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‘Big Brother’ Concern, Parents Criticize School Visit Background Checks

October 23rd, 2014 · 6 Comments · Education

The computerized security proposal to conduct instant background checks on school visitors was heavily criticized at a forum Wednesday night aided by an opinion from David McGuire, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. [Read more →]

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The Search For Bagley’s Replacement, GOP Urges Selection Of Steve Best For School Board

October 23rd, 2014 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

John Bagley’s resignation from the Board of Education last week has members of the school board in search of a replacement. Bridgeport’s Republican Party is recommending Steve Best who came up short in an effort to win one of the three minority party spots on the board last November.
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Pelto, One Of Several Write-In Candidates For Governor

October 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Gun-rights activist Joseph Visconti has qualified for the ballot as a petitioning candidate for governor possibly siphoning votes from Republican nominee Tom Foley tucked in a close battle with Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy. Malloy blog critic Jonathan Pelto failed in his quest to secure signatures for ballot qualification. But Pelto, along with a few others, can accumulate votes as a write-in candidate for governor. Write-in candidates do not appear on the ballot, but voting machines are programmed to accept names registered with the Connecticut Secretary of the State. Read more from SOTS chief Denise Merrill: [Read more →]

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Mr. Barnum’s Circus (No, Not The City Council) Is In Town

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport


The late great writer James G. Clark said, “Bridgeport…where the circus never left town.” Gee, how’d he come to that conclusion! Mr. Barnum’s circus will thrill throughout this weekend at the Webster Bank Arena.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!℠, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze! [Read more →]

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Guber Debate Party At Bijou

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · News and Events, State Politics

AARP Connecticut is inviting the public to attend a Gubernatorial Debate Watching Party tonight (Thursday), beginning at 5:45 p.m. at The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Advance registration is required by calling toll-free 1-877-926-8300.

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Foley Stiffs Hearst Connecticut Editorial Board

October 22nd, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

You’d think one of the endorsements actively coveted by the Tom Foley campaign for governor is Hearst Connecticut Media Group that includes four daily newspapers, Connecticut Post, Danbury News-Times, Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time with a combined print readership of roughly a few hundred thousand, and more factoring in web audiences. Nope.
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Paging William Bendix, ‘What A Revolting Development This Is’

October 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council

The Life of Riley

In his latest address to the City Council Monday night that highlights the city’s legal battle over tax payments of the trash-to-energy plant run by Wheelabrator, citizen financial watchdog John Marshall Lee declares in a Life of Riley moment, ‘What a revolting development this is.” From Lee:

Let’s consider the economics of Bridgeport and the trends you create every time you vote on a matter of financial substance. You vote as a Council on a number of issues of financial substance at these meetings.
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