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WCA Hosts Author Nicholas Dawidoff

Thursday, January 19th at 7pm

Come hear our own Whitneyville resident, Nicholas Dawidoff, discuss his moving, powerful book, The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice and the American City.

A bit more context about the book…

The Other Side of Prospect focuses on the shooting of a grandfather in Newhallville and the innocent sixteen year old who was sentenced to prison, later exonerated and who struggled with the effects of his incarceration. “The Other Side of Prospect is a reportorial tour de force, at once a sweeping account of how the injustices of racism and inequality reverberate through the generations, and a beautifully written portrait of American city life, told through a group of unforgettable people and their intertwined experiences.”

Dawidoff will be interviewed by award winning Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean, author, professor of political science at QU and host of “Disrupted” on NPR.

Don’t have a copy of the book?

Possible Futures, a new bookstore in New Haven, will have copies available for author signing and sales. You can also order the book from their website at The store has also graciously volunteered to deliver books to local residents who are unable to travel to the store prior to the event.

Event Details


Thursday, January 19th at 7pm


Board Room of the Board of Education building, 60 Putnam Ave

Register now for League of Women Voters forum with state senators

Saturday, January 30, 10-11:30am (Zoom)
The LWV of Hamden/North Haven has organized a Zoom webinar to replace our usual Breakfast with the Legislators. We will have two panels: the first for our state senators on January 30, and the second for our state representatives, to be held in February.

Our state senators, Martin Looney, Paul Cicarella, and Jorge Cabrera will be live on Zoom to discuss the issues facing our state this year. We welcome questions in advance to pose to our senators.

Use the link below to register. You will be sent a reminder with the zoom link the morning of January 30.

Please send questions for the senators or about this event to Alice Baxter at

May 3rd Annual Whitneyville Library Fundraiser

Support your local library, the heart of our Whitneyville community, and celebrate Spring at the same time. Join friends and neighbors on Friday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm at The Playwright Banquet Room, located at 1232 Whitney Avenue.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, games, door prizes and good conversation. Lightheartedly called “Books & Booze” (with alcohol optional of course), net proceeds will be used by the Whitneyville Branch of the Hamden Public Library to support expanded programming and provide additional resources for residents and families in the community. Tickets are $30/person.

See our flyer for details and to mail in your donation.  You can also RSVP online.

Sponsored by the Whitneyville Civic Association.

Whitneyville Fall Social November 29 at 7 pm at the Library

Join us for a post-Thanksgiving neighborhood gathering at the Whitneyville Branch Library to enjoy a book reading, light refreshments, and nourishing conversations with your friends and neighbors.  

Bruce Coffin, who gave a poetry reading last fall as part of our “Evening in the Stacks” series, is back by popular demand to read from his memoir about growing up in Vermont.

Town-Wide Forum on LED Lights, Lighting, Health, Safety, and Science


Saturday, September 29th 2:00-4:00 at Hamden High School Room C107, 2040 Dixwell Ave, Hamden

Leading experts will present the current best practice in roadway lighting to protect human health, public safety, ecosystems, and quality of life. The forum will raise awareness about the difference between LED lighting and older, High Pressure Sodium and incandescent light sources, and will address the issues surrounding the upcoming installation of LED streetlights in the town of Hamden.

The panel will include of Professor of Community Medicine and Health Care: Dr. Richard Stevens of UConn, Catherine Diviney; Town of West Hartford Energy Specialist, Leo Smith; member Roadway Lighting Committee (Illuminating Engineering Society), Christina Crowder; International Dark-Sky Association, and on hand to answer specific question regarding regulations and safety; Daniel Kops, Hamden Town Planner and Hamden Police Chief, Thomas Wydra.

Speakers will present the latest information regarding the potential environmental, health, safety and community issues surrounding the upcoming installation of LED street lighting in Hamden and to outdoor lighting in general. In addition, the forum will have guideposts to systems, solutions and goals, that residents of the Town of Hamden should work to achieve.

Panelist will speak to their specialty, have a panel discussion and open the floor to questions.

Sponsored by Hamden Low-K LED Alliance ( ), State Representative Michael D’Agostino, 91st District, Office of Mayor Curt Leng and the Connecticut Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association.

Summer Music at Denicola Park

Our summer music concerts conclude on August 8 with classical music by local youth musicians.  The concert is at Denicola Park on Treadwell Street.  Bring chairs, blankets, food and drink.  Music is from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Lots of room for the kids to play and enjoy the music!

Thanks to our generous sponsors — and local gems — Framed and Wine 101!