The polls are open. What are you doing today? Shoehorning your friends out of their homes to fill in an oval for your favorite pol? Providing rides? Banging phones? Palm-carding precincts? Sticking needles in candidate opponents’ voodoo dolls?
Ouch. Did I just hear State Rep. Bob Keeley feel for his butt? Hoochie mommy, was that his opponent Auden Grogins reaching for … well, let’s not go there.
Lots of Democratic primaries today in Bridgeport and environs. I’ll be poking around voting precincts today just in case any funny business is going on. If you hear anything feel free to post. Still time to post some last minute charges and counter charges. Don’t know where you vote? Call 576-7281.
Around midday I checked out several voting precincts and turnout is super light. I chatted with State Rep. Bob Keeley at Black Rock School and his opponent Auden Grogins at Central and both said they were feeling positive about their friends coming out. Stay tuned to OIB for results and updates tonight. I’ll post numbers as soon as I get them after 8 p.m.
My friend Elizabeth Hilts, author of Getting In Touch With Your Inner Bitch, is getting in touch with food industry tele star “Rachell Ray” in her latest parody. Want to laugh? Check it out with this link: www.everyfreakingday.com. Buy lots of copies. Tell your friends. Hilts is a hoot.
Press release from Mayor Bill Finch and Congressman Chris Shays:
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and Congressman Christopher Shays Announce Capacity Building Program for Local Non-profit Organizations
BRIDGEPORT, CT August 12, 2008 – Mayor Bill Finch and Congressman Christopher Shays (CT-4) announced participants for Round 1 of the Bridgeport Advancing Capacity Together (ACT) program. ACT is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant-funded program to build capacity in local faith-based organizations that serve those who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
“The City of Bridgeport is proud to partner with the Compassion Capital Fund and HHS, United Way , The Council of Churches, duBay-Horton Associates and The Workplace, Inc to provide this useful training and organizational assistance to organizations dedicated to helping the homeless,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “This program, along with the City’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, is part of a concerted effort on the part of the City of Bridgeport to bring an end to poverty in our city. I am pleased to announce the very first round of organizations that have been chosen to participate in this unique opportunity to build their capacity to more effectively serve Bridgeport residents.”
Over the next three years, ACT will offer 60 faith-based and community-based organizations admission into the program through an RFP process. The purpose of the program is to provide technical assistance to strengthen the administrative, financial and operational capacities of these organizations. The program consists of an intensive organizational assessment, an individualized technical assistance work plan and a comprehensive classroom-based workshop series designed to address capacity needs. In addition, organizations will be eligible to access specialized capacity building assistance through a sub-award process.
“I am grateful for the efforts of Bridgeport’s Advancing Capacity Together Program to provide technical assistance and training to organizations serving those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless,” said Congressman Christopher Shays, “By strengthening the capacity of the vast array of faith-Based organizations in our region, this program will enable these groups to more effectively provide aid to the most vulnerable residents in our area.”
Round one participants are as follows:
A Different Perspective, Inc.
Alpha Community Services
Bread of Heaven Ministry, Inc.
Center for Women and Families
Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises
Hall Neighborhood House
Jesus Saves Ministry
ReFocus Outreach Ministry
St. John’s Family Center
Taste and See Outreach Ministries, Inc.
Applications for Round 2 will be available in January 2009. Please contact the Council of Churches at 203-334-1121 for further information or visit the ACT website at www.bridgeportact.org