New Haven Independent

Highsmith Named New Hamden Schools Chief

Hamden has selected an internal hire with New Haven roots to serve as the town’s next superintendent of schools. Gary Highsmith, Hamden schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Administration, will serve as the district’s top educational leader following a unanimous Monday vote — with one abstention — by the town’s Board of Education.
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Conflict Charged In Record-Destruction Case

Hamden has hired a Milford law firm to investigate why cops destroyed public records while a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was pending. Hamden has hired that same law firm to defend the town against an FOIA complaint based on that same request. Does that sound kosher?. Not to...
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Why The Politicians Crossed The Road

A Congresswoman, a mayor, an alder, a lieutenant governor, and a longtime Hill resident crossed Orange Street Monday morning — because, after a half-century, they finally could. The notables were among a group of 50 pedestrians and cyclists who made the ceremonial crossing in the rain from Orange Street...

Next Generation Opens Lines Of Communication At NXTHVN

As viewers walk into NXTHVN gallery to view a new group exhibit, Sofia Carrillo’s contribution stands out as one of the only artworks not on the walls. Carrillo’s sculpture consists of two armchairs tied together by woven flags. Atop each chair rests a telephone. The chairs, Carrillo said, represent ​“the new versus the old generation.”

A&I Brings New Haven To The Green

For its concluding day on Sunday, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas hosted or facilitated a slew of activities on the New Haven Green that kept people there from morning to night, beginning with circuses and magicians, continuing through jerk chicken and dancing, and ending with a drag show about the need to reconnect with a sense of pride.

‘r kids Cuts The Ribbon On $5M Expansion

300 people descended on 45 Dixwell Ave. to celebrate a ribbon-cutting on a $5 million, 11,000 square-foot expansion of the ​‘r kids child placement agency. The ribbon-cutting took place Friday afternoon at ​‘r kids, which has a 56-family contract with the state Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Refugees Celebrate Journeys, Dreams

Families who now call New Haven home gathered in Edgerton Park to remember their journeys from Kenya, Burundi, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan — and to build a community ready to welcome newcomers from all over the world. The group, called the International New Hope For...

Sharkey: Time For State Government To Think Big

If Brendan Sharkey has a say, then the state government will be going bigger for towns and cities over the coming years. The former speaker of the State House of Representatives from Hamden made that pitch on the ​“Municipal Voice”, a co-production of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and WNHH 103.5 FM. He came on the program to discuss the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, or ACIR for short, and the role he’d like them to play as chair. He was recently appointed to that chair position by Gov. Ned Lamont.

Crash Kills Motorcyclist

A motor vehicle crash killed a 38-year-old New Haven man named Jamar Crenshaw. The crash occurred on Dixwell Avenue near Homestead Avenue in Hamden Saturday around 7 p.m. Crenshaw was riding a motorcycle northbound on Dixwell when his vehicle collided with a car traveling southbound, according to Hamden police spokesperson Sean J. Dolan. Crenshaw was taken by ambulance to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he later ​“succumbed to his injuries.”

Roe Reversal Protest Slams Supreme Court

Hundreds of abortion rights protesters filled the federal courthouse steps downtown to decry the U.S. Supreme Court’s ​“outrageous” and ​“unacceptable” overturning of Roe v. Wade. That rally took place Friday afternoon on the steps and sidewalk outside of 141 Church St. Organized by...

Guv, Docs Blast Roe Reversal, Vow Fight

Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz visited a women’s health center in Hamden Friday hours after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade  — and issued a nationwide invitation to individuals with uteruses to come to Connecticut while placing abortion at the forefront of their reelection campaign.

Dioramas Dive Deep Into Canal History

And tumble on through a dollhouse-sized portal into New Haven transportation history. These time-warping windows into past Elm City eras have been set up around downtown and Dixwell by the real-life adventure game designers at Escape New Haven. The outdoor puzzlemakers have installed five plywood diorama boxes around this part...

Alders Weigh Cuba Embargo

U.S.-Cuba diplomacy was the topic of discussion at City Hall, as alders advanced a measure calling on the president ​“to build a new cooperative relationship” with the Caribbean nation. The occasion was a hearing Thursday night held by the New Haven Board of Alders Health and Human...

Murphy Pulls Off Bipartisan Gun-Safety Law

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy returns home to Connecticut for a victory lap Friday after pulling off a seize-the-moment feat in Washington: Crafting a gun-safety bill that passed the Senate with not just Democratic, but 15 Republican votes. Murphy crafted the compromise bill with Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the...