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What’s In Your Tax Bill? Do The Dollars Make Sense?

June 28th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

Tax bills for real estate and motor vehicles have started hitting mailboxes to finance the municipal budget year starting July 1. Are you beaming or screaming? Or something in between?
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City Man Sues Sacred Heart For False Sexual Assault Accusation

June 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

A Bridgeport man claiming he was falsely accused of a sexual assault has filed a lawsuit against Sacred Heart University and its director of Public Safety for disseminating bogus alert information on college letterhead following the March 30 sexual assault of a student after an evening at the Golden Star Café Lounge that recently reopened after it was shut down by the state for serving underage college drinkers. Two off-duty city police officers had also moonlighted there as bouncers.
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Moore Versus McCarthy Retail Campaigning In Full Swing

June 27th, 2016 · 46 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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State Senator Marilyn Moore works the crowd at Barnum Festival Parade.

The Barnum Festival weekend has become the gateway for retail campaigning, especially during legislative cycles with August primaries just six weeks away. Two years ago State Senator Marilyn Moore was campaigning in earnest trying to take out three-term incumbent Anthony Musto in a Democratic primary. She prevailed in a close contest on her way to a general election win. Now she’s the incumbent but this time facing party endorsed City Council President Tom McCarthy with the winner opposing Republican Elaine Hammers in November in Connecticut’s 22nd District covering all of Trumbull and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe.
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Black And Hispanic State Police Hires Don’t Mirror Connecticut

June 27th, 2016 · 14 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Ana Radelat, CT Mirror:

Nearly 30 years ago Connecticut’s state police signed a legally binding agreement to boost the number of black and Hispanic troopers to 10 percent of the force so it would mirror the proportion of minorities in Connecticut’s population.
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Playing Chicken Over Budget Numbers

June 26th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Many skeptical union members challenging the city’s numbers don’t want to cough up more concessions to balance the city budget. Mayor Joe Ganim is threatening more layoffs soon if they don’t step up. Who’s right, who’s wrong? Maybe it’s somewhere in the middle.
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Filling A School Board Vacancy Should Not Be Complex

June 25th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday night to address development of policy to fill a vacancy. There’s been much hullabaloo over filling the seat vacated by Dave Hennesssey, from what political party may replace it, to the time line required, to the appointing body if the time line is not met. Phil Smith, a student of the Bridgeport City Charter with experience overseeing charter revisions, weighs in with his take on the proper process in this commentary. [Read more →]

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Nurse Assists Residents During Fire

June 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Firefighters, News and Events

From Steve Krauchick, Doing It Local.

Jasmine, a registered nurse who was on Grand Street to check on a patient spotted a fire at 650/652 Grand Street on the second floor. She began knocking on doors getting everyone out of the building. One man was attempting to put the fire out with a pan, she convinced the man to leave the building and leave the fire to the firefighters. Before she knew it, Jasmine had someone’s baby in her arms which was quickly reunited with the mother. The residents attribute firefighters quick response in preventing the fire from spreading and quickly putting the fire out.

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Bar That Served Underage College Drinkers Reopens Under Conditions

June 24th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

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Golden Star cafe, scene of underage drinking. CT Post photo.

The Golden Star Cafe on Main Street that was shut down by the state for two months for serving more than 80 underage Sacred Heart University students and also had employed two off-duty city police officers in violation of department rules has been allowed to reopen under conditions set by the Department of Consumer Protection.
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