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Work Continues Following Fire

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Local, state and federal agencies continue to work together to take all steps necessary to protect public health and safety, and natural resources, in the aftermath of a five-alarm fire at 25 Grant Street in Bridgeport, Conn. that started on Thursday night.

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Kohut Laments ‘Snake-oil Solutions’

September 13th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, State Politics

Policy wonk extraordinaire Jeff Kohut, 2011 petitioning candidate for mayor, is mighty cranky these days. In his latest commentary he writes: “with only the same snake-oil solutions for the problems of Connecticut’s urban centers being proposed by the Democrats, nothing of substance being proposed by the Republicans, and only Tea Party nonsense being espoused by the independent candidacy, it would appear Connecticut and its cities will have to ride out several more years of disenchantment and decay.”
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Massive Fire Forces Evacuation Of 400, Shoreline Fishing In City Banned

September 12th, 2014 · 19 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From Public Safety spokesman Bill Kaempffer, Friday afternoon update:

After a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flyover, the state scaled back fishing restrictions after water runoff from a massive fire Thursday left a reddish purple film in the water. Fishing along the Bridgeport shoreline from the Fairfield border to Pleasure Beach remains banned. Recreational and commercial fishing is allowed in open water.

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John Gilmore, Newspaperman, OIB Correspondent, Friend To Bridgeport

September 12th, 2014 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

John Gilmore

John Gilmore

UPDATE: Services will take place Monday 10:30 a.m. at St. James Church, Stratford. Calling hours Sunday 3-7 p.m. at Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Avenue.

He was a kid from The Bronx who ended up in Bridgeport as a young reporter for the Bridgeport Post in the mid 1970s. So many stories, so many memories from a scribe who could turn a phrase, walk the streets with the common man or walk into a boardroom with a chief executive. He loved politics and he loved the Bridgeport he covered for so many years. John J. Gilmore passed away on Wednesday leaving many friends and admirers and his wife Mary. He chronicled the characters and politicians in the city in many OIB commentaries. He was 62.
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New York Times/CBS Poll: Malloy and Foley In Dead Heat

September 11th, 2014 · No Comments · News and Events, State Politics

The latest New York Times/CBS YouGov Battleground Tracker shows a dead heat between Democratic Governor Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley. See results here. The latest Q Poll released Wednesday shows Foley with a six-point lead.

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State Officials Review Solar Park Plan On Old Dump

September 11th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Seasides olar panels

State officials and neighborhoods leaders tour solar panel proposal area on former dump. CT Post photo Brian Pounds.

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

The fight over a United Illuminating plan to install 9,000 solar panels atop the closed Seaside Park dump brought the Connecticut Siting Council to town Thursday.

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Navigating Himes-Debicella Maritime Political Posturing

September 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Himes, Debicella

Jim Himes, left, and Dan Debicella face off again. CT Post photo.

On Monday, Republican candidate for Congress Dan Debicella stood in front of the failed Derecktor Shipyards lot criticizing Democratic incumbent Jim Himes for supporting a $3 million government assistance package for the bottomed-out luxury yacht builder in the city’s East End, claiming Himes backed a sweetheart deal. Essentially, Debicella was recycling a GOP campaign complaint from two years ago. What Debicella did not mention–and perhaps did not know–is as a state senator he voted to authorize funding for the shipyard before Himes was even a member of Congress.
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