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pecial Olympics Connecticut has opened registration for its annual fundraiser, The Penguin Plunge, taking place at five locations across the state in January of 2017. Participants must be over the age of 8 and will need to raise at least $100 to participate—teams welcome. Plungers have been known to wear costumes and events feature crowds of well-wishers (and probably a few taunters), music and refreshments.

Funds raised benefit Special Olympics Connecticut, which provides year-round sports training to more than 13,000 athletes of all abilities, including teammates without disabilities, known as Unified Sports partners. The 2017 Penguin Plunges will take place at Winding Trails in Farmington, Sunday, January 29th; Highland Lake in Winsted, Saturday, February 4th; The Polish Falcon Club at Crystal Lake in Middletown, Saturday, February 25th; Ocean Bean Park in New London (Shoreline), Sunday, March 5th; and Compo Beach in Westport, Saturday, March 25th. For more information, go to

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rospect-based artist Tony Falcone practically has a berth on a Coast Guard cutter having been commissioned for a host of paintings and sculptures for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. His latest effort, to sculpt the bust of NFL Hall of Fame athlete Otto Graham, is now on display at the school. In 1963, Graham became a Captain at the academy and as the academy’s athletic director, coached the academy’s football team, leading the team to their only no loss/no tie season. The bronze bust is the first of Falcone’s long career as an artist, and was unveiled recently at the opening of the Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence, an historic building on campus repurposed as an athletic facility.

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Nutmeggers Stepping Up


ccording to data collected by Fitbit in their Fitbit Activity Index, users of the device in Connecticut “ranked ninth among all 50 states for best Fitbit metrics in the resting heart rate category and seventh for lowest rate of chronic conditions in overweight or obese category.” Recently, the Surgeon General promoted a “Step It Up Challenge” to encourage communities to, at the very least, walk more. As little as 22 minutes a day, according to experts, can help stave off risks of heart disease and diabetes. A look at Fitbit’s data revealed Connecticut is more

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he Salvation Army is looking for bellringers this holiday season across the state to man the red kettles and encourage passers-by to donate to the needy.

Bell-ringing season begins in November and continues to Christmas Eve, although wearing a Santa suit is optional. The Salvation Army mission has moved past the original 1891 goal of providing a hot holiday meal—today donations provide “food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services.” For details on signing up to volunteer, visit the website at

mobile and less. . . well, fat than other states, but even the First Lady is calling on everyone to get out there and get walking. FLOTUS made a YouTube video encouraging participation in the Surgeon General’s Step It Up initiative along with other celebrities advocating for the challenge. Details can be found at

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ccording to the personal finance gurus at Kiplinger, Connecticut ranks as the second

to worst state for retirees. The rankings measured the effect of tax policies on retirement income, including property tax breaks for seniors and even gift taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, an independent tax research foundation, Connecticut has some of the highest real estate taxes in the nation, very bad for retirees. Social security income is taxed if you receive more than $50,000 per year and most public and private pensions are taxed at normal rates. So all of that outcry over bloated state employee pensions? They are taxed at normal rates—except those retirees probably don’t live here, either.

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he Community Foundation of Greater New Haven has awarded $1.3 million to the New Haven Promise scholarship program to continue the scholarship program’s “programmatic growth and organizational stability.” Since the program began in 2010, college enrollment for New Haven public schools has jumped from 56% to 64% and 4-year high school graduation rates have risen from 58% to 75%. Under the New Haven Promise guidelines, any New Haven public high school student who attended all four years in the city’s public school system is eligible to apply. Scholars are required to maintain a 90% attendance record all four years, complete a minimum 40 hours of community service each year, as well as maintain their GPA. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

Kids are one of a kind. Apparently, so is our children’s hospital. There’s nothing more wonderful than seeing a child simply being themselves. And there’s nothing more gratifying to us than knowing that U.S. News & World Report has selected Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital as among the best in the country in six specialties. That makes us the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Connecticut. At Yale New Haven, we believe that health is what makes everything in life possible. And when you’re a kid, what’s possible in life is pretty wonderful in itself.

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John Martin came to New Haven to renovate a family building, but ultimately founded the Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op. The Co-op is membership based to fix bikes, with a connected nonprofit recycling used bikes, working with the police department and the Yale Sustainability Project, and has turned over more than 200 bikes. It’s become a platform to encourage the cycling community and a space for people to hang out and socialize. Laura McMillan is the Director of Communications for Connecticut Fund for the Environment, a registered lobbyist, and volunteer managing editor of a print literary magazine out of Brooklyn, Armchair/ Shotgun Literary Magazine. The magazine, “published occasionally and with good reason,” was founded by friends from Wesleyan, where she went undergrad

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Sure the holidays seem far off and you haven’t even started saving for Christmas presents yet, but let’s be honest, the holiday season begins in October nowadays, so get ready. If filling the calendar with holidayrelated goings is the plan this year, grab the daily planner and make some room. Colonial Concert XXXVII 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St., New Haven. Tickets: $5-$45. 203-777-4690, Join Orchestra New England as they bring Colonial New Haven in to the present day. With a couple of wigs, waistcoats and some candlelight, guests can ring

MaryAnn Staggers got her start with New Haven Reads as a paid intern through First Niagara Bank. She’s since been taken on as an employee and became Assistant Site Director at Science Park in her now junior year at Albertus Magnus College, majoring in Sociology, hoping to attend graduate school for social work and one day have an impact at DCF. Yale’s senior assistant director of admissions, John Yi, is also an indoor cycling instructor at SHIFT cycling, volunteers extensively with Yale’s LGBTQ affinity group, but only recently stepped down as the musical director of the a cappella group What’s On Tap. As an undergrad at Yale, he was hooked on the environment and city: big enough to be interesting and small enough to be familiar.

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he Bennett Memorial Fountain, located at the southeast corner of the New Haven Green at Church Street and Chapel Street, is a 23-foot-high structure inspired by an ancient Greek monument, one that still stands in Athens. This sculpture was designed by John Ferguson Weir, who at the time was a Yale professor of art and the brother of J. Alden Weir, an American Impressionist. New Haven philanthropist Philo Sherman Bennett gave a hefty donation of $10,000 to pay for the fountain in 1907, and as a thanks, he became the fountain’s namesake.

in the holiday season celebrating 37 years with Thomas Jefferson’s personally selected tunes. If you’re feeling a little fancy, a preconcert Colonial festive buffet-style dinner will take place before the concert at 6 p.m. at The Graduate Club, 115 Elm St., New Haven, just across the street from the concert venue. 24th Annual Holiday Bazaar 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 1819 & 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 20 at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, 230 Temple St., New Haven. 203-624-3101. Take part in New Haven’s most well-known early holiday events. This special local tradition includes goodies like handmade Christmas decorations, a

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Is it time yet? Mickey Herbert, 71, is a classic entrepreneur and CEO. As early as the 1970s, Herbert was leading a change to the nation’s health care system and would go on to commandeer Connecticut’s first wide-scale Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Physicians Health Services, to huge success. Our sister publication, Business New Haven, featured Herbert as its inaugural interview back in 1993. After taking PHS public, he would eventually manage a sale of the company. Herbert took his money and invested in bringing minor league baseball, the Bluefish to Bridgeport. After nearly a decade, he sold the team to take the helm at ConnectiCare and guided that health Plan to greater success. Many would say about Herbert that he doesn’t think outside the box, “he brings his own cardboard.” He needed that cardboard to help break another HMO into the market, the non-profit Harvard Pilgrim, which he helped launch and after only two years has become an important contender among the state’s health plans

I’m putting that comment in, I can tell you that. I’ll just leave out the [expletive] part.


Herbert’s latest challenge is a real one; he takes over the regional Business Council after a decades-long run by Paul Timpanelli, a chamber and Bridgeport business stalwart. New Haven magazine publisher Mitchell Young and Facebook “friend” Herbert, talked to see how he keeps it going.

You’re known for running your own course, but weren’t you taking a personal risk being an early supporter of Mayor Joe Ganim’s controversial new run for mayor of Bridgeport? Finch didn’t expect to lose, but yes, I supported Ganim full bore because he was so good [at Mayor] the first time around, that’s when we were building the Ballpark, the Arena, he made things happen. Rowland became an inner city guy and in tandem with Ganim, they worked together, that’s how things got done. We first met when we interviewed you for Business New Haven in 1993 as the first business person we featured “On the Record” and parts of this interview will run in Business New Haven twentythree years later. But you were Connecticut’s first healthcare Entrepreneur, running the first break-out HMO, Physicians Health Services. How did you get there?




How old are you? Seventy One

I grew up outside of Washington, D.C. in Maryland in Prince George’s County. Eventually went to Harvard Business School and joined a consulting firm after, Crescent McCormick. They had some financial difficulties and then laid off all the MBAs.

No f—way – [everyone including photographer Christmann laughing].

You can put my age in, but don’t put your comment.

Suddenly I was unemployed and I went to Minneapolis to work for Dr. Paul Elwood, a Pediatric Neurologist who had coined the term Health Maintenance Organization. He was a really charismatic guy, it was in the 1970s, Nixon was in office and


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his big health initiative was going to be to promote private health plans all over America. That was Elwood’s vision, so all of a sudden he was thrust into the national scene going down to Washington working with [Bob Finch] who was the secretary of HEW. I was working for him as his assistant, right with him. He [Elwood] was running a health policy research firm and the Sister Kinney Institute, which was a post Polio Hospital, it had treated Polio patients and was a leader in the country. Along comes the Salk Vaccine and it became a quadriplegia recovery institute. He was running the hospital and running this research organization, doing health policy. That’s an odd combination of effort? Patients used to be in for six months. He got so efficient in treating them, they were getting out in a month and he was bankrupting the hospital. He became a huge advocate of pre-paid healthcare and that’s how he developed this health maintenance organization concept. He was remarkably successful in convincing the Nixon Administration to make it part of Federal health policy. The Health Maintenance Organization Act was passed the last day of 1973, providing $375 million to start new health plans all over America. Nixon’s vision was to start 2000 new health plans. As non-profits? Virtually all were non-profits, the funding could only go to non-profits. There was some loan money that could go to for–profits, but it had to be paid back. We got nowhere near 2000 health plans, we did get six or seven hundred started up using that money. Is that really any different than what Obama did, helping start Healthy CT and a bunch of other health plans around the country as part of the Affordable Care Act? Different era, and the money was much bigger this time, but against much greater odds. Some of my colleagues that were at the {Elwood] firm went off to start their own health plans. I had hired Rich Burke to come to work for the research firm, he went off and founded what is now United Healthcare. He did okay. I stayed through most of 1976 and decided I wanted to do one of these too. I had three job opportunities, one was in L.A., one was in Boston, and one was in Bridgeport. So why would you choose Bridgeport? They had the defending national champion softball team, that was the real avocation of my life— was to play fast pitch softball. I traveled around the Midwest doing that, I decided to come here and play with this defending national championship team, it was the Raybestos Cardinals.

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They have this great women’s team too? Yes forever, still do. The men’s team had won six national championships and the women about thirty [at the time]. I ended up playing eight seasons and won one more national championship. What position did you play? Came as an infielder, they made me an outfielder, and [eventually] I was playing designated hitter. So at 32 you weren’t much of a fielder? I was a terrific hitter and that’s why I was always going to be in the lineup. So the job was to start a new health plan [Physicians Health Plan] from scratch to compete against Blue Cross and Blue Shield. They were insuring more than half the people in the state, there wasn’t much competition. There were others that started taking the federal dollars. We didn’t take Federal money initially, we didn’t have a lot of money. We got licensed and were off in 1977. Well, when I arrived it was called Greater Bridgeport Medical Foundation, a crazy name. One f the first things I did was change it to a marketable name, Physicians Health Services and it became known as PHS. We went back in ‘78 and got some of the Federal HMO Act money, about $1.6 million, and that helped capitalize us a little better and we started growing. By 1984, we were the largest health maintenance organization in Connecticut [not counting Blue Cross, an indemnity insurer at the time]. We didn’t really have many HMOs in the east yet. The closet thing was Community Health Care Plans CHCP [operated on Long Wharf ], a bricks and mortar staff model HMO. I’ve always seen the Clintons as the proponents of HMOs. They weren’t really accepted until they were talked up in the healthcare hearings at the time. They didn’t slow the momentum down. Nixon gave that initial infusion of capital working with Senator Kennedy. It was bi-partisan. In 1981 when Reagan came in, one of the first things he said was we’re not going to fund health plans anymore. We’re not going to give grants anymore, that’s not part of my Republican philosophy.

I recall there was some controversy about converting for PHS? We began a process in 1986, a whole bunch of doctors [owners] didn’t believe in for-profit medicine, even though everyone was practicing for-profit medicine in their own practice. There was, until the Clinton years, a concern that HMOs would be too restrictive in choice, and that was the rub for a long time? There was always that choice that you would be locked in to a closed panel, but actually the type of health plan that PHS was involved with was most of the physicians in the community. You had to stay within the panel, but the panel was very wide. That gave us a huge marketing advantage over CHCP where you had to go to the facility. I recall at the Advocate, back then we had Aetna and in those days our staff could go to any doctor in the U.S. practically, and I think our employees kicked in about $50 a month. But the New Haven staff were demanding that they could go to CHCP. We were like, “any doctor in the U.S. or a small group in a single facility on Long Wharf and that’s what you want?” It was a political statement of some kind. That was the critical flaw, but in other parts of the country, where I came from, we had the Mayo Clinic. Clinic medicine in the Midwest was considered high quality medicine, it wasn’t seen as a big constraint if you had to go to the Mayo Clinic and get your health care. In the east, people thought of clinics, hard benches, long waits, foreign medical doctors, people want to be able to go to their own doctor. The concept was working HMOs were getting an enormous amount of capital from Wall Street and they were exploding in growth. By the mid-nineties healthcare costs were coming down. In 1996, healthcare costs went up 1.1 percent. We were accused of paying for “drive through mastectomies,” stuff that was not true, but we were doing things like asking whether the doctor needed to hospitalize a patient or if the patient was in the hospital “why are you keeping them in for so long.”

A bunch of us were in this incipient state. He said convert to for-profit and go get your capital the way the rest of American industry does on Wall Street. It set off this wave of for-profit conversions. US Healthcare became the first to go public in 1983.

Or we’re going to look at your practice and make sure your utilization was appropriate. The public didn’t like it, the doctors didn’t like it, so health plans backed off in the later 1990s and as a consequence, healthcare premiums started exploding.

By 1996, we [PHS] had converted to for-profit, had gone public, and were operating in three states [Connecticut, New Jersey and New York]. We were ‘rocking and rolling’, we went public the day after Bill Clinton came into office.

So you’re saying the HMOs were not able to intervene and that drove costs, but there was technology and drug discovery and mergers, and a lot of unhealthy people weren’t there? NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

There were a number of factors that created a perfect storm [for cost increases]. Certainly technology accelerated. A new technique would

come along, cost four times the old technique, and everybody wanted it, patients, doctors. The population was a factor, certain illnesses like AIDS,

[Cancer] we would insure them and they would have very substantial healthcare costs.

You would have the relaxing of the tight controls. Another thing is that in fee for service medicine, doctors want to

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maximize their income. If health plans are watching utilization, the one thing that had never been controlled is what doctors charge, so they would raise fees. We would turn around and try to negotiate a better fee schedule, but it was always off a higher base. All of these factors combined in the late nineties to raise premiums. During the Bush era, in order to keep premiums so that employers wouldn’t quit or go ballistic, that’s when they started to introduce these high deductible health plans, started increasing deductibles, and co-insurance. You were holding premiums in check seemingly, but people didn’t have as good coverage. Which is what has continued and by 2008, health care costs had gotten incredibly high. Obama gets swept into office, controls both houses and passed this huge act. Most people seem to argue about ObamaCare or Single Payer, or the insurers being too greedy. But isn’t the driver our lifestyles and can any of these systems really change that? There are two schools of thought. Foreigners smoke, but the U.S. by and large has quit smoking. We’re still 15%, but I guarantee in Asia it’s probably 80%. Smoking [cessation], which began with the Surgeon General, we’ve done a marvelous job. Obesity we get an F. The country is getting more and more heavy. I read the other day that 37% of the country is considered obese. Not overweight, obese. That is a price we all pay, we’re a country of freedoms, you can eat what you want. Companies have wellness programs, it takes off, it’s great, people sign up, go to the gym, you go back six months later and see where it is. That’s the way it seems to play itself out. Just to go backwards for a second, how did you do on the sale of PHS? I basically got cashed out and became reasonably wealthy for the first time. I took that money and invested a large amount of it in the Bridgeport Bluefish. That was a good idea!!! [laughs] I figured I would become a minor league mogul, and probably never go back into healthcare and the Bluefish would make money every year and because I was the owner… [Interrupts] So you’re really not that smart? [laughs] I like to call myself a serial entrepreneur and the Bluefish were the next serial. I owned that team for eight seasons and I loved everything about it, except I did lose money every single year. I realized that probably after about the third year, but I loved it so much that I deceived myself that next 12 October November 2016

Herbert: I figured I would become a minor league mogul, and probably never go back into healthcare.

year was going to be better, when I knew the business model was an enormous challenge. But we still have the Bluefish. I am an enormous fan of the Bluefish and one of my missions in my new job is to see what I can do to keep the Bluefish in Bridgeport. They just got a one year lease extension so we just have one year to get it thriving again. Even though we lost money in those first three years, we drew record crowds, we had the enthusiasm, we had sell outs. At seventy one I see you’re still having fun. I see your Facebook feeds, what made you want to take on this new challenge as President of the Bridgeport Regional Chamber? I’m under no illusion as to how challenging this new job is. But when I invested in the Bluefish in 1996, I was under the illusion that Bridgeport was about to undergo this great economic renaissance and things would be marvelously better. There were good things happening, the dot com burst, the mayor went to jail, everything came apart. Let’s go in another direction for a bit. How many kids do you have and what does your wife do?

Five. My wife is an avid Catholic and works for the dioceses and is in charge of Catechism teaching 800 kids in the largest Catholic Church in Fairfield, Saint Thomas. Three from a prior marriage and they’re all launched. [laughs]. What do they do? My oldest works in a facility that deals with brain trauma kids and cares for and counsels them. My son works for CNN and has a senior level strategic planning job down in Atlanta. My other daughter has a Master’s in Italian and is fluent and until a month or so ago worked for Prada, now she works for a competitor, she has a huge job traveling around the country in the fashion business. They’re all doing fine. If I was talking to them what would they say about their dad and what they learned from you about business and work from their dad? I never had the question before. Sorry, I bring my own cardboard too. My son worked hand and glove with me at the Bluefish. He got out of Middlebury and I hired him as our ticket manager. Then he went to work for Mackenzie, for Bloomberg [media], then for a NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

bankruptcy firm. I was going to sell the Bluefish and he was going to Tuck for graduate school. He quit his job at the bankruptcy firm and came to work for me to help sell the team. I had to sell a company that hadn’t made money. We worked hand and glove, it was fantastic. Except for my youngest son, all four of my other kids worked at the Bluefish, it was really great. My wife never worked there, but we dragged her to a lot of games. They certainly respect me for my business knowledge. I think they have a respect for the culture I’ve been able to inculcate at every company I’ve worked for. What kind of culture?

It’s kind of easy to identify what New Haven or Stamford looks like a decade or two from now. If it’s a few years from now and you’re successful and Mayor Ganim is successful, what is Bridgeport going to look like? I don’t know if we’ve found the particular niche yet. The way I would have answered that question a few years ago is if you can look at how Stamford gentrified and brought in the big companies. You look at what happened to its downtown, all those vibrant restaurants and the same thing happened in South Norwalk. I thought the natural evolution is it would continue up the road and it would

At PHS, we trademarked the phrase “intensive caring.” On my first day at ConnectiCare, I said I don’t want anyone calling me Mr. Herbert, that was my father, call me Mickey. We’re a team, it’s a collegial effort, we’re going to work together. Another big principle I’ve had throughout my career—someone makes a mistake, I’m not going to jump down their throat. Mistakes don’t matter, it’s the response to error that counts. I don’t care that you made a mistake, I just want you to learn from it and not do it again.

to housing. There is a shopping center going in there. My challenge is to make sure that happens, developers are in there, they’re ready to go.

happen in Bridgeport, and Main Street would become many great restaurants. I think Steel Point [new development on the Harbor] still has enormous promise now that we’ve cleared some of the road blocks, and we’ll get some housing there. The [Long island, Port Jefferson] Ferry is going to move across to that side and they’ve begun the work for that.

I guess what I’m saying is that I see Bridgeport on the verge of a comeback and I can be a catalyst to help make that happen like it didn’t happen twenty years ago. What character will it take? I could argue it should be the Arts, but the Bijou Theater, the people that ran that gave up, now they’re trying to get another group in there. Maybe it won’t be arts, I don’t know yet.

Is it going to be Arts and Culture? Is it going to be manufacturing? I don’t think so. There are things that are happening in different parts of Bridgeport. There is an area we call the “smile,” which is a little strip as you leave Bridgeport heading to Fairfield. It’s been burnt out factories for decades, now it’s being converted

You’re Seventy One - your kids are grown up, your wife is busy, what makes you nervous about this challenge?

It’s a little tougher with your teenager, isn’t it?

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My son at Yale [Divinity School] never really played sports, but he is a sports addict. He was just hired by Sam Rubin, who runs Yale’s sports department, he’s a rabid sports fan. My oldest son is a rabid hockey fan and he plays hockey [at 38] down in Atlanta. My second daughter runs a lot, my youngest son works out, but doesn’t play organized sports. None of them have taken the path I took.

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For one thing, I’m stepping out of the healthcare industry where I’m considered an expert with a national profile, and going into a business where I don’t really know as much. That makes me a little nervous. I just had a lunch with the metro [Chamber] execs, and they’re all saying great, we welcome you aboard. Those guys have been toiling in the fields for a long time and I’m trying to act like a sponge. Well, membership is one of the things you did excel at with PHS and ConnectiCare? Yes and I have to go out and convince those members that their membership is valuable and go out and recruit new members. We need them to help us promote the economic well-being of the region, new economic development and promoting the vibrancy of the existing companies. Well isn’t there some push back in places like Trumbull

not wanting more economic development? When I was on the Trumbull board, our concentration was trying to push any economic development to the absolute outside borders. And not to let anything come into that nice residential center. I remember making fun of your shoes on Facebook, straight CEO and red patent leather shoes and colorful sneakers. How did that become a trademark for you? Back in the early 80s we started sponsoring walks [PHS], March of Dimes, etc. We were the first company we would sponsor the whole walk. Now at a run, you look at the back of the shirt and there are thirty sponsors. We were like the only sponsor. I started going on the walks and I had these bright red sneakers. I don’t remember how I got the first pair, but people began to identify me by the

red sneaks. There was a guy [down there], he had to go to Hong Kong and he got as a birthday present a pair of red patent leather shoes made for me there. I started wearing them to every high society even that I went to in Bridgeport and people totally associated me with the red patent leather shoes and the red sneakers. Every year at the Ringmaster’s Ball, the annual formal dance that they have each year to celebrate the Barnum Festival’s Ringmaster of that year—I was Ringmaster in 1993 and have been going ever since. I’m still seeing you in that getup? [Laughs] the Barnum Festival Great Street Parade near the Fourth of July puts all the old Ringmasters, we call them the “Crotchety Old Ringmasters,” I go every year and sit on the back of the convertible with the red shoes and the top hat. [for many years] I would show up at a BRBC

board meeting in a different set of wacky sneakers, it is sort of a brand. I tell people all the time that in New Haven, the demographics of four growing colleges, including Yale University, means that New Haven will progress pretty much. Government and leaders can make it worse or better, but the trend line is going to be there. But I don’t know what the driver for some other Connecticut cities are, Bridgeport, Hartford where is the wind at your back there? Things are happening, there is a substantial amount of capital directed to projects both public and private. The big power company that has the great smokestack next to the ball park, they’re involved in a [hundreds of million of dollars] building of a new power plant right there.



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There is a lot of housing being built in the downtown area now, I don’t think it is at a sufficient mass to start creating things all by itself. It’s a necessary step, we certainly didn’t have that in the nineties. My challenge is to help get more and keep it going. What was the pull for you personally by seeking the role of Bridgeport Regional Council President? When I was CEO of PHS in 1981, I was on the board and have been on the executive committee for years and years. The search committee failed to produce a candidate that they could bring to the board. They said “we had a candidate but they said we weren’t able to reach an agreement, we’re going to have to start all over again, people were groaning in the room.” I went home that labor weekend and said, I’m healthy, I still have a lot of energy, I’m familiar with the organization, I’ll make a commitment for [at least two years]. They put me through the process, it just happened a week ago. Sometimes when you’ve been around something for a long time, you’re just steeped in the problems. How do you break that? I always tell people the folks that are most negative about New Haven have lived here the longest, they love it, but they only see the things that have not gone right. Where are the fresh eyes? The Mayor’s been in office just a year now, he’s now really eager to concentrate full bore on economic development. I intend to make this organization really transformative and take all the years I have as an entrepreneur to figure out how to really boost economic development. A friend of mine the other day, after I told him about this interview said, “well what do chambers of commerce do, anyway? [Laughs] For us it can be a real catalyst for projects, many already on the drawing board, that need a further boost to bring to fruition and some handholding to keep them developing.

We have an eco-technology park, there is a bunch of businesses in there, they almost all are small businesses. There’s a mattress recycling company, it has finally gotten to where it is breaking even. There are a whole bunch of towns, including in Fairfield County, that do not send their mattresses into that facility. They put them in the chute at the dump. Fairfield’s on the list, and I live in Fairfield, and the Fairfield dump is about three miles from the mattress recycling center. There is an example where I can be helpful in getting these other towns to help out in

some fashion so that can become a really thriving company. It’s good for the environment and most of their employees are formerly incarcerated. [laughing] Sorry I can’t help myself, but I think Mayor Ganim should be very supportive, hopefully he has a sense of humor. Absolutely. Anyone else going to wear “Red Shoes” other than at the golf course? can you make that happen, maybe that’s what

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As Toad’s Place Hits “Middle Age,” A Muscian and New Haven Artist Creates a Visual History of the Legendary Nightclub By Claudia Ward-de León


ive in New Haven long enough and there’s a good chance you’ve been to Toad’s Place. Whether your memories take you back to one of their weekly dance parties popular with the college-set, or they bring to mind that time you were in the crowd bopping your head to your favorite band, almost every local has a fond memory or classic story that took place at Toad’s. While the face of the Broadway area has gone through some changes lately, you turn down York Street and the iconic green awning and the dapperly-dressed strutting amphibian are the same as always.

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When you think about the changes technology has brought to the way we consume music, and what entertainment conglomerates like Live Nation have done to independent music clubs, it is nearly a miracle that a place like Toad’s is still going strong, and yet there’s always been something about Toad’s that’s been magical. For those too young to remember, The Rolling Stones graced Toad’s stage with a surprise, hour-long concert in 1989 as a pre-kick-off to their Steel Wheels Tour. Nine years prior, Billy Joel recorded the song Los Angelenos during a live set he played there. U2, Macklemore, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop--they’ve all played there, too, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. At 41 years old, the exterior of Toad’s looks unchanged, but don’t be NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

Potocsky’s new murals reflect an update of the history of the club with artists more well-known to the Gen-X and Millenial set like rappers Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg and rockers Beck, Santana and Bon Jovi. Photo: Claudia Ward-de León

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Artist Marc Potocsky is on a mission to paint all of the greats, from “back in the day” to today’s top artists.

fooled: the club still holds a lot of surprises, and it’s inside where those surprises are brewing. Some of the updates include interior renovations and even plans for a rooftop smoking lounge, according to Toad’s owner, Brian Phelps, a plan that has required a lot of preparation, planning, and patience, but one the club hopes to see come to fruition. Perhaps the most exciting of these changes, though, is one that’s happening right now. If you’ve been to Toad’s in the last week, you’ll see that some of the artwork in the club is new and reflects a better mix of some of the more notable faces that have serenaded, rocked, and rapped on stage in the past four decades. That’s where local muralist and painter 18 October November 2016

Marc Potocsky comes in. Potocsky, who today is in his 60s, has a long and interesting history with Toad’s. As a young musician, he played Toad’s in the ‘70s as Moe Potts, the drummer with the high-energy rock band, the Laughing Dogs, once a favorite of the New York underground music scene at CBGB’s. The Dogs played at Toad’s so frequently that they were practically considered the honorary house band. Potocsky also reminisces about accompanying Michael Bolotin on stage before he adopted the Bolton stage name, back when the famed singer songwriter was just another local New Haven musician trying to make his way into the big time. Potocsky’s personal history with Toad’s, and experiences as both a decorative painter and

musician, make him the perfect choice as the craftsman commissioned to update the look of the legendary New Haven club. Together with owner Phelps, Potocsky has helped select some of the musical notables that will be displayed in the new murals he’s creating for the club. On a recent visit to his North Branford studio, Potocsky showed me the the piece he’s most proud of: a mural made up of fine art portraits of Dave Matthews, The Ramones, Dirty Heads, and Billy Joel commemorating each performer and the dates on which they played Toad’s. Later on in the week, Potocsky and I were standing within a few feet of the stage and he proudly pointed out how close he and his wife, who are both big Billy Joel fans, stood NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

New portraits of musicians who performed at Toad’s can be seen all over the club. left: Snoop Dogg, right: Dave Mathews (of Dave Mathews Band DMB)

they day they saw Joel play some 30 years ago. On this same visit to Toad’s, Potocsky was delivering the finished mural of Matthews, The Ramones, Dirty Heads, and Billy Joel and showing me where it will be hung, and as he was figuring out details, I glanced up to see a mural he had already completed hanging above our heads--one which features everyone from Snoop Dogg to Carlos Santana to Beck to Iggy Azalea. Potocsky, who never had any formal art training outside of the continuous mentoring of a devoted art teacher at his Fair Haven high school, says the inspiration for the murals came from some artwork that he saw while at BB King’s club in Manhattan. While his artwork is a full time endeavor today, back when he was playing with The Laughing Dogs, it was just a thing he did to make some extra cash in between gigs. While Potocsky’s art teacher in high school was so confident about Potocsky’s talent that he managed to get him a full ride to Cooper Union in New York, Potocsky had different plans for his future.

“As soon as I saw Ringo playing,” he says about the Beatles famed drummer, “my art career went down the tubes.” Although Potocsky, who was raised across the street from Sally’s Apizza in Wooster Square, did not pursue painting through a formal channel as a young man, it certainly did not hurt him in any way. Today, he is the owner of MJP Studios, a full service decorative painting company that creates Trompe l’Oeil, custom faux finishes, faux painted marble and faux wood graining, glazing, gilding, 18th and 19th century patinas, handmade plaster finishes, painted ornamentation, custom hand cut stenciling, architectural trompe l’oeil art for interior designers, decorators, architects, businesses, hotels, churches, public spaces and residential owners. And of course, he does murals. The murals that Potcsky is creating for Toad’s each take anywhere between 30 and 40 painstaking hours and his style veers towards photorealism--you look closely at the mural with Billy Joel or Bon Jovi, and you swear you’re looking

at a photograph, but it’s actually done in acrylic and pencil, the painter reveals to me. When complete, the murals will encircle the interior of Toad’s, giving guests a chance to see a new visual history of a club that’s weathered the years with a lot of grace. “It’s hard to be an independent club,” says owner Brian Phelps, who became acquainted with the former club owners at Toad’s while still a junior at the University New Haven. His tenure with the club has reached the 40 year mark this year, and even as it has, Phelps says he still likes listening to music, and still likes getting up for work every day. “Every night that the crowd erupts during a performance and looking out at the eclectic group of people gathered in one room,” that, Phelps says, is what makes it all worth it.

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It’s All About The Bread

Greater New Haven is Becoming a Foodie Paradise and A Legion of Great, and Even Some Historic, Bakers Are Leading The Charge By Claudia Ward-de León

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nce a staple of the dinner table, freshly baked bread is now a special occasion food, one reserved for holidays and special dinners, nights out on the town, and those weekends when you’re fortunate enough to stumble on the right farmer’s market stand or the neighborhood that still boasts a local bakery. In certain regions of the world, take Europe or Latin America for example, it’s nearly impossible to find a neighborhood without at least one bakery, but in this neck of the woods, where conveniences like buying in bulk and one-stop shopping are prized, our neighborhood bakeries won’t be making a comeback en masse anytime soon. That doesn’t mean that without a little bit of hunting, you won’t be able to find a fresh-baked, hot-out-of-the oven ciabatta roll, loaf of pumpernickel, or even a Swedish coffee bread. New Havenites are lucky because decades of bread-baking tradition run deep in this town and the culinary know-how of fermenting, kneading, stretching, braiding, and folding are skills that thrive in certain spots; some have even passed this expertise onto others, giving birth to some newcomers that are making a name for themselves as local “breadwinners.”

an expansion in 1984 that now includes a bustling storefront where customers can get bread, specialty stuffed breads, morning pastries, and coffee.

The Bread Basket 25 Putnam Ave, Hamden Years in Business: 24 Employees:Two--a father and daughter run this business together Favorite Bread:The organic whole wheat, made with flour sourced from local natural grocer, Thyme and Season What foodies like: While more on the savory side, the Swedish coffee cake, which some

customers refer to as the “cardamom bread,” is a huge hit, especially during the holidays. How They Broke into the Bread Business: Andrew and Amy Lucibello, the father and daughter team behind The Bread Basket, have prided themselves in being a small neighborhood bakery for more than two decades.Together, the two bake their bread, rolls, muffins and other assorted pastries fresh daily from their cozy store in the Whitneyville section of Hamden. Between Halloween and Christmas time, they can barely keep their house specialty, a handcrafted Swedish coffee cake, on the shelves. In the week leading up to Christmas, they have sold more than 200 loaves of this rare specialty bread in one day.

Apicella’s Bakery 365 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT Years in Business: 89 Employees: 26 Favorite Bread: Go with the classic loaf of French. It makes an amazing sandwich. What Foodies Like:You can get Apicella’s bread at a lot of local supermarkets, but you can’t get their stuffed breads anywhere but their Fair Haven storefront.Try the eggplant parmigiana or the broccoli. Amount of Bread Baked Daily: 550 dozen rolls, 4,000-5,000 loaves of bread, 130-140 dozen grinders. How They Broke into the Bread Business: Al Cimino began working after-school for the bakery at the young age of 14. After graduating, he was lured to Massachusetts for a better paying job as bakery assistant supervisor at Hostess. In 1976, he was extended an offer by the previous owner of Apicella’s to buy the bakery, which was then located at 64 Houston Street and about the size of a two-car garage. Cimino recalls the transition back to Connecticut as seamless, especially because Cimino’s wife was able to live close to her family again. In the early ‘80s, the operation moved to its current Fair Haven location on Grand Ave. and neighborhood demand created

Al Cimino Is In His 40th Year as Owner of Apicella’s Bakery. Cimino works “baker’s hours” still, starting at 4:00 am each morning. Photo: Clytie Sadler

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Bread and Chocolate 2457 Whitney Avenue, Hamden Years in Business: 10 Employees: 6 Favorite bread: Ciabatta What Foodies Like: If you have breakfast or lunch in their bakery, all of their sandwiches, including their egg and cheese, are served on their famous ciabatta bread.You can find Bread and Chocolate breads served by local Hamden restaurants like Luce and Mickey’s, but, according to manager Tiana Zapata, the company wants to stay regional so that they don’t ever have to sacrifice their recipes or quality of their breads. How They Broke into the Bread Business: Before opening their bakery/cafe in Hamden,

Honey wheat saffron bread with raisins baked fresh at Chesnut Fine Foods and Confections

baking is done into the wee hours of the morning. Bread and Chocolate continues to be a family-run business with both of the couple’s daughters involved in running the day-to-day operations of the bakery.

the husband-and-wife team behind Bread and Chocolate both worked at a local New Haven bakery where they met and fell in love.The Zapatas combined their skills as bread-maker and pastry chef to open the store on Whitney Avenue.Today, the original store hosts an expanded cafe space, and a bakery located on Sherman Avenue where their wholesale

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Chestnut Fine Foods & Confections 1012 State Street, New Haven, Years in Business: 30 years Employees: 6 full-time, 6 part-time, catering staff varies Favorite bread: Baguettes What Foodies Like: The cafe on State Street has a constantly rotating array of fresh-baked breads. On the afternoon we visited, they had a delicious new loaf with cranberry, lavender, and walnut. How They Broke into the Bread Business: While most of Chestnut’s business involves catering for local businesses, Yale, area non-profits, weddings, and a variety of private functions, their 24-seat cafe on State Street offers fresh-baked loaves of bread for sale such as Sesame Whole Wheat and Cranberry Lavender Walnut, along with a deli case full of prepared foods such as lasagna, salads, and pesto penne for take out. Plans for the Future: Fred and Patty Walker, owners of Chestnut Fine Foods, are looking to expand their cafe hours thanks to their new neighbor, the Corsair, a luxury 235-unit apartment.

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Hosting two locations in Branford and New Haven, G Café Bakery gives its visitors the best German bread money can buy. After experiencing German bread through his early years in Venezuela, owner Andrea Corazzini and his wife eventually made their way to New Haven. In 2010, Whole G or Whole German Breads, LLC opened on Hamilton Street as a wholesale breadmaking factory. Since G Café’s opening in Sept. 2013, Corazzini set out to spread the German bread love with products like a German rye bread called Vollkornbrot containing 8 percent protein per loaf. G Bakery also bakes breads for various restaurants, deli shops and gourmet markets in the area.

Founder Charles Negaro set out to create his own quality artisan bread line. More than 30 years since its inception, the business still remains family-owned with its name originating from Negaro’s three children, Charlie, Abigail and Sophia. Chabaso Bakery offers over two dozen bread varieties that are all natural, do not contain trans fats, and have no preservatives. With two days time to mix, they are hearth-baked in European ovens, keeping Old World baking traditions in mind. While carried at dozens of local supermarkets, you can also go to the Chabaso Bakery Retail Outlet at 360 James St. in New Haven.

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La Cuisine Cafe, Market & Catering Owners Peter Lupi III and Larry Lupi, stand in front of the Lupi Marchigiano bakery at 169 Washington Avenue in New Haven.

Lupi Marchigiano 169 Washington Avenue, New Haven Years in Business: 116 Employees: 30 Favorite bread: Wheat and artisan breads, and Lupi’s Rye bread is some of the best you can get outside New York. What Foodies Like: The variety of bread that they offer at their storefront is as fresh as you can get and reasonably priced, especially if you get the “day old” bread. How They Broke into the Bread Business: The business was started by their grandparents on Dixwell Avenue in the Highwood section of Hamden and eventually run by four brothers: Peter (Junior), Rudolph, William, and Johnny. In 1956 the four brothers purchased Legna Bakery and the business was known as Lupi’s Legna Bakery. In 1983 Lupi’s Bakery purchased a well known Hill Section bakery in New Haven, Marchigiano Bakery. Today, Lupi’s Bakery is run by Peter Lupi III and Larry Lupi, and still operates at 169 Washington Avenue in New Haven. A small storefront on Washington Ave. sells a variety of breads such as rye, pumpernickel, semolina, and dinner rolls.

La Cuisine also known as “Home of Judies Bread” serves the legendary bread recipes of Judie Saleeby, owner of the former Judies European Bakery that abruptly closed its doors back in 2013. Ben Bloom knew Judie back when La Cuisine took their initial Guilford location and moved it to Branford and he did not want to let his favorite breads fade. Bloom decided to buy the name and recipes and incorporate them into a La Cuisine location on Grove Street where Judies location previously stood, and also include them in their catering. 750 E Main St., Branford. 203-488-7779,

Friends & Company Open for over 35 years, Friends and Company Restaurant uses the same recipes seven days a week to create over 70 loaves of breads for their dedicated customers. These breads are served all year round in their dining room area and at Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford. Back in 1980, owners Dick and Mac gave the place its name with the idea in mind that friends and company can come along no matter what time of year, and enjoy themselves along the shoreline. All these years later, the current owners, Gregory Benson and Brian Gondek still make sure to keep that goal in mind. 11 Boston Post Rd., Madison. 203-245-0462,

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Cohen’s Bagel Company Rob and Christine Cohen moved to the Madison area in 2001 and even though they loved the atmosphere, one thing came up short: a quality bagel and cream cheese breakfast. This eventually led to the concept and idea behind Cohen’s Bagel Company— the doors officially opened 12 years later in 2013. Bringing their experience from Bronx and Westchester Counties in New York and guidance from others, Cohen’s came up with the perfect bagel recipe to satisfy their customers. Some of their bagel flavors include plain, salt, everything, jalapeño, cranberry orange, garlic, sun-dried tomato, and cinnamon crunch. 1347 Boston Post Rd. Ste 105, Madison. 203-318-5090,

Bagelicious Bagels of Cheshire Bagelicious founder Andrew Moskowitz wasn’t sure if he wanted to start a pizza joint or bagel shop, but he eventually settled on bagels and has been a great success with the Cheshire community ever since. During his 16 year run at the same South Main Street location, Moskowitz received great praise for delicious bagels and his overwhelming support of community causes. Along with bagels, Moskowitz developed many of his own cream cheese spreads like raisin walnut along with soda lines like Eli’s Orange and Isaac’s Black Cherry—named after his children. Even though Moskowitz recently sold his business, the breakfast and bagel spot still stands strong. Bagels also distributed to area restaurants and grocers, like Katz’s Deli in Woodbridge. Cheshire Shopping Center, 945 S Main St., Cheshire. 203-250-9339,

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If You Build It, Will They Buy? Connecticut Home Builders “Parade” Their Wares

Guilford’s luxury townhouse/condominiums have a modern feel with exposed beams and ductwork in the main building, a converted industrial space originally built in the 1800s. Furniture used in staging is from the Madison Furniture Barn in Westbrook.

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Kitchen’s at Branford’s 55+ community, Riverwalk, are spacious with high-end finishes.


a recent fall Sunday in October, a group of Connecticut’s home builders, remodelers and designers came together for the Parade of Homes, an event sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut (HBRA). Four builders across five sites in North Haven, Branford and Guilford staged model homes in new developments ranging from the cozy to the luxurious to the simple and urbane for visitors to walk through while sipping California wine and nibbling a snack. Wine was provided by ONEHOPE Foundation, a Napa Valley wine sold exclusively by 26 October November 2016

independent sales consultants with portions of proceeds going to national or regional charities. Most of the wine is from Robert Mondavi vineyards. The Parade of Homes proceeds on any bottles sold will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Participating builders included Centerplan Communities with their North Haven Community, Pierpont Hill, The Horton Group LLC with Guilford’s new 66 High Street development in-progress, DonMar Development Corp. both with the 55+ Branford community Riverwalk and North Haven’s Lexington Gardens, and Vigliotti Construction Company’s 55+ community Summer Wind Estates. Contrary to popular

rhetoric, people are retiring in Connecticut—Riverwalk is already at almost 90% sold. Model homes were arranged with elegant touches provided by local designers like Mary Ellen Sullivan and Susanna Smith. Bathroom designs and outfitting in some locations was done by Bender. The sites ranged from high-end luxury living on the shoreline to mid-priced homes with open floor plans and sleek and stylish finishes. As one agent on site pointed out, with a new home, you’re getting the best and newest of appliances, finishes, and energy efficiency, but an older home in Connecticut almost always needs a new kitchen, bathroom, and is heated with oil. Well, that’s my house. . .

In Guilford, The Horton Group LLC converted an old mill built in 1884 at 66 High Street to modern industrial style condominiums with exposed beams and ductwork. Currently, the building is at 50% capacity and additional buildings on the site are in the works. The mill is comprised of fifteen unites with prices ranging from $625,000 to $1.6million. While there are no restrictions relative to who can buy or move in, Nikki Travaglino, the selling agent with William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty on site, described the current buyer profile as empty nesters or very close to that stage. The floor plans of the units even meet all ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Continued page 30 NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

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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. Price reduced! 118,000. Diana x 208

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New Haven- University Towers, beautifully renovated corner unit facing Yale, downtown and West rock, custom kitchen with granite and stainless, large living room with sliders to Deck, opens to formal dining room, Master bedroom with new master bath, loads of closet space, new cork floors and walls of glass in each room, walk to everything down town including the train station. 185,000. Jeff X 210

Killingworth - Beautiful home filled with sunlight open floor plan has vaulted ceiling’s in many windows to create light and space this house both hardwood floors two fireplaces and crown molding for bedrooms make it easier to wrap up the days activities and accommodate everyone needs to full baths and 2+ acres provide even comfort to you Jarid allows for livestock pants and play areas there are new or Windows appliances a new hot water heater and furnace. 267,890. Neile x 212

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66 High’s first completed building, the old factory, is at 50% capacity. Units first went on sale in August of this year.

High ceilings and lots of windows are part of the new units at Centerplan’s Pierpont Hill in North Haven. Furniture and staging was done by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Design and photo by Dennis M. Carbo.

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23 Matthew Rd, Branford – Fantastic 3 BR, 3 BTH Branford home built in 2012. 1st fl has open living & dining area w/vaulted ceiling & updated KIT, 3 BRs with HW flrs & 2 full tile BTHs. 2nd fl has fully finished, carpeted basement w/full BTH & access to the 2 car garage, stone patio & fenced yard. $319,900. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.

29 North Lake Dr #29, Hamden - Renovated 2 BR condo w/great open layout. 1st floor has living/dining space, large galley KIT & ½ BTH. 2nd fl has 2 huge BRs and 1 full BTH. Bonus finished room in basement w/extra storage & W/D. Carport & guest parking. Complex has pool. $169,900. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.

12 Academy St #2A, Wooster Sq, NH Gorgeous condo w/formal LR w/parquet wood flrs, remodeled EIK w/ granite, MBR suite w/ marble BTH & ornate FP, additional BR & BTH, private storage & laundry in basement & 2 parking spaces. $329,900. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.

466 Carrington Rd, Bethany - Unique home designed by Yale professor/architect King-Lui 329 Greene St #10, Wooster Sq, NH - Luxury Wu. Fabulous open layout includes huge LR leading out to XL deck w/ beautiful views, condo w/ LR/DR combo, 18 ft. high ceilings, original church details, oversized windows, gas custom designed KIT & MBR suite. Spiral stairs FP, remodeled gourmet KIT, lofted office space & lead to LL family room, 3 BRs, bonus office & MBR suite. Laundry, parking & A/C. Yale Home renovated BTH w/custom tile shower w/glass door. Home has newer roof, septic, windows & Buyer’s program. $475,000. Call Jack Hill A/C. $339,900. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942. 203-675-3942.

576 Chapel St #5, Wooster Sq, NH - Enjoy on the park living in this luxurious 1 bedroom condo with fabulous views of the square. Beautiful architectural details. Hardwood floors, W/D, off street parking. Offered at $319,900. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

143 Essex St, Deep River – Lovely 2.05 acre lot overlooking Pratt Cove w/stunning views of the marsh & tidal wetlands. Part of an approved 5 lot subdivision w/over 30 acres of non-buildable conservation land & access to the CT River. The perfect quiet, secluded setting to build your dream home and watch the egrets and ospreys fly to and from their nests. $235,000. Sara Schlachter 860-514-0147.

22 Hill St, Naugatuck - Story-book antique home! Great layout w/formal LR & DR, KIT, 2 mudrooms, three 2nd fl BRs, detached garage, attic & basement storage. Wraparound porch that leads to deck w/seasonal city views & sunset watching! $124,900. Call Jennifer D’Amato 203-605-7865.

329 Greene St #3, Wooster Sq, NH Beautiful 3 BR, 2.5 BTH condo steps from WSQ park. The home has 2 garage spaces, open floor plan, HW flrs, high ceilings, large windows, storage, private balcony & gas FP. MBR w/ WIC & private BTH. $624,900. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328

38 Lincoln St, East Rock, NH - Exquisite home adjacent to Yale SOM & NH Lawn Club. 2 story addition added in 2015, KIT w/11 ft. vaulted & coffered ceilings, LR, DR & MBR all w/French antique FPs, MBR suite w/Venetian BTH & direct access to terrace & gardens. 3rd floor has large au pair suite. $2,200,000. Call Jennifer D’Amato 203-605-7865.

1428 Dixwell Ave, Hamden - Turn key salon w/2 rental apts that will cover your mortgage. 2nd fl w/2 BRs plus a sunroom off LR, formal DR & HW flrs. 3rd fl has been updated. Off street parking for at least 5 cars. $299,900. Call Jennifer D’Amato 203-605-7865.

95 Audubon St #336 & 338, NH - Large 2594 sq. ft. 4 BR/4.5 BTH townhouse style condo in Audubon Court. 2 FPs, HW flrs, 2 garage spaces, 24 hour security. Lovely courtyard views and lots of great light. In the center of New Haven’s Arts District. Units can be purchased separately. $760,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

492 Whitney Ave #4C, East Rock, NH – Spacious and sunny 2nd floor, 2 bedroom condo at Whitney Walk. Gleaming hardwood floors. Large kitchen with ample closet space. Lovely dining room! Convenient to Yale, Albertus Magnus, downtown and more! On Yale bus route. $240,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

25 Lyon St, Wooster Sq, NH - Charming 3 BR, 1332 sq. ft. home. Great condo alternative. HW flrs. New deck. Large yard. Wooster Square neighborhood. Yale Home Buyer’s program. Many energy enhancements. $275,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

3D Hughes Place #H-5, Wooster Sq, NH - Sunny 1 BR condo. 750 sq. ft. Remodeled kitchen and bath.Hardwood floors. Full sized laundry. Parking. Bright, sunny unit overlooking Cherry Blossoms! Steps from Wooster Sq Park. $238,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

208 Haverford St, Hamden - Spectacular storybook Spring Glen colonial! Home has custom KIT w/open floor plan & breakfast bar, all new windows, new gas heating system, central air and on demand water heater, 2 sun room spaces & LR w/FP that leads to deck, paver patio & large yard. $319,900. Call Jennifer D’Amato 203-605-7865. 227 Saint John St, Wooster Sq, NH - Stately home listed among the best preserved Italianate homes in NH. 1st floor apt has 10 ft. ceilings & formal LR&DR. 2nd floor has 2 large BRs, beautiful natural woodwork, and access to walk up attic. Fenced in yard & parking for 2 cars. $449,900. Call Jennifer D’Amato 203-605-7865.

7 Townsend Ave, Morris Cove, NH - Mint condition 3 BR home w/formal LR & DR, remodeled EIK, 1.5 BTHs & newer gas furnace, siding & windows. Large basement w/laundry & storage. A/C & 2 off street parking spaces. Huge backyard & patio. $199,900. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.


107 Roger Rd, Westville, NH - Beautiful Westville home w/vaulted ceilings, beautiful woodwork, cherry floors, oversized windows, recessed lighting, renovated KIT, crown molding, 2 2nd fl BRs & renovated LL w/ full BTH & slider out to private brick patio. $349,900. Call Jack Hill 203-675-3942.

100 York St, Downtown, NH - Studio, 1 BR & 2 BR units. The complex features private balconies w/views, 24 hour concierge, elevators, laundry, pool and on-site management. Parking available at extra cost. No pets & no renting. $45,000 - $168,000. Call Cheryl Szczarba 203-996-8328.

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The 66 High complex is near the water, near the Guilford green and units feature open floor plans with ADA-compatible features.

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standards for design with slightly wider doors and enough floor space in places like bathrooms for a wheelchair to pivot and turn, designed for someone who would like to age in place. Guilford is a community better known for its active town green and craft fairs, not exactly its condo complexes, an unusual real estate option for the historic shoreline town, but the bug has hit the region and ultra urbane complexes are not just for the city anymore.

through a remodel. With professional design and high-end finishes, it does beat the equivalent older home in the same price range, perhaps a brown raised ranch with a pink bathtub?

Economic forecasters abound in the marketplace and some may consider it a comfort to see builders producing quality products with confidence for not-yet-found buyers. Settings for the residential developments are idyllic,

symmetrical and carefully crafted to meet modern expectations in a state where much of the housing stock is like its population: aging.

For the Parade of Homes event, available units were artfully staged with furniture from the Madison Furniture Barn in Westbrook. While it was very gracious of the selling agents to ply visitors with wine, donuts, and schwag bags with fancy water bottles, I wanted them to send me home with an industrial/modern side table. Just south in Branford was DonMar’s Riverwalk 55 and older community of detached homes set back from the road in a quiet and semi-private tree-lined setting. Kitchens run large in these homes and are designed for entertaining. The community was laid out with walking trails and outdoor community spaces, and association staff takes care of all maintenance like plowing, raking leaves, and lawn care. The other 55+ community on the list, North Haven’s Summer Wind Estates, boasts scenic views in their maintenance-free community of detached homes, as well. Kitchens are outfitted with stone countertops, homes have a first-floor master suite, and floorpans are meant to be convenient and livable in a modern sense. CenterPlan Communities opened up their North Haven Development, Pierpont Hill, showcasing attached cottage-style homes with high ceilings, ceramic tile and stone countertops. There are no age restrictions at Pierpont, a scenic and wooded community in a great school district. It’s the HGTV end-product home without the pesky nuisance of suffering

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etired Connecticut State Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr. is now the Director of Policy and Research for the Connecticut Education Association. Williams’ new book with Wesleyan University Press, Prudence Crandall’s Legacy - The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education, is an in-depth look at the life of the abolitionist who opened a school for girls of color in Canterbury, Connecticut in the 1830s, thirty years prior to the 13th Amendment ending slavery (1865) and the 1868 passage of the 14th Amendment, affecting the way laws are applied and “who” counts. Sure we think of ourselves as liberal now, but Crandall’s contemporaries had no love for her work and she was harassed and threatened until the safety of her students was of enough concern for Crandall to cease operations at the school. Williams’ book examines Crandall’s early life as a Quaker and her upbringing, as well as the social and political environment of the 1830s with contemporaries like abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and Mark Twain. While Crandall started out as “just” a feminist, opening a school for young girls in the town of Canterbury in 1831 that rivaled even the best boys’ schools in the region, the mission transformed after a pivotal moment in the school’s operations—its admission of a black female from a well-todo family, Sarah Harris, who wanted to become a teacher. Facing the

outrage of local white parents who wanted the first black student expelled, Crandall had a difficult choice to make when families subsequently began to withdraw their daughters from the boarding school. Ultimately, she decided to convert the girls’ school into one exclusively for African American girls, and thus it became Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color. The school attracted free young black women from all over the Eastern seaboard. Miss Crandall faced harassment from her neighbors in Canterbury with local shops refusing to sell her supplies and authorities arresting her no less than three times for the “crime” of teaching out-of-state black women how to read and write. In response to Crandall’s new educational mission, the legislature of Canterbury passed the “Black Law” in 1833 stipulating that it was a crime to teach African Americans from a state other than Connecticut. Under the law, Crandall’s boarding school was illegal. Crandall stood trial twice after a hung jury couldn’t convict her and ultimately, her conviction was overturned by a higher court. Local townspeople harassed the students incessantly, threatened them, and when they finally poisoned the school’s well, Crandall felt her students’ lives were at too much of a risk and she closed the school. A few years later, Crandall married an abolitionist preacher and the couple left Connecticut for the mid-west. She continued to be involved in the abolitionist cause and took up the cause of women’s suffrage, as well, as she ran another school in Illinois. By 1886, Crandall’s former Canterbury community was repentant and with the help of writer Mark Twain, persuaded the legislature to award Crandall a state pension. By then, Crandall was living in Kansas and the state continued to pay her a pension until her death in 1890. In Williams’ view, Crandall’s actions and her lasting legacy deeply impacted the outcome of subsequent legal cases involving equality, like “the Amistad case, the Dred Scott decision, and Brown v. Board of Education, as well as how Crandall v. State impacts our modern interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment,” according to the publisher. Crandall was inducted into the National Women’s History Museum, based in Alexandria, Virginia, and the site of her Canterbury school is now the Prudence Crandall Museum, 1 S. Canterbury Rd., Canterbury. Williams’ book is available in paperback and can be purchased on Amazon, Google Play, at university book stores, and directly from the publisher at www.


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CALENDAR Belles Lettres 2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is an outdoors art event with a community of readings and music concerts. Goers are able to tour the museum’s collection of Impressionist art while participating in conversation with headlining poets. Oct.1-Nov. 26 at Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Listen Here: Short Shorts Short fiction pieces will be performed by members of the New Haven Theater Company, followed by a “talk-back” with the New Haven Review. These short fiction pieces are “Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood, “Thank you, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes, “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway and “The Afterlife” by Amy Hempel. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 20 at Young Men’s Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven. 203562-4045,

Comedy Kevin Flynn 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 877-503-1286, Comedy with Myq Kaplan Pronounced as “Mike,” Kaplan will be headlining Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne. He has previously appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, a Comedy Central half hour special, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and America’s Got Talent. 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. $29. 203-259-1036, Sabastian Maniscalco is known for his most recent works in the comedy world including his 20-city tour supporting his one-hour Comedy Central DVD Special and being a featured comedian in the film Vince Vaughan’s Wild West Comedy Show. 8 p.m. Fri., 6 p.m. Sat., 5 p.m. Sun. Dec. 9-11 at Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $50-$85. 860-369-9663, Best of Boston Comedy Festival The Kate wants you to get the last laugh in before 2016 its over. They will be ringing in the New Year with the best from the Boston Comedy Festival Circuit, Jim McCue, Mitch Stinson and Angel Rentas. 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25-$30. 877503-1286,

Cinema War Horse is a multi-award-winning production about a young boy named Albert and his horse Joey, who is needed during World War I by the British military. Since Albert is too young to enlist, he decides to embark on a journey to find his horse and bring him back home. The audience will now have a chance to see the show in HD. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 N Benson Rd., Fairfield. $25. 203-254-4010, quickcenter. National Theatre Live Encore: Hamlet Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, actor Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of Hamlet in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. 7 p.m. Nov 17 at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $20. 877-503-1286,

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Kate Classic Film: Little Women Follow these classic sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March has they struggle to keep their spirits high concerning their poverty and absence of their father at the height of the Civil War. p.m. & 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $8. 877-503-1286

potters can be found at a $20 donation, which is more for larger bowls and less for smaller ones or mugs. The food contributors for the Bowl-A-Thon will be Chestnut Fine Foods & Confections, Bruegger’s Bagels, Anna Liffey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Nica’s Market, Town Pizza and Chabaso Bakery. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20 at CAW, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-562-4927,


Culinary Wine Tasting at Sunset Hill Vineyard will include not only wine but cheese and crackers for a great price. Visitors will be able to take walks through the family run boutique vineyard with up to eight guests. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Oct. 1-May 2 2017 at Sunset Hill Vineyard, 5 Ely’s Ferry Road, Lyme. $10. 540-882-4560, Holiday Cookie Party Join Chef Jennifer Magrey in this holiday cookie making extravaganza. This class will be making the following: Sugar Cookies for cut out with royal icing, Pistachio Raspberry Thumbprints, GingerMolasses Cookies, Hanukkah Rugelach-filled with dates and chocolate, Almond Biscotti dipped in chocolate and BYOB. Dec. 6 at The Weekend Kitchen, 6 N Main St, Essex. $65. 860767-1010, Festive Holiday Dinner Class will include: Wild Mushroom Tarlets, Beef Tenderloin with Lingonberry-Horseadish Sauce, mixed greens with winter fruits and honey balsamic Vinaigrette and earl grey Creme Brûlée with Pomegranate Seeds. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at The Fig Cooking School, Middle Rd., Hamden. $85 203-288-4142 figcookingschool. com.

The 19th Hole Party An 18-hole mini golf course will be installed inside the Blackstone Memorial Library to raise funds for library programs. Tickets for the family event portion will be $5 and will run during the day. There will also be an “adults-only” party ages 21 and over starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 featuring an open bar with craft beer by Stony Creek Brewery, wine, finger foods and prize drawings. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (adult-only at 7 p.m.) Nov. 26 &1-4 p.m. Nov. 27 at Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St., Branford. $5-$150. 203-488-1441, Operation Happy Holidays This holiday season, help families in need through Holiday Toy Drives to collect toys and gift cards for children and gifts for an entire family based on their wish list. Volunteers can assist with toy drive pick-ups or help in the toy store. Dec.14-Dec 20 Clifford Beers Clinic, 5 Science Park, New Haven. 203-777-8648,

New Years Eve This class will include: Pancetta crisps with goat cheese and roasted grapes, Salmon with toasted walnuts and figs in a puff pastry, Haricot Verts with caramelized shallots and Chocolate Bark with crystallized ginger, dried apricots cranberries and pistachios. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Fig Cooking School, Middle Rd., Hamden. $85 203-288-4142

Family Events 24th Annual Holiday Bazaar is a family event filled with handmade Christmas decorations, a yarn boutique, baskets for themed raffles, and homemade desserts and treats. The Bazaar will also include a Tag Sale and silent auction for restaurant and theater, artwork, gift baskets, wines and dinner gift certificates. 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 18 & 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 20 at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, 230 Temple St., New Haven. 203-624-3101, 20th Annual Bowl-A-Thon The Studio Potters at Creative Arts Workshop presents 20 years of potters making bowls to hold local restaurant soups all the while knowing supporting those in need. This is inspired by the Empty Bowls Project, an international effort that brings together ceramic artists in an attempt to fight hunger. The Studio Potters raise money to support the New Haven Community Soup Kitchen and these handcrafted bowls by the CAW

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Natural History Saturday Fall Migration Bird Walks Grab those binoculars and take a walk through Hammonasset Beach State Park. Participants are asked to meet at The Audubon Shop Parking Lot at 7:50 a.m. 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sept. 10Nov. 19 at Hammonasset Beach State Park, The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd., Madison. $5. 203-245-9056, Birds, Wildlife, and Farm Animals of Iceland Barbara and Peter Rzasa, both naturalists and photographers present an Icelandic birds, wildlife and farm animals slideshow. 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia. Free. 203-736-1053,


Road Races/Walks Branford Rotary & YMCA 5K This race will include both a 5K and a Kids Fun Run at 9 a.m. with kids carnival activities and face painting right before. There will also be a food drive collecting food for the Branford Food Pantry this upcoming holiday season. 7:30 a.m. Nov. 24 at Walsh Intermediate School, 185 Damascus Rd., Branford. 203-488-8317.

from school. Activities at the program include, homework help with access to the computer lab, arts and crafts, outdoor play, a game room, various special programs on-site and field trips. There are 12 sessions total. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 3-June 21, 2017 at Coogan Pavilion, New Haven. $70-$120. 203946-8022, 203-946-8088,

Young Entrepreneurship is a four-week program for children in grades 5-12, allowing them to discover their power and create their own future by bringing their ideas to life. Through a projects-based approach, participants are helped to transform their ideas into entrepreneurial success stories. This program is free for students that are enrolled in NHPR’s after-school program. 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon. Nov. 7,14,21, &28 at New Haven Parks & Recreation, Coogan Pavilion, Edgewood Park, Whalley Ave &Fitch St., New Haven. 203-9369039.

Christopher Martin’s Christmas Run for Children This race is a mission to make the holiday season brighter for children in need in the New Haven Area—not just with a toy but with plenty of love. Toys for donation can be dropped off at Trailblazer New Haven during the early packet pickup on Friday, Dec. 9 or at Christopher Martin’s Restaurant on race day. If participants choose to donate a toy, it must be unwrapped. 10:15 a.m. Dec. 11 at Christopher Martin’s Restaurant, 860 State St., New Haven. $25. 203-776-8835.

Recreation Open Swim and Swimming Lessons For All Ages 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 5-June 3, 2017 at James Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven. Free. 203-497-7500, Open Swim and Swimming Lessons For All Ages 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Wed., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 5-June 3, 2017 at John Martinez School, 100 James St., New Haven. Free. 203691-2000, Senior Swim 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Fri. Oct. 5-June 3, 2017 at Hill Regional Career High School, 140 Legion Ave., New Haven. Free. 203-946-5845, Out-of-School Time at Coogan Pavilion is open to students in Grades 2-8. On the students school days, they will be asked to take the bus from school to Whalley Ave. & Fitch Street where the staff will meet any of the participants. Full days of care are available on majority of days off

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Music Haven Studio Recitals Violin students of Ms. Yair Music Haven Studio Recitals Violin students of Ms. Yaira perform for the community. 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at 180 Center, 793 Grand Ave., New Haven. Free. 203-745-9030, musichavenct. org. New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Brahms & Mozart brings forth Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 with its elegant lines to signify the Romantic era. NHSO will also be celebrating the Yale School of Music with Martin Bresnick, Yale composition professor and special guest performance by Dean Robert Blocker. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Woosley Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. $10-15. 203-865-0831, David Peterson will perform as a solo singer brought to you by GuitartownCT Productions. His traditional music of choice includes country, bluegrass and gospel, making him stand out in the country music scene in America today. 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 25 at Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden. $20-$25. 203-430-6020. Dean Falcone’s Annual Vomitorium 20th Anniversary Show is a festive American holiday tradition where your favorite classic songs are violated right before your eyes. Without any idea of who exactly will show up or who is going to play, friends and enemies will battle on the stage through songs they might not be aware of and audience members

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will be unwillingly dragged to the front of the crowd to sing their hearts out. This year’s show will include songs of 1977 ranging from The ABBA to Sex Pistols and a special set of Fictitious Bands from The Partridge Family to Spinal Tap. Some performers include Jennifer D’Angora (Jenny Dee & The Deeliquents, Dowbeat 5,) Shellye Valauskas, Dave Schneider (The Zambonis,) Brian Stevens (The Cavedogs) and much more. So come join the crew with holiday spirit and watch how these performers, or non performers battle their way through unrehearsed songs. 8 p.m. Nov. 23 at Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $TBA. 203-789-8281, cafenine. com. Martina McBride Along with the singer’s concert, there will be a 45-minute program of celebrity hosts, an auction and a brief presentation of Dana’s Angels Research Trust. 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. $40-$85. 203-325-4466, The Yale Whiffenpoofs Every year, 14 Yale senior men are chosen to be in the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs. It was founded in 1909 beginning as the “Whiffs” and is now a very celebrated Yale tradition. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. $20-$35. 203-331-8156, Goo Goo Dolls has been an influential band in popular music and sold more than 10 million albums since 1986. 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $29-$49. 860-369-9663, Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin This live show will include two-act concerts of Led Zeppelin’s album, “Led Zeppelin II,” also known as the first one of theirs to reach the number one spot on the charts. 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London. $22-$37. 860-444-7373, gardearts. org.

Pink Martini Holiday Spectacular Join in for a night of festive musical night with singer China Forbes as she performs hits from Pink Martini’s album “Joy to the World,” along with newly discovered holiday tunes. 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. $34-$97. 203-562-5666,

Colonial Concert XXXVII 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St., New Haven. Tickets: $5-$45. 203-777-4690, Join Orchestra New England as they bring Colonial New Haven in to the present day. With a couple of wigs, waistcoats and some candlelight, guests can ring in the holiday season celebrating 37 years with Thomas Jefferson’s personally selected tunes. If you’re feeling a little fancy, a pre-concert Colonial festive buffet-style dinner will take place before the concert at 6 p.m. at The Graduate Club, 115 Elm St., New Haven, just across the street from the concert venue.

Sunday Music Series: Horizon Blue 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Free with museum admission. 860-229-0257, New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Extravaganza This performance will include seasonal favorites like the Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, and a Christmas carol sing-along led by pops conductor Chelsea Tipton. Elm City Girls’ Choir and a special gust from the North Pole will also make an appearance. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Hamden Middle School, 2523 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. $10-$49. 203-865-0831, Donny and Marie Christmas Show Donny and Marie, the ultimate sibling entertainers, will perform a mix of holiday songs and the early spirits of their television specials and recordings through a dynamic stage show. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 26&27 at Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $50-$125. 860-369-9663,

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Mary Lambert 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.$22-$28. 877503-1286, Colonial Concert XXXVII Join together with family and friends for the appearance of Thomas Jefferson and his collection of personally selected favorite music. This is a Orchestra New England’s flagship, flash-back event celebrating 37 years all the while bringing Colonial New Haven back to life. 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St., New Haven. $5-$45. 203-777-4690, Weekly Jazz Series by Blue Plate Radio This night of music features solo or duo jazz musicians no matter the weather condition—on the patio when it’s nice and inside when it’s not. Blue Plate Radio is the only 24/7 commercial jazz station between the areas of NYC and Portland, Maine, broadcasting since 2008. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 & Nov. 24 at Harvest Wine Bar, 1104 Chapel St., New Haven. Free. 203-777-2500, Balance and Composure 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 16 at College Street Music Hall, 237 College St., New Haven. $18-$20. 203867-2000, Rhonda Larson & Ventus Since winning a Grammy with the Paul Winter Consort, Rhonda Larson has dedicated her devotion to world music, creating a refreshing hybrid music on various ethic flutes internationally. Larson will be performing at SCSU as a benefit fundraiser concert for students that wish to participate in the study abroad program. 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at John Lyman Center for Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $8-$50. 03-3927278, Dark Star Orchestra 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 18 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven. $22-$27. 203-867-2000,

Yale Schola Cantorum

David Hill, conductor Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem arranged for chamber orchestra by Iain Farrington

sunday, november 6 · 5 pm

Saint Joseph Church (129 Edwards St., New Haven)

Great Organ Music at Yale

Christophe Mantoux, organ Music of Franck, Vierne, Tournemire, Widor, Messiaen, and Duruflé

sunday, november 20 · 7:30 pm Woolsey Hall (500 College St.)

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August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” is a ghost story following a broken family that finds their way back to each other as a father’s grown son and daughter fight over his once forgotten heirloom. Through traditional AfricanAmerican songs, this Pulitzer Prizewinning drama follows a family ridding off the problems of their past and finding a light for the family’s future. Oct. 13-Nov. 13 at Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford. $25-$90. 860-5275151, Other People’s Money Watch as the young brilliant lawyer Kate tries her best to stop, Larry ‘The Liquidator’ Garfinkle as he tries to gut the company of New England Wire and Cable’s undervalued stock. This “fasttalking Wall Street takeover artist” will be a challenge to tame. Nov. 23-Dec. 18 at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. $34.50-$69.50. 203-7874282, A Christmas Story, The Musical Watch as this classic 1983 holiday movie comes alive onstage for two performance stops. Follow young Ralphie Parker through his journey of doing anything he possibly can to get the official Red Ryder CarbineAction 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. The infamous leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas and a double-dog

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dare are surely included in this holiday performance. 8 p.m. Nov. 18 & 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at Waterbury Palace Theater, 100 E Main St., Waterbury. Begins at $45. 203346-2000, That Wonder Boy follows comedic storyteller Bob Stromberg has he portrays a young fellow through his journey of life and art. Winner of three out of five 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival major awards, this laugh-outloud production starts with a flying


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baby and continues on as a pondering and moving life tale. 2 p.m. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 &19, & 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at Nelson Hall Theater, 150 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire. $15-$38. 203-699-5495, In Charles Mee’s Summertime a romantic comedy will bring together a plethora of characters with elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, René Magritte and much more. Through an emotional landscapee, this production

combines music lyric language and big dances. 8 p.m. Nov. 16-Nov. 20 at CFA Theater at Wesleyan University, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown. $5-$8. 860-685-3355, Collisions is a production conceived by Fred Kennedy and directed by Fred Kennedy and Kevin Hourigan. Nov. 17-19 at Yale Cabaret, 217 Park St., New Haven. 203-432-1566, Relive your childhood through this

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3-day production of Cinderella, a Tony Award winning Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the creators of “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. 203-562-5666, shubert. com. ELF the Musical Follow the magical life of Buddy as he mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag at the orphanage and travels to the North Pole. Even though he thinks he’s an elf, Buddy stands out with his big size and lacking toy-making skills. With the help and permission of Santa Claus, Buddy makes his way to New York City in search of his father to discover his real self, while enjoying the spirit of Christmas. 7 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 20-24 at Shubert

Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. $42-$104. 203-5625666, A Christmas Carol Enjoy the magic and musical memories of the holidays and follow the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge through his discovery of Christmas with the assistance of Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. This Charles Dickens’ Story will come alive on stage through an array of actors, singers and dancers performing over two dozen traditional Christmas carols. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 18-20 at Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. $19-$104. 203-5625666, The Santaland Diaries Discover this un-politically correct one-man show by humorist David Sedaris featuring Ian Galligan as Crumpet as we follow an


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out-of-work character who takes a job at Macy’s during the holidays as a “cheerful” elf. This play does include adult language and references and is recommended for ages 14-up. Make sure you’re a mature elf. 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. Nov. 25-27 at Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. $40. 203562-5666, The Nutcracker The New Haven Ballet presents Lisa Sanborn, artistic director and her full-length production. It will be set to music by Tchaikovsky played by the New Haven Ballet Orchestra and conducted by Dr. Richard Gard. 7 p.m. Fri., 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Dec. 9-11 at Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. $25.50-$68. 203-562-5666, Kinky Boots Inspired by true events, this Broadway hit follows Charlie Price facing the pressures of his father to continue the family business of Price & Son. At the most random time, performer Lola appears and his in need of some sturdy stilettos. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 6-11 at Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. $58-$78. 203-346-2000, Book your tickets for Chasing Rainbows-The Road to Oz as the life and brilliance of Judy Garland unfolds on stage. Through a childhood of heartbreak and hope, the play follows this awkward young girl taking the “Oz” road through life’s journey of hardships. This production will feature songs that helped Garland rise to fame including “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “You’ve Made Me Love You” and “Over the Rainbow.” 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sun. Sept. 16-Nov. 27 at The Goodspeed, 33 North Main St., East Haddam. 860-873-8668,


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The Westport Artist Collective Explores the Revolutionary Sixties was curated by Nancy McTagueStock and will feature 19 artworks selected from 63 different entries. Oct. 17-Jan. 8 ,2017 at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk. Open 12 p.m.4 p.m. Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. $6-$10. 203-838-9799. The Artists of Gallery One Exhibit Nov. 3-Jan. 4, 2017 at Valentine H. Zahn Community Gallery Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center, 250 Flat Rock Pl., Westbrook. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs,. Fri., 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Sat. Free. 860-358-6200, The lecture, Leonardo Cremonini and 20th Century Italian Art will be in conjunction with the exhibition, “Leonardo Cremonini (1925-2010): Timeless Monumentality, Painting from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation.” Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Dr. Emily Braun will be delivering the lecture. 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Wien Experimental Theater, Quick Center for the Arts, 200 Barlow Rd., Fairfield. Free. 203-254-4000, bellarminewag.eventbrite. com. Art to the Max is an exhibition celebrating Westport history and will feature original art from about 50 artists. For 59 years, Max’s had its prime spot in Westport as an art supply store, however eventually shut down. Curated by Nina Bentley and Miggs Burroughs, the exhibition will feature art that embellished Max’s windows from 1975-2014 such as a hand-drawn calendar and Shirley Mellor’s “back office” which included cards and original art artists from the area had gifted to her. Oct. 7-Jan. 7, 2017 at Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Pl., Westport. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-2221424, Flying Carpets is a solo exhibition by professor of art David Schorr and explores his experiences throughout his childhood. Combining colors from his young imagination, with images that reach beyond his home, Schorr recreates the days spent playing on his grandmother’s Persian rugs. Oct. 27-Dec. 11 at Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. Open 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. Free. 860-685-3355, Creating visuals talks about violence, humor and perseverance which accompanies resistances Overflow is a collaborative exhibition by artists Martha Lewis, Eva Mantell, Melissa Marks & Laura Watt. Attacking the boundaries on paper, the art displays a four-way conversation that pushes the boundaries about what it “too much.” Nov. 3-Dec. 18 at Paul Mellon Arts Center Gallery, 332 Christian St., Wallingford. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Free. 203697-2398, Small Scales: Lands of Enchantment is a biennial Bruce Museum tradition for 35 years, bringing together artists who enjoy putting big landscapes on small scales. From old books and repurposed steamer trucks to found objects and handcrafted items, glass and a living tree, these different styles and mediums will transport the looker to a different place and time altogether. Oct. 29-Jan. 29, 2017 at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. $6-$7. 203-869-0376, Towards Abstraction, 1940-1985: Brett Weston Photographs Brett Weston spent his almost 70 year career photographing micro-images of reality and landscapes and cities. He captured these images through a long telephoto lens which flattened the image by diminishing

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Arthur Yanof, Sea and Stone at Reynolds Fine Art, [“Gulls Catch”, Acrylic and collage on canvas Photograph by Gretchen Hayn]. the field depth. Instead of manipulating his subject areas in a dark room, he always captured them in real time, using a medium or large-format camera, contact printed on highgloss paper. Weston’s photos were gifted to the museum from Christian Keesee, collector and philanthropist. He acquired them from Weston’s Estate in 1996 and has also since created a catalog to remember this artist’s work as well as an archive in 1997. Nov. 5-Feb. 10, 2017 at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. $6-$7. 203-869-0376, Court House Eyes Tom Peterson a documentary and fine art photographer, photographed the images included in this exhibition in New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut. Through black-and-white photos presented, dramatic shadows are casted, creating the examination of the film noir aesthetic. These shadows fall on urban streetscapes, geometric patterns in cobblestone are illuminated by light, and the mystery continues throughout. Oct. 11-Dec. 23 at The Gallery at Still River Editions, 128 East Liberty St., Danbury. Open 8:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. Free. 203791-1474, Yosemite: Exploring the Incomparable Valley Considering one of the country’s most recognized natural landmarks through both art and science fields, this exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History and the 100th anniversary of the creation of America’s National Park Service. Through paintings, prints photographs and botanical and geological specimens, this shows how the Americans found western landscape inspiring and through the understanding of its marvels. Oct. 7-Dec. 31 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, Deck The Walls Nov. 11-Jan. 6 2017 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open Wed., Thurs., Fri. Sat., Sun or by appointment. 860-434-7802,

61st Annual Exhibit and Sale Potters, jewelers and fiber artists, members of Wesleyan Potters along with 200 other artists are invited to show off and sell their work. Nov. 25Dec. 11 at Wesleyan Potters, 350 South Main St., Middletown. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. everyday, Thurs., Fri., until 9 p.m. 860-3476925, “Offerings” is an exhibition of mixed media assemblages by artist Karen Wheeler combining delicate lines, spirit and elegant complexity. Nov. 3-Nov. 27 at City Gallery, 994 State St., New Haven. Open Thurs. 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Fri., Sat., Sun. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. 203-782-2489, Dry Point Collagraphs This exhibit includes art by Freddie Elton. She has been a member of City Gallery since 2008 and her work includes photography, printmaking and encaustic painting. The idea of keeping life interesting is showcased in her emphasis on shifting from one medium to another and abstract sensibility. Dec. 1-Dec. 31 at City Gallery, 994 State St., New Haven. Open 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thurs., 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun., or by appointment. Free. 203-7822489, A new job to unwork at Artists Mierle Laderman Ukeles, YES! Association/Foreningen JA!, Constantina Zavitsanos and others create a performative symposium considering the work role as a social, material and economic concept, a crucial part of our identity and reality shaping. Through the inclusion of video, writing, activism and performances it examines the cultural production and what exactly labor means in a field full of freelance culture and entrepreneurial values. Dec. 2-March 4, 2017 at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs., 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri., Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, All Paintings Great and Small The Cooley Gallery celebrates 30 years with this annual holiday exhibition featuring 30 contemporary artists and their selected paintings and objects from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Nov. 17-Jan. 7, 2017 at The Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 860-434-8807,


Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. Free. 203-831-9063, Robert Reynolds Pieces by this artist include various scenery drawings oil on linen. July 7-Aug. 26, 2017 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., 9th Square, New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. 203-4982200, Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration and Discovery This museum has served for 150 years as top dog in the collection preservation and study of objects that mark the history and diversity of humanity and nature. May 8-Jan. 8 2017 at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 12 p.m.- 5p.m. Sun. $6-$13. 203-432-5050, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion allows its onlookers to take in over 40 of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and designs through full-scale models. These art pieces were built with materials and methods that the man himself would have used in his day.. Jan. 30, 2016-Jan. 8 2017 at Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. $14.95$21.95. 860-520-2112, William Earle Williams: A Stirring Song Sun Heroic— African Americans from Slavery to Freedom 1619 to 1865 Sept. 23-Dec. 11 at Davison Art Center Wesleyan University, 301 High St., Middletown. Open 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun Free. 860-685-3355, The New London Project 10th Anniversary Portraits Photographer Joe Standart presents 25 image pairs—one is the original taken in 2006 the other, 10 years later. Sept. 10-Jan. 22 at Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 860-443-2545,

At the Paul Mellon Art Center in Wallingford through December 19. Annual Holiday Show Nov. 11- Dec. 31 at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat. or by appointment. 203-318-0616, Holiday Exhibition 2016 26 artists and various guests will show off their works, giving the exhibit goers a chance to find a possible gift for their loved ones this holiday season. Nov. 26-Dec. 23 at FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, 1064 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri Sat. 203-777-7760, Road Trip! Travel through vintage souvenirs and memorabilia from across the United States as well as some of Connecticut’s well-known roadside landmarks. This exhibit presents photos by Richard Longstreth, architectural historian, who captured the designs of diners, gas stations, motels and roadside attractions presented on America’s back roads before the interstate highway. It will also include about 100 objects crowdsourced from New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History and a 1960s-inspired diner booth by the New England Seating Company made specifically for the exhibit. Nov. 19-Spring 2017 at New Haven Museum 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 1st Sun. of the month. $2-$4. 203-562-4183, Holiday Show: Embellishment and Ornamentation This exhibit features artist that use decorative detail, adornment or materials that enhance their art pieces. It will feature photographers whose main subjects feature heightened expressionism through intense color or ornamentation, and fabric artists who embellish with lace, leather, pleats, feathers and more. Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 2017 at Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Open 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Wed.,

Thurs., Fri., Sat., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-767-0742,

Ongoing Destined To Be Known: The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75 Marking the anniversary of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection, this exhibition showcases African American literary and artistic achievements. Sept. 29-Dec. 10 at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., 9 p.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-432-2977, Sea and Stone: The Thimble Islands Paintings Artist Arthur Yanoff visited Branford’s Thimble Islands where he ended up drawing the allure of the water and the clear light of the area. He filled various sketchbooks with the scenery exposed and ended up with this abstract paintings. Sept. 1-Oct. 28, 2017 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., 9th Square, New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. 203-498-2200, Her Crowd New Art by Women From Our Neighbors’ Private Collections Take in this rare opportunity of artwork collected by successful women in contemporary art. Themes such as motherhood, food, sexuality, beauty, femininity stereotypes, gender and race are prevalent through the artwork. Sept. 24-Dec. 31 at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum dr., Greenwich. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. $6-$7. 203-869-0376,

The 4th Dimension This exhibition by artist, Jay Dilenschneider includes 30 of her most recent artworks. Her pieces are inspired by both impressionist and expressionist styles, creating these vibrant landscape paintings. This pieces also represent a large part of Old Lyme landscape, a birthing place of American Impressionism. This exhibition is apart of the College’s Center of Arts Programming. Oct. 7-Nov. 12 at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 82 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat. 860-434-5232, Match Game Artspace presents this new exhibition that showcases 20 of their newest artists to enter the Flatfile Collection through a series of “off kilter” and “feverishly TV-worthy” word games and images. The inspiration comes from the 1970s show “Match Game” where contestants would guess a celebrity panel’s answers to fill-in-the-blank questions. This exhibition stands as a reboot of the John Slade Ely House to carry their legacy of showing viewers upcoming and local artists. Oct. 20-Nov. 27 at John Slade Ely House, 51 Trumbull St., New Haven. 203-624-8055. Power Boothe: Recent Work Power Boothe has been making large abstract paintings based on grid since 1971 at his first exhibited work where his work was included in a show of ten young artists. This exhibition also includes work by Elisa Lendvay and is the gallery’s first one-person exhibition of paintings and works on paper. Oct. 22-Nov. 19 at FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, 1064 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri Sat. 203-7777760,

Kismet focuses on a force that might be able to control the future, this destiny and fate exhibit present artwork in a variety of mediums. Sept. 21- Dec. 2 at Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 North Water St., Norwalk. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.,

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Thanksgiving Dinner By Any Other Cook Food is love and sure you love your family enough to spend days in the kitchen lovingly preparing a holiday feast, but you also love them so much you want to spend all your time catching up and nagging them to call more—so you order in. Some local restaurants offer dinner seatings for Thanksgiving so that you don’t even have to let your dirty cousins muss up your sofa, but if you still want to host at home, here are a few choice options to take care of the hard part for you - just pick up your meal the day before. All that’s left is the mopping and dusting.

BO D Y & S OU L New Haven’s Kasbah Garden Cafe has been quietly dishing up traditional Moroccan food like fish and lamb tagine for quite some time. Offering free wifi, hookah and unbeatable atmosphere for a tea and snack, for a small corking and bottle fee, the restaurant is also byob.


Most seating is in a charming outdoor courtyard wedged between apartment buildings, but covered and indoor seating is also available on rainy or cold days. Kasbah is a literal oasis from city noise for tea and a light snack of fresh hummus and falafel or a sweet nibble of baklava. 203. 77-5053 105 Howe St. New Haven

La Cuisine 203-488-7779 / 750 E. Main St., Branford One of shoreline’s finest caterers, La Cuisine is open during the day as a cafe serving prepared foods, menu items and sweet treats and not too long ago purchased the recipes and name for Judy’s bread, which they now make. You can order a Thanksgiving feast in advance and wow your relatives by saying you actually did prepare it yourself.

Catering by Judy (Amity Meat Market) (203) 397-5060 24 Lucy St., Woodbridge If you’re serious about a great cut of meat, you probably already know

about Amity Meat Center, but you may not be familiar with their catering options. Offering holiday meals year-round, even Jewish holidays, Judy’s will not disappoint.

High On The Hog Catering 203-332-1223 18 Lenox Ave., Milford

If you’ve been to any event in the Milford/Woodbridge/Orange area, you may already know about this gem, but did you know you can get a Thanksgiving dinner for your family that tastes as good as your snooty neighbor’s daughter’s wedding? They do the bird, sides, bread and desserts for pick up or drop off the day before the holiday - get your order in early before they book up.

La Rosticceria 203-458-8885 500 Village Walk, Guilford With holiday menu options like lobster cobbler appetizers and pumpkin ginger cupcakes, La Rosticceria has plenty of offerings to please everyone at your holiday table. The take-away meal and deli service has a full array of ideas for turkey day if the hardest thing you plan to do is point and pay when it comes to meal prep.

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5 Special Date Night Spots

Scribner’s (203) 878-7019 31 Village Rd, Woodmont

The most popular restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night is loads of fun with a group of friends—but what about when you need something cozier with dimmer lighting to help you look younger and more attractive to the person sitting across from you?

What’s more romantic than a seaside seafood restaurant? You and your date can don bibs together and get sloppy with some lobster. Scribner’s is situated in the Woodmont beach neighborhood—perfect for an after dinner stroll.

A quieter atmosphere for conversation and interesting menus at the following picks are a great start to a romantic fall dinner. You’re also significantly less likely to be seated next to a screaming baby or picky child eater demanding chicken fingers and macaroni from under the table.

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant (203) 789-1232 / 176 Temple St., New Haven

Le Petit Café (203) 483-9791 / 225 Montowese St.,Branford A small French bistro with delicate prix fixe options? Yes, that meets date night criteria. Serving rich delicacies like foie gras, roasted duck and rack of lamb, this local gem was once voted in the top 30 restaurants nationwide by USA Today. Seating is limited and reservations are a must.

Ristorante Luce (203) 407-8000 / 2987 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Library Wine Bar & Bistro (203) 678-4656 60 N Main St., Wallingford

At this top notch Italian spot situated conveniently close to the Cheshire line, you can recreate your Lady & The Tramp moment over a bowl of pasta, or try some excellent appetizers like the arrotolato—shrimp and vegetable spring rolls, or the duck gnocchi.

Wallingford’s library, built in 1899, has been restored with great care by the Gouveia family of local Gouveia Vineyards—an excellent Wallingford vineyard that is BYOM (bring your own meal). Now, the family’s wine has a delicious Portuguese/Mediterranean menu to pair with at this new upscale eatery.

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ill Siss, local journalist and self-described Beer Snob, compiled a history of beer in the State of Connecticut and as local beer choices continue to expand in the state, it’s a good time to give it a read. Beer was more popular than water at one time, since it was guaranteed to be much cleaner and who ever got a buzz off of water, anyway? Siss’s book, Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing, is a walk through the life of brew in Connecticut, its importance and its producers, as well as significant opinions on how great it is. Drinking beer in the local tavern was an integral part of colonial life and breweries and brewers once abounded in the State. It wasn’t until Prohibition that the number of beer producers went through a sharp decline, only to rise again in the 80s thanks to state mainstays like Cottrell and and New Haven’s own New England Brewing Company. Today, it’s the hippest thing one can do and there are more than 40 Connecticut brewers looking to make a splash. The book, printed by Arcadia Publishing, is available on Amazon, Google Books and through the publisher at (203) 397-3687 1203 Chapel St, New Haven


Sharing a single platter of food and eating with your fingers is an intimate experience to share with someone, but don’t be the one to hog all of the injera (bread). If you’re in the mood for something new, but delicious, try Lalibela to impress a date with how “worldly” you are, but really you can just order chicken.

The ever-expanding familyowned bakery Four Flours opened up a storefront of goodies in New Haven on Chapel Street and operates a food truck at special events known as the big yellow Chillwich Truck. The Chillwich truck trolls around offering ice cream sandwiches the size of your head (filled with Milford-based Buck’s Ice Cream). Owner-operators Robin and husband Tony Schaffer, also of C.A. White, previously maintained Four Flours bakery in an industrial kitchen in their home. Expanding to a storefront has allowed for hiring employees, producing more treats on a daily basis, and increased sales to accommodate widening distribution at independent grocers and restaurants. The Four Flours Bakery, named for couple’s four children, has even expanded to gluten-free and vegan options, too. Products include cookies, tea breads, granola, and brownies. new haven


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ew Haven County, and New Haven in particular, is often called a foodie’s paradise. When you’ve got an entire neighborhood devoted to taco trucks, falafel available until three in the morning, worldrenowned pizza places on nearly every corner, sustainable sushi, and more ethnic eats than you can shake a stick at, it’s clear that the Elm City knows how to give similar-sized cities a run for their money. The one area where the options are far and few, however, are in eateries that serve up quick and healthy. For that magical combination, we headed over to a quaint little storefront in Hamden’s Whitenyville neighborhood that’s turned out quart after quart of soup since 2008. At Soup Girl, the concept is simple: four featured

soups offered daily made from local, organic, and sustainable products whenever possible. At the cheerful storefront, it’s easy self-service that regulars flock to for their four daily soups. For the customer that’s got dinner or tomorrow’s lunch on their mind, there’s a refrigerator stocked with many different varieties of reheat later, take-home options. On the day we visited, the choices were a New England clam chowder, a red lentil, a buffalo chicken, and a sweet potato chowder. While it was downright tempting to try all four, I decided on the two standards in my own life. Having spent most of my twenties in Boston,

flavor profile that would delight even the most hardcore carnivore. One of my favorite things about my stop into Soup Girl were the local sweets available to pair with my meal. As the store

I had to try Soup Girl’s interpretation of this regional classic, and it did not disappoint with generous hunks of clam, creamy white potatoes, perfectly bite-sized ribs of celery, and a chowder that was rich and thick--I was relieved to see that the soup girl stuck to traditional in lieu of doing something crazy, like you know, adding tomatoes to her chowder, because who would do that? The red lentil, a personal favorite in the colder months, was a vegetarian-friendly medley of zucchini, cauliflower, kale, carrot, and sweet potato, a soup with a satisfying puree-like consistency and earthy

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is a collaboration between Soup Girl Jessica Hazan and her sister, Erica O’Brien, the two carry a daily selection of O’Brien’s cupcakes for $3 each and a variety of desserts from O’Brien’s preservative-free artisanal line “Elm City Sweets.” In addition, the shop carries bags of gourmet shortbread cookies from Thomaston, CT, company, Savor. With unique sweets and soups for the discerning palate at $4 a cup and $6 a pint, it’s a winsome combination that graces Whitney Avenue. Don’t get out to Hamden much? You can still get your soup on at the CitySeed Downtown market when she’s there on Wednesdays from July-mid-November or the Wooster Square Farmer’s Market where the soup girl makes an appearance every Saturday from May to December. Soup Girl also delivers soups to home or office (just make sure to visit her website for details).

Bring On The Low Calorie Hangover If you’re still mourning the end of summer, extend that vibe with a sip—or gulp of Norwalk-based SpikedSeltzer. A product of Boathouse Beverages LLC and created by Nick Shields, a fifth generation brewer whose family brought Pickwick Ale and Narragansett Lager to the beer market, and co-founded with his friend and business partner Dave Holmes, the seltzer is a fat-free, low-carb, light and fizzy adult special that is great alone, with an ABV of 6%, or as a cocktail mixer. SpikedSeltzer is all over at package stores and according to The Boston Globe, “SpikedSeltzer is for a healthy, outdoorsy, athletic adventurer who wants to have fun, but also wants to be functional the next day.”

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ew Haven is a drastically different city than when I first left it back in 2002. Sure, there are a handful of tried and true institutions that have never budged (and thank goodness for that!), but what we can all see now is change, transformation, and redevelopment on a scale that the city hasn’t witnessed in decades. Redevelopment plays a necessary part in attracting new residents, creating local jobs, and keeping existing residents and recent graduates in town, and all of these things contribute to an increased tax base. There’s no question that these are all good things, but with all of this redevelopment and all of these “luxury residences” going up across town, it becomes important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that a city without surprises makes for a dull city. In other words, part of the charm of New Haven is that there’s a healthy ecosystem of corporations, academic institutions, locally-owned small businesses, regional chains, and yes, even the big behemoth national chains. A healthy balance of businesses and residences creates an intentional aesthetic nonuniformity which makes a city unique, accessible, charming and, yes, still filled with surprises. In cities where you’ve got rents that are so high that only huge corporations can afford to shell out the bucks to keep paying the lease, you lose out on this kind of magical urban environment. Think about what Manhattan would look like if it all looked like Midtown, or what Boston would feel like if it was one gigantic Newbury Street. Walk down any of Manhattan’s Midtown thoroughfares, and it’s Starbucks after Starbucks. I’m not bashing Starbucks per se, and I’m certainly not comparing New Haven to New York, but imagine New Haven without Mamoun’s, Toad’s Place, or Cody’s Diner. Back in my day, and I think I can afford to use that term now since I’m over thirty, we had the Tune Inn, Rudy’s (which in its heydey was something of a legend as far

While the Bow Tie Film Chain still present unique films in New Haven, places like the now closed York Square Cinemas were the source of New Haven’s wonderful “gritty charm.”

as the whole dive bar mystique thing goes), and the York Square Cinema. Each of these places gave New Haven a grimy yet homey sort of character that you just can’t replicate when you gut out an old place and furnish it with subway tiles and edison bulb light fixtures and whatever variation of deer antler rack is suddenly en vogue. I certainly have no qualm with new places popping up around town and no qualm with some luxury residences plunking themselves down amid the rowhouses and multi-families, hell I don’t even mind having a drink now and again at a bar with subway tiles and edison lamps, it’s just that I’ve seen bad--not to mention boring-- things that happen when a city decides to reinvent itself by going all luxe.

I love that part of New Haven’s City-Wide Open Studios is held in an old creaky armory, and I love that places like the Book Trader Cafe are still there and virtually the same. I love walking down Orange Street and seeing the sign for the East Rock Pharmacy and when I drive through Westville, I’m glad to see that most of the stores on Whalley Avenue are still for the most part locally owned. These are the things that give our city character and a sense of history and make it memorable, for people who happen to be just passing through, or for those of us who happen to call these 20.12 square miles home.

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Nancy Dwyer (b. 1954) Food, 2012 Reconfigured galvanized metal trash cans 30 x105 x 21 in. Edition of 2 Collection of Emily Fisher Landau, AMART LLC, FL 1290 Image courtesy the artist and Sandra Gering Inc.

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