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Monday, May 22, 2017

Examining East Rock as a Walkable Community at New Haven Museum

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What makes an area truly livable? According to New Haven resident and writer Phil Langdon, it needs to be a walkable community—meaning that a resident can walk (or bike) from home to a variety of useful destinations, such as cafes, grocery stores, laundries, churches, schools, and parks in a few minutes. On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., Langdon will give an illustrated lecture drawn from the East Rock, New Haven chapter of his book, “Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All,” published by Island Press. The free event is followed by a book signing.
Langdon’s book examines six places across the country that are relatively walkable communities—meaning that within in a few minutes a resident can walk (or bike) from home to a variety of useful destinations. In the chapter on the East Rock neighborhood, Langdon discusses how that section of town incorporated sociologist Ray Oldenburg’s concept of “third places” and New Urbanism’s ideas about the benefits of having a mix of uses and a convenient network of streets, sidewalks, and public spaces.
Langdon notes that in the latter half of the 1990s, several individuals formed a group called Upper Orange Street Neighbors, aimed at making the Orange Street corridor more attractive; helping merchants on Orange Street become more successful; stabilizing the residential section between Orange and State Streets; and creating a series of outdoor patios where people could gather. The first merchants to act on the patio idea, with some financial help from the city, were Lulu de Carrone at Lulu’s coffeehouse, Romeo Simeone at Romeo & Cesare’s, P&M Orange Street Market and the Orange Street Liquor Shop. Langdon says the patios have proven enormously popular, bringing a new level of sociability to East Rock, and especially the Orange Street corridor. He adds that there have also been other achievements, such as the reopening of the old pharmacy at Orange and Cottage Streets under a new name, East Rock Pharmacy, with vigorous new owners.
Langdon, who has lived in the area for 34 years, interviewed many people about the changes that have come to Orange Street and East Rock, and photographed much of what’s been accomplished.
Langdon was senior editor at New Urban News and is a freelance journalist. His articles have been published in The Atlantic, American Heritage, Planning, Urban Land, Planning Commissioners Journal, Preservation, Governing, The American Enterprise, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, CityLab, and The New York Times. 
About the New Haven Museum
The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach. For more information visit or or call 203-562-4183.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

'Town and Gown Prepare for War Centennial at New Haven Museum'

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 On the evening of August 27, 1917, 50,000 Connecticut residents filed into the recently constructed Yale Bowl for a "Farewell Program" for 4,000 soldiers of the 102nd Regiment heading off to fight in France. That night the walls between city and university dissolved in a way unseen before or since. Together, under the twinkling lights—the first ever electrified evening event at the Yale Bowl—the crowd’s cheers nearly drowned out the blare of the unit’s brass band. New Haven residents and Yale students alike comprised the newly formed 102nd. Months later, during the first U.S. engagement of World War One (WWI), more men from New Haven would die together in one day than in in any other battle of the 20th century. On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 5:30 pm, author Laura A. Macaluso, Ph.D. will bring this pivotal period of Elm City history to life during a presentation entitled "The Spirit of 1776/1917: Town and Gown Prepare for War" at the New Haven Museum. Admission is free.
Recognized locally as the guest curator of the recent New Haven Museum exhibit, “An Artist at War: Deane Keller, New Haven’s Monuments Man,” Macaluso will include in her lecture information from her recently published book, “New Haven in World War I,” which was endorsed by the World War One Centennial Commission in Washington, D.C. A book signing will follow.
Macaluso notes that New Haven was a hive of wartime activity during WWI. The city hummed with munition production from the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, while food conservation campaigns, canning kitchens and book drives contributed to the war effort. Meanwhile, Walter Camp, father of American football, whipped recruits and city residents into shape with his fitness programs. The Knights of Columbus were also busy preparing their "Everyone Welcome! Everything Free!" huts. And one hero, a brown and white dog known as Sgt. Stubby, first made his appearance. “For a time, World War One transformed the city and university into a cohesive team, healing old wounds,” she says. “But,” she adds, “Just as peace did not last on the national stage, eventually erupting into WWII, peace did not last in New Haven, either.”
Macaluso holds degrees in art history and the humanities from Southern Connecticut State University, Syracuse University, in Italy, and Salve Regina University. She has worked as a grants writer and curator in historic sites, museums, art, and park organizations. She held a Fulbright at the Swaziland National Museum in 2008-2009, and returned in 2010 under an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation award from the State Department. Her writings include “Historic Treasures of New Haven: Celebrating 375 Years of the Elm City,” and “Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinqué.” She contributes to a number of periodicals and scholarly journals, including “Connecticut Explored,” “Material Culture,” “The International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture,” and “Nineteenth Century,” among others.
In a related event, on Wednesday, May 24, from 3 to 7 p.m., New Haven Museum will host a statewide effort to help preserve WWI history, hosting the Connecticut State Library’s “Remembering World War One” Digitization Day. During the event, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, area residents can bring in their WWI photos, letters, and keepsakes to the museum, where they will be photographed or scanned by Connecticut State Library staff for inclusion in the public record.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

An Amazing Personal Story of Mesothelioma Survival

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is a terrible blow. This aggressive type of cancer is nearly always incurable. It is difficult to treat, the prognosis is rarely positive, and it causes uncomfortable symptoms that cause quality of life to deteriorate quickly. And yet, some people do fight back and survive this awful cancer. Katherine Keys is one of those survivors and her story is one she loves to share, to give hope and provide inspiration to others.
When Katherine first noticed the symptoms that she now knows were caused by mesothelioma, she assumed she had a bad case of the flu or another respiratory infection. She was struggling to breathe, she had a cough, and she just didn’t feel well. There are several types of mesothelioma but the most common type affects the tissue, called the pleura, that lines the lungs and interior of the chest cavity. Because of its location in the body, pleural mesothelioma causes symptoms that mimic infections like the flu or pneumonia. This, combined with how relatively rare it is, makes mesothelioma difficult to diagnose.
Katherine got sick and when what she assumed was an infection failed to get better, and in fact only got worse, she ended up in the emergency room. Eventually she received the terrible diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma, and the prognosis wasn’t good. She had something on her side, though. She was diagnosed with stage I mesothelioma.
A stage I diagnosis, the earliest stage of cancer in which it has not yet spread very far in the body, is not common with mesothelioma. This cancer has a long latency period and is often diagnosed when it is already in stage III or IV. With a rare early diagnosis, Katherine had hope. She was only 49 and she was told by her doctors that she would be lucky to live two years, but Katherine was ready for a fight.
To give herself the best possible chance of remission and a cure, Katherine chose to go through the most aggressive type of treatment: a surgical procedure called an extrapleural pneumonectomy. This radical surgery is done only by expert surgeons specializing in this kind of treatment. It involves removing an entire lung, most of the pleural tissues, lymph nodes, and part of the diaphragm. Some patients do not survive this surgery, and for those who do there are potential complications and a long recovery period.
Katherine’s surgery was a success. After surgery, she underwent radiation therapy to kill any lingering cancer cells, and months later her check-ups kept coming back clear. She had no recurrence of cancer at a month after surgery, two months later, six months, later, and finally 1 year later. At this point she was declared a survivor. She had beaten one of the toughest types of cancer and was in remission.
Today, nearly 10 years later, Katherine is still cancer-free. Her battle to survive was just the beginning, though, now she lives life with physical limitations because she has only one lung. Katherine isn’t bothered by that, though. She is thrilled to be alive and to still be with her family and friends. She is also thrilled to share her story every chance she gets. To be able to inspire others to fight back against cancer, even when the odds are not good, is something that Katherine treasures. She hopes that her story will give others hope when everything seems hopeless, and that her survival will encourage other patients to take a chance with the risky surgery to have a better chance of being survivors too.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

How well do you know New Haven history

How well do you know New Haven history? Take this just-for-fun quiz and find out! Answers are listed after the quiz questions.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University to host conference

Hunger Museum - Helen Bennett
HAMDEN -  Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University will act as host for the conference, "Children and the Great Hunger," on June 14-17, according to a release.
"In any sustained period of food hunger and famine, children are one of the most vulnerable groups in terms of disease and mortality. The Great Hunger that occurred in Ireland between 1845 and 1852 is no exception," the release said.
The conference, which will take place on the York Hill Campus and is co-hosted by the Irish Heritage Trust, seeks to explore the impact of famine on children and young adults. While the focus will be on Ireland’s Great Hunger, a comparative approach is encouraged. It is anticipated that a selection of papers will be published."
Hunger Museum
“This conference is building on the success of our two earlier international conferences, which attracted scholars and students from across the Atlantic,” said Christine Kinealy, professor of history and director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute, also in the release. “Although children are always at the forefront of suffering during any sustained famine, they have been the subject of relatively few studies. This conference is groundbreaking.”
The keynote speakers are: Kinealy, Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University, Mark McGowan of Toronto University and Gerard Moran of Galway University.  In addition, 30 other scholars will present papers, the release said..

"The program will also include a reading by acclaimed Irish novelist Michael Collins and feature several special events: a visit to Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac, a stop at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, and an opportunity to explore New Haven."
For more information or to register, call Ann Marie Godbout at (203) 582-6576.

"Ireland's Great Hunger Institute is a scholarly resource for the study of the Great Hunger, which is also known as An Gorta Mór. Through a strategic program of lectures, conferences, course offerings and publications, the institute fosters a deeper understanding of this tragedy and its causes and consequences. To encourage original scholarship and meaningful engagement, the institute develops and makes available the Great Hunger Collection, a unique array of primary, secondary and cultural sources, to students and scholars. In educating people of all ages and backgrounds about the Great Hunger, the institute also supports the mission of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac."

 Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook  on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

At New Haven Museum: "Hip Road Trip: Roadside Architecture"

NEW HAVEN - Mary Donohue, architectural historian and guest curator of the exhibition Road Trip!  at the New Haven Museum, will speak on Connecticut’s roadside architecture at 5:30 p.m.  May 11, according to a release.
"Donohoe will take attendees on 'A Hip Road Trip,' a grand tour of Connecticut’s roadside architecture using vintage postcards, rare brochures and matchbooks, early automotive maps and contemporary photographs," the release said. "She will explore Connecticut’s two-lane highways—including the Berlin Turnpike, Route 1, and the Albany Turnpike—in search of vintage diners, tourist cabins, neon signs, gas stations, and 1950’s amusements such as miniature golf courses and drive-in movies. Roadside enthusiasts, Baby Boomers and pop-culture fans will all enjoy an entertaining and nostalgic tour of some of Connecticut’s beloved roadside attractions."
Donohue is the president of Grant House Heritage Services and serves as the assistant publisher of Connecticut Explored, the state’s history magazine, the release said.  "She was the deputy state historic preservation officer for the State Historic Preservation Office of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and has co-authored three award-wining publications including, most recently, 'A Life of the Land: Connecticut's Jewish Farmers.'” 
"Donohue’s lecture will be offered in conjunction with the “Road Trip!”  exhibition, which focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition will run through September 1, 2017."
“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund, the release said.
 For museum hours and more information visitor or call 203-562-4183.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Irish great Máirtín O’Connor plays in Westport April 7

Irish accordion great Máirtín O’Connor "brings his trio to Westport in their only Connecticut date, on a rare US tour for an evening vibrant evening of traditional music. The Irish Echo calls them 'Irish traditional music's own 'power trio'...they mean business and achieve art,'" according to a release.
The Máirtín O’Connor Trio comes to Westport  at 7:30PM, April 7 at The Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane, the release says. Tickets are $20 and $5 for children. Reserve by contacting Tim Quinn at or by phone at 203-257-8737. 

Presented by the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, the release says. For more information visit"The three masters -- with Cathal Hayden on fiddle and banjo, and Patrick Doocey on guitar -- have a special synergy, exploring styles from bluegrass to swing to French musettes with unique joy and kinship. The trio's last visit to the area was in 2014, captivating the audience at The Egg as part of Martin Hayes' Irish 'Masters of Tradition.'"

. "A member of legendary Irish bands De Dannan, Boys of the Lough, and a musical force in Riverdance, O'Connor has graced projects by such artists as Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, and The Waterboys' "Fisherman's Blues" album," the release said. "The Galway artist picked up the accordian at age nine as both his grandfathers played. "

Also in the release:
Cathal Hayden is an All-Ireland champion on fiddle and banjo. From County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Hayden is a veteran of acclaimed Irish bands Arcady and Four Men & A Dog. 

Guitarist Patrick Doocey is an All-Ireland multi-instrumentalist who has toured with such Irish stars as Lúnasa and Sharon Shannon, born in Worcester, MA and raised in County Mayo, Ireland.

The 2017 US tour is made possible in part by the generous support of Culture Ireland.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Guest post: Mesothelioma Survival Rates

Mesothelioma Survival Rates

By Christopher Visser
Mesothelioma (just like any other cancer type), is basically incurable. The various treatments available are aimed at slowing down the progression of the disease thereby prolonging the lifespan of the patient as well as improving his or her quality of life at the same time. Once the diagnosis of mesothelioma has been made the resulting prognosis may vary considerably depending on the stage and severity of the cancer.
By means of definition, diagnosis is simply the way of medically classifying the kind of disease an individual has, while the mesothelioma prognosis is the likely result or outcome of the disease.





On a general level, once the diagnosis of mesothelioma is done, the resulting prognosis is usually not good in most cases. The condition that may enhance a favourable prognosis is early diagnosis. If the cancer is a stage-1 cancer (which can be very rare), then corrective surgery may be possible.

When discussing mesothelioma survival rates, it simply means the number or percentage of people who survive for a certain period of time after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Due to the latency period of mesothelioma (20-50 years), the diagnosed patient usually has a short life expectancy based on the prognosis. This is because most of the diagnosed patients are old already and their immune system is generally weaker. So, younger patients generally have a higher life expectancy than older patients.

 Statistics on Survival Rates

The prognosis offered by doctors is based on the results that accompanied those who had the disease (at the diagnosed stage) in the past. However, it is important to note that past records do not necessarily have an effect on your present diagnosis. This is particularly so, because mesothelioma is a very rare type of cancer, so the records upon which these presented statistics are based may actually be decades before and a lot of technological advancements have taken place since then and this can help the patient to have a much higher life expectancy compared to the past records.

Many factors affect the survival rate. Such factors are: general health of the patient, the age, the kind of treatment, and the response of the cancer to treatment. So, generally, survival rates are just rough estimates at best.
5-Year Survival Rate

This is a term often used by doctors when discussing issues related to cancer. This simply refers to the amount of people who live above 5 years after their cancer diagnosis. The relative 5-year survival rate compares the amount of people who survive 5 years after their cancer diagnosis with that of a similar group of people (without cancer) who also survive 5 more years after their diagnosis. This particularly helps to balance the deaths from non-cancer sources.

Normal Survival Rates or Life Expectancy

·        Stage-1 mesothelioma: The general life expectancy for this stage is around 34 months

·        Stage-2 mesothelioma: The average life expectancy for this stage is 22 months.

·        Stage-3 mesothelioma: The average life survival rate for this stage is 19 months

·        Stage-4 mesothelioma: The average survival rate is 13 months


Christopher Visser is Founder of Mesothelioma Treatment Community of


Friday, March 3, 2017

The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band sets dates

The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band has set some upcoming performance dates.
Here are the details:
Friday, March 17, 8 p.m.
The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band
Milford Fine Arts Council
40 Railroad Ave.
Milford, CT

Saturday, March 18 5 p.m.
The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
82 Shore Rd.
Old Lyme, CT 

Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m. , live internet radio program
(rebroadcast at 8 pm and noon Monday)
"The Monthly Scene" with The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band

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