A tough few days for the Park City. Today was the day pink slips were poised for a few dozen municipal employees to begin closing an $8 million city budget gap. But in the aftermath of a Fire Department tragedy priorities may be elsewhere.
Just two weeks until Tsunami Tuesday when serial primary voters will fill in ovals for a variety of state races including governor. Former Mayor Joe Ganim can actually vote if he affiliates with a party, assuming he has satisfied all court-imposed conditions at his sentencing, fine, restitution, etc. as he reestablishes himself at the family compound in Easton working out of the family law office in Bridgeport. Joe cannot practice law, but that doesn’t mean he cannot assist the family law practice while he seeks to regain his law license, a process, if successful, that will take a year or two.
In the state of Connecticut felony offenders may vote after completing their time, courtesy of a stroke of pen from John Rowland about 12 years ago when he was governor at the urging of pols such as former state legislator Ernie Newton who maintained folks should have their voting privileges restored after completing their time. Such irony, eh?
For a number of high-profile pols reestablishing after leaving office the radio seems a pretty good place to land, be it a full time gig or just for a part-time reconnection. Former Providence lightning rod Mayor Buddy Cianci, and closer to home former Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi and Rowland have occupied radio studios. Fabs, an administrator for the Board of Education, fills in on WICC every now and then accentuating positive viewpoints about the city. Fabs doesn’t take on controversial issues. Wish he’d dig in on local issues.
WICC’s morning drive audience for news, weather and traffic is still potent led by the genial host Tony Reno and then most of the audience bails out after 10 a.m. when the station runs inexpensive nationally syndicated stuff such as conservative talkie Dennis Miller followed by consumer warrior Clark Howard. Live talk picks back up with Jim Buchanan’s afternoon drive slot.
WICC needs sizzle. Would not surprise me if the station reached out to Joe Ganim about a radio gig. Joe’s a pretty good gabber who’d add some pop to a boring midday lineup, or as a fill in and maybe he could have Ernie Newton as his sidekick. That scream you just heard came from Ernie. “Lennie, I’m nobody’s sidekick!”
Hmmm. I wonder what WICC Program Director Curt Hansen thinks of this? Curt, you out there? Who knows, maybe the Ganim law firm would sponsor a Joe Show. Why do I think I wouldn’t be Joe’s first guest. Lennie who?
From Mayor Finch:
Fund Established in Honor of 2 Fallen Bridgeport Firefighters
The Bridgeport Fire Department and Bridgeport Firefighters Local 834 have established a fund to support the families of the two firefighters who died while fighting a house fire at 41 Elmwood Ave., on Saturday afternoon.
Donations to the “Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Fund” can be made through the Bridgeport Fire Department Employees Federal Credit Union at 3115 Madison Ave., Bridgeport CT 06606, Attn: Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Fund. The credit union can be reached at 203.374.8120 or 1.800.242.8120.
Members of the community who would like to support the families in their time of need are urged to make donations to the Fallen Firefighters Fund. If members of the public have questions about the fund, or would like to sponsor a fund-raiser to benefit the fallen firefighters, they are asked to call Bridgeport Firefighters Local 834 President Robert Whitbread at 203.339.5088.
Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Fund
The Bridgeport Fire Department Employees Federal Credit Union
3115 Madison Avenue
Bridgeport CT 06606
Attn: Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Fund
For information the Credit Union can be reached at: 203.374.8120 or 1.800.242.8120
Zoo And Fish Tix For You
The summer is only half done, lots of stuff to do in the Park City and I aim to accommodate. I have a pair of Bluefish tickets, first row Harbor Club seats for Sunday afternoon Aug. 8. Also, our friends at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo which has all kinds of great stuff for the kids this summer have graciously provided a few guest passes for four. So write to your intrepid OIB host email@example.com, include your address and I’ll get them out the door.