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Chopping Wood

Reinaldo Cruz

In his Edgewood backyard, Reinaldo Cruz is busy shearing a piece of wood with a heavy knife. The forearm-sized-and-dwindling piece of red elm begins to take the shape it’s destined to become: a spoon. …

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Lots in Store

Jordan’s Furniture likes to go big. Its enormous sign, backed by a collage of actual chairs arranged like a tiled computer wallpaper, looms over new arrivals. To the right, another huge sign informs you of the presence of “It,” purportedly …

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Petalworking

Spring has come, and flowers are blooming. Yards and medians bob with daffodils, and the cherry blossom trees in Wooster Square are budding, promising petal showers any moment. …

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Place of Pride

Steve and Kate Melillo outside Americana Memories

On the Americana Memories website, there’s a phone number to reach Steve Melillo for “pennant emergencies.”

“It’s exactly what it sounds like,” Melillo says. For example…

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Semper Fi

Margaret Middleton

In recognition of Veterans Day, we’re revisiting this lightly updated story from July 4, 2014.

A huge number of military veterans return from war and find a different kind of struggle…

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Social Fabric

Julia Bogardus, Knit New Haven

Knitting: a quiet pursuit for lonely moments, if ever there were one. But in the city of New Haven, no one need stitch alone. …

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Secret Garden

A photo essay.

Editor’s Note: The exact address of this story’s subject has been withheld for privacy reasons.

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Wheels and Deals

Goodwill Outlet Store in Hamden, CT

Hardcore thrifters hardcore thrift.

They understand the various subtleties of Savers, Salvo (Salvation Army) and Goodwill. They know the weekly discount days. They …

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Open House

A photo essay.

Editor’s Note: The address of this story’s subject has been withheld for privacy reasons.

It’s prudent to decline when …

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Home Made

From 1866 to 1966, Mary Wade Home, now a community for seniors in Fair Haven, was called the Home for the Friendless. …

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