Friday, February 28, 2014

President Obama's statement on Ukraine

The White House on Friday released President Obama's statement on Ukraine

It is shared unedited here: 


5:05 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.


     Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine.  Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future.  Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.


     I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials, and we've made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of The people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia’s interest.


     However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine.  Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties, and a military facility in Crimea, but any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe. 


It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people.  It would be a clear violence of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws.  And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world.  And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.


     The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions.  But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right to determine their own future. 


     Right now, the situation remains very fluid.  Vice President Biden just spoke with Prime Minister -- the Prime Minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine.  I also commend the Ukrainian government’s restraint and its commitment to uphold its international obligations. 


     We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies.  We will continue to communicate directly with the Russian government.  And we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.


     Thanks very much.



                             END           5:09 P.M. EST



Monday, February 24, 2014

New Haven and West Haven polling places 10th District Senate Race Feb. 25

Here is a chart of the polling places for the 10 District Senate race in New Haven and West Haven Tuesday Feb. 25.  Read more about the race here

In West Haven:

1st District: City Hall, 350 Main St.
4th District: St. Paul's Church Hall, 41 Alling St.
5th District: John Prete Senior Housing, 1187 Campbell Ave.
6th District: Forest School, 95 Burwell Road.
7th District: Anna V. Molloy School, 225 Meloy Road.

New Haven polling places:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Read redacted report on death of former Yale prof Sam See

Former Yale professor Sam See died in November the New Haven lock up run by the state Judicial Branch Marshals. Here is a redacted copy of a report on the investigation in See's death. The state medical examiner ruled he died as a result of " acute methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication."

Poverty in New Haven by the numbers

Learn more about poverty and income disparities in New Haven through these maps. Read more here and photos here. (Maps created by Connecticut Magazine writer Jennifer Swift. Follow her on Twitter @byjenniferswift)

New Haven Poverty 1999 and  2012 New Haven Family Income 1999 and 2012 New Haven Household Income 1999 and 2012 Embed:

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-11 announces first boating class for 2014

WEST HAVEN —  U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-11 is offering a one-day "About Boating Safely" class on Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 -p.m. March 8.

 "In a classroom format, attendees will learn general information about boats and maintenance, navigation rules and aids to navigation, what to do in case of boating emergencies and Connecticut-specific law and regulations," organizers said in a release. "Individuals who successfully complete this course will qualify for both the Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and the Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation." 

The course fee is $60.  

The classes will be held at the USCG Auxiliary West Haven Flotilla facility, 1 Kimberly Avenue, West Haven.

For more information or to register, contact either Charlie Phippen at (860) 828-5438 or David Wendelowski at (203) 932-2651.  Information and on-line registration also is available at

A free State of CT Conservation ID Number must be obtained before the class by registering at

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Watch roundtable discussion in New Haven on Jordan Davis verdict

Register Community Engagement Editor Shahid Abdul-Karim, New Haven attorney Michael Jefferson, Community Action Agency CEO and President Amos Smith, Greater New Haven Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee Chairman Caleb Pilgrim, who is an attorney; and the Rev. William Mathis, program manager for the city’s Project Longevity and a former assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, participated in  a live roundtable conversation regarding the verdict in the death of Jordan Davis, 17.

You can watch the video here, in two parts:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Haven snow storm and parking update

There was a release today from the city of New Haven Everbridge emergency notification service on parking and snow removal issues:

This is shared unedited here:

"Please ensure that your car is parked on the even side of the street during this current snow fall. Mayor Toni Harp has declared a snow emergency for snow removal purposes and is asking for your assistance during this week long parking ban and emergency condition. The Department of Public Works will be in all neighborhoods today and if your want your street to be better plowed, please move your car. Please pass this along to your neighbors. We appreciate your assistance. Thank you."

Sign up for New Haven Everbridge notices here.

Common Core Education Standards: Watch the video

Did you miss the community roundtable discussion on Common Core Standards that New Haven Register Community engagement Editor Shahid Abdul-Karim held at New Haven's Stetson Library?

You can watch the discussion here in its entirety:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Greater New Haven NAACP to hold Access Health CT information session

NEW HAVEN - The Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP will hold an informational session on Access Health CT, the state’s insurance exchange, at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke's Church, 111 Whalley Ave.

The general meeting event will include information on how individuals and families will benefit from getting covered through the no-cost enrollment process, the NAACP said in a release.

Further, the NAACP Branch also will hold an Access Health CT enrollment session on from 3 to 7 p.m. March 6, also at St. Luke's Church, 111 Whalley Ave.

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Orange Historical Society offers chance to make baskets 'reminiscent of colonial days'

ORANGE - The Orange Historical Society will hold a session on how to hand make "a basket reminiscent of colonial days" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 at the historic 1740 Nathan Bryan-William Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road, organizers said.
"Noted  basket makers , Ray and Caryl DeFrancesco of H.H. Perkins will tell about the history of basketry and each visitor will be given supplies to make a splint marketing basket," organizers said in a release.
"This unique opportunity for a tour of the  oldest house in Orange and a chance to relive an age-old craft," costs $35 per person.
Make checks payable to OHS and send to PO Box 784,  Orange, 06477.  Space is limited to 18 guests.  For information call 203-795-3106.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Statement on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:

"As we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2014, we must redouble our efforts to―as this year's theme and action suggests―be our brother's and sister's keeper and get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated. We must reverse the alarming rates of infection currently found in LGBT communities of color and advance―on every level―an all out fight against HIV/AIDS. If everyone gets back in the fight, we can win this battle. We can end HIV/AIDS."

Statement attributed to: Rev Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The Creating Change Conference 2014 held a special and plenary on HIV/AIDS entitled “Why We Can't Wait: Let's End AIDS Now,” according to a release.

Watch it here:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Expedition New England's Scott Tucker is going kayaking

A local naturalist who also makes documentaries is prepared to get cold, very cold - and possibly wet, for his cause and his art.

Scott Tucker of the series "Expedition New England" will hold "a very unusual fund raising event" beginning at 7:30 a.m. March 8, he said.
Tucker will "embark on a solo kayak mission" to Falkner's Island / Goose Island to document a "magnificent colony" of Harbor seals overwintering here from the Gulf of Maine, he said in a release.

"But there is a twist- unlike most fund raisers that just end when they end Scott won't return until wife Ava gives him the confirmation call that they have raised $25,000," the  "the minimum funding needed to produce Expedition New England for the 2014 season," the release said.
Visit to make a pledge to support Tucker's Expedition New England for another year.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

National Black AIDS Awareness Day is Friday in New Haven

NEW HAVEN - National Black AIDS Awareness Day is returning to the city, with the support of the New Haven Mayor's Task Force on AIDS, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (2/7)  at the Ives Branch of the New Haven Public Library at 133 Elm St., organizers said in a release  
Free HIV Testing will take place from inside the Library's Community Room, and outside the Library on the Green in the Community Health Care van, the release said.
There also will be opportunities for community members to enroll/register for the Affordable Care Act, the release said.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Haven Food Policy Council annual gathering is Feb. 22

The New Haven Food Policy Council annual gathering will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Hill Regional Career High School on Legion Avenue.
Ina release, organizers said, "Join us in our call to action to effect and improve food policy for the City of New Haven."
"Breakout sessions will be held covering Urban Ag, Food Assistance, School Food, Food Business Development and Cooking and Food Education," the release said.
The event is free and will have free child care and a potluck style lunch, the release said, and contributions of a salad or bread are welcome. 

Organizers ask that those interested in attending to RSVP (for headcount purposes) here:  

Also in the release: the Food Policy Council meets at City Hall at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, and meetings are open to the public.

For more information, call 203-773-3736.

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Read the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling

Read the U.S. Supreme Court case: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission . Masterpiece Cakeshop Court Decision by H...