Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hamden Temple to hold lecture on the aging process

HAMDEN — Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Ave., Hamden, announces the second “L’Chaim Lecture” dealing with the aging process. This lecture, sponsored by the Temple, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 10, 4 p.m. at the Temple and will feature U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, who will speak on “The Politics of Aging,” on the issues facing the older groups that are the subject of current legislative debate

DeLauro serves in the Democratic leadership as co-chairwoman of the Steering and Policy Committee, and she is the ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves on the subcommittee responsible for FDA and agriculture, where she oversees drug and food safety along with many other responsibilities.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available and reservations are not required. The third lecture in the series, Monday, Aug. 22 at 7:15 p.m., will feature Dr. David DePalma, speaking on “The Relationships of Aging,” on the emotions and relationships involved at these stages of life.

For information about the lecture series or Temple Beth Sholom, contact the Temple office at (203) 288-7748.

Monday, July 25, 2011

ENTER TO WIN: Best travel photo wins $100 to Antonio's Restaurant from Tweed Airport

In early celebration of its 80th anniversary, Tweed New Haven Regional Airport is hosting an amateur photo contest looking for the best examples of summer travel memories.

Visit for details on how to enter.

Entries will be posted to an album on Tweed's Facebook page. Facebook users who "like" Tweed's Facebook page are then able to vote for their favorite photos.

The entrant with the most "like" votes will win $100 in dining certificates to Antonio's Restaurant in East Haven.

Photo submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., July 31. Voting on the Facebook page will take place from Aug. 1 - 7.

Tweed New Haven Airport was officially dedicated as the New Haven Municipal Airport on August 29, 1931. This year the airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary. In 1998 AFCO AvPORTS was hired to manage the airport on behalf of the Airport Authority. Currently US Airways is the current commercial carrier.

Free SAT prep classes to be held in New Haven

NEW HAVEN ‑ Local tutor Ellis Ratner will conduct a pair of free SAT preparation seminars at city libraries, beginning Wednesday.
Ratner will be at the main library, 133 Elm St., from 6 to 8 p.m. July 27, and at the Mitchell branch, 37 Harrison St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15.
The seminars will provide tips on effective time management and best approaches to SAT sections on critical reading, sentence improvement and sentence error identification. They also will give special attention to effective and rapid vocabulary development and essay writing.
For more information, email Sunnie Sette at

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Old State House receives grant to continue Connecticut History Day

A press release from the Connecticut Network:

History Day in Connecticut

Hartford – The Connecticut Humanities Council has awarded a $48,000 grant to the Connecticut Public Affairs Network in support of History Day in Connecticut, the state’s affiliate of the National History Day program. History Day in Connecticut is co-sponsored by Connecticut’s Old State House (which is managed for the Connecticut General Assembly by CPAN) and the Connecticut Historical Society. Each year, approximately 1,000 Connecticut students in grades 6-12 and 90 teachers participate in this rigorous academic program. Over 300 Connecticut residents, including educators, public officials, History Day alumnae and others serve as volunteer judges.

“We are thrilled to provide support for the History Day in Connecticut program,” states Laurie Rayner, Director of CHC’s Heritage Revitalization Fund. “This is an amazing program that allows students to become historians and develop an understanding of the past while they cultivate important lifelong skills; in that way it supports the Connecticut Humanities Council’s own goals of bringing lifelong learning and the humanities to Connecticut residents.”

Since the inception of their partnership in 2009, the Old State House and CHS have worked closely with local historical societies throughout the state to engage History Day students and teachers more dynamically with primary documents and hands-on research. In addition to opening up new possibilities for discovery by participants, this process also supports the Old State House’s larger goal of nurturing critical thinking and reinforcing the civics curriculum in the classroom. They also conducted a series of workshops to help participants and their mentors develop strong, meaningful projects. The result: 58 Connecticut participants and one Connecticut winner at last month’s National History Day program at the University of Maryland.

“National History Day sets the bar very high for scholarly research, critical thinking, teamwork and professional presentation; it’s no small compliment to be invited there, let alone to win,” according to Rebecca Taber-Conover, Public Programs Coordinator at Connecticut’s Old State House and co-coordinator for History Day in Connecticut. “We are so collectively proud of every Connecticut History Day participant, and I would invite everyone in the state to visit the Old State House between now and the end of August to see some of this exceptional work for themselves.”

A special Highlight History Day exhibit at Connecticut’s Old State House showcases many History Day projects entered in competition this year, and is open through August 31st.

A recent evaluation study found that students who participate in History Day achieve better results in high-stakes academic testing in all disciplines. Participants develop strong writing skills, learn 21st century college-and-career- ready skills, and are critical thinkers who can digest, analyze and synthesize information. As one participating teacher shared, “It is a fantastic program that motivates students to achieve historical truth through a competitive and fun medium.”

History Day in Connecticut is one of 56 affiliate programs of National History Day. It is a nationally recognized program that makes history come alive by engaging students in grades 6-12 in the discovery of the historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past. Students choose their topics based on an annual theme and after researching their topics, they present their findings in original papers, performances, documentaries, websites and exhibits. Submissions can be individual or as part of a group, through a school, home school or as an individual.

District competitions are held in late March and winners are invited to participate in the State History Day contest in early May. Students who place 1st or 2nd at the State Contest are invited to the national contest in College Park, MD. For more information, check out

One of the largest humanities councils in the nation, the Connecticut Humanities Council (CHC) nurtures thoughtful exploration of history and literature along with the cultural benefits of both. CHC’s reading programs benefit Connecticut citizens of all ages by opening up the world of books to children, encouraging reading as a family activity and engaging adults in thought provoking book discussions. CHC granting programs support the work of museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations that bring the stories of Connecticut’s past to life. This year, CHC will create or fund hundreds of cultural experiences and enrich the lives of residents and visitors statewide. For more information on the Connecticut Humanities Council and its programs, please visit or call (860) 685-7570.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Antiwar vigil to be held in New Haven Friday

NEW HAVEN — The Greater New Haven Peace Council will hold an antiwar vigil from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at 59 Elm St.
The theme is the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now Libya. For more information, call Henry at (203)389-9547 or e-mail

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yoga Slam in New Haven

NEW HAVEN — There’s not usually much slamming involved in yoga, but local instructor Peg Oliveira is making an exception Thursday. She’s turning her evening class, from 7:45 to 9 p.m., into a fundraiser for the Connecticut National Youth Poetry Slam Team.
Four youngsters from the 6-person team will recite their original poems before, during and after yoga exercises at the class.
“My yoga and their poetry do the same thing,” Oliveira said. “They poke and prod us to look at pieces of ourselves. They’re both examples of how individuals can tap into a universal spirit.”
The class is at Fresh Yoga, 49 Orange St. The suggested donation is $15, which will go toward a trip to the Brave New Voices 2011 Youth Poetry Slam Festival in San Francisco. The event is open to all, Oliveira said, but everyone will be asked to participate in the yoga exercises.

Henry V at Stratford Library July 23

Hudson Shakespeare Company Performs "Henry V" on July 23
            While area residents continue to wait patiently for the reopening of the American Shakespeare Theatre, the Stratford Library is offering the best of the Bard all summer long. 
The popular Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey will perform the second of its scheduled three productions this year at the library. The month's offering is Shakespeare's historic drama, "Henry V" on Saturday, July 23 at 2 pm.  The performance, co-sponsored by the Square One Theatre Company, is free and open to the public.
Written in 1559, "Henry V" has been reinterpreted and deconstructed in each generation to suit the feel of its time. Hudson Shakespeare takes the approach to concentrate on the man at the center of it all - Henry V, and the personal struggle of living up to satisfy the needs of his country, his father's legacy, his peers, his soldiers and, most of all, to himself.  The play opens shortly after the death of the former king who, himself, had taken the crown in a fierce rebellion. Henry is now faced with the question of waging war on France to claim lands that belong to his family. In a tense opening gambit, the inexperienced king fends off influential clergy, nobles who want him dead, family who think he's not up to task and the French who think he's an ineffectual boy.
 "Henry V" will be performed outdoors in the Stratford Library Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 23 at 2 pm.  Patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket to spread prior to the 2 pm show time.  In the event of rain or extreme heat, performances will take place in the library's air-conditioned Lovell Room.
            For further information, call the Stratford Library Public Relations and Programming Office at 203.385.4162 or visit:

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chapel Haven art show is at Mitchell Library in New Haven

NEW HAVEN –Chapel Haven students and community members will have works of art on display at the Mitchell Library branch at 37 Harrison St. in Westville through the month of July.


The exhibit springs from collaboration between Chapel Haven and the education department of the Yale Center for British Art that began in January 2010.

Tina Menchetti, Chapel Haven's art teacher, facilitated weekly student visits to the museum for a three month course on visiting art museums led by Jennifer Kowitt, Postgraduate Research Associate in the Education Department, and Docent Cindy Cross. Students gained experience describing art, often creating their own works in response to the Center's collections.


An additional class held on the Chapel Haven campus with Kowitt and Cross, entitled  "Expressive Painting", allowed students to paint while inspired by the senses. Music, touch, movement, smells and visual studies of other art works all contributed to the creation of these very expressive pieces. Ceramic pieces are also created by the students in Chapel Haven's own clay studio where they paint, glaze and fire each molded piece.


Chapel Haven was founded in 1972 and provides a lifelong program of individualized support services for adults with cognitive and social disabilities, enabling them to live independent and productive lives.


A closing reception takes July 28, 2011, 4-6 p.m.


Mitchell Library is open on Mondays, noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 to 6 p.m.




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Friday, July 8, 2011

Yale Architecture Events

Tigerman Exhibition and Lecture Kick Off Fall Series of Free Architecture Events

NEW HAVEN — The following is a schedule of free and public events at the Yale School of Architecture this fall. All events take place in Hastings Hall, the auditorium of Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York Street. Lectures and film screening begin at 6:30 p.m.

August 25: Lecture, Stanley Tigerman
This lecture opens the exhibition "Ceci n'est pas une rĂªverie: The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman," which will be on display in the Gallery of Paul Rudolph Hall until November 4.

August 29: Lecture, Geoffrey Shearcroft, Daisy Froud, Tom Coward, and Vincent Lacovara
"Sampling and Synthesizing"
The lecturers, Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professors at Yale School of Architecture, are principals of the London-based firm AOC—Agents of Change.

September 1: Lecture, Emmanuel Petit
"Scaffolds of Heaven: On Tigerman"
Petit, associate professor at Yale School of Architecture, is curator of the exhibition "Ceci n'est pas une rĂªverie: The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman."

September 8: Grafton Lecture, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
"Architecture as the New Geography"
The lecturers are Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professors at Yale School of Architecture

October 20: Brendan Gill Lecture, Joel Kotkin
"The American Landscape in 2050"
Kotkin is a renowned authority on global, political economic, and social trends and author of "The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050"

October 27: Film Screening, Noel Murphy Productions
"The Last Dymaxion: Buckminster Fuller's Dream Restored"

November 3: Open House Lecture, David Chipperfield
Title to be announced
The lecturer is a principal of the international London-based firm David Chipperfield Architects, and is the Lord Norman Foster Visiting Professor in Architecture at Yale

November 4–5:  Symposium
"Catastrophe and Consequence: The Campaign for Safe Building"
A schedule for the symposium will be announced in a separate release.

November 10: Lecture, Keith Krumwiede
Krumwiede is an assistant professor and assistant dean at Yale School of Architecture

November 17: Brendan Gill Lecture, Kenneth Frampton
"Gwathmey Siegel: Form and Counterform"
The lecture coincides with the exhibition, "Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation," which will open at the Gallery of Paul Rudolph Hall on November 14 and be on display through January 28, 2012.  Details of this exhibition will be announced in a separate release.

School of Architecture

Stanley Tigerman

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Saint Raphael’s announces Miracle Walk in Hamden to benefit Newborn Intensive Care Unit



The Hospital of Saint Raphael is planning its first "Miracle Walk" event in Hamden on Sept. 17 to fund renovations of the hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Sponsored by People's United Bank, the Hospital of Saint Raphael Miracle Walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadowbrook Park in Hamden. The event will feature a 5K walk, live entertainment and fun family activities.


Saint Raphael's NICU cares for approximately one in four infants born at the hospital each year. Plans are underway for $2 million in renovations and technology upgrades to provide a more private, quiet environment for newborns and parents. The renovation of the NICU follows the recent $2.2 million renovations of the new Dr. Romeo A. and Lena B. Vidone Birth Center at the Hospital of Saint Raphael, which were unveiled in January of this year.


Individuals are encouraged to organize a team of walkers or join an existing one to generate donations to benefit the NICU. For more information and to register for the Miracle Walk 5K, call the Saint Raphael Foundation at (203) 789-3242 or visit


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Local theater company to present 'West Side Story'

HAMDEN — The Whitney Players Theater Company presents “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m. August 10-13 at Hamden High School, 2040 Dixwell Ave.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and senior citizens in advance, $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance on Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm (starting 7/21) at Thornton Wilder Hall, 2901 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. Cash or checks only. The show is directed by Cindy Simell-Devoe and Joan Christensen with choreography by David Christensen and Jaclyn Ianniello. This production is co-sponsored by the Hamden Arts Commission.

For more information, call 203-314-8599.

'Friday Flicks' return to the New Haven Green

New Haven’s Livable Cities Initiative and Department of Cultural Affairs have announce the return of “Friday Flicks” on the downtown Green.
"Friday Flicks is a series of free movies presented outdoors for the entire family to enjoy. All are invited to bring blankets and chairs for evening entertainment under the stars," according to a press release.

The series starts July 15 and runs five successive Fridays through August 12.  Movies begin after sunset between 8:30 and 9 p.m., the release said.

“The New Haven Green is a landmark asset to our community. Friday Flicks are a great way for the whole family to gather and enjoy the summer," Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said in the release.
“Friday Flicks was one of the city’s most favorite family summer events and we received so many requests to bring it back that we’re excited that we are able to again make this available to the public,”Barbara Lamb, the city’s Director of Cultural Affairs said, also in the release.

The summer line up includes:
July 15: Men in Black

July 22: Back to the Future

July 29: The Blues Brothers

August 5: Finding Nemo

August 12: Last Days of the Coliseum

On-street and garage parking is available nearby. "Visitors are encouraged to dine in or take out a delicious meal from one of New Haven’s downtown restaurants prior to the film to enjoy on the New Haven Green," the release said.
Refreshments such as popcorn, hot dogs and soft drinks may be available from local itinerant food vendors. Friday Flicks is sponsored by Continuum of Care, The Bennington Group, Trinity Financial, START Bank, Laz Parking, Northland Investment Corporation, Dunhill Capital, Pike International, and Yale University.

For more information call Kim Futrell (203) 946-7172 or visit


The City of New Haven’s Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the City’s quality of life and supporting its economic development through the production of events, the commissioning of public art and assisting and promoting New Haven’s many artists and cultural organizations.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Long Wharf Preserve and Historic City Point Walk

Adapted from a release by the New Haven Land Trust:

A walk through the Long Wharf Nature Preserve and the City Point neighborhood will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The walk will include an update on the preserve’s relationship to the state Department of Transportation’s plan for the Interstate 95 exit. Chris Randall, executive director of the New Haven Land Trust, will give the latest information on what has been happening to protect the Nature Preserve. Participants also will spend some time cleaning up the area. Trash bags will be provided.

Next will be a tour of the historic City Point area, guided by Anstress Farwell, president of the New Haven Urban Design League.

City Point was one of New Haven’s first planned suburban developments, bounded by Greenwich Avenue, Hallock Avenue and South Water Street. It was envisioned about 1840 by journalist Gerard Hallock, who formerly owned the land. City Point was officially established in May 1868 by his heirs on the former, now largely land-locked peninsula or “point” once known as “Oyster Point.”

The schedule follows:

9 a.m.: For those who would like a longer walk, meet Roger Uihlein at the flagpole on the New Haven Green. Walk will leave promptly at 9. By joining the walk at the flagpole you will have the walking experience of knowing the relationship of other points on the walk to the original nine squares of historic downtown New Haven.

9:30 a.m.: Arrive at Schooner Wharf, Long Wharf Drive.

10 a.m.: Arrive at Long Wharf Nature Preserve. People can choose to begin the walk at this point and meet at the entrance to the Nature Preserve near the Veterans Monument on Long Wharf Drive. There is free parking at the parking lot across from the monument.

11 a.m.: Meet Anstress Farwell at the Sound School just beyond the Long Wharf Nature Preserve overlooking Long Island Sound. From there continue our walk through historic City Point.

Noon: Walk ends. People will return to their vehicles. Those who have walked from the New Haven Green will be transported back to their starting point.

For more information, email or call 203-562-6655. The walk is being sponsored by the New Haven Bioregional Group, the New Haven Urban Design League and the New Haven Land Trust.

Free dog training seminar to be held in New Haven

NEW HAVEN — A free dog training seminar will be held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday July 10 in the Edgewood Park dog run, behind Coogan Pavilion, off Whalley Avenue and Fitch Street.

It will be conducted by David Henon from University of Pets and a member of the city Humane Commission.

Email to register.

Delaney’s seventh annual Chili Cook-Off & Beer Festival to benefit charities

Adapted from a posting on Robbin's List:

Come down to Westville and help Delaney’s Restaurant & Tap Room celebrate its seventh anniversary with craft beer, chili and charities!

For just $30 (in advance) you can taste and vote on 25 different chilis, taste over 100 beers from all over the world and win great raffle prizes! All the while hang out in the summer sun and listen to live music all day.

The event happens from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Want to compete? Email for an application. All proceeds to benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang and the Ronald McDonald House. Last year, the event raised over $17,000 for two great charities!

Tickets are on sale now at Delaney’s, 882 Whalley Ave. in Westville. For more information, call 203-397-5494

U.S. Census Demo Aug. 5 at New Haven Public Library

Need U.S. Census Information? Need to know where to START? Michael Howser of the Connecticut State Data Center at UConn
will demonstrate how to pull valuable information from the United States Census in a workshop on August 5 at 11 a.m., at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.
Howser will provide an overview of the Census, including the new July 2011 releases, with an optional hands-on exploration via New American Factfinder at noon in the Library's new Technology Lab. There is no charge for this workshop, but registration is required by email at or call 203-946-8130 x 218.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

“Mysteries of New Haven” walking tour this summer

NEW HAVEN — The Smoking Gun Research Agency of Orange is offering its “Mysteries of New Haven” walking tour this summer.

SGRA is a 15-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to the research of mysterious topics from paranormal phenomena to government controversies. The organization has investigated hundreds of stories from New Haven, and after holding a number of public lectures on these topics at surrounding libraries, the group created the tour in 2008.

The tour is led by SGRA director and lead investigator Jon Nowinski, and covers an area from the Green to Grove Street Cemetery. Participants on the tour learn about many things that even city residents are often unaware of. For example, beneath the grass of the Green sits a cemetery. Yale’s campus is home to one of the most secretive organizations in the country.

The tours are $10 each, $5 for kids. The cost covers a handout, which includes a map and information on the sites, and dates of the tour, contact the SGRA at, 203-247-0310, or visit

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