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“Lights On”–Bijou Theatre Screens New Chapter Of Events

October 23rd, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Bijou lights

Bijou Theatre

When the curtain appeared to fall a few months ago on the Downtown gem Bijou Theatre it was like a shot to the solar plexus of patrons who loved live music, comedy, films, community events and theatrical productions in an intimate 200-seat setting. Developer Phil Kuchma says the Bijou never really closed, but has transitioned to a new chapter for the historic venue, one of the oldest movie houses in the country that underwent a renovation several years ago. Kuchma says the venue is alive and well with a number of events on the horizon.
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Documentary About Gun Violence Airs Wednesday At Bijou

October 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · News and Events

From CT Against Gun Violence:

We invite you to the CT Against Gun Violence screening of the new documentary, 91%: A Film About Guns in America, followed by a panel discussion featuring Josh Koskoff, the attorney who represented the families of Newtown victims in the lawsuit against Remington, the maker of the AR-15 assault rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012.

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OIB Poll: Rig The Election, Vote Early And Often

October 21st, 2016 · 8 Comments · National Politics

A “rigged” election, asserts Donald Trump. Here’s the chance for Trump supporters (others as well) to stuff our OIB poll with as many votes as they want. Yes, cast a vote for your choice (or multiple choices) once, 50, 100 times. What does this prove? Nothing. But it gives voice to those who want to “rig” an election.

For whom will you vote in the November election?

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School Board Maneuvering Continues, Special Meeting Monday

October 21st, 2016 · 10 Comments · Education, News and Events

Board of Education Secretary Ben Walker and at least three other board members are moving forward with a special meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at Geraldine Johnson School. Will selective boycotter Dennis Bradley, the chair, show up?
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Merrill: Trump Claim Destructive To The Fabric Of Our Democracy

October 21st, 2016 · 5 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

 Statement from Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill:

In response to recent suggestions that the presidential election could in some way be compromised, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said, “The state of Connecticut goes through every precaution to ensure that elections are administered as freely and fairly as possible. Any claim to the contrary is not just irresponsible, it is destructive to the fabric of our democracy. The hundreds of elections officials in the state–including registrars, moderators, clerks and volunteer poll workers–are working tirelessly to serve the voters.
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Don’t Mess With My Neighborhood

October 21st, 2016 · 2 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

A thief who wanted more than pizza and ice cream a few days ago was snagged by a resident in Black Rock after he swiped the tip jar at Beverly Pizza and tried to do the same at Timothy’s Ice Cream on Fairfield Avenue. Steve Krauchick of Doing It Local shares his video interview with Jose who apprehended the tip taker until police arrived.

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Grab A Bag, New Guidelines For Leaf Pickup

October 21st, 2016 · 1 Comment · News and Events

News release from city:

Mayor Joe Ganim and the Department of Public Facilities today issued new guidelines that will require residents to place leaves, brush and grass clippings in brown bags or in uncovered garbage cans to be ready for pickup on recycling day which occurs biweekly. The new yard refuse collection guidelines replace Loose Leaf Pickup from 2015 in which residents raked leaves and other materials into a pile on their curb for the last six weeks of the year. Transitioning from loose leaf pickup to the new brown bag yard waste collection guidelines saves Bridgeport taxpayers more than $150,000 in labor and equipment and fuel costs. Bridgeport residents can purchase brown bags from Home Depot, Stop and Shop and other grocery or hardware stores.
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Ganim’s Historic Comeback Included In WikiLeaks Volumes

October 20th, 2016 · 9 Comments · City Politics, National Politics, News and Events

Among the voluminous stacks of hacked emails of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chairman John Podesta comes a little, local WikiLeaks-revealed nugget titled “GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE” detailing an article in the Hartford Courant chronicling Joe Ganim’s historic mayoral comeback victory last November.
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