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‘Front Yard Seaside Park, Back Yard Long Island Sound’ Officials Announce Remediation Plans For Old Factory

August 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Development and Zoning

Rendering of planned apartments for South End.

Standing in the east end of Seaside Park, sandwiched by the campus of the University of Bridgeport and a vacant industrial building, Governor Dan Malloy and Mayor Bill Finch on Wednesday joined state and city officials to announce a $2 million loan to remediate a 12-acre parcel including the old Remington Shaver site in the South End into 200 housing units, and a marina, overlooking Long Island Sound. [Read more →]

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Foley Supports School Choice

August 27th, 2014 · No Comments · Education

Hours from his first debate with incumbent Governor Dan Malloy, Republican nominee Tom Foley released his plan for Connecticut that includes five points “that matter most” with support for school choice. Foley has been criticized for lacking in issue specificity. [Read more →]

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Is He Tom Foley Or Tom Foolery? The Candidate’s Calculated Risk

August 27th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics

Tom Foley, rear in blue shirt, shows his face in Bridgeport. All talk, no action?

Tom Foley, left in blue shirt, shows his face in Bridgeport. All talk, no action?

As Republican nominee for governor Tom Foley enters his first debate tonight against Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy, will he actually take a position on something? Maybe he thinks no one will notice? Foley speaks often about sharing a Bridgeport agenda as he tries to poach urban votes from Malloy. Where’s the plan? Mark Pazniokas of the CT Mirror examines Foley’s position reticence.

Tom Foley says Connecticut suffers under onerous business regulations, but he won’t name one. He says elements of the post-Newtown gun controls inconvenience law-abiding gun owners, but he won’t identify one that should be repealed. He promises to control spending, without saying how. [Read more →]

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Ken Moales’ “Rat” Problem

August 26th, 2014 · 38 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 · 1 Comment · 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 · 15 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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