April 10, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by David Sepulveda - “Failure is not an option,” as the famous tagline from Apollo 13 goes. For the group of close-knit Westville friends who put on Permission to Fail, a series of monthly open-mic performance events, failure is not even recognized. According to Travis Carbonella, a Westville-based videographer and co-founder and emcee of Permission to Fail, the series was hatched around a kitchen table at 2:30 a.m. with friends performing for one another, amid much hilarity.
Monday | April 13, 2015
Friday | April 10, 2015
April 8, 2015, The Daily Nutmeg, by Cara McDonough - "On one Westville menu, Turkey Sausage costs $4,600. Pasta Primavera goes for $4,800.That’s because they’re paintings, part of Frank Bruckmann’s Breaking Bread. On display at Westville’s Kehler Liddell Gallery through April 26, the exhibit is an examination of life around a rich symbol of home: the dinner table, also good for breakfast, lunch and snacks. The oil paintings celebrate the informality, the closeness, the liveliness that often accompany intimate food-driven gatherings, especially the ones wh
Tuesday | April 7, 2015
April 6, 2015, The New Haven Independent, by David Sepulveda- "Pizza was the hot topic for two New Haven entities that recently added chef’s classes to their menu of offerings, part of marketing strategies aimed at growing business and community participation in a challenging economy.Westville Village Renaissance Alliance held its inaugural Guest Chefs @ Westville class the weekend before last at Stone Hearth at Whalley and West Rock avenues — the first of what is slated to be a series of cooking classes.
Wednesday | March 18, 2015
John Cavaliere will be the first to tell you he has always been “a dreamer.” But dreams don’t pay the bills, especially in today’s economy. And so now, Cavaliere, who 10 years ago bought a Westville antiques store with a historic vaudeville theater in the back, then lovingly restored and reopened that theater as Lyric Hall, is in financial trouble.
Tuesday | February 17, 2015
"George Corsillo speaks softly and carries a big stylus. Kickstarting his "forty-something" years in graphic design, Corsillo's "first real job" was a doozy: working in New York for Paul Bacon, "one of the most famous book jacket designers of the 20th century." Voice suffused with awe, he points out that Bacon "did the original covers for Jaws, Catch-22, Shogun, Ragtime;" also Slaughterhouse-Five, Rosemary's Baby and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, plus Joseph Heller's We Bombed in New Haven. He invented "the big-book look," Corsillo says, marked by "little illustration and big type.
Friday | January 9, 2015
On the front lawn of the Marvelwood Drive home of Ted Baldwin and Barbara Geller, a young giraffe stretches for food. Nearby, its towering parent surveys the landscape.A stork cackles while a giant black spider meanders through the low-growing, bamboo-like grass. All are neighbors in the Baldwins' free-range residential paradise. Some homeowners adorn their lawns with inflatable Santas, wicker deer, and other holiday displays. In the spring, others put out whirligigs or garden gnomes. A few, however, defy the status quo.
Monday | October 13, 2014
"An abandoned showpiece circa-1890 home in Westville is crumbling-and the city, its legal owner, and a series of would-be rescuers say they can't stop it. More specifically, they say they've been trying to put the property into responsible hands. But they can't work their way through a maze of invisible out-of-town bankers, mortgage lenders, and lawyers who seem in no rush to protect their investment. The saga has gone on for five years, since the early years of the national foreclosure crisis. The fate of the home at 500 Central Ave.
Saturday | June 14, 2014
When Jennica Harris graduated from college with an accounting degree, she found it was difficult to connect well with potential employers during interviews, just as it had been tricky connecting with peers in school. Harris has Asperger's Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that creates social competency gaps in people with IQs that are average or above. But on Saturday, it was a whole new Harris who graduated from Chapel Haven's unique two-year Asperger's Syndrome Adult Transition Program. Harris is now confident, self-sufficient, a self-advocate, has joined the choir at Southern Conn
Thursday | June 12, 2014
A "high energy" assistant principal in Fair Haven named Sandra Kalizewski will be crossing town to take the place of a longtime principal in Westville. At its meeting Monday at Hill Regional Career High School, the school board tapped Kalizewski (pictured) to become principal of Mauro-Sheridan Magnet School. Kalizewski replaces Denise Coles-Cross, who is retiring after leading Mauro and Mauro-Sheriden for a whopping 22 years. Coles-Cross (pictured) showed up Monday to support her replacement.
Thirty-six million gallons of dirty water poured into the West River last year. That’s not as bad as engineers predicted—and they have a plan to do way better than that.
Officials from the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) detailed that plan in a public meeting Thursday night at Truman School. The plan aims to reduce the amount of storm and waste water by 75 percent by filling sewer pipes to capacity.