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Shaban: What’s Good For A Kid In Darien Is Good For A Kid In Bridgeport

August 25th, 2016 · 2 Comments · City Politics, National Politics, State Politics

Shaban, left, meeting city kids at Trumbull Gardens.

Shaban, left, meeting city kids at Trumbull Gardens.

Bridgeport is generally alien territory for Republican candidates. John Shaban writes on his Bridgeport campaign web page “As the republican candidate for US Congress in CT’s fourth district, many people reflexively ask “what is your Bridgeport strategy” … as if Bridgeport is a foreign land in need of a foreign policy.” [Read more →]

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It’s The ‘Bully’ Versus The ‘Buffoon’–Monday Night Fight At School Board Meeting

August 24th, 2016 · 90 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

It was quite a Monday night, the first full meeting of the new school year, for the Board of Education, with chair Dennis Bradley and member Maria Pereira engaged in a shouting match as Associate City Attorney Mark Anastasi yelled from a lectern in Geraldine Johnson School. One issue that had the fur flying was “Discussion & Possible Action on Removal of Mayoral BOE Appointee,” a reference to Mayor Joe Ganim’s appointment of Annette Segarra to fill the vacancy of Dave Hennessey that is expected to be challenged in court. What follows is Pereira’s account of the evening as requested by OIB. Another point of view can be found at Education Bridgeport here hosted by Megan DeSombre who filmed the footage above. Feel free to pull out your fight scorecard and let us know the result.
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Officials Present New Fire Class

August 24th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

 From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim joined Connecticut US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Bridgeport Fire Chief Richard Thode today to present the 23 new Bridgeport fire recruits who have been selected to begin training at the Connecticut state fire academy. The new class is a diverse group made up almost entirely of Bridgeport residents, and includes military veterans, second-chance returning citizens, and descendants of Bridgeport firefighters. Funding to hire most of the recruit class comes from a federal SAFER grant of $2.7 Million awarded to Bridgeport by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant funds the training and salaries of 17 of the new recruits. With the new recruits completing their training, Bridgeport’s Fire Department will reach a full manning level of 288 firefighters.

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Bijou Theatre Curtain Rising For Special Screening Of The Armor Of Light

August 24th, 2016 · No Comments · News and Events

Bijou event

Downtown’s Bijou Theatre, closed recently to ongoing events, is reopening for a special occasion. Connecticut Against Gun Violence is hosting a free screening of The Armor of Light at the theatrical gem. More info here.

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School Choice Advocates Muscle Up In Federal Court

August 24th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Education, News and Events

From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:

A group of parents, including the president of the Bridgeport District Parent Advisory Council, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Connecticut’s restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs are unconstitutional and have forced thousands of low-income and minority students to attend low-performing schools.
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Cecil Young Is Noisy, And That’s No Bull, Airs Out Lungs In Front Of FBI Office

August 23rd, 2016 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

Community gadfly Cecil Young‘s bullhorn is much a part of the fabric of Bridgeport as the coal burning South End smokestack. They both huff and puff and spew. Cecil’s blown out the ear drums of residents at all points in the city. Several years ago his bullhorn created such a racket in front of then Mayor Bill Finch’s house that he took a pinch. On Tuesday he launched his latest “injustice” jihad in front of 1000 Lafayette Boulevard Downtown where the FBI has a local office. He left behind the bullhorn but created plenty of amplification through a speaker.
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Watchdogs & Whistleblowers Welcome

August 23rd, 2016 · 13 Comments · City Budget, News and Events


It’s time to bark in the burg. Led by citizen financial watchdog John Marshall Lee, a forum for discussion, ideas and “barking points” has been launched at Watchdogs Bridgeport, a showcase for city issues. Lee says all fiscal hounds are welcome.
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Juggling Lower Crime Stats In The Face Of Violence

August 23rd, 2016 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Law Enforcement

Opponent temptation on a purely political level justifies ridiculing Mayor Joe Ganim in light of the latest shootings, considering his campaign assault on Bill Finch a year ago following spikes in violent crime. There’s also a big difference. When violence occurred a year ago Finch was more interested in trotting out the latest crime stats than addressing the immediacy of the victims. African American voters, in particular, recoiled at the incumbent reciting lower crime info in an election year than showing concern on their behalf.
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