Tuesday | May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by David Sepulveda - There was a buzz in the air. Visitors were coming, lots of them. Like a family hosting out-of-town guests, Westville’s community engine of businesses, residents, and volunteers revved up to roll out the neighborhood’s annual Artwalk festival, held over Mother’s Day weekend. In the opening hours of the festival, energetic children took to the soft bed of mulch that had been spread over an empty sand lot where Delaney’s Restaurant once stood.

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May 7, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Paul Bass - A new floor of wood chips will cover the vacant lot that used to house Delaney’s at the crossroads of Westville Village, as the dream of rebuilding the popular restaurant and tap room there has been put on hold. A dramatic all-night fire destroyed Delaney’s on Aug. 25, ripping a slice out of the neighborhood’s commercial heart. Since then the lot has lain vacant as the property’s owner, Ronald Groves, and Delaney’s operator Peter Gresme haggled with insurers and sought to build a new version of Delaney’s.

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May 9, 2015, The New Haven Independent, Allan Appel - Salsa’s coming to Westville—not the sauce, but the equally spicy Afro-Caribbean rhythms of Alisa’s House of Salsa. Alisa Bowens, the founder of the award-winning dance studio, announced this week that she is moving her long-established business from its Chapel Street home for the last 15 years to new digs at 912 Whalley Ave., at the corner of Blake Street. Bowens shows off her new keys with Project Storefront’s Slomba. “She’s not moving out.

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May 11, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Paul Bass - This locust tree has another week to remain standing—before it and a couple of dozen other orange-tagged aboreal Edgewood Park denizens get the axe. United Illuminating is clearing them as part of broader improvements to Westville’s electric grid. The 35 or so trees in the park were supposed to start coming down this week.

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May 11, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by Paul Bass - This locust tree has another week to remain standing—before it and a couple of dozen other orange-tagged aboreal Edgewood Park denizens get the axe. United Illuminating is clearing them as part of broader improvements to Westville’s electric grid. The 35 or so trees in the park were supposed to start coming down this week.

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Monday | May 4, 2015

A short walk away from the minute space that once housed his first boutique on Whalley Avenue in New Haven, fashion designer Neville Wisdom is weaving his sartorial dream. The business owner has visions as vast as the miles separating him from his hometown of Saint Mary, Jamaica, as the space at 903 Whalley Ave. in Westville functions as a production studio and showroom for his eponymously named clothing line.

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Tuesday | April 28, 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters of Lyric Hall,
We are pleased to announce that Zoe Brookes, a Princeton NJ based Business Consultant--and former Westville resident, has written a long overdue business plan. Zoe cares deeply about Lyric Hall and Westville in general, and took on this arduous task pro bono. 

While some of you may also have 'issues' with spread sheets--the numbers provide a fascinating insight into what makes Lyric Hall 'tick'....and it's 'ticker' is good! 

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Monday | April 20, 2015

April 17, 2015, The New Haven Independent, Allan Appel -"Pasta primavera. Turkey sausage. Oven-roasted potatoes. Crème brûlée. Prosecco . Menu items for a sumptuous, hearty meal? Certainly. At Kehler Liddell Gallery on Whalley Avenue, they also happen to be courses in a visual feast that Artist and long-time Westvillian Frank Bruckmann is serving up in his newest show, aptly titled Breaking Bread.

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I've been itching to get Strange Ways in front of people more. Every event we sell at has been such a success that I've been wanting to do something more concrete.

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Thursday | April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by David Sepulveda -  "The mayor had arrived, but the ceremonial ribbon whose cutting would mark the opening of Neville Wisdom’s new Westville business, Neville Wisdom LLC, (NW), had not yet been made. Wisdom rolled out a wide bolt of teal-colored fabric onto the massive, new work table he had been wanting for 20 years. “The table is one of the most exciting and best things here,” he said.

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