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Entries Categorized as 'Best of Bridgeport'

Garth: Jack McGregor The Most Attractive Candidate I Ever Handled

December 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Legendary political guru David Garth passed away on Monday. As his New York Times obituary points out, he was an innovator, a godfather of campaign consultants, having furthered the elections of New York City mayors John Lindsay, Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. He was the media brain behind New York governors Hugh Carey […]

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When The Toolmaker Becomes A Baker, Gene Farkas’ Perfect Pastries

December 11th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport

They don’t make them like Gene Farkas anymore, still going strong as he turns 88 next month. When I was a young scribe the toolmaker serenaded me with stories and observations about old-time politics. Nothing like a cocktail and a story in a city saloon. That’s what they called them back then. Saloons. He was […]

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Downtown Tree Lighting

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

From Mayor Bill Finch: Mayor Bill Finch, the City of Bridgeport and the Downtown Special Services District will celebrate the holiday season with the annual Celebration of Lights and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 4 in downtown Bridgeport. This free, family-friendly event will include musical performances, activities for children and an appearance from Santa.

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Joe Haines Never Tasted Skunk, Pepe Le Pew Is Safe

November 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Best of Bridgeport

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without OIB’s annual salute to Connecticut’s wilderness warrior, Bridgeport native, Joe Haines who’s eaten just about everything that cannot eat him. There’s even a recipe for squirrel cacciatore. Grab multiple eggnogs and check it out. Once Muriel Haines’ five friends inhaled the aromas coming from the kitchen, her husband Joe had […]

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The Pie That Made Bridgeport Famous

November 22nd, 2014 · 5 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, Library

Fun story from Mary Witkowski, director of the Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library. It was beat up. It looked like it had been in a fight. The years of scraping crust out of the bottom of the pie in order to get the last piece had scored lines into the metal. The many washings […]

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Bridgeport Unveils ‘Better Every Day’ Campaign Sans Finch

November 17th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Enlisting a contractor to share the story of “Bridgeport getting better every day,” the city has launched a $250,000 marketing campaign under the direction of Communications Director Brett Broesder to highlight city progress on television, radio and websites into the new year. Mayor Bill Finch, seeking reelection in 2015, will not appear in the campaign. […]

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Tiger Ted Lowry, A Piece Of The Rock And War Hero

November 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport

Tiger Ted Lowry had such a special story to tell, it’s worth repeating in honor of Veterans Day. One of my favorite interviews was with Lowry, the only fighter to twice go the distance with Rocky Marciano. Lowry boxed often in Bridgeport. He was also part of a secret World War II mission “The Fire-Fly […]

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