It sucks to lose a job any time, any place. A long holiday weekend thinking about what may come is unnerving.
The city is poised to unleash pink slips in a few days. Some city unions require 30-day notice before layoffs can actually take place. The longer the city waits the tougher to close an $8 million budget hole crafted by Mayor Bill Finch’s bean counters and approved by the City Council. A lot of little people will be served layoff notices. Last in, first out as bumping rights kick in.
Will the mayor pink-slip discretionary appointments? Not likely. He’ll take the position that his hires have/will give something back. The unions say haven’t we given enough? You’re bleeding us dry. The fireworks will extend right into next week. Sometime as the first round of layoffs are announced other unions will step up to avoid their own layoff hit. But this time may be different. Some union leaders are saying enough is enough, we have to dig in. But at what job cost?
P.T. Birthday Bash At Barnum Museum
Just a reminder that 820 Main Street in Bridgeport will be bustling with activity on Monday, July 5 from noon to 3 p.m. during the Biggest and Best Birthday Celebration in Bridgeport all year! See schedule below.
Barnum, the famed showman, philanthropist and one of Bridgeport’s best-known citizens was born in Bethel CT in 1810. This is a rain or shine event with discounted or in some cases free admission. See the details below.
Celebrating the 200th birthday of Phineas Taylor Barnum, born July 5, 1810 in Bethel CT, during 2010, The Barnum Museum will chronicle the life and times of this extraordinary showman and the history of Bridgeport where Barnum served as Mayor. For a complete listing of anniversary year events celebrating this amazing – and sometimes outrageous – showman, civic leader and politician, visit www.barnum-museum.org. The original museum building, owned by the City of Bridgeport is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
What: Barnum’s Birthday Bash: A Celebration 200 Years in the Making
Where: The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
When: Monday, July 5, noon to 3 p.m.
Who: Families and Children of All Ages
Cost: Free for all Barnum’s Kids Club members and residents of the City of Bridgeport who bring proper identification. Also free for any child with a July 5 birthday. Discounted admission applies for this special event as follows:
Adults $5, seniors and college students $4 and children 4-17 $3.
As always, children under the age of 4 are free.
OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES- FREE FOR EVERYONE
• Barnum Festival Floats Line Main Street
• Bridgeport Fire Department Fire Truck on Main Street
• Bridgeport Public Library Book Mobile on Main Street
• Kids Crafts
• Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clowns
• Tony Ferrigno Band – Live Music!
• Discovery Museum Interactive Display
• Read to Grow Storytelling, with Storyteller, Myra Healy
1:00 PM – Senator Chris Dodd and Mayor Bill Finch to Commemorate P.T. Barnum’s 200th Birthday with Proclamation Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey check presentation
INSIDE STAGE PERFORMANCE
1:00–1:50PM Barnum’s World of Wonder!
Presented by Centerring Productions
2:00PM Barnum Festival Ringmaster, Tom Santa and the 2010 Royal Family
American Jenny Lind, Jen Caraluzzi sings Happy Birthday!
Luigi’s Birthday Cake!
For more information call Jaime Knoedler, at 203-331-1104, ext. 102 or visit www.barnum-museum.org