NEW HAVEN — The Gateway Community College (GCC) Foundation will hold its 14th annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception beginning at 5 p.m. (induction ceremony 7:30 p.m.) November 16 at New Haven’s Shubert Theater. The event will honoring three individuals and a corporation for their exceptional contributions to the college community.
This year’s inductees include John Emra and AT&T (Corporate); Bishop Theodore Brooks, Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church (Community); Edwin Martinez Jr. of New Haven’s Space-Craft Manufacturing, and Matthew Potochney of West Haven’s the Lighting Quotient (Alumni).
BOSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding more than $1.3 million in “Clean Diesel” funds for projects in the six New England states to reduce emissions and improve air quality. The EPA funds are part of a larger collaborative effort between EPA and New England states to leverage significant resources to reduce diesel emissions, improve public health, and promote clean diesel technology. This year they were able to leverage an additional $381,540 in state funding.
These grants bring a total of almost $6.2 million in federal funds and $2.3 million in state funds for State Clean Diesel funding to New England since the program’s inception four years ago. The funding is part of $12.6 million made available this year for State Clean Diesel programs nationwide, and is on top of prior Recovery Act funding of diesel projects.
In addition to funding for the states, nearly $2 million in FY 2011 funds have been awarded to New England organizations through the National Clean Diesel competitive program.
Saying the effort has failed to stop global warming, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced that his state will drop out of a regional cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gasses and boost renewable energy.
"This program is not effective in reducing greenhouse gases and is unlikely to be in the future," the Republican said at a news conference. "The whole system is not working as it was intended to work. It is a failure."
The ten-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, of which Connecticut is a member, requires fossil fuel-burning power plants to buy credits to cover the carbon they emit. Such a cap-and-trade program essentially puts a market-based price on pollution and is designed to pay for renewable energy efforts through sales of the credits. The initiative aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from utilities by ten percent over the next seven years.
Brass City mayor says hello to GOP
WATERBURY — The other shoe has finally fallen in the Brass City.
After weeks of speculation, Waterbury Mayor Michael J. Jarjura has at last confirmed he is leaving the Democratic Party to join the ranks of the GOP. Chief executive of Connecticut's fifth-largest city for a decade, Jarjura made the announcement in a May 31 press conference at Waterbury City Hall.
"I have always been one to put the people of Waterbury first, as my record of fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets and reticence to raise taxes has shown," Jarjura said. "Those traits are generally considered 'Republican ideals' so in that regard I feel I am right where I belong."
In addition to cherishing “Republican ideals,” on a more practical level the 50-year-old Jarjura was candid in acknowledging that he was not likely to earn the endorsement of the Democratic Town Committee. Former Waterbury police superintendent Neil O'Leary has announced his candidacy, and he is said to enjoy the support of many key Democrats in the city. In addition, former Democratic board of alderman president J. Paul Vance Jr., is looking at a run. Vance narrowly lost a primary to Jarjura two years ago. Rather than face another primary, some argue it was just easier for the Jarjura to switch sides. The Waterbury mayor is no stranger to making headlines. Back in 2005 he won re-election as a write-in candidate after losing a Democratic primary.
Jarjura said while the switch will clearly be a boost to the Republican Party, he remained committed to make the best policies to benefit every citizen of the city of Waterbury.
The state Department of Agriculture has announced that this year’s Farm-to-Chef Week will run September 18-24. Open to all restaurants and food-service companies in the state, participants are invited to create and offer their own special Farm-to-Chef menu that showcases Connecticut-grown ingredients and wines.
The seven-day promotion is an initiative of the department’s Farm-to-Chef Program, which connects Connecticut farmers and distributors of Connecticut-grown products with chefs and other culinary professionals. Last year’s Farm-to-Chef week attracted more than 80 restaurants, caterers, institutions, schools, farms, wineries and various dining venues. Participants created diverse menus that were offered at multi-course farm dinners, food-trucks, white-tablecloth restaurants, coffee and breakfast shops, school cafeterias and even ice cream parlors. Featured ingredients included fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, seafood, dairy, maple, honey and more.
“Many Farm-to-Chef members already serve locally grown and raised ingredients,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky. “What’s special about this week is that it inspires even greater creativity, brings attention to the cause on a state-wide level, and encourages businesses that are new to the program to give local products a try. It also gives the public a chance to sample and savor our state’s many local flavors and support restaurants and businesses that they may not have ever visited before.”
NEW HAVEN — The United Illuminating Co. has made a $5,000 grant to help a New Haven nonprofit repair a mobile educational bioscience laboratory. The grant is to Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE) for its BioBus, a state-of-the-art mobile laboratory aimed at middle- and high-school students. It travels around the state to give students the opportunity to learn about science. They can perform experiments and conduct other hands-on activities. It was launched in 2003 with help from an earlier UI grant, and it currently requires repairs to the laboratory floor and transmission that will cost approximately $8,800.
The BioBus is part of CURE’s BioScience Explorations initiative, a set of programs that bring science education to Connecticut students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It includes BioBus and Science Quest, a similar mobile laboratory designed for elementary school instruction.
WALLINGFORD — Shawmut Design & Construction of New Haven has been selected to build the Kohler Environmental Center at Choate Rosemary Hall. Designed by the architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, the structure is a 32,000-square-foot timber and fieldstone academic center that will provide an interdisciplinary focus on sustainability and the environment.
The Kohler Environmental Center is designed to achieve LEED-platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — a first for Choate — and a net-zero energy usage rating through an on-site, 290 kW, solar photovoltaic (PV) array. Design elements also include geothermal, solar hot water, as well as super-insulated walls and roof.
The building, to be constructed on 266 acres of undeveloped land north and east of Choate’s main campus, will function as a working laboratory. It will also include classrooms and seminar rooms, as well as a residential facility with a kitchen that will house two faculty apartments, up to 20 students, visiting researchers, graduate students and scholars-in-residence.