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Friday, March 7, 2014
Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge sponsors free programs
In a release, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce two, free upcoming programs.
The first is "TICKED OFF! - Invasive Plants and Lyme
Disease - A Surprising Connection"
Thursday March 27th at 6:30 join
Dr. Scott Williams
of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will talk about "the
invasive plant Japanese Barberry and its strong connections to
ticks, deer and the spread of Lyme Disease," at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife
Refuge - 733 Old Clinton Road, Westbrook.
(Exit 64 off I-95.)
At the program, learn "how to identify this nuisance plant that has invaded the backyards and backwoods of our state and see what can be done to control it," the release said.
Then come the program, "
Invite Birds and Butterflies to Your Yard." at 6 p.m.
10, as Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife
Refuge staff "lead a how-to presentation on attracting songbirds,
hummingbirds, butterflies and other interesting creatures to your back yard."
Two free information booklets will be provided to the first 30 attendees at the program at the Westbrook Public Library - 61 Goodspeed Drive,
Visitor Services Manager Shaun Roche at 860-399-2513 for more information
on these or other public programs.
Blumenthal: Hagel commits to review of other-than-honorable discharges related to PTSD
In a release, U.S. Senator Richard
Blumenthal, D-Conn., said that today at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, he secured a commitment from U.S. Secretary
of Defense Chuck Hagel "to reconsider the cases of Vietnam Veterans who
received other-than-honorable discharges due to symptoms associated with
what would today be classified as Post-Traumatic Stress."
want to focus for the moment on one man, happens to be a resident of
Connecticut, Conley Monk, who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
in November of 1968 at the age of
20, went to Parris Island, served in Vietnam from July until November
of 1969 where he was barraged by mortar fire, attacked by gorillas, gas,
subject to riffle fire. He received a high-proficiency rating for his
conduct and performance on the field. And some
months after leaving Vietnam began to suffer from anxiety attacks,
flashbacks, insomnia, symptoms that we now know are associated with
Post-Traumatic Stress, but of course Post-Traumatic Stress was not
diagnosed until 1980. He was involved in altercations,
other incidents, that led to his confinement to the brig and he was
given the choice to leave the military with other-than-honorable
discharge and he chose to do so.
fact is that there are thousands, we don’t know how many, of men who
were discharged with other-than-honorable status and have suffered this
stigma and shame and loss of benefits. In fact wounded twice, first on
the battlefield and then in civilian life. First by Post-Traumatic
Stress and then by an other-than-honorable discharge, which denied them
medical treatment for the very wounds they suffered
as well as employment benefits housing, other VA benefits. And to be
very blunt, Mr. Monk has sued you and your colleagues as did John
Shepard before him. I’ve been involved in supporting the legal action, which I hope can be
avoided by your engaging on this issue. As it happens,
you were very forthcoming in the confirmation hearing, Mr. Secretary,
and agreed to review this situation. I am asking you now to commit to
changing the system, because Mr.
Monk has waited for eighteen months for the Board of Corrections of
Naval Records…This system really needs to be changed and overhauled. I
would like your commitment that you will address this situation as soon
…You have my absolute commitment. In fact, I asked my
General Counsel yesterday about this lawsuit… I took note of it. I
asked our General Counsel to get back to me this week on it. I will get
into it. I will get the specifics, or our staff, will get the specifics,
on Mr. Monk from your staff, but I’m already
addressing the larger issue and taken a look at it and I will do it
if I could ask since I’m going to be running out of time shortly for
the General Counsel could contact me and perhaps brief me further on
what steps you are preparing to take.
Hagel: He will. Thank you.
Footage of the exchange between Blumenthal and Hagel from today’s hearing can be found
State Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield to hold office hours
State Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield, D-New Haven, will hold public office hours 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 5, at the Elm Diner, 111 Elm St., West Haven, according to a release.
public is invited to attend and talk with Holder-Winfield about issues that are most important to them and their family, the release said.
looking forward to speaking with West Haven residents about the issues
that matter to them,” Holder-Winfield said, also in the release. “It is important that I
bring the voices of
my constituents to Hartford.”
This is the first time Holder-Winfield will hold office hours as a state Senator.
He previously served as the state representative for the 94th District House seat.
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This statement on the reaction to what is occurring in Ukraine was released by the White House. It is shared unedited here:
the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United
Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council
and President of the European
Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation’s
clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,
in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its
1997 basing agreement with Ukraine. We call
on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that
it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via
international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or
the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
We stand ready to assist with these efforts. We
also call on all parties concerned to behave with the greatest extent
of self-restraint and responsibility, and to decrease the tensions. We
note that Russia’s actions in Ukraine also contravene the principles
and values on which the G-7 and the G-8 operate. As such, we have
decided for the time being to
suspend our participation in activities associated with the preparation
of the scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi in June, until the environment
comes back where the G-8 is able to have meaningful discussion.
are united in supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial
integrity, and its right to choose its own future. We commit ourselves
to support Ukraine in its efforts
to restore unity, stability, and political and economic health to the
country. To that end, we will support Ukraine’s work with the
International Monetary Fund to negotiate a new program and to implement
needed reforms. IMF support will be critical in unlocking
additional assistance from the World Bank, other international
financial institutions, the EU, and bilateral sources.
The White House on Friday released President Obama's statement on Ukraine
It is shared unedited here:
5:05 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.
Over the last several days, the United States
has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout
this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle:
The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to
determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have
urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a
course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based
government and move to elections this spring.
I also spoke several days ago with President
Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with
Russian officials, and we've made clear that they can be part of an
international community’s effort to support the stability
and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the
interest of The people of Ukraine and the international community, but
also in Russia’s interest.
However, we are now deeply concerned by
reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of
Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including
cultural and economic ties, and a military facility
in Crimea, but any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial
integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of
Ukraine, Russia, or Europe.
It would represent a
profound interference in matters that must be determined by the
Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violence of Russia’s commitment
to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders
of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after the world
came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation
of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand
with the international community in affirming
that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.
The events of the past several months remind
us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions.
But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a
universal right to determine their own future.
Right now, the situation remains very fluid.
Vice President Biden just spoke with Prime Minister -- the Prime
Minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment the
United States supports his government’s efforts and
stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future
of Ukraine. I also commend the Ukrainian government’s restraint and
its commitment to uphold its international obligations.
We will continue to coordinate closely with
our European allies. We will continue to communicate directly with the
Russian government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the
press corps and the American people informed as
Read redacted report on death of former Yale prof Sam See
Former Yale professor Sam See died in November the New Haven lock up run by the state Judicial Branch Marshals. Here is a redacted copy of a report on the investigation in See's death. The state medical examiner ruled he died as a result of " acute methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication."
Learn more about poverty and income disparities in New Haven through these maps. Read more here and photos here. (Maps created by Connecticut Magazine writer Jennifer Swift. Follow her on Twitter @byjenniferswift)
New Haven Poverty 1999 and 2012
New Haven Family Income 1999 and 2012
New Haven Household Income 1999 and 2012
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-11 announces first boating class for 2014
WEST HAVEN — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-11 is offering a one-day "About
Boating Safely" class on Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 -p.m. March 8. "In a classroom format, attendees will learn general
information about boats and maintenance, navigation rules and aids to
navigation, what to do in case of boating emergencies and Connecticut-specific law
and regulations," organizers said in a release. "Individuals who successfully complete this
course will qualify for both the Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and the
Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation." The course fee is $60. The classes will be held at the USCG Auxiliary West Haven Flotilla
facility, 1 Kimberly Avenue, West Haven.
Watch roundtable discussion in New Haven on Jordan Davis verdict
Register Community Engagement Editor Shahid Abdul-Karim, New Haven attorney Michael Jefferson, Community Action Agency CEO and President Amos Smith, Greater New Haven Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee Chairman Caleb Pilgrim, who is an attorney; and the Rev. William Mathis, program manager for the city’s Project Longevity and a former assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, participated in a live roundtable conversation regarding the verdict in the death of Jordan Davis, 17.
There was a release today from the city of New Haven Everbridge emergency notification service on parking and snow removal issues:
This is shared unedited here:
"Please ensure that your car is parked on the even side of the street
during this current snow fall. Mayor Toni Harp has declared a snow
emergency for snow removal purposes and is asking for your assistance
during this week long parking ban and emergency condition. The
Department of Public Works will be in all neighborhoods today and if
your want your street to be better plowed, please move your car. Please
pass this along to your neighbors. We appreciate your assistance. Thank
Orange Historical Society offers chance to make baskets 'reminiscent of colonial days'
ORANGE - The Orange Historical Society will hold a session on how to hand make "a basket reminiscent of colonial days" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 at the historic 1740 Nathan Bryan-William Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road, organizers said.
"Noted basket makers , Ray and Caryl DeFrancesco of H.H. Perkins will tell about the history of basketry and each visitor will be given supplies to make a splint marketing basket," organizers said in a release.
"This unique opportunity for a tour of the oldest house in Orange and a chance to relive an age-old craft," costs $35 per person.
Make checks payable to OHS and send to PO Box 784, Orange, 06477. Space is limited to 18 guests. For information call 203-795-3106.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Statement on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on National Black
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
"As we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
2014, we must redouble our efforts to―as this year's theme and action
suggests―be our brother's and sister's keeper and get educated, get
tested, get involved and get treated. We must reverse the alarming rates
of infection currently found in LGBT communities of color and advance―on
every level―an all out fight against HIV/AIDS. If everyone gets back in
the fight, we can
win this battle. We can end HIV/AIDS."
Statement attributed to: Rev Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian
The Creating Change Conference 2014 held a special and plenary on
HIV/AIDS entitled “Why We Can't Wait: Let's End AIDS Now,” according to a release.
Scott Tucker of the series "Expedition New England" will hold "a very unusual fund raising event" beginning at 7:30 a.m. March 8, he said.
Tucker will "embark on a solo kayak mission" to Falkner's Island / Goose Island to document a "magnificent colony" of Harbor seals overwintering here from the Gulf of Maine, he said in a release.
"But there is a twist- unlike most fund raisers that just end when they end Scott won't return until wife Ava gives him the confirmation call that they have raised $25,000," the "the minimum funding needed to produce Expedition New England for the 2014 season," the release said.
Visit www.eepinc.org to make a pledge to support Tucker's Expedition New England for another year.
National Black AIDS Awareness Day is Friday in New Haven
NEW HAVEN - National Black AIDS
Awareness Day is returning to the city, with the support of the New Haven Mayor's Task Force on
AIDS, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (2/7) at the Ives Branch of the New Haven Public Library at 133 Elm St., organizers said in a release
Free HIV Testing will take place from
inside the Library's Community Room, and outside the Library on
the Green in the Community Health Care van, the release said.
There also will
be opportunities for community members to enroll/register for the
Affordable Care Act, the release said.
"an annualreportfromthe AmericanCancerSociety," according to a news release.
"CancerFactsand Figures 2014"presents "thelandscapeonchildhoodcancer" and "updated state-by-stateestimatesfornewlydiagnosedcancersin adults. 22,070people in Connecticut willbediagnosedwith cancer and about 6,880 areexpected todieof the disease," the release said.
cancers," the release said.
thechildhoodcancerlandscape," the release said.
'Exhibit at Gateway Showcases Olin-Winchester Stories' in New Haven
NEW HAVEN — Gateway Community College’sNewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery is showing
"Our Community at Winchester: An Elm City Story," according to a release.
The collection will be on display until March 21, the release said. The public is invited to an opening reception at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29, the release said.
The exhibit "showcases the stories of the
workers at the Olin-Winchester plant, a prominent American maker of repeating firearms,
closed and left New Haven in 2006. The workers’ stories—of labor
struggles, workers’ culture within the plant, and the impact of the
plant on the larger community—are
the basis of the exhibit," the release said.
exhibit is a collection of photographs and documents from the
International Association of Machinists Local 609 records, held in the
Greater New Haven
Labor History Association’s archives, supplemented by oral history
interviews with retired Winchester workers conducted by Association
volunteers," the release said. " Local 609 represented workers at the plant from 1956 until
its closure. Images from earlier years as well as
from workers’ lives in the community are culled from personal
memorabilia and employee newsletters."
Black And Puerto Rican Caucus To Hear Public’s Legislative Priorities
State Representative Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven. chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, said the group will hold an open hearing that will the public to present their ideas and priorities to lawmakers, according to a release.
Artspace has new exhibition opening Feb. 7 in New Haven
Artspace will open the exhibition "Smart Painting", curated by John O’Donnell, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at 50 Orange St., according to a release.
The exhibit run through March 22 and there will be an artist talk at 6 p.m. March 7, with a reception starting at 5 p.m., the release said.
"Smart Painting" is "a show of paintings by artists who respond to
the institution of contemporary abstraction. These painting are sharp,
quick, bright, amusing, elegant and are aware of their own limitations
and forge on, in the familiar, but ambiguous territory of abstraction," the release said.
"Confidently defining space through the use of line and structure these
paintings challenge traditional notions of abstraction through rational
constructions that challenge concepts of composition and depth."
"Smart Painting" artists are: Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler,
Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D.
Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, Tatiana Berg.
John O'Donnell of Connecticut, "is a
multidisciplinary artist and has created performance pieces" for the
Museum of New Art in Detroit, Proof Gallery in Boston, Flux
Space in Philadelphia, and SOHO20 Gallery in New York City, the release said
"Artspace's mission is to catalyze artistic activities; connect
contemporary artists, audiences, and resources; and to enrich art
experiences and activate art spaces. Artspace is a non-profit
organization bringing communities together with emerging local and
national artists," the release said.
Artspace is open from noon to 6 p,.m. Wednesdays & Thursday from 12-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays from 12-8pm. The gallery is free and open to the public.
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Albertus Magnus College to present one-woman play “Rooted in Love:
NEW HAVEN -Albertus Magnus College will present Sr.
Nancy Murray, O.P., performing her one-woman play “Rooted in Love: The Life and
Death Story of Sr. Dorothy Stang” Tat 5:15 p.m. Jan. 30, as part of its St.
Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series, according to a release.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series is free and open to the public, the release said. It is "made possible through the generosity of the Marie Louise Bianchi ’31 Fund."
Stang, "a member of
the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, spent four decades in the Amazon region of
Brazil, advocating for poor farmers who were being driven off their land by
ranchers and logging companies," the reklease said. "In 2005,
on her way to a meeting with local peasants, she was intercepted by two men
with weapons drawn; when she began to read her Bible, she was shot six times at
point blank range. Five years later, the
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur asked Sr. Nancy Murray to write the story of their
Further, "For several years, Sr. Nancy has
performed her other one-woman play “Catherine of Siena: A Woman of Our Time”
around the world as a new form of preaching.
Sr. Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Barry University
and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University. She has taught at the primary, secondary and
university levels. She also worked as a campus minister, intercity parish
pastoral associate and vocation director for the Adrian Dominicans."
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New Haven Museum to hold Lunarfest Events in Celebration of "Year of the Horse"
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Museum and the Council
on East Asian Studies at Yale University and the Yale-China Association will act as co-hosts for " Lunarfest" a day of hands-on workshops, talks, and performances in
celebration of the Year of the Horse, according to a release.
events will be held from noo to 5 p.m. take place at several locations, from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014,. Rain date
is Saturday, February 8, 2014. All activities are free and open to the public,
but space is limited and registration is
required at www.yalechina.org/lunarfest.
The event is for all ages. The murseum is at 114 Whitney Ave. You can find it on Facebook as well.
Lunarfest begins at 10 a.m. with a colorful lion dance on Whitney
Avenue, between Grove Street and Trumbull Street, and then moves indoors. For a
complete list of activities visit here.
The following is directly from the release:
Haven Museum Lunarfest Events
p.m. - Fan Dance - Members of the Yale undergraduate
organization Phoenix Dance Troupe will teach a popular modern interpretation of
ancient Chinese court dances, including choreography utilizing colorful fans.
Students learn to express individual artistry as well as coordinated formations
needed to perform this dance. Recommended for ages 4-18.
p.m. - Ribbon Dance - Instructors from the Xi Wang Dance
Troupe will teach a popular modern interpretation of ancient Chinese court
dance similar to the fan dance. Students of this workshop will learn to create
ﬂowing patterns and motions with handmade ribbons. Recommended for ages 4-18.
2-2:45 p.m. Wuhsu
Workshop - Local martial arts instructor Teake will give a
demonstration on wushu and present the philosophy and training of wushu. Wushu
has principles similar to those of tai chi and kung fu, promotes non-violence
and utilizes coordinated movements among team members to demonstrate acrobatic
and athletic agility.
12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2
p.m. - Mommy and Me, NIHAO NEW HAVEN! The New Haven Chinese Language School hosts a
fun class for toddlers and families. Participants will learn about Chinese
traditions, sing songs, and make crafts. Recommended for pre-K and under.
12-4 p.m. - Arts and
Crafts - While you are visiting the New Haven Museum
exhibits and other Lunarfest activities, stop by the arts and crafts table in
the rotunda for hands-on fun and creativity.
on East Asian Studies at Yale University promotes
education about East Asia both in the college curricula and through lectures
and workshops, conferences, cultural events, and educational activities open to
faculty, students, K-16 educators, and the general public. Support for this day
of Chinese arts and cultural programming has been provided by a Title VI
National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Association inspires people to learn and serve
together. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, we foster long-term
relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in
China and the United States. We envision a U.S.-China relationship of mutual
understanding and profound respect nurtured by collaboration among individuals
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