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Gaudett: Careful Warming Up Your Car

November 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Police Chief Joe Gaudett says it takes a few minutes to warm up your car, a fraction of that for a thief to steal it.

“Old habits die hard,” Gaudett says. “And as the mercury drops, we see an increase in cars being stolen with keys as people warm up their vehicles in the morning.”
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Big Fish–Business Community Reels In Bass Pro Founder For Annual Dinner

November 25th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

McMurray, Finch, Houston, Dance, Morris

Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris, far right, joined Mayor Bill Finch and legendary outdoorsmen Jimmy Houston and Bill Dance at the official announcement in July of 2012. At left is 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray.

Skeptics have been waiting for concrete proof Bass Pro Shops is happening. The concrete has started. As trucks have begun to pour concrete footings for construction of Bass Pro on the Steelpointe Harbor redevelopment area, the mega outdoor retailer’s founder and chief executive Johnny Morris will be in Bridgeport December 11 as the featured speaker at the annual dinner of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council at the Downtown Holiday Inn.
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Menu Item? Downtown Turkey Wilhelmina Whacked

November 24th, 2014 · 8 Comments · News and Events

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Someone’s turkey day dinner? CT Post photo.

Turkeys rarely die of natural causes and in this Thanksgiving week we mourn the death of the legendary Downtown gobbler. From Mike Mayko, CT Post:

She often liked to wander down to McLevy Green and the City Hall annex where the mayor and city attorneys work, striding along on her skinny legs, her head bobbing, her wattles waving, one eye on oncoming pedestrians, the other on the sidewalk searching for tasty treats.

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DeSombre: Criticism Of Coates ‘Ridiculous’

November 24th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Education, News and Events

Maria Pereira at protest prior to Monday night school board meeting. CT Post photo.

Maria Pereira at protest prior to Monday night school board meeting. CT Post photo.

Megan DeSombre, host of the Education Bridgeport website, defends the honor of new school board member Kadisha Coates who she says is the target of unfair attacks from former school board member Maria Pereira.

What Maria Pereira and her buddies have been saying about Kadisha Coates is not only ridiculous, but also completely false.

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Parent Leader Asserts School Board Supporters Of Kadisha Are Turn Coates–Coates: Let’s Fix ‘Broken System’

November 24th, 2014 · 14 Comments · Education, News and Events

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Kadisha Coates. CT Post photo Autumn Driscoll.

As she prepares for her first official meeting Monday as the newly selected member of the Board of Education, Kadisha Coates should have plenty of observant company, including Tammy Boyle, the District Parent Advisory Council president, and former school board member Maria Pereira, opposed to her replacing John Bagley who resigned more than a month ago representing the Connecticut Working Families Party. In an interview with CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck, Coates argues she just wants to fix a broken system.
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Take Down Abandoned Buildings

November 24th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Firefighters

Retired city arson investigator Andy Fardy has some advice for the city attending recently to fires at vacant buildings: take them down. From Fardy:
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Massive East Side Fire

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

Video courtesy of Steve Krauchick, Doing It Local. From Bill Kaempffer, public safety spokesman:

Firefighters battled a major structure fire Sunday evening on Bershire Avenue. Firefighters responded to 193 Berkshire Ave. and found the building engulfed in flames that threatened two neighboring homes.

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