It’s time to start a fight. Geographically, where is P.T. Barnum Apartments located?
My friends at the Connecticut Post write West Side. I say West End; but, but, but if we’re gonna place our beloved Captain’s Cove Seaport in Black Rock just a spit behind P.T. mustn’t we include P.T. in Black Rock?
That prehistoric noise you just heard came west of Ellsworth Street off Fairfield Avenue, where they vote at Black Rock School and everyone east of the street generally vote at Longfellow adjacent to P.T. Black Rock is the high rent district of Bridgeport where million-dollar homes, yachters, waterfront clubs, Wall Street commuters and displaced monk parakeets infuse a sense of prosperity in the state’s largest city.
Good grief, we can’t believe that housing project is really in our neighborhood Black Rock, can we? Some Black Rockers argue the boundary of the West End and Black Rock is Wordin Avenue/Ocean Terrace which places both P.T. and Captain’s Cove in the West End.
Time to dial up Charlie Brilvitch, architectural and neighborhood historian extraordinaire. I like to think I know where the bodies are buried in the city, but Charles knows if there’s any change left in the pockets.
Yo Charlie, the Post writes P.T. is part of the West Side. I say the West End.
Writes Charlie: “I thought everybody knew that Clinton Ave separates the West Side from the West End.”
So that settles it, right? P.T. sits in the West End?
Nope. Leave it to Charlie to throw a grenade into something. “And come to think of it P.T. was built on the filled-in Burr Creek, which technically puts it in Black Rock.”
A fire marshal’s report concluded a young mother’s legal intoxication curtailed her ability to respond to a fire that killed her and three children at P.T. Barnum Apartments last year, but others maintain, including retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez leading a task force investigating the deaths, that safety issues make residents vulnerable at the West End housing complex.
From Dan Tepfer Connecticut Post:
The family of a city woman and her three children, who died in a fire in their West Side apartment last November, filed notices Wednesday they intend to sue the city and the Bridgeport Housing Authority for negligently causing the deaths.
Tiana Black and her three children, Ny-shon Williams, 5, and 4-year-old twins, Nyaisja and Tyaisja Williams, died in a fire in their P.T.Barnum Apartments unit shortly after midnight on Nov. 13.
In legal notices filed Wednesday, their family claims Black and her children’s death were the result of the careless and reckless behavior of city and housing authority employees for failing to provide a safe escape for the family from the flames in their home.
Rudy Radios Lamont
Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, who insisted electronic tolls be part of the state’s revenue stream, added spice to the guber campaign circuit. Money challenged and delegate poor, Rudy dropped out today and endorsed Ned Lamont for governor. That leaves a two-way Dem race for the nomination as Lamont and Dan Malloy head into the convention next weekend. An August primary looms. Hey, are tolls part of the deal?
From Ned Lamont:
Ridgefield’s Rudy Marconi Ends Bid for Governor, Backs Lamont-Glassman
Ridgefield, CT – At a press conference today in his hometown, Ridgefield’s long-serving First Selectman Rudy Marconi announced he is ending his campaign for Governor and endorsing Ned Lamont and Mary Glassman for governor and lieutenant governor.
“I want everyone to know that while my campaign for governor is at its end, I have only just begun to fight for a better future for Connecticut,” said Marconi. “We have some challenging days ahead of us, but I believe that with hard work and the right leadership, they can also be great days. That’s why I support Ned Lamont and Mary Glassman. I’ve spent a lot of time with Ned and Mary on the campaign trail, and both of them have impressed me with their experience, their bright ideas and their grasp of the issues that face our towns and our state. I know that Ned and Mary understand that Connecticut is not just a state, but a great community of cities and towns where people live and work and build their lives.”
“It is an honor to have Rudy on board with our campaign. Towns like Ridgefield are an integral part of Connecticut’s history and a key to our future economic success,” said Lamont. “As governor, I will take a statewide approach to meeting the challenges we face, working with both town leaders like Rudy and the mayors of our big cities to create jobs, reform education, and move Connecticut forward.”
“Ned has the ideas and the experience to be a fierce advocate for towns like Simsbury and Ridgefield,” said Glassman. “Rudy and I know how incredibly difficult it can be to run a town without a partner in Hartford. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll work with Ned and our municipal leaders like Rudy to get results for the people of Connecticut and all of our cities and towns.”
Lamont has recently accepted endorsements from the Connecticut Laborers’ District Council, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Former U.S. Rep. Sam Gejdenson, the Bridgeport DTC, UFCW Local 371, Iron Workers Local 424, the and Sheet Metal Workers Local 40.
Let Merrick Speak
Merrick Alpert is the other Democrat running for Chris Dodd’s U.S. Senate seat. Before Attorney General Dick Blumenthal jumped in, only because Dodd danced out, Merrick was the guy taking Dodd to task, challenging the war rationale, Washington spending and a bunch of other stuff that drives voters nuts. Merrick performed well in his one debate against AG Dick: we have 20 years of lawsuits and 20 years of press conferences. But just about everywhere Merrick wants to speak there’s an establishment pol stuffing a rag in his mouth whether at town committee meetings or next weekend’s party convention where Dick will be endorsed likely by acclamation. News release from Merrick:
DTCs WITH WHICH MERRICK ALPERT HAS BEEN UNABLE TO MEET
New London, Connecticut – What follows is a list of towns whose Democratic town committee chairpersons have refused to afford Merrick the opportunity to speak to their respective committees:
From Jim Himes
Himes Secures Approval for Three Critical Army Corps Studies in Fairfield County
Flood mitigation improves local economy, environment
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT-4) announced today he has secured three significant authorizations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study flooding, flood control, and environmental restoration throughout Fairfield County.
“The effects of flooding are felt throughout Fairfield County by local businesses, home owners, and municipalities alike,” said Himes. “We have waited far too long to see real, local flooding protections put in place, but these approvals are the first step toward securing the assistance we need.”
The first study authorizes the Army Corps to holistically evaluate all of Fairfield and New Haven Counties’ rivers and streams to identify flood hazards, provide a list of locations with a high potential for flooding, and analyze possible solutions. The second and third resolutions target two specific watersheds identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as particularly problematic – the Five Mile River and the Housatonic River.
Flooding over the past decade and as recently as this past winter has caused major damage throughout Fairfield County. These reconnaissance studies would help to identify high-risk flooding areas and implement solutions to mitigate flooding.
“These front-end investments will save taxpayer dollars and improve economic development opportunities in Fairfield County,” said Himes. “Without action, more flooding is inevitable. Taking action now will prevent damage in the short-term and help us build up our communities without fear of destruction in the long-term.”
Authorization studies are the necessary first step for any potential Army Corps projects. The Study Resolutions have now passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Resolution does not require approval by the full House for authorization.