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Choosing the magazine’s Dreamers & Doers each issue is an exercise in uncovering those who are working quietly at a task to create, connect, improve or sustain a project on their own initiative. We’re repurposing eight that will be featured in our sister publication, Business New Haven’s Rising Stars’ issue. Janna Wagner, townie turned Yalie and inventor of the phrase [to us at least] “Dreamers & Doers,” is co-founder and Executive Director at All Our Kin, a support agency for home-based daycares. She is also the founder of TGWNN, The Group With No Name—the ultimate New Haven civic and social outlet famous for Cluefest. Meanwhile, All Our Kin will soon offer a listing of approved childcare providers as a “quality showcase” so families looking childcare will have access to a directory. Landon Osborn played football for Wilbur Cross, and then at SCSU before going to social work school at UCONN. Now back in NHV and organizing to end mass incarceration, provide support and services to inmates returning to family and community, as well as their children. He’s a program associate with CLICC (Connecting through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, their Children, and Caregivers) running groups in prisons with incarcerated parents and overseeing most of the youth mentoring in New Haven, Bridgeport and Norwalk. Patricia Clark of What Were We Thinking Films brought the 48 Hour Film Project competition to New Haven. She found out the project was considering a Connecticut competition—in Hartford—and wrote to tell them no, you mean New Haven, and they agreed. In its fifth year, Clark runs New Haven’s film competition. Before returning to her NHV roots, she was a producer on the Rosie O’Donnell show in NYC where she won two Emmys. Emmy award winning residents! Kyisha Velazquez was deeply moved by the tragic murders of two teens she worked with in 2007 and has been in juvenile justice and
reform ever since, heading the juvenile review board with New Haven Family Alliance and now with Integrated Wellness Group matching vet mentors with city youth. She takes an active role in the city’s YouthStat program intervening with at-risk students. She grew up here and contends that many of the issues are the same, but the way the community steps up has changed. Networker extraordinaire Faris Virani is on the board of New Haven Festivals Incorporated and helped co-found the Connecticut Young Professionals (CTYP), a state-wide network to get involved with the community, socialize, network, volunteer or just make friends. Virani has helped grow the CTYP to a mobile network with the goal of making the state a better place for young pros. Local musician, dog walker and graphic designer Seth Adam says he doesn’t have visions of grandeur, but he works very hard at his favorite lifestyle choice— recording his own instruments and vocals in a homemade studio and then editing sounds together for his new album East Rock. The graphic artist by day releases a song per month through bandcamp.com and performs prolifically. Noah Golden developed a series of short films for Yale Medical School called The Exam Room, which humorously answer modern-day health questions by esteemed professionals. Also the Assistant Musical Director for Vista Life Innovations School for the learning disabled, Golden adapted The Pirates of Penzance for a student production—and on the side? He’s a drummer for a local band. Local artist and art teacher who runs an all ages arts academy on Chapel Street called Adae Fine Arts. Kwadwo Adae has painted murals around the city for Marjolane, City Seed and others. Adae recently ran fine arts workshops for kids at multiple libraries through funding from the nonprofit Arte, Inc. He travels internationally to paint murals in schools, too, with at least one complete in Guatemala.
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I N TE L Live Free or Die – Somewhere Else
he land of steady habits isn’t getting a very good rating on ‘Freedom’ according to the conservative “think tank” The Cato Institute.
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The Cato Institute studied freedom nationwide and ranked the 50 states. The Constitution State came in pretty good in personal freedoms, ranked at 15, however, not so well with financial freedom or government regulation – big surprise—coming in at 44 and 46 respectively. Across the 50 states, we came in 45.
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CT: Oklahoma Tribe Not OK hile some savers in Europe have to “pay” the bank interest to hold their money, and Warren Buffet gets to borrow at 2-3% to buy companies, there are still plenty of folks paying really, really high interest rates – did we say “really, really” high?
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For the “personal” ranking, Cato looked at incarceration, marriage, education, and gun rights. For money, researchers looked at state taxation and debt. For government, it was Connecticut’s famed regulatory policies including labor laws, land use, and health insurance.
Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld suspended tolls [Pre- EZ Pass] on big holidays to help speed up traffic. Now, Baystate Republican Governor, Charlie Baker, vetoed a plan to study taxing miles driven in the Commonwealth.
Strict gun control worked against the personal freedom rating for Cato, but allowing Medical Marijuana was a plus, as was the repeal of Connecticut’s once famed “blue laws.”
Ironically, the conservative but apparently Libertarian Cato called for reducing incarceration rates, reducing mandatory jail sentences for non-violent crimes, and preventing communities from enacting restrictive zoning that kept out minorities and low income residents.
Governor Dan Malloy is heading down a different road. The State already applied for federal funds to study the plan with a potential cost [of the study] to State taxpayers of $300,000.
The State of Connecticut has said that an Oklahoma Indian tribe is charging rates way too high for its “payday” loans and is violating state usury laws. The State took the tribe to court, but the battle rages on a new cyber front as well. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Red Rock now claims that a former lawyer for the The Department of Banking, Bruce H. Adams, made nasty comments about the tribe’s case on social media and then deleted the posts, to avoid open records regulations. On the core case, a ruling is expected shortly. Connecticut has already fined the tribe $700,000 for the violations. Connecticut currently limits the interest rates for the “payday” loans at 13% and the state claims the Otoes have been charging up to 449%. We suspect you can bet the Otoe book of business isn’t coming from New Canaan or Greenwich, but cities like Bridgeport and New Haven.
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The “free-est” states were New Hampshire [DUH, it’s their brand, after all], Alaska, and Oklahoma and the least free states were found to be New York, California, and Hawaii. Then, of course, there was the recent report by the Connecticut Economic Resource Council’s InformCT project that said that 40% of residents would like to leave Connecticut – we guess that would be exercising their freedom too.
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Careful Where You Step
s much as we love our Autumn visits to farms to get our pumpkins and winter squash and of course, pet the animals, a second thought may be that some hygienic care must be heeded.
Agri-tourism is growing and a visit to a Lebanon goat farm landed 10 in the hospital and 41 overall infected with E. coli.
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, a Republican, said “the application makes it clear that this is no little study.” According to Governing Magazine, Massachusetts is in the fast lane with the best economy in the U.S. while Connecticut is running in the breakdown lane. Baker has a 74% approval in a state dominated by Democrats and Malloy is at 29%, the lowest approval of all U.S. Governors.
orget, Malloy, Trump, Clinton, the Libertarians or the Republicans—the Democrats or the Green Party.
Reverend Franklin Graham, the son of the famed pastor Billy Graham, says politics just won’t solve our problems today. Graham urged Nutmeggers to join him in prayer at a rally at the state Capitol in Hartford urging us to rely on prayer and not politicians.
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The products sold by Oak Leaf Dairy were apparently not the cause, but a subsequent investigation showed the E. coli bacteria on a concrete floor, some goats, a gate and a bale of hay that some of the infected people sat on. There are nearly 6,000 farms in Connecticut and visits from consumers for purchase and “agri-tourism” are on the rise. For more information on farm visits, see: http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=1367&q=412796
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BAYSTATE: Hey Man, This Is Where It’s At
t’s not just a big pot farm at a day care facility in West Haven – a story that if you missed, you were probably high - that has some Connecticut residents lit up over Marijuana. But eastern Connecticut and border residents are
bracing for a referendum vote in Massachusetts for legalizing the potent weed for recreational use. While some say a “yes” vote could end the Baystate’s work ethic and the resulting booming economy, recently voted best in the U.S. by Governing Magazine, others see a new industry and more tax revenue. Our neighbor to the north’s tourism slogan [up for review] is IT’S ALL HERE, could be changed to attract more baby boomer tourists to “Hey Man, This Is Where It’s At.” Currently like Connecticut, Massachusetts allows “medical marijuana” and operation of dispensaries,
He was joined by about a thousand who braved the rain to be with Graham, who said he has “no hope in the Democratic Party” and “zero hope in the Republican Party,” adding, ”the only hope is Almighty God.”
but not “recreational” marijuana use. Massachusetts allows referendum ballots to decide many issues and Marijuana legalization will be on this November’s ballot. A Quinnipiac poll released in June showed that more than 84% of Americans favored legalization of “medical marijuana,” but only 54% support full legalization. Putnam Police Chief Rick Hayes suggested to the Norwich Bulletin newspaper that a vote across the border for legal pot would have its impact, “I would imagine that there would be an increase [in marijuana crossing the Connecticut border].” new haven
IKEA Must ‘Step Up’ and Rehab The Pirelli Building
Publisher Mitchell Young
In eight years we haven’t “advocated on these pages, now I believe we must. This editorial [to the right] was run in our sister publication Business New Haven. I hope you’ll accept our indulgence.
Designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer for the Armstrong Rubber Company in 1968, the building has been a New Haven icon ever since. Since the early ‘90s however, it’s been vacant – a symbol of a struggling city.
From it’s founding New Haven has been a city built on risk, innovation, art, education, religious values – culture. Times have been hard for so long that many of us, across the region have lost sight of that history, that identity. The vibrancy on the streets of New Haven today, the growing confidence, the tens of millions in investment demand we reclaim that positive identity. City officials were desperate for a development when IKEA came knocking and defended the destruction of the Pirelli building as a useless artifact of the past. They were wrong, but preservationists could win only a partial victory as the rear portion of the building was demolished by IKEA for more parking.
he Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opened a new museum this past March, The Met Breuer. The building was formerly occupied by the Whitney Museum of American Art and was designed by Architect Marcel Breuer.
Breuer also designed a signature building on New Haven’s Long Wharf, originally built for Armstrong Rubber in 1968, it is now known as the Pirelli Building. The building is listed in the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Perhaps New Haven’s most high profile and signature building, the Pirelli Building has been vacant since the early 1990s and there have been almost no real attempts to put it back in use. In 1996, former New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and his Economic Development Director Henry Fernandez proposed the demolition of the Pirelli Building to make way for construction of a shopping mall at Long Wharf. A legal challenge from Milford Mall owner Westfield and some local opposition combined with a weak economy scuttled the project.
In a larger sense, even fans of Ikea’s furniture find it baffling that the company would expose itself to charges of taking a wrecking ball to the same Modernist heritage it celebrates in its product line.
A few years later, the IKEA company purchased the site and hoped to completely demolish the Pirelli building. Preservationist opposition halted the com� plete demolition, although part of the historic signa� ture building was destroyed to facilitate more parking for the retailer. Ingvar Kamprad, 90, is the founder and owner of IKEA and is estimated to be worth more than $40 billion. IKEA is an apparent hit with consumers, including here in New Haven, company sales are approximately $25 billion. IKEA owns and operates 384 stores in 48 countries. IKEA prides itself on its corporate citizenship and regularly proclaims its sustainability efforts, including solar panels and a soon to be constructed Fuel Cell at the New Haven store. That is all well and good and we applaud those efforts, but today we expect more in the way of corporate citizenship than cashing in government energy credits or funding a fireworks display every few years. Breuer was one of the most popular architects of the 20th Century. He was born in Hungary and consid� ered a “Master of Modernism.” He was first known for his design of modern furniture as well as buildings, he died in 1981 at 79. Breuer furniture styles remain popular to this day and probably can be found at IKEA in some iteration. Breuer was forced out of Germany by the Nazis and moved to Boston in 1937 to join the faculty at Harvard. Among the students taught by Breuer and his mentor, Walter Gropius, were famed Architects Paul Rudolph, Eliot Noyes, I. M. Pei, Ulrich Franzen, John Johansen, and Phillip Johnson. Despite Breuer’s innovations, his “street cred,” The Breuer Met and his design of dozens of iconic build� ings—here in New Haven, Breuer’s Pirelli building has not received the respect one would expect. After all, New Haven boosters have long and rightly promoted the city’s great architecture and the Yale University School of Architecture is arguably the finest in the world. Perhaps it would be different if Breuer was a “Yale man.” But for more than a dozen years, the Pirelli building, and quality architecture along with it, has been completely “disrespected” as IKEA draped the signature structure with Sale Signs and the City acqui� esced in the building’s decay.
Breuer was among the most popular and well known architects of the 20th century. As a member of the modern art and architecture Bauhaus movement [seen as progressive] Breuer was forced out of Germany by the Nazis.
“I think we all made certain positive assumptions about how Ikea would treat the building based on the fact that it was Ikea,” Lana Berkovich [LongWharf Advocacy Group 2002] adding, “and most of those assumptions turned out to be wrong.” Metropolis Magazine Christopher Hawthorne February 2003
Finally, New Haven is a bolder and more confident place and it no longer should be pushed around by a recalcitrant big box retailer that claims to be a good corporate citizen. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and current Economic Development Administrator Matthew Nemerson need to step up and insist�������������������� �������������������������� that IKEA rehabili� tate, sell or forfeit the property to the city – Time’s Up! Harp succeeded in pressuring the Spanish en� ergy company Iberdola into providing funds to clean up the English Station Power Plant, now there’s one more “big dog” holding back New Haven’s progress to go. And the timing is right – the new “Boat House” that former mayor DeStefano in� sisted the State build as part of the Quinnipiac Bridge Project is under construction and it will create a new vision for Long Wharf and probably bring new cus� tomers to IKEA as well. We respectfully suggest it wouldn’t hurt if Deborah Berke, the new Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale, showed some community leadership chops and gathered support and pressure from the University and New Haven’s world class architects in supporting a quality restoration of the Pirelli building. BNH Furniture designed by Marcel Breuer in the 1930s
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Peter Salovey Took the Reigns of a Revitalized Yale and Found Success Has Brought New Challenges, Including with His Adopted Hometown
Y ALE ’ S M AN IS OF NOTES BODY & SOUL A“NEW HAVEN” GONSCREEN UY
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Peter Salovey, 58, is Yale University’s 23rd president, appointed in 2013. Salovey’s predecessor, Rick Levin, is credited with turning around the financial fortunes of the University and building a partnership with the City of New Haven.Yale was relatively quiet for his two decades, concentrating on new construction, economic development and Yale’ss core educational mission. That environment changed considerably recently with students and community members protesting loudly on racial issues and local government officials calling for further taxation of Yale’s endowment and property. New Haven publisher Mitchell Young interviewed Salovey for One To One. Why would you give up arguably the best job in a University—the Provost, who deals with the academics, and “step down” to the Presidency where you have to make sure all the bathrooms always work? [laughing] The big switch was going from serving exclusively on the faculty to moving into administrative roles like Dean, Provost and now President. I loved both major aspects of being a professor. I really enjoyed classroom teaching and taught the Introduction to Psychology for close to twenty years, and I loved the research side. I ran a laboratory that did two things, looked into the role that emotions played in our lives, and how we become smart about the information that emotions contain. And that became the idea of “Emotional Intelligence.” [Salovey is co-founder of The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence]. I had been on the faculty sixteen, seventeen years, I realized that my worldview was not expanding. It was kind of narrower as a faculty member. I wanted to step back from it a little bit and think a little more long term and think in a broader way. [Interrupting] So where did you grow up?
I was a child in [New Providence] New Jersey, I was a teenager in a suburb of Buffalo, , and then just before my senior year in high school, my family moved to Los Angeles. Went to Stanford for college and when I was twenty three, hitched up a Uhaul and drove from San Francisco and I’ve been in New Haven ever since. You came to Yale to go to Graduate School? In Psychology, I really do think of New Haven as my hometown.That was 1981; we’re now talking 35 years. It’s an adopted hometown, but it really is my hometown. That was near the beginning of a declining era for New Haven? I’ve watched the New Haven renaissance up close. When I came in 1981, the old factories, what is now Science Park: Olin Chemical, Winchester Rifle, I believe Armstrong, were still open, but clearly the end was coming.Through the ‘80s, we saw the end of old industrial New Haven. The turning point was clearly the early nineties when Rick Levin became president and Yale and New Haven adopted a much more strategic partnership. It was oriented towards attracting businesses back to New Haven, bringing people here after hours. Yale would contribute by promoting home ownership, cultural activities, and the New Haven renaissance began. This sounds personal? Although I’ve lived in the same town for thirty-five years, I actually feel like this is a different city. We just wrote about the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, but I can use a better understanding means? The first systematic paper on emotional intelligence I co-authored with a collaborator of mine, Jack Mayer [John D. Mayer]. He is now at the University of New Hampshire. We were very specific about what we meant. It started with the assumption that we have evolved an emotions systems because it provides us with information useful
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to our functioning, useful to our surviving, useful to our getting along in the world.The problem is, we’ve often been trained to ignore them. By our parents?
Sometimes it is simplified as charisma, and that’s part of it, but what they’re really doing is they are paying attention to the information that is contained in their own emotions and to others that are making decisions on the basis of it.
You know “big boys don’t cry,”“you got to put your emotions on hold and think in a rational way.” It really goes back to a western philosophical notion that passion and reason are opposites and they are in conflict.
During college you missed the angst and difficulties of the sixties, early seventies, civil rights and anti-war, and had more of a neutral experience.
Our premise is that actually our emotional systems inform our thinking and motivate our behavior in adaptive ways.
My college years of the late seventies, it’s true, the draft had ended, the war had ended and that definitely changed one of the dominant worries of college-aged people. We were very caught, particularly on issues of Apartheid and South Africa, at Stanford and other campuses, too. There was a lot of passion around how we could contribute, but it wasn’t as close to home.
The problem is, many of us don’t have the tools for extracting that positive value from our emotions. So our idea is a set of skills that help us identify emotions in ourselves and in others, help us understand them, use language to describe them, have an appreciation for how they change over time.The third is using your emotions to make a decision to solve a problem. And the fourth is to regulate your emotions to psyche yourself up or calm yourself down. What is an example? You cited leadership in the past? That’s a good question. An example—I have been given a manuscript to read and I need to be in a very critical frame of mind to read and correct it. But in fact, I’m really feeling great, I just watched the Red Sox win. [Interrupts, laughing] End of interview. [Laughs] Listening to some Bluegrass Music and I have an off day tomorrow, I’m in great spirits. When I’m in that emotional state, I’m actually not in the right mindset for reading something where I have to be critical. I might identify that I’m feeling awfully good and if I stay in that euphoric state, I’m not going to be critical enough. So, I might calm myself and say I’ll think about all these great things later, but right now I need to be critical. And I think about the last time I had to take a critical attitude and get to work. So I am regulating my own emotions for the task.You can do that before you play a sport, or before getting into an intimate conversation with somebody. So you had a book on emotional intelligence and leadership, what is the take away? Good leaders are paying attention to their own emotions and regulating them in ways that allow them to make good decisions. But also, they are paying attention to the emotions of other people. The good leader needs to understand when people are hearing [their] message. When people are being motivated by [the leader], when [the leader is] saying something that just isn’t going over very well and needs tact, to take a different course. 10 S EPTEMBER 2016
Your predecessor didn’t have to deal with the campus emotion that has emerged in the past couple of years. How did you take control of that process and channel what the students were going through against the needs of the community and the institution? One of the things we all have to realize is that while our emotions and our thinking work together, they’re not the same thing. Our students experience emotional reactions to feeling slighted or not being fully included on campus. We should be motivated to try to address those emotions. Our consideration of how to create a society, a campus, where people feel they fully belong, that also has to be a thoughtful and principled process. I think the students today are still more respectful than we were, nobody kicked you out of your office – yet, at least. Despite the way it looks through the media, which tended to focus on very unusual moments, mostly what was going on on campus was respectful, thoughtful, but a deeply felt conversation.You could walk around and hear. . . [Interrupts] No one was hanging you in effigy? People were really trying to make arguments on how do we create a campus where there could be freedom of expression, that’s fundamental, but also a mutual respect. There is a narrative about colleges and the [lack] of freedom of expression that students and many faculty are not in favor of full freedom of expression as we have thought of it in the past, you reacted to that? Yale has had policies that were articulated by a committee chair 42 years ago, history professor
C. Vann Woodward. Essentially it says that on a University campus, we have to be willing to tolerate expressions of others that disgust us. Because if we start drawing lines, we will stop and the need to articulate any argument needs to be preserved. Woodward also said civility and friendship and mutual respect are also important values. He said they don’t trump free expression, but they’re also important. We have to take our role as an educational institution seriously, we have to help people find their voices and to use those voices to counter speech that they don’t like, that they disagree with, that they find offensive, that is the answer, the answer is not to suppress it. But when you had to issue a policy statement or response, were you concerned that it would be understood you came down pretty hard for the free speech? Were you thinking I’m being risky, or I’m just standing? [Interrupts] What I was thinking during the whole time was this was just a false dichotomy, that it is free expression on the one hand and tolerance on the other. I believe the two can exist, and we can allow the expression of any ideology on this campus. When we hear something that is offensive to us, we can counter them with our own voice, I think most of our students understand this. So did this get screwed up in the media? I think the media paid attention to the precipitating events and if [something is said] others didn’t like, they say “they say it’s a free expression controversy and students today don’t tolerate free expression.” So are you happy with how it has settled in? Yes and no, I’m happy that we are having intelligent, thoughtful conversations on this campus and I’m hopeful everyone feels they can participate.The other aspect of emotional intelligence that plays out here is that we also have to empathize with the world that 18, 19 and 20 year old students find themselves. It is not the same world that we went to college in.They find themselves in a world where the shooting of an unarmed civilian is being broadcast through cell phone videos.They find themselves in the world, in particular, where African Americans are incarcerated in very high rates, where people are questioning the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions. They’re finding themselves in the world where someone running for the highest office in the land may use language that is about race, ethnicities, immigration that is designed to
inflame to create fear and anger. That’s the world they live in. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I agree one hundred percent with every reaction that our students have to that world, but I understand where they are coming from.They are living in a tough moment in a tough time. Let’s go in a little different direction. When you first came to Yale, it was a weak place financially. When President Levin started his tenure, the stories were about Yale’s crumbling infrastructure and inability to maintain the buildings. There were two very serious problems in the eighties and early nineties. One was that to balance the budget,Yale had deferred maintenance of its buildings. I think at the time it was thought a billion dollars of deferred maintenance, and it was more than that in the end.There wasn’t a lot of money around for a while, but maybe even more important that an effective partnership hadn’t been yet negotiated [with the city of New Haven]. So it took 280 years, Yale is in the city for three hundred years? It was a dynamic. In-town politicians often got elected by pointing at Yale and saying they’re the causes of the problems in this community. Yale would respond equally irresponsibly by keeping the moats filled and the gates closed and walling themselves off. I think the change in the early nineties to an effective partnership made a huge difference.That partnership had three areas that really worked very well and now a fourth that I think is the key for the future. What are the areas? To promote a retail climate that serves the city but also bring people in from the suburbs to a safe environment where they would put some money into the New Haven economy.
The second was to promote home ownership and so we provided, I think now more than 1,100 hundred employees, the opportunity to purchase homes in most parts of New Haven with some [Yale] financial assistance. The third piece was to promote the public schools, and we do it through many volunteer enrichment programs and tutoring, but probably what is most visible is New Haven Promise. [Interrupts] The last question I asked your predecessor some years ago was New Haven is known for education [because of Yale] and yet we have this troubled school system. I recall at the time the answer was we actually don’t get a lot of cooperation out of the New Haven school system. If you’re anywhere else in the country, you think New Haven and education. If you’re here, you wonder if you can stay in the city if you care about your children’s education. Can New Haven live up to its “education heritage?” ’re delighted that there are about We’re 550 graduates of New Haven public schools that now have a scholarship to college that the University funds. But Promise also promotes a college-going culture, it changes the nature in the schools, the nature of discussion around the family dinner table. It helps people aspire. It also doesn’t just help people get to college and pay for college; through internships in the summer you can develop a work record in New Haven. The fourth area? Economic development—and you’re starting to see that in bigger ways. Companies that are built in New Haven based on the commercialization of research from Yale faculty, as well as entrepreneurial activities from our students. Alexion is probably the most visible with something like a thousand workers in downtown.The founder, Lenny Bell,, is a professor in our medical school.
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You see it in other ways, too, the Yale School of Management students who started Cheese Boy, selling grilled cheese sandwiches along the 95 corridor, Charigami making furniture out of cardboard, Higher One was founded by a group from Yale.Those are job creators and I think it is very important that our faculty and students in particular not think the only places to do a start up are Silicon Valley or Cambridge, Boston, that they can do it right here. To do that, we also have to be involved in helping to create a kind of entrepreneurial eco-system. If I was within the Yale administrative circle, I’m saying we’re doing this, we’ve done Promise, we’re doing this economic development stuff, we’ve got kids and professors doing stuff and I wake up and the leader of the Connecticut Senate is saying Yale’s not doing enough. If I was a corporate president, I know I would have to use all my emotional intelligence to not be picking up the phone.
After years of partnerships over the revitalization of Yale and the City Salovey finds himself challenged by local and state liberal poitiicans that want to tax Yale.
We have to remember a few things:Yale pays taxes on property that is used for commercial purposes. If you see a restaurant in a Yale building on Chapel Street, we are paying property taxes on it.Yale also makes voluntary payments that I believe are higher than any University in the country. We’re paying $4.5 million [for the commercial property] and another $8.5 million in voluntary payments and up to another $4 million in Promise scholarships and it goes on and on. We’re happy to do that, it is part.tnership. From a tax point of view, we want to be treated like every other University in the country.
property taxes it can collect and payments in lieu of taxes from the state, the PILOT program that isn’t funded at the level it once was.The environment is tough financially in this city, in this region and the state.
I guess I kind of meant more in the emotional aspect of that. In Massachusetts, the same concerns are there, but the President of the Senate is not attacking Harvard.
That’s the way to lift all boats, not by creating tax laws that treat Yale in a unique way relative to every other educational institution in the country today.
Look, we don’t like to be attacked and I think the tax proposals, both the proposals to tax the endowment returns and the proposal to reclassify academic space in ways that make it taxable are cynical and misguided. I also understand the economics of Connecticut. Revenues from the state income are coming in lower than projected.The city of New Haven’s ability to get things done is largely rooted in 12 S EPTEMBER 2016
I start from a point of view of, we all have something in common and we need to fix that, we need to be on a more reliable financial footing as a city and as a state. We think we can do that best by creating jobs for people that will live in New Haven, pay taxes in New Haven, pay taxes in the state, who will contribute to the retail economy in the region.
So is this a panic response? I think there’s some desperation. But there is also a national movement towards taxing non-profits, isn’t there? I think a lot of it is a misunderstanding of how endowments work in sustaining non-profit institutions. Our philosophy is called Intergenerational Neutrality. We want the same
opportunities to be available for the following generation as are available on campus now. That means receiving gifts from generous donors, usually our own alumni, putting them in an endowment and letting them grow. We then spend about 5.25% of the endowment every year.That Endowment has to grow at 5.25% plus inflation every year, for the future to be as benefited as the past, and that is not going to be possible if you tax it. That spending every year represents a third of our budget and allows the University to be selfsustaining. Our biggest reliance on taxpayers is to support research, largely through Federal funding. But it is the endowment that allows the running of this University, supports students and the financial aide we provide, half of our undergraduates are on financial aide. Everybody from a family with the national median income or lower is getting their entire way paid for at Yale. Do people understand this? No, I think that is largely why you are seeing this movement,There is a complete misunderstanding of what the endowment resources are allowing
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Choose St Joe’s this generation and future generations [to achieve]. Where do you think the Bricks and Mortar Yale is versus the new era of satellite campuses, online, etc.? I think technology will expand the reach of our faculty, but not replace them.The classroom environment is still special and affords something that technology does not. It changes the way we teach. Now, I use technology to replace passive lecturing. In the classroom I will do something more active. In the old days, I would have just stood behind the podium and lectured. I think Yale is going to continue to look for global partnerships, but we are going to build those on the collaboration with our faculty, when they are collaborating with a faculty member in another part of the world. We have research programs in many Chinese universities because our faculty have collaborative partnerships. We’ll do things of an international nature where there is a unique opportunity.Yale NUS [National University of Singapore], which is a liberal arts college in Singapore that we co-founded, is its own entity, has its own board, hires its own faculty, admits its own students. We contribute non-financial support, help build the curriculum, helped admit the students, helped hire the faculty, helped recruit the first President, we’ll help recruit the next president. But the Ministry of Education of Singapore pays the cost. It is not a “satellite” campus, it is something different, but I think we’re attracted to unique opportunities rather than building little pieces of Yale all over the world.
Yale helps discover and create84 totally new technologies and may create new ethical questions, potentially the biggest questions society faces in the next few decades. How do those ethical questions get handled at Yale? There are both formal and informal ways. We have a very formal process for assessing ethical issues in the use of humans and animals in research, in assessing conflict of interest. We have many of those kinds of safeguards in place, but less formally we’re an educational 15 be institution and so we should teaching these ethical dilemmas and creating new scholarship that lets us approach ethical dilemmas with new insights. NE C
We’re coming up on the 300th year in New Haven, what about the next 300? You have two institutions, both more than three hundred years old. We have been joined at the hip for 300 years. And there is no doubt what is good for New Haven, a better transportation infrastructure, one hour to New York, a better airport, wonderful housing stock, jobs, relief of poverty, public health, all those things are good for Yale.
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“WHATEVER” A Quick Guide To What Your Kids Are Really Saying By Taylor Nicole Richards [One of Them]
Slang can be fun and hilarious when used in the right place and time. With social media dictating my entire generation’s lives, it’s only natural that we pick up slang now from places like Twitter, Reddit and Instagram. I compiled a list of terms that I frequently use (I probably say “lit” five times a day) and asked my friends what words they use, hear, and see online the most right now. Here’s a handy guide of words your kids are texting to their friends, putting in their instagram captions, and screaming in the basement.
Lit When something, usually a social gathering, is exciting, fun and crazy. Some kids even use it as a placeholder for “awesome.” “I heard there was a lot of people at Stacy’s house last night, did you go?” “Yeah man, it was totally lit.” OR “I finally got my own Netflix subscription, it’s lit.” To Have/Start Beef When a person has a problem with another, or when a person starts drama over a problem. “Why does Taylor Swift keep starting beef with other successful celebrities?” “I don’t know, but it gives her songwriting material.” 14 S EPTEMBER 2016
Wile Out To act crazy and pumped up in a social setting. “Eric knocked over the lamp and smashed four bottles?” “Yeah dude, he was wiling out last night.”
Mad Hype A state of excitement. “I just bought tickets to Peach Fest and I’m mad hype.” Dead Ass When you’re completely serious/honest in an unlikely situation. “My neighbor gave me his xbox for free.” “Nah, I don’t believe you.” “No dude dead ass, I was playing it all last night.” NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
Aesthetic A ridiculous new way of exclaiming your personal look or style, usually in regards to an Instagram or Tumblr feeds of images. “I don’t care if this picture of us indoors with the flash on is cute, I’m not going to post it because it doesn’t match the green, outdoorsy aesthetic of my feed.” OR “Nike’s don’t match my aesthetic, I usually just wear brown hiking boots.” Basic An adjective for someone who upholds unoriginal behavior in their expressions, tastes, and way of dress but do not realize it. Someone who does not challenge the cliches of their gender and class but believe him/herself to be unique and exciting. A word used to demean someone for seeming normal before one gets to know them. “I’m surprised Dan is dating a basic girl that wears leggings and a high bun everyday and jams out only to top 40 hits.” Fiending When someone is addicted to something but doesn’t want to pay for it or is out of said product, so they bother their friends about it until someone gives in. “Drew, can I bum a cig?” “Drew, don’t do it. Sam’s been fiending all night.”
FOMO Fear Of Missing Out. “Although I just worked a 10 hour shift and I’m exhausted, I’m still going to drive 30 minutes to a party because I’m letting my fomo get the best of me.”
Janky Old and dilapidated; poor quality; falling apart; inferior. “I finally moved out of my janky apartment that had broken locks, a dripping fridge and holes in the walls.”
On Blast When you announce someone’s private information, on purpose or not, to their embarrassment. “Did you have to put my results on blast to everyone sitting in this room?”
To act or be extra An adjective for when a person or thing is providing much more than is necessary or is trying too hard. “I visited my parents house for an hour and my mom gave me pasta, a bag of veggies, three pre-cooked meals, another blanket, and four bars of soap. Every time I see her she acts all extra.”
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Slay When someone looks great or is doing great. “You slay in that top girl!”
Throw Shade When someone makes a backhanded (or totally straightforward) stab at another person, to their face or behind their back. “Jessie, how do you make friends when you throw shade at every girl’s outfit that walks into this party?” Next time your kid acts all extra about her friend starting beef with her about that one time she wiled out, you can speak back to them like the understanding parent you are. Until they respond with “whatever.” Then you can just send them to their room.
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Nutmeg Curling nutmegcurling.com Connecticut has a curling club for those looking for a winter game with no fighting, form-fitting costumes and potentially no sweating involved— curling is considered a “low impact” sport. The club offers programs for young and old newbies to the sport with league play, instructional sessions that prepare you for actual curling after only one session, and a lounge for socializing. Part of the club’s mission is to increase appreciation and public awareness for the 16 September 2016
sport, so newbies are always welcome and learning sessions are offered frequently. Each year, the club hosts a “Bonspiel” in October, featuring up to 20 teams playing over four days as part of the club’s “Blazing Leaves” event. This year, the event will take place from October 7-9.
RoboAchiever www.roboachiever.com STEM is all the rage these days—a potential job field that can’t be outsourced and one of the few paths to discovery left in a world fully conquered. Kids interested in STEM tend to be curious critical thinkers, for sure, and the stigma of “nerddom” is long
gone from the field, as well. The Branford-based RoboAchiever is a company providing learning programs in STEM fields for children and adults of all ages. Founder Don Bertrand is a member of the Connecticut Robotics Society, a meet-up of hobbyists interested in creating, tinkering and exploring the art of personal robotics. RoboAchiever offers programs in robotics, discovery, computer coding, and 3D printing for those interested in tinkering for fun.
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Make Anything www.makehaven.com New Haven’s MakeHaven, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization for those interested in making things—any things. Projects tend to focus on creating, repairing and reusing items in a purposeful or artful way and the space includes teaching and workshops, collaborative projects, talks and events like the upcoming New Haven Hackathon in October. The event is part of the Northeast Hackathon series and involves “fusing hardware and software to create amazing inventions.” Hackathons tend to be themed and this year’s focus is on “Smart Cities.” The MakeHaven
There may not be anything as sweaty-palm inducing to a high school junior quite like the SATs, but the Miller Public Library in Hamden wants to make the quintessential American right-of-passage a little less stressful with their annual SATs in Your PJs. Every September, the library offers two free sessions that allow students (parents welcome, too) to run through computer-based practice tests for SAT, ACT, AP and more. Offering this event for the past couple years, the library recommends students register ahead of time to ensure a spot. While the two September tutorial sessions are limited to Hamden residents, the software is available on a walk-in-basis for any library patron. Interested students can register online at: www.hamdenlibrary.org.
Yale Children’s Theatre Students in grades K-8 team up with Yale undergrads each fall and springå to participate in the Yale Children’s Theatre (YCT). The program is run by an undergraduate organization that aims to teach and entertain New Haven-area kids through the dramatic arts. The plays, which are interactive, are performed at Yale’s Dwight Hall and at local community schools. For students interested in participating in the 2017 season get notified first by joining YCT’s mailing list by emailing: i.love.yct@gmail. com. Or check YCT’s website in late February at: www.yalechildrenstheater.org.
At New Haven’s Common Ground High School, the nation’s longest-running environmental charter school, students can participate in the school’s Green Jobs Corps. The Corps connects young people with paid environmental jobs, and for 75% of participants, it offers them a first job experience. Corps members work with organization such as Solar Youth, Yale’s Urban Resources Initiative, and New Haven Farms. What do these environmental jobs entail? They include duties such as providing environmental stewardship education for New Haven elementary students, planting and surveying street trees, and facilitating activities on farming, nutrition, and cooking at New Haven Farms.
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environment where participants combine traditional logging techniques and eventually move on to timed competitive sporting events. Woodsmen are able to compete against other colleges in the Northeast, showing off their best lumberjack skills in chopping, sawing and cutting. One of the most recent events involving the university was the 5th Annual Jack and Jill Home Meet in February of this year. Featuring schools including Colby College and SUNY Cobleskill, students competed in a series of events that included sawing, chopping and axe throwing. UCONN offers both a women’s and men’s team and no experience is necessary to join the team, so anyone can snap on a plaid flannel and join. For more information on the sports and calendar visit: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/organization/ woodsmen.
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Millennials: They’re Our Children, Grandchildren, Colleagues, Employees, Customers, Students, Our Irritations – And The Future By Taylor Richards [and a Millennial of course] We’re Millennials and born in the 1980s and 90s, researchers tell us typically our generation cut off is around Y2K. Our “ digitally native” generation grew up as the internet and smartphones boomed. We hear unhappily endless banter from our parent’s about how many of us there are and how we’re selfish “generation me.” Today we get the wordm here’s a round-up of some local millennials and what we’re thinking – or at least saying.
ASHLEY CHARLES is a 21-year-old African American living with her family in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She works as an associate at Kiko Milano, an Italian makeup store on Broadway in the Yale Shopping Center. Do you have any long-term prospects in CT? School-wise, yes. I plan to graduate from the University of Bridgeport with a degree in Interior Design and hopefully either do design in Stamford and maybe even Hartford. I want to have a career in it. Would you ever get married? What do you think is a good age to do so? Yes, I would. Probably 25 or 26 would be a good time for me. Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative, libertarian, apathetic, etc.? I’m pretty apathetic about all politics, honestly. How many good friends do you have in real life compared to online? I have plenty of good friends in real life, probably about 6 or 7. The number is definitely lower online. What kind of coffee do you drink? I don’t know how to answer that. Regular coffee?
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What Do They Think? Do you have any dietary restrictions?
Do you want to continue what you’re doing?
ultimately want to do and it’s something you do until you don’t want to anymore.
Yes, I’m on a low-fat and low-sugar diet because I have to get my gallbladder removed. I can’t have any raw fruits or vegetables because I have oral allergy syndrome so all fruits and veggies have to be cooked. It’s annoying and so stressful. I respect vegans because I can’t do it.
Well, I would like to be a telescope operator for a research facility somewhere. So that’s the next step, I guess.
Do you plan on getting married? When do you think is a good age to do so?
What do you think of the term ‘career’ or idea of having a career?
I do plan on it. That’s a tough question. If I were to give you a number, it would be around your early thirties because maybe by that time you’ve figured out everything about yourself. That’s when you’re able to do something like that.
Do you play video games? I play a lot of Skyrim and The Sims are my favorite game. It’s actually how I got into interior design from putting together houses on that game. I play Destiny and a lot of PS4 and Nintendo DS games, so Animal Crossing and games like that. Do you play Pokemon Go? Oh yes. Do you take selfies? Yes. There are days where I look in the mirror and I’m like, I look good, so *click.* Then I’ll post it online if I like it.
JUSTIN RUPERT is a white 26-year-old from Wellsboro, a small town in Northern Pennsylvania. He moved to New Haven to obtain a Master’s in Physics at SCSU. Last year, Rupert signed a lease for a house in Beaver Hills with three other friends he made at school. He also stayed for a job he got at a small company located in Durham, Connecticut.
I can’t wait to have one! You don’t feel like you do? No. It could be if I wanted it to be. When I think of career, it’s what you
How many good friends do you have in real life versus online friends? I would say I probably have 20-30 good friends and around 300-ish Facebook friends. What kind of coffee do you drink? I don’t drink coffee. I hate everything about coffee. I drink green tea with honey. Do you play video games? Hell yeah. Today I mostly played old N64 games like Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart because that’s what everyone else in my house plays. I grew up on them too. I play RPGs [role-playing games] on my phone and Pokemon Go, obviously. I also play the older Pokemon games, like first and second generation for Game Boy Color and stuff like that. I don’t have anything past third generation, which is Emerald I think. I didn’t want to buy a more expensive system. I can’t play the new ones with the old system. You use the old gameboys? Yeah, the newest system I have is gameboy advance. [This system came out in 2001.] Do you take selfies? Rarely. It’s not that I don’t like how I look, it feels a little weird and kind of narcissistic
What job do you have? I’m a design engineer for a high-performance optics manufacturing company called Aperture Optical Sciences.
EMILIO FLORES is 22, Puerto Rican and grew up
in Central Connecticut with his mom, dad, and younger brother. He lives in Westville because he thinks it’s a cute, nice neighborhood and his rent is “pretty cheap for the area.” He’s tired of being a barista at Blue State Coffee and is looking to make coffee somewhere else while he finishes school. What are your long-term prospects in Connecticut? Well, currently just to finish my undergrad at Southern then we will see where I continue my education. It might just be Connecticut because it’s a cheaper option. What job do you have? I’m a barista at Blue State. What job do you want to have? Not a barista at Blue State. I’d like to be a professor of psychology or something like that. How important is having a career to you? It’s important but still being in school, the concept of having a real career still seems somewhat detached from my life. It still seems foreign to me. I’m still wondering like ‘what if I don’t make it.’ Would you ever switch your job path? No, I’ve gone too far at this point and spent way too much money. I better be a psychologist. Do you plan on getting married/when do you think is a good time to do so? No, not really. I would only get married for tax purposes, because I think marriage is an oppressive, patriarchal institution and I want you to use that. Um, whenever I’m financially stable, I guess.
How many good friends do you have in real life versus how many Facebook friends do you have? Well, no one has as many real friends as Facebook friends. I have 281 Facebook friends [after he just checked] and in real life I only have 280 friends so…. [laughs]. Um, I have like four or five good friends I’d say. Do you play video games? Sometimes. I like Tetris, if that counts. I used to play Counterstrike and I play Pokemon Go now. What kind of coffee do you drink? I prefer single-origin, non-gmo, fair trade, shade-grown coffee from Costa Rica from Blue State. [laughs] Working at Blue State, I drink a lot of their coffee, which is great, but I do like Latin-American origin coffee. Do you consider yourself a foodie? I enjoy food very much, but I don’t know if I’d call myself a foodie. I’m not always as adventurous as I could be, but living in New Haven, it’s always fun to try different, new foods. Do you have any dietary restrictions? No restrictions, I’m just not a huge fan of certain things. What do you think of people with voluntary dietary restrictions? I respect it, especially when someone’s actually educated on their restrictions and the reasons for doing so. In the case of ethical veganism, you should know how to sustain yourself healthfully. I think it’s admirable when vegans do both.
ESSICA STEFAN is 18 and just moved to Connecticut on August 26 to join Yale’s incoming freshman class of 2020. She’s from Hutchinson, Kansas, where she grew up with her family on a farm. Her parents grew up in the midwest like she did and her father is a doctor. Do you have any long-term prospects in Connecticut or do you just plan to go to school here?
Do you take selfies?
I haven’t really thought about Connecticut that much in terms of living. Just Yale brings me here.
I do. Who doesn’t take selfies?
Is this your first time in Connecticut? No, I’ve come to campus quite a few times. Do you have a job right now? No. What job do you want? I thought for a long time I wanted to be a doctor, but my brother’s going to law school at the University of Oklahoma right now so my dad’s been trying to talk me into being a lawyer. I’m not really sure. You don’t have a major yet? I think I want to go into ethics, politics and economics but I’m not sure. Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or apathetic? I’m a conservative. I had a Trump sticker on my car back in Kansas and it got keyed. I’d never have a Trump sticker on anything in Connecticut though. Do you drink coffee? I don’t drink any. Is that an option? Do you ever plan on getting married? Yes. I guess a good time to do so would be out of grad school. Do you take selfies? Of course. Who doesn’t?
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JEDDIE LUTHER is 21 and lives with his parents in Hamden, Connecticut. He’s biracial with a Polish mother and an AfricanAmerican father. He said he’s also a little Native American. Luther lived in New Haven his whole life and followed his family out of the city this year.
How many good friends do you have in real life versus online? I don’t have friends online. I have like five friends in real life. I like having a small circle to know who’s real. Do you care about politics? I’m not a politician, I don’t pick any sides. I just think freely and I’m my own person.
Do you have any long-term prospects in CT? Um, I don’t think so.
What kind of coffee do you drink?
So you want to move out of here eventually?
Mainly iced or dark roast. I get it at Willoughby’s because I used to work there.
Yeah, I want to go to New York because I love the city life and it’s kind of boring here. I’ve been around here my whole life.
Do you take selfies? Sometimes, every once in awhile. It’s part of this generation, I’m kind of hooked on it. I don’t like the fact that I do it, but I only really do it on Snapchat because it goes away in 24 hours. My Instagram is only my photography. I don’t like having them all over my page.
What job do you have? This is where I work [shows me his shirt that says Elm City Market]. I’m a sales associate. What job do you want? I’m interested in music and photography. I do photography on the side, so either one of those.
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An 1800s Greek Revival Along Connecticut’s Shoreline Holds Lots of Modern Surprises
he current open-plan kitchen which is as functional and spacious as it is aesthetically pleasing.
By Claudia Ward-de León 24 September 2016
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A Greek Revival from the 1800s blends old and modern. The historic home in the quaint Connecticut shoreline community was once home of town dignitary Hamilton W. Scranton Photo: Claudia Ward Deleon
you first approach the commanding white house, you don’t imagine light airy rooms filling the centuries old residence. Instead, you might think this house, like most from its period, is a collection of small enclosed rooms.This is one of many delightful surprises inside this Greek Revival home which has been owned by the same couple since 1987.The couple, who had been looking for just the right location between their small business in Milford and a boat kept in Essex, found the perfect old house in a quaint community along the Post 26 September 2016
Road on the shoreline. A large part of the appeal was the character of the 1800s home, but also, that when you stepped in through the front door, you could see clear through to the back, creating interior sight lines that provide a pleasant openness to rooms that naturally segue into each other, instead of feeling separate and walled off from one another.The back area, which today houses a light, airy, sun-filled living room and kitchen with lots of modern appeal, was previously an outdoor porch. By leveling the outdoor porch to the same elevation as the adjacent rooms, adding heated floors, and the appropriate tall, expansive, but more importantly, insulated windows, the combination living room and
kitchen creates a striking, yet cozy first impression when you enter the house through the back, creating a living area for all seasons.The back deck has views of an abutting private golf course, a better neighbor than the restaurant that used to be there, says the couple, who appreciates looking out onto the green sweeping lawns of the course. The right upgrades to design the family’s perfect living space took many years of thinking and planning, and in fact, anyone who’s owned a house from the 1800s knows that these changes don’t happen overnight. In fact, the couple shares a laugh when they talk about the amount of time they spent doing certain phases of renovations and upgrades.That’s the way it is
with old houses, they tell me on a recent afternoon.You never know what you’re going to find when you start opening walls or pulling back layers.Take the ornate chandelier in the dining room, which is on the first floor. Just the installation of the chandelier took an electrician 10 hours to complete. But the patience and persistence and luck they had in working with certain vendors has paid off in ways that surprise and delight. Looking back at the open-plan kitchen which has features like reclaimed 200-year old pine flooring, beadboard ceilings, black soapstone counters, and subway tiled backsplashes, one might think that a house of this vintage could easily Continued page 30 NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
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An outdoor patio towards the back of the house hosts plenty of spots for relaxation and socializing. Colorful furniture and plants create a fun and upbeat back entrance and entertainment area. Photo: Claudia Ward-Deleon
A design element added by the current owners, the ornate chandelier in the dining room adds a touch of the 17th century to the home Photo: Claudia Ward-Deleon.
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Books do furnish a room. Built ins helped this once-parlor seamlessly turn into office and with a view.Photo: Claudia Ward-De leon.
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Continued from page 26 have an identity crisis with the mixture of old and new, but in this collection of rooms, the downplaying of certain design elements and the showcasing of others creates a home where old and new dance in uninterrupted rhythm. Stepping outside of the kitchen, a room that was once a gloomy parlor was converted to a cheerful green-apple.
dor the couple highly recommends is Klaas Armster, owner of Armster Reclaimed Lumber Company in East Windsor, their source for much of the reclaimed wood for the flooring and some of the accents the couple uses throughout the house.
Architect Roger Clements of Sasqua Associates Design Services in New London lent masterful help with structural issues and exterior design. The final piece of advice the couple has is to ensure that you avoid buying furniture that’s temporary or
“placeholder” furniture.They tell us it’s better to wait until you find just the right piece, otherwise you’re likely to get stuck with something undesirable for more years than you probably bargained.
The new space has built in bookcases and a built in desk nestled next to a window that allows beautiful views of the yard for anyone who has the pleasure of working from that room. In between the office and the kitchen is a gorgeous old fireplace with a bread oven.The antique beauty of the original wood was restored by stripping layers of paint that once covered the mantle. Removing all the paint shows the mantle’s rustic, 19th century charm. Buying an old house isn’t right for everyone, but for those that want to venture into it, the couple shares some great tips from their experience. First, they tell us what’s important when owning an old house is to be comfortable with knowing that some of the design decisions you’ll make will be outright wrong, and to allow this to be part of the learning process. Their second tip is to know what you’re getting into. For every cosmetic change that you’ll make, there most likely will be some major infrastructure changes to make as well. When you attempt a demolition and reconstruction in older homes, there will surely be lot of unknowns; this makes it hard to get precise estimates on work.This is where finding good vendors comes in, and especially vendors who are comfortable and knowledgeable about working in old homes. For the renovation of part of the downstairs, which happened between December, 2014 and November, 2015, the couple collaborated with Gail Bolling of North Haven’s Kitchen Company to help them envision, design, and create a kitchen which is as functional and spacious as it is aesthetically pleasing. Another ven-
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Jon is an aspiring writer seeking publication, who has his head in the clouds of New Haven while occasionally traveling to New York to door knock publishers and beg to be “discovered” under his pseudonym, Charles Egeny. Merile’s husband, an equally unfaithful university-employed archaeologist semipermanently out on assignment, left her in New Haven on campus to “entertain” herself in his absence. As Jon claws his way out of the landscaping industry and Merile seeks a pathway to divorce or at least estrangement, they tangle recklessly in and out of the city. The pair eventually settle in together, Merile leaving her husband and Jon attempting to support her and their life together. As the drama of a forbidden affair recedes, the romance dwindles. Merile reconciles with her husband, leaving Jon to nurse a broken heart and write it out in his poetry.
Connecticut Without Hinges True Nutmeggers will surely want to go on this journey through Connecticut with Zachary LaMothe’s More Connecticut Lore, A Guide Book to 85 Strange Locations, published by Schiffer Publishing. LaMothe will take you from Branford’s Thimble Islands to the Beckley Furnace in East Canaan and introduce you to some larger-than-life folks like the legendary strongman Elmer Bitgood and the “dead-and-ghostly religious zealot” Jemima Wilkinson. There are the “spinetingling” accounts of a Norwich medium and the specters [ghosts, apparitions] of Woodbury. In addition to the unusual stories, you’ll find tidbits sprinkled throughout that will give you “While You’re There” ideas to add to your trip and a section highlighting destinations along the way, like restaurants, breweries, and inns. The book contains 45 colorful images to enhance your tour.
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On January 9, 2006 The New York Times released “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, sending shock waves through their audience. This story detailed a tough and distasteful childhood, which turned out to be a false existence— fabricated by Laura Albert, former phonesex operator turned housewife. This film, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, takes viewers through Albert’s journey under the guise of her avatar for a decade, her creative forces, and fame.
4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison. Free. Appropriate for kids ages 8-12, “Maker Lab: Make Your Own Science Experiments,” includes 28 step-by-step activity experiments showing how to gain a greater understanding of scientific principles. Supporting STEM education initiatives and in association with the Smithsonian Institution, each activity uses only household items and is ranked either easy, medium or hard, including the estimated time of completion. Author Jack Challoner is a former science and math teacher and educator at the London Science Museum and has written over 40 science and technology books. So anyone with a kid age seven and up, join R.J Julia for this event and you’ll walk out with little scientists by the end of the night. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com
Thriller Event Featuring Kimberly McCreight, Emily Bleeker, Paula Treick DeBoard and Catherine McKenzie 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept.30 at Mohegan Sun Casino, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville. Free. Take the opportunity for a thrilling discussion with these four female thriller novelist as they stop by for a special Winning Authors event. There will be a live discussion with international bestseller Catherine McKenzie, New York Times bestseller Kimberly McCreight, Wall Street Journal bestseller Emily Bleeker and critically acclaimed author Paula Treick DeBoard. Authors will share their work and are available for an autographing session afterwards. The event is on a first-come first-served basis.
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Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years Playing through September 23 at Madison Art Cinemas, 761 Boston Post Rd., Madison Directed by Ron Howard, this film explores the band’s first years (’62-66) of international acclaim and how they came together, made decisions and built a musical legacy unrivaled in recent times. The time span covers the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool up to their final concert across the pond in San Francisco, 1966.
DL Hughley 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. $75. Book your ticket to witness one of the most popular and legendary standup comedians, DL Hughley. He has showcased much of his comedy on his one-hour special Unapologetic on HBO, as well as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on NBC, Def Comedy Jam, and S.O.B: Socially Offensive Behavior on HBO. Hughley has also travelled through the New York airwaves as host of the WRKS-FM morning show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show. 203-438-5795, http://ridgefieldplayhouse.org/events/ dl-hughley/.
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Special and Family Events Hammonasset Festival Sat. and Sun Oct,1 and 2 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT. (Note change of venue from Hammonasset Beach State Park) Parking: Free on-site parking Admission: adults, $5; children under 12, free. Note: No pets or alcohol at the Fairgrounds, including the parking lots Celebrate Native American culture and tradition and our natural world. Because of planned construction throughout Hammonasset Beach State Park this year and the potential impact on the festival site in the fall, arrangements have been made to hold this year’s Festival at the Guilford Fairgrounds. This location offers a larger event space with ample parking and protection from the wind, in a comfortable outdoor setting. Returning for multiple performances each day will be the talented and award winning Native American recording artist Arvel Bird (Paiute), as well as the Native Nations Dance Troupe led by Erin Meeches (Schaghticoke). Allan Saunders (Mohegan) will lead an opening blessing and smudging ceremony each day at 10:30 a.m.AM.
Fright Haven September 17 - October 31 check websites for dates. 7-10 pm. Stratford Square, 411 Barnum Ave. Cut-Off, Stratford 20,000 square feet of indoor fun, highlighted by an oldschool classic haunted house described as a seemingly deserted Victorian mansion infested with vampires, zombies and ghosts, creatures not unlike the walking dead. People are not actually afraid of the dark; they are afraid of what might be in the dark.
General admission: in advance (online) $20, at the door $25. www.ctvisit.com/events/fright-haven#sthash. g9YqYNrs.dpuf
Friends of the Guilford Free Library Book & Bake Sale
8 p.m. Sept. 24 at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. $45.
Family Fun Day & Harvest Festival
September 23- 25, 3:00 pm, 67 Park St., Guilford
Janeane Garofalo, actress and comedian, has been on the film and television scene since 1992 and is now heading to Ridgefield for your laughing pleasure. Some of her films include The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, Ratatouille, and the defining film of Generation X, Reality Bites. She has also played roles on the Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, 24, and The West Wing. 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org/ events/janeane-garofalo/.
Classics, paperbacks, antiquarian, vintage, and ephemera. Children’s & Adult Pop-ups at Friends of the Guilford Free Library’s 35th Annual Book & Bake Sale! A bonanza of over 25,000 books will be on sale at this year’s sale. Also enjoy a tasty baked goods for a bite to eat. The Fun Tent, located on the front lawn of the library, returns this year. It’s one-stop shopping for pop culture, games and puzzles, audio-visual, sport and humor as well as a trove of 45, 78 and 33-1/3 vinyl recordings.
2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival September 1 - October 27, Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington Soak up the beauty of Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden while listening to the musings of world-class poets. Grab your picnic blanket and festival vendors can provide the food and beverages. 34 S EPTEMBER 2016
Culinary Greenwich Wine + Food Festival September 23 - 24, Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, $150-325 Offering grand, savory wine tastings and intriguing food demonstrations, the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival features celebrity and local culinary talent. Over 5,000 food and wine connoisseurs from across the country will
Sat Oct 8, 2016 (rain date: October 9)1:00pm – 5:00pm. Admission: Free Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge Massaro Community Farm annual family-friendly event celebrating the harvest season, we’ll have sack races, tug-of-war, face painting, hay rides, pumpkin painting, bake sale, music and more! We’ll also be featuring a magic show led by The Amazing Andy. Volunteers appreciated to help with our bake sale, activities, and set up and break down. Volunteers are fed lunch and will earn community service hours. (215) 694-5549 www.massarofarm.org/
The Audubon Shop, Annual Fall Bird Walks Saturday, October 01, 2016 7:50 am - 10:20 am. Saturdays through Nov 19. The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles,
owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one of Connecticut’s premier birding “hot spots”. Participants will meet at The Audubon Shop parking lot at 7:50 am, depart at 8 and return at about 10:30. $5.00 charge per person. Beginners are welcome, Binoculars are necessary and may be rented for $4, please call to rent. For further information, call(203) 245-9056, www. theaudubonshop.com
drawn carriage rides and food, there is something for everyone.Witness free-flying hawks and falcons, native mammals, reptiles, a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle and much more. Anyone who attends will also be able to enter a giveaway for a trip for two to Iceland in January. 860-567-0857, www.whitememorialcc.org
The Corn Maze at Fort Hill Farms
Step Back in Time: Native American Heritage Walk
September 1 - October 31, Fort Hill Farms, 260 Quaddick Rd., Thompson
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at The Institute For American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd., Washington. Free.
The Naturally New England Corn Maze Adventure at Fort Hill Farms is a fun way for families to experience local agriculture as you walk through the paths in search of clues to solve the Word Puzzle and decode the Secret Phrase. www.forthillfarms.com/corn.html
Walking along the Institute For American Indian Studies museum’s trails, ending at the replicated 16th century Algonkian village, walkers will be able to peek into the history and culture of the local Pootatuck tribal peoples. The walk will also include a lesson on their medicinal plants and a talk about their community life and spirituality. The walk is approximately 1.5 hours, almost one mile, so don’t forget that sturdy footwear.
Lauren DiNardo Fashion Show 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. $25. Lauren DiNardo is back with a vengeance as she plans to showcase a high energy and inspirational fashion show including “back to her roots” fashion. The show will include celebrity models, children and some surprise guests rocking the runway, while supporting the Resiliency Center of Newtown, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps to support the needs of families struck by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012. DiNardo is most known for her “Women that Rock” and “Keep it Badass” fashion shows. 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
History Walk & Commentary Along Cheney Railroad 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Cheney Railroad, 2 Main St., Manchester. Free.
This former railroad at 2.5 miles, was built back in 1869 connecting the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End and was the shortest private freight-andpassenger railroad in the country. This walk consists of the the one-mile portion which is owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and also to the new footbridge overlooking Broad Street on to Center Springs Park. Participants will learn about the history of the railroad as well as witness maps and old pictures. a couple of reminders to go along with the walk: children will be given a special favor if they attend and no dogs allowed. www.manchesterlandtrust.org
Road Races Norfolk Land Trust Trail Race 12 p.m. Sept. 25 at Barbour Woods, 75 Lovers Lane, Norfolk. Whether participants decide the 5K or the 10k trail race, it will begin and end at the Barbour Woods’ trailhead which is located off Lovers Lane. The 10K race is a new addition this year which kicks off at 12 p.m. and will follow the classic 5K trail but eventually branch off toward Haystack Mountain. The 5K race will begin at 12:30 p.m. which includes both single and double track through the Barbour Woods. 860-542-3977, www.bit.ly/NLTtrailrace2016
By Land and By Sea: Antique Vehicle Show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. $17-$26 Come together at Mystic Seaport for the 19th Annual Antique Vehicle Show. With over 100 authentic pre1930 cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display, it is not a show that you want to miss. Viewers will get up close and personal with a variety of vehicles that helped to transport commerce at the turn-of-the-century from land to the sea. These old-timers will parade around the Village Green and the event will end with a Grand Parade of Vehicles at 4 p.m. 860-572-0711, www.mysticseaport.org.
50th Annual Outdoor Antiques Show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24 at Lebanon Green Rtes. 207 & 87, Lebanon. $5. An all-day event, all are welcome to visit the 50th Annual Outdoor Antiques Show where over 80 dealers will be present. These dealers will offer a wide variety of antiques and high quality collectibles. And don’t worry, free parking and refreshments will be available during the antique hunting. 860-642-6579, www.historyoflebonan.org
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NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Dvorak’s New World
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It’s warp speed ahead in this exuberant production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. Rewritten as a Star Trek parody, you can celebrate this opera in adventurous style! The new Star Trek translation?sung in English, and heavy on laughs and iconic lines?was written by Josh Shaw and premiered in 2015 to sold-out audiences. Along with Klingons and alien slave girls, favorite characters from the much-loved original series sing and dance their way through Abduction to a 21-piece orchestra. Tickers $55-$65. 860-535-3456, katharinehepburntheater.org
JASON ISBELL College Street Music Hall, 238 College St, New Haven, Saturday October 8, 2016, Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm, $35.00 - $60.00 “I would argue, with his new album Something More Than Free – spreads irresistibly outward from the soul, that private well of vision and emotion, into the broader realm of cultural history, sharpening our ability to see, expanding our ability to feel, and restoring our sense that we belong not only to ourselves but to an extended spiritual family. The songs create a space to be together, and closer together than we were before.”
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The Haven String Quartet returns to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Eli Whitney Barn. Selections will include works by Danbury native Charles Ives, as well as the Beethoven String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 published in 1816, the same year Whitney’s barn was built! $10 seniors and students; $20 general.(203) 7459030, www.musichavenct.org
While visiting the United States in the late 19th Century, Dvorak was struck by Native American and African American folk songs; this music inspired his “New World” Symphony, now one of the most internationally beloved orchestral works. Program highlights on this concert also include Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony and Bruch’s Violin Concerto, performed by the NHSO’s incomparable concertmaster, Ani Kavafian. www.newhavensymphony. org/events
THE YARDBIRDS The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield October 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016 Friday 8:00 PM - Saturday 8:00 PM “They are more than a Rock band… they are an institution…which, in the brief period from 1963 to 1968, made an indelible mark on the “Shapes of Things” to come.” The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future “guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul”, “I’m A Man”, and “Over Under Sideways Down”. Tickets: $45
ANDREW BIRD College Street Music Hall, 238 College St, New Haven Friday, October 14, Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm $31.00 - $41.00 With his new album, Are You Serious, Andrew Bird has widened the breadth of his art by directly rejecting his own human experience. With key contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, Are You Serious attains a level of expression that’s a personal, evolutionary leap. “Here I am with my most unguarded, direct, relatable album to date,” Bird says, “Go easy on me.”
ROBERTA FLACK Shubert Theate, 247 College Street, New Haven, Wed Oct 19th 7:30pm - 10:00pm For her only New England appearance, fourtime Grammy Award-winning artist Roberta Flack will perform at Christian Community Action’s annual fundraising event. All proceeds from this special evening will benefit CCA and its programs for families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
KEVIN CRAWFORD: THE IRISH FLUTE
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October 29, 7:30 pm. United States Unitarian Society of New Haven 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden
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Flack has an extraordinary ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture, and politics, while traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz. She is best known for such classics as “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Where Is the Love,” “Tonight I Celebrate My Love,” and “Set the Night to Music.” CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing help, housing, and hope to families and individuals struggling with the challenges of poverty in New Haven. Programs include emergency shelter, transitional housing program, food pantry, and a variety of support services, including case management, job search assistance programs, family counseling, and workshops. In 2017, CCA will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Kevin Crawford is regarded as one of the most successful Irish flute players on the scene today. He’s played in a number of bands throughout the decades including Acre, Grianan, and Moving Cloud. He currently tours and records with one of Ireland’s top-tier traditional bands, Lunasa. Crawford is known for his amazing flute and bodhran playing.
The Haven String Quartet presents the music of Britten, Haydn, and Shostakovich. Youth, Whimsy, and Caprice. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 36 Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2 The Joke Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 www.musichavenct.org
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September 1 - October 8, Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theater, 33 North Main Street, Chester, 1965. The pulse of a changing era lures Cindy from Middle America to the swirl of Manhattan. Unexpected friends, lovers, careers and conflicts are all a subway ride away in a pop-fueled new musical featuring songs made famous by Petula Clark and other hit-makers of the day. “I Know a Place,” “The Shoop Shoop Song” and “If I Can Dream” are among the fabulous favorites on an eye-opening ride from innocence to experience. Girls’ Night every Friday – get a ticket and specialty cocktail for just $44 per person. Call 860.873.8668, www.goodspeed.org
Evil Dead-The Musical Sept. 24-Oct.2 at Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, 82 Main St, Torrington. Ranging Price Five college student come across an abandoned cabin in the woods where they accidentally unleash an evil force, turning them into demons. The only person that can save them is the housewares employee turned demon killer Ash. This stage show will give its audience an interactive experience full of zombies, blood and guts. Note that this musical is rated R and the audience will have to sign a waiver before the show.
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The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $24.50. Take a trip to The Bushnell to witness Bill Blagg in all his glory with his high-energy magic and illusions. If you’d like to see people floating mid-air or vanish before your eyes, this show might be worth taking the family to.
Meteor Shower Sept. 28-Oct. 23 at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. 40 Under 40 night on September 30 including dinner, drinks and tickets to the show for $40.
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Chasing Rainbows- The Road To Oz Sept. 16-Nov. 27 at Goodspeed Musicals, 6 Main St., East Haddam. Watch Judy Garland blossom on stage in the new musical “Chasing Rainbows- The Road to Oz.” As an awkward girl with a beautiful voice, this musical takes you on the bumpy “Oz” road, with her complicated childhood full of heartbreak and hope. With music that made Garland rise to the top such as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “You Made Me Love You” and “Over the Rainbow,” this story will tell the tale about a person striving for greatness
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Wed.-Thurs.: 7:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat.: 8 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. Sept. 14-Oct. 16 at Playhouse on Park, 224 Park Rd., West Hartford. $98-$325.
Corky and Norm have decided to invite Gerald and Laura to their valley home to watch a meteor shower— a once-ina-lifetime chance. However, as the night goes on and the conversation starts, it seems that Gerald and Laura aren’t all that they are cracked up to be— laughing and flirting all turning into the unexpected. Call the number below and grab tickets to this upcoming world premier of Steve Martin’s unforgettable new play. 203787-4282, longwharf.org
A nerdy clerk named Seymour comes across an exotic crowd-attracting plant and soon becomes the celebrity of the
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Playwrights On Park Reading Series Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. starting Sept. 27 at Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Rd., West Hartford. Playhouse on Park is looking to create an environment where emerging and established playwrights can develop and produce original plays and musicals, becoming leaders in the developing play world. Each of the readings will include conversations and talk backs with the playwright and cast as well as an opportunity for the audience members to fill out a response card. 860-523-5900, playhouseonpark.org
Man of La Mancha
Through October 2nd. Ivoryton Theater, 103 Main Street Ivoryton One of the world’s most popular musicals, ever MAN OF LA MANCHA, the “Impossible Dream” musical, is based on Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote, and tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, and to claim his lady love. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and starring David Pittsinger. (860) 767-7318 ivorytonplayhouse.org
woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life. . (860) 767-7318 www. ivorytonplayhouse.org
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“Swan Lake” 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. $49.50-$80. Presented by The Russian Grand Ballet comes the classic ‘ballet of all ballets.’ Book tickets today for the play that combines romanticism, love and deception with famous ballet music by Tchaikovsky. 203-325-4466, palacestamford.org
October 26th – November 13th, 2016 Ivoryton Theater, 103 Main Street Ivoryton
One of America’s favorite girl singers comes to life in this exhilarating and inspiring musical biography. TENDERLY, THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL is not a typical “juke-box musical.” It offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the
David Sedaris at the Shubert Oct. 6
An Evening with DAVID SEDARIS Thursday October 6, 7:00 pm at Shubert Theater 247 College Street, New Haven
David Sedaris is New Haven for one-night only. This is an opportunity to see a best-selling humorist in an intimate setting. Sedaris will be offering a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and post-show book signing.
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The Pirates of Penzance October 22, 8:00 pm, Shubert Theater 247 College Street, New Haven
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform the musical comedy, comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance! “Pirates” is one of the most famous Gilbert and Sullivan shows that introduced the much parodied song, the “Modern Major-General.”
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p.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. Free. here is new york is a new exhibition which consists of photographs made in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The exhibition features photographs given to the university in 2014 by Charles Traub. This project once started out with the opportunity for others from all different walks of life and backgrounds to express their experience of the event and turned into a way for people to vibrantly express their voices through a memorial beyond just reporting it. 860-6853355, wesleyan.edu
BREAK THRU Sculpture by Richard Newton September 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm through Nov 20, Slifka Center, 80 Wall Street, New Haven A new collection of abstract figurative work that explores relationship, emotion and conflict. Head to the Slifka Center at Yale University for the opening night of BREAK THRU Sculpture by Richard Newton. Richard will discuss his work at 7pm – Q&A to follow. A new collection of abstract figurative work that explores relationship, emotion and conflict.
Vincent Giarrano City Life – A Solo Exhibition September 1 - October 13, Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Road Madison NYC artist Vincent Giarrano exhibit, City Life, will showcase 30 new works at the Susan Powell Fine Art Gallery in Madison.
Family Gallery Tours Aug.31-Sept.25 Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Open 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sun. $6-$7
Families with children ages six to 10 are welcome to the Bruce Museum Family Gallery Tour. During the tour, viewers will be led by a Museum educator to provide an interactive and informative discussion while exploring the museum’s current exhibitions. 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org
Sept. 25-Oct.15 The John Slade Ely House, 51 Trumbull St., New Haven. Open 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Thurs., Fri., 2 p.m.-5p.m. Sat., Sun. Free. Founded in 1900, the historic New Haven Paint and Clay Club will present their annual Members’ Exhibition. These artistic pieces include paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. 203-248-3504, newhavenpaintandclayclub.org
“here is new york” Sept. 9-Oct. 9 Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. Open 12
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The New London Project 10th Anniversary Portraits Sept. 9-Jan. 22 2017 Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London. Museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $5-$10 The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the highly acclaimed Portrait of a City, the New London Project through this new exhibit. Photographer Joe Standart shows off 25 pairs of images throughout the exhibition from original 2006 portraits standing side by side with portraits of the same subjects taken 10 years later. Standart explores the themes and transitions of human life from a wide range of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. 860-443-2545, lymanallyn.org
9th Annual Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24-25 at Pomperaug Woods Retirement Community, 80 Heritage Rd., Southbury. Free. Celebrate 144 Connecticut artists ages 70 and up as they showcase their talent and artistic wisdom in this exhibit art show. The collections will feature paintings, photographs and sculptures inspired by life experiences throughout the decades. 866-650-1146, pomperaugwoods.com
Are you a singer with a passion for choral performance? The New Haven Chorale, an auditioned 85 voice, professionally conducted, volunteer chorus serving our community is looking for talented voices to audition for the 2016-2017 season. Our upcoming season is your opportunity to perform in New Haven & Hartford.
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Kim Jones- White Crow May 1-Feb. 5-2017 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877 Open 10 a.m.-5p.m. Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., noon-5p.m., Sun. $5-$10 Kim Jones has been in the art industry for over four decades with work often reflecting off his biography ranging from a severe childhood illness to his time in the Marines during the Vietnam War. White Crow revolves around a crow born without any pigment in its plumage. The bird is not only an outsider but is an omen of impending change. The crow and a rat appear throughout the piece, with a series of indoor installations connecting with Jones’ largest outdoor site-specific works to date. Involving both sculpture and wall drawing, this was installed during a 10-day residency at the museum. aldrichart.org
The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Through Sept. 25 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., Thurs., Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun. Free with admission. The Wadsworth Atheneum is now showcasing about 40 works of the 400 piece permanent art collection of RBC Wealth Management from The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection. This traveling exhibition focuses on pieces by national and international contemporary artists celebrating diversity. Each piece has a body as the subject and the pieces range in both size and media. The pieces range from portraits and telling stories through photographs to experimental means and
Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 7 at Artspace 50 Orange St. New Haven, 203.772.2709 Westville Weekend, Sat-Sun, Oct 8-9, Westville Neighborhood, New Haven Armory Weekend, Sat-Sun, Oct 15-16, 290 Goffe St Armory Private Studios Weekend, Sat-Sun, Oct 22-23, across the New Haven area Erector Square Weekend, Sat-Sun, Oct 29-30, 315 Peck Street, New Haven
angles where the artists focus on human condition through themes and ideas. 860-278-2670, thewadsworth.org
Electricity Through Nov. 6 Bruce Museum 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Museum open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.,Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. $6-$7. The exhibition Electricity is showcased through interactive pieces like Plasma Tubes, Jumping Rings, Solenoid and Jacob’s Ladder in order to bring the history and science of electricity to life before the eyes. Developed by The Franklin Institute, this exhibit will teach visitors the fundamental principles behind electricity like electric charges, magnetic fields and battery technology. Visit today to explore concepts like static electricity, attraction and repulsion, sparking and magnetic motion. 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org
“Flora and Fauna: Drawings By Francesca Anderson” July 23-Oct. 30 Bruce Museum 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Museum open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. $6-$7. Visit this exhibition to witness artist Francesca Anderson’s 20 piece collection of scratchboard and pen-and-ink drawings showcasing illustrations of plants and wildlife. This exhibit combines both large-scale botanical illustrations as well as life-size scratchboard bird illustrations. The three-foot-tall, black-and-white pictures for example, are drawn exactly from life in exact detail. 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org
“Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm” May 21-Jan. 16, 2017 Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenville Ave., Mystic. Visit website for varying hours. Free-$26. Spanning two centuries of American coastal art and displayed in a variety of media, this exhibition consists of 63 piece of art. This exhibit features artists like: William Partridge Burpee, Sears Gallagher, Rockwell Kent and Paul Pollaro. If visitors happen to recognize familiar scenes, that is because many pieces are inspired after the artists’ inspirational destinations like Mohegan and Mount Desert Island in Main and Gloucester. 860-572-0711, mysticseaport. org
Florence Griswold Museum Auction & Dinner Dance September 24, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm, 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme Get ready for a fun night at the Annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance at the Florence Griswold Museum! Cocktails and silent auction to start. Bid on exceptional works of art, antiques, decorative items, and memorable events and travel. Followed by a seated dinner by Jonathan Rapp & River Tavern and then a live auction. End your evening with dancing under the stars to the sounds of Eight to the Bar. Cocktail attire.
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from his family, but the Chinese chef also brings in some of his own recipes. The most popular choice is the pork dumplings. Don’t like dumplings? Try the dan dan noodles, a traditional Sichuan dish. Located in a small shopping plaza, The Dumpling House is open for lunch starting at eleven and through dinner and munchies time, closing at 10. Closed on Mondays, so don’t plan a long weekend sick day around the bbq pork buns, tempting as it may be.
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The Dumpling House 868 Boston Post Rd., Milford (203) 878-6666 www.dumplinghousemilford.com
Hey Mon – This is it Owner/Operator of 5-year-old Tropical Breeze Jamaican Restaurant in West Haven Kerry-Ann Blake is most well-known for her jerk chicken and ox tails, but the goat curry also holds its own. Kerry-Ann took over the family business, and recipes, fromher mother, who decided to open another Tropical Breeze Jamaican Restaurant in Bridgeport. The restaurant has 5 tables to dine-in, but is a popular take-awayhotspot. Originally opened because there was no Jamaican restaurant in West Haven, Tropical Breeze Jamaican Restaurant may no longer be the only game in town, but it doesn’t have much competition. Tropical Breeze Jamaican Restaurant 423 Campbell Avenue, West Haven (203) 931- 7115 www.tropicalbreezewesthaven.com
From Machu Pichu to Grand Avenue La Molienda Peruvian Cuisine’s chef Raul Vasquez brings the flavors of Peru’s unique culinary arts to New Haven in Grand Avenue style. Be patient with service, the food is authentically prepared, delicious and fresh. Peru is known for ceviche and pisco sours, so be sure to get both, unless you’re on the wagon—and in that case, you can have a refreshing chicha morada, a sweet drink made from blue corn. Next? How about Lomo Saltado, a basic Peruvian stir-fry. La Molienda Peruvian Cuisine 113 Grand Avenue, New Haven (203) 562-0675
recession, the family learned to evolve their menu to fuse everyone’s local favorites like a Greek style gyro, Arabic/Persian style lemon chicken, Pakistani biryani and still the traditional Bengali style kati rolls and samosas to make up Ali Baba’s Fusion’s menu. Khalid says he is always ready to change and try something different. One can only hope for baklava in the future. Ali Baba 986 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden (203) 535-1164 www.alibabasfusion.com
Meat Or No Meat, That Is The Question Any trip to a Brazilian steakhouse is a serious affair. You don’t go for a quick bite, you never show up just “a little hungry” – it’s a place to really explore your innate desire to consume mass quantities of food like the salivating carnivore you are. There are two ways to enjoy your experience: load your own plate at the salad and hot bar and then get choosy with your meats at the grill station and pay by the pound—or get crazy and order rodizio style where they continuously bring food to your table—at a fixed price. Either way, wear a breathable fabric. The sides are fresh, the meat is delicious and grilled to perfection, but try to make room on your plate for the grilled pineapple, a tangy juicy slightly sweet perfect accompaniment to sausages or short ribs or brisket or chicken wings or, or, or, so many choices. iD Brazil Churrascaria & Restaurant 241 Elm St., West Haven (203) 932.4000 www.idbrazil.com
Stealing Everyone’s Best Dish At Ali Baba’s Dumplings In The House Jamshed & Sovia Khalid started out with a food cart on Prospect Street in 2000 serving up traditional Indian/Bengali food. Today, the Khalids own the building at the corner of Dixwell and George Streets, a former electrical supply store, and with the help of the 42 S EPTEMBER 2016
Kevin Lin of The Dumpling House in Milford has been serving up soup dumplings to customers since February of this year. Originally from Sichuan Province, he learned the fine art of dumpling making
There’s A Pho In My Soup Khoa Nguyen isn’t so sure there is large Vietnamese population in the state, but that doesn’t stop diners from coming to his restaurant in Wallingford, Pho Ethan, to slurp up a big bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. He co-owns the restaurant with his mother, who also owns Pho Saigon in West Hartford. While the “D2” pho soup (beef ) is the most popular menu item, the restaurant also offers hotpot and barbecue at special tables. Pho is typically served in a lightly seasoned broth with your choice of meat, fish or poultry (or pig’s blood and tripe) with some vegetables and noodles, a side of hot peppers, limes and bean sprouts to taste—as well as a lazy susan at each table bearing hoisin, chili oil, fish sauce and other condiments to bring your bowl to the sweet/salty/ spicy level of your choice. They also serve beer, wine and bubble tea. Pho Ethan 1145 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford (203) 793-7124 www.phoethan.net
If The Wall Goes Up, Still Eat Well New Haven’s varied population lends itself to some stellar dining options, not least among those options the great Mexican food. While I like to think our taco trucks could compete against the Southwest, Salsa’s Authentic Mexican is also a smart choice. For almost a decade, this family-owned eatery on Grand Avenue has been serving up the best of Mexican cuisine from rich soups to fresh whole fish. Salsa’s Authentic Mexican 99 Grand Avenue, New Haven (203) 752-1265
Hometown Big Hits The “Chain” restaurant is often dismissed as junk food cuisine, but Connecticut has quite a few homegrown chains that offer the convenience of quick, consistent service, happy hour specials, affordable meals and a menu for the whole family, i.e., they probably serve the kind of chicken fingers your kid likes.
Eli’s www.elisrg.com Eli’s on Whitney is the flagship restaurant of this well-known, twodecades old chain with locations in Hamden, Branford, Milford and Orange. The Hamden location has a pizza parlor next door and the Milford location is a gastropub in the center of town—this chain offers variety by location, but probably also has plenty of high chairs and you may never need a reservation.
A nationally-ranked historic pizza classic from Wooster Street has become a chain only in the past few years, but Pepe’s is now in Fairfield and Manchester as well as The Spot and the main restaurant in Wooster Square. Offering pizza and long lines, this is just one of those places you have to try eventually, if only to join any conversation about pizza without seeming like a Philistine.
Wood’n’Tap www.woodntap.com A product of the Hartford Restaurant Group, the Wood’n’Tap restaurants are the newest additions to the local chain-dining market and they even offer rewards points for frequent diners. Currently, there are three locations in New Haven county: Hamden, Orange and Wallingford, but statewide there are eight restaurants with a ninth on the way. It’s a homegrown chain founded by nutmeggers, so of course it’s awesome.
Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale www.ljfishtale.com With locations in Westbrook, New Haven and Madison, this seafood restaurant offers an excellent water view and casual ambiance in the New Haven “family” restaurant, and a drive-in experience at the Madison location. The specialty is all things seafood: baked, grilled, fried, broiled and raw—but there are non-fish options, too.
www.prime16.com One of the most popular burger bars/tap houses in downtown New Haven started branching out a few years ago and now maintains a location in Orange, as well as Pelham, New York. Known for their beer list, Prime 16 offers an excellent menu full of the kind of food that goes really well with beer. While the College Street location in New Haven is always thriving and often calls for a wait, the Orange location offers a much bigger dining room and ample parking on the Boston Post Rd
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his fall, up your culinary game with Linda Beaulieu’s cookbook New England Orchard Cookbook from Globe Pequot Press. Known for its $12million annual apple orchard harvest, Connecticut is the site of a multitude of other important farm goods like dairy, pumpkins, tobacco, poultry and some excellent veggies. Recipes are inventive and varied using produce gleaned from Connecticut orchards inclding, Clyde’s Cider Mill and Gales Ferry Orchard to make delectables such as pancetta-wrapped peaches and summer cider soup.
Taste The Rainbow – Foxon Park
amily owned Foxon Park Beverages has been a favorite in New Haven since Matteo Nacliero an immigrant form Italy started the soda company in 1922.
A variety of unique flavors and local delivery set the company to success. Today the fourth generation of the Naclerioi family still serves the local community like no other beverage company and with a rainbow of flavors. A New Haven pizzeria hardly qualifies as local if doesn’t serve Foxon Park. Among our favorites the White Birch [from the Alaskan birch tree], herbal with a touch of mint, and of course the wondrous drink of summer [365 days a year] the Italian-inspired Gassosa, an all-natural, lightly sweet lemon. Foxon Park can be found in many local food markets and regional supermarkets. Foxon Park Beverages, Inc. 103 Foxon Blvd., East Haven (203) 467-7874
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Not Your Everyday Take-out
looking for Chinese that is worth the drive, and worth ditching the sweatpants, this nondescript restaurant in Orange, in a similarly non-descript strip mall on the Post Road serves up some of the most delicious Chinese in memory.
When you first walk in and see the various layers of dining room within the restaurant, you can easily imagine how packed this place must get on certain nights and at certain times of the year. Luckily for us, a recent early Thursday evening visit wasn’t an issue in terms of getting a cozy back booth.The dinner menu is varied, with classics and some nice surprises, but not so varied that it made decision-making difficult.
(203) 795-3555 85 Boston Post Road Orange www.chinapavilionct.com By Claudia Ward-de León
hey say that in nearly every town in the world, no matter how bucolic or small, or in what part of the world it lies, there’s bound to be a Chinese restaurant. With the way globalization has made ethnic cuisine ubiquitous,“they” might be right. Bu ubiquity doesn’t always mean good. The last Chinese meal most of us ate—myself included—was probably not incredibly memorable, and thus this is why many Chinese
restaurants don’t offer a lot in the way of seating or ambiance, these glorified takeout windows, cater to the hungry, in-a-hurry person, one that would rather binge watch Game of Thrones while binging on chow mein than be concerned with ambiance. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. We’ve all been there, myself included. But when you’re
For the boozehounds out there, tiki-themed drinks dominate the beginning of the menu, everything from a scorpion bowl to a mai tai to a zombie are offered. We started our meal with the classic staple, a pork eggroll which was perfectly fried, great for sharing, and pretty wonderful when dipped in the hot mustard that is served with the complementary wonton strips. We also tried an usually named, but must-try appetizer known as the “Hacked
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among broccoli that was steamed to brilliant green perfection; the vegetables on the wide chow fun noodles were asparagus, broccoli, mung bean sprouts, and scallions in a savory sauce that had an incredibly fresh taste, a wonderful option with lots of fresh-tasting vegetables for any vegetarian.
Chicken,” which was a tangy, spicy, nutty, and fresh tasting chilled salad made with thinly shredded strips of chicken, cabbage, and
a peanut sauce that, like many peanut sauces, is ridiculously addictive.The beef and broccoli and vegetable chow fun entrees
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came out moments later, and were both worth re-ordering.The beef medallions on the former dish were of sirloin-like quality served
The bill for all of this deliciousness was incredibly reasonable at just under $40, but if you wanted to spend more, you easily could, for instance, you could order the “Peking Duck for two” or the “ Hawaii 5-0” which calls to mind the Polynesian restaurants of yesteryear, a dish with lobster meat, jumbo shrimp, scallops, chicken and beef sautéed with mushrooms, snow peas, and baby corn in a brown sauce, topped with a sweet pineapple ring. I have no doubt that these entrees would be home-run good, but sometimes, the classics are where it’s at.
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ON FALLING IN LOVE WITH Fall
By Claudia Ward-de León
early ten years ago on a quiet Friday night, I found myself lying on my couch with a cool breeze blowing through an open window. Other than relaxing from a long week at work, I wasn’t doing anything other than lying there and yet, there was a magnetic pull to remain still for as long as I could, on that couch, with the pleasurable sensation of cool air hitting my head. It was during this rather ordinary moment that the end of summer stopped hitting a melancholy note of finality.The somber tune that I once carried in my head changed: a different season was on its way and something about summer’s end felt, for once, invigorating. Had I been born in New England, my feelings towards the changing seasons may have been different, but I wasn’t born here. I was born in a tropical climate, more than 3,000 miles away, so regardless of how pretty parts of fall were, the dwindling warm weather always felt depressing.The end of September meant facing the inevitable fact that winter loomed. But I doubt my feelings would have changed that night if I hadn’t been working in an office, something I believe had a huge impact on my outlook. Being a nose-to-the-grindstone cubicle dweller for many years made it feel as if I often missed out on a lot, especially the splendor of the outdoors—the chance to stand in a doorway and watch an oncoming thunderstorm, or the freedom to lay in a sun-filled field on a weekday afternoon. And with all of the added
noise that my life created via emails, text messages, and the multitude of “adult” tasks that fall upon a young professional in her 20s, the serenity of starting a morning with something as simple as a walk in the woods began to hold a compelling importance that it previously hadn’t. While fall was once a sign of unpleasant things to come: blizzards, bulky clothes, painfully short days, and itchy, dry skin, I began to see beyond these inconveniences, and my appreciation grew for the sudden crispness to the air, for the almost impeccable clarity of the skies, for the gradual transition of most activities to the indoors, and yes, even for the shorter days. But with my growing appreciation came another problem: autumn was a season that seemed to pass by more quickly than I liked. Seemingly overnight, the leaves went through their brief tryst with color and there I was, cup of coffee in hand,
looking longingly out my office window at barren limbs on a blustery November day. One year, I devised a plan so that I didn’t feel so short-changed: it started with a vow to take more weekend walks, which sparked a vow to take more walks in general. If I needed to pick up something at the store, I’d hoof it; when pressed for time, I’d hop on my bike, and eventually I wasn’t just biking to run errands, but biking to work each morning, until mid-December or the first snowfall, whichever of the two came first. For most of September and October, I sat outside with a book during my lunch break enjoying the rustle of the trees overhead. While I certainly wasn’t able to stretch out time, these little changes allowed me to feel better about spending so much of my waking life indoors. Recently, a friend told me about the Japanese custom of Hanami, or “flower viewing.” It’s a tradition that
celebrates the brief blooming of the cherry blossoms with festivals centered around enjoying the shortlived visual intensity of the season. Symbolically, Hanami represents an appreciation and acknowledgement of the ephemeral or the transient. One year ago, I was in a transient period of my own. I had moved back to Connecticut, but my work kept me out of state for half the week. While marginally better than experiencing the season through an office window, I experienced a lot of autumn’s magnificence through my car’s windshield and longed to be free of my long commute, home in my backyard, or walking the streets of my own neighborhood more often. A large part of the charm of my new neighborhood was its proximity to Lake Whitney. When we bought our house, I imagined spending my weeknights walking by the lake to admire its quiet beauty, but instead of these dreamy evening walks, more often than not, I was stuck staring at someone’s bumper on the Mass Pike. Part of the problem is that I’m a hopeless dreamer, and many events in my life rarely match up to the ideals I conjure in my head. With summer coming to an end, I am happy to be free of those arduously long commutes, and while I’ll spend as much time as I can close to home and outdoors, I will look to Japanese tradition for spiritual guidance. This year, I will be okay with the ephemeral nature of fall, because maybe it wouldn’t be as enjoyable if it didn’t go by so fast.
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Employer Recognition Dinner
ACES Business Advisory Council cordially invites you to ACES 17th Annual Employer Recognition Dinner
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Cocktail Hour 5:30pm | Buffet Dinner 6:30pm Keynote Speaker: Anthony Rescigno | President, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Anthony’s Ocean View 450 Lighthouse Road • New Haven, CT 06512 Dinner Cost: $45/Per Person Two complimentary dinners will be provided to each company recognized. Additional dinners may be purchased at $45.00 each. In addition to each company’s two complimentary dinners, a table of 8 may be purchased for $340.00. A table of 10 may be purchased for $410.
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