I’m wondering (and that usually gets me in trouble) with Barack’s talk about pumping billions into infrastructure improvements to ignite the economy what shovel-ready projects can Bridgeport start on assuming money finds its way to the Park City as early as this spring.
What wish list would you start on, fix, upgrade, remodel? Congress Street Bridge? Pleasure Beach? Seaview Avenue? Brownfields? Sewage treatment? Schools? Brothels? (Let’s forget those, we have enough of them.)
This is the time to dust off those studies, architectural renderings and engineering plans that are screaming for funding. I imagine public works and development officials are poising staff to be ready to go in anticipation of the flow.
Judging what Gov. Rell had to say about the meeting involving a collection of U.S. governors and Barack she sounded upbeat about pumping new life into stagnant approved plans. Maybe this is where former Mayor Nick Panuzio will earn his lobbying fee on behalf of the city. Everyone line up!
We had a slammin’ event at the Barnum Museum Tuesday night to mark the publication of my new book Bow Tie Banker, a biography of David Carson, retired chief executive of People’s Bank. Kudos to Barnum Museum Director Kathy Maher for all her help. Lots of OIB friends were among the 200 or so folks in attendance, including Bruce Hubler, Sue Katz (designer of OIB site), Black Rockin, State Senator Rob Russo, City Council President Tom McCarthy, Republican Town Chair Marc Delmonico and wife Barbara, Congressman Christopher Shays, Bijou Square developer Phil Kuchma, those dynamic marketing divas Rowena White and Caryn Kaufman, and Connecticut Post Managing Editor Michael Daly.
Cougar Rodgerson was also hand with Anna who promptly needled me about the airbrushing of my photo on the dust jacket. I noticed Anna was searching for Yahooy, but ended up hitting on the Feejee Mermaid. Eeeeeee!
Don’t forget …
Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Set for Friday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
WHAT: McLevy Green will glow with thousands of lights on Friday evening when Mayor Finch and his family flip the switch on the Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting. The Park City Pride and the Central High Choir will perform, and Fairfield U. cheerleaders will be on hand to lend a festive air. Santa will arrive at approximately 6 p.m. WICC’s David Smith will emcee. The event is sponsored by HeathNet and People’s United Bank.
WHO: Mayor Bill Finch and his family; local dignitaries; The Park City Pride; Central High Choir; Fairfield U. cheerleaders, and Santa Claus.
WHERE: McLevy Green at the corner of Main and State Streets, Bridgeport, CT
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5.
But before that …
Connecticut Post Columnist Charles Walsh to show photographs in Black Rock Insurance Agency
Most people in the Fairfield county already know Charles Walsh from his years as a columnist and reporter for the Connecticut Post newspaper, but behind that Walsh has been producing evocative original artwork for many years. On December 4, Walsh will show his works on paper at the Gallery at Black Rock Insurance Agency, 2861 Fairfield Avenue, in Bridgeport. Walsh’s illustrations have been featured in the Connecticut Post and The New York Times. Art has been a passion for Walsh for over 40 years and this show will feature pieces spanning much of his art career. The rapid growth of both the art and business scene in the Black Rock area prompted agency owner Michael Murren to create a unique coupling of art and business. The agency will host an opening on Thursday December 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The Artist will be available to discuss the work. The opening is free and open to the public refreshments will be served. Community members are welcome to stop in and see the art during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 9am to 5:00 pm.