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Yale University scientists are involved in all of the major aspects of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an initiative that spans four continents and includes 200 astronomers at more than 40 institutions. They will chart thousands of nearby galaxies, probe the composition of stars throughout the Milky Way with novel clarity, and measure the expansion of the universe during a particularly murky period.
Continue reading Yale Helps Chart the Heavens Like Never Before, Via Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Ever fancy yourself a playwright, a detective, and a source of great humor and imagination? Then mosey on down to Wooster Street, 165 to be exact, where the Consiglio Family has been preparing great Italian meals for more than 75 years.
Master of ceremonies, actor, writer, producer and director Michael Sayers is at it again, creating fun and excitement with Consiglio's patrons as the stars as he presents his improvisational murder mystery shows "Now You Dunnit" at 7PM, July 18, 5PM July 27, 7PM Aug 9, 22 and 7PM Sept. 19.
Continue reading 'Now You Dunnit' Opens Tonight at Consiglio's on Wooster Street
It's part-nature, part art and all fun, even if the result lasts only as long as the event. But that's the precious beauty of Milford Arts Council's annual Great American Sand Sculpture Competition at Walnut Beach Saturday from 9:30 to 4 p.m. All ages are welcome and registration, 9:30 - 10 a.m., is free and open to all. Sand building will be from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when judging will begin.
Continue reading Milford Sand Sculpture Contest Saturday at Walnut Beach
Last week I had a fascinating 3:00 A.M. cab ride from San Francisco airport to a hotel in downtown Oakland. My cab driver was an immigrant from Pakistan who was putting two kids through college. After working for years as a driver he managed to save enough money to buy his own cab, and more importantly to buy the medallion that gives him the right to operate a cab in San Francisco. The medallion cost $250,000. He is still paying $2,300 a month on the loan to get the medallion in an addition to annual fee to the city of $1,500.
The medallion is far from the only cost the city imposes on cab drivers. It requires a special license, which involves four days of classes (i.e. lost work time), plus fees. They also must get a special background check by the F.B.I. and a special badge, both of which involve additional fees. In addition, cab owners must have a special safety inspection for their car and brakes, which means yet more time and fees. And they must carry a $1 million insurance policy to protect passengers, which costs around $750 a month.
Continue reading Op-Ed: The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality
n light of the recent announcement from the smartphone application Lyft that they plan to offer free rides in Brooklyn and Queens starting on July 11th at 7:00 PM, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) reminds its licensees and the public that Lyft's "ride share" service is unauthorized in New York City. Lyft has not complied with TLC's safety requirements and other licensing criteria to verify the integrity and qualifications of the drivers or vehicles used in their service, and Lyft does not hold a license to dispatch cars to pick up passengers. In keeping with the TLC's priority of protecting public safety and consumer rights, the agency will be conducting enforcement operations to ensure compliance with the City's rules and laws.
Continue reading New York's TLC Issues Important Notice to Passengers and Drivers: Lyft's 'Ride Share' Service is Unauthorized
By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register
POSTED: 07/07/14, 2:26 PM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO1 COMMENT
If you missed your rare, once- or twice-a-year chance to see the B Willie Smith band last year or the year before because of some sort of scheduling conflict, worry not.
This year, you get five chances, all this week, beginning Monday night in East Haddam.
Unless you were hibernating or not yet born in Connecticut in the 1970s and 1980s, you probably know that B Willie Smith was the biggest bluesy thing around back then. In the past several years, they've re-emerged once a year for occasional shows.
Continue reading B. Willie Smith Plays E. Haddam, North Haven, Old Saybrook and More
On Monday, July 7, the Yale School of Music will welcome eighty-eight young participants to the fifth Morse Summer Music Academy, which will take place July 7-August 1, 2014.The Morse Summer Music Academy provides free, comprehensive music instruction to New Haven Public School music students. In the intensive, four-week program, each student has a weekly private lesson and takes part in scheduled daily individual practice, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes. Field trips include museums and galleries as well as the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in northwest Connecticut.
Continue reading Yale School of Music: Fifth Morse Summer Music Academy Begins
Auto club and insurance provider AAA said it expects 2.1 million New Englanders to travel 50 miles or more from home for Independence Day weekend.
That would be an increase of 2.5 percent over 2013, and would set a regional record, AAA said.
Continue reading AAA Expects 2.1M New Englanders to Travel This Weekend
NEW HAVEN >> Know the names Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro? Our Register photographers certainly do.
The Yale Center for British Art has teamed the two American lensmen in a new exhibit of their work in Britain and Ireland, kicking it off with a press preview and an Arts & Ideas forum in the past several days.
This exhibition of black-and-white photos largely from the 1960s has been co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in California. The exhibit officially opened Thursday at the Chapel Street center and runs to Sept. 14; it will be on view at The Huntington from Nov. 8 to March 9, 2015.
Continue reading The Yale Center for British Art Opens New Exhibit of Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro
The Yale Summer Cabaret's 40th season begins with "A Map of Virtue," June 19-29. It is described as being part interview/part comedy. Watch the trailer for a sneak peak. Also, see the line-up of performances to come.
Continue reading Yale Summer Cabaret 2014: 40th Anniversary Season
Unregulated Transportation Network Companies Uber and Lyft, which operate from the Netherlands and California, respectively, recently entered our New Haven and Fairfield Counties through crowd-sourcing social media promotions. These so-called "ride-sharing" services connect riders with drivers-for-hire through a mobile app. Random, unchecked drivers pick up passengers and these out-of-state companies pocket a percentage of each Connecticut rider's transaction. In the process, they ignore all CT transportation and insurance regulations meant to protect the public.
Continue reading Innovation Should Never Be at Expense of Public Safety
Steve West, an actor and theater teacher who lives in Hamilton Heights, no longer has to wait for a stray yellow taxi or an unmarked sedan's furtive honk if he wants to cab it elsewhere in Manhattan.
Since August, he and other passengers been able to snag one of a growing number of green taxis prowling upper Manhattan and the other boroughs in search of passengers.
"It's just great to have an option other than a yellow cab" or unmetered livery car, said Mr. West, 28, who finds himself in the back of a green taxi about once a week. "The green cabs are great. I'm a big fan."
Continue reading Number of Green Taxis in NYC's Outer Boroughs Grows
In the next year and a half, the second terminal at Bradley International Airport will be carefully disassembled, removing from sight the long-closed facility that many have called an eyesore on the gateway to New England.
Kevin A. Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said his agency is sifting through contractor bids for the $20 million job that is expected to start in early August and take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to complete.
Continue reading Bradley Airport Will Start Demolition of Terminal B in August
The faltering rail bridge in Norwalk poses a political and transportation crisis for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, whose only immediate salvation is winning an intense, multi-state competition for federal transit funds that could expedite the bridge's long-delayed replacement.
Connecticut is now competing with a dozen states and even Metro-North's parent, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, for a share of a $3 billion Federal Transit Administration fund created by Congress in the 2012 Hurricane Sandy relief bill. To replace the bridge, the state is seeking $349 million, more than 10 percent of the entire fund.
If the application fails, there is no other ready funding source for a project estimated to cost $465 million in state and federal funding.
Continue reading Faltering Rail Bridge in Norwalk Poses Transportation Crisis for Governor Malloy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The Philadelphia Parking Authority, a state-run agency that also regulates taxicab operations in the city of Philadelphia, today approved new rules that would provide medallions for wheelchair-accessible taxis, and rules for cab security cameras.
Various other state agencies will now give the new regulations a once-over, to make sure all of the guidelines are in place.
The authority is now on a path to hold auctions, beginning in November, for 45 wheelchair-accessible taxicab medallions. Officials there expect robust interest for the medallions, which could fetch more than $500,000 apiece.
Continue reading Philadelphia Parking Authority Approves New Rules to Provide Medallions for Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis