When crime becomes cranky, it’s difficult for any pol to manage. It can take on a life of its own. Mayor Bill Finch wants to show it’s a fight he’ll take on.
The mayor and Acting Police Chief Joe Gaudett scheduled a press conference today at 5:30 to share initiatives to combat the recent spike in violent crime. From the mayor:
Mayor Finch, Community Leaders to Join in Call to “Take Back Our Neighborhoods”
Acting Police Chief Joseph Gaudett, along with Mayor Finch and community leaders will map out the police department’s crime reduction initiatives during a press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 300 Congress St., Bridgeport CT.
At the press conference, Acting Chief Gaudett will outline his plan to help engage the community and educate youth in an effort to reduce violent crime in the City. Also joining the Acting Chief, will be Bridgeport Housing Authority Executive Director Nicholas Calace, neighborhood block watch captains from throughout the City and clergy community leaders.
The Acting Chief and Calace will discuss details of the gun buyback program, for which the Housing Authority is donating $5,000 in seed money to get the program off the ground.
Himes On District Run
Congressman Jim Himes has his own battle … for his political life. With Republican Dan Debicella on his tail in what is shaping up as a close November election, Himes wants to show his constituents he’s accessible and in touch. He’s on day two of visiting the 17 communities in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District in 17 days. Whew! That’s some traveling show, Jimmy. Bridgeport is a key piece of Himes’ campaign fight (district office and campaign headquarters in the Park City) and he’ll be back Thursday at 3 p.m. for his 17 stops in 17 days tour visiting the new extension of the Park City Primary Care Center, 64 Black Rock Avenue. Himes helped secure moolah for the health center expansion.
Nearing One Million
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Kudos To Birks
Sorry to hear Carol Birks leaving Harding High. Met her a few times. Super smart, lots of energy. From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:
Harding High School Principal Carol Birks has resigned, effective Wednesday, to take a job with Global Partnership Schools, the New York City-based group hired to restart the troubled high school.
Birks, a 1986 Harding graduate, has been its principal since 2007. She said the offer to work and be mentored by Global Partnership was made Monday and took her by surprise. She was given a night to sleep on it and accepted Tuesday.
In a three-paragraph letter the Harding community will receive on opening day, Birks called the chance to work at Global Partnership a unique opportunity to further her knowledge and learn from what she called “major intellectual giants in education.”
“It’s bittersweet. I love this school,” said Birks. “It’s sad. I’ll be honest with you. I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented people. I have been able to learn and grow with them.”
Until Global Partnership names a replacement principal, assistant principal Carmen McPherson will be the acting principal. School starts Wednesday for ninth graders and Thursday for grades 10 through 12.