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It’s Time for Women to Take Charge!

by Jenn Harrington | October 24, 2012

Yale’s World Fellows Program hosted a panel, “How to Nurture Women Leaders: A Global Conversation,” at Yale university on Tuesday, Oct. 9, to discuss the need for women to adopt leadership roles in the economy and public life.

Panelists included four women who are all World Fellows from different career backgrounds: politics, non-profit, business and academics. Mi-Hyung Kim, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Kumho Asiana Business Group; Marlene Malahoo Forte, Senator of Jamaica; Sisonke Msimang, Executive Director of Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa; Ruchi Yadav, Senior Program Officer of The Hunger Project India; with moderator Priya Natarajan, Yale Professor of Astronomy and Physics and Chair of Yale Women Faculty Forum.

Discussion surrounded the decrease of female leadership in industry and solutions to this growing problem. “The question is no longer why we need women leaders,” said Natarajan. “Rather, [it is] how can we nurture women leaders.”

All panelists agree that a cultural change needs to occur in order to spark a social and political change in biases toward the female population. Perhaps the biggest controversy is what many women feel to be the eventual choice between a career and a family. One solution offered to the problem was child care initiatives in the workplace.

Msimang noted that employers are surprised to learn when a women employee is expecting. “You have to build into the model of your company or institution that women are going to have babies,” she said. This could help bridge the gap between which sectors of the economy women can hope to take leadership roles in.

Men are not rendered useless. They also need to play an active role in supporting women. Malahoo expressed that it’s not about challenges women face but the society that she’d like to see created. She said, “We need men to be a critical part of women’s empowerment.” Kim agreed stating that men need to be sat down and educated into changing their thinking.

All this talk of empowering women naturally leads to the discussion of the role of feminism in culture. Many female students don’t consider themselves feminist but as Natarajan explains, when a woman learns that a male, doing the same work, is earning more money “she immediately becomes a feminist.” This change in mind tends to occur later in life, after women enter the workforce and see biases firsthand.

With influential women like these, culture is sure to receive a shove toward new thinking. Who knows when you will wake up to the first female president of the United States?

The discussion was held in the Yale University Art Gallery auditorium and co-sponsored by the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the Yale Women Faculty Forum (WFF), and the Yale Women alumni group.

 

New Haven Fed Up With Violence in the City

by Lesha Daley | October 24, 2012

New Haven residents are outraged with the escalating violent activity that is happening in their neighborhoods every day.

The recent shooting of a toddler in the middle of the afternoon has infuriated the city’s citizens, especially those living in the neighborhood of Edgewood and Kensington Avenue. Fortunately, 18-month-old Tramire Miller survived the shooting and is currently doing better.

Violence in New Haven has not just become an issue, however the drive-by shooting that almost cost a child his life has put the city in a recent state of panic. Miller’s shooting is a prime example of how the innocent can be unnecessarily affected gang violence. Area residents have also complained of other fowl play which they believe leads to the large homicide count.

Residents are happy that Miller’s shooters have been arrested, but are still furious about how the violence has gotten out of control and want to take measures to improve safety their neighborhoods. Communities reach out to the police, anti-violence groups such as Ice the Beef, and public officials such as Mayor John DeStefano and Alderman Frank Douglas for support in helping to keep their city safe. Alderman Frank Douglas suggests that a community center should be opened, such as the former Dixwell Q House, as place that gives the youth refuge from the streets.

Since the shooting, the violence has only gotten worse with retaliation attempts. New Haven police officers are patrolling the area as a safety precaution in hopes to help de-escalate the hostility. Volunteers and outreach workers have gone through the high-crime activity neighborhood and encourage residents not to react violently.

Keeping the neighborhoods safe is an ongoing process that requires all community occupants’ participation. Residents must report any seen violent activity that could possibly lead to other shootings and homicides, as a step to fight against violence.

New Boathouse Aims to Revitalize New Haven Harbor

by Samantha Mathewson | October 17, 2012

In 1843, the first collegiate crew organization in the United States was created by a group of Yale students, and competitive rowing soon became a fundamental part of New Haven’s culture.

The George Adee boathouse was built for the varsity Yale crew team in 1911.

The George Adee boathouse was built for the varsity Yale crew team in 1911. It was located along the Long Wharf side of New Haven Harbor. It was used until 1923, and members of the 1924 Olympic Gold Medal winning 8-man team practiced out of this boathouse. The boathouse was sold, renovated and eventually demolished in 2007.

Now a blank patch of beachfront lies in its place. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the city began evaluating construction bids for the new platform of a new boathouse in the harbor. This boathouse with be called the Canal Dock Boathouse, and it aims to reconnect New Haven residents with their once flourishing and bustling waterfront.

“We’re such a lucky community to have this kind of a facility,” said Donna Hall, the project manager employed by the city. “We’ve been trying to have some kind of a destination at our waterfront for years and years and years.”

The boathouse will be a landmark commemorating its history, and welcoming the future. It will have a museum incorporating some of the original structures from the George Adee boathouse. In addition, it will have available spaces to kayak, canoe, sail and row.

The new boathouse will also be at the disposal of the University of New Haven’s marine science program. UNH’s marine biology students may specialize in areas such as coastal resource management, marine biotechnology, marine pollution, aquaculture, marine organisms and urban estuarine studies. This additional resource will propel student’s academic research.

The $30 million project will primarily be funded by the federal government because the interstate construction hindered access to the waterfront and required the original destruction of the George Adee boathouse. Federal stipulations require the city to preserve the historical significance of the Adee boathouse, and the city is eager to cooperate. Construction is scheduled to begin this November.

West Haven Drug Bust: $3 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized

by Kerri Zbodula | October 17, 2012

Early this month, authorities detained 360 pounds of marijuana and tens of thousands of dollars worth of growth equipment in West Haven, Conn.

Police had achieved a search and seizure warrant on Wednesday, Oct. 3, for an apartment located at 737 Third Ave. Arrested for the crime were two Bronx residents named Eliezer Sanchez-Diaz, 44, and Manuel Imbert, 40.

The West Haven Narcotics squad and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency seized the marijuana plants, as well as growth equipment such as lights, fans and humidifiers. Diaz and Imbert are charged with numerous felonies, including operating a drug factory, possession of marijuana, intent to sell and conspiracy.

A West Haven resident who lives nearby Second Avenue and North Street said she noticed “at least 15-20 kids with book bags on bikes about every two weeks,” and came to the conclusion that they were selling drugs.

Police spokesman, officer Bret Schneider, said that an investigation is still going on, and that an arrest warrant has been applied for a third suspect. This case also led the DEA to another location, which was out of state, with two arrests made there and 140 more plants confiscated. Police said for now that they would not release any more information, pending an ongoing investigation.

The Vice Presidential Face-Off

by Ana Abraham | October 17, 2012

With the 2012 presidential election literally just weeks away, the American public faces a very important choice between two very different men. The first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney, occurred on Oct. 3 in Denver.

The second debate of the election season was between Vice President Joe Biden and Mitt Romney’s running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. It was on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Danville, K.Y., and the two gentlemen discussed many of the foreign and domestic issues that will come up in the next four years.

The first and only Vice Presidential Debate lasted for an hour and a half and was moderated by the Chief Foreign Correspondent of ABC News, Martha Raddatz. Raddatz asked questions of the candidates that spanned topics such as the economy and national security, as well as personal character and issues such as abortion. The candidates naturally differed on nearly every topic; an example being when the war in Afghanistan should end, Biden said 2014 and Ryan did not offer a definitive answer.

Preliminary CNN polls released shortly after the debate suggested that Ryan won the debate by a very slim margin, 48 percent to Biden’s 44 percent. Preliminary CBS polling, however, suggests that Biden won by a large margin of 19 percent. Although it may not become clear who the winner of the debate is, many are agreeing that Vice President Biden did better than President Obama’s first debate performance, about which he said, “I had a bad night.”

Both candidates had strong presences in the Vice Presidential debate, with Biden laughing and Ryan maintaining a more serious composure. According to preliminary figures released by the Huffington Post, the debate drew approximately 43 million viewers. In 2008, when Biden debated John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin, nearly 70 million people tuned in.

 

Walking For a Cure

by Cara Petitti | October 10, 2012

Thousands arrived at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven last Sunday, Sept. 30, to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease. The New Haven walk, along with numerous other walks throughout Connecticut, marked the close of Alzheimer’s disease Awareness month.

Walkers were encouraged to plant artificial flowers in the sand, with the color of each flower corresponding to the walker’s relationship to Alzheimer’s disease.

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to “eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.”

The Alzheimer’s walks began in 1989 when nine chapters around the United States raised $149,000 for the cause. Last year, 650 walks took place, raising over $4.5 million dollars. Numbers were expected to improve for the 2012 walk season.

The New Haven event opened at 9 a.m. for team and participant registration. Starbucks, in addition to other local organizations, donated refreshments. Raffle tickets were also sold for a variety of themed prize baskets. However, despite the excitement seen in the faces of walker’s and Alzheimer’s Association volunteers alike, no one could forget why they were all there: to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Through the building of the “Promise Garden,” a staple for the Alzheimer’s walk, it was clear that many participants had different reasons for being there. To build the “Promise Garden,” walkers were encouraged to plant artificial flowers in the sand, with the color of each flower corresponding to the walker’s relationship to Alzheimer’s disease. Blue flowers indicated that the walker was living with the disease. Orange flowers represented those who were caregivers to a person with Alzheimer’s. Purple stood for those who had lost someone to the illness, and yellow symbolized those there to give their support to the cause. Their promise? To find a cure.

Brittany Langer, a participant in New Haven’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, planted her purple flower in the sand near the waterfront. Langer, 21, is a native to the southern Connecticut area and an active volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. “Both of my grandmothers had it,” she explains, “and they both lost their battle.”

She explained the debilitating disease not only affects the people suffering with it, but their families as well. This experience drove her to get involved with the Connecticut chapter headquartered in Hartford.

As a volunteer, Langer gained valuable experience in planning and advertising the event. “People think that it magically all comes together, but in reality we have to make a lot of sponsorship phone calls. We have to recruit team members, and get people to register team captains and put out flyers.”

The New Haven Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease raised nearly $185,000 dollars in donations, but the association expects that number to keep growing. “People can keep donating until November 30,” Langer stated. She hopes the next two months will bring the New Haven Walk over its goal of $202,000 dollars.

Although the New Haven event has passed, there are still opportunities for those interested to lend their support for the cause. The Southport Racquet Club will be hosting a 5k race on Nov. 3, with all of the proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. More information can be obtained at www.southportracquetclub.com.

Nearly 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer ’s disease. It is the “sixth-leading cause of death,” and cannot be “prevented, cured, or even slowed.” As seen in the “Promise Garden,” not all people affected by the disease suffer from it. Many have lost a family member, or currently care for those affected. The aim of The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is to end the suffering. The organization encourages people to get involved, as volunteers, like Langer, are the backbone of this effort.

“I wanted to be active in an organization that would be working to find a cure. That was the Alzheimer’s Association,” she said.

For more information about events and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.alz.org.

CT Gay Men’s Chorus Presents the Kinsey Sicks at the Annex Club

by The Charger Bulletin | October 10, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

New Haven, CONN. – The Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) presents the Kinsey Sicks Electile Dysfunction, a benefit for the CGMC.

The Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) presents the Kinsey Sicks Electile Dysfunction, a benefit for the CGMC.

In Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President, the Dragapella divas present their views on pressing political issues such as education, immigration, unemployment, scandal and corruption – and all in glorious four-part harmony. Their original songs and brilliant re-imaginings of classics include such numbers as “Sell the Poor,” “Eliminate the Schools,” and their campaign anthem, “Vote for Me (I’m Not From Kenya).” Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets, at $30 for general seating and $40 for table seating, can be reserved by calling the CGMC Box Office at 1.800.644.2462 or online to CTGMC.org. Seating is limited, so order early.

The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, have hit the campaign trail, and New Haven is their next stop. As we now know, corporations are people too. And The Kinsey Sicks are proud to be the first corporation to run for president of the United States on the Republican ticket. (Don’t forget, Halliburton was only vice president.)

The Kinsey Sicks was spawned in San Francisco 18 years ago. They have performed Off-Broadway, done an extended run in Las Vegas, and tour full-time worldwide. Combining rich, four-part harmony, biting satire and over-the-top drag, The Kinsey Sicks have performed in 41 states, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Australia. They starred in their own Off-Broadway show at New York’s Studio 54 and are the subjects of two feature films. In 2012, they released their eighth album, also called “Electile Dysfunction.”

The New York Times praised their “voices sweet as birdsong,” and Billboard calls them “one act that should not be missed.” The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Their mangling of hit songs hits genius level.”

For more information contact CGMC at info@ctgmc.org. The Annex Club, 554 Wooward Avenue, New Haven, Conn. (Just off I-95)

Greater New Haven Pride Network

by The Charger Bulletin | September 26, 2012

By Donovan Linder

The greater New Haven area is full of life for the members of the LGBT community and its allies. For those who might not be familiar with the LGBT community, here is some background. The acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, but often times you might see the ‘A’ tagged onto as well which means ‘allies’ (straight or heterosexual individuals who are in support of the LGBT community).

Here on campus, UNH Pride is thriving with members of the community and they are in the process of planning exciting events for the semester. The organization may be young, but they are definitely full of energy and always participate in community service activities that relate to the community.

Within the greater New Haven region, there is a New Haven Pride center that is open to the general public to stop by and help out. Whether you are out of the closest or just want to give a helping hand, they are sure to have something for you to get involved in. The center has committees in which prospective or current members can be part of, ranging from fundraising to operations to programming and communications.

Since the 90s, New Haven Pride center has been a major support to members of the community. Their website says it all: “What’s easy to see from your first visit to the Center is that it fills a real need in the community.”

The center is a hub of activities catering to the needs of Connecticut’s LGBT community. It is becoming a “beacon” for those looking to understand their identity and place within the community and in history.

What is so great about the LGBT network in New Haven is the abundant amount of resources they have for students, whether they be graduating high school or in college, both undergraduates and graduates. Every year, the organization gives thousands of dollars to students pursuing an education.

Connecticut is one of the leading states in LGBT movement, having same-sex marriage signed into law in 2007, making it the third state in the U.S to have a legislative body in favor of same-sex marriage. Since then, it has continued to surprise the nation.

According to Wikipedia, on April 22, 2009, lawmakers of Connecticut both in the House (vote 100-44) and in the Senate (vote 28-7) agreed to repeal all the old marriage laws and fully replace them with genderless quotes, and all references to marriage will be fully gender-neutral. Most resident voters in the state are supporters of same-sex marriage.

And with the 2012 presidential elections in November plus a president who already is in full support of same-sex marriage, the LGBT community is going in strong.

So if you are a student, faculty or staff member and want to build a positive LGBT community on campus, come to the UNH Pride meetings held every Thursday at 9 p.m.

For more information about UNH Pride contact the organization at unhpride@newhaven.edu. To reach New Haven Pride Center visit their website at www.newhavenpridecenter.org

 

 

McMahon Meet and Greet at Branford HQ Highlights Jobs Plan

by Liana Teixeira | September 19, 2012

Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate, spoke to supporters on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the grand opening of her newest campaign headquarters in Branford, Conn.

McMahon’s speech focused mainly on her six-point jobs plan to revive the economy and put Americans back to work.

Guests in attendance ranged from young children to elderly citizens, as well as campaign volunteers and interns. Prior to McMahon’s arrival, attendees helped themselves to a wide selection of refreshments as they mingled with other local residents inside and outside the location.

Upon McMahon’s arrival, however, elbow room within the building became noticeably scarce as guests formed a tight semi-circle around McMahon, who publically addressed the group.

The speech focused mainly on her six-point jobs plan to revive the economy and put Americans back to work. These points include passing a middle-class tax cut, eliminating over-regulation to improve job creation, stopping “out-of-control” government spending and borrowing, providing the unemployed with the proper training and skills needed to fill available jobs, and moving toward developing alternative American energy resources.

McMahon proposes to cut the middle class tax rate from 25 percent to 15 percent, which would subsequently lead to the elimination of the capital gains tax for the middle class as well.

“It’s really important what we’re doing. We’re getting our message out; we’re talking about my six-point job plan, and it’s really resonating with folks,” she said.

McMahon continued to highlight the remaining elements of her plan, most notably the creation of jobs in both Connecticut and the nation.

“I am a proven job creator,” she said. “I built a business from the ground up. I’ve had successes and failures along the way. I get what it’s like when I talk to people around our state about losing their home or losing their job.”

Her jobs plan would also include a tax reduction on businesses and entrepreneurs, and the elimination of corporate tax credits. By teaching the necessary job skills to the American workforce, McMahon anticipates an accelerated employment rate in the country.

McMahon did not hesitate in comparing the six-point plan to the ideas of Democrat Chris Murphy, her opponent in the upcoming November election. “My opponent, Congressman Murphy says that his plan is a work in progress. Well, I think the folks in Connecticut want action,” McMahon said.

If elected, McMahon’s plan also calls for an increase in the tax deductions on student loans. While it is unclear how soon that topic would reach the legislative agenda, McMahon sat down with The Charger Bulletin to discuss the impact that her proposed plan would have on college students seeking jobs after graduation.

“I really would hope that every young person who would like to go to college, and could be successful coming out of college, has an opportunity to go,” she said.

She continued, “The first and foremost thing we have to go to do is to get our folks back to work, so that these folks who are graduating from college have jobs and have a place to work so they can repay their student loans, so they can start their lives.”

McMahon has been travelling across Connecticut this past year, and the one thing she found was manufacturing companies with job openings, but no skilled workforce to fill those openings.

“I really do think that we are not addressing the right kind of training and curriculum at our vocational schools and our technical schools to fill these jobs. And so I think that we can’t lose sight of the fact that a skilled labor force really grows the economy, and they’re really good-paying jobs you can support your family with…that’s what I hope to see.”

With the opening of the Branford headquarters, McMahon hopes to reach voters from both ends of the political spectrum. “We try to really pick out good strategic locations all over the state and in each district, so Branford is very important for us. We have a good base here to have good volunteers,” she said.

One such volunteer is Toni Cietanno of East Haven, who considers herself a “super volunteer.” As a volunteer, she has worked at the North Haven, Farmington and East Lyme headquarters, among others. Cietanno has made thousands of phone calls and knocked on doors in support of the McMahon for Senate. “It’s very, very exciting,” she said.

Carol Teodosio, the recording secretary for the Hamden Republican Town Committee, has been volunteering for McMahon since her first race for the Senate back in 2010.

“I support everything Linda does,” Teodosio said. “She’s a strong woman.”

Hundreds of volunteers assist with the operations of McMahons Senate campaign. According to McMahon, her team has already knocked on over 400,000 doors, reaching out to Connecticut residents.

“That’s an unbelievable effort,” she said.

It is no stretch to say that politicians often make promises during campaigns which may not always be fulfilled once elected to office. This is a logical and realistic aspect of any election. McMahon openly acknowledged this reality at the Wednesday meet-and-greet, stating that she could obviously not guarantee success on each and every issue presented in her plan.

“But I will guarantee you 110 percent effort,” she concluded.

West Haven Hosts Annual Farmers’ Market

by Lesha Daley | September 19, 2012

Connecticut farmers encourage locals to buy native-grown fruits and vegetables at the West Haven Green’s annual farmers market.

West Haven’s farmers’ market takes place on West Haven’s green, located at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Main Street.

“Send more people…the prices are unbeatable,” says Maryanne Barrelli, a farmers’ market vendor.

The Farmers’ Market is a nationwide movement, created to encourage and support local farmers. Connecticut currently hosts over 100 farmers markets statewide that are conducted daily. Connecticut’s Certified Farmers’ Markets are committed to selling only Connecticut-grown farm harvests.

Most markets also participate in supplemental food programs and will accept vouchers and payments from WIC or EBT.

West Haven’s farmers’ market takes place on West Haven’s green, located at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Main Street on Thursday afternoons from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Although one of the smaller farmers’ markets in the state, West Haven carries a large variety of fruits and vegetables including apples, pears, plums, corn, cabbage and squash, just to name a few.

The West Haven farmers’ market was dedicated to a local, Tony Inzero, who died last July at the age of 59. Inzero was very involved in the downtown community and was a founding father of the West Haven Business Association. As the president of the association, Inzero encouraged several programs, including the opening of West Haven’s farmers’ market in 2000.

The local market is seasonal and runs from the months of July through October; this is the 11th year that it has been held on the green. West Haven’s farmers’ market is currently WIC certified and welcomes WIC vouchers.

“This is the freshest stuff you can get in Connecticut,” says Jose Guadulupe, Smith’s Acres employee and market vendor.

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