Memo to me:
- . Thank OIB readers for surpassing 15,000 page views in just two weeks of the new site.
- . Perform Google search for additional information on the decline of the bat population. Remind the bat thriving in my crawl space that he’s not supposed to be alive. Then thank him for keeping down the mosquito population.
- . Tell the woodpecker eating me out of house and home to peck the bat.
- . Ask State Rep. Chris Caruso to critique Mayor Bill Finch’s first four months in office.
- . Ask OIB readers when they think a new mayor is no longer a new mayor.
- . Check in with City Council President Tom McCarthy regarding his plans to challenge Republican State Senator Rob Russo.
- . Remind potential primary candidates that the primary this summer will take place in August, not September.
- . Ask OIB reader Tom Kelly to handicap the potential races.
- . Ask Cougar Rodgerson if he’s running for anything this year.
- . Check in with Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa about the state of his party. Ask him about his candidate for mayor in three years. Why wait for the last minute?
- . Call Airport Manager John Ricci to see if there’s anything new regarding the city selling the municipal airport to Stratford.
- . Ask OIB reader Yahooy if there’s any truth to the rumor that he’s really Envoy5. Also ask him if he wants to start a regular Philistine Of The Week posting.
- . Query bean counters in city hall for an update on the budget deficit.
- . Tell OIB readers if they want to see a hot Beatles’ show to check out the Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s production of “She Loves You.”
I did a guest spot today on WICC with Ace Holleran, filling in for Jim Buchanan. We chatted about state politics, the special-election win of Republican State Sen. Rob Russo who must face voters again in November by virtue of filling out the term vacated by Bill Finch, the city’s tax assessment of Democratic Town Chairman Mario Testa’s restaurant that Mario’s not happy about, college hoops at the Arena at Harbor Yard and the need for the city to promote its destination points. And, of course, I admitted on the air that I’ve been tracking Bridgeport-born Syesha Mercado’s run on American Idol. Don’t tell anyone!
Press release from city schools
Fairfield University announces tuition plan for Bridgeport students with family incomes under $50,000
Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., president of Fairfield University, announced today that beginning with the upcoming academic year (2008-09) all high school students with annual family incomes under $50,000 who graduate from public and diocesan schools located in the City of Bridgeport, and who are admitted to Fairfield University, will qualify for a full tuition scholarship. The Bridgeport Tuition Plan applies to students attending any of the seven high schools in Bridgeport, including Bassick, Harding, Central, Bullard-Havens, Kolbe Cathedral, Bridge Academy and Bridgeport International Academy. Fr. von Arx said the initiative is “not only close to my heart, but, one that lies at the very foundation of Jesuit educational tradition.”