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Ken Moales’ “Rat” Problem

August 26th, 2014 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

Former Board of Education member Maria Pereira no longer attends school board meetings in an official capacity, but she is present at just about every meeting as a citizen. A commentary she wrote for a prior post is republished below describing in part the first regular meeting on Monday as kids head back to school, featuring the incorrigible school board member Ken Moales with whom Pereira had some mighty exchanges while she served on the board.
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Debicella Visits Rescue Mission, Himes Visits Pleasure Beach

August 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Apron-adorned Dan Debicella at Rescue Mission.

The campaign season begins in earnest next week right after Labor Day weekend, but that’s not stopping Democratic incumbent Congressman Jim Himes from stepping up his Bridgeport appearances, nor his Republican opponent Dan Debicella who was born in Bridgeport. In recent days Himes visited Pleasure Beach, now open for public access thanks to federal dough Himes secured for water taxi service. Debicella visited the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to bring attention to homelessness. News releases follow starting with Debicella.
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Finch, Gaudett Voice Safety Tips For Students

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments · Cops, Education, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch and Police Chief Joe Gaudett handle the voiceover work for a back-to-school radio campaign, according to a news release from the mayor’s Communications Director Brett Broesder. The radio campaign is airing on WICC and WEBE 108.

As many kids head back to school this week, the City of Bridgeport is launching a radio ad that highlights safety tips for kids and parents. The radio ad has a specific focus on pedestrian and driver safety.

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Charter School Advocate Launches ‘Unite Bridgeport’ Door-To-Door Campaign

August 25th, 2014 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Charter school advocacy organization Families for Excellent Schools, a growing presence in city education, has commenced a citywide grassroots “Unite Bridgeport” campaign to register new voters, receive input about the direction of city schools and share the gospel about the role of charter schools in the city.
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Damien Conners, New Executive Director At Excel Bridgeport

August 25th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Education, News and Events

Damien Conners

Damien Conners

The education advocacy group Excel Bridgeport has named Damien Conners as the new executive director. From Excel Bridgeprt Board of Directors:

Previously, Damien served as the National Executive Director and COO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Inc. (SCLC)—an organization led and co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Among other accomplishments during his tenure at SCLC beginning in 2010, he is honored to have founded the SCLC Poverty Institute, an organization founded to address systemic inequity. In 2013, Damien was honored with the Emancipation of Capital Award for his strategic and programmatic work around building coalitions to address socio-economic equity in the U.S.

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Will Daniels Mayoral Campaign Be A Boon Or Bust?

August 25th, 2014 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

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David Daniels addresses audience in city library on Saturday.

In early 1992, the governor of Arkansas seeking the Democratic nomination for president over the likes of former California Governor Jerry Brown visited the Ralphola Taylor Center in the East End seeking votes for the Connecticut primary. Ernie Newton, a young city politician back in the day, recalls you could fill a phone booth with the people in attendance to meet Bill Clinton. Maybe 20 or so showed to see the future president of the United States. On Saturday retired police officer David Daniels hosted a listening forum at the Bridgeport Public Library in consideration of a mayoral run. About the same number of people to see Clinton showed up to see Daniels, one of them Newton, once again illustrating how difficult it is to generate a following for a run, be it large or small. It takes a whole lot of time, effort, organization, brick by brick. Rarely does it happen overnight.
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Pelto On The Ropes For November Ballot Qualification

August 23rd, 2014 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Petitioning candidate for governor Jonathan Pelto writes “it appears increasingly likely that we will fall short of the 7,500 ‘valid’ signatures to get on the ballot.” State election officials are reviewing the signature petitions of Pelto, a critic of Democratic Governor Dan Malloy’s education policies. Pelto’s presence on the ballot could siphon votes from Malloy in an appeal for education votes. From Pelto’s blog:
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