I’ve decided when I’m on my deathbed (other than my wife, of course) I want Jewel to sing me a lullaby. She could make nicotine mellow.
I saw the singer/songwriter’s intimate performance at the Klein Sunday night. Great stuff, jammed hall. She shared stories about playing biker bars in her native Alaska, living out of a car and a father who made jewelry out of animal parts. How’s that for a Valentine gift?
The Klein is a sweet venue to see a show and the good folks at the Fairfield Theatre Company such as Eileen O’Reilly and Rozanne Gates are bringing in world-class entertainment to Bridgeport. Manhattan Transfer, Art Garfunkel and The Doobie Brothers are all upcoming. Check out all the shows at www.fairfieldtheatre.org
As we watched Jewel perform, Bridgeport native John Mayer–stop the presses–was earning a couple of more Grammy awards. John keeps raking them in.
Speaking of raking it in, did you check out the 2008 list of top city wage earners posted by the Connecticut Post? More than 30 city employees–including the usual suspects in the Board of Education and police department–earned more than Mayor Bill Finch’s $126k.
Shoot, in the old days before the mayor’s pay was modernized 15 years ago from just $52K, the mayor was buried at the bottom of the top 100, if making the list at all. With the city reeling in police overtime, the number of cops earning more than $100K should be reduced.
I’ve been sitting in Superior Court Judge Kari Dooley’s courtroom on Golden Hill Street watching both with fascination and advocacy for a friend enduring an ultimate test of government castigation.
Heart wrenching does not do this case justice. On a rainy night July 4, 2007 Marsha Pitera, bright, beautiful, talented interior designer, had a car accident in which her young children daughter Morgan and son John were killed. There was some doubt whether Marsha herself and another daughter Haley would even make it. Thankfully they did, although after a lacerated liver, broken bones everywhere Marsha’s gait will never be the same, nor with what she must live with the rest of her life.
None of the above is disputable including Marsha’s SUV that crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming vehicle on Route 110 in Stratford causing injuries to occupants.
What is in question is how the state charged the case putting Marsha on trial criminally for the deaths of her children while in a drunken state. Her experienced defense lawyer Norm Pattis says Marsha was not drunk and says evidence when he puts on his portion of the case will prove that faulty lab results showed her over the state’s legal alcohol limit.
Richard Palombo, the state’s soft-spoken prosecutor, has produced for the jury a number of first responders, medical technologists, and doctors providing testimony about the events.
With each witness, Pattis illustrates for the jury that this has not been a walk in the park for the defendant. And actually, it’s brutal for Marsha. She sits there weeping as the prosecutor presents jurors photographs of her disfigured children.
Hard to say how a jury will interpret this case, but the way the state charged this is way over the top.