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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrate Your Favorite Poem with Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky at Fairfield Public Library

FAIRFIELD - The Fairfield Public Library invites you to  "bring a poem to read and share with one of America’s most eminent poets, Robert Pinsky," at 2 p.m.  April 27 in the Memorial Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road, according to a release. 

A reception with the poet will follow, the release said. 
"Shortly after being appointed poet laureate in 1997, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project to celebrate, document and encourage poetry’s role in American’s lives.  Thousands of Favorite Poem readings have followed.  Add your voice to the Project when we have our reading here in Fairfield.  Registration is requested," the release said.

Pinsky’s most recent book, "Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters," will be available for purchase and signing at the event, the release said. 
All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free, the release said.  To register, or for more information on this and other programs, visit us online at:, or call 203-256-3160.  Follow the Fairfield Public library on Twitter:   and Facebook:

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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation to hold open house

BLOOMFIELD -  Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will open its doors to the public for a free Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3 at its headquarters, One Vision Way. 

This free, fun-filled event features an array of family-friendly activities including behind-the-scenes tours of the Fidelco campus; puppy playtime; and police K9 and guide dog demonstrations, according to a release.
Experience what it means to “trust the dog” by taking a blindfold walk with professional Fidelco Certified Trainers and Guide Dogs.
Area Lions Club members will also conduct vision screenings on-site, the release said. 

"Fidelco breeds and trains its elite German Shepherd Guide Dogs for people who are blind across North America. It takes two years, 15,000 hands-on hours and $45,000 to produce each Fidelco Guide Dog, and they are given to clients at no cost." 

Since its founding in 1960, Fidelco remains the only Connecticut-headquartered guide dog school. The non-profit organization relies solely on the gifts and the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and civic organizations to help it Share The Vision®.

Fidelco’s Open House is held rain or shine at its headquarters, located off I-91 via exit 37 in Bloomfield.

For more information and directions visit or call 860-243-5200

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Volunteers needed to help Comcast employees beautify New Haven school

NEW HAVEN –  As part of "Comcast Cares Day," community groups and the public are welcome to join the effort to provide needed improvements and “spring cleaning” Quinnipiac School,  460 Lexington Ave., according to a release.

Comcast workers will be at the school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  April 26, mulching, landscaping and planting flowers, the release said.  "The volunteers also will install and paint picnic tables for an outdoor eating and play area, help make the grounds around the school’s swing set safer for students, and create an indoor garden box students will use to learn more about farm-to-table healthy eating," the release said.
To volunteer, visit  and select United way of Greater New Haven as the partner organization.

Also in the release: United Way ofGreater New Haven is supporting the volunteer event at the school, which serves about 348 students in kindergarten through second grade. "The school is one of 16 Boost! schools city-wide, meaning it is part of the unique partnership among United Way, New Haven Public Schools and city that provides non-academic supports to students. "

 Comcast Cares Day is Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature community service event, and the largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the nation. Last year, more than 85,000 employees volunteered worldwide, including a group that beautified gardens at New Haven’s Clinton Avenue School in partnership with United Way.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Catch a 'Wave' at the New Haven Free Public Library

NEW HAVEN – A Wave installation will be held at the New Haven Free Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. April 26  at 133 Elm St., according to a release.

The installations also will take place at libraries in Stamford, Willimantic and New London, the release said.

The Wave "is an interactive exhibit envisioned by two Connecticut artists to raise awareness of the vital role water plays in our lives," the release said.

"The Wave’s simple design and colorful materials are intended to engage people of all ages and abilities in a contemplation of water," the release said. "Participants cut their own 'wave' out of recyclable, polycarbonate film and see it hung aloft along with hundreds of other individual shapes, to create a community wave."
“New Haven residents are blessed with two major waterviews: the Quinnipiac River and Long Island Sound.  The Wave installation will serve as a tangible—and  beautiful—reflection on our essential connection to water,”  said Carol Brown, the library’s programming manager, also in the release.
Also in the release: "Connecticut artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman created The Wave two years ago in response to the 2011 tsunami that struck Japan. The Wave’s first installation in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (Mass,.)was so well received, Kalman said, that the artists decided to make this celebration of water a national effort. "

“There’s a limited amount of water on this planet,” Hoffman Fishman said, also in the release.  “More and more of it is being polluted, and a lot of areas in the world are now having water shortages, and we have to pay attention to that.”

“Sharing in the process of contributing to a local work of art that is part of a national movement connects us to an important global issue,” said Jennifer Keohane, executive director of the Connecticut Library Consortium, one of The Wave’s sponsors, in the release. “And,” she added, “The Wave certainly stands alone as a compelling work of art.”

"At each site, the artists work with public participants to build community and celebrate water. At New Haven Free Public Library, wave-shaped pieces cut by individuals will be hung from a cord that is strung and folded over the balconies in the Library’s main lobby, creating a dynamic, flowing wave in bold colors, reflecting the beauty and power of water.

Each host WAVE community was chosen because of its work to protect water. For example, in New Haven, plans are underway for a Shoreline Stabilization Project and the development of a Waterfront Park in Fair Haven."
Inline image 2A Mystic Aquarium’s aquatic touch tank that will be on site during the installation.


"The water theme continues at the Library on Wednesday, May 7, when  Tom Andersen discusses his book, "This Fine Piece of Water, an environmental history of Long Island Sound," at 6 p.m. For more information about these events, call the library at 203-946-8835.

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'Salamander Search to Celebrate Year of the Salamander' in Derby

In a release, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection invites you to celebrate the “Year of the Salamander,” in an event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 26 at the Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby.

“Families and individuals are invited to participate in a Salamander Search,”  in the streams and wetlands at Osborndale State Park, the release said.

“Come dressed for the weather and be prepared to get a little muddy. We suggest shoes that tie rather than slip-ons,” the release said.

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation “proclaimed as the Year of the Salamander to raise awareness for salamander conservation. DEEP is participating in this effort by shining a spotlight on Connecticut’s 12 native salamander species throughout the year. “

“Other state and federal wildlife agencies, along with several conservation organizations, are also partnering with PARC to foster appreciation and understanding of salamanders. The Kellogg Center is hosting this program to help residents become aware of the salamanders in our area and their needs for survival.”

 Kellogg Environmental Center is at 500 Hawthorne Av. The program is offered free but donations are accepted.   For information, directions, or to register, call the center at (203) 734-2513 or email

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Community Invited to Observe Yom HaShoah at JCC

WOODBRIDGE – Hundreds of people from Southern Connecticut are expected to gather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven  at 4 p.m., April 27 to remember the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust in observance of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, according to a release.
The center is at 360 Amity Road.
"Elderly Holocaust survivors, families, school children, and others will assemble at the JCC to observe this annual occasion with a solemn commemoration," the release said. "The program will feature prayers, songs, a candle-lighting ceremony, and other presentations that memorialize the men, women and children who died in the Holocaust and pay tribute to those who survived. The program is free of charge and open to the community."

The keynote speaker is Holocaust survivor Anita Schorr.
"As the only survivor of her family, Schorr epitomizes how survivors have made a difference in the world in which we live. In 1943, the Nazis sent Schorr and her family from the Jewish ghetto of Terezin to Auschwitz," the release said. At the concentration camp, Nazi guards informed women between the ages of 18 and 50 that they could sign up to do forced labor in Germany. Although only 14, she was sent to a labor camp in Hamburg and was in Bergen-Belsen at the time of liberation. She has survived, built a new life, raised a family, and contributed to both the values of society and the strength of the community.
The most sacred and solemn duty of the present generation is to never forget what happened during the Holocaust. The community is invited to honor those survivors who have personally experienced the worst of humanity and to provide hope and inspiration for future generations.
In the photo: Schorr who endured the horrors at Auschwitz as a child, speaks to 5th and 6th graders at Peck Place School in Orange in 2012 . Photo- Peter Casolino/New Haven Register 03/19/12

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At the New Haven Museum: 'The Influence of Egypt on Connecticut Architecture'

NEW HAVEN - The New Haven Museum and the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery will present a lecture, “Egypt in Connecticut: Egyptianizing Architecture from New Haven to Coventry,” at 6 p.m. April 17, according to a release.
The lecture will be given by "eminent archaeologist and Yale University faculty member, Colleen Manassa," the release said.
"During the lecture, Manassa—locally renowned for her contributions to the highly successful “Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs” exhibition in 2013, at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History—will discuss the imagery and meaning of the 19th-century Grove Street Cemetery Gate design and the Egyptian Revival movement in Connecticut and New Haven," the release said.
The free event will be held at the museum, and will be preceded by a reception at 5:30, the release said.

"Connecticut preserves some of the most significant Egyptianizing architecture within the northeastern United States, including the striking Grove Street Cemetery gateway in New Haven, which was designed by architect Henry Austin and completed in 1847," the release said.

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Center for Disability Rights to hold general membership meeting

WEST HAVEN - There will be a Center for Disability Rights General Membership meeting from 6 to 8:15 p.m. April 29 at Lorenzo's Restaurant, 39 Elm St.
The speaker will be Julia Evans Starr, executive director of Connecticut's Legislative Commission on Aging, according to a release.

Pizza, salad and soda will be provided. The suggested donation is $3. 
RSVP by April 23 to


Thursday, April 10, 2014

President Obama's remarks at the Civil rights Summit

The following is shared for those who might have missed the remarks of President Obama at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas
The remarks release by the White House are unedited here:
12:16 P.M. CDT
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Please, please, have a seat.  Thank you. 
What a singular honor it is for me to be here today.  I want to thank, first and foremost, the Johnson family for giving us this opportunity and the graciousness with which Michelle and I have been received. 
We came down a little bit late because we were upstairs looking at some of the exhibits and some of the private offices that were used by President Johnson and Mrs. Johnson.  And Michelle was in particular interested to -- of a recording in which Lady Bird is critiquing President Johnson’s performance.  (Laughter.)  And she said, come, come, you need to listen to this.  (Laughter.)  And she pressed the button and nodded her head.  Some things do not change -- (laughter) -- even 50 years later.
To all the members of Congress, the warriors for justice, the elected officials and community leaders who are here today  -- I want to thank you.
Four days into his sudden presidency -- and the night before he would address a joint session of the Congress in which he once served -- Lyndon Johnson sat around a table with his closest advisors, preparing his remarks to a shattered and grieving nation.
He wanted to call on senators and representatives to pass a civil rights bill -- the most sweeping since Reconstruction.  And most of his staff counseled him against it.  They said it was hopeless; that it would anger powerful Southern Democrats and committee chairmen; that it risked derailing the rest of his domestic agenda.  And one particularly bold aide said he did not believe a President should spend his time and power on lost causes, however worthy they might be.  To which, it is said, President Johnson replied, “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?”  (Laughter and applause.)  What the hell’s the presidency for if not to fight for causes you believe in?
Today, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we honor the men and women who made it possible.  Some of them are here today.  We celebrate giants like John Lewis and Andrew Young and Julian Bond.  We recall the countless unheralded Americans, black and white, students and scholars, preachers and housekeepers -- whose names are etched not on monuments, but in the hearts of their loved ones, and in the fabric of the country they helped to change. 
But we also gather here, deep in the heart of the state that shaped him, to recall one giant man’s remarkable efforts to make real the promise of our founding:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Those of us who have had the singular privilege to hold the office of the Presidency know well that progress in this country can be hard and it can be slow, frustrating and sometimes you’re stymied.  The office humbles you.  You’re reminded daily that in this great democracy, you are but a relay swimmer in the currents of history, bound by decisions made by those who came before, reliant on the efforts of those who will follow to fully vindicate your vision.
But the presidency also affords a unique opportunity to bend those currents -- by shaping our laws and by shaping our debates; by working within the confines of the world as it is, but also by reimagining the world as it should be.
This was President Johnson’s genius.  As a master of politics and the legislative process, he grasped like few others the power of government to bring about change. 
LBJ was nothing if not a realist.  He was well aware that the law alone isn’t enough to change hearts and minds.  A full century after Lincoln’s time, he said, “Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.”
     He understood laws couldn’t accomplish everything.  But he also knew that only the law could anchor change, and set hearts and minds on a different course.  And a lot of Americans needed the law’s most basic protections at that time.  As Dr. King said at the time, “It may be true that the law can’t make a man love me but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”  (Applause.)
And passing laws was what LBJ knew how to do.  No one knew politics and no one loved legislating more than President Johnson.  He was charming when he needed to be, ruthless when required.  (Laughter.)  He could wear you down with logic and argument.  He could horse trade, and he could flatter.  “You come with me on this bill,” he would reportedly tell a key Republican leader from my home state during the fight for the Civil Rights Bill, “and 200 years from now, schoolchildren will know only two names:  Abraham Lincoln and Everett Dirksen!”  (Laughter.)  And he knew that senators would believe things like that.  (Laughter and applause.)
President Johnson liked power.  He liked the feel of it, the wielding of it.  But that hunger was harnessed and redeemed by a deeper understanding of the human condition; by a sympathy for the underdog, for the downtrodden, for the outcast.  And it was a sympathy rooted in his own experience.
     As a young boy growing up in the Texas Hill Country, Johnson knew what being poor felt like.  “Poverty was so common,” he would later say, “we didn’t even know it had a name.”  (Laughter.)  The family home didn’t have electricity or indoor plumbing.  Everybody worked hard, including the children.  President Johnson had known the metallic taste of hunger; the feel of a mother’s calloused hands, rubbed raw from washing and cleaning and holding a household together.  His cousin Ava remembered sweltering days spent on her hands and knees in the cotton fields, with Lyndon whispering beside her, “Boy, there’s got to be a better way to make a living than this.  There’s got to be a better way.”
     It wasn’t until years later when he was teaching at a so-called Mexican school in a tiny town in Texas that he came to understand how much worse the persistent pain of poverty could be for other races in a Jim Crow South.  Oftentimes his students would show up to class hungry.  And when he’d visit their homes, he’d meet fathers who were paid slave wages by the farmers they worked for.  Those children were taught, he would later say, “that the end of life is in a beet row, a spinach field, or a cotton patch.” 
Deprivation and discrimination -- these were not abstractions to Lyndon Baines Johnson.  He knew that poverty and injustice are as inseparable as opportunity and justice are joined.  So that was in him from an early age.
Now, like any of us, he was not a perfect man.  His experiences in rural Texas may have stretched his moral imagination, but he was ambitious, very ambitious, a young man in a hurry to plot his own escape from poverty and to chart his own political career.  And in the Jim Crow South, that meant not challenging convention.  During his first 20 years in Congress, he opposed every civil rights bill that came up for a vote, once calling the push for federal legislation “a farce and a sham.”  He was chosen as a vice presidential nominee in part because of his affinity with, and ability to deliver, that Southern white vote.  And at the beginning of the Kennedy administration, he shared with President Kennedy a caution towards racial controversy. 
But marchers kept marching.  Four little girls were killed in a church.  Bloody Sunday happened.  The winds of change blew.  And when the time came, when LBJ stood in the Oval Office -- I picture him standing there, taking up the entire doorframe, looking out over the South Lawn in a quiet moment -- and asked himself what the true purpose of his office was for, what was the endpoint of his ambitions, he would reach back in his own memory and he’d remember his own experience with want. 
And he knew that he had a unique capacity, as the most powerful white politician from the South, to not merely challenge the convention that had crushed the dreams of so many, but to ultimately dismantle for good the structures of legal segregation.  He’s the only guy who could do it -- and he knew there would be a cost, famously saying the Democratic Party may “have lost the South for a generation.” 
That’s what his presidency was for.  That’s where he meets his moment.  And possessed with an iron will, possessed with those skills that he had honed so many years in Congress, pushed and supported by a movement of those willing to sacrifice everything for their own liberation, President Johnson fought for and argued and horse traded and bullied and persuaded until ultimately he signed the Civil Rights Act into law. 
And he didn’t stop there -- even though his advisors again told him to wait, again told him let the dust settle, let the country absorb this momentous decision.  He shook them off.  “The meat in the coconut,” as President Johnson would put it, was the Voting Rights Act, so he fought for and passed that as well.  Immigration reform came shortly after.  And then, a Fair Housing Act.  And then, a health care law that opponents described as “socialized medicine” that would curtail America’s freedom, but ultimately freed millions of seniors from the fear that illness could rob them of dignity and security in their golden years, which we now know today as Medicare.  (Applause.)
What President Johnson understood was that equality required more than the absence of oppression.  It required the presence of economic opportunity.  He wouldn’t be as eloquent as Dr. King would be in describing that linkage, as Dr. King moved into mobilizing sanitation workers and a poor people’s movement, but he understood that connection because he had lived it.  A decent job, decent wages, health care -- those, too, were civil rights worth fighting for.  An economy where hard work is rewarded and success is shared, that was his goal.  And he knew, as someone who had seen the New Deal transform the landscape of his Texas childhood, who had seen the difference electricity had made because of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the transformation concretely day in and day out in the life of his own family, he understood that government had a role to play in broadening prosperity to all those who would strive for it.
“We want to open the gates to opportunity,” President Johnson said, “But we are also going to give all our people, black and white, the help they need to walk through those gates.” 
Now, if some of this sounds familiar, it’s because today we remain locked in this same great debate about equality and opportunity, and the role of government in ensuring each.  As was true 50 years ago, there are those who dismiss the Great Society as a failed experiment and an encroachment on liberty; who argue that government has become the true source of all that ails us, and that poverty is due to the moral failings of those who suffer from it.  There are also those who argue, John, that nothing has changed; that racism is so embedded in our DNA that there is no use trying politics -- the game is rigged. 
But such theories ignore history.  Yes, it’s true that, despite laws like the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act and Medicare, our society is still racked with division and poverty.  Yes, race still colors our political debates, and there have been government programs that have fallen short.  In a time when cynicism is too often passed off as wisdom, it’s perhaps easy to conclude that there are limits to change; that we are trapped by our own history; and politics is a fool’s errand, and we’d be better off if we roll back big chunks of LBJ’s legacy, or at least if we don’t put too much of our hope, invest too much of our hope in our government.
I reject such thinking.  (Applause.)  Not just because Medicare and Medicaid have lifted millions from suffering; not just because the poverty rate in this nation would be far worse without food stamps and Head Start and all the Great Society programs that survive to this day.  I reject such cynicism because I have lived out the promise of LBJ’s efforts.  Because Michelle has lived out the legacy of those efforts.  Because my daughters have lived out the legacy of those efforts.  Because I and millions of my generation were in a position to take the baton that he handed to us.  (Applause.)
Because of the Civil Rights movement, because of the laws President Johnson signed, new doors of opportunity and education swung open for everybody -- not all at once, but they swung open.  Not just blacks and whites, but also women and Latinos; and Asians and Native Americans; and gay Americans and Americans with a disability.  They swung open for you, and they swung open for me.  And that’s why I’m standing here today -- because of those efforts, because of that legacy.  (Applause.)
And that means we’ve got a debt to pay.  That means we can’t afford to be cynical.  Half a century later, the laws LBJ passed are now as fundamental to our conception of ourselves and our democracy as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  They are foundational; an essential piece of the American character. 
But we are here today because we know we cannot be complacent.  For history travels not only forwards; history can travel backwards, history can travel sideways.  And securing the gains this country has made requires the vigilance of its citizens.  Our rights, our freedoms -- they are not given.  They must be won.  They must be nurtured through struggle and discipline, and persistence and faith. 
And one concern I have sometimes during these moments, the celebration of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the March on Washington -- from a distance, sometimes these commemorations seem inevitable, they seem easy.  All the pain and difficulty and struggle and doubt -- all that is rubbed away.  And we look at ourselves and we say, oh, things are just too different now;  we couldn’t possibly do what was done then -- these giants, what they accomplished.  And yet, they were men and women, too.  It wasn’t easy then.  It wasn’t certain then. 
Still, the story of America is a story of progress.  However slow, however incomplete, however harshly challenged at each point on our journey, however flawed our leaders, however many times we have to take a quarter of a loaf or half a loaf -- the story of America is a story of progress.  And that’s true because of men like President Lyndon Baines Johnson.  (Applause.)
In so many ways, he embodied America, with all our gifts and all our flaws, in all our restlessness and all our big dreams.  This man -- born into poverty, weaned in a world full of racial hatred -- somehow found within himself the ability to connect his experience with the brown child in a small Texas town; the white child in Appalachia; the black child in Watts.  As powerful as he became in that Oval Office, he understood them.  He understood what it meant to be on the outside.  And he believed that their plight was his plight too; that his freedom ultimately was wrapped up in theirs; and that making their lives better was what the hell the presidency was for.  (Applause.)
And those children were on his mind when he strode to the podium that night in the House Chamber, when he called for the vote on the Civil Rights law.  “It never occurred to me,” he said, “in my fondest dreams that I might have the chance to help the sons and daughters of those students” that he had taught so many years ago, “and to help people like them all over this country.  But now I do have that chance.  And I’ll let you in on a secret -- I mean to use it.  And I hope that you will use it with me.”  (Applause.)
That was LBJ’s greatness.  That’s why we remember him.  And if there is one thing that he and this year’s anniversary should teach us, if there’s one lesson I hope that Malia and Sasha and young people everywhere learn from this day, it’s that with enough effort, and enough empathy, and enough perseverance, and enough courage, people who love their country can change it.
In his final year, President Johnson stood on this stage, racked with pain, battered by the controversies of Vietnam, looking far older than his 64 years, and he delivered what would be his final public speech. 
“We have proved that great progress is possible,” he said.  “We know how much still remains to be done.  And if our efforts continue, and if our will is strong, and if our hearts are right, and if courage remains our constant companion, then, my fellow Americans, I am confident, we shall overcome.”  (Applause.)
We shall overcome.  We, the citizens of the United States.  Like Dr. King, like Abraham Lincoln, like countless citizens who have driven this country inexorably forward, President Johnson knew that ours in the end is a story of optimism, a story of achievement and constant striving that is unique upon this Earth.  He knew because he had lived that story.  He believed that together we can build an America that is more fair, more equal, and more free than the one we inherited.  He believed we make our own destiny.  And in part because of him, we must believe it as well.
Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.) 
                        END                12:46 P.M. CDT

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Hillhouse High School Class of 1954 holing reunion

New Haven’s Hillhouse High School Class of 1954 will hold a reunion 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Country House Restaurant in East Haven

For information or tickets call Clementine Avena 203-248-0407 or Sondra Lublin 203-874-7297.

Wine Tasting benefit to be held to benefit New Haven's Fort Nathan Hale


NEW HAVEN - A "Wine on the Water" event will be held 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at Amarante's Sea Cliff Inn, Cove Street. 
The event is a "benefit  to raise funds, for this historic site," at Fort Nathan Hale, according to a release. 
"This is a chance to meet new friends and greet old ones at this, our 49th year working .for this  unique park here in New Haven," the release said.
The cost is $35 per person. or tickets call ECPC at 203-946-2459.
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Gateway Community College to open a new exhibit, "Memory and Legacy" tonight

NEW HAVEN — Gateway Community College celebrates the naming of the NewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery with a new exhibit, "Memory and Legacy" and program of speakers tonight, according to a release.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the art gallery at Gateway's downtown New Haven campus, the release said.

Speakers, also according to the release, are: Thomas Griggs Jr. (Chair, Gateway Community College Foundation Board); Dorsey L. Kendrick, Ph.D. (President,  Gateway); Robert J. Lyons Jr. (Chair, NewAlliance Foundation Board); Kim Healey (Executive Director, NewAlliance Foundation); Fay Sheppard (Co-Director, Greater New Haven Holocaust Memorial); and Nicholas Halko (Program Coordinator, Gateway Art/Graphic Design Department).

"NewAlliance Foundation provides financial support to charitable organizations, addressing diverse community needs in the arts, community development, health and human services, and youth and education," the release said

"The college is grateful to the NewAlliance Foundation for its generous support. Its investment not only helps to enrich the lives of Gateway’s students, faculty and staff, but also provides important programmatic enhancements and learning opportunities," said Mary Ellen Cody, dean/director of the Gateway Community College Foundation. also in the release.

The exhibit will be on display until April 25, the release said.
"It is a poignant Holocaust remembrance exhibit that tells the story of the New Haven community (Holocaust survivors, educators, artists, political leaders, architects and landscapers) behind the creation of the New Haven Holocaust Memorial," the release said. "The exhibit, designed by architect Eric Epstein, features oral histories, drawings and archival photographs."
 It is free and open to the public.

"The Gateway Community College Foundation, Inc. supports Gateway Community College and its mission. Its Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from Greater New Haven’s business, education, government and health care sectors who generously donate their time and expertise to support Gateway Community College through fundraising, scholarship selection and other volunteer activities."
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Veterans Symposium April 10 at HCC

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College’s Veterans Club will hold a benefits information symposium April 10, according to a release.
The symposium begins at 4 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall.
"The symposium will offer information about military benefits, social services, education benefits and job placement services available to veterans," the release said. "Representatives from the Bridgeport Police Department and State Police will be on hand to offer information about job openings and upcoming exams."
The  release also noted guest speakers will include HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, and State Sen. Andres Ayala.
 “The symposium is open to both veterans and anyone else who may be interested in this information,” said HCC Veterans Representative Jeffrey C. Stewart Jr., also in the release. 
HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Harbor Yard sports complex. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage, the release said.
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At the New Haven Public Library: photographer Hien Duc Tran

Inline image 1NEW HAVEN - New Haven Free Public Library’s Democracy Forum will present  “A Vietnamese-American Perspective,  a conversation with photographer Hien Duc Tran” from 3 to 4 p.m.  May 10 at the main Ives Main Library, 133 Elm St., according to a release.
The "New Haven Free Public Library’s Democracy Forum is a series of wide-ranging community discussions with an invited guest," the release said 
There is no charge to attend to event.
Also in the release:
   Hien Duc Tran was born in Vietnam and came to the U. S. in 1975 as a 12-year-old refugee. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston's American Studies Program in 1987, where he pursued photography and ethnic studies. In 1989 he returned to Vietnam as a photojournalist with a delegation of American Vietnam veterans. His exhibit “Ngoc I Was, Pearl I Am: an Exhibition of Photographs on the Amerasian Experience in Boston and Vietnam” was held at the Boston Public Library in 1990.  A collection of Hien Duc Tran’s photographs is archived at the Joiner Center of Healy Library at UMass Boston.

 For more information, call the library at 203-946-8130 x211.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

New Haven Symphony Orchestra "Offers the Peace and Solace of the Brahms Requiem"


NEW HAVEN - The New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Concert Choir want to "lift your spirits."
The NHSO plans to do this with "Brahms’s emotional "Requiem" for the living, according to a release.
Music Director William Boughton conducts "Brahms Requiem" at 7:30 p.m April 24 at Woolsey Hall and the same time April 25 at at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. The exclusive sponsor of both concerts is the Knights of Columbus, the release said.
Also in the release:
Johannes Brahms was devastated by the loss of his mother in 1865.  In the dark days following her death, he completed a Requiem that was both profound and revolutionary. Because the work was composed, in Brahms’s own words, for the sake of all those whose hearts suffer loss, it is often performed as an act of healing after tragedy.  In the wake of the Boston Marathon attack, Boston area singers gathered at MIT to perform the work. “It begins with blessing those who carry the tremendous grief, and it ends with blessing the dead,” explained participant Danica Buckley. “And throughout it’s all about journey and peace and comfort and solace.”  Take a journey through grief and into peace and solace with the Symphony; by the work’s climax you will be lifted up as the soprano soloist spirals heavenward, interweaving blissful melodies with the harp.
The New England Conservatory Concert Choir, under the direction of Erica Washburn, is one of the nation’s premiere training grounds for professional singers.  Ms. Washburn approached the New Haven Symphony about performing together through two personal connections: NHSO Music Director William Boughton, a New England Conservatory alumnus, and NHSO Education Director Laura Adam, who attended the Eastman Conservatory with Washburn. Soloists for the Brahms Requiem are Danielle Barger, soprano, and Joshua Quinn, baritone, both NEC graduates and emerging performers of opera and song throughout the country.  
Tickets for the performance at Woolsey Hall are $15-69, student tickets are $10, KidTix are free for kids ages 6-17 (with paying adult), and Blue Star tickets are free for military families.  Hartford Cathedral admission is by goodwill offering. For tickets or more information, call 203.865.0831 x10 or email

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Juvenile Justice: Murphy backs bill to give kids ongoing mental health care

In a statement, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) announced the introduction of:

The "At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act of 2014."

The legislation: "ensures youths who spend time in the juvenile justice system receive the health care they need once they leave. According to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the vast majority of young people who enter the juvenile justice system suffer from at least one form of mental illness. Additionally, many are impacted by multiple disorders that inhibit their ability to function in society once they have served their time. These young people – many of whom come from impoverished backgrounds – desperately need treatment for serious mental illnesses and other health care issues once they leave the juvenile justice system," the release said.

"Despite these staggering statistics, states oftentimes terminate health coverage for young people in the juvenile justice system. This lack of coverage can last even after they are released from custody, prohibiting them from being able to receive treatment for serious illnesses that can impact others in their community. For example, many states simply fail to restore an eligible young person’s enrollment once they are released from the juvenile justice system. This causes serious gaps in coverage that prevent these children from receiving timely and much-needed health care," the statement said,


The At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act of 2014 "would solve this problem by prohibiting states from terminating an eligible child’s Medicaid coverage while in custody. Under this legislation, states would be also be required to ensure that an eligible young person is enrolled in Medicaid once he or she is released from the juvenile justice system. This will allow juveniles to remain covered throughout their time in the juvenile justice system and immediately afterwards," the release said.


“There’s no reason for these kids to be denied their basic right to health care,” Murphy said, also in the release. “Preventing them from getting critical care stunts their development, impacts their community, and might cause them to end up in the system again. I’m proud to introduce the At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act to make sure we give these kids the help they need and ultimately prevent future instances of youth incarceration.”

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