that were commissioned for the Coast Guard’s Historical Murals Project. Each work is funded with alumni donations. Falcone designed and oversaw The Historical Murals Project, which was completed in 2012. The project consists of sixteen paintings in all, ten of which Falcone painted. The large paintings on oversized oil canvases by Falcone include: Coast Guard Campbell vs. U-606, 1943 D-Day Landings Coast Guard Units Respond to Attacks on the World Trade Center Polar Class Ice Breaker Escorts Supply Ship into McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, 1986
CG-36500 Rescues the Crew of the M/V Pendleton Near Chatham, Cape Cod, MAFebruary, 18th, 1952 Rescue of the Dutch Cruise Ship Prinsendam, 1980 Coast Guard Surface Operations in Vietnam, circa 1965 Most of Falcone’s paintings depict heroic acts such as the 9/11 evacuation, unimaginably daring rescues at sea, and some of the dangerous jobs the Guard has been called on to perform on the open sea because no other branch of service or any other maritime entity could do it. Although Falcone’s work is now scattered throughout the many buildings of the Coast Guard Academy’s 103 acres, in prominent locations but sometimes without context or appropriate spatial considerations, hopefully, once the new large national museum opens downriver from the Academy, all of Falcone’s paintings will find a well-lit home inside the current and more intimate one-room museum space inside the Academy.
JUST AROUND THE CORNER: STATION NEW HAVEN inspects more than 75 foreign vessels and 500 U.S. vessels for foreign and domestic regulation compliance, oversees 50 tank facilities for regulatory compliance, and responds to about 120 pollution cases. Acting as a sort of 911 dispatcher, the station monitors Long Island Sound 24-hours a day. Think of the Coast Guard presence in Connecticut and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London will likely come to the fore. As important as the Academy is and has been for preparing leadership to oversee maritime security and safety here and around the world, Station New Haven is no small potatoes. Overseeing Sector Long Island
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Sound from its headquarters on the east side of New Haven Harbor, the Station is a critical part of the Coast Guard mission, according to public affairs officer Martin Betts. In an average year the station responds to about 1,300 marine distress cases (including paddle craft and recreational fishing craft search and rescues), 250 marine accident investigations,
It’s also a fairly large employer and with about 455 active duty Coast Guard members, 176 reservists, and 1,450 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer members. It has a small intelligence staff, a prevention department, icebreaking capabilities, seven stations, three cutters, two Aid to Navigation Teams (ANTs) and a Senior Field Office.
Counting on Art to Attract the Big Donors Besides receiving corporate and individual donations, the Coast Guard hopes to raise a considerable amount through its “Barque EAGLE Society” fundraiser. Honorary chairs of the National Coast Guard Museum Association include Arnold Palmer, Charlie Gibson, JD Power III (of the marketing group JD Power and Associates), and actor John Amos. Yet the star of the Barque Eagle Society fundraiser is Falcone. According to a letter from the Association, “we have engaged world-renowned USCG artist Tony Falcone to create an original painting of America’s Tall Ship, the USCG Barque EAGLE, under full sail. While sailing aboard EAGLE in 2013, Falcone was able to experience firsthand the splendor of America’s tall ship, and now we’re making this exclusive experience and subsequent artwork available” to Barque Eagle Society donors. Falcone’s oil painting of Eagle, entitled “Leading the Way,” was unveiled at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island, in July 2014. Fine art prints of the painting are available in three versions to those who donate to the Museum fund: Small size “gallery-wrapped” signed prints are available to those who contribute $1,000 to the Association. Medium size “gallery-wrapped” signed prints are available to those who contribute $5,000. Fifteen large, framed, signed prints in the size of the original painting and that each contain an original remarque by the artist goes to those who contribute $15,000. (A remarque is a small, personalized mark that an artist adds to a print near the signature and which increases the print’s value.) A second edition of these prints was ordered after the first edition sold out. The National Coast Guard Museum Association also has organized a special community of donors called the “Search & Rescue Circle.” With a donation of $250, members receive a special limited edition coin commemorating the National Coast Guard Museum. This die struck hard enamel challenge coin comes in a finished walnut presentation box. Falcone had no involvement with this promotion.
Building a World-Class Museum on the Thames When the day comes, the National Coast Guard Museum will open down the street from the academy in a beautifully designed, modern, spacious and light-filled spaced. Designed by Harvard-based architect Urs Gauchat and colleagues at Payette Associates, with design firm Gallagher & Associates overseeing the exhibit space, the building will have window-filled walls and a ship-like curve to accommodate permanent and revolving displays,
TAKING IT TO THE BIG SCREEN One of the paintings Falcone was commissioned to create is called Rescue of the Pendleton. On February 18, 1952, two tankers – the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer – broke in half during a nor’easter off Cape Cod. Between the two ships, 62 seamen were rescued while five died. A movie by Disney “The Finest Hours” starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Eric Bana, is based on the event and the most noteworthy efforts of Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernard C. Webber, coxswain of motor lifeboat CG-36500 from Station Chatham, and his crew -- Andrew Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey, and Ervin Maske. In dangerous high seas, while constantly risking collision with the foundering ship, the sailors rescued all but one of the Pendleton’s crew. The title comes from a book of the same name..
meeting rooms, event facilities, offices, café, and atrium. The message of the museum will be: Respect the past, engage the present, and look to the future. To display the countless artifacts from the Coast Guard’s 200-plus year history as well as permanent and rotating exhibits, the museum will be made up of four stories with a total of 54,300 sq. ft. of space, and with a budget of $80 million.
An additional $20 million was budgeted for a pedestrian bridge over Amtrak and Shoreline East tracks to New London’s Union Station and for other “requirements that benefit museum visitors, rail passengers, ferry passengers, and the touring public,” all of which will tie the museum into downtown New London, according to the museum website. For more on Tony Falcone and to view more of his work, visit his website at www.falconeartstudio.com. To read more about the proposed museum, visit their website at www.coastguardmuseum.org v
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The Land of Bad Noises Connecticut’s Earthquake Folklore Explained
BY AMY KULIKOWSKI arthquakes are not common in Connecticut, but the 11 earthquakes that occurred within an eight-day period in the Eastern part of the state caused some alarm recently. There were no significant effects from the earthquakes as they were all minor in scale. Locals reported no injuries and only minor structural damage to buildings, such as cracked sheetrock and foundations.
When the Town of Plainfield held an informational meeting about the earthquakes at Plainfield High School, some attendees said they were more annoyed by, than worried about, the quakes. The odd series of earthquakes made local and national news and even led insurance companies to start disseminating information about earthquake insurance.
However, a look at the geological science behind what’s causing the earthquakes could provide a comforting explanation, rather than paint Eastern Connecticut as an earthquake-prone nightmare. Jennifer Cooper of the Earth Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University said Connecticut is ultimately away from plate boundaries, and most significant earthquake activity is associated with plate boundaries. “Connecticut is basically in the middle of the plate,” said Cooper, “and it’s common to see, in the middle of the plate, that the rocks themselves will have fault systems that run through them, which represent zones of weakness.” Cooper defines these small frequent earthquakes as intraplate earthquakes, not very similar to those located on the edges of plates. Cynthia Coron, earth science professor at Southern Connecticut State University, maintains an exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center and maps seismically active faults in Connecticut. Coron said most of the continental margins are accreted through large-scale plate tectonic processes, like pieces of a puzzle, and that even though putting those pieces together may
have ended 200 million years ago; there is still adjustment that goes on. Sliver faults or a series of faults are possible, or two terrains that are minutely shifting relative to each other. “The reasoning for this activity,” said Coron, “is because old boundaries and sliver faults are reactivated under the new stress regime which is created by spreading the Atlantic Ocean. Features that date back billions of years can still shift slightly, generating very low magnitude earthquakes.” Intraplate earthquakes are not unusual, and happen without any proximal cause and don’t result in significant damage. Coron said, “I think the bottom line is that people do not need to be afraid of this; it is not abnormal and not related to a major fault that could trigger a bigger one.” Coron hails from Moodus in the East Haddam region of Middlesex County, an area steeped in earthquake folklore. Before European settlers arrived, the Native Americans gave the town the name “Machimoodus” because of the rumbling sounds they frequently heard. “Machimoodus” roughly translates to “place of bad noises.” The Native Americans of the Pequot, Mohegan, and Narragansett tribes believed the god Hobomoko lived in the caves beneath the land
and the bad noises were a sign of his restlessness below. They avoided the caves (known today as Machimoodus State Park) at all costs in an effort to keep Hobomoko calm, particularly the Mount Tom region, seen as the source of the noises and Hobomoko’s true home. The local Machimoodus tribe translated the rumbling noises from the god to other area tribes, interpreting what Hobomoko might want. When the Puritans arrived in the late 1600’s, they attributed the noises to Satan. To the Native Americans, Mount Tom was the source of Hobomoko, but it became the entrance into the Earth, according to the Puritans. They believed that prayer kept Satan at bay.
released a great cloud of smoke filled with lights and flames from the shop. Although Dr. Steele admitted to the people that he had found the carbuncle and he could destroy it, causing the large, loud noises to subside, he also claimed to have found smaller carbuncles, which would, over time, cause more noises, just not as frightening. The troubling noises died down and Dr. Steele disappeared, never to be seen again by the people of Moodus. Because the noises never got as violent as they did before his magic, the people were convinced that Steele was a wizard and his powers had worked. The activity was officially declared microshallow earthquakes in the 1980’s, putting to final rest the legends of the noises. v
In 1760, King George sent Dr. Steele, an English alchemist, to put an end to the rumbling in Connecticut. Dr. Steele told the people of Moodus that there was a carbuncle (a mysterious creature, or perhaps a bright red gemstone) in the rock causing the noises and that he would remove it by magic.
After an agreement was made between the doctor and the people of Moodus, Steele inhabited a blacksmith’s shop, boarded up all the windows so no one could see him work his magic, and
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What do teenagers really think? We invited area schools to either handpick a few essays from their student body, or open the door to students who managed their own submissions for consideration. No topic limitations were given, and no pesky requirements about being politically correct (or glutenfree) were issued, either. Take a read as some teens from around Greater New Haven strut their literary stuff.
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Lauren Davis, a senior at Scared Heart Academy and Sanjay Dureseti, a senior at Hopkins School, disucss digital versus paper
FEELING THE HEAT Childhood Ends, Two Identities Converge By Sanjay Durseti
ervously, I approached the camphor flame ablaze on a large bronze plate and let my hands hover over the fire for a few quick seconds. Any longer and I would burn myself; any less and I would not feel the heat. This was the lighting of the diya, or lamp, a Hindu ritual that marks the time of dusk, the downward glide of the sun. Every evening during that summer in Hyderabad, India, when I was 11 years old, I observed my grandfather lighting a diya, while reciting a prayer in Sanskrit. “With a conscience that is pure, a focus that is sharp, a self-reflection that is deep, I invoke peace in all my actions,” he would intone. Earlier in the day, I had boldly declared my intention to put my hand to the fire, but when the moment arrived, I was terrified that I would sear my fingers. I tried reciting that beautiful prayer, only to stammer and stumble over the words, my tongue contorted with the effort. Stung with humiliation, I remember running to my father’s side, hiding my face in the familiar fabric of his pants. Though I call the U.S. my home, Hyderabad has always meant a great deal to me. It is the home of my grandparents and the birthplace of my parents. I am rooted in its restaurants, shops, and landmarks. But, the city was distorted and confusing, a place where I both fit in and stuck out. Growing up, my relationship with Hyderabad was like my young hesitant hands over the flame: linger long enough to feel the warmth, but not long enough to get burned. It was not until two years ago when something
happened, when my feelings about my heritage changed. Standing in my grandparents’ house, surrounded by the smells and sounds of India, I looked into the mirror to see myself dressed in traditional garb, a kurta, of navy-blue. I walked out to find my grandparents waiting—Grandfather wearing a kurta of his own and Grandmother in a sari. Clasping hands, we walked into the courtyard, where hundreds of small lamps decorated the ground. This was Diwali, the festival of lights, a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It involves many sacred rituals, but, to me, the most meaningful tradition was the lighting of the diyas. For Diwali, every family must light one. For decades, that was my grandfather’s job, but, that year, for the first time, he ceded that position to me. With perfect clarity of speech and thought, I began, “With a conscience that is pure, a focus that is sharp...” I let my hands hover over the flame just long enough to sear them a little. But, this time, it didn’t matter—I wanted to feel the heat. To some extent, I have always felt torn in two directions. I have always been conscious of my brown skin, of my dual cultures, of the clear differences between my peers and me. I’ve felt, living in the U.S., that some part of me doesn’t belong, and in India, I’ve felt the same way. I knew that the Indian part of me must be out there somewhere, but I was never really able to find it until that instant when I lit the diya. In that rare and mystical moment, as I moved from childhood to adulthood, I finally began the important work of reconciling my identity. After years of searching, of attempting to understand, I was embracing my heritage. Now, I am growing into my other half. Gone is the little boy clinging to his father’s legs, overwhelmed with the strangeness of a different country. Equal parts Indian and American, I am becoming comfortable in my own skin, working toward wholeness.
THE BEST REVENGE IS LIVING WELL A Bullying Victim Speaks
By Lauren Davis
i, I’m Lauren! This is my signature welcome, what most people remember the first time they meet me and it really epitomizes who I am as a person. People that know me know that I am friendly and outgoing, but what most don’t know is that I was bullied when I was younger. This is my story. For me it all started in the fifth grade and luckily, I have forgotten most of the details. Having a selective memory is beneficial when dealing with this kind of thing. My neighbor was the Queen Bee of my class. I have always been a leader, an independent thinker, and she didn’t like that. For a while I was walking on egg shells with her; one day she would be nice to me and the next she would be cold or aggressive. I never knew who I was going to get. She talked about me to everyone, spread false rumors and single-handedly turned the entire grade against me. Thanks to her, I only had three good friends in fifth and sixth grade because, besides these three, no one wanted her to turn on them after seeing what she did to me. I remember vividly some specific incidents from this time in my life, including when she threw my soccer ball in the trash one day after school before soccer practice. Everyone saw it. No one spoke up. On the last day of school in fifth grade, she, along with six of her minions, came up to me during recess and yelled at me for things that every single other fifth grader did. For some reason, it was that much worse when I did them. I tried to defend myself, but all I really remember was facing the seven of them alone. I managed to make it through the attack without crying but couldn’t hold it in when they all left. Three of the seven were my neighbors, lifelong friends, and I had to endure going home with them on the bus. The Queen Bee was having her annual huge party at her house and invited the whole grade, except me. I went home to my mom and cried for hours. Bullying is unacceptable, yet not insurmountable. You can overcome bullying given the right perspective, self-confidence, and support. My triumph over this situation empowered me to unapologetically be myself and to encourage others to do the same. Being bullied strengthened my empathy for others, and I try to help those who may feel left out, alone, or ostracized. I strive to never make someone feel what I felt. This is why I welcome everyone with such enthusiasm. I realized back then that everyone is fighting their own battle and needs a kind-hearted smile to lift their spirits. I embrace opportunities to introduce myself to new people and form friendships with them. I approach life with enthusiastic open arms. It excites me to think that every single day I have the potential to bring more smiles to this world. The feeling that I get when I make someone’s day or impact them in a positive way is pure bliss. Looking back, I realize that this was the catalyst that encouraged me to pursue private education, which is what brought me to Sacred Heart Academy and gave me the opportunity to meet new people. I have learned to see the silver lining in difficult situations and focus on the positives in life, because life is too short to be anything but happy. Most importantly, I have learned to be myself: authentic.
I WOULD LIKE, TOTALLY HELP YOU I May Never Show Up Again, But I Still Liked It BY Alondra Bermudez
y freshman year Phy-Chem teacher texted me out of nowhere. She asked, “Is this still Alondra?” I replied to her, “Yes.” She proceeded to ask me if I spoke and read Spanish fluently. I hesitated before I lied. “Yes I can,” I wrote. She seemed to smile brightly through my phone, and offered me a job to travel to her roommate’s elementary school, and teach her kindergarteners how to read in Spanish. I flinched at the thought, but I accepted the task anyways. I am Hispanic, after all; what would’ve been the harm?
alphabet in Spanish. She stared blankly at me. My face grew hot in embarrassment, and I became agitated. Her dark eyes seemed to question my existence, but eventually she steadily repeated the letters in Spanish, beautifully. My hands clasped together in triumph, as she merely sat amused at my sudden happiness. She was adorable, and the teacher praised my patience. She expected me back the following week, but I never did return. When thinking back to that unanticipated moment, I remember feeling the sudden urge to help more. Not just with teaching kids Spanish, but with helping humans in general. It felt astounding helping someone other than myself. Before I knew it, I helped anyone who needed it. Someone drops a pencil? I’m there to pick it up, and return it. Someone asks a clarifying question? I’m patiently, and respectfully clarifying things for them. Someone begins to choke? I’m not qualified to do the Heimlich remover, but boy would I try (but eventually get someone much more capable to do it, because otherwise, they would die). After this certain service, I jumped into others. I grew to become someone who helps; someone who helps without expecting anything in return. I don’t want money, or rewards, or certificates, etc. I want to make sure that my service for someone else, was worth it. Did others benefit from my giving? If the answer is yes, then I smile a genuine smile, and then I move on. My English teacher personally asked me to tutor other
Upon arriving with my friend, I silently panicked, and expected the worst. The turnout was a relief to say the least. I sat with a tiny, olive skinned girl, who simply displayed her silence before me. I looked intently at her, trying my crooked smile SCSU_RealWorld_NH_Mag_8.5x5_Layout 1 3/19/15 12:08 PM Page 1 to comfort her. I slowly began pronouncing the
seniors in English. No hesitation was needed. I jumped at the chance, and I’m proud for it. I do believe volunteering our time is so crucial, because it is our duty as human beings, to give back in any way we can. I understand that this is a dog eat dog world, but I couldn’t forgive myself if I walked this earth without helping a single soul. In the words of Jeff Warner, “We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.” And in other words by Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Actual quotes to live by. I am now on the road to becoming a Social Worker. I watch a lot of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, so I guess one can imagine how much of an influence that is, but the experience I had with that adorable tot, sealed the deal. I am going to college, and majoring in Psychology, most likely minoring in Criminal Justice, if not, then writing. I don’t want to change the whole world; but it would be self-fulfilling if I can possibly, if only slightly, change the world of a well deserving, disadvantaged human -- whether a mere child or not. I can totally assist the elderly as well, I love the elderly. I’ve been meaning to volunteer at an elderly home.
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on, today we are going to America!” The heavy truth of my mom’s statement seemed to stun even her. I thought she was teasing me, and that maybe she had a wonderful day of adventure planned for us. I was wrong. It was to be the most dreadful day of my life, the day of my immigration to the United States. Later, I learned that April 1st is a day for levity in the U.S., but as my mother and I stood before airport security on April Fools’ Day 2004, detained for our inability to communicate, it was anything but funny. In truth, I wouldn’t comprehend the irony of this date until well after I’d struggled with and surmounted the daunting language barrier. I had no expectations of America because quite frankly, at age eight, I knew nothing about it. I did not peer out of the airplane window to catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty or marvel at the New York City skyline. When we arrived at our new home that foggy April morning, the neighbor’s rusty swing set caught my eye as the only possible source of fun. Coming from the bustling metropolis of Guangzhou, tree-clad Connecticut felt like a deserted island to me. I felt trapped with no means of escape – no transportation, no method of communication… and certainly no sign of the freedom my mother had longed for. To pass the time in our new home, my mother would frequently tell anecdotes of her youth in order to deliver lessons of filial piety, working hard, and compassion for others. As I listened to these allegories, I realized that the sacrifices parents make for their children are beyond repayment. My mother had given up her home
and family in China so that I might have the freedom to forge my own future. I wanted so much to make my mother’s sacrifices worthwhile, and to find a way to fit in here. Fitting in, however, turned out to be a monumental undertaking. After hours of studying with my benevolent third grade teacher, and hours of watching American cartoons, I slowly adapted to the English language and culture. Still, it was difficult being the only Asian student in all of my elementary and high school classes. I began to question my very identity. With research I learned that I am neither a first nor second generation American. I found that I belong to the 1.5 generation, which consists of immigrants between the ages of six to eighteen. Only a sliver of the Asian American population falls under this category. So I am actually a minority of the minorities in this country! Contrary to how one would expect to feel having attained this information, I felt liberated. I no longer felt the need to follow the crowd, but rather an incredible sense of responsibility to set my own pace, to make my own choices, and to shape my own destiny. The past ten years of my life have been marked by a series of firsts - my first day in America, my first day at school, my first birthday party invitation, and my first Thanksgiving to name a few. Last month, I sat in a Tomahawk cockpit and nervously awaited clearance for my first solo crosscountry flight. I grasped the yoke with one clammy hand and stepped on the rudders as my other hand pushed the throttle to full power. The plane leapt forward with a roar from the propeller and sped down the runway. Ignoring the beads of sweat rolling down my forehead, I pulled back the yoke and lifted into the cloudless sky. The ground disappeared beneath me. I thought for a moment of the freedom my mother had so often talked about, then carefully adjusted my heading indicator to the magnetic compass, and set my sights on the journey ahead.
WHERE DO YOU STAND? Equal Rights Are Everyone’s Responsibility By Jonathan Hayward
wo hundred and thirty eight years ago, a group of men gathered in a hall to do the unthinkable; to change the course of history forever. These men, when they set pen to parchment, began our nation as we know it. From the very moments of conception, our nation was forged in the crucible of a just struggle. We fought our first war on the basis of our fundamental rights and God-given freedoms. Our nation was conceived on such principles of liberty and democracy. And although we have never been perfectly loyal to these ideals, we have always fought to expand and preserve these liberties for all. Our perfection lies in our resolve to constantly improve ourselves. Looking through our history, we see that the greatest men and women are not those who do nothing and remain silent in the face of injustice, but rather those who take bold and courageous action when they see oppression. However, in the past few months, I have seen naive and lazy critics attack our principles, abandon this nation in its hour of need, and condemn us to the annals of history. But where our critics abandon our nation, our nation abandons its people. The issue we now face has tragically plagued our country’s conscience since its inception. Race has always stalked the American. Its pain was first felt in the whip of a cruel master; later it was seen in the scalding cross of a hell bent cult; our parents remember it in the barking of police hounds and in the sting of a high pressure water hose; and now we feel it in the rain of blood that has stolen countless sons from their mothers. The “curious institution” of a distant and shameful past still
haunts our soul and conscience, tormenting our children. The repercussions and echos of our brutal and fatal misunderstandings manifest in scenes on city streets across America. Men pleading with officers of the law for the simple right to take a breath; bullets striking down young men and destroying futures; thousands of youth rioting with fury against a system that has rejected and ignored them. I have seen these injustices, which I thought to be long extinct, and ones which never should have existed. But the worst of what I have seen is not these egregious acts of violence and oppression. The worst crime I have seen has been that of indifference. I am deeply saddened, for I know that this indifference does not describe the character of the American moral. And here lies the difference between those who will change history and those who will not. Change commits itself fully to its beliefs. It does not waiver, it will not diverge from truth. I stand here because I believe in the power of America; our ability to adapt to changing times. The principles of Democracy are wasted in the apathetic, uninformed citizen. Democracy is the right of the people to shout and be heard. I stand here because I realize that we have forgotten who we are as a nation. We were forged in the fires of combat, and yet formed into a nation boldly unified through compromise. We have weathered and changed ourselves since our founding, always seeking the just and Jonathan: Jonathan true path. We are now Hayward, a junior faced with the potential at Wilbur Cross High School, caught to change the lives of “learning” our unborn children and grandchildren. Will you sit around the hearth with your family and tell them how you observed change? Or will you tell them how you stood until you could stand no more; shouted until you could shout no more; Locking arms with your brothers and sisters, marching proudly forward into the nation’s mind, and history itself. I hope that one day I may look upon my children with the knowledge that I have fought for a better future, so that they may live in a more just world.
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WHEN WORDS DON’T WORK The Dilemma of Dysfluency By Gabriel Simerson
hen I tell people I stutter, the first thing I often get in response is “no need to be nervous” or “just speak slow, and breathe.”
They simply didn’t know. Could I blame them? Members of the fluent public, often uninformed but feeling helpful, are tempted to suggest to a stutterer that they “slow down;” that this dysfluency is simply a result of a mouth incapable of keeping up with a rapidly moving mind. The truth is that there is much more to stuttering than can be manipulated at will in conversation, rooted in boring neurophysiology. I’d introduce some do’s and don’ts of talking to stutterers, but that would make it seem like talking to a stutterer is an alien skill best learned by reading an owner’s manual. If you’re wondering what you can do to help (or even if you aren’t), the short answer is absolutely nothing. The occurrence least appreciated by sensitive stutterers is a conversation partner’s attempts at guessing the word the stutterer is blocking on; completing the sentence. Trust me, we know the word. There will be a struggle, then the word will arrive and do its job. I guess you could say the name of the game, as played by the fluent, is patience. As much as some people believe that my stuttering is a sensitive topic, like personal tragedies might be with others, there’s an amusing irony in how wrong they are (and how fluently I talk about it). Perhaps it’s because my case is comparatively mild and far from paralyzing, but more significantly, it’s because I find the journey over the waves in the churning sea that is stuttering to be truly fascinating, and a lot of fun to analyze recreationally. I’ll tell people, for example, the most concretely variable attribute of my stuttering: its properties are unique with each conversation partner. There are some people with whom conversations are relatively tense and blocked, and others who bring out such fluent speech that they didn’t know I stuttered until I told them I did. Then it gets more interesting. I don’t stutter when I’m speaking in funny accents, or a deeper voice, or whispering, or to certain people I don’t like (whose shortage, in this context, is unfortunate). Nobody stutters when they sing.
And once I started playing a character in my school musical, the stuttering had decreased drastically in daily life, and is completely absent on stage. What’s really telling is seeing how I stutter with certain people, and what it tells me about what I’m really thinking of them, or myself, or deeper implications. It may have screwed up some sentences and punchlines and first impressions, but stuttering has also served as an enlightening, invariably honest tool in the analysis of perception and personal relationships, as well as understanding the truth. With all this said, and so jovially, it is important to recognize the proportion of the stuttering population (3 million Americans in total) for whom the condition paralyzes their lives, and just as important to realize that stuttering, at the moment, is incurable, meaning the best cure available is to make the most of the situation. Ideally, stutterers should aspire to reach the same goals as any other citizen of the world, and the other citizens of the world shouldn’t stand in their way. They shouldn’t complete their sentences, or tell them to slow down, because it is their own sentences, and their own drive, which will power them to the great heights in life of which any human being is equally worthy, whether they can tell you about it or not.
Gabe Simerson, a junior at Hamden Hall, strives for the perfect edit
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TAKING THE MEN OUT OF MENSTRUATION Students Discuss The Implications of Male Feelings For Aunt Flo By Lily Rose-Wilen and Julia Joy
hen a woman has a discharge, and the discharge in her body is blood, she shall be in her menstrual impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening.” Leviticus, 15:19. The Old Testament includes some of the earliest instances of menstrual shame. It also dictates that on the eighth day following menstruation, the woman must offer two turtledoves to the priest who burns them as offerings. It attaches unsanitary and even sacrilegious connotations to “when a man has a discharge from his body,” Leviticus 15:1. The phraseologies between the two passages are identical, replacing “blood” for women with “discharge” for men. It can also be sourced as shaming intercourse, masturbation, and other natural functions that we have more or less come to accept. So why, when gender is the only thing differentiating the two directives, have we evolved to accept men’s biological functions and continued to sacrifice aspects of equality and the environment for the sake of preserving these feminine stigmas? Earlier this year, Lily Rose-Wilen wrote an article titled “My Vagina is Good for the Environment,” with the intention of educating her community about menstrual hygiene and the environmental toll of disposable options, for Wilbur Cross High School’s newspaper, The Proclamation. Julia Joy edited and approved the article for publication. It was, however, immediately rejected on the basis of “graphic language,” by the newspaper club’s male supervisor. A higher form of authority was contacted, who was “open to discussion” but ultimately misunderstood the article’s objective and potential influence, and supported the initial censorship. These administrative rejections provoked a realization—they were sending a message. The message being that the preservation of the male students’ comfort took priority over the information that the article would have provided to women.
Julia Joy (l) and Lily Rose-Wilen, both juniors at Wilbur Cross, demonstrate their collaboration skills
Our society is cultivating an environment in which overt sexism regarding menstruation is accepted subconsciously. As marketing expert Nancy Kramer said in her 2013 TED talk, “Free the Tampons,” “not all bathrooms are created equal.” The fact that toilet paper is considered a public amenity and tampons a noncompulsory appendage is one such instance of how our casual societal construct has been determined by men, for men. Because some are so oblivious to women’s basic necessities, women not only fail to question this environment, but often feel that in order to fully integrate into the workplace, they must conform to this inconvenience, this “men’s world.” In the second wave feminist movement, women were encouraged to “act like men” in order to be received as men, as equals. But women should be considered equal to men, as women. Biological differences between genders should be embraced, not suppressed. It’s bad enough that any intense emotion exhibited by a women is often disregarded as “PMS.” On a larger scale; many women in developing countries lack access to menstrual products, shame to an overwhelming degree, and overall unsanitary conditions. Periods have been sourced as a possible explanation for the significant educational divide between boys and girls in developing countries. According to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, about 10% of African girls quit
school due to, “difficulties associated with menstruation.” According to a WaterAid survey, “95% of girls in rural Ghana said they felt embarrassed during their last period.” There is also little menstrual awareness. “82% [of girls in Malawi] did not know about menstruation before the onset of menarche.” The HERProject found that 73% of female garment workers in Bangladesh missed “an average of six days of work, and therefore pay, per month due to vaginal infections.” Because of this shame associated with menstruation, the censorship and oppression that women face regarding periods is extended to the drastic repercussions including educational gaps, pay gaps, infections, and even death. The menstrual waste produced by an average consumer of disposable menstrual products is about one dump-truck load, or 300 pounds. These are unrecyclable products, contributing to landfills month-by-month. The standard products used by the average American are also the source of numerous health concerns including Toxic Shock Syndrome, multiple infections, and general discomfort. There are safe, sanitary, reusable alternatives, but the majority of the population is not made aware due to the perpetuated inaccessibility of the subject. If no progress is made towards men’s acceptance of this natural, inevitable process, then limited progress can be made toward gender equality as a whole. new haven
MY FRIEND CARMEN Sunday School Lessons From Classmates By Rachel Tokarski
never thought a little girl could influence me the way Carmen did. In fact, I didn’t even consider that spending time with her would change my life until it already had. Carmen has Down’s Syndrome and I was asked to keep an eye on her during her religious education class. She frustrated me beyond belief. I was twelve years old when Mrs. Brandien asked me to help her with Carmen, a rambunctious eight-year-old. I agreed reluctantly, and mostly because my mother was nudging me to do so. I didn’t want to give up every Saturday morning to just sit with a little girl. And it was obvious Carmen didn’t really seem to want to sit with me either. Almost every week, she would get up in the middle of class, shove her chair in, and call “Bye!” on her way out the door. I had to chase her down the hallway and coax her back to the
classroom. Frequently these strolls would take us to the stairwell, where she would refuse to move, insisting I bring her mom, or take her to the bathroom. It took an inordinate amount of wheedling to convince Carmen to come back to the classroom with me. She was incredibly stubborn, often confused, and I was impatient. I would ask her to come back and she would ask why. I would try to explain, but she never seemed to understand. I’m not sure when I realized that I enjoyed my time with Carmen. She was sweet, friendly and funny. I hated to see how some of the other kids treated her differently, wrinkling their noses when she came near, or stifling giggles whenever she ran away. We became friends, and I resented giving up my Saturdays less. I began to understand her better when she spoke, to comprehend why she behaved the way she did, and this made me more patient. Carmen also began to like me more because she finally realized that I was there to help her. But she hadn’t changed my life quite yet. Finally, the day of Carmen’s First Holy Communion arrived. I sat in the pew right behind her and tried to make sure she behaved. When she ran to her relatives, I brought her back to her seat. When she talked to the girls around her, I quieted her. Together we avoided all major
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complications. She successfully received the Eucharist without spitting it out, which was a first for her. Words cannot express how proud I was of her. And then, when Mass was over, something wonderful happened. Carmen dragged me all around the church and introduced me to all her friends and relatives. At the end of the day, she changed my life with a simple hug. It was the biggest and most enthusiastic hug I have ever received. I looked down at her in surprise for a minute, and then hugged her back. Just like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes that day. With that hug, I knew that I wanted to work with kids like Carmen for the rest of my life. Carmen is thirteen now and I still see her every few weeks at Mass. Sometimes, she escapes from her parents’ watchful eyes and runs to say hello to me, or to sit with someone else. Her friendliness captivates me, because she interacts without judgment. She has taught me many things since I first met her. From her I learned that first impressions can be false and that one moment, one single act of love can change a person’s life. I learned that it’s okay to be different, and that kindness is all anyone needs to be happy. Above all, she taught me who I want to be and she helped me begin to become that person.
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JULY’S SUNSET ON THE GREEN A Journalism Student Embraces New Haven For All Its Faults
By Dymin Ellis he tired sun is kissing the ridge of First Niagara by the time we all reach the Green. The clouds, glazed by sunset in a honeyish gold, are like weightless ornaments hanging in the sky; so unlike the plump, gray clouds that our weather apps had predicted.
“Thank the lord,” Tamera says loud enough for everyone to hear. She pinches the end of a stray curl and tugs. “I worked too hard for rain to ruin these kinks!” Synchronized, the other three natural-haired girls of the group coo “I know that’s right,” and massage their curlicue locks as if adjusting their crowns. Once I catch sight of the fountain, a sort of electric pulse takes effect as if the energy of downtown is ricocheting through me -- heart to fingertips. The value of the moment enhances as I begin to compare it to the past few days. Applying to Yale’s journalism program had been a way of expanding my horizons, and upon arrival, I was excited to explore the world of writing articles. The rigorous internet research, and the necessity of statistics and quotes had caught me off guard. No one told me that a journalist is required to remain
in one world in which the writer is completely neutral. No one mentioned that journalism is a fantasy writer’s arch nemesis. So, I’m glad to stray away from the Yale-scene, and retire into the moment.
Us girls sit beside the fountain. It spits arcs of water into the air, and July’s heat tempts us to let our toes sink to the bottom of its watery stomach.
Alondra, from Puerto Rico, splashes some water onto her chest. She sighs in relief. “This feels good. It’s so hot in those dorms -- as if Yale can’t afford air conditioning.” “You do know that homeless people pee in that fountain, Alondra?” Tamera snickers. Alondra yanks herself away and scowls. “Gross.” The boys nearly knot their arms as they fight their way into a green bag. One of them pulls out a football and the rest scatter. We watch the boys play until their adrenaline chases us away, so we retreat to our notebooks and pens. Then again, we’ve been writing nonstop for days, so we quit while we’re ahead. “Hey guys,” announces Nora, from India. “You think it’d be alright if I just, like, change my topic?” “Our articles are due tomorrow,” I state. Nora, the perfectionist, had already changed her topic twice. “I know, but I need a challenge. Disney’s association with the Illuminati is too easy.” I roll my eyes. “Don’t you want to major in Journalism after you graduate? What are you doing writing about that?” We go on about what schools we want to spend our early adulthood in, and what classes we plan to take when we get there. By the time Nora finishes listing the Ivy Leagues and Tamera, the types of business majors she’s considering, the clouds are glazed in a purple hue, like dusty lilac.
I unsheath my feet and let my toes melt into the cool grass as if the program directors hadn’t just warned everyone that there might be glass camouflaged within it. The others follow Tamera and I to the fountain, but they don’t dare step barefoot on New Haven soil. They keep their cell phones tucked away, too, keeping in mind the devious children that the program directors had also warned us about. The children who snatch iPhones and Galaxies, and then sell them on the street. “They use the money to buy candy,” I’d said, jokingly. But it was a lie; children here steal candy, not phones. Tamera and I have probably spent a fifth of our lives downtown, and we’re only seventeen. The need to share our poetry at open mics and the simple urge to tear up the town drags us to the heart of the Elm City, from noon to night. This, though, is our all time record; Yale’s Journalism summer program has kept us downtown for four days and three nights. This would be our last night sleeping in dorms full of teens we will probably never see again. We doubt, in their current mindset, that they’d return to New Haven anytime soon. They don’t get New Haven like Tamera and I do, and we don’t blame them. Their minds are just stuck in what the media says, and it’s our job to loosen them.
Rachel and Dymin: Rachel Tokarski, a senior at Chase Collegiate School and Dymin Ellis, a senior at Educational Center for the Arts, share a love of books
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Cabin fever is finally giving way to life back outside. We share some of our favorite outside views to help usher in a new attitude. Get ready for Summer, with this fantastic Milford beach house. Designed by architect Gernot Bruckner, it is a classic Modernist ‘idea’ house where a ‘box for living’ floats above the ground. Featured in August 2011. Photo: Steve Blazo
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Ahh!!! Spring is about to unfold and who wouldn’t want to experience it at this pastoral paradise in Bethany. Alan and Mary Mathog found it when house hunting for her mom, they couldn’t pass it up. Featured in June of 2008 Photo: Anthony DeCarlo
We can feel a warm misty summer rain falling on Marlys and Trevor Youngberg’s barn. Outfitted with solar panels the couple renovated the barn to add living space for their Woodbridge cape home. Featured in June 2011. Photo: Anthony DeCarlo
The trellis and arbor create a wonderful outdoor “room” , and an Oasis in downtown New Haven, for Joanne and Paul Bailey. Featured in September 2010. Photo: Anthony DeCarlo
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New Haven- Rare 2 family Colonial on Wooster Square, Fantastic views of park, Interior completely gutted and remodeled, open floor plan, wide plank floors, French country kitchen with exposed beams, first floor unit 1 bedroom with full bath, 2nd fl unit 2 beds with full bath and laundry, 3rd floor with full bath, fantastic yard with grape arbor and so much more... Priced to sell. 589,900. Gena x 203
East Haven - 1835 Greek Revival home completely rebuilt in 2010, 3 bedrooms 1.1 baths, all systems, wiring insulation, roof from top to bottom new, garage with loft, columned courtyard access able from kitchen, 16x37 family room/den/in home office with private entrance, designers home, one of a kind with beach access. 419,900. Jeff x 210
New Haven - Well kept Colonial in historic Fair Haven Heights, 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, freshly painted, 3 year old roof and gutters, new furnace and hot water heater, private driveway and yard. A must see. 132,500. Diana x 208
New Haven- Westville, Stately Tudor Duplex just painted, on almost half acre across from Yale Bowl, Owners unit has new master bath, lovely details include fire place, leaded glass windows, dining room with built ins, hardwood floors, natural woodwork, slate roof, updated electrical and furnaces. 449,900. Jeff x 210
Hamden - Beautiful remastered 2005 Georgian Colonial with slate roof, state of the art kitchen with Sub zero and grand butcher block island, high end molding, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, extra large in law apartment, gas heat, central air, located at the end of a cul-de-sac. Walk to Albertus Magnus college and Yale University. Additional finished square footage in the walk-up attic and lower-level. 1,500,000. Gena x 203
New Haven - 2000 plus sq ft Ranch in Fair Haven Heights set on 1.38 acres, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, central air, spacious and bright home on a lightly wooded lot with panoramic views of the New Haven skyline, beautiful deck of the rear. A must see home. 320,000. Jeff x 210
East Haven - Remarkable Colonial in turn key condition. Absolutely charming home with all the updates you desire! Stunning new kitchen, newly finished hardwood floors, dining room with built ins, large living room with wood burning fireplace. Extra office/ playroom/den on first floor. 3 beds, new half bath, and completely new master bath. New roof, windows and siding, fully fenced in back yard plus new mechanicals. Center of town location. 209,500. Katherine x 219
Cromwell - Fox Meadows, An inviting 2 story sunlit foyer welcomes you into this beautifully updated 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath spacious end unit. Totally remodeled kitchen boasts granite counters, custom cabinetry, under cabinet lighting, new window treatments, new refrig. All 3 baths have been remodeled, brand new carpet graces living/ dining rooms. Gas fireplace, deck,vaulted ceilings finished 3rd level and 700 sq ft in lower level complete picture. New furnace and a/c. 191,000. Neile x 212
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. Walk to train, pizza, coffee, Yale and downtown. Historic Wooster Street offers culture, restaurants, farmers market and Wooster Square just steps away. 194,900. Gena x 203
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. 700,000. Gena x 203
New Haven- Fountainwoods, beautifully renovated complex with new siding, roof, windows and decks. Tucked away in Westville, complex offers pool, tennis and clubhouse. Unit is spectacular! Large rooms, open floor plan, updated kitchen, living room with fireplace, new window treatments, loft with spiral staircase, large bedrooms, laundry, updated baths, attached garage and storage. Minutes to downtown, Yale and hospitals. 199,900. Gena x203
Clinton - Here is your opportunity to have your own business with a rental income upstairs. Excellent location on Rt 1, close to all town amenities and bus line. This two condo building is located in a commercial condo development, building has two commercial condos in i. Right side is 950 ft.² which is occupied and rented, ideal to subdivide for offices. The first floor unit has 1870 ft.² and consists of one very large main room and for other smaller rooms, classified as non-conforming unit currently being used as a retail store. 220,000. Neile x 212
Architect Karin Patriquin created an ideal space for entertaining friends and family. This protected and elegant back yard with pool adds anther dimension to her Guilford contemporary home. Featured in October 2013. Photo Lesley Roy
Matthew and Laura Stanse re-built a Woodbridge contemporary home so that it invites light and the outside in. Featured in June of 2013. Photo: Anthony DeCarlo.
David Strong bought an 1890 farmhouse on Indian Neck in Branford expecting to â€˜flipâ€™ it. Strong instead built a lush and laid back homestead, Featured in August 2008. Photo: Anthony DeCarlo
Victorian home lovers unite when they see the detail that makes the Cruz home in the Fairhaven section of New Haven so unique. Featured in October of 2011. Photo:Steve Blazo
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MAGNIFICENT HISTORIC BROWNSTONE directly across from Wooster Sq. Filled w/ architectural details: very tall ceilings, over sized windows, pocket window shutters, crown molding, marble FPs, raised paneling + intricate woodwork. Five levels of living space. Stylish renovated kit, fenced yard, perennial + herb gardens. Truly a treasure! $725,000.
C.1860 FEDERAL IN EAST ROCK expanded + updated to match today’s lifestyle. Magnificent 2 story entry foyer w/columns + turned staircase leads to LR w/FP, built-in bookcases, glass French doors that lead to private patio. DR, eat-in kit, 1st fl study/BR + full BA. 2nd fl has MBR suite, library. This bright + sunny home is ideal in-town residence. $794,000.
SPRING GLEN large sunny colonial. Great fl plan has big LR w/FP plus giant FR w/FP + easy access to backyard. Kit has great work + storage space, SS appliances, separate laundry/mud room. MBR suite has full BA + 2 add’l BR’s on 2nd fl. Finished 3rd fl has BR + ½ BA. $334,900.
SUPER LARGE 3 family in heart of East Rock. First floor has 6 rooms, 2 full BA’s, 2nd fl also has 6 rooms + delightful front + back porch. Good size 3rd fl has 3 BRs, LR + kit. Tall ceilings, HW + maple flrs, natural woodwork., FPs on 1st + 2nd. In Yale Homebuyer program. Ideal for owner occupant. $615,000.
CLASSIC BRICK home set back from street + surrounded by mature trees + landscaped yard. Entry hall leads to large front to back LR w/ glass doors. Cozy 1st fl library/FR, DR and the nicest kitchen with outstanding work + storage space, island, granite, SS appliances and south facing eating area. Country feel yet close to everything. $775,000.
UNIQUE FIND in this single family, ER home built in 1895. Original wood details in excellent condition. This house provides the opportunity to make contemporary upgrades + restore the home to express the original charm. Newer roof + 3 zone heating. Close to shops, cafes, Yale + on shuttle line. $435,000.
AN ARCHITECTURAL GEM! This 1919 home w/outstanding veranda, is filled w/great features: glass panel doors, tall ceilings, amazing light, window seats, natural WW, built-in leaded glass china cabinet, + superb south facing heated sunroom. Great kit, LL theater room. Magical private setting with mature trees + plantings. Easy drive to Yale + town. $870,000.
WARM + GRACIOUS home just 10 mins from Town, Yale + hospitals. Thought to be designed by Alice Washburn this home has distinctive details: fanlight window, keystone moldings, arched doorway, French doors, built-ins.4 BRs, 3 full BA’s. 3 season sun porch. Finished LL playroom w/access to yard. This is truly a unique find. $549,500. HAPPY HOUSE totally re-done home in outstanding location close to Yale’s new colleges, skating rink, downtown shops + restaurants. Open feeling LR/DR w/tall ceilings, natural woodwork, fabulous high tech kit w/big island, 5 burner stove, SS appliances. 3 BR’s plus a study. Yale Homebuyer Program Area. $399,500.
BRICK ROW HOUSE close to Yale + Town. Stunning duplex unit on garden level + 1st fl has open LR/DR w/20’ wall of glass overlooking private, fenced garden. Renovated kit w/maple cabinets, granite, loft BR + 1.5 BA. Two upper apts. w/1BR, kit. Walk to campus, town, shops. $525,000.
CHARM + SUNSHINE colonial close to Yale + Town. Gracious LR has FP, natural WW, DR faces south. Updated eat-in kit w/good work + storage space. 2 full BAs, 3 good sized BRs. Upgrades include thermopane windows, brand new roof, newer heat. Nicely finished LL not in SF. Yale Homebuyer Program. Move-in condition. It’s a gem! $225,000.
SPRING GLEN BEAUTY Outstanding, classic colonial designed by noted architect Alice Washburn. Filled w/amazing details: arches, pegged flooring, raised paneling, library w/ built-ins, stunning old word tile baths, original pantry w/glass door cupboards. Newer gas heating, AC, roof, copper gutters, thermopane windows. Lovely setback from Ridge w/circular driveway. $575,000.
ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES in this ER home w/fabulous details: tall ceilings, great molding + arches, 5 FP’s. Elegant foyer with turned staircase, LR w/Fp + lots of south light. 4 sets of French doors lead to glass 3 season porch. 5 BR’s, 2.5 BA’s. Kit has good work + storage space. Located on block of historic home in close proximity to Yale, Town, parks + hospitals. $1,050,000
SUPER CHARMING beautifully maintained home in Westville. HW flrs, formal LR w/FP, DR with 2 classic china cabinets, kit w/quartz counters, 1st fl family room + finished LL room. Screened porch + large yard. Walk to Yale Golf Course + Hopkins. $289,900.
MULTI FAMILY with perfect combination of original architectural details + modern updates. Very spacious apartments. Super location very close to Yale, town and neighborhood shops. Ideal rental to the Yale community. $650,000.
EAST ROCK RARE FIND Charming c.1890 home filled w/character + sunshine. Well loved by current owners. Fantastic Kitchen w/glass walled dining area overlooking spacious, treed yard bordering ER park. HW flrs, large room behind garage. Walk to Hooker, shops + Yale shuttle. $449,500.
STUNNING CARRIAGE HOUSE filled w/great architectural style + personality. Open LR/DR, renovated kitchen w/2 story space above. Lots of built-ins. Set back from the street + feels incredibly private, yet minutes from Yale + Town. Very distinctive + special! $599,500.
PRIME LOCATION TOWNHOUSE CONDO adjacent to Yale, Town, hospitals, restaurants + Audubon Arts area. LR has bay window, builtins, gas FP, open fl plan between kit+ DR, granite, SS appliances, breakfast alcove. MBR suite has walk-in closet + full BA. 3rd fl is great study/guest room + full BA. Feels like a secret oasis. $625,000.
OUTSTANDING LOCATION for this wonderful ER home. Exquisite entry, window seat, leaded glass, turned staircase. Ballroom size LR w/ FP, DR w/FP, Large eat-in kit, fenced yard. First fl library/office can be closed off for privacy, built-in bookcases. Ideal in-town residence. $695,000.
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Dave Thomas spends countless hours creating striking works of art. The painting, “Gift of the Morning” is an inspired piece incorporating such powerful archetypal imagery as: a skull floating above a pair of hands —a nod to fleeting mortality, a blazing-red Japanese sun — symbolic of a new day, and chrysanthemum flowers — representing the cycles of life and death
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT The Fine Art Finger Painting of Dave Thomas
Photos and Story By Lesley Roy reat talent is hiding in plain sight. Walking by the windows at Urban Outfitters in downtown New Haven, one wouldn’t suspect that the creator of the trendy displays has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally.
He explains, “the bird represents a lot of things — the hands letting go of the bird, is the sweet surrender.” Thomas goes on to say, “I painted that years after she passed, and the bird being dead represents that in those years, that anger did exist, that sadness was there, and it does affect things. Like, I lost a good amount of friends after that happened, my relationship with my entire family changed.” The second painting in the triptych, “The Five-Year Exhale,” was painted on the fiveyear anniversary of his (then 21 year old) sister Michaela’s death.
Born in Germany to a military family meant extensive travel, ultimately ending up in a small Nebraska town during his formative years. Thomas went on to receive a bachelor’s in art from Briar Cliff University. Not surprisingly, the worldly upbringing informs his artwork with a broad perspective.
The third in the triptych, “Boy Staring Into The Sun,” is on display in New York City. Fully relaxed and conversational, Thomas explains, “Life is so fragile and our relationships within life are so fragile, that when something like that happens, certain things within your own life die and are crushed by it —by you not letting go of those emotions that are negative, that you have to go through—there’s no escaping them.” When I asked if he would be okay with me writing about this, he replies “No it’s good, I feel like you can’t really talk about my work without that playing a huge part, I’m super comfortable about that now.”
At the age of 25, this soft-spoken artist has come to view the world through old-soul eyes. Five years ago, his world was shattered by the sudden death of his sister. Thomas’s painting, “Sweet Surrender,” is part of a triptych about the death of his beloved sister.
Thomas exudes a profound sense of equilibrium and catharsis as he goes back to his art, his place of comfort and center, “You know it was interesting
Dave Thomas is one cool dude — Urban Outfitter display designer by day, and “fine art finger painter” by night. A spontaneous move to New Haven in 2013, based on good advice from family and friends, has worked out extremely well for this young emerging artist.
Thomas paints from his own center: applying precision marks of paint with a single vertical finger, repeatedly impressing the canvas until the image takes form. From the moment of seeing his work the viewer is drawn in - utterly moved.
The painting “Sweet Surrender” is part of a triptych about the death of Thomas’ beloved sister. He explains, “the bird represents a lot of things — the hands releasing the bird is the letting go, it is the sweet surrender.”
ceremony of Sumo wrestling resonates with Thomas. He is fascinated by the moment of calm between the combatants that precedes the chaos that is unleashed when one Sumo wrestler touches the canvas to begin the match. The technique of touching the canvas is a visceral response - getting closer to the canvas —bringing part of himself into the moment, into the work. Touch is an intimate sense and in the process of pressing finger to canvas, the viewer sees and feels the emotion, the connection to the artworks’ deeper meaning. Thomas approaches art with reverence, making authentic art, and places high value on the process over the outcome laughing, “If I die an old man with a truck load of paintings, so be it.”
Commissioned to paint a “surprise mural” in a weekend, Dave Thomas enlisted three seniors to help create, ‘one finger print at a time,’ the massive 600 sq. ft. work of art for Co-op High School, in downtown New Haven.
and really weird, after my sister passed, I wasn’t able to paint on white canvas any more —I prime all my canvases black before I can even consider painting them.” Even if he’s going to paint it white again, he smiles, “they have to start out black.” Thomas is deep in thoughtful introspection when he decides, “I probably could go back to painting on white now, but black is just so much more interesting than white, black is the Universe—space is 99.99999% just black nothingness — I think there’s something rich and velvety about black; it draws you into it.” His stream of consciousness flows, “White makes you stand back—black brings you in…it makes you look harder at it, to try to see if there’s anything in there—kind of like walking into a dark room; you have to squint and look around to see. Thomas actually never uses true black or white anymore, citing they are bleak and sterile or stark and uninviting. This is the reason he started experimenting by adding iron oxide powder to warm up the artwork. In the painting, “Bird In Hands,” he mixed the rusty powder, which he conscientiously points out is only $8.00 at Lowes, with water. He applied the wash in multiple layers, to stain the painting with what he calls, “a nice patina.” Thomas’s beloved black paint is a Custom mixed Pantone Jet Black, which he explains is actually a dark blue. Lowes Home Improvement provides this color by the gallon for a fraction of the cost of tube paint. The added benefit; he always gets the exact color he wants. A favored color: Phthalo Turquoise applied over the black primed canvas provides a deeper transparent blue that is richly translucent. “I use it to great effect in my paintings, however it is most difficult to photograph —it smells bad and its super expensive —so of course I love it.” 46 M ARCH /A PRIL 2015
The paintings reveal that art is an intimate affair for Thomas. “With black there’s an intimacy that I like about it—you turn the lights off when you go to bed with somebody.” It makes perfect sense when I asked why he chooses not to take studio space and instead chooses to paint in his bedroom. He explained, “Even if I had a studio I wouldn’t use it, I prefer to hang the painting on the wall at the end of my bed so it’s the first thing I see in the morning, and the last thing before I go to bed at night.” Other reasons for the intimacy of painting in his living space are: “it’s quiet at night, I’m a night-owl, it’s serene and there’s nothing good on TV.” Another painting, “Gift of Morning,” is an inspired work comprised of a skull floating above a pair of hands amid a sea of mint green, Japanese Chrysanthemums, and a blazing red Japanese sun. He points out that it was one of the rare times he bought a tube of Cadmium Red acrylic paint chuckling, “that red dot for the sun probably cost $30.00.” He goes on to explain the work as symbolizing the letting go of death, along with beginnings intertwining with endings. The skull floating is drawn from arcane magic references, an aesthetic that was inspirational for the piece. Skulls are a staple in painting that he uses as a nod to mortality, juxtaposed with sunrise - the new day, and flowers, the familiar symbol of the cycle of life. The deliberate addition of flowers came following a conversation with a friend about how flowers celebrate special occasions, weddings, funerals, birthdays, and anniversaries; marking big moments of life. The first in a series of Sumo paintings, “Ritual Standoff” carries forward the Japanese theme as he admits an odd fascination with Japan after growing up as a kid in Hawaii. The ritual
Thomas has become his own benchmark citing, “my work lies somewhere between Pop Surrealism & Neo Impressionistic Finger Painting.” The work is a bold and unique mixture of impressionistic elements and graphic design. Asked about people referencing his work to that of Neo-Pointillist Chuck Close, Thomas smiles and humbly confides, “honestly, I wasn’t aware of his work.” He believes art should be fun and come naturally. When people wax about his likeness to this artist or genre he says, “It sounds like they are trying to write a thesis, and I think it alienates people.” He adds, “let the work do the talking.” He adamantly does not want to alienate people stating, “we need to get rid of this myth that art is hard.” Dave Thomas is a champion of art, declaring, “I believe in a large scope of what art is.” He recounts some of his most challenging artistic projects; a live painting for the LOVE 146 Red Gala -held at the Mark Twain Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. Thomas was hired to create a painting from a photo of a survivor of child trafficking (with her face obscured by her hands for anonymity). Three hours of painting in a Tux and five gin and tonics later, the artwork auctioned for $4,000 on the spot, or when commissioned to paint a mural for the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School (referred to as Co-op High School) in downtown New Haven. Thomas met with Suzannah Holsenbeck to plan the massive 600 sq. ft. “surprise mural” to be painted in only 24 hours. Three seniors were picked to assist: Kylie Mitchell, a fashion design/visual artist, Justin Lewis, a sax musician/Graffitist, and Danny Gaughan, a string player/Taft Apt. muralist. Each senior represented a different neighborhood in New Haven. Thomas made the initial sketches, then taught his apprentices the technique of applying paint using a single finger. The team learned how to create the hexagonal grid format that allows the fingerprint pattern to fit closely together, achieving a more organic form. Gallons of house paint in two colors: black (applied with a roller) for the background and light blue applied one fingerprint at a time for the arms and outreaching hands, created a mural of epic proportions. The entire projected was completed over a weekend. On Monday morning,
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the mural was received by the student body with rave reviews. Holsenbeck quotes the three seniors assisting Thomas, “He’s really incredible—he’s so humble and fun… and cool and he talked to us like we were his peers.” The great success of the project paved the way for an additional mural on the second floor. Holsenbeck adds, “If you love Dave Thomas’s work, you better buy it now” and I quite agree—he does seem poised for great success in the world of art. Residing in New Haven provides close proximity to New York City, resulting in Thomas’s work winning a Juried show at Chelsea 27 and being featured at Frieze Art Fair NYC. His work showed prominently in front of more than 2,000 people, expanding his audience, which led to several commissions. While Thomas’s artwork has shown in New York City, Australia, Florida,
Stratford, Westport, Bridgeport, New Haven, and has been featured in The New York Optimist art magazine, he says, “I’m still looking for local representation in New Haven.” v
To see Thomas’s artwork: Head to Spinelli GalleriesChelsea, New York, contact the artist directly via his website, davethomaspaintings.com or better yet: Dave Thomas’s artwork will be on display in the windows at the Corvus Art Center, 843 Whalley Ave. in Westville Village. Friday, May 8th, open to the public, Dave Thomas will be doing a “live painting” demonstration & reception from 6:30 8:30pm. Dave will also be on hand Saturday, May 9th during Westville’s Art Walk, to discuss his paintings with the public.
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first battles of the American Revolution the night prior; they left for Massachusetts later that day. Arnold “seemed to have a disregard for any colonial authority other than his own,” says Marie McDaniel, professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University.
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As Arnold marched north to Cambridge with his men, he had a grand vision of obtaining the Americans’ first pieces of artillery by capturing the undermanned Fort Ticonderoga. He was disappointed to learn that Ethan Allen and his group of guerilla fighters, called the Green Mountain Boys, had been given the same assignment. The difference was, McDaniel says, that Allen had men and Arnold did not. Forging an uneasy settlement, they agreed to jointly lead the expedition to Ticonderoga. The fort was taken almost bloodlessly on May 10, along with its prized cannons.
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Tenuous relations between Arnold and Allen were representative of the rivalries Arnold would continue to have with fellow officers. Both wrote reports of capturing the fort, McDaniel says. “Benedict Arnold’s has no mention of Ethan Allen, and Ethan Allen’s account has no mention of Benedict Arnold. It gives a little problem to the First Continental Congress as to ‘who do we commend for this action?’ They commend Ethan Allen, which makes Benedict Arnold less than happy. He has a personality that would have taken that personally.”
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Colonel Arnold, etching (1776), courtesy of Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Benedict Arnold Connecticut’s Home Grown Terrorist
BY DEREK TORELLAS ounding Father Benjamin Franklin compared Benedict Arnold to Judas. A Civil War political cartoon depicted him in hell, happily stirring a boiling cauldron along with Jefferson Davis and the Devil. But perhaps Benedict Arnold’s contribution to the American Revolution is more than the role of national turncoat. He was, after all, a determined officer of the American cause from the moment shots rang out proclaiming the start of the Revolutionary War.
Arnold was raised in Norwich, the son of a ship’s captain, sometimes accompanying his father at sea. He moved to New Haven in 1762 and opened a pharmacy, later buying ships and establishing himself as a successful merchant. As a businessman, he wouldn’t have been thrilled at the British taxes and regulations on shipping. A likely reason for Arnold’s entry into patriot groups like the Sons of Liberty came down to economics, says Richard Greenalch of the 2nd Company Governor’s Foot Guard, the state militia unit that Arnold helped found in December of 1774. Arnold, who was fairly popular among the other men, was chosen as their first commandant. The following year, leading 58 of his men, Arnold forced a standoff with New Haven’s selectmen until they handed over keys to the local ammunition supply. New Haven had received word of the 50 M ARCH /A PRIL 2015
Arnold next led a secondary force to attack Quebec in concert with the main army. The American invasion of Quebec and Montreal was initially a success, but British reinforcements eventually drove them out of Canada by June of 1776. Arnold demonstrated in Canada that he was not hesitant to fight on the front lines, but he also developed an enmity against lesser-proven generals who had been promoted over him, Greenalch says. His most lasting positive contribution to the American Revolution was undeniably the Saratoga Campaign – a series of battles in upstate New York from June to October of 1777. Greenalch credits Arnold over his superior, Horatio Gates, for forcing a decisive British defeat. “Without his victory, and it was his victory at Saratoga, we may not have had any success in the Saratoga campaign. Frankly, Gates just sat behind his fortifications. It was the proactive Arnold that helped win Saratoga.” During the final battle at Bemis Heights, he gathered his men to follow him as he charged one British strongpoint after another. The tide of battle swung favorably toward the Americans; Arnold was rewarded with bullets that struck his horse and his leg. The British surrender at Saratoga marked a turning point in the war. France officially entered the conflict partially as a result of the American victory there. “What would have happened if Arnold had died at Saratoga, like he almost did?” McDaniel asks, alluding to how Americans would have regarded him if his death occurred before his treachery. But Arnold survived his wound, though the left leg,
bone shattered by a musket round, bothered him for the remainder of his life.
the British harbored almost as intense a distrust of him as the Americans.
What did prompt him into that fateful decision to sell-out his own side? After all, he had placed his life at risk a number of times in the war’s early years. “I think it was a number of things,” Greenalch says. “I think his wound took a lot out of him. I think part of it was he felt underappreciated. He always felt like lesser generals were getting promoted before they should have.”
His began fighting against America during a campaign in Virginia from December of 1780 to June of 1781. He returned to Connecticut soon after, this time with a British army in tow.
If there was a single chief contributor to Arnold’s betrayal, Greenalch says, it could undoubtedly be his second wife. Homegrown Terror author Eric Lehman writes that there is evidence of a motive from the wife, financial troubles, and a half-dozen other reasons, but there will never be a definite answer. Arnold had been given command of Philadelphia in 1778, and met Peggy Shippen who hailed from a family of well-known British loyalists. They married on April 8, 1779. “I think his wife had a big influence because she introduced him to certain elements that were pro-British, and that influence made him more susceptible to talk to people.” The most important connection Peggy had was with John Andre, an intelligent and cultured British captain who had entertained her group of friends. Andre joined the command staff at New York City when the British and Americans exchanged control of Philadelphia, his new role popularly referred to as ‘the British Spymaster.’ Arnold began a correspondence of secret letters with Andre. The communications, over time, culminated in what he is most famous for: the attempted surrender of the fort at West Point, New York to the British. The plan was uncovered, and Andre (captured in civilian clothes) was hanged as a spy, while Arnold escaped to the British.
In an unfortunate irony, Arnold led the September 6, 1781 attack against New London, just south of his birthplace of Norwich. New London was burned, and the American defenders across the Thames River at Fort Griswold were massacred when they tried to surrender. Whether Arnold was complicit in the fate of New London or of Fort Griswold didn’t matter, both sides blamed him nonetheless. By the end of that year, Arnold and his family climbed aboard a ship and sailed for England, never to return. “He was definitely a pariah after the war,” Greenalch says, “even in England. He was almost a man without a country.” For Benedict Arnold, his legacy has been fixed since the day he changed his allegiance. This version of Arnold lives on, but in a quieter way so does the Arnold that served America. On the grounds where the Battles of Saratoga were fought lies a monument to “the most brilliant soldier of the Continental Army,” depicting Arnold’s boot for his wounded leg without ever naming him. Likewise, West Point has plaques for all the Generals of the American Revolution. Benedict Arnold’s name does not appear on any, but one is marked simply Major General, with Arnold’s year of birth.
Benedict Arnold Fast Facts: 1741-1780 (pre-treason): • Born January 14, 1741 in Norwich,. • Moved to New Haven at age 21 and opened a pharmacy
Eleazer Oswald served with Arnold in the Foot Guard and fought alongside him in the Continental Army. When he learned of the treason, he wrote to a mutual friend, describing Arnold as a “prostitute” to his country, and better for Arnold and everyone else “had the ball which pierced his leg at Saratoga been directed through his heart; he then would have finished his career in glory.”
• Joined a militia, the Second Company Governor’s Foot Guard, as a founding member in December, 1774, elected commandant
Arnold was disappointed to find the British did not receive his defection as well as he expected. Not only had his plot failed, but the well-liked Major Andre was dead as a result and blame centered on Arnold. Perhaps more importantly,
• Participated in the Invasion of Canada from 1775• 1776, and coordinated the defense of Rhode Island in January 1777
• Forced New Haven’s leaders to hand over the keys to a storehouse for musket powder April 22, 1775, marched his militia to Massachusetts • Captured Fort Ticonderoga, along with Ethan Allen, on May 9, 1775
• Attained the rank of General
Q&A with Eric Lehman, author of Homegrown Terror, Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London NHM: It seems many people don’t know about Arnold’s attack on New London. EL: It’s one thing to be a political traitor and sell secrets. It takes it to a new level when you actually actively go out and try to kill people. It’s a whole new level to treason, which is why I thought traitor wasn’t a good enough word for him, that’s why I used homegrown terrorist. NHM: Some say there is a newfound respect for Arnold an example of revisionist history. Is this a widely held view in the general public? EL: There is a small subculture of people, including some historians, who believe that. In some ways they are correct, because they show the things that Arnold did that were really good. But I think people start thinking, ‘Oh, well Arnold wasn’t a bad guy,’ because he did fight against the British at Ticonderoga and Quebec. By showing that he wasn’t just a political traitor, he actively fought on the other side after taking money to do so, really shows how far he went. There’s no other example in the history of America. We have a general who went over to the other side in the middle of a war. NHM: How should people from Connecticut remember him? As a “whole package,” or does his last act in the state, the burning of New London, define him? EL: I think it’s a lesson that even the best of us can go bad. What I try to do in the book is take the focus away from him and put it on the people who he hurt: the effects rather than the causes.
• Commander during several battles of the Saratoga Campaign, June 14 to October 17, 1777. Led his men on the frontlines during the deciding victory at Bemis Heights, where he and his horse were shot, resulting in a shattered left leg when the animal went down • Given command of Philadelphia, June 1778 • Began a correspondence with the British military 1778• 1779 • Resigned command of Philadelphia over allegations of mishandling congressional funds during the campaign in Canada • Appointed commander of the fort at West Point, which held a strategic position on the Hudson River, on Aug. 3, 1780
• Arnold’s plot is discovered on Sept. 3, 1780 when a British spy working with him is caught • Arnold is commissioned a brigadier general in the British Army • Fights against America during the Virginia Campaign January to June 1781 • Commanded the attack on New London, Sept. 6, 1781 • Arnold and his family left for England on Dec. 15, 1781, never to return to America • Spent 1785• 1791 in New Brunswick, Canada, where he resumed his former career as a merchant • Captured by the French in the Caribbean under the suspicion of spying while on business, but escaped
• Died June 14, 1801 in London
• Secretly negotiated with General Clinton to turn the fort at West Point over to the British, while weakening defenses
For more on Benedict Arnold’s confrontation with the New Haven town selectmen, see Powder House Day feature on page 16
CALENDAR BELLES LETTRES When Yale Bowl opened for a game against Harvard on November 21, 1914, it was the largest athletic stadium in the world and the first football venue with seating completely surrounding the field. To mark the 100th birthday of this college football landmark, Rich Marazzi has written A Bowl Full of Memories: 100 Years of Football at the Yale Bowl. A compendium of photographs and stories the book is based on interviews with over 115 players, past and present, and details the history of Yale football from 1872 to the present. 7 p.m. April 7 at Guilford Library, 67 Park St., Guilford. Free. 203-453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org. Guilford Poets Guild Second Thursday Poetry Series. 7 p.m. April 9 at Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield S., Guilford. Free. 203-453-2036, guilfordpoetsguild.wordpress.com. Yale Student Poets Reading. Undergraduate and graduate students are chosen to read selections from their work. The readers are selected from a list of nominees provided by Yale’s creative writing faculty. The 2015 poets are Virgil Blanc, Austin Carder, Abigail Carney, Sara Hamilton, Adriana Miele, Patrick Ng,
Jake Orbison, Alonzo Page, Roger Pelligrini, Lucas Sin and Maria Torruella. 4 p.m. April 21 at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-2977, insitutelibrary.org/events. R.J. Julia Booksellers presents: A Festival of Children’s Books, Bringing Authors and Children Together. Author talks, book signings, music, food, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25 at Davis Street Arts and Academics School, 35 Davies St., New Haven. Free. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com. Daughters of the Samuari: A Journey from East to West and Back. Book signing and talk by Janice Nimura. 5:30 p.m. April 30 at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven. Free. 203-432-3776, peabody.yale.edu. Garrison Keillor, acclaimed storyteller, humorist and host of public radios A Prairie Home Companion, gives a solo performance that includes hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest. 7:30 p.m. May 17 at John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $55-$35. 203392-6154, tickets.southernct.edu.
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Created Equal Series Film: Freedom Riders. Attracting a diverse group of volunteers— black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern—the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. This 120-minute documentary film includes previously unseen amateur 8-mm footage of the burning bus on
which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI. 1:30 p.m. April 6 at Guilford Library, 67 Park St., Guilford. Free. 203-453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary. org. Stage Door Canteen. Joined by dozens of stars of the time, from Harpo Marx to Gypsy Rose Lee, Katharine Hepburn all take part in Frank Borzage’s patriotic homage to the soldiers of WWII. Depicting a rotating storyline of troops headed off to war, “Stage Door Canteen” is based on the real life establishment of the same name where troops would come to be entertained while waiting deployment or visiting the Big Apple. 2, 4:30 & 7 p.m. April 7 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $8. 860-5100473, katharinehepburntheater.org. 10th Annual Italian Film Festival features movies produced in Italy. 5 p.m. April 23-26 at Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-0640, Italian.yale.edu.
COMEDY Hannibal Buress, comedian, actor, writer, musician and magician. He’s the cohost of The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim. 8 p.m. April 24 at John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $35. 203-392-6154, tickets.southernct. edu. Brian Regan, stand-up comedian who uses observational, sarcastic, and self-deprecating humor. 7:30 May 7 at Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $42.50 203-346-2000, palacetheaterct.org. Roadkill Comedy Tour. 8 p.m. April 2 at The Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. Open. $15. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com.
CULINARY Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through April 25, Metropolitan Business Academy, 115 Water St., New Haven. Free. cityseed.org. Consiglio’s Cooking Class Club. Chef Maureen Nuzzo explains and demonstrates how to prepare mouth-watering southern Italian dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation. April menus include Orzo, Tomato and Spinach Soup, Caesar Salad with Herb Croutons, Shrimp and Tortellini Carbonara and Chocolate Cassata Cake. 6:30 p.m. April 2 at Consiglio’s Restaurant, 165 Wooster St., New Haven. $65. Reservations. 203865-4489, consiglios.com. Winter Farmer’s Market. Baked goods, eggs, crafts, jams and jellies, naturally-raised meats, pickles, winter vegetables and more. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 4 at The Dudley Farm, 2351 Durham Rd., Guilford. Free. 203-457-0770, dudleyfarm.com. Maple Sugar Festival. Join Yale West Campus Urban Farm team to celebrate a season of maple syrup bounty. All day April 10 at West Campus Urban Farm, 137-141 Frontage Rd., Orange. Free. 203-436-9138, calendar.yale.edu. Winemaker’s Dinner. The release of a new wine will be celebrated with a four-course farm to table dinner prepared by Executive Chef, Matthew Bouffard. 4-8 p.m. April 26 at Chamard Vineyards, 115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton. $75 tickets in advance. 860339-5690, chamard.com.
FAMILY EVENTS 5th Annual Family Day. The Yale Peabody Museum’s annual day of games, crafts and other activities for the whole family. 11 a.m. April 14 at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-3776, peabody.yale.edu. Earth Day 2015. Unearth the wonders of nature. Experience specimens from the museum’s collections that are rarely on display. 11 a.m. April 17 at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-3776, peabody.yale.edu. The Yale Farm will celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of a new growing season with live music, food and a spring planting. 2-5 p.m. April 24, Yale Farm, 345 Edwards St., New Haven. Free. calendar.yale.edu. The 42nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Music, food, puppet show, crafts and more. Activities run noon-5 p.m. April 26 Wooster Square Park (500 block of Chapel St.), New Haven. historicwoostersquare.org.
MIND BODY SOUL Led by Nelie Doak, Yoga promotes a deep sense of physical mental and emotional well-being. Classes are designed to help cultivate breath and body awareness, improve flexibility, strengthen and tone muscles, detoxify the body and sooth the spirit. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat. 5-6:30 p.m. Mondays
at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. $10. 203-488-1441, lioninc.org.blackstone.ioninc.org. A Day of Mindfulness - practice to reduce stress and to live fully, with Jerry Silbert, M.D. In a safe, relaxed atmosphere, a variety of mindfulness practices, gentle yoga and meditation will be introduced and guided. Silence will be observed for much of the day. No experience necessary. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 18 at Mercy Center, 167 Neck Rd., Madison. $50. 203-2450401, mercybythesea.org.
NATURAL HISTORY Book signing and discussion The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future with Paul Sabin. Are we headed for a world of scarce resources and environmental catastrophe, or will market forces and technological innovation yield greater prosperity? Yale University professor Paul Sabin will draw on an iconic story to examine the historical conflict between environmentalists and their conservative critics and to trace the origins of the political gulf that separates the two sides. 5:30 p.m. April 9 at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-3776, peabody.yale.edu.Free. Skeletons in the Closet: It›s ID Day at the Peabody. Identify artifacts, rocks, feathers, insects, shells and any other objects you may have. All specimens are welcome, but living creatures must be safely secured in breathable containers and promptly returned to their native environment. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven. Museum admission required. 203-432-3776, peabody.yale.edu.
7th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride. Travel from West Rock and East Rock, with celebrations on both sides of the city. Along the way, eat food, hear music, take on environmental service projects, and explore the city’s parks and neighborhoods April 25, New Haven. rocktorock.donordrive. com
ROAD RACES Coach T Memorial Run for Youth. 5K Run through Edgewood Park area of New Haven. ½ Mile Kids Fun Run. April 11, New Haven. $20. runsignup.com. 17th Annual Run for Your Life 5K hosted by Quinnipiac’s Physician Assisted Student Society. Running course through the North Haven campus, USATF certified course; walkers welcome. Kids Fun Run. 8 a.m. April 11 at Quinnipiac University, 370 Bassett Rd., North Haven. $20. qupa5k.weebly.com. 9th Bimbler’s Bash through Westwoods, Guilford. An entirely off-road trail. All proceeds donated to the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. 9 a.m. April 12 at Westwoods, A.W. Cox Elementary School, 143 Three Mile Course, Guilford. mrbimble. com. Cheshire Half Marathon & 5K. A scenic flat course that runs through Cheshire and parts of Hamden with significant stretches along the historic Farmington Canal Trail. April 26 at Cheshire H.Sl. chehsirehalfmarathon.org.
Return of the Osprey Fundraiser. Live music, fine wine, hors d’ oeuvres, silent auction and raffle items. 6:30 p.m. April 10 at The Coastal Center at 1 Milford Point, Milford. Tickets are $40/person, $75/couple. 203-878-7440, ctaudubon.org. SOLO’s 16-hour comprehensive introductory Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. Using mock rescue scenarios, skilled instructors provide participants hands-on experience with first aid and long-term patient care in the back-country. WFA is recognized by the American Camping Association, U.S. Coast Guard, and various guide and CT Summer Camp licensing boards as meeting their first aid requirement, and is accepted as a re-certification course for WFR (80-hour Wilderness First Responder). Adult CPR possible, for an additional cost. 9 a.m.5:30 each day April 18 & 19 at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point, Milford. $195. 203-878-7440, ctaudubon.org.
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CYCLING Elm City Cycling organizes Lulu’s Ride, weekly two- to fourhour rides for all levels (17-19 mpg). Cyclists leave at 10 a.m. from Lulu’s European Café as a single group; no one is dropped. 10 a.m. Sundays at Lulu’s European Café, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org. The Little Lulu (LL) is an alternative to the long-standing Sunday morning ride. The route is usually 20-30 miles in length and the ride is no-drop, meaning that the group waits at hilltops and turns so that no rider is left behind. The LL is an opportunity for cyclists to get accustomed to riding in groups. Riders should come prepared with materials to repair flats. 10 a.m. Sundays at Lulu’s European Café, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org. Elm City Cycling monthly meeting occurs on the second Monday of each month. ECC is a non-profit organization of cycling advocates who meet to discuss biking issues in New Haven. Dedicated to making New Haven friendlier and more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. 7 p.m. City Hall Room 2, 165 Church St., New Haven. Free. elmcitycycling.org.
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STAGE OPENING A cascade of voices, dreams and desire, Sister Sandman Please takes place in a prairie of the mind. Parched women chase men who roll through like tumbleweeds, but will the mirage on the horizon disappear when the heat subsides? Written and directed by Jessica Rizzo. April 2-4 at Yale Cabaret, 217 Park St., New Haven. $25. 203-432-1566, yalecabaret.org. Guys and Dolls, the American musical comedy classic. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Savea-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell” and more. Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser. Don Stephenson directs. April 10-June 20 at Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. $79-$64. 860873-8668, goodspeed.org. Best known for her character “Mama” from the long-running “The Carol Burnett Show,” and “Mama’s Family,” Vicki Lawrence will perform in Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show. 8 p.m. April 18 at Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $62-$42. 203-346-2000, palacetheaterct.org. The Cover of Life. A Play by R.T. Robinson. Tood, Weetsie and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in
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Major Brand Hearing Aids • Repair Deptartment Europe and, though she views doing a “women’s piece” as a career set back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face to face with her own powerlessness in a man’s world. 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. April 1826 at Phoenix Stage Company, 686 Rubber Ave., Naugatuck. $22 ($18 seniors). 203-632-8546, phoenixstagecompany.com.
Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. 2 & 7:30 p.m. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 & 8 p.m. Sat., 2 & 6:30 p.m. Sun. May 7-30 at the Norma Terris Theatre, 33 N. Main St., Chester. $45. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org.
Louise Yates’ New York Times Best Seller comes to life in ArtsPower’s newest musical, Dog Loves Books. A story about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he realizes that when he is surrounded by books, he is never alone. Recommended for grades K-2. 1 p.m. April 19 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $16. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.
Inspired by the 1984 movie, Footloose is a story of American spirit. A carefree city teen, transplanted to a conservative rural town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing are forbidden, takes on the authorities, makes all the right moves, and wins the girl. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. 7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. May 14-June 14 at Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Rd., Waterbury. $46-$31. 203-757-4676, sevenangelstheatre.org.
In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, The Bald Soprano (1950), Eugène Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Directed by Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky. 9 p.m. April 22-25 at CFA Theater, Wesleyan University, 283 Washington Terr., Middletown. $8 ($5 seniors). 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu.
Stand by your Man: Relive the journey of country music legend, Tammy Wynette, from the cotton fields of Itawamba, Mississippi, to international superstardom, including the five husbands she stood by. Among the 26 songs are “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Til I Can Make It On My Own” and “Golden Ring.” Through April 5 at Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. $30. 860-767-7318, ivorytonplayhouse.com.
New York City. Right now. Ramona’s going on lots of first dates but is intentionally sabotaging her chances for a second. Khalil, a social media superstar, is about to close a huge deal that will take him completely off the market. They’ll do anything to float above their own lives, even as fate tries to pull them both back down to earth. Elevada is a warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy about the fear of being alone—and the fear of not being alone. 2 & 8 p.m. April 24-May 16 at Yale Repertory Theatre, University Theatre, 222 York St., New Haven. $50. 203-432-1234, yalerep.org.
In the war-torn country of Grusinia, a young servant named Grusha rescues the abandoned baby of a deposed Governor and raises him as her own. Years later, the ruler’s wife returns to reclaim her child—and the two mothers bring their case before a cynical, battle-weary judge. An epic fable set against the harrowing backdrop of civil war, The Caucasian Chalk Circle puts the competing claims of law and justice, of blood and love, to the ultimate test. Through April 11 at Yale Repertory Theatre, University Theatre, 222 York St., New Haven. $50. 203-432-1234, yalerep.org.
Edith Wilson finds herself a woman in a man’s world when she marries President Woodrow Wilson. A circle of congressmen, cabinet members and other Old Boys surround the couple, disapproving in equal measure of their love and their refusal to compromise. When Wilson falls ill, Edith, with effortless ease, maneuvers her way around the White House, outsmarting the men who would derail her beloved Woodrow’s dream of world peace. Yet, will her unstinting devotion be their downfall? The Second Mrs. Wilson is the stylish and romantic recounting of the real life account of a woman who became the de facto president of the United States. May 6-31 at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. $60-$30. 203-787-4282, longwharf. org.
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The Last Romance: A crush can make anyone feel young again – even an 80-year-old widower. This heartwarming comedy about the transformative power of love mixes heartbreak with humor and opera with laughter. 7:30 p.m. April 22-May 10 at Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. $30. 860-767-7318, ivorytonplayhouse.com.
A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. A tune-filled comedy featuring “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man,” and “The Company Way.” 7:30 p.m. April 23 & April 25, 2 p.m. April 26 at Square Foot Theatre Company, Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd., Hamden. $22-$12. 203-269-5555, squarefoottheatre.com.
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Brownsville Song (b-side for tray). Tray’s little sister wants him to be a good brother. His teachers want him to be a good student. His coach wants him to be a good boxer. It seems like everyone has a story they want to tell about Tray. It seems like everyone has a story they want to tell about Brownsville. Tray’s going to tell his own story. Through April 19 Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. $40-$10. 203-787-4282, longwharf. org. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. Adapted by Jacques LaMarre from the memoir by Gulia Melucci. Giulia is a single New Yorker who really knows how to deliver in the one room where it counts — the kitchen. Publishing pro by day and domestic diva by night, she knows how to whip up mouthwatering Italian cuisine. Unfortunately, her prowess with pasta is not matched by her taste in men, who all seem to eat and run. Conjuring up a culinary masterpiece, Gulia recounts stories about the men in her life and the meals that she made for them. Can she find Mr. Right or will she end up getting burned? A comedy that celebrates Italian home cooking as both an expression of love and a source of comfort when the romance goes cold. Through April 26 at Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Rd., Waterbury. $38. 203-757-4676, sevenangelstheatre.org.
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MUSIC Asian Cultural Council Senior Advisor Ralph Samuelson MA ’71 performs traditional music on shakuhachi (Japanese flute), followed by a performance with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake. 8 p.m. April 1 at Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terr., Middletown. Free. 860-685-3355, weseleyan.edu/cfa. The 70’s Soul Jam featuring The Stylistics and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. Their popular hits include “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Are Everything.” 8 p.m. April 2 at Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $80-$65. 203-562-5666, shubert.com. Triumphant Voices: Beethoven’s Ninth. 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., at Grove St., New Haven. $74-$15. 203-865-0831, newhavensymphony.org. Roderick Williams, baritone. Music of Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten and Ireland. 7:30 April 6 at Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect St., New Haven. Free. 302-432-5062, yale.ed/ event.
The Tartan Terrors, mix rock with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles. 8 p.m. April 3 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. 11 Twelve 13, funk jazz fusion. 7 p.m. April 4 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $7. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com. Tim Shelton: The Songs of Jackson Browne. 8 p.m. April 4 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $28. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Award-winning blues master, Blues Hall of Fame member, and Alligator recording artist Joe Louis Walker, 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $22. 203288-6400, theouterspace.net. Student Recital by Gene Stenger, Tenor. 7:30 p.m. April 7 at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-4325062, yale.ed/event.
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Prokofiev’s “Duo for Two Violins” (performed by Yaira Matyakubova and Gregory Tompkins) in a relaxed setting. 5:30 April 9 at Music Haven, 117 Whalley Ave., New Haven. $8 ($5 students/seniors). 203-0745-9030, musichavenct.org. M.A.K.U. Sound System is a New York-based Colombian band playing music that is traditional at its core, but with a futuristic spin. Basing their rhythmic foundation on Columbian folkloric music, the band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers, and musical influences ranging from jazz, psychedelic rock, punk, afro-beat, reggae and soul. 9 p.m. April 10 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $12-$10. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com. The Connecticut premiere of The Nile Project features a dozen musicians performing collaboratively composed songs drawn from the diverse styles and instruments of the countries along the Nile Basin—including Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda—intertwining these traditions into a unified sound. 8 p.m. April 10 at Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, 271 Washington St., Middletown. $25. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/ cfa. Mike Delguidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the music of Billy Joel. 8 p.m. April 10 at Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $65-$45. 203-346-2000, palacetheaterct.org.
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A senior music recital by Eric Robinson, “The Reality Ends Here: Beginning of the End.” 7 p.m. April 9 at Beckham Hall, 45 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355, wesleyan/edu/caf.
Blue Light Bandits, pop/soul/rock. 7 p.m. April 10 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $10. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com. The Bronx Wanderers perform two hours of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Rock N’ Rol. 8 p.m. April 10 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $55. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Rhonda Vincent brings her hard driving bluegrass band “The Rage” to Hamden. 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Unitarian Society, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden. $50-$40. 203-430-6020, guitartownct.com Jane Monheit. Music ranging from jazz to contemporary, familiar standards and compositions. 8 p.m. April 11 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $60. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Yale Concert Band, Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director. Emblems (A. Copland); Corpus Callosum (T. C. Duffy); Serenade for Winds I (A. Dvorak); and Miske (L. Botstein), feat. Ugnius Vaiginis, guest conductor. 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. Free. 302-432-5062, yale.ed/event Elm City Folk Festival featuring Kath Bloom, Seth Adam, Xavier Serrano, Terri Lynn, Linda Draper, Heather Fay, Bob Tweedie, and Olive Tiger. 1 p.m. April 12 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $5. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com. Yale University’s most celebrated traditions, the 14 member a Capella sensation, the Whiffenpoofs. Made famous by their signature “Whiffenpoof Song,” the ‘Whiffs carry forward their century-old tradition each year with over two hundred performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Lincoln Center, and the Rose Bowl. 4 p.m. April 12 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $32. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston. The show features a variety of styles including melodic folk, Hawaiian slack key, New Orleans R&B and stride. With influences including The Doors, Vince Guaraldi and Thomas “Fats” Waller. 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $60. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org.
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works by ensemble members, and old electronic works newly arranged for laptop ensemble, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn. 6 p.m. April 16 at CFA Hall, Wesleyan University, 271 Washington St., Middletown. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa. The Soft Parade, a Doors tribute show. 8 p.m. April 17 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $38. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra. Featured compositions include William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini and Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 “Gaelic” by Amy Beach. 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Mary S. Harkness Memorial Auditorium, 333 Cedar St., New Haven. Free. Yale Institute of Sacred Music presents Joint Choral Concert, Yale Camerata & Glee Club. Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem Wadsworth: War Dreams Marguerite L. Brooks and Jeffrey Douma, conductors. 8 p.m. April 17 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. 203-4325062, ism.yale.edu/event Yale Symphony Orchestra: The final concert of the 2014-2015 season brings together two beloved works from the early twentieth century. First, Margret Erlendsdottir ’15 winner of the 2014 William Waite Concerto Competition, on Prokofiev’s third piano concerto. The YSO will then end the season with An Alpine Symphony, the last of Richard Strauss’ symphonic poems. 8 p.m. April 18 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. $15-$10. 203-432-4140, yso.commons.yale.edu. Louise Goffin, the Daughter of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. 7 p.m. April 19 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $22. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater. org.
Student recital by Mindy Chu, Mezzo-soprano. 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-5062, ism.yale.edu. Yale Glee Club and the New Haven High Schools Choruses join together in the annual cooperative celebration of music. Featuring Jeffrey Redding as the guest conductor and clinician. Performances from regional high schools. 7 p.m. April 22 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. Free. gleeclub. yalecollege.yale.edu.
30 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-4325062. NRBQ - The classic pure pop band led by Terry Adams. 8 p.m. May 2 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $38. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Mac Miller rapper musician performs. 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Dome at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $25. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com.
Albert Rivera Quartet. Modern Jazz. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. April 24 at Poli Club, Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $22. 203-3462000, palacetheaterct.org. Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) solo performance. His songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” and “Light One Candle.” 8 p.m. April 24 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $40. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Ticket to Ride: A tribute to the Beatles. 8 p.m. April 25 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Organ Improv Showcase. Yale Institute of Sacred Music Organ students of Jeffrey Brillhart give a one-hour improvisatory recital. 4 p.m. April 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, Temple St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-5062. Grammy award winner Juice Newton and her trio. 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $45. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org. Yale Schola Cantorum: Beethoven: Mass in C Major and a new work by Roderick Williams. David Hill, conductor. 7:30 p.m. April
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ART OPENING Wesleyan Potters Invited Faculty, Past and Present Show. April 8-May 17 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. Surf’s Up! An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Chandler Davis inspired by the ocean. April 10-May 2 at The Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Free. 860434-8807, cooleygallery.com. Student Spring Art Show. New works by students at Paier College of Art. April 10-12 at Paier College of Art, 20 Gorham Ave., Hamden. Open 1-5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Free. 203-287-3031, paiercollegeofart.edu. Susan Powell Gallery presents its Annual Still Life Invitational. April 17-May 11 at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-318-0616, susanpowellfineart.com. The Lyme Art Association’s most accomplished artists are represented in the 94th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition. April 24-June 5 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation.org. The Artists of Gallery One & Friends show. Works in a range of media and styles. Gallery artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T.W. Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, Jill Vaughn and invited artists. April 25-May 9 (Opening reception: 5-7 p.m. April 24. Artists’ talks: 2-4 p.m. May 9) Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-453-5947, galleryonect.com. Zilkha Gallery Thesis Art Exhibition features the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Works include drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, sculptures, mixed media, and architecture. April 28-May 23 at Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Ave., Middletown. Open noon-5 p.m. daily except Mon. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa. Katherine Bradford Life Boats with works by Becky Yazdan. May 1-June 13 at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 1064 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Sat. Free. 203-777-7760, giampietrogallery.com. The Madison Art Society 40th Annual Jury Art Exhibition. Over 80 works of art on display. May 4-29 at Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.Thurs.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-399-6116, madisonartsocietyblogspot.com. Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks. A juried exhibition of pourable containers made by contemporary American Artists. May 15-June 14 at Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org.
“Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace” is curated by Bartholomew F. Bland, deputy director of the Hudson River Museum, at the New Haven Museum through June21st.
ONGOING Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm. Ninety-three of the Hamm’s American coastal collection including works by artists Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), William Braford (1823-1892) and Sears Gallagher (1869-1955). The exhibition highlights several scenic seascapes including Old Mystic, Connecticut, Swampscott, Massachusetts and New York Harbor. Through April 12 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 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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Four Early Spring Exhibitions 2015: A Contemporary Look, Pulled and Pressed, Industrious America, and Outside the Bowl and Vase. Through April 17 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-4347802, lymeartassociation.org. Nine etchings by Salvador Dali (1904-1989) are featured in the exhibit Dust to Dust to Dali. Dali was influenced by Renaissance masters Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Born of an atheist father and a devout Catholic mother, Dali expressed a tempestuous relationship with his own beliefs which was the source of inspiration for some of his most
renowned work. Through April 25 at Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit St., Ivoryton. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-581-8332, sixsummitgallery.com. Paintings by Frank Bruckmann. Photographs by Marjorie Gillette. Through April 26 at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free. 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell.com.
In Passing: New works by Paulette Rosen. Through April 26 at City Gallery, 994 State St., New Haven. Open noon-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Free. 203-782-2489, city-gallery.org. 60th Annual Goldenbells Art Exhibition and Sale features original artwork by league members and nonmembers. Entries by professional, amateur, and emerging artists include a variety of two-dimensional work in oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, watercolor, printmaking, and mixed media. Through April 28 at Hamden Art League at Miller Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free. 203-494-2316, hamdenartleague.com. Works by Richard Frame. Through April 30 at The Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tues. & Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Free. 203-439-9161, thefunkymonkeycafe.com. Vertical Reach focuses on the intersections of art, activism and protest - bringing together socially engaged works by collectives and individuals from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and the USA. Heads Will Roll uses satire to wage humorous and critical commentaries on current world powers, political trends, and landmark events. Through May 2 at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon-6 p.m. Wed. & Thur., noon-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Free. 203772-2709, artspacenh.org. An Artist at War: Deane Keller, New Haven’s Monuments Man. In 1943, Nazi Germany controlled most of Western Europe and the Allies were preparing for the invasion of Italy and France. Urged by American scholars to spearhead an international effort to save and preserve Europe’s cultural treasures, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a civilian commission to promote the formation of a Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) section of the military. Known as the Monuments Men, these art world professionals included artists, architects, historians, museum directors, curators, and others. Among them was Deane Keller, a painter and professor of art at Yale University. The exhibition features paintings and drawings by Deane Keller, a painter and professor of art at Yale University, as well as photographic reproductions of material he collected while serving as a Monuments Man in Italy. Through May 9 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. $4. 203-5624183, newhavenmuseum.org. Food—The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, featuring works by local and regional fine artists and artisans. Through May 10 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. Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery and Mastery features works that display a mastery of the highly realistic, trompe l’oeil technique in curious compositions of currency, letters and other symbolic items that make reference to political, economic and social issues facing America, and Otis Kaye personally, during the first half of the twentieth-century. Through May 20 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 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.
In Queer Migrations: Family, Identity, and Place. Photographs by Sunil Gupta which explores issues of cultural displacement or transposition, investigating the theme of individual identity as it exists within the broader context of social mores and conventions. Two pivotal bodies of photographs, “Homelands” (2001-2003) and “Mr. Malhotra’s Party” (2007-), are featured. Through May 20 at Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., New Haven. Open 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Mon. & Wed. Free. 203-432-0670, yale.edu/whc/ GalleryAtTheWhitney/current.html. A Body in Fukushima is a haunting series of color photographs and videos. Last year, dancer-choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer-historian William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks through desolate stations into eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima, Japan. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the explosions of the Daiichi nuclear plant made the area uninhabitable. Sometimes in vulnerable gestures and at other times in a fierce dance, Ms. Otake embodies grief, anger, and remorse. Mr. Johnston’s crystalline images capture her with the cries of the Fukushima landscapes. “By placing my body in these places,” she says, “I thought of the generations of people who used to live there. I danced so as not to forget.” A project of witness, remembrance, and empathy, A Body in Fukushima grapples with the reality of human failure. As Mr. Johnston writes, “By witnessing events and places, we actually change them and ourselves in ways that may not always be apparent but are important.” Through May 24 at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terr., Middletown. Open noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Closed Friday. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan. edu/cfa.
reinvigorating American abstraction with a critical lens focused on contemporary culture. Organized by the Museum’s assistant curator Benjamin Colman, this exhibition of nine monumental paintings highlights the evolution of Halley’s bold style and the sophistication of his ideas. The exhibit is divided chronologically into three sections examining clusters of works made as the artist used his iconoclastic touch to transform the geometric abstraction of earlier generations of modern American painters into postmodern diagrams of contemporary culture. Through May 31 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $10. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org. Karl Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams. Through May 31 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 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. Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace, the first major retrospective of New Haven artist Winfred Rembert, whose art on leather conveys his compelling personal narrative of joy and struggle during the tumultuous moments of the American Civil Rights Movement. Through June 21 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10
Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl. Inspired by anthropological theories of gift-giving, Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin recently donated a collection of 69 prints, photographs, and multiples to the Davison Art Center, which includes artwork from New York in the 1980s and 1990s, and iconic news photographs from the Magnum Photos cooperative. Through May 24 at Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Davison Art Center, 301 High St., Middletown. Open noon-4 p.m. daily except Mon. Free. 860-6853355, wesleyan.edu/cfa. Abstract works by Sara Abalan. Abalan’s work addresses urban sensations that inspire deeper meditations. Her process of layering, mark-making, and building of surfaces in her paintings and drawings is an intuitive attempt to chronicle the events, encounters, and fleeting moments that punctuate her life in New York City. Fluctuations of sound and light, intonation of language, compression of space, and cultural extremism inform each layer. The exposed sections of early layers serve as the memory of a previous moment, and all of the individual episodes contribute to the final layer. The result is a time-lapsed narrative that aims to capture the nature of urbanism, and, as Abalan confesses, “just how overwhelming it can be.” Through May 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. Peter Halley: Big Paintings is a focused look of the artist’s most monumental paintings spanning his career from the 1980s to the present day. Since developing his iconic style in the early 1980s, Halley has worked at the forefront of a group of artists
a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5p.m. Sat. $4. 203562-4183, newhavenmuseum.org. Whistler in Paris, London and Venice. This exhibition—the first at the Gallery dedicated to James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903)—examines the biography and artistic development of one of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century through the lens of three of his earliest and arguably most innovative sets of etchings, the so-called French, Thames, and Venice Sets. Through July 19 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.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu. The first major collaborative exhibition between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860 comprises paintings, sculptures, medals, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs by such iconic artists as William Blake, Théodore Géricault, Francisco de Goya, and Joseph Mallord William Turner. The broad range of work selected challenges the traditional notion of the Romantic artist as a brooding genius given to introversion and fantasy. Instead, the exhibition’s eight thematic sections juxtapose arresting works that reveal the Romantics as attentive explorers of their natural and cultural worlds. Through July 26 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.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-4320600, artgallery.yale.edu.
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The New Haven area is home to a plethora of fabulous and unique restaurants. Best known for pizza, New Haven also boasts top-notch traditional and modern Italian cuisine peppered throughout the region. Clip this list, put it in your pocket, and go try each one of these excellent options for Italian dining in and around New Haven. If we missed any, it’s because we were too full.
Adriana’s Restaurant and Wine Bar Offering traditional cuisine prepared by chefs trained in Rome, Adriana’s serves large portions of carefully plated food, like the spaghetti ala carbonara served in a giant, hollowed out parmesan cheese wheel. adrianasnewhaven.com 203-865-6474 771 Grand Avenue, New Haven
Anastasio’s Steakhouse Serving up traditional Italian fare in the cozy Silver Sands Beach Club, Anastasio’s also maintains a Wooster Street presence. anastasiossteakhouse.com 203-467-1858 640-656 Silver Sands Road, East Haven
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From the dedicated foodies behind Claire’s Corner Copia, Basta uses organic, locally-sourced ingredients to serve homestyle Italian dishes in a very small dining room. Try the tiramisu, for sure. bastatrattoria.com, 203-772-1715 1000 Chapel Street, New Haven
One of the few restaurants in East Rock, Caffe Bravo offers outdoor seating in the warmer months overlooking Orange Street, serving up traditional Italian cuisine. caffebravo.com, 203-772-2728 794 Orange Street, New Haven
Set in the heart of New Haven’s ‘Little Italy’ on Wooster Street, Consiglio’s has been serving up traditional favorites like cahicken parmigiana for more than seventy-five years in a family-friendly atmosphere. consiglios.com, 203-865-4489 165 Wooster Street, New Haven
Biagio’s Osteria Almost isolated in lonely Ryders Lane, Biagio’s is worth finding. The extensive wine list and carefully prepared and plated dishes are worth the trip. biagiososteria.com, 203-375-9071 88 Ryders Ln, Stratford
Campania Ristorante An excellent family restaurant run currently by the second generation, Campania prepares Southern Italian cuisine with style in a converted old home that makes for a charming setting. campaniaristorante.com 203-483-7773 284 E. Main Street, Branford
Fornarelli’s Ristorante Family-run Fornarelli’s offers a chef’s table for diners to experience the food du jour, a wine cellar and handmade pasta in 9th Square. fornarellisristorante.com 203-745-5677 99 Orange Street, New Haven
Brazi’s is in the same plaza as the Long Wharf Theater and offers quick service if you’re heading to a show or just taking a break from I-95 traffic woes. brazis.com, 203-498-2488 201 Food Terminal Plz, New Haven NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
Offering events like cigar-themed Father’s Day prix-fixe dinners, Goodfellas is a classic mobster-themed atmosphere with gangster movies playing on wallmounted televisions and the promise of “attractive” staff. goodfellasrestaurant.com 203-785-8722 702 State Street, New Haven
With over 1,000 wines to choose from, the excellent menu also presents some tough choices. However, it should be noted that Luce truly excels at fresh seafood and patio dining in warm weather. Ristoranteluce.net, 203-407-8000 2987 Whitney Avenue, Hamden
While bread before your meal might take up valuable stomach real estate, it’s worth eating at Michael’s, a relaxed and comfortable dining experience in downtown Wallingford. michaelstrattoria.com, 203-269-5303 344 Center Street, Wallingford
The newest addition to New Haven’s stock of Italian restaurants, Tarry Lodge is from nationally known Italian restaurant superstar Mario Batali, creator of Eataly in New York/Chicago and other Italian restaurants in Connecticut. tarrylodge.com, 203-672-0765 278 Park Street, New Haven
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An Upper State Street gem, L’Orcio aims to serve favorite dishes from all regions of Italy in a single restaurant menu. lorcio.com, 203-777-6670 806 State Street, New Haven
A great spot for a great meal from a group that also runs Dalton’s, an excellent restaurant in Guilford. ludalct.com, 203-234-1814 28-30 Broadway, North Haven
Lorenzo’s Ristorante Italiano Lorenzo’s has been around for a long time in West Haven, but moved locations and remodeled their space to create a bright and open atmosphere to showcase their menu and so that patrons can better enjoy their excellent cannoli. Definitely get the cannoli. lorenzoswh.com, 203-932-5846 39 Elm Street, West Haven
Michael Anthony’s Tuscan Grill With an outdoor seating area overlooking the Gulf Pond, Michael Anthony’s offers a little extra ambience to go along with your lasagna as they have moved well beyond take-out dining in their new location. 203-877-1370 michaelanthonystuscangrill.com 475 New Haven Avenue, Milford
Il Palio Ristorante iIl Palio is a popular event spot for big groups because even with a buffet-style meal, each dish maintains its flavor. lpalioct.com, 203-944-0770 5 Corporate Drive, Shelton
Quattro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Once ranked as one of Connecticut’s best new restaurants, Quattro offers tapas and traditional Italian fare. quattrositalian.com, 203-453-6575 14 Water Street, Guilford
Skappo Family-owned and operated, Skappo offers unique small plates from the Umbrian coast of Italy, and also operates a small market on Orange Street, Skappo Merkato, selling imported Italian goods.
Tres Scalini An intimate setting of period furnishings and heavy drapes, Tres Scalini offers upscale Northern Italian cuisine accompanied by an extensive wine list making it a prime date night spot. tresscalinirestaurant.com 203-777-3373 100 Wooster Street, New Haven
Tony & Lucille’s The home of the calzone, which is so massive it’s often wheeled out on a cart, Tony & Lucille’s is a must-try on Wooster Street. 203-787-1621 150 Wooster Street, New Haven
skappo.com, 203-773-1394 59 Crown Street, New Haven
Campania: Brothers Joseph (left) and Ronnie Solevo (right) behind the bar at Campania Ristorante and Taverna in Branford showing their polpette (meatballs) and sea salad
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By Bruce Ditman
A Case of Well-Intentioned Activism Gone Awry
n February of last year, Mr. Chung Cho, the owner of downtown grocery and late-night munchies destination Gourmet Heaven, was arrested on multiple charges including non-payment of wages, nonpayment of overtime wages and defrauding immigrants. This followed a lengthy investigation by the Department of Labor, largely instigated by the protests of a concerned group of locals including members of Unidad Latina Accion (ULA), a New Haven-based immigrant and worker’s rights organization. It seemed justice was at least underway and the enforcement of remediation was in process. Well done. Flash-forward to the third week of March, 2015, and the ULA is back in front of the grocery on Broadway, loudly protesting wage-theft, worker’s rights and maintaining their boycott. What they seemed to have missed is that the store, once owned by Mr. Cho and called Gourmet Heaven, is now owned by a Mr. Kim and is called Good Nature Market. It’s not the same place. It’s not the same owner. Why then the boycott? Why punish an innocent small business person who has won multiple awards from his peers, and who has decided to gamble on our little city as a place to build his future? Not only does this seem to be spectaclefor-spectacle’s sake, I can’t help but read racism into their assumptions
that the new “Asian” grocer is just like the last “Asian” grocer and find it absurd that an immigrant rights organization is comfortable playing in that space. ULA representatives said, as reported in The New Haven Independent, “they had no cause to believe Kim was better than his predecessor and asked him to take a public stand against wage theft in New Haven.” Mr. Kim made it clear he plans to follow the rules of the Labor Department. Who really benefits here? Is it the workers who have already had their “day in court,” or is it ULA, whose fame grows as they get a few more column inches in the news? The truth that I take from of this story is that the clarity with which we see our convictions is seldom reflected in the reality in which we apply them. When it comes to the execution of our convictions, let us all be cautioned: results may vary. Please don’t take this
as a discouragement to action, comrades. I’m rooting for you all, but with success comes risk. Too often the happy advocate simply can’t resist the taste of its own tail. Ask a habitual gambler and they’ll tell you that losing is bad but winning is what really does you in. As we flip our cards and count our winnings, let’s take the time and care to check in and ask ourselves, as the decks are shuffled, “are we here for the thrill of it or did we come to the table with a goal in mind? This is still your city and it is still my city and in a tricky kind of messy way, we all are both brick and builder. That is to say that some of the time it’s our job to hold our place, to carry our share of the load, and to support the greater structure but, at other moments, it’s our duty to change that structure, to shift it and to refashion it. I think all I’m trying to do here is to advocate for… thoughtful advocacy. Pick a cause
or two to fight for, but when you pick a fight, make sure you know what your victory will look like because if you don’t, you may look up one day and realize that you’re not in the justice business…you’re in the fighting business and your process has become your product. Try to do something that you will be proud of even if you won’t be known for it. Force yourself to be willing to look like a jerk while being a hero but strive to never actually be a jerk. I know that my New Haven is full of people willing to stick their necks out, in plain sight, and to make life uncomfortable for a bit in the service of each other’s and our city’s future. It’s a big part of what I love about our city. So how do we do it? How can we not be changed by the change we are effecting? What is a sustainable model of advocacy? As usual, I have way more questions than answers. I guess the only advice I can give confidently is that it comes down to trying hard, being present and, perhaps most importantly, to having good friends around to tell you “Bruce, you’re a good person but you’re being a…brick.” Though there is merit in aiming for the stars and landing on the roof, I think I’d rather we set small achievable goals. To make a change, to do no harm, and not be made into jerks in the process seems a noble enough mission to me. Seek out the causes you care about and let’s go do some good.
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