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Ganim Appoints Health Director, Goes To City Council For Approval

September 30th, 2016 · 3 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim has appointed Maritza Bond, who supervises a health education center in New London, to serve as city health director. Her nomination will be referred to the City Council’s Contracts Committee Monday night. See Council agenda here. Council addendum here.
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Education Advocates Support School Board Coalition

September 30th, 2016 · 13 Comments · Education, News and Events

Six city residents active in education issues joined for this response to school board member Kevin McSpirit’s commentary entitled “Pereira is impediment to progress.” This commentary also appeared in the Connecticut Post.

No members of the public attend more Bridgeport Board of Education (BBOE) meetings than us. Our view of the BBOE is not from 15 second clips on TV, twitter, Facebook, or poor reporting from the Connecticut Post.

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Ah, The Lemon Zest Of City Politics, Bradley Urges Fonseca To Join School Board Boycott, Fonseca Says No

September 29th, 2016 · 24 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, National Politics, News and Events

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Yup, had a lot of this.

UPDATE: Back in town with so much to talk about. School board controversy has not died down as boycott from four members continues. Will it ever considering the polarizing personalities? Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis will have a say on the makeup of the board in October based on the complaint brought by Board of Education member Maria Pereira who asserts Mayor Joe Ganim has overstepped his authority.
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Ganim Appoints Rafael Fonseca Jr. To BOE, Pereira Comments

September 29th, 2016 · 50 Comments · Education, News and Events

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Ganim, left, swears in Rafael Fonseca as a member of the Board of Education.

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that pursuant to his authority under the Bridgeport city charter he has appointed Rafael Fonseca, Jr. as the newest member of the Bridgeport Board of Education. Fonseca has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the board of education created by the recent resignation of Andre Baker from the board. Under the Bridgeport city charter, Mayor Ganim has authority to appoint a member to the board when there is a vacancy and the board fails to appoint a member to fill the vacancy within 30 days of the vacancy being created. The Mayor made the appointment after waiting well past the 30 day appointment window given to the board of education and with no indication that the board was moving to fill the vacancy.

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Marine Band Concerts, Parade, Festival Highlight Columbus Weekend

September 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

News release from Columbus weekend organizers:

The 108th Columbus Day Parade, one of the longest continuous parades in the State, and the Quantico Marine Corps Band concerts will culminate three days of celebrating Italian-American culture and heritage. The parade steps off at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 9th in Bridgeport, starting at the corner of Wayne Street and Jewett Avenue and rolling south down Wayne Street to Madison Avenue, finishing at Micalizzi’s Italian Ices Shop. Richard Iannucci is this year’s Parade Chairman and helped to organize more than 75 units that comprise the parade roster.

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Moore Supports Sikorsky Job Plan

September 29th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From State Senator Marilyn Moore:

Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport) joined a historic vote in the state Senate to retain and grow approximately 8,000 jobs at Sikorsky Aircraft until 2032, keep the Sikorsky headquarters here in Connecticut, and substantially increase Sikorsky’s spending with its network of 302 in-state suppliers–20 of whom are located in Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe.

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Check Out The Barnum Museum’s Fall Lineup

September 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

From Mr. Barnum:

While works continues on restoration of the upper floors and other areas of the historic Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, tours and programs continue inside.

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Young Dem Event Features Himes

September 29th, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

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