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Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Haven wants to protect residents from West Nile virus

NEW HAVEN >> The city is launching a program to help protect seniors from West Nile virus, an effort timed to coincide with the start of September, when mosquitoes infected with the virus are said to be most active, according to a release.
 

Mayor Toni N. Harp said the city’s plan "to protect seniors includes a public awareness campaign supplemented with a proactive approach to minimize seniors’ exposure to mosquitoes in the first place. The plan is focused on the city’s three senior centers; each will have public health information available as well as a supply of free mosquito" repellant," the release said.

"We’re asking you to make West Nile (virus) a priority in the next few days so we can keep West Nile Virus on the back burner for the rest of the summer," Harp said in the release. "It’s no secret that mosquitoes carry the virus, and this next month or two are when those virus-infected mosquitoes are said to be most active, so we have to eliminate or repel those mosquitoes."

West Nile virus has made its way into New Haven County and scientists have found mosquitoes in West Haven are carrying the virus, officials at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station said in a recent release.

Paul Kowalski, of the city’s Health Department, designed a public information campaign to raise awareness about mosquitos and ways to protect yourself from bites.

The city will distribute pamphlets on mosquitos and will give out mosquito repellant at each of the city’s three senior centers while supplies last, he release said..

"Let’s get everybody completely educated on avoidance of mosquito bites," Kowalski said Thursday in a phone interview.

Kowalski noted that for the past two months city public works crews have been putting larvacide down almost 4,000 New Haven catch basins. The larvacide is placed into catch basins that contain standing water, he said.

Among other tips are: to use insect repellant correctly, to remove or reduce standing water around property, and to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants and shoes while outside.

West Nile virus can infect both animals and people, according to the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program. Symptoms can include fever, rash, headaches, and nausea. More severe cases can lead to stiff neck, disorientation, muscle weakness, and even coma or death.
 

For more information, call the New Haven Health Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health at 203-946-8174.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Yale Peabody Museum’s 7th annual end-of-summer free admission day


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 NEW HAVEN - The Yale Peabody Museum’s seventh annual end-of-summer free admission day, is set for Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.  Aug. 27, according to a release.
 
"Local high school students in the Peabody’s Sci.CORPS Museum Interpreter Program will man Sci.CARTS in galleries throughout the Museum," the release noted. "They will demonstrate objects from the collections and encourage visitors to touch real fossils and artifacts and engage in exercises offered at the following Sci.CARTS: Geologic Time, Ancient Egypt, Connecticut Birds, Mammals, Watershed, Rocks and Minerals, and North American Dioramas."

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"A division of the Museum’s after-school EVOLUTIONS program, Sci.CORPS helps students master the science and suggested teaching technique for each cart. Students receive badges for each Sci.CART they learn to master." 
 
Further, docents will lead tours of the Peabody’s 150th anniversary exhibition, "Treasures of the Peabody," which "tells the story of the Museum from the founding of Yale in 1701 and the early evolution of science in America to the expeditions and research occurring today," the release said.

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"On view are rarely-seen objects from across the Museum’s scientific divisions including Pavlov’s drool collector, Buffalo Bill’s rifle, Yale’s first microscope, the first meteorite to fall in the New World, and the skeleton of famed circus gorilla Gargantua the Great. Also Hesperornis and Ichthyornis, the 80-million-year-old toothed birds from Kansas that were early evidence of the dinosaur-bird connection; Deinonychus, the raptor discovered in 1964 by Peabody paleontologist John Ostrom that reestablished the evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs; and the 'Jurassic Park' Velociraptor inspired by Deinonychus."
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All Peabody galleries will be open including the Great Hall of Dinosaurs featuring the 150-million-year-old skeletons of Brontosaurus and Stegosaurus, the release said.
 
Visitors will receive a raffle ticket upon entering that makes them eligible for prize drawings throughout the day. A craft activity will be offered for younger children.
 
Free parking is available in the Peabody lot and adjacent Yale lots. The entrance is one block north of the Museum at the intersection of Whitney and Humphrey Streets. The museum is located at 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven, at the corner of Whitney and Sachem Streets.

 
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Free Ballroom Dance Classes for the Greater New Haven Community


Bethesda Lutheran Church will offer free ballroom dance classes for the greater New Haven community in the fall semester, according to a release.

Classes will take place at 450 Whitney Ave., where there is free parking available, the release said

Bethesda member Christina Castaneda "is passionate about using dance to build community and promote wellbeing. She has taught professionally for over twenty years and is excited to offer her gifts to Bethesda's neighbors and friends," the release said.

Singles and couples of all levels of experience are invited to join hour-long sessions on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. or Saturday at 11 a.m., starting after Labor Day (Sept. 5), the release said.

"Attendance is flexible and there is no commitment. There is no fee, but freewill donations to the church are appreciated. A few weeks will be dedicated to each type of dance, starting with swing."

The atmosphere will be fun and casual. For information and to sign up, visit BethesdaNewHaven.org/dance or email BethesdaDance@yahoo.com
 
Teacher Biography
 Castaneda "has studied dance since the age of 3 and has trained in various styles including Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and American Style Ballroom. She received intense Ballroom coaching from Wanda Deagen, under whose direction she competed professionally in Las Vegas at the World Promotions Ballroom Competition. Christina then attended New York's Summer Dance Fest Teacher Workshop hosted by the Broadway Dance Center earning a Certificate of Recognition from Dance Teacher Magazine. She taught for the Dance Tree in Houston, TX, and, in 2005, earned the position of assistant director of Ballet New Braunfels where she later became director and led annual productions of The Nutcracker until 2015. Christina also worked with the New Braunfels Theatre Company to co-choreograph the musicals Grease, Cinderella, and From Us to You. Most recently, she competed twice in the Christian Youth Theater's annual Dancing with the Stars of New Braunfels and in 2015 was an honored judge. Christina is happy to have brought over 20 years of teaching experience to New Haven and is enthusiastic about joining the local arts education community."
 
 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Wise Old Moon concert at historic New Haven House July 27

The Connecticut roots/rock band Wise Old Moon will perform for the third 2016 Twilight Concert, on July 27, at the Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Road, according to a release.
 
"The free outdoor performance is hosted by the New Haven Museum which owns and operates the historic site. The on-site food-truck for the evening will be Spuds Your Way," the release said. The rain date is August 3.
 
"Wise Old Moon ties traditional folk influences together with a unique brand of high energy, twang­infused indie rock, creating an eclectic sound that touches on many eras and genres.  Since forming in 2013, the group has been nominated for five Connecticut Music Awards, and a New England Music Award for the category of 'Roots Act of the Year,' in 2016," the release noted. "The Hartford-based band has been showcasing its distinct brand of Americana and roots/rock around the Northeast following the late-2015 release of their sophomore album, 'Don’t Take Off“and appeared on WNPR’s 'Where We Live' in early 2016."
 
 
 
Other Summer Events at the Pardee-Morris House, according to the release:
 
·         Colonial Olympics - Sunday July, 24, 2016, 2-4 pm
·         2016 Twilight Concert series - Goodnight Moonshine  - August 10 (rain date, August 11)
 

"The Museum thanks Alder Salvatore E. DeCola, the Knights of Columbus, Rodrigo Council #44, and neighbors Frank Pinto and Rosemary Spring for supporting the 2016 summer season."

Grounds open at 6 p.m., the concert begins at 7 pm. The Pardee-Morris House will be open to visitors for tours till 8 p.m. The public is invited to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a picnic on the lawn.  Admission is free; donations are welcomed, the release said.
 
Visit the New Haven Museum’s website: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/events-calendar/ and Facebook page: facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum. Sign up for e-blasts at info@newhavenmuseum.org, or call the New Haven Museum at 203-562-4183
 
 
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Wise Old Moon concert at historic New Haven House July 27

The Connecticut roots/rock band Wise Old Moon will perform for the third 2016 Twilight Concert, on July 27, at the Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Road, according to a release.
 
"The free outdoor performance is hosted by the New Haven Museum which owns and operates the historic site. The on-site food-truck for the evening will be Spuds Your Way," the release said. The rain date is August 3.
 
"Wise Old Moon ties traditional folk influences together with a unique brand of high energy, twang­infused indie rock, creating an eclectic sound that touches on many eras and genres.  Since forming in 2013, the group has been nominated for five Connecticut Music Awards, and a New England Music Award for the category of 'Roots Act of the Year,' in 2016," the release noted. "The Hartford-based band has been showcasing its distinct brand of Americana and roots/rock around the Northeast following the late-2015 release of their sophomore album, 'Don’t Take Off“and appeared on WNPR’s 'Where We Live' in early 2016."
 
 
 
Other Summer Events at the Pardee-Morris House, according to the release:
 
·         Colonial Olympics - Sunday July, 24, 2016, 2-4 pm
·         2016 Twilight Concert series - Goodnight Moonshine  - August 10 (rain date, August 11)
 

"The Museum thanks Alder Salvatore E. DeCola, the Knights of Columbus, Rodrigo Council #44, and neighbors Frank Pinto and Rosemary Spring for supporting the 2016 summer season."

Grounds open at 6 p.m., the concert begins at 7 pm. The Pardee-Morris House will be open to visitors for tours till 8 p.m. The public is invited to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a picnic on the lawn.  Admission is free; donations are welcomed, the release said.
 
Visit the New Haven Museum’s website: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/events-calendar/ and Facebook page: facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum. Sign up for e-blasts at info@newhavenmuseum.org, or call the New Haven Museum at 203-562-4183
 
 
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Goodnight Moonshine stars at New Haven twilight concert

Goodnight Moonshine (contributed)
 
NEW HAVEN - Goodnight Moonshine will give the final performance of this year’s Twilight Concert Series at 7 p.m. August 10, at the Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Road, according to a release.
 
 



"Steeped in the 90's alternative music of their youth, Molly Venter and Eben Pariser, who comprise Goodnight Moonshine, play modern folk music with brazen vocals and roots and blues guitar," the release said. "Their imagery rich stories and bold melodies create a sound that is both celebratory and mournful, reminding the listener of what it felt like to fall in love with a band for the first time."
 
 

Pardee_Morris House (Helen Bennett)
"Co-writing often, the married couple uses the creative process to explore a healthy, authentic relationship. Both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of grief and joy in equal measure. Their music encourages listeners to embrace opposing desires, to challenge as well as support each other through inspiration and dissolution, and hopefully to share this journey with their larger communities."
 
"The couple’s co-written song "Willow Tree" was a number-one hit on the folk charts in 2014, and featured in USA Today," the release said.  "Venter and Pariser have also appeared nationally and internationally with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime."
 
The release also noted: "The Museum thanks Alder Salvatore E. DeCola, the Knights of Columbus, Rodrigo Council #44, and neighbors Frank Pinto and Rosemary Spring for supporting the 2016 summer season."
 

Pardee-Morris House
 
The on-site food-truck for the evening will be Frank Andrews Mobile Kitchen. The rain date is August 11. Grounds open at 6 p.m., the concert begins at 7 pm. The Pardee-Morris House will be open to visitors for tours until 8 p.m. The public is invited to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a picnic on the lawn.  Admission is free; donations are welcome, the release said.
 
Visit the New Haven Museum’s website:  and Facebook page: facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum. Sign up for e-blasts at info@newhavenmuseum.org, or call the New Haven Museum at 203-562-4183
 
 
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Coast Guard Auxiliary, Stratford to hold safe boating course

 
The Coast Guard Auxiliary, Stratford, is offering a Boating Course on July 9, according to a release.
 
For complete information and to enroll call Brian, at (203) 381-2085, or email Flotilla242@comcast.net 
 
 Visit the website or  use this registration form.
 
 Flotilla 24-2 is located at 1 Birdseye Street, Stratford. (At the Birdseye Boat Ramp).
 
Successful completion of this 8-hour course satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for both boats and personal watercraft (PWC), the release said..
 
"Instruction will cover all the basic topics involved in the safe operation of recreational boating and seamanship. It will also cover safe personal watercraft operation"
 
Cost is   $49.00
 
 
 Please Note:
All students will need to obtain a State of CT Conservation ID Number before taking the ABS/PWC class. Go HERE and register for a FREE ID number.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Obama's remarks after briefing on Orlando tragedy

The following remarks were released by the White House today, shared unedited here and as a public service:
 
 
"REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AFTER BRIEFING ON THE ATTACK IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA"
 
THE PRESIDENT:  I just had the opportunity to get the latest briefing from FBI Director Comey, as well as Deputy Attorney General Yates and the rest of my national security team about the tragedy that took place in Orlando.  They’re going to be doing a more extensive briefing around noon -- just a little bit after noon over at FBI headquarters.  So I will allow them to go into all the details, but I thought it was important for you to hear directly from me.
 
First of all, our hearts go out to the families of those who have been killed.  Our prayers go to those who have been wounded.  This is a devastating attack on all Americans.  It is one that is particularly painful for the people of Orlando, but I think we all recognize that this could have happened anywhere in this country.  And we feel enormous solidarity and grief on behalf of the families that have been affected.
 
The fact that it took place at a club frequented by the LGBT community I think is also relevant.  We’re still looking at all the motivations of the killer.  But it’s a reminder that regardless of race, religion, faith or sexual orientation, we’re all Americans, and we need to be looking after each other and protecting each other at all times in the face of this kind of terrible act.
 
With respect to the killer, there’s been a lot of reporting that’s been done.  It’s important to emphasize that we’re still at the preliminary stages of the investigation, and there’s a lot more that we have to learn.  The one thing that we can say is that this is being treated as a terrorist investigation.  It appears that the shooter was inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the Internet.  All those materials are currently being searched, exploited so we will have a better sense of the pathway that the killer took in making the decision to launch this attack. 
 
As Director Comey I think will indicate, at this stage we see no clear evidence that he was directed externally.  It does appear that, at the last minute, he announced allegiance to ISIL, but there is no evidence so far that he was in fact directed by ISIL.  And there also at this stage is no direct evidence that he was part of a larger plot.  In that sense, it appears to be similar to what we saw in San Bernardino, but we don’t yet know.  And this is part of what is going to be important in terms of the investigation.
 
As far as we can tell right now, this is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time.  It also appears that he was able to obtain these weapons legally because he did not have a criminal record that, in some ways, would prohibit him from purchasing these weapons.  It appears that one of those weapons he was able to just carry out of the store -- an assault rifle, a handgun -- a Glock -- which had a lot of clips in it.  He was apparently required to wait for three days under Florida law.  But it does indicate the degree to which it was not difficult for him to obtain these kinds of weapons.
 
Director Comey will discuss the fact that there had been some investigation of him in the past that was triggered, but as Director Comey I think will indicate, the FBI followed the procedures that they were supposed to and did a proper job.
 
At the end of the day, this is something that we are going to have to grapple with -- making sure that even as we go after ISIL and other extremist organizations overseas, even as we hit their leadership, even as we go after their infrastructure, even as we take key personnel off the field, even as we disrupt external plots -- that one of the biggest challenges we are going to have is this kind of propaganda and perversions of Islam that you see generated on the Internet, and the capacity for that to seep into the minds of troubled individuals or weak individuals, and seeing them motivated then to take actions against people here in the United States and elsewhere in the world that are tragic.  And so countering this extremist ideology is increasingly going to be just as important as making sure that we are disrupting more extensive plots engineered from the outside. 
 
We are also going to have to have to make sure that we think about the risks we are willing to take by being so lax in how we make very powerful firearms available to people in this country.  And this is something that obviously I’ve talked about for a very long time. 
 
My concern is that we start getting into a debate, as has happened in the past, which is an either/or debate.  And the suggestion is either we think about something as terrorism and we ignore the problems with easy access to firearms, or it’s all about firearms and we ignore the role -- the very real role that that organizations like ISIL have in generating extremist views inside this country.  And it’s not an either/or.  It’s a both/and.
 
     We have to go after these terrorist organizations and hit them hard.  We have to counter extremism.  But we also have to make sure that it is not easy for somebody who decides they want to harm people in this country to be able to obtain weapons to get at them. 
 
     And my hope is, is that over the next days and weeks that we are being sober about how we approach this problem, that we let the facts get determined by our investigators, but we also do some reflecting in terms of how we can best tackle what is going to be a very challenging problem not just here in this country, but around the world.
 
     Again, my final point is just to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who were affected and to send our prayers to those who are surviving and are in hospitals right now, and their family members hoping that they get better very soon.
 
     But in the meantime, you can anticipate sometime around noon that Director Comey and Deputy Attorney General Yates will provide you with a more full briefing about this.  Okay?
 
     Q    Mr. President, is there anything more to the LBGT angle to this?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think we don't yet know the motivations.  But here’s what we do know -- is organizations like ISIL or organizations like al Qaeda, or those who have perverted Islam and created these radical, nihilistic, vicious organizations, one of the groups that they target are gays and lesbians because they believe that they do not abide by their attitudes towards sexuality.
 
     Now, we also know these are organizations that think it’s fine to take captive women and enslave them and rape them.  So there clearly are connections between the attitudes in an organization like this and their attitudes towards tolerance and pluralism and a belief that all people are created equally regardless of sexual orientation.  That is something threatening to them.  Women being empowered is threatening to them. 
 
     So, yes, I’m sure we will find that there are connections -- regardless of the particular motivations of this killer -- there are connections between this vicious, bankrupt ideology and general attitudes towards gays and lesbians.  And unfortunately, that’s something that the LGBT community is subject to not just by ISIL but by a lot of groups that purport to speak on behalf of God around the world.
 
     Q    What are your thoughts about the fact that after all of these incidents over these years, that there has not been any move to reform gun control in this country?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  April, I think you know what I think about it.  The fact that we make it this challenging for law enforcement, for example, even to get alerted that somebody who they are watching has purchased a gun -- and if they do get alerted, sometimes it’s hard for them to stop them from getting a gun -- is crazy.  It’s a problem.  And we have to, I think, do some soul-searching.
 
     But again, the danger here is, is that then it ends up being the usual political debate.  And the NRA and the gun control folks say that, oh, Obama doesn't want to talk about terrorism.  And if you talk about terrorism, then people say why aren’t you looking at issues of gun control.
 
     The point is, is that if we have self-radicalized individuals in this country, then they are going to be very difficult oftentimes to find ahead of time.  And how easy it is for them to obtain weapons is, in some cases, going to make a difference as to whether they're able to carry out attacks like this or not.  And we make it very easy for individuals who are troubled or disturbed or want to engage in violent acts to get very powerful weapons very quickly.  And that's a problem. 
 
     It’s a problem regardless of their motivations.  It’s a problem for a young man who can walk into a church in South Carolina and murder nine people who offered to pray with him.  It’s a problem when an angry young man on a college campus decides to shoot people because he feels disrespected.  It’s certainly a problem when we have organizations like ISIL or al Qaeda who are actively trying to promote violence and are doing so very effectively over the Internet, because we know that at some point there are going to be, out of 300 million, there are going to be some individuals who find for whatever reason that kind of horrible propaganda enticing.  And if that happens, and that person can get a weapon, that's a problem.