Hey Yahooy, Town Committee, and all other OIB friends who are dads, even cranky Joel Speedy Gonzalez, even step-dads like me, even honorary dads, a happy day to you.
Fire up the grill, get fat and high on protein, sit back watch a little U.S. Open golf action, throw a Frisbie (don’t throw out your back), grab a soda or gin and tonic, or anything else with tonic. This is your day beyond all days. Summer is upon us. Hey, what do we call OIB friend Mojo? Oh, I know…Big Daddy.
Fire up the chariots. Sound the trumpets. Rev up the rhetoric.
Preserving a $500 property tax credit, legislative Dems say they have a spending package that will close a projected two-year $8 billion hole that will raise taxes on the wealthiest of Connecticut residents (they’re not saying yet at what level) while claiming to reverse the deep cuts in Republican Gov. Jodi Rell’s budget that hurts social programs and tourist attractions in the state’s largest city.
Statement from Speaker of the House Chris Donovan:
“We have worked hard to identify fair and responsible cuts that will allow us to protect the property tax credit and prevent the elimination of important sale tax exemptions. As we have seen in recent days, the people of Connecticut – especially small businesses, working families, the disabled and the elderly – are already hit hard by the recession and are not willing to accept cuts that eliminate or reduce the services they desperately need.”
Statement from Sen. President Pro Tempore Donald Williams:
“We believe additional spending cuts, along with a mix of borrowing and revenue increases, is the fairest and most responsible way to balance the budget. Now is the time for everyone to put partisan differences aside, and sit down at the negotiating table with a spirit of cooperation.”
As an unabashed Bridgeport rooter I’m for anything that helps the state’s largest city. The Dems have done a decent job moving around the state, including Bridgeport Thursday night, bringing attention to Rell’s needle-in-the-eye budget to urban areas.
The Dems are talking about borrowing and taxing (something they do well) to get through tough times while Mother Rell’s on this phony Staycation benefit tour as she proposes to gut the very tourist attractions (like the zoo and Discovery Museum) she pretends to promote.
Hopefully, there’s a middle ground here.
Speaking of the zoo …
I have zoo passes for a family of four for you. Zoo Director Gregg Dancho and the gang have all kinds of cool stuff going on at the state’s only zoo. Check it out, bring the kids, drag along your favorite political operative. Hey, drag along Jodi Rell too. There’s no truth to the rumor that Monday night’s special meeting of the City Council will take place inside the tiger exhibit. Wouldn’t that be fun. Okay boys, red meat for everyone!
Maybe we could throw a special steel cage match inside the gator exhibit between officials for the Bridgeport Port Authority and Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamship Company. BPA commission chairman Denis O’Malley could bring along his two iron. Former Director of Economic Development Nancy Hadley could serve as special guest referee. Okay, enough of that.
I have a few passes left that are good until the end of the year. Simply write to me at email@example.com, provide your address and I’ll get them to you.
New restaurants and businesses downtown. Check them out. I know I will starting tonight.
Please encourage and support these entrepreneurs who have taken the plunge and believe in future of our downtown.
Feel free to forward to all your friends, colleagues and relatives!
Qwik Pack & Ship
1018 Broad Street
Bridgeport, Ct 06604
Tel: (203) 368-9288
Fax: (203) 368-9296
Across from City Hall Annex, next to the barbershop.
Mr. Fanel Merville, a former teacher, launched this business to provide FedEx, DHL, UPS, U.S. Postal, Notary, Copy Services, and more for Downtown.
Las Vetas Lounge
274 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: (203) 330-1920
Across from 2 Boots – next to Epernay
Andrew Servetas opened this twin to his popular Fairfield coffee house. Offering coffees, teas, breakfast, lunch, and desserts. There is music at night, a great alternative atmosphere for an informal downtown meeting and even an outdoor patio!
881 Lafayette Blvd
Tel: (203) 345-6250
Fax: (203) 345-6251
Located in the former medical office bldg, next to Fed Court and across from HCC
Liz Mahoney provides a wide range of delicious sandwiches, salads and coffees with a creative twist in a groovy space. Plus catering for meetings and lunches!
(pronounced Fresh Burger)
997 Main Street
Fairfield restaurateur Marc Lippman has opened up in the newly-renovated Arcade Building, offering “a modern twist on the classic burger.”
983 Main Street
Tel: (203) 368-3888 / 4888
Owner Bing An Li dishes up classic eat-in or take-out Chinese food; fast and open late.
Amici Miei (My Friends) Italian Café & Wine Bar
(pronounced Ameechi Mee-yay)
957 Main Street
Massimo Tabacco, formerly of Café Roma, just opened this unique spot you don’t want to miss. Fabulous, affordable fare, that opens out into the CityTrust atrium. Web site is updated daily with specials and catering options. Open for lunch and dinner, too!
Thanks to Gail Solis of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce for pulling this information together!