Evening Update: Everyone acted adult-like Monday night at City Hall–no yelling, screaming, name calling–as the City Council accepted an apology from councilman Bob Walsh to his district partner Evette Brantley and the city as a whole after he had berated her in a racially charged phone message following her support of Mayor Bill Finch’s Steel Point development agreement.
The council took no formal action against Walsh beyond resolving to accept his apology and seeking a diversity training program for all council members.
The evening began with the playing of Walsh’s phone message in which he scolds Brantley for submission to her “masta” and then a subsequent phone call in which he apologized. Walsh is white, Brantley is black.
It was then Evette’s turn to speak and she told a council audience of roughly 100 that she was “hurt, betrayed and belittled.”
Walsh followed with a heartfelt apology saying it was not his intention to hurt. He also, at the urging of Brantley, apologized to the citizens of Bridgeport and entire city. “Apology accepted,” said Evette. The audience cheered. A number of council members spoke urging the acceptance of the apology and to move on to city business.
More on this in the morning.
From the City Charter:
The city council may determine its rules of proceeding in conformity to the general principles of parliamentary law, may punish members for disorderly behavior, and, after notice and hearing, may, by a two-thirds vote of all council members, expel a member for due cause. A quorum shall consist of eleven council members. At the request of any council member, the vote upon any question shall be taken by roll call vote.
GOP Rips Dick
Look for Richard Blumenthal to be GOP State Chair Chris Healy’s favorite whipping boy. See news release below from Healy after the the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate’s Sunday morning television interview.
BLUMENTHAL SLIPPERY IN FIRST SHOW
HARTFORD – Attorney General Dick Blumenthal showed how truly impressed he is with himself Sunday but dodged several key questions, including health care and terrorism, according to Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy Sunday.
“Dick Blumenthal is the same old tired politician with the same brand of blather that voters are exhausted by,” said Healy. “Anyone who listens to Dick Blumenthal knows he will say anything to be elected.”
Some highlights of Dick-Speak Sunday:
•Blumenthal said he was opposed to the insider deal which rewarded the state of Nebraska with millions in Medicaid subsidy – but then said he would have to “review” the final bill if the provision wasn’t removed. He also said lawsuits being considered by other Attorneys General were “premature,” even though Blumenthal routinely threatens lawsuits.
•Blumenthal said he wanted stronger financial oversight of the financial industry, but would “review” controls that were removed with the repeal of Glass Steagel, the laws which prohibited some of the investment vehicles that led to financial collapse.
•Blumenthal wouldn’t say whether the most recent airline bomber or the 9-11 mastermind should be tried in New York under civilian rule, since each case should be “reviewed,” individually.
•Blumenthal claimed he was a “fighter” for Connecticut, using the term “fight” three dozen times in the half-hour interview, and even claimed he had saved the lives of many Connecticut residents through his lawsuits of insurance companies.
•Blumenthal told about how he had successfully fought the utility companies, among other corporate villains. But then, Blumenthal lamented that Connecticut had the highest electric rates in the country.
“How has Dick Blumenthal fought for us and everything is still so bad?” asked Healy. “I am sure we are all grateful that Dick Blumenthal feels he is making a difference, including matters of life and death, but his hubris will not fool the voters.”
Healy did credit Blumenthal with supporting public broadcast of the current health care debate, although the Attorney General incorrectly noted the bill was in a conference report. The bill is being negotiated behind closed doors in both the House and Senate, Healy noted.
“Dick Blumenthal assumes the voters don’t pay attention to details, but there will be enough time for citizens to realize that he is more of the same story – empty promises and lots of talk,” said Healy.
News release from Malloy campaign
MALLOY RAISES $70,142 IN FOURTH QUARTER, HAS NOW RAISED $443,250 TOTAL
January 11, 2010 – Potential candidate for Governor Dan Malloy, the former Mayor of Stamford, today announced that he raised $70,142 from October 1 through the end of 2009, as indicated in the fourth quarter fundraising report his committee will file today. Since forming his exploratory committee Malloy has raised a total of $443,250.
In this quarter, Malloy received contributions from 518 individuals. 2,103 people have now contributed to his committee since it was formed last year, with 1,006 total qualifying contributions toward public campaign financing. During the fourth quarter 364 of Malloy’s contributors gave $100 or less.
“Since beginning this exploratory effort, our fundraising has been steady and successful,” said Malloy. “Most importantly, we’ve seen a consistently strong number of individual donors each quarter – a clear indicator of the type of grassroots support that will matter most this election year under public campaign financing. As a strong proponent of Connecticut’s Citizens Elections Program, I look forward to utilizing CEP should I decide to become a candidate.”
Since forming his exploratory committee last year, Malloy has been visiting communities and Democratic town committees across Connecticut to speak with residents about the challenges facing the state, and to share his own ideas for putting Connecticut back on track. Recently Malloy has been outspoken on issues such as jobs, the budget, health care, and campaign finance reform.
News release from Mayor Finch
H1N1 Flu Vaccine Now Available for All Residents at City’s Health Department Flu Clinic
The City’s Health Department will begin offering the H1N1 vaccine to all Bridgeport residents. Residents who wish to be vaccinated are urged to make an appointment by calling the Flu Clinic Hotline at (203)-576-8242.
Flu clinics will be held Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bridgeport Health Department, 752 E. Main St.
Residents should bring the following documentation with them to their appointment in order to receive the vaccine:
•Proof of residency
•Insurance card (Acceptable forms of insurance include: Medicare (Part B), HealthNet and HealthNet/Medicare. For all others a fee will be charged.)
Mayor Bill Finch urges all high-risk residents to make an appointment for H1N1 vaccination. High-risk groups include the following:
•Adults 50 years of age and older
•Adults over the age of 18 with a chronic medical condition, such as heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), weakened immune system and diabetes.
•Household contacts and caregivers of anyone in a high-risk group, including children younger than 6 months of age who are too young to be vaccinated. This includes parents, grandparents, babysitters and day care providers.
•Residents of long-term care facilities and nursing homes
•Health-care workers who come in contact with patients
For more information, please call the City of Bridgeport Health Department at (203) 576-7680.
An Exotic New Dance Musical Direct from California
Sparkles with a large and talented cast
Live, on-stage at The Downtown Cabaret Theater
For the East Coast premiere of Fandance… the Legend of Sally Rand
A captivating true story of the famed burlesque queen who started out on a Quaker farm and ran away with the circus to grow up in the days of Vaudeville and be discovered by Cecil B. DeMille, only to lose her film career when “sound” came in, due to a lisp.
Down and out on the streets of Chicago during the Great Depression, Sally saw an ad for exotic acts at the Paramount Club and bartered for two big ostrich fans at the pawn shop, and the most infamous of fan dances was born.
Arrested four times in one day for indecent exposure at the Chicago World’s Fair, she was released for “want of equity,” meaning you couldn’t see anything no matter how much you tried.
A young girl named Rosie, denied the right to buy a ticket because of her age, snuck into the World’s Fair to see the famous dancer and never forgot the grace and beauty she saw. The two women’s paths would cross once more at the end of their lives. The story takes place all the years in-between.
One an infamous fan dancer who would open a nude dude ranch and be known as “America’s Treasure;” the other an ordinary woman who would iron clothes in exchange for dance lessons for her daughter and go to garage sales to find bargains.
Fate takes a twist and Rosie finds an old woman at a garage sale selling Sally Rand’s mementos. Memories are shared. The old woman asks for the name of Rosie’s daughter, takes a playbill and signs it, “To Misty from Sally Rand.”
Written and directed by Misty Rowe, the show takes the audience through 81 years of dance history with a musical story that will tear at your heartstrings. Misty is remembered for the box office hit, Always, Patsy Cline, along with her 19 years on Hee Haw that won her TV Land’s Entertainer’s Award. A professional director for S.D.C., Ms. Rowe spent 8 years in Fairfield County, Connecticut, writing Fandance with the guidance of local historians. She also portrays the older Sally with her favorite co-stars.
Broadway actress Joy Franz, whose exceptional voice has put her in more hits on Broadway than most performers could ever dream about. From the original production of Pippin and Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Ms. Franz also went on to be the Wicked Stepmother for years in Into the Woods, including the national tour and its production on PBS. Her comedic talents shined in Guys & Dolls and her unforgettable voice and elegance graced the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Kennedy Center. A personal friend of the author of Fandance for 20 years and having just worked with Steve Rossi, she decided not to miss out on all the fun and joined the cast.
Funny and talented Steve Rossi was the tall, handsome half of the famous Allen & Rossi comedy team. Starting his career at age six in the Bing Crosby film Going My Way, Steve would later record the hit song More and sing it at the Academy Awards in 1974. His legendary career includes over 800 TV shows. His favorite? Appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show with the Beatles in 1965. Never one to talk about age, Mr. Rossi, however, does admit to opening for Mae West.
Fandance introduces Miss Amber Carpenter as the young Sally Rand. Petite and blonde, Amber not only looks like the real Sally, but is classically trained in voice and dance and has performed onstage since she was three.
Joining her are talented actors Robin Field and Steve Cassling with a bevy of beauties who sing, dance and act and are known as “The Uli Uli Girls.”
The days of Vaudeville and Burlesque are brought to life through the music of Broadway conductor, Michael Sansonia, and the multi-media design of Emmy-honored Paul Mitton.
Presented by New York Theatrical Productions
The Downtown Cabaret Theater
263 Golden Hill St.
FANDANCE: The Legend of Sally Rand
Written and directed by Misty Rowe
March 26 – April 25, 2010
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
(Note: No 5:30 performances on Sunday, April 4 or Saturday, April 17.)
Tickets now on Sale
Box Office 209-576-1636
$39.50 and $32.50