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Through January 8, 2017, Yale Peabody Museum will present “Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration & Discovery.” This exhibition will highlight the unusual and rare specimens and artifacts that have been included in its collections. These artifacts and specimens have served as objects of understanding in the natural world,
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and major reminders of important events and people. This will also include stories about the thinkers and explorers who have achieved, discovered and done research during their time at Peabody and changed our understanding of the world, including dinosaur theories, social change and science.
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If you’re looking for a combination of outside yoga, Milford scenery and a hike to get in that cardio workout, WalkAbout Yoga is the program for you.
The Healing Power of The Pooch Branford author Mark Winik’s new book The Dog Healers, published by Tango Press on May 5, 2016 is getting rave reviews, especially among dog lovers.
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The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History was founded in 1866 and now houses over 13 million objects, where 100,000 of those objects are type specimens, meaning the single specimen to which that species is based off of.
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I absolutely loved it. This is right up there with The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I just wished it was a bit longer because when I finished it I wanted more... “ The fast-paced adventure story tells of an American traveler learning about dog culture in Argentina, ancient healing arts from Tibet, and the seedy underbelly of the South American horse racing community.
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lide the City, a pop-up 1,000 foot slip-and-slide water party event is visiting New Haven this summer season. Along with the biggest slip-andslide known to man, the event will also include live music, food and drinks. The goal of organizers is to bring awareness to towns on water conservation topics. Water will be re-circulated through the slide throughout the day and participants are asked to take a water-reducing pledge for a week. The event will be held at 225 Prospect St. New Haven, CT 06511 and tickets can be purchased at www.slidethecity.com. So grab your goggles and floaties and meet at the waterslide, Saturday June 25 at 9 a.m.
The program allows participants to get to know the various areas of Milford. Each stop will be about 15 minutes of yoga. Leader Traci Weber will throw in random “strike a pose” stops along the way. The session meets in the first parking lot at Silver Sands Beach in Milford.
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By RACHEL BERGMAN Videographer and film teacher at Common Ground Travis Carbonella considers film his poetry as he highlights the positive side of NHV. His video series Who Knows We Know follows various activists around the city, exploring their work and community, but you can see him anywhere, filming anyone’s best moments. Miss Connecticut Amy Kao uses the pageant crown and runway to build awareness for her nonprofit, The International Music & Art Society, bringing music and art to disadvantaged communities. She’s growing her brand on stage competing for Miss U.S. International while also at Yale School of Management earning an MBA.
Recent Women of Innovation winner Helen Liu is a bilingual high school student in Amity who has developed an inexpensive drug to treat Gaucher’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder, in her high school laboratory. The STEM enthusiast also competed in the Intel Science Talent Search in D.C., among other honors. Noah Golden developed a series of short films for Yale Medical School called The Exam Room, which humorously answer modern-day health questions by esteemed professionals. Also the Assistant Musical Director for Vista Life Innovations School for the learning disabled, Golden adapted The Pirates of Penzance for a student production—and on the side? He’s a drummer for a local band.
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oolsey Hall, located at 500 College Street in New Haven, was built in 1901 with a 2,650 seating capacity as part of a complex with the Memorial Rotunda and University Commons. Built to commemorate Yale’s bicentennial, it’s the work of architects Carrère and Hastings, designers of the NY Public Library.
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Woolsey is used for recitals on the Newberry Memorial Organ, one of the largest and most well-known pipe organs in operation, as well as other performances by the School of Music, the undergraduate Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Concert Band and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the fourth oldest symphony orchestra in the country. The Secret Garden Bookshop 188 North Main Street Branford 203-481-3115 www.cynthiasflowershop.com/ secretgardenbooks.html
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Not just a buyer and seller of used textbooks and art books, the shop also boasts a substantial fiction wall, a study and reading room where students and writer’s groups seem to congregate often, and a small café offering sweets, sandwiches and a coffee bar.
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HealthCare Heroes OUR HEROES Greater New Haven is a special place to many of us, but in no other field of endeavor does the light shine so brightly as among the region’s healthcare providers.
In this issue, we feature some of the region’s true Healthcare Heroes. Our profiles reveal world class and world-renowned efforts, from The Center For Emotional Intelligence at Yale which is helping to re-write the lessons of the schoolyard, to the labs at Arvinas in Science Park where, based on the research of Dr. Craig Crews, an entirely new class of drugs is being developed. Building a new biotech in New Haven isn’t easy and Crews turned to Dr. Tim Shannon to marshal the resources to build the company. Shannon did just that, leading the funding, becoming the company’s first CEO and helping to guide Arvinas to partnerships with two of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.
Chapel Haven, the community that helps adults with developmental challenges live independently, is taking its success and national reputation to a complete transformation of its own community. Fifty years to overnight success could be the new motto of Continuum of Care as the once small half-way house now has 800 employees that support more than 2,000 clients experiencing life difficulties ranging from addictions to some very difficult mental illness and now with a new headquarters on Route 34. Across the region, the challenges faced by nonprofit health care providers couldn’t succeed without the help, guidance and work of volunteers who staff the Board, help raise funds, support staff and facilities. Charlie Mason, the founder and CEO of a successful and creative advertising business, Mason, Inc., is one such person. Mason is vice chair of the board of the Visiting Nurses Association of South Central Connecticut, that should be enough for a busy
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executive, but for Mason and the many volunteers his recognition represents, it’s just one “point of light.”
Those that call it a “Do Nothing Congress” can’t include this region’s Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. Regardless of one’s politics, the seemingly indefatigable Congresswoman DeLauro inspires with her long-term work for improving the health of the people and supporting the healthHarvard Pilgrim Health Care includes Harvard Pilgrim Health Ca care assets in the region. From training nurses, and HPHC Insurance Company. to safer food, to supporting healthcare providers, to battling the Opioid crisis, for more than two decades DeLauro has been there – often first. And then there are the nurses at Smilow Cancer Hospital. They are the healthcare equivalent of fire fighters that head into the burning building. They meet Cancer and its pain and fear with compassion, professionalism, and optimism—and it helps. I know — they did it for me. Editor and Publisher, Mitchell Young
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YALE CENTER FOR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
hile giving a presentation to a room full of adults, Dr. Marc Brackett, the Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will often ask “can you explain the difference between anger and disappointment?” and most cannot. In his view, and that of the Center, teaching emotional intelligence in schools and organizations will lead to more empathetic learners, teachers and caregivers. The Center is this year’s Program Healthcare Hero because they are starting a revolution; an emotion revolution. According to the research around emotional intelligence, which has gotten beyond the theory stage only in the past twenty years or so, a successful balance of emotions and emotional well-being is actually linked to better performance in school, in life, in work and in relationships (or less success, as the case may be). The theory of emotional intelligence originates with Dr. Peter Salovey (Yale University) and Dr. Jack Mayer (University of New Hampshire). Salovey, the current President of Yale, initially founded the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory, later subsumed by the Center for Emotional Intelligence, which has transformed from a hub for research to a change agent for schools, organizations and social media outlets.
HEALTHCARE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR Dr. Brackett was interested in the work of Mayer and Salovey for very personal reasons: he had memories of being very bored in school—and bullied. He wanted to be involved in work that made 8 M AY /J UNE 2016
Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale.
that environment better. He decided to pursue a PhD looking at the science behind emotional intelligence, at ideas for having an impact on the way teachers taught and students learned; his primary passion became the goal of transforming education. Unfortunately, he was rejected based on low GRE scores when he applied to Yale University to study under Dr. Salovey—and pretty much most of the other schools to which he applied. “I had just spent two years caring for my mom with cancer. She died three months before I took the GRE. At the time, I had no awareness of the relationship between my emotional state and ability to take the test and perform well. Clearly, [the test] wasn’t the best indicator of my success, anyway.” After re-taking the test, Brackett became a PhD candidate at the University of New Hampshire to work with Dr. Jack Mayer. The Center for Emotional Intelligence believes standardized tests are a stressor for students, contributing to anxiety and negative emotional states in
school. Brackett also admits, “I’m just not a good test-taker. I get anxious.” Emotional Intelligence curriculum tackles bullying, self-esteem, managing stress and emotions and home-life issues from the perspectives of students, faculty and caregivers. The Center calls it the RULER Approach: an acronym that sums up a plan for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions. Helping students, teachers and parents recognize, understand and deal with emotions is a way to improve performance goals. Teaching of emotional intelligence can help with achievement levels, high school drop out rates, teacher attrition and the stress and well-being of students and faculty. Fran Rabinowitz, the Superintendent of the Bridgeport School system has implemented the Center’s RULER program district-wide. In year two of implementation, she speaks very highly of the system saying, “It’s been a phenomenal experience, they are wonderful partners who NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
have the welfare of children at the focus of all of their work. They have made a major difference in working with us to bring social and emotional development of our children to the forefront. The RULER program – we’re just completing our 2nd year, it has made a tremendous difference. We’ve seen academic achievement increase, seen chronic absenteeism decrease and out of school suspensions decrease. I do believe that paying attention to the social and emotional needs of all of our stakeholders—kids yes, absolutely, but also it has to start from the top and be something that we take into consideration with all of the stakeholders in the district and RULER allows us to do that.” Bridgeport has jumped ahead of the program a bit and decided to implement a parent portion earlier than planned. Typically, outreach and training of parents would happen in year 3, but the program is going so well, they pushed ahead. “We look at the RULER training for parents as not just this is what RULER is, but so how can we work on better parenting schools through the RULER concepts,” says Rabinowitz. Involving the parents in the program gives an opportunity for caregivers to understand that a child’s daily life is often overwhelming and stressful. Throughout school implementations,
the Center notes that schools taking on RULER show better achievement in addition to happier students and teachers. Brackett admits that a signature goal of the program is to make Connecticut the first emotionally intelligent state. Even Yale is becoming an emotionally intelligent campus with the creation of a “Wellbeing Committee” and he teaches a course in emotional intelligence to help students discover their own emotions. “We’re at a tipping point. How we feel affects how we think and our thinking informs our feelings,” says Brackett, explaining the need for the programs in schools, “we need to teach children to deal with their emotions and have good mental health. Starting early.” When asked about the rise in school shootings, Brackett is clear, “we need to move from an intervention mindset to a prevention mindset.” Bullies, who tend to lack empathy, and the victims of bullying, in particular, have been another important priority. Studies show that both groups—the aggressor and the victim, are more likely to have a host of other life challenges including higher incarceration rates, low selfesteem, issues with drugs or alcohol and poor performance in and out of school. And what
about the kids who neither bully nor are victims of bullying? The Center believes that is a skillset that can be learned. Recently, Brackett teamed up with pop singer/icon Lady Gaga’s team at Born This Way Foundation for an “emotion revolution summit” to spread awareness about the importance of emotions for young people. Facebook was involved, too, and out of the event launched InspirED, a tool for high school students and teachers to create better learning environments. Outside of schools, the Center works to protect social media users from cyberbullying. In partnership with Facebook and soon Twitter, the social media sites are offering resources to deal with cyberbullying for a safer online experience, just check out facebook.com/safety/bullying for a look at the fruits of that partnership, including tips on how to get content removed. For individuals, the Center has developed a “Mood Meter” app that costs $1 to help users practice dealing with their emotions on their own on an ipad or smart phone. Of the possibilities for broad use of the program, Brackett says “Emotional Intelligence could be applied anywhere, but we are trying to get it right in schools, first.”
Creative Continuity in Mental Health One nonprofit agency’s comprehensive mission to stop the cycle of institutionalization By Vincent Amendola
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roviding effective recovery-oriented programs in the mental health field requires both ingenuity and dedication. It is not merely a matter of diagnosis, medication and sending patients on their way; it’s about rebuilding a person’s life piece by piece, meeting their needs at every stage of the journey, and ensuring that they continue along a path of positive growth. This philosophy is at the heart of Continuum of Care in New Haven and all who work and grow in its network, and their level of commitment is unparalleled. Despite being a 50-year-old, $40 million dollar business that currently provides care for 2,400 clients and employs 800 individuals, Continuum has largely gone unnoticed by the public due to their lack of advertising. They do not believe in self-promotion. The first time many will see the Continuum logo will be in front of their brand new building on Legion Avenue in New Haven.
ORGANIZATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT And what a building it is: the interior evokes a sense of openness and integration. You will find employees and clients conversing and sharing ideas in the halls. The sense of community, and more so, family, is palpable. As she leads me on a tour, Deborah Cox, Continuum’s Vice President of Development and Marketing, says that this comradery is what makes Continuum special. The first stop on our tour is the conference room, a multi-functional space used for staff meetings and yoga and stress management classes.
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“These classes are offered for both patients and staff members. We encourage methods of improving an individual’s wellbeing through natural and holistic means. These are ways of sustaining recovery for many of our clients,” says Cox. Patti Walker, CEO of Continuum, has guided it from eleven to more than eight We then pass the Fahundred employees. cilities Management “We get many high-priority referrals. We have office. As Cox explains, a reputation in state for taking on the most chalthis department is a foothold for many referred lenging cases,” says Bok. clients that have been released from hospitals and the judicial system. Often upon exiting these IDS nurtures individuals along the autism institutions, clients are thrust back into the comspectrum and those with severe cognitive, intelmunity without a place to live or work. lectual, and developmental disabilities. Many have chronic health and behavioral issues, such One method designed to offer clients valuable, interpersonal work experience is the 1,000-square- as diabetes and seizures. The department has a $10 million budget, and for good reason: intensive foot café and deli that is currently under concare for the many individuals receiving lifelong struction. Continuum will employ its clients and assistance is not a cheap endeavor. train them in all aspects of the food industry. Clients work in a variety of other departments, Across the hall is James Farrales, Vice President such as the agency’s donation center, where they of MHS. sort and distribute furniture and other basic home “Beyond just stabilizing, we figure out the stressgoods. Moving crews are assembled to help cliors, the root causes…compared to hospitals which ents settle into their new residential situations. have a 5% recidivism rate, we currently have less The third floor is home to the agency’s two main than 3%,” says Farrales. departments: Intellectual Disabilities Services MHS encompasses treatment and support servic(IDS) and Mental Health Services (MHS). es for veterans suffering from PTSD, individuals I am first introduced to Reggie Bok, Vice released from long term incarceration, and those President of IDS, who directs my attention to recovering from substance abuse. an arrangement of photographs, each depicting Farrales recently reconnected with a woman who a residential building in Continuum’s network. had found Continuum during a tumultuous peThe network is comprised of 65 individuals in 15 riod in her life. In just fourteen days, Continuum different locations.
provided counseling, overturned her eviction, subsidized her payments, and connected her with a literacy volunteer. In other words, a complete turnaround, and apparently for good: the woman now holds a GED.
nization. Many agencies in operation at the time were out of touch with the needs of their patients and burdening them with expenses. Health insurance spenddowns were also a common problem for people seeking assistance from these agencies.
Patti Walker is the President and CEO of Continuum of Care—the soft-spoken leader who has been the author of Continuum’s vision for the past 33 years.
“We make sure that no matter how long it takes we continue, whether we’re getting paid or not, to provide because we want that continuity of care,” says Walker. “Of course, what’s going to happen if somebody doesn’t get their meds or diabetes taken care of or hypertension addressed? They’re going to wind up in the hospital.”
“I think we are very creative; we have a medical model mixed with a non-medical model…we now know that people with mental illness die 25 years younger than everybody else, and it’s because they don’t get proper medical care,” says Walker. The company was founded by three Yale undergraduates, who up until recently had no clue what their original project had blossomed into. In 1966, the undergraduates established the New Haven Halfway House, which was and still is a home for individuals with mental health issues. In 2001, the need for a better home health program in the state prompted the development of Continuum Home Health (CHH), a sister orga-
This charity care is not without its high cost; annually, it creates a $400 thousand gap in Continuum’s budget which the agency attempts to close through grants and donations. Continuum’s Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) program offers internships and certification classes for individuals who aspire to become recovery mentors for their peers and stands as a testament to the agency’s creativity. “Our peers are all folks that have been in recovery, who have gotten more stable, treated their
illnesses, and found ways to be as productive and successful by helping others graduate to the next level of independence,” says Walker. There are currently 54 peers operating across 7 organizations. Reimagining inpatient care as a community-based process is the hallmark of Continuum’s work here in the state. Cox explains the need for clients to not only live comfortably but thrive in their communities, especially those with autism. “Autism is so often talked about in a children’s realm, but children age out, and have to carry with them their diagnosis into the world,” says Cox. “Organizations like ours can help businesses understand and work with individuals that they employ.” Walker explains that by reducing the stigma and stopping the “revolving door” of institutionalization, Continuum not only saves the state over $10 million a year—real, lasting change is happening for the individuals in our community who need it most.
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ason Inc. celebrates holidays by making charitable donations. They offer flexible schedules when employees want to volunteer, support employee’s favorite nonprofits with corporate donations, engage in team projects to help agencies with a physical need, like refurbishing and painting the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, and very often provide discounted or pro bono services to nonprofits and charities seeking ways to grow their mission. To the company’s principal, Charlie Mason, our Healthcare Hero Volunteer of the Year, it’s helping a nonprofit hone in on its mission, develop services to help the needs of the community, and adjust their messaging appropriately that makes him an invaluable board member to many of the region’s “least sexy” (according to Mason) service providers. Mason’s track record of support and hours upon hours of volunteer leadership in a number of organizations is often an understated value. When he moved to New Haven as a mid-career professional, he didn’t have a lot of experience as a volunteer or in providing direct service to those in need. He was also moving in from out of state and trying to grow a marketing firm and admits that a lot of people get started joining boards because they want to be connected and network. “You can tell who wants it on a resumé and who wants to help,” he quickly realized, and nonprofit leaders realized, that he was there to help.
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one associates with key volunteers, but putting the backing of a world-class marketing firm to use in helping the United Way of Greater New Haven as a Board Member, Visiting Nurses Association, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and even a variety of Autism groups looking for ways to broaden awareness and support can make a tremendous difference in showing the community what’s available to them and letting donors know who is doing the difficult work of meeting community needs. Board involvement can be very time-intensive and Mason admits that at one point, he was on
three boards at once and it was a bit too much, he had to drop some commitments and get “back to work.” Nonprofits in the region will ask around, particularly to leaders at the United Way, about who can help with marketing and branding. Charlie Mason is often recommended for this kind of volunteer work and he rarely says no, even if it means a minimal charge service for the agency just to get them pointed in the right direction. When charitable dollars are focused on programming needs, keeping the lights on, caring for clients—a communications or marketing budget NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
is usually non-existent, but the work is necessary, and Mason does it. It was in 2000, when major corporations started leaving the area that Mason recalls, “programs were drying up.” Workplace giving with the United Way, which previously defined the way companies and employees put their charitable dollars to work, was running out of fashion. As the recipient of workplace donations, UW would distribute the funds to the community organizations according to greatest need. However, as cafeteria giving plans supporting national, regional or even suburban programs grew in popularity, it was urban centers that were losing out in the new trend. “The disaster has been that no one gives to the inner city. Outlying suburbs don’t think about the inner city, it’s not where they are sending their money anymore,” he says. According to Mason, corporate funding—or the lack thereof—is a real problem. “Agencies are all chasing the same group of people for donations, but the important missing piece is the reason they have money
in the first place; what skills and talent can these donors provide to your organization to help you grow?” Charlie Mason is a capacity builder. He’s passionate about strategic challenges and the kinds of problems that prevent success. In his role as vice chair of the board with the Visiting Nurses Association, he is largely engaged in that agency’s CEO search, securing the next leader to grow the agency’s vision. Current VNA CEO and President John Quinn said “He was recommended to me, we were very lucky to have him come on. He’s been with us for 4 years. He’s very conscientious, makes very sound recommendations on everything we do. Not just in marketing, but on the business end in areas like patient satisfaction, he’s just a very conscientious volunteer. I wouldn’t trade him for anyone. He’s probably never missed a meeting. He really shines through as a board member.” Mason was happy to help Dr. Harvey Kliman, a doctor and researcher at Yale, with pro bono support of
marketing his products. Dr. Kliman says, “Without the prospect of ever being paid, Charlie Mason generously offered his time and expertise to consider marketing my laboratory’s clinical test for the early diagnosis of autism risk. He and his team at Mason, Inc. spent many hours with me learning about our work. As an academic physician scientist I am not often in a position to require marketing services, but my experience with Charlie has reassured me that when I am in the need for such help in the future I know exactly who I will turn to.” Of his employees, Mason proudly notes, “we have an employee, Susan Temple, who goes to Yale every Tuesday to help with babies in the NICU—holding and rocking them. Right now we’re looking at maybe participating with the Make A Wish Foundation as a team.” His dedication to keeping organizations going, funded, and successful, has led to concerns for the future and whether the next generation is really poised to take over that lead-
ership and stewardship role. “It’s not a workplace habit anymore,” he laments, “and we don’t have big corporations here to give support. Hartford doesn’t have this kind of problem, but we do [here in New Haven].” Asked about his favorite project over the years, he says it was working with the United Way last year on 100 Days To End Homelessness, an initiative bringing together a slew of private partners, civic agencies and nonprofits to make services available in rapid succession to get the chronically homeless into apartments of their own. Strategies included special hours of operation by the Department of Motor Vehicle to help individuals get identification cards, participation by Yale New Haven Hospital, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and a slew of others, in a model repeated in large cities like Los Angeles and Chicago. To volunteer of the year Charlie Mason, “it was just inspiring to be a part of and see successes like that.”
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tanding on Chapel Haven’s Westville campus for the first time, you can’t help but notice the sweeping, unobstructed view of West Rock’s majestic southern face. Like West Rock, Chapel Haven has a sense of permanence in the community, and like the iconic New Haven mountain ridge, the agency serves as a landmark of sorts, for the nearly 150 individuals that have graduated from its two-year program and are now living independent lives in Westville. Some of these graduates are even working or attending college at places like Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway. President Michael Storz tells me on a recent sunfilled morning that the agency’s emphasis on its students becoming active, independent members of the community is what makes the agency so unique. Replicated many times, the model for Chapel Haven was pioneering for its time, its mission: to create an alternative to full-time group home living for individuals with disabilities or those on the autism spectrum. Back in 1972 when the agency opened its doors, that was something that simply didn’t exist.
ADVANCEMENT IN HEALTHCARE Storz, who began working with individuals with disabilities in his teens when he served as a volunteer swim coach for the Special Olympics, began his work at Chapel Haven in 2000. When he talks about his early years in the field, he says one student in particular, “Stole my heart and gave me my direction.” Storz, who moved to the area to be with his wife, began working at Chapel Haven as an entry-level residential support coordinator, and worked in nearly every capacity as he worked his way into a leadership role. A 14 M AY /J UNE 2016
Chapel Haven community member Matthew Biles gets a big hug from Chapel Haven President Michael Storz after Matt made a moving speech about how Chapel Haven has given him a happy and independent life. Photo: Melanie Stengel
graduate of Providence College with a degree in psychology and business, he received his MBA from Southern and began serving as president of the agency in 2010. Storz explains that from a cost perspective alone, the work that Chapel Haven does is remarkable. A typical individual served by the agency would normally have to resort to living in a group home full-time, with the cost totaling around $100,00 per year. “And that’s a low estimate,” Storz says. For $65,000 per year, students enrolled in one of Chapel Haven’s transitional residential programs learn vital life skills such as budgeting, cooking, and vocational training that help get them on their way to living happy, independent lives. Once they’ve completed the two-year program, students make the transition to independent living and remain connected to the Chapel Haven community for as-needed services and check-ins for a fraction of the cost of yearly tuition. Storz
says thanks to the success of the program, individuals and their families save “hundreds of thousands of dollars over their lifetime.” But financial matters aside, Storz was not satisfied to rest on the laurels of the agency’s accomplishments. As early generations of students the agency has served get older, their needs begin to change. One female student, who was working out with a trainer in Chapel Haven’s gym during my visit, has been with the organization since 1981. As she reaches her golden years, she is one of many students who would normally be displaced or forced to move when it comes time to transition into assisted living. Storz does not want to see this happen. “It breaks my heart,” he says of the situation. Like her, there are many students who have lived in the New Haven community for over 35 years, “They are happy, successful, and found a community that loves them, and because of aging needs, they require a unique assisted living facilNEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
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ity in their current community. Storz says his vision for these individuals is that they continue to, “have access to their community as much as they can and ensure that their community comes to them when they are not able to travel anymore or to be mobile. We want to improve their quality of life and even prolong life.” Storz, along with colleagues and members of Chapel Haven’s board, have come up with a solution that will ensure continuity and inclusion for the agency’s aging clients who call New Haven home, an expansion that will add 30 assisted living apartments to Chapel Haven’s Westville campus. During Chapel Haven’s annual brunch held on April 17th, Storz announced that thanks to the generosity of private donors, the organization had raised $31.5 million toward the goal of $41 million. The transformational “Campaign for Chapel Haven” will create an assisted living program for Chapel Haven’s aging population, transform the campus through renovations and expansions so that spaces are designed to better serve its clients, and create better employment opportunities. When he met with donors and was asked what one of the major challenges facing Chapel Haven was, Storz said it was unemployment or underemployment. “Employment is a fundamental
component of independent living, it’s the last puzzle piece that truly leaves individuals independent.” One private donor donated $5 million towards creating a national replicable model to help change the statistics for those who are underemployed or unemployed. Now Storz has assembled a team of both national and international experts to find solutions for increased employment for adults with disabilities. The board may create a model that may not exist and Storz describes it as, “Exciting in terms of possibilities, we’re looking at many options, not just one model, everything from a Chapel Haven-owned business to building partnerships with corporations that would employ anyone in the mainstream population.” The excitement is not just palpable when you talk to Storz, you can sense everyone from residents to teachers to staff is excited for the changes that will come for the 44-year old agency as you walk through its halls. Peeking into an art classroom where students are painting everything from ceramic wizards to decorative plates in bright blues, greens, and yellows, you can see the peace of mind that comes when an individual can stay in their community and it’s clear that for Storz, that’s the bottom line.
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“They’re All In” Taking On One of Healthcare’s Most Difficult Challenges Is Simply What They Do By Mitchell Young
ONCOLOGY NURSES AT SMILOW CANCER HOSPITAL
hen my first surgeon said “You have cancer. Don’t worry, we’ll be aggressive in treating it,” I was nervous.
Frankly, my first call was to Smilow Cancer Hospital [at Yale New Haven Hospital] – as my niece says, Truth. Taking action, that did make me less nervous and when the oncologist eventually told me the Cancer had spread, I was resigned to the worst. But I was handling it. At my oncology treatment unit at Smilow, my Doc gave the go-ahead for my first “treatment” and I was assigned to a treatment “pod,” where I would get Chemo and other Cancer fighting “biologics.” I like to think of myself as a “man’s man,” everything is worth a joke; a good laugh, even potentially dying of Cancer was just another laugh line. Walking to the pod, this was different – nobody would see it, but I was scared. The Chemotherapy narrative and every bad Cancer and Chemo story ever heard flashed through my mind on those last few steps.
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The team of nurses and staff on the Smilow oncology unit where the author received his chemo and biological treatments. In the course of two years, nearly every one of these folks helped and were eager to do it.
humor, although eventually I realized it was more painful for them, so I listened to my ex-wife for once and “cut it out.” For the next two years, through forty chemo treatments and several surgeries, I learned that the nurses at Smilow were – how can I say it in modern day English —
Almost immediately, nearly everything changed.
“I’m Sue and I’ll be your treatment nurse.”
Observing and discussing with other patients so many interactions, patients, treatments; it was clear we were being taken care of by people much more extraordinary than us. It makes you humble, vulnerable but it gives you hope as well.
Greeted warmly and professionally, in just a few minutes I was understanding how things would go and the whole vibe was “we got this”. It didn’t take long for me to try out my dark 16 M AY /J UNE 2016
As a business journalist, I see a lot of companies
and organizations, plenty of professionals, staffs, but watching the activities during my hundreds of hours of treatments, I found myself wondering if I had ever seen a group, a team of individuals as outstanding as these folks – maybe Rebecca Lobo’s first championship squad. In two years, Sue only got mad at me once. I didn’t tell her about a side-effect that popped up for the first time after six months. I just figured it would pass. Controlling my side effects, keeping me comfortable and feeling good was every bit her mission of fighting my Cancer. I never expected how committed the nurses would be to managing the side effects of the various drugs. I often tell people of my treatments, “I NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
was lucky,” it is because of those efforts I could, “take my medicine” and go about my life.
ous procedures, which I observed to be always maintained, even on the hardest days.
But I also knew to never cross Sue again.
“When we have a really busy or difficult day [and there are many], that’s when they really pull together, that’s when they are at their best,” she offered.
True to form, the nurses were nearly all women– although I did have one male nurse, who showed the same caring and easy going professionalism of his “sisters.” Well maybe not sisters, because for the short time he was assigned to our unit, he was a cause for some conversation. And just for the record, the shrink, the nutritionist, the volunteers, even the food service staffer that always suggested I eat more and remembered my menu choices, were all always caring, super positive, friendly. Nearly every time I would ask myself and sometimes other patients, “so how do these nurses do it?” Stay, calm, careful, compassionate, focused – “who does this,” I would say to myself. Kathleen Moseman is the Patient Services Manager in my treatment unit. She answered that question for this article with simply, “it’s a calling.” But what of the organization, the obviously rigor-
Cathy Lyons is the Director of Patient Services and the Chief Nursing Officer for Smilow Cancer Hospital and is responsible for all the nursing care and support services. It was clear she understood professionalism and personality, what and who was needed, when she explained, “It is a very challenging time for our patients, but I’m very lucky. I get to oversee the best people Yale New Haven Hospital has to offer. I know I’m very biased, but they are magnificent human beings in addition to being outstanding nurses.” My generation has watched the news of college campuses in the past year and many have commented about the seeming self-centeredness of “today’s” young people.
But then we weren’t talking to Taylor Healey, 24, who graduated from Quinnipiac University’s nursing school two years ago. Healey works on a difficult floor, one I hope not to need to ever get to, where some of the most challenged patients go for clinical trials. She is apparently a young person, but with a mature soul that says of her career choice, “I was always super interested in Cancer, and I was looking for an emotional connection with patients.” Adding, “we see people at the most vulnerable time for them. And the [more experienced nurses] have encouraged me to connect. I do try to go above and beyond.” And then she adds, “I think 95% of the nurses here knew they wanted to do this. The other five percent took it as a job and then fell in love with it.” Lyons explained that Healey is what Smilow is looking for [the recruiters], “they don’t select just anybody. They select people who really feel this is their mission in life. You can’t just dabble, you have to be all in.” And these, our heroes, are.
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A Healthcare Advocate From Day One For This Congresswoman, Quality Health Care Is Personal By Rachel Bergman
CONGRESSWOMAN ROSA DELAURO
ongresswomen Rosa DeLauro has been legislating for healthcare rights and privileges for twenty-six years. Prior to running for Congress in 1990, she was the first Executive Director of Emily’s List after its founding, a women’s rights advocacy PAC that seeks to financially and strategically support ProChoice female candidates in campaigns and elections. According to DeLauro, “[Emily’s List] changed the face of Congress in terms of women and diversity.”
One of DeLauro’s primary goals has always been healthcare, and as one of her first acts focusing on healthcare as the U.S. Representative for the 3rd District of Connecticut, DeLauro supported successful legislation to get the National Institutes of Health to include women and minorities in their clinical trials. In summing up her many years of support of a wide range of healthcare issues, Delauro describes herself as a 30-year survivor of ovarian cancer who is “here by the grace of God and biomedical research.” Biomedical research has also been an issue for the Congresswoman as she consistently supports funding and legislation in support of medical breakthroughs, which she says “could always be right around the corner.”
ADVANCEMENT IN HEALTHCARE As a leader responsible for oversight of the funding of the Department of Health & Human Services, she has very strong interest in advancing the country’s most critical efforts in that field, which is key for discoveries. She admits to spending a lot of time on this issue, making sure 18 M AY /J UNE 2016
there is adequate funding for the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. In rapid response to the opioid crisis, Delauro recently introduced a bill to increase access to substance abuse treatment by providing $1b to community clinics providing services to increase the number of beds and the amount of services available. She explains, “Today, clinics have no beds. In between the time people come for help and wait for a bed, people die. We can’t have that.” The next hot-button issue currently in her line of sight is a proposal for an emergency preparedness act for public health emergencies, similar to a disaster relief fund, but to combat disease Congresswoman DeLauro has played point on healthcare issues across the outbreaks and push for region for more than two decades, addressing nearly every healthcare issue from rapid response in terms nursing education to the opioid crisis. Photo: Steve Blazo of research of vaccines defects in babies born to mothers who contracted and treatment options, the virus during pregnancy and difficulties for as in the case of the Zika virus, which some infants and small children infected. health professionals believe has the potential to wreak havoc on the Gulf States. While Zika is DeLauro doesn’t ever consider herself a solo a mosquito-borne virus, all of the active cases in crusader and says, “I am largely working with the U.S., including the cases in Connecticut, are the medical community to make sure I work travel-borne. The Zika virus is linked to birth with people who know what they are talking NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
about.” She turns often to the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) for help. According to the CSMS President, Dr. Henry Jacobs, “The State Medical Society considers Rosa DeLauro a healthcare hero. She has been a high profile spokeswoman for Breast Cancer issues, Melanoma diagnosis and treatment, the Heroin Addiction Crisis and has helped us advance the state of medical care. We look to her for leadership on key issues that save lives and make care available.” Today, she also serves as ranking member on the House subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations; the subcommittee responsible for the Food & Drug Administration as well as agriculture, where she helps oversees drug and food safety; and is co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee. She is championing efforts to regulate the way prescription drugs are advertised to consumers, seeing this as a consumer issue worthy of some protective regulations for patients. As a vocal supporter of the Affordable Care Act, DeLauro believes the bill eliminated a lot of the basic biases toward women in healthcare. Prior to the bill, women paid significantly more in healthcare premiums, basic preventive services
weren’t standard coverage, and women could be denied healthcare services for a variety of reasons that didn’t apply to men. Today, breastfeeding supplies and support are covered, women’s preventive health screenings are covered, women pay the same price as men for the cost of premiums and can’t be denied coverage as a victim of domestic violence—among other things. Jim Wadleigh, CEO of Connecticut’s insurance exchange, Access Health CT, had high praise for the Congresswoman’s dedication to healthcare, saying “Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has been a champion for her constituents and a true advocate for all Connecticut residents. As such, she has been a steadfast supporter of the Affordable Care Act and Access Health CT since day one. She was there to help us launch our New Haven storefront in December of 2013, the first of its kind in the country, and has worked tirelessly to raise awareness for the work we are doing to lower the rate of uninsured and bring quality, affordable healthcare to all Connecticut residents. She, like AHCT, understands that giving people access to healthcare means they can take important steps toward living healthier lives.”
Connecticut’s healthcare exchange has been one of the most successful, by the registration numbers, in the nation. Asking the local community health centers about their interactions with Congresswoman DeLauro garners much of the same type of enthusiastic feedback. She has repeatedly championed healthcare for all as an important step to improving the lives of her constituents. According to Michael Taylor, Executive Director of Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, “[Connecticut] residents are fortunate indeed to be represented by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. She has proven time and again that she is a champion of social justice and equality, and a passionate advocate of health care as a right for everyone. It certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s also one of the warmest and [most] engaging people you’ll ever meet.” As the first community health center in Connecticut, the agency works to provide healthcare to vulnerable populations in New Haven County. The clinic provides primary care, behavioral care, and dental care to more than 30,000 patients each year, plus special programs focused on children and families, homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention and outreach and drug and alcohol programming. Taylor adds, “Congresswoman DeLauro is a gift.”
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The Chairman Champions This City Homegrown Entrepreneur Works To Keep Bio-Science Investment Local By Mitchell Young
DOCTOR, PROFESSOR, INVESTOR, ENTREPRENEUR DR. TIM SHANNON
on Soderstrom has, for twenty years, been helping bring bioscience and other technology from within Yale into the real world as the Managing Director of The Office of Cooperative Research at Yale.
article – everything else is almost just background – well almost everything, but we’re sure you’ll get it.
Soderstrom was recognized for his twenty years of work by Business New Haven and New Haven magazine as a Healthcare Hero himself in 2014.
It turns out “this guy,” is really our guy.
Soderstrom doesn’t just have a front row seat to bio-science developments in New Haven and beyond, he is one of its most important drivers. He has seen and been a part of the wins, the losses, the revolutionary new research that forms companies and creates new cures—and they come right from the efforts of his Yale “clients” and colleagues. He has helped tailor numerous companies and it is safe to say he likely knows the neck collar sizes of every player in the field. We asked Soderstrom if he could help with understanding how our Healthcare Person of Merit, Tim Shannon, really fits into New Haven’s bioscience landscape.
HEALTHCARE PERSON OF MERIT Soderstrom interrupts our first question with: “Can I just make a statement on Tim Shannon?” “I am so glad you are recognizing him because this guy is singlehandedly, right now, really transforming this area.” Soderstrom’s answer pretty much writes our 20 M AY /J UNE 2016
Shannon grew up in the Hill Section of New Haven and then his family emigrated all the way to West Haven. He went to parochial grammar school on Cedar Street and Columbus Avenue in New Haven and high school in both West Haven and New Haven. Shannon made it to far off Amherst for a Chemistry degree at Amherst College, then a Medical degree from UCONN and postTim Shannon, the proverbial local boy who makes good, said this biotech will graduate medical train- be in New Haven. ing at the Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Eventually, however, Shannon wanted a more Medical School and at Boston University. transformative role and he became the senior vice Shannon took that education portfolio back home president and head of Global Clinical Development for Bayer’s Pharmaceutical Business Group, and became an assistant professor of Pulmonary then CEO of Branford and New Haven’s pioneerand Critical Care at Yale University School of ing bio-science firm Curagen. Medicine – which is on Cedar Street in New Haven.
With all due respect to J.LO, I guess we can rightly call him “Timmy From The Block.”
He then joined and became a general partner at Canaan Partners, one of the leading venture capital firms in the U.S.
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in and is on the board of multiple cutting edge bio-science companies throughout “Pharma Country USA,” with a presence in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey and most importantly for us, multiple companies here in Connecticut and New Haven. Shannon explains why New Haven, “we have a major advantage in Connecticut and New Haven in that Yale University is one of the leading Universities in the world, and one of the leading bio-medical universities in terms of discovering novel science that may benefit humans.” He adds, “in scientific commercialization, much of it starts in academic circles. Part of our job is to be close to them, and it is easy to be close at Yale given my proximity and familiarity and knowledge. Companies have been started in Connecticut from Yale and outside of Connecticut with technology from Yale, but it is certainly nice to keep them close to home, which is our goal here.” And that network brought one of Yale’s leading researchers to Shannon, Dr. Craig Crews, who wanted to start a new company based on a novel therapeutic approach he had developed [see Crews’ profile next page].
Shannon decided to join all in with Crews helping to raise the funds to start the company Arvinas, now based in Science Park, New Haven. Shannon and Crews pushed aside those that wanted to supply funding, but that wanted the company to be based in Boston or elsewhere, but not New Haven. They did get some extra help when Connecticut’s head of the Department of Economic and Community Development [DECD], Catherine Smith, heard about the startup. She helped bring some State of Connecticut funding to the table as well. Along with marshalling the necessary funds with a lead from Canaan, Shannon became the first CEO of the company. When the company was ready to break out its technology, it recruited Dr. Manny Litchman to be its new CEO in January of 2015, while Shannon remains as Chairman of the Board. By Spring of 2015, Arvinas announced a nearly half a billion dollar collaboration partnership with Merck, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. A few months later, another research partnership of hundreds of millions of
dollars was closed with yet another world leader, Genentech. Soderstrom reiterates the importance of Shannon’s efforts on behalf of New Haven saying, “having investors locally makes the difference, Tim could say we’re going to do it here. Tim wants it in New Haven, he wants to create a cluster of bio-techs in New Haven. He knows it is going to create more opportunity. He wants other investors to be doing the same and he tirelessly promotes that.” Shannon says it this way, “in biotech, things succeed and things fail, that is the nature of it. The issue is, you have to have enough critical mass going so that you can participate in the ones that succeed. It would be hard to pick one [technology or company] and say that is going to be the one. The trick for an area [for New Haven] is to have enough activity going on.” And it looks like if Tim Shannon, Craig Crews and Jon Soderstrom have their way, real estate developers may be looking for some vacant property further down Cedar Street.
With Deep Appreciation From The Board of Directors and Staff of Arvinas to:
TIMOTHY SHANNON, M.D., Arvinas Board Chairman CRAIG CREWS, Ph.D., Arvinas Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor
On Your Recogition as Greater New Haven Healthcare Heroes 5 S c i e n c e Pa r k 3 9 5 Wi n c h e s t e r Ave N ew H a ve n Inspiring A New Pharmaceutial Paradigm
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This Researcher Took His Rogue Idea To Attack Rogue Proteins After Selling The Molecule In His Pocket, He Gets To Work On His Real Idea By Mitchell Young
BIO-SCIENCE RESEARCHER, PROFESSOR, COMPANY FOUNDER, DR. CRAIG CREWS
ust a bit over one year ago, Merck, one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies, hooked up with a relatively small New Haven biotech start-up to announce a potential $434 million dollar research and development collaboration, one of the largest such deals in decades for Connecticut. Six months later, another pharmaceutical giant, Genentech, also hooked up with the New Haven company in a $300 million dollar partnership. There’s no bioscience dating site like Tinder for fickle pharma companies that brought the Science Park-based Arvinas together with these partners. Instead, it was a new and novel way to treat disease and attack cancer – different than what pretty much everyone else was doing. Dr. Craig Crews is a Yale researcher and runs a lab of fifteen at the University, and for almost twenty years, he’s been developing his approach. Crews explains that he and a colleague were at a scientific conference and over a few drinks, they discussed that within the human body, there is what Crews calls a “quality control machinery” for “degrading and destroying” weak and diseased proteins within our cells. Crews’ “ah-ha” moment came when he said, “maybe we can hijack that,” and trick the body to target those proteins that are causing disease, especially cancer.
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Crews founded Arvinas, but now mostly he’s just an advisor and back in the lab or teaching students at Yale.
with the expectations that the sequencing of the human genome would bring forward new discovery and new drugs and the money was flowing.
molecule that we can get into the clinic that will be an effective treatment for multiple myeloma cancer.
Investors, however, were seeing that bubble burst just as the pair made their rounds to investors. Leading Caltech and Yale researchers working together were an attractive package, but unfortunately, their plan was too out on the edge for investors. The answer came back “we like you guys, but do you have anything a little closer to the clinic” – in layman’s terms, something we can make money on in this decade.
The company Proteolix was formed and funded. Crews tried to have it located in New Haven, but investors weren’t having it and the company located in San Francisco. The company had a drug in the clinic within eighteen months. Eventually, it would take on the sexy name of carfilzomib and it was working as Crews expected. In 2009, Proteolix was sold for more than $800 million dollars.
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Some development work and clinical trials later and by 2013, Amgen paid more than $10 billion to acquire the drug developed by Crews, now named Kyprolis. Today, it is a new “blockbuster” for Amgen and is already generating more than one billion in sales per year and extending the lives of multiple myeloma patients where the prime therapy had already failed or won’t work. Just in case you think it’s a typo – yes, that was more than $10 billion dollars, not lira. Crews, 51, who as of today has started two biotech companies, doesn’t work in one but is still in his Yale lab with his team, “pursuing our scientific curiosity,” he says. Scientific curiosity is one thing, but in the end, this is all about treating sick people. Crews said, “When it got approved [Kyprolis] and I started seeing articles and the comments—reading what patients and their families that had participated in the clinical trials were saying, and the positive effect it had on them, it really brought it home for me and my personal satisfaction, but I was also very happy for my lab. We are excited about pursuing scientific curiosity but it is also nice to have a real impact.” But let’s not forget this drug [molecule] was not Crews’ A game; he was into refining the method to tame the body’s “quality control machinery.” Crews explained, “what we’re doing is engaging that same machinery to degrade rogue disease causing proteins.” With that refinement done, Crews set out to start a new company and hooked up with investor Tim Shannon [see profile previous profile], who grew up in New Haven and is a general partner for the Connecticutbased Venture Capital Group, Canaan Partners. The company Arvinas would be in New Haven, Crews and Shannon [founding CEO and currently Board Chairman] made sure of that, and a little help from the State of Connecticut didn’t hurt in the $19 million Shannon marshaled to establish the company. Arvinas expects to have at least one drug in clinical trials in 2017 and a couple more the following year. While the technology can be aimed at
literally thousands of disease-causing proteins, many, according to Arvinas CEO Dr. Manny Litchman, are not reachable by other available methods, the initial targets are Breast, Prostate and Blood cancers. Crews explained why a drug needs to move off campus into a commercial operation and why he is an advisor, but still teaches and does his work at his Yale Lab, “It is very clear what can best be done in academia, that pure curiosity driven thing,” adding, “what is best in the private sector, that is nose to the grindstone, working hard, hyper focused, solving problems. If you have a toxicity issue, addressing that. If you have problems with solubility, addressing that. These are very problem-focused things, and that is best done in the private sector.” Jon Soderstrom, Yale’s Director of Cooperative Research who worked with Crews to establish both Proteolix and Arvinas, is hoping for great things from this new effort. He said, “the beauty of Arvinas is that it will turn out a whole series of drugs that we hope will become like Kyprolis.” A blockbuster cancer drug, a whole new technology for creating drugs, multiple million dollar partnerships, a commitment to students and basic research, any of which would be enough to consider that Craig Crews should be this region’s Researcher of the Year, but there was a tough group this year [lol]. What really sold us is that Crews is taking his success, his time and his talent, to help others achieve. Working with the State of Connecticut, he set up a new organization to help other researchers at Yale and UCONN to bring their research efforts into real world application. He started PITCH with the state, Program in Innovative Therapeutics for Connecticut’s Health. “We’re not creating drugs, we’re taking the discoveries from Yale and UCONN and generating a data package that can be attractive for external investment. We want to de-risk those basic science discoveries that the investors can recognize.” Adding, “I’ve done it as a one up [take academic research and make a drug and a company], but I want us to systematize it.”
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The dining area is just off the foyer and overlooks the backyard. To the left, a fireplace built into a wall that was chopped up to open the foyer to the view.
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architect Stephan Klein and his wife, writer Anna Cypra Oliver, spent some time wandering the seafarer’s village of Mystic and thought the Connecticut shoreline would be a great place for a weekend and summer home. It was by accident—or kismet—that another architect’s home came onto the market near Chaffinch Island Park in Guilford. The six-acre property borders wetlands cut with “mosquito abatement channels” across the back lot, making it difficult to walk directly to the beach, but in high tide, kayakers can navigate the maze. Klein and Oliver kayak and have even made the trip all the way to Guilford Mooring for a drink and a snack—but they find it easier to bring their boats to the boat launch at the park next door rather than cross the narrow and unpredictable channels.
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The 4,000 square foot house was originally built in 1982 and is situated on a stunning property with the potential for tremendous views. In the back, the salt marshes and ocean views extend all the way to Hammonasset. From Klein’s third floor office facing downtown, the iconic church spire on the Guilford Green is just visible. It was the process of maximizing those views that took two years of renovations. The couple explains that their meticulous and precision-driven builder Sal Laudano, a true craftsman, only worked with one assistant. During the process, Klein recalls coming up for the weekend to check
progress and noting that maybe only one or two beams had gone up in a week, but they were perfectly straight and symmetrical. Working closely with a design & build architectural firm based in Hamden, Francis Albis with Albis Architects LLC, Albis helped the homeowners transform anything that could be transformed into a window. Walls were torn down or broken up and rooms were reconfigured to make more room for the view— from hurricane-proof windows, of course. Even the architect admitted it was all about the view, saying, “The existing house was truly a diamond in the rough and did not take full advantage of its special setting.” In addition to the architect’s preferred general contractor, Albis was also able to recommend an environmental consultant to the couple to help them with solar panels, which supply about 40% of the home’s power, and a desalination reverse osmosis system, which ensures clean water even if a water shortage gets them to the bottom of their well. Nothing was spared in the quest to add more windows—not even closet space. The first floor guest room lost a large closet and storage cubby to become a window with window seat, the perfect place for bird watching as osprey and heron land in the side yard. The home’s entryway was initially a closed foyer, but walls were “downsized” to smaller dividers looking into the dining and living rooms. Upon entering the front door, the marsh and ocean views immediately dominate. new haven
As Klein, also a former interior design instructor, and Oliver, also a painter and sketch artist, put their house together, the design elements of muted colors and soft tones came naturally. Their art, often produced in studio spaces above the garage, is hung throughout the home’s three bedrooms, two home offices and in the living room and family room. Initially, the kitchen was very small, which did not sit well with the couple, who enjoy cooking and need lots of space. Expanded, and of course, lined with windows, the kitchen overlooks the salt marsh and offers ample space for big projects, like making challah bread with their four grandchildren. At certain times of the year, in fact, every room of the house is overrun by children and toys during what the kids call “Camp Baba MeiMei” when they come for extended stays. For the purposes of these photos, toys were carefully stored behind furniture or confined to
The backyard is home to a gunnite swimming pool, kept warm with a solar cover, and lots of flora and fauna that thrive in a salt marsh. The majority of this side of the home became windows during renovations.
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BRICK BEAUTY on one block long East Rock Street. Tastefully renovated w/ renovated eatin kit, master suite w/ smashing bath + walk-in closet. Perfect blend of old world charm + new updates. $839,000.
SPRING GLEN such a happy house! 3 BR col. on quiet block is in super shape and with lots of good taste. Updated kit. w/ granite and SS appliances, Sparking HW floors, LR w/ FP + heated sun room. $233,900.
FEDERAL STYLE home w/two units. LR, big eat-in kit + 2 BRs. 2nd flr has central great room/ kitchen, + 2 BRs. Skylights, vaulted ceiling, exposed brick, HW floors. Eligible for Yale Homebuyer Program. $360,000.
A FEEL GOOD HOUSE with magnificent views of East Rock. L.R., D.R. Library, and renovated kit. w/ pantry. 6 BRs, 3.5 baths. Good combination of classic original details and modern amenities. $725,000.
GUILFORD 4 BR, 2 bath meticulous contemporary with lots of upgrades.. CA, great room w/ cathedral ceiling, private landscaped yard with separate studio/workshop building. $399,500.
THIS HOUSE SINGS! A happy feeling in this charming 3 BR 1.5 bath Spring Glen col. on one-way street. Open LR/DR, renovated kit., and great yard. South facing sun porch. Walk to everything. $219,000.
SCIENCE PARK AREA condo in walking distance to Yale, downtown New Haven. Large, classic condo w/natural woodwork, columns, tall ceilings, lots of light, HW floors, kit w/ granite, 2BRs, 1BA. $249,500.
WESTVILLE COLONIAL on quiet, tree-lined block. Gracious architectural details include French doors, 9’ ceilings, classic sun room, HW floors, finished 3rd floor perfect for au-pair. Mature garden + great yard $499,900.
WOOSTER SQUARE condo with views of the park. Large open spaces with floor to ceiling windows + amazing light. HW floors, front + back patios. Yale Homebuyer Area. $290,000.
C. 1769 TREASURE. 6 BRs, 3.5 baths, fireplaces, original woodwork, + feeling of History. Charming yard, patio + stream. Additional bldg. perfect for studio or office.$299,900.
WOOSTER SQUARE CONDO rare opportunity to own a piece of New Haven history. Magnificent brownstone directly across from Wooster Sq Park. 1 BR, recently remodeled bath. Yale Homebuyer program. $239,000.
LINDEN SHORES BRANFORD simply amazing house with glorious water views and large, country feeling lot. 4 BRs, 2 baths, renovated kit, HW floors, LR w/ FP, French doors, heated sun room. $695,000.
YOU CAN AFFORD ME! Secluded 3 BR, 2 bath interesting house. The wooded setting offers a connection to nature. Large windows, 1 car garage. You’’ feel like you’re in Vermont. $184,500.
SUNNY, OPEN, SPACIOUS East Rock house ready for you to move right in. Grand entry, Parquet floors, grand staircase, beamed ceiling LR. + great kit. 5 BRs, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage + large yard. $725, 000
HISTORIC AND MODERN HW floors, high ceilings, period trim, renovated kitchen, W/D in unit. Sunny unit. Heat + HW included in HOA fee. Off street parking. Yale shuttle steps from your door! $272,500.
EDGEHILL/SAINT RONAN LOCATION near Edgerton Park. This 5 BR 3.5 bath col. has natural woodwork, beams, HW floors, wide plank floors, bay windows, oversized FP + lovely yard. $595,000.
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EAST ROCK. Affordable 3 BRs, 2 bath on quiet block. HW floors, good light. Bonus studio/ office building in rear plus great southern exposure yard. Yale Homebuyer Area. $319,500.
BRICK TOWN HOUSE 4 story town house close to Yale Campus and the business district. Great for owner occupied or an investment property. Fabulous city living! $517.000.
SUPER COUNTRY COLONIAL on private 2.9 acre cul-de-sac wooded lot. 4 BRs, 3.5 baths, spacious rooms with excellent floor plan. 3 car garage, perfect in-law/au pair space. Meticulously maintained. $524,900.
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an upstairs playroom outside of Klein’s home office. But that’s not their favorite part of camp—all the kids love to use the toilet in the master bathroom, an ultra-modern Toto toilet with heated seats and electronic features known as the “hotty potty” during “camp” season. Klein’s favorite feature is the master bedroom because, “it’s great for taking naps.” The second floor master bedroom houses one of the home’s three fireplaces and looks out over the salt marsh.
The second floor master bedroom in soft neutral tones looks out over the salt marsh and is complete with a cozy fireplace, heated toilet in the Master Bath, and ample space to sit and read.
During renovations and planning, they never argued, they said, thanks to their experience in renovating a Greenwich Village apartment together (still their primary residence), and a closely held belief that there are so many things in life to argue about—why this?
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whose personal essay is published in the March/April 2016 issue of New Haven Magazine. ACES also congratulates the ACES ECA Creative Writing Department, where students have won 71 regional and 4 national Scholastic Writing Prizes, 3 statewide Thornton Wilder Writing Prizes, and a Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Writing by an ECA student (Maya Lew) has been included in the national anthology, Best Teen Essays 2015.
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Hamden/ New Haven- Prospect Hill, beautiful remastered 2005 Georgian Colonial, slate roof, high end moldings, 4 fire places, 6 bathrooms, extra large in law or aupaire suite, gas heat, central air, located at the end of a cul de sac, walk to Albertus and Yale shuttle, additional sq footage in walk up attic and lower level. 1,500,000. Gena x 203
East Haven - direct waterfront 5896 ft.² shell located on sandy beach, three stories of open space and light, custom designed with walls of glass in orientation for passive solar and maximum water views from every room, multilevel deck’s, garage holds six cars, utilities brought to the house but everything else is needed inside, unbelievable opportunity to have a unique home on a very special spot along the water boasting panoramic views and professional design. 699,000 Jeff x 210
East Haven- Morgan Point lot, direct waterfront, sandy beach, own one of the few beach lots available to build your dream home. Opportunity to make everyday a vacation and live on the water. Buyers responsibility to obtain building approval and coastal management approval. 233,900. Neile x 212
New Haven- Attention investors, the numbers work! 3 family home with 2 bedrooms on the first, second and third floors along with a fully finished two bedroom unit with slate floors and exposed brick in the lower level. Located in the historic district of Fair Haven with views of the Quinnipiac River in your back yard. All units are rented. 312,500. Diana x 208
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. Priced to sell at 173,900. Gena x 203
New Haven - Wooster Square, two family home directly on a Wooster Square, updated and remodeled and currently being used as a 1 family home. Brand new French Country kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliance, recess lighting, exposed beams, 3 full baths, laundry on second level with master bedroom suite, fantastic back yard with patio and grape arbor, hardwood floors, central air and more. 499,900. Gena x203
Hamden- Spring Glen Colonial with fantastic 20x20 family room and master bedroom addition, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, updated kitchen with 2 sinks, living room with fireplace, dining room, enclosed sun porch, sliders to deck, w/d on second level, finished lower level, new central air, detached garage, fenced in yard. Walk to Spring Glen elementary school, the Farmington Canal, shops, restaurants, minutes to Yale. 349,900. Gena x203
New Haven- Rivercrest, Wonderful open design contemporary unit overlooking the Quinnipiac River and waterfront park, only minutes to downtown New Haven, Yale, the train, hospitals, and all amenities, spacious LR/ DR space with fire place and lots of glass, hard wood floors, kitchen with lots of counters and cabinets, large master bedroom with master bath with jacuzzi and tons of closet space, sliders to patio with water views. Price reduced. 149,900 Jeff x 210
New Haven- Ninth Square, great 4 story brick building of long time family business now ready for development, open space with business on first floor and storage above. Lots of development options for creative buyers, close to all downtown amenities. Walking distance to trains, hospitals and Yale. 1,200,000. Jeff x210
Hamden-4 bedroom, 2.1 bath Colonial, Majestic, spectacular home set on 4+ acres of land in the paradise preserve area of Hamden. Privacy surrounds your custom built home which both over 3600 ft.². As you enter the grand Fourier you are greeted by a marble inlaid floor, gleaming hardwood floors a gourmet kitchen granite counters a breakfast bar and eat in space. There is so much to offer, a huge three-car garage, home is ideal for entertaining easy commute to Yale and Quinnipiac. 494,900. Neile x 212
New Haven- Morris Cove, Corner lot Colonial with large rooms, hardwood floors, living room with fire place, dining room, heated sun room over looking in ground pool and patio with beautiful gardens, large eat in kitchen with SS appliances, pantry, 2 full baths, big bedrooms, walk in closets, new architectural roof, 2 car detached garage, sits nicely on corner lot and end of road. Priced to sell at 247,000. Gena x 203
New Haven - Former servants quarters for a Victorian Estate now an exciting 9 room home with lots of light throughout on over 1/3 acre lot with rolling hill and trees and beautiful flower beds all around the house. Living room with great stone fire place, formal dining, kitchen with pantry, master bedroom suite with bath and skylight, full walk out basement to private yard,minutes to downtown New Haven, Yale, train and hospitals. 249,900. Jeff x 210
Clinton- A wonderful opportunity to own your own business and have a rental unit upstairs excellent location on route one close to our account amenities and bus line this two unit building is located in a commercial condo development. The building has two condos in it the right side is 950 ft.² apartment upstairs which is occupied and rented the first floor has 1870 ft.². 185,000. Neile x 212
East Haven- Great starter home on corner lot with plenty of yard space home was converted to gas heat in 2007, Main roof was replaced and driveway installed in 2012, tankless water heater and thermopane windows. Is Cape Cod style home have six rooms two bedrooms and one full bath built in 1925. 129,900. Diana x 208
New Haven- Edwards Abbey, 3 story townhouse condominium with amazing views of East Rock, renovated from top to bottom, 2 large bedrooms, 3 baths, brand new custom kitchen with Corian, new windows, new recessed lighting, new hardwood floors, walk in closets, large rooms, central air, full unfinished basement, on Orange line of Yale shuttle. 389,000. Gena x 203
. Hamden- Beautifully maintained Ranch style home with gleaming hardwood floors, formal living room with fireplace/pellet stove, formal dining room, 3 full baths, 4th bedroom on fully finished lower level with full bath, new architectural roof, new front doors, new garage door, new deck, new retaining wall, sits proudly on half acre lot on dead end street in Bearpath school district. 259,900 Gena x203
Hamden- 4 bedroom, 2 full bath Colonial in sidewalk lined neighborhood, living room, dining room, family room, hardwood floors, finished lower level, new mechanicals, fenced in yard with deck 165,000. Gena x203
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New Haven- direct waterfront 3000 square-foot townhouse on the Quinnipiac river, includes 30 foot boat slip, living room with two-story atrium windows, fireplace and sliders to patio, formal dining room with fireplace bay windows and sliders to patio, spacious custom kitchen w/ith Viking stove, subzero fridge & granite, library with built-in bookcases fireplace atrium windows & vaulted ceiling’s, master bedroom suite with sliders to balcony overlooking water. 17th century Italian marble fireplaces, water front windows and other extras too numerous to mention, minutes To Yale. 599,900. Jeff x210
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They Shoot Therefore We Are
Phone cameras and Facebook postings have brought millions of us to the hobby or perhaps habit of image capture. We see a bird on a post, a baby squealing in delight and pull out our “phone.” “Oh that’s really nice,” seconds later we’re sharing with our friends and family for the adrenaline rush of those clicks on the “like” button. And if a few comments roll in, we envision ourselves an Ansel Adams or Robert Mapplethorpe, should we steal the glimpse of a sinewy young and breathless woman – Mario Testini beware, we’re coming for you. Quickly we are on Amazon scouting Canons, but lenses and lights and filters, oh my – another notification interrupts and our trip up the river is ended. A few of us will soldier on and even make it to Staples to “check out the cameras.” Chris Volpe and Ian Christmann are two of greater New Haven’s leading photographic artists, and it is their ability to find and capture a truth first in their mind’s eye and then through a lens that brought them here. Creative thinking, composition, lighting, texture, context and pasion – these tools of the photographic artists won’t be found in Photoshop but are developed through artistic insight and forged over time. We offer you no photo gallery but a scant few photographs to provide a glimpse of photographic art. Visit these artists’ websites to understand even more the art and excellence of their captured images and marvel at their huge commercial talents as well. Greater New Haven’s visual artists work with clay and metal and paint brushes and image capturing devices and are among our greatest community assets. We offer two here, we hope you’ll return for others. – MY
Here, the former New Haven Register news photographer demonstrates how the simplest image can convey a multitude of meanings. Derby Parade 2014
Photo: Chris Volpe
Vantage points mean different things when taking in great photographs. The obvious ones like this expansive view of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, and the less obvious ones that the photographer leaves for us to share.
Photo: Ian Christmann
Photographers like New Haven’s Chris Volpe, document the new, the old, the broken, the remade, and the renegade. Here, Volpe finds art that just appears for an instant and exists only if it is captured – but he did – New Haven Grinding 2014.
Photo: Chris Volpe
Christmann’s Quinnipiac River photos are the definitve images of the New Haven waterway, beyond that, they reveal what almost none of us ever see in New Haven.
Photo: Ian Christmann
Chris Volpe’s photographs have been among the most widely seen in the region. His twenty plus years of photojournalism experiences have taken him from birthday parties and senior citizens centers to the streets of Kosovo. His years as one of the New Haven Register’s lead photographers have placed him in the center of the New Haven action countless times. Volpe’s humor and energy are as boundless as his knowledge and passion for the New Haven region. His photographs have helped define this community’s vision of itself, be it of a newsmaker, a bride, or young actors from the elaborate theater productions of the Westville Edgewood school. His commercial work, portraits, and weddings are infused with the substance of the best photojournaistic work. Perhaps Volpe’s greatest gift is his ability to elevate his subject, making any one of us or an old building or a street scene to be the equal to the most powerful newsmaker. Volpe lives in New Haven with his wife and daugther, his work and contact information can be found at his website, chrisvolpephoto.com.
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Ian Christmann is a commercial photographer specializing in professional and lifestyle portraits, architecture, advocacy and fine art. One of his earliest professional assignments was on the world’s largest hospital ship, the Mercy Ship Anastasis. His images told the stories of patients who received life-changing cataract and maxillofacial surgeries. The assignment inspired a passion to use his photography to raise awareness and inspire advocacy. Christmann’s work with international and local nonprofits, include the Discovery Learning Alliance, The Access Project in Rwanda, The Quinnipiac River Fund, Youth With a Mission, United Way and Urban Resource Initiatives. Christmann has worked extensively with hospitals and numerous healthcare organizations, including Yale New Haven and Hartford Hospitals. In 2011, he provided production photography for Inside Story, an award-winning feature length film that integrates entertainment with information related to the science of HIV/AIDS. Christmann lives in New Haven, Connecticut, beside the Quinnipiac River, with his wife and two sons. He enjoys being able to kayak his son to school and then kayak on to his office/studio, which overlooks the river. His work and contact information can be found at his website: www.ianchristmann.com NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
p Neither Black and white photography nor Oystering in Long island Sound done well will go out of style.
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B I BLIO F I L ES
New Look At B I BLI O F I LES U.S. Isolationism In WWII Local Author Chronicles American Reluctance to Save Europe
BY RACHEL BERGMAN
ew Haven author and historian Marc Wortman painstakingly studied journals and diaries, letters, personal accounts, spy networks, and all the news that was fit to print in the years leading up to “official” U.S. involvement in WWII. Between the start of the war in September of 1939 and leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Wortman details a divided public, domestic Nazi sympathizers, and the government’s secret support of Britain and its Allied Powers in his new book 1941: Fighting the Shadow War, A Divided America In A World At War. This startling look at the indecisiveness of America’s “Greatest Generation,” or what Wortman calls “The Most Conflicted Generation,” tells of a long-forgotten propaganda machine, the disagreements between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his cousin Theodore Roosevelt, who was a vociferous anti-war isolationist, and right down to the average American household still recovering from the first Great War and unsure about a second. FDR was decidedly in favor of assisting the Allied Powers, and clandestinely supported war efforts prior to Pearl Harbor. In 1938, he had the foresight to ready the naval fleet for combat operations as part of the “Atlantic Squadron” defending the “Atlantic Neutrality Zone.”The navy’s patrol of “neutral” waters was tripled in size and American ships began to shadow any vessel of any nation that moved in the Western Hemisphere, passively cluing in the Royal Navy to the presence of German ships attempting to move clandestinely through the region. Hitler was accepting of FDR’s not-so-neutral neutrality status, aiming to seal up the European front before he had to contend with the U.S. and wishing to delay their inevitable entry into the war for as long as possible. Meanwhile, defense spending increased and the military industrial complex began churning out war machines. 36 M AY /J UNE 2016
intervention, but formed organizations like the America First Committee to challenge FDR’s war sentiments.
Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, presidential advisor Harry Hopkins served as the President’s emissary to Winston Churchill, and even met with Stalin, when the U.S. began sending aide to the allies under the “Lend-Lease” agreement. Pictured here with Stalin in the Kremlin, Moscow. Photo courtesy of FDR
Library Collection, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
FDR and Churchill aboard the HMS Prince of Wales in August of 1941 laying out the terms of the Atlantic Charter, plans for the post-war era that are thought to have led to the formation of NATO, GATT and the UN. Six months later, the Prince of Wales was sunk by Japanese airships. Photo courtesy U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph
Lindbergh before his October 30, 1940 talk at Yale’s Woolsey Hall flanked by students Kingman Brewster (left), Chairman of the Yale Daily News, and Richard M. Bissell (right), chairman of the event sponsored by the campus chapter of America First. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper
By the time Paris fell to the Germans, national polls revealed that only about 7% of Americans were in favor of sending troops to help the Allies—just about the same number of Americans willing to fight on behalf of Hitler’s Germany. Vocal national critics not only opposed American
To illustrate the divide, Wortman explores the paths of two American war correspondents in Europe and their vastly different opinions of the rise of fascism: noted journalist William Shirer and Philip Johnson, renowned architect and founder of MoMA’s Department of Architecture. Shirer was devastated to watch the fall of Western Europe to what he called “Nazi Brutality” and when he was forced to return to America, he smuggled out diaries and personal papers detailing atrocities that the German propaganda machine had spent two years suppressing. Johnson, however, was a wealthy and connected artist who favored Hitler’s ideals of fascism, modernism and anti-semitism and believed democracy was a failing institution, particularly in the United States. Shirer felt it his duty to inform the world what was “really” happening in Europe and Johnson felt it his duty to support American leaders like Huey Long and Father Charles Edward Coughlin who not only opposed the war, but approved of Hitler. Among many CT buildings, Johnson designed the Yale Medical School’s School of Public Health building on Frontage St. and the Kline Biology Tower and the Kling Geology building on Yale’s Science Hill. Wortman’s intense review of the personal papers of leaders like Coughlin and famed Spirit of St. Louis pilot Charles Lindbergh reveal an intense anti-semitism and pull to a “blaming” philosophy that made Hitler’s shrewd rise in Germany possible. Coughlin believed in fascism and spoke at rallies from a stark white stage lined with American flags, mimicking Hitler’s setting for the Nuremberg rallies. Lindbergh, pro-democracy but anti-war, spoke at rallies on behalf of the America First Committee, an isolationist group founded at Yale University that boasted more than 800,000 members nationally and advocated neutrality and peace at all costs.Teddy Roosevelt and wife Eleanor also organized anti-war events with noninterventionist politicians. As Wortman repeatedly points out,“the Greatest Generation” struggled with the decision to go to war, and which side to support. Although popular history categorizes American intervention in World War II as a “moral choice,” 1941 reminds us that the choice was not so easy and clear-cut. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
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CALENDAR BELLES LETTRES Sara Hammel, The Underdogs Who killed Annabel Harper? When a popular teen beauty’s body is discovered by the pool at an elite tennis club, the regulars are shocked especially twelve-year-old Evie and her best friend, Chelsea. While everyone else is haunted by the teen’s death, Evie and Chelsea jump on the case, dogging the footsteps of the lead detective as he investigates. 5:30 p.m. May 31 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison. Free. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com. Dorothea Benton Frank, All Summer Long All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple – prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas Seymour, an English professor and true southern gentleman. They are seemingly polar opposites, yet magnetically drawn together and in love for more than fourteen years. 7 p.m. June 16 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison. Free. 203-2453959, rjjulia.com. Beatriz Williams, A Certain Age The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm. 7p.m. June 30 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com.
CINEMAS BikesVsCars is a film about the advocates and grass-root activists working to claim a portion of city streets for bike riding. Elm City Cycling is bringing this provocative film to the area for one night only. 7:30 May 25 at Cinemark North Haven, 550 Universal Dr N, North Haven. $10. 203-234-8100. cinemark. com
COMEDY For Better & For Worse The mob’s most anticipated wedding is coming to town. You can walk in the steps of the mob’s most notorious gangsters and become part of the wildest wedding in years. 6-9:30p.m. May 21 at the Brownson Country Club, 15 Soundview Ave, Huntington. $60.00/person, $100.00/couple or $400 for a table of 8 people. 203-446-1068. treasuredtime.org Adam Sandler & Friends: The Do Over Tour 8 p.m. May 27 at Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville. $79-99. 888-2267711, mohegansun.com
International Festival of Arts & Ideas Music, Lectures, Walking Tours, Theater. Cycling amd more June 10-25. Selected Events Below Lila Downs -
American Mexican singer-songwriter. June 12 On the New Haven Green, Free
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On the Care Economy. Yale University Art Gallery June 11 Free.
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American Premier at the Yale British Art Museum Art Gallery June 17-19 $35 in advance. Pay what you like at the door if seats are available.
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CULINARY Middle Eastern Fusion Pop Up Dinner by Chef Amanda Cushman The menu includes tomatoes with wasabi mascarpone and toasted pine nuts, lentil and pickled shallot salad with cilantro and smoked paprika, crushed new potatoes with caper berries and roasted garlic, baby multi-color carrots with truffle vinaigrette, coconut ginger haddock in parchment with pineapple and chile sambal, tapioca with coconut jam and caramelized bananas. 6:30-10 p.m. June 10. at the Weekend Kitchen, 6 North Main St., Essex. $125. 860-767-1010, weekendkitchen.myshopify.com. Nordic Cooking by Chef Paul Barron The menu includes: aquavit cocktail, gravlax rosti with creme fraiche and dill, lentil salad with arugula and cashew pesto, swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam, kladdkaka: swedish sticky chocolate cake with blueberries & cream. 6:30-10 p.m. June 18th at the Weekend Kitchen, 6 North Main St., Essex. $80. 860-767-1010, weekendkitchen.myshopify.com. Farm to Table Cooking Series by Chef Suzanne Beck Join local Chef, Suzanne Beck, for a night of cooking instruction and community. Learn new recipes with seasonal produce from Massaro Farm, then enjoy the fruit of your labors with each other when the meal is ready to eat. Classes are held 7 p.m. on May 16, July 11, and Sept. 12 at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. Space is limited; RSVP to JCC Program Director Mara Balk at email@example.com or (203) 387-2522 ext. 300. $18 JCC members/$21 non-members. Register for the full series $50 JCC Members/$60 non-members.
FAMILY EVENTS Milford Touch A Truck 2016 A hands on day of fun: climb on, honk the horn and play away on over 25 trucks. Food for purchase from Taco Loco and Rough House Food Truck as well as Italian Ices of CT. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 5 at Eisenhower Park, 725 North St, Milford. $5/kids and adults, under 2 is free. http:// milfordjuniors.org/ Slide the City A world record-breaking water slide will be posted up downtown. Come dressed in a bathing suit. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 25 at 225 Prospect St., New Haven. $13-99, slidethecity. com
NATURAL HISTORY Mushroom Identification For Beginners Join a foraging family who hunt, photograph, identify, and eat the fungi in New England. This program will dispel myths, teach how to safely identify mushrooms, and discuss mycophagy, the cooking and eating of wild mushrooms. Bring mushrooms you find in your yard and we’ll use our newly learned skills to identify them. 10 a.m. May 21. 10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia. $5. 203-736-1053. ansonianaturecenter.org Tree I.D. Hike The towering giants that fill our forests have many uses and many names. Learn all about the trees we have here in CT, what they are used for, where they grow, which ones you can use for food, and which ones are best for lighting fires. You’ll learn not only how to I.D. trees by their leaves, but also by their bark! 1 p.m. June 5. 10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia. Free. 203-736-1053. ansonianaturecenter.org
CYCLING NHV Alleycat: Bicycle Scavenger Hunt Bring a bike. Bring a lock. Bring a friend. Follow the clues, plan your route, winner takes home glory & bragging rights. An alleycat race is an informal bicycle race that feels like a scavenger hunt. Participants must use a mix of local knowledge, speed, route planning and skill at completing random tasks to win. 2:30 p.m. May 28 on the New Haven Green. Free. artidea.org First Annual Canal Dock/New Haven Dragon Boat Regatta! and Food Truck Festival will bring New Haven’s Long Wharf to life. Create a dragon boat team, equipment is provided, chow down or just enjoy the race. Individual entry fee to the event is $5.00. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Long Wharf Drive, New Haven. For more information check dragonboatregatta.canaldock.org .
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ROAD RACES Matt’s Mission 5K Scenic course with rolling hills traveling through North Branford. 9:30 a.m. May 22 1088 Main Street, Branford Raise $100 for entry. 203-481-5933. jbsports.com
ONSTAGE Anything Goes Bon voyage! Set sail on a “de-lovely” cruise through some of Cole Porter’s most famous songs. A brassy nightclub singer, a starry-eyed stowaway and Public Enemy No. 13 are booked on a transatlantic luxury liner bound for romance and laughter. Varying times, Through June 16 at The Goodspeed, 6 Main Street, East Haddam. $84. 860.873.8668, goodspeed.org
Cirque Mechanics with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra A dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, and oneof-a-kind machines, Cirque Mechanics brings a captivating production with acrobats and funambulists dangling and twirling from a pedal-powered apparatus called the Gantry Bike. 7 p.m. June 25 on the New Haven Green. $10. 888-2784332, artidea.org.
The Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of Pirates. Between a little lie and an “ingenious paradox,” the Frederic is caught in between his band of Pirates brothers and his beloved Mabel in a song-filled romp that has been delighting audiences since 1879! 2 p.m. May 22 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. $30. 877.503.1286, katharinehepburntheater.org.
Air Play is a comic adventure on an epic scale. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, kites that float over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder, laugh until it hurts, and be touched by the affection and the rivalry between a sister and brother on a life-changing and surreal journey. 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jun 21-25 at the Yale University Theater on 222 York St, New Haven. $45. 888-278-4332, artidea.org.
The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd In a world turned upside down, a rag-tag group relies on humor, song and dance to try to build a new life. But can show tunes and music hall merriment revive the human spirit? On the highway of life, hope is just around the bend in this arresting reinvention of the vivacious Broadway hit. Through June 26 at The Terris Theatre, 33 North Main Street, Chester. $54. 860.873.8668, goodspeed.org New Haven Ballet Spring Performance The awardwinning New Haven Ballet, with studios in New Haven and Branford, presents its annual spring show, featuring students aspiring to professional dance careers as well as those studying ballet for recreational purposes. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 21 at The Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $29-36. 800-745-3000, shubert.com Pride Night Come kick off Pride Month and celebrate with a night out at LWT! Enjoy a pre-show cocktail party and see the new musical MY PARIS. Price includes a drink ticket, appetizers, and a show ticket. 6:30 p.m. May 27 at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr. 203-787-4282, longwharf.org
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Abraham.In.Motion: at Yale University Theater June14-16 Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Varying times, June 8-12 at the The Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $20-122. 800-745-3000, shubert.com Abraham.In.Motion: Live Music Program MacArthur Fellow, Princess Grace and Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion present work combining provocative, refined movement with compelling themes of identity and racial tensions. 8 p.m. Jun 14-16 at Yale University Theater on 222 York St, New Haven. $50. artidea.org Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour - U.S. Premiere Six Catholic school girls on the cusp of change, when love, lust, pregnancy, and death all spiral out of control in a single day. A musical play about losing your innocence and finding yourself. 8 p.m. June 9-25 at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St, New Haven. $60. 203-432-1234, yalerep.org.
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MUSIC Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds w/ The Tet Offensive, and Mr. Airplane Man 9 p.m. May 21 at Cafe Nine on 250 State St, New Haven. $12 ($10 adv). 203-789-8281. cafenine.com 3 Doors Down 7 p.m. May 22 at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket. $52.50. 800-200-2882, foxwoods. com
Song Prompt: Shakespeare Did It Songwriters gather to share songs they have written, each with the title and theme “Shakespeare Did It.” Performers are invited to play a short set (15 min or so) in which they will debut their prompted song. 9 p.m. June 6 at Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven. Free. 203-7898281. cafenine.com The Cave Singers w/ Blank Range hosted by Manic Productions 9 p.m. June 8 at BAR - New Haven, 254 Crown St, New Haven. Free. 203-495-8924, barnightclub.com
Words & Music at Cafe Nine 8 p.m. May 23 at Cafe Nine on 250 State St, New Haven. $5. 203-789-8281. cafenine.com
Rebelution w/ The Green + J Boog, Stick Figure, Through the Roots, DJ Mackle 5:30 p.m. June 8 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St, New Haven. $32. 203-867-2000, collegestreetmusichall.com
The Ready Set w/ Crash The Party, Five Stories Falling, and 4 Door Theatre 7 p.m. May 26 at The Space, 295 Treadwell St, Hamden. $20 203-288-6400. thespacect.com
Fernando Pinto presents Subhumans, Pears and M-13 8 p.m. June 8 at Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven. $15, 203-789-8281. cafenine.com
Selena Gomez 7:30 p.m. May 29 at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville. $46-76 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic Named one of the most influential people in music, the Godfather of Funk and the founder of the Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B, twisting soul music into funk. 7 p.m. June 11 on the New Haven Green. Free. Jackson Browne 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the Oakdale Theatre, 95 S Turnpike Rd, Wallingford. $38-65. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com Dave Matthews Band 7 p.m. June 11 at the XFINITY Theatre 61 Savitt Way, Hartford. $40.50-85. 203-204-8892. xfinity. theatrehartford.com The Wombats w/ Coast Modern 7 p.m. June 15 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St, New Haven. $22. 203-867-2000, collegestreetmusichall.com Dixie Chicks - DCX World Tour MMXVI 8 p.m. June 17 at the XFINITY Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford. $42-136. 203-204-8892. xfinity.theatrehartford.com
George Clinton, the “Godfather of Funk”, on the New Haven Green in June.
Kiss 95.7 Summer Kick Off Concert Lineup includes Charlie Puth, Mike Posner, Bebe Rexha, Nick Fradiani, and Nelly.
Dave Mathews Band at the Infinity theater in Hartord.
Courtney and the entire KISS Air Staff will host the show. 6 p.m. June 19 at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket. $35-55. 800-200-2882, foxwoods.com The So So Glos w/ Big Ups and Honduras 9 p.m. June 22 at BAR - New Haven, 254 Crown St, New Haven. Free. barnightclub. com Rodrigo y Gabriela Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back on the road again in 2015, bringing their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music to audiences all over the US. 7 p.m. June 24 College Street Music Hall, 238 College St, New Haven. $3656. 203-867-2000, collegestreetmusichall.com Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer on Earth 2016 7:30 p.m. June 25 at 7:30 PM at the Oakdale Theatre, 95 S Turnpike Rd, Wallingford. $37-77 203-265-1501, oakdale.com Brad Paisley 7:30 p.m. June 25 at the XFINITY Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford. $30.75-65.50. 203-204-8892, xfinity.theatrehartford. com
Packed with hit songs: “I Get A Kick Out of You” “You’re the Top” “It’s De-Lovely” Lots of well-known music: “A Wonderful Day Like Today” “Who Can I Turn To?” “Feeling Good”
April 8 - June 16 The Goodspeed, East Haddam
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ART Phyllis Crowley Much of my work addresses issues of perception and point of view. Changes in position, format, scale, and focusing create the illusion of space in very different ways, and affect the emotional response. I often use multiple images to expand space and time. through May 29 at City Gallery, 994 State Street, New Haven. Open 12-4p.m. Thurs.-Sun. 203-782-2489, city-gallery.org American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition This themed exhibition will feature work that highlights some aspect of life on the sea—ship portraits, seascapes, fishing scenes, etc. June 11-August 26 at The Lyme Art Association Gallery, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. Open 12-5p.m. Wed.-Sun. 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation.org Sarah Tortora is a sculptor from Guilford. Her work consists of fabricated sculptures and structures that sit between functional and abstract. Through June 25 at Reynolds Fine Art Gallery, 96 Orange Street, 9th Square. New Haven. Open 11-5p.m. 203-498-2200, reynoldsfineart.com. I Like the Sound of That Whether intentional or not, sound is a constant component of a visual artist’s studio practice. Some artists are specific and deliberate about what they listen to, while others are more random; in either case, sound has an effect on an artist’s process, productivity and internal dialogue. Curated by Ryan Frank. Through July 1 at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org Weaving and the Social World: 3,000 Years of Ancient Andean Textiles Weaving was an important artistic achievement of the ancient cultures of South America. Andean peoples first produced textiles around 10,000 B.C. and created one of the world’s earliest weaving traditions. May 20–September 18 at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street) New Haven. 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.8p.m. Thurs. (Sept.-June), 11a.m.-5p.m. Sat.-Sun. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu Le Goût du Prince: Art and Prestige in Sixteenth-Century France The French Renaissance blossomed during the reign of King Francis I, known as the “prince of arts and letters.” Inspired by the opulence of Italian High Renaissance art, Francis attracted Italian artists to his court to decorate his château at Fontainebleau, which became a major artistic center. May 20–August 28 at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street) New Haven. 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.8p.m. Thurs. (Sept.-June), 11a.m.-5p.m. Sat.-Sun. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu
St, Old Lyme. Open Tues. – Sat., 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sunday, 1-5p.m.. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org Ten/Forty This exhibition is designed to reflect thoughtfully on the evolving nature of how the Florence Griswold Museum has approached building and stewarding a collection of American art, in the context of new scholarship and how museums have changed their approach to the subject over the past forty years. February 12-May 29 at The Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme. Open Tues. – Sat., 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sunday, 1-5p.m. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org
David Dunlop: Journey Into Light through June 18 in Madison..
95th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition & Body Language Annual Exhibition of works by Elected Artists. Juror: Susan Powell of Susan Powell Fine Art. All-member figure exhibition in the Goodman gallery. April 22-June 5 at The Lyme Art Association Gallery, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. 12-5p.m. Wed.-Sun. 860-4347802, lymeartassociation.org Eric Aho: An Unfinished Point in a Vast Surrounding For nearly 25 years, Eric Aho has depicted the landscape as a means to investigate and expand the boundaries of painting and personal inquiry. Aho has brought historical research, personal relationships, and a close reading of the landscape together to reinvigorate traditional portraiture and challenge what it means to paint the landscape today. Through August 14 at the New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St, New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Sun.-Fri., 11a.m.-8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.5p.m. Sat. $10-$15. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org
PERSONAL VISIONS: Tom Edwards and Joe Saccio Tom Edwards’ work in this exhibit reflects the inspirations of death and transfiguration, as well as Piero Della Francesca’s Ideal City and related studies. Through -May 29 at the Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave, New Haven. Open 11a.m.-4p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.-Sun. 203.389.9555 kehlerliddellgallery.com
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David Dunlop: Journeys Into Light Exhibit runs until June 18 at 679 Boston Post Road, Madison. 203-318-0616 susanpowellfineart. com The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920 Organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Artist’s Garden tells the story of American Impressionists and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century, bringing together paintings, sculpture, books, and stained glass. June 3–Sept. 18 at The Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme. Open Tues.–Sat., 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sun., 1-5p.m. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org Visions of Land and Sea Exhibiting works by Cindy Procious, Del-Bourree Bach, Deborah Quinn-Munson, Peter Bergeron and Del-Bourree Bach. Opening Reception: 5–8 p.m. June 24. Exhibit runs until July 29 at 679 Boston Post Road, Madison. 203318-0616 susanpowellfineart.com
The End of Innocence: Childhood Torments in the Contemporary Art Collection The End of Innocence explores these difficult and lingering early life memories, fantasies, and nightmares in works that address issues such as loneliness, bullying, racism, poverty, violence, and war. February 6–June 12 at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat.-Sun. 860-278-2670, thewadsworth.org Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden Throughout her career, Browne favored two themes: animals and flowers. February 10–May 28 at The Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme
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Sure you can stop into the deli counter at the grocery store to get a pile of sliced processed meat on some bread—but the art of the sandwich used to be just that, an art. A lunchtime staple doesn’t have to be boring and flavorless, just ask these folks.
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They are serious about what they call “the craft sandwich.” The 116 Crown crew devoted an entire side business to building a perfect meal condensed between two pieces of bread as an afternoon respite. Try the God Forbid, with roast beef, liverwurst, red onion jam, cheddar and some spices. Specialty sandwiches come often, like lobster rolls and pork belly in season.
with an extensive sandwich menu and fresh baked bread and rolls makes for a stellar lunch option in the area. The honey Dijon chicken will not disappoint, but you can also get a great reuben here.
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Rum Bar Serves Up Drinks Inspired By Famous Scribes and Swashbucklers Zafra: 259 Orange St., NH zafrarumbar.com. (203) 859-5342 If Rum is the spirit that unwinds you after a taxing day, look no further than Zafra in New Haven. This Cuban restaurant and bar offers a staggering array of both popular and rare rum options. If you prefer your rum straight up, owner Dominick Splendorio will fix you up with the perfect brand for sipping based on your specifications. Or, you can drink like a famous expat writer and order up the Papa Hemingway Daiquiri. This refreshing mix of Cruzan light rum and grapefruit juice evokes summer, while splashes of lime juice and maraschino liquor impart a drying, tart finish. The booze is noticeable but well complemented. The Papa Hemingway cocktail is bold and clean, just like the prose of the writer who inspired it.
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Mussels in Wine Sauce 4 pounds mussels, cleaned andde-bearded 4 tablespoons shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine 11⁄2 cups white wine 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Author Mike Urban, The Countryman Press May 24, 2016 Warning: Thumbing through this book may cause a rumbling stomach, sudden increased appetite, and an excessive need to go to the closest fish market and buy a pound of whatever’s freshcaught. If those are the side-effects Old Saybrook author Mike Urban intended when he set out to collect 150 seafood recipes from more than 40 independently owned and operated seafood markets all over our beloved New England, then he succeeded. A must have for the seafood lover, this cookbook covers everything from hot n’ spicy crab dip to lobster benedict to halibut
Place the mussels in a pot with the shallots, garlic, and white wine. Cover the pot and steam until the mussels open.
puttanesca, including recipes from Anthony’s Seafood in Middletown, Rhode Island, to Boothbay Lobster Wharf in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and local Star Fish Market of Guilford. The most unique part of the cookbook, though, is the section titled, “New England Exotica,” which contains “unusual dishes, mostly indigenous, and unique to the region.” Here’s one for Mussels in Wine Sauce from City Fish Market in Wethersfield.
Discard any mussels that remain closed after the steaming, then remove the cooked mussels and set them aside. Reduce the remaining liquid in the pot by half over medium high heat. Add the butter, parsley, salt, and pepper. Pour the liquid over the cooked mussels and serve immediately. Serves 4.
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whether to go quahog or cherrystone. The oyster sampler is a good way to develop your palate, or really go all out and get the shellfish sampler with a mix of clams, oysters and shrimp.
What beats a crisp glass of champagne or prosecco and a few fresh raw cherrystones on the half shell before dinner? Finding a good raw bar in New England isn’t the most difficult scavenger hunt you’ll undertake, but a few of the local places are so good at it, so perfectly attune to what’s fresh, that they deserve special treatment.
Outriggers Restaurant Outriggersrestaurant.com 203-377-8815 555 Broad St., Stratford
Atelier Florian Atelierflorian.net (203) 859-5999 1166 Chapel St., New Haven Open for about a year, if you haven’t been to this French bistro style seafood restaurant on Chapel yet, it’s a delight. The seafood chowder is superb, the mussels exactly what you want, and so is the Chesapeake Crab Dip—but the restaurant boasts an excellent selection of items on their very sustainable raw bar menu. August: Upscale Wine Bar & Eatery (203) 745-45313 Edwards St., New Haven A teeny little husband-and-wife run gem just off
The seafood menu is extensive and the raw bar offers fresh options for oysters, clams and shrimp. With a great happy hour option, Outriggers pairs up discounted beverages with choice raw bar selections from 3-6, 7 days a week at the bar. Get raw, get happy. the Upper State Street area of East Rock serving excellent wine, cheese and oysters. The menu is small, but full of well-mixed flavors and textures, the oysters are always fresh and worth the cramped seating for the great atmosphere. Liv’s Oyster Bar Livsoysterbar.com (860) 395-5577 166 Main St., Old Saybrook Seeing something at the Kate? This is the perfect before or after nosh pit stop. An elegant interior and knowledgeable staff will help you sort out
Nataz Restaurant Natazrest.webs.com (203) 315-0180 280 Branford Road North Branford Open from Wednesday to Sundays for dinner only, Nataz offers an ample menu of well-prepared dishes that would pair nicely with their raw bar offerings of cherrystones, shrimp and oysters. Prix Fixe options available for special seatings, call ahead for those details.
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Distinctly Austrian: A European Dining Experience in Cheshire The Watch Factory Restaurant (203) 271-1717 / 122 Elm St, Cheshire www.watchfactoryrestaurant.com
n a dreary drizzly afternoon, the soup
of the day at Cheshire’s Watch Factory Restaurant was butternut squash. This mixture of delicately puréed squash with just a note of beef broth was the perfect beginning to an elegant meal marked with details that, in an era of fast casual eateries and “good enough,” made my lunch one of the more memorable meals in recent memory. Getting back to the soup, the cup was a generous portion and served alongside a local bread that was everything bread should be: light, flavorful, served warm, and with a crispy crust that broke easily when torn with your hands. The crust on this bread made it irresistible for dipping straight into the tureen of soup and was a great way to sop up any leftover sauce or flavor on the remaining dishes, yes, everything was truly plate-licking
Chef Markus Patsch’s Austrian “hamburger” served alongside crispy potato pancake
good. Specializing in Austrian country cuisine, this off-the-beaten-path gem is an airy, understated eatery—cozy, yet distinct in a way that you wouldn’t expect in a town best known for fast food and mom and pop Italian. A foursome of older ladies, regulars who’d come to celebrate birthdays and other festivities in this restaurant, spent the afternoon at a nearby table chatting in German while enjoying their food. It was the sound of their voices and the rustic surroundings that made it feel as if I’d stepped back in time to that summer nearly seven years ago when I first tried schnitzel in a small Austrian town outside of Vienna.
Back in Cheshire, Chef Markus Patsch has several schnitzels on his menu, but I decided on the Jäger Schnitzel, which was made from lightly breaded pork and topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. It is as good as it sounds. I ordered the spätzle, a cheesy alpine pasta, that is to Germany and Austria what mac and cheese is to America. When mixed with the mesclun and arugula that came on the same plate, the fresh bite of greens and spätzle made for a comfort food that never felt heavy or cloying. I couldn’t help but be enticed by the lunch special, described by my exceptionally knowledgeable waitress as a sort of bunless Austrian hamburger. It was made of veal, pork, and beef and came served with a crispy potato pancake, a small bundle of green beans, and a beautifully roasted gourmet carrot. Once again, the details made this “burger” one to be slowly savored with rounds of delicately herbed meat stacked between ripe tomato. Had I been interested in a good German beer the restaurant boasts both Warsteiner and Spaten on tap, but they also offer Austria’s famed Grüner Veltliner wine, and many Austrian reds as well. – Claudia Ward De-Leon
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The Music of John Williams
Thursday, June 2 at 7:30pm Shubert Theater Principal Pops Conductor Chelsea Tipton leads the NHSO in John Williams’ biggest movie hits, including Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial, Superman, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan, and more.
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You Mad, Bro? Infantilization, Anger and the 2016 Presidential Campaign
American culture. Remember how we used to make ourselves feel grownup and sophisticated by poking fun at our rabidly angry political and social “fringe?” Just watch popular entertainment of the 70’s and 80’s and you’ll find it full of broad comedic tropes of man-hating feminists, spittle-flecked liberals, hawkish, racist conservatives and flaky pseudo-revolutionaries. Each group different in ideology, but at the heart of the tease was the same idea: a childlike and decentralized seething anger and a non-specific sense of “unfairness.” But if you made those jokes today about whom would they be? Would they still be aimed at the periphery or would the gag land somewhere closer to home? Consider how often these descriptions modify the types of attacks we hear, every day:“middle-America,”“the fly-over,”“the coasts,”“limousine liberals.”Add it up and what do you get? It’s us. Both coasts and the middle makes a whole, guys. We’re the butts of our own jokes because we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore. Or are we? Well, this is the part where I’ll offer the caveat that I don’t want to talk about politics. It’d just be off topic. I don’t want to talk politics, I want to talk about manipulation. I want to talk about the mis-underestimation (to borrow a presidential word) of your and my intelligence, maturity and capacity for critical thought. I want to talk about how we, thinking and complex organisms who can tell the difference, in one sip, between Coke and Pepsi, are consistently spoken to as children by those who would lead us. And, I want to talk about the tools they are using to do so and why. Because it is May and we are in the clubhouse turn of a big race, this time not at Churchill Downs but down, nonetheless, all the way to the bottom. As I listen to these people who want to rule our country speak to us and to each other, 46 M AY /J UNE 2016
how can I not feel like I am an unwitting (minimally unwilling) part of some Trading Places style social experiment in which the two sides got together and placed the following one-dollar wager: Who can say the least and get the most? So, how do you win a bet like that? Well, you appeal to people’s strongest and simplest emotions: adoration and anger. By appealing to us as children, the candidates empower us to think like children. They give us permission to stamp our feet and cry foul and to forego the obligations that we took on as adults. Specifically: to live a thoughtful, reasonable and contemplative life.
Anger offers instant emotional access to our hearts, bypassing our minds. We cannot allow our visits to the voting booth to be recreated as episodes of electoral road-rage. These choices are always complicated and ought to be. Flawed candidates or policy aren’t to be either disqualified or forgiven but rather to be considered, weighed and acknowledged. That, as I’ve previously asserted, are the duties of a thoughtful and successful adulthood. They are supposed to be hard. While we, voting America, are not children we continue to be infantilized by our leaders on a daily basis. We are told how to think and where to shop. We’re told eat this but not that. Smoke this but not that. We’re expected to want to be comfortable at all times and directed appropriately. Spoon fed our news, starved of nearly all real adult dispute and cautioned that critical thought isn’t, well, critical. The superficiality of political discourse in our country has never been more extreme, in my lifetime. I’m just waiting for the campaigns to get it over with and officially change their slogan to: Because I Said So. Let us not be taken for an electorate that never realized “Network” is a satire. For sure and on all sides: We are mad as hell and we’d like to not take it, anymore. But let’s remember two things: First, that anger is a great motivator but a terrible product. Second (spoiler alert), the Howard Beale character blows his brains out on live TV at the end. So, let’s reject those who sell us anger as an answer and accept it as a response. We are not children and we needn’t obey. Let’s ask thoughtful follow-up questions and demand on-topic and complete answers. Seek representation as well as leadership. Let’s do our duty to one another and our country and when we talk to our candidates let’s go ahead and break their balls. They can take it. They’re grown-ups, too.
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