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Denise Taft Davidoff

December 8th, 2017 · 14 Comments · News and Events

OIB friend Doug Davidoff, a Downtown resident, lost his mom on Thursday. Denny Davidoff was a former advertising professional who died in Bridgeport. He wrote this moving tribute on his Facebook page.
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Paging All Fashionistas–Check Out Pol Apparel

December 7th, 2017 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Newton maroon

Ernie Newton marooned on City Council never disappoints in threads.

The comments section of OIB often takes on a life of its own, given the nature of critical thinkers. The other day the threads of public officials dominated a thread so we figured why not showcase a number of pols for fashion plate nominations. Suit up and let us know your thoughts.
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Tribes To State: Slot Us In For Bridgeport Casino Action, MGM: We Have Best Site

December 6th, 2017 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

It’s about time, right? Pushed by MGM’s Bridgeport positioning, Connecticut’s two tribal nations say they now want to be part of a casino discussion in the city. In a letter to state legislative leaders, Rodney Butler, chairman of  the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe write “Over the past 30 years, many promises have been made to residents of the Park City. Few if any have come to fruition. We like so many others see the tremendous potential of Bridgeport and would love to be one of the catalysts that lead to a real revival.”
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Strategic Rays–Mohegan Sun Signs Exclusive Partnership With Webster Bank Arena

December 6th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Mohegan Sun, Webster Bank

A Mohegan Sun partnership in Bridgeport.

The positioning and moving parts seem more intriguing every day. Mohegan Sun announced on Wednesday an exclusive three-year partnership agreement with the city-owned Webster Bank Arena that involves concerts, sporting events and sponsorships. It is effective immediately. This announcement comes with the backdrop of an adjacent warm-weather amphitheater operated by a partnership of sports-entrepreneur Howard Saffan and concert promoter Live Nation scheduled to open in the spring of 2019 and a battle between Connecticut’s two tribal nations and MGM to operate the state’s first commercial casino. Yes, there’s a “take that” element to all of this with the state’s largest city at the epicenter of the strategic movement.
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MGM CEO: I Want To Plant Our Flag In Bridgeport

December 6th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Jim Murren, the CEO of MGM, was back in the area Tuesday night stressing his Bridgeport roots in urging the business community to lobby state legislative support of a $675 million waterfront casino in the city to capture the Fairfield County and New York markets.
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Help Tom Wade Keep His Benefits

December 6th, 2017 · 7 Comments · News and Events

Tom Wade

Tom Wade, left, a veteran teacher at Bridgeport’s Central High School, wonders how he will pay for his personal care assistant if state changes to his benefits go through.

From Meredith Guinness, Bridgeport Daily Voice:

Friends are rallying around a beloved Central High School teacher who recently learned that state budget changes might make it impossible for him to work or to continue his normal lifestyle.

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Perez Issues Appeal To Coping Cops

December 5th, 2017 · 15 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

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Thomas Lattanzio

Police Chief AJ Perez on Tuesday issued a second statement following the death of Police Officer Thomas Lattanzio that officials are treating as a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
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City Plans Appeal Of Judge’s City Council Primary Decision

December 5th, 2017 · 7 Comments · News and Events

This could take months or longer, depending if the Connecticut Supreme Court takes the city’s appeal on an expedited basis after Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ordered another Democratic primary for City Council in the North End 133rd District. Deputy City Attorney John Bohannon is heading the appeal process for the city.
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