Today is the St. Patrick’s Day of the inland fishing season: lots of amateurs hanging out around watering holes.
Why do I hate fishing on opening day? The last time I did that an errant cast lodged a hook in my neck.
Speaking of amateurs, this item from the Hartford Courant is too juicy to pass up, courtesy of that indomitable state representative from the North End Christopher Caruso:
In their “no tax increase” budget plan that was unveiled Thursday, Republicans proposed eliminating $60 million from the Citizens’ Election Fund that is used to publicly finance election campaigns.
With the state facing dire financial problems, the Republicans said it makes no sense to have taxpayers pay for the campaign bumper stickers of politicians.
“This is not the time” to pay for elections, said House GOP leader Lawrence Cafero of Norwalk.
But Rep. Christopher Caruso, a Bridgeport Democrat who spearheaded the drive for reform, said the elimination is “the wrong thing to do” as the relatively new program is just getting started. The 2010 election would be the first gubernatorial campaign with public financing.
“Calling for its elimination is an affront to the need for a more open and accountable government,” Caruso said. “In the last election cycle, we saw more people have the opportunity to become involved in the process due to this program, especially during primaries.”
He added, “Without it, many average citizens who would like to enter government with fresh ideas and new approaches will not have this opportunity. The call for its elimination comes on the eve of the 2010 election for governor. Apparently, some want to continue the system of incumbent protection that government has had for too long.”
Fresh ideas and new approaches? Gee, can anyone recall The Great Caruso’s octaves for fresh ideas and new approaches during his 2007 failed primary challenge of Bill Finch? Oh, yeah … corruption, corruption, corruption. Can’t wait for what Caruso will unveil as a mayoral candidate for 2011, after Caruso votes for the highest tax increase in state history and urging that $60 million be applied to finance campaigns.
Will someone please tell me, after 20 years in the state legislature, what Caruso has done for Bridgeport?
Barack infused Chris Dodd a much-needed boost on Friday, declaring that Connecticut’s senior center deserves another six years. What does it mean? That depends on whether we’ll hear about another housing/mortgage/property revelation. Dodd’s best friend right now equals peace and quiet.
I’m catching up on a bunch of press releases. Here goes:
Alternate-Side-of-the-Street Parking in Force
Bridgeport residents asked to comply with ordinance; Street sweeping to begin May 4
BRIDGEPORT, CT (April 17, 2009) – Mayor Bill Finch asks all City residents to comply with the alternate-side-of-the-street parking ordinance which is in effect from April 1 through November 15.
“Moving your car to the alternate side of the street helps our public works crews do their jobs more efficiently, and ultimately, helps keep our city cleaner,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “We are asking for the public’s cooperation in making this possible so that we can all enjoy a cleaner, greener Bridgeport.”
Residents are urged to heed posted signs on the streets. Cars parked in violation will be ticketed and/or towed. Copies of the alternate-side-of-the-street parking ordinance are available at the City Clerk’s office, City Hall, Room 204, 45 Lyon Terrace.
City Public Works crews will begin street sweeping operations on Monday, May 4.
The street sweeping schedule divides the city into three sections – red, blue and green. Please observe the color of the sign in your area.
Parking or standing will be allowed on the even-number side of the streets on even-numbered days during such periods, and parking or standing will be permitted on the odd-number side of the streets on odd-numbered days during such period as follows:
Red Section: The red section includes the area of the City north of North Avenue (Route 1), including North Avenue to Trumbull Town Line between Fairfield Town Line East to Route 8/25 and Seltsam Road from the 1st to the 10thday of every month. (North End & North Side of City)
Blue Section: The blue section includes the area of the City south of North Avenue (Route 1), but not including North Avenue to Ash Creek and Waldemere Avenue between Fairfield Town Line east to (but not including) Knowlton Street, Water Street and including south end of Main Street, from the 11th to the 20thof every month. ( West End , South Side & Black Rock)
Green Section: The green section includes the area of the City south of the Trumbull Town Line to Pleasure Beach between Beardsley Park, Glenwood Avenue and Knowlton Street (including Knowlton Street) east to the StratfordTown Line from the 21st to the last day of every month. (East End & East Side)
Help The Zoo
Many of you have seen or heard media reports hinting that Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo may close.
The truth is we will not close-Not if you can help it!
With budgets in crisis at the state and local levels, our funding is in jeopardy. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo relies on both the State of Connecticut and the City of Bridgeport for nearly one-third of our funding.
If either one cuts our budget, our ability to keep the doors open will be in danger.
What You Can Do About It
You can help save your Zoo by:
Telling your elected officials to SAVE YOUR ZOO. Tell them what the Zoo means to you and your family. Tell them to leave our funding alone.
Call Governor Rell: 800-406-1527
Call Mayor Finch: 203-576-7201
Contact your State Rep.
Invest In Your Zoo by making a donation https://www.applyweb.com/public/contribute?s=bzood
Sail Against Cancer
Park City Regatta is Helping to Turn the Tide Against Cancer
Saturday, July 18 is the date of the 2009 Park City Regatta. Now in its eighth year, the Park City Regatta is presented by Fayerweather Yacht Club and Black Rock Yacht Club in Bridgeport, CT and Housatonic Boat Club in Stratford, CT. By combining sailing, fundraising and fun, the Park City Regatta supports the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation’s SWIM Across the Sound, Connecticut’s largest cancer charity organization. The regatta will once again be hosted by Fayerweather Yacht Club, (FYC) with on-the-water support provided by volunteers from all three clubs.
“The Park City Regatta is an incredible event that raises money to support SWIM Across the Sound, an organization that fights every type of cancer,” said Regatta Chair Betsy Sorensen. “Cancer is so prevalent in our society that there isn’t anyone who hasn’t been affected by it, and this regatta is something that we can do to help turn the tide against it.”
The Park City Regatta has partnered with Connecticut Community Boating, Inc. (CCB), a non-profit public sailing program located just across Black Rock Harbor from Fayerweather Yacht Club at Seaside Park. CCBis making their fleet of 14-foot Hunter sloops and 8-foot Optimist prams available to introduce a whole new aspect of racing to the Regatta: small boats. The Hunter 140 and Optimist “Green Fleet” races will be sailed on a separate course from the “big boats,” and the small boat divisions will be open to both junior and adult sailors.
“This is an awesome way to bring our community together for a great cause,” said Capt. Chris German, Executive Director of CCB. “Our fleet is here for everyone to use and we’re happy to be able to work with so many of our neighbors to bring a whole new breed of sailing to this event.”
Two races are scheduled for the big boats (conditions permitting) for PHRF Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker divisions, and one-design classes (i.e. J/24, Melges24, Catalina 30) will have a separate start (with sufficient entries). A six-race series is planned for the small boat division, on a course near Fayerweather Lighthouse.
The Skippers Meeting begins at 10am in the FYC Penfield Room, the Harbor Start will be at 11, and the First Gun is at noon. A picnic on the FYClawn kicks off at 4pm, with an awards presentation, prizes, raffle and live music.
Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division, and all skippers and crew are urged to solicit donations for their boat. The five boats that raise the most funds will receive special awards. All donations to the Park City Regatta are tax deductible.
With the FYC/ BRYC Invitational Regatta scheduled for Sunday, July 19, this promises to be a great weekend of racing and revelry. Free overnight dockage for boats sailing in the Park City Regatta is available on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 18 at Fayerweather Yacht Club and Captain’s Cove Seaport. Captain’s Cove monitors VHF channel 18 and their phone number is 203-335-1433. FYC monitors VHF channel 14 and their phone number is 203-576-6796. Skippers docking overnight at FYC should be prepared to raft up. Black Rock Yacht Club is offering free overnight moorings to participating boats.
Visit www.parkcityregatta.comfor more information including Notice of Race, entry form and sponsorship form, or to make an online donation with PayPal, or contact Betsy Sorensen at email@example.com. Connecticut Community Boating’s website is www.ctcommunityboating.org.
They admit it, at least
NRCC Launches Robocalls Against Jim Himes
Robocall Reveals Himes’ Support for Devastating New Energy Tax
Washington- The NRCC announced a new offensive of robocalls aimed at holding Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) accountable for following Nancy Pelosi’s lead to open the doors for a brand new energy tax that will hit every family in Connecticut. The robocalls confront Himes for his support of this so-called “Cap-and-Trade” program – better known as “Cap-and-Tax” – that could lead to $650 billion in new energy taxes and cost jobs.
“Jim Himes has failed to be honest about his willingness to support a devastating energy tax increase at the expense of his constituents in Connecticut,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “We will continue to hold Jim Himes accountable for rubber-stamping Nancy Pelosi’s agenda that will burden middle-class families and inflict further damage on an already fragile economy for years to come.”
The robocalls began this week during the congressional recess while Jim Himes will have to face his constituents and try to explain why he voted for a $3.5 trillion budget, paving the way for a national energy tax that will hit every person who flips on a light switch.
Below is the script for the robocall:
Hello, this is (male voice) calling from the National Republican Congressional Committee with an urgent message about jobs in our area. Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jim Himes voted for a budget with a trillion dollar deficit, now Congressman Jim Himes may support Nancy Pelosi’s Cap and Trade energy tax that could increase taxes by $650 billion dollars. These democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jim Himes don’t get it. Raising taxes on energy could cost us jobs, maybe even yours. Balancing our own checkbooks is hard enough without raising taxes. Call Congressman Jim Himes today at 202 225-3121 and tell them to stand up for jobs and not new taxes. Paid for by The National Republican Congressional Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. W-W-W-dot-N-R-C-C-dot-O-R-G. 202-479-7000