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Mayor Plans Earth Day Events

April 21st, 2014 · 5 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch, the city’s resident Mr. Green Jeans, shares his Earth Day activities for Tuesday in a news release:

On Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22), Mayor Bill Finch will join green job creators and community leaders for a press conference and roundtable discussion about Eco-Technology Park, the city’s hub for sustainable business development, and its future growth.
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Musto: Screw The City Charter–Gauging Musto’s Pinocchio Meter

April 21st, 2014 · 62 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, State Politics

Pinocchio

So Anthony, is your nose long enough to win another term?

The Bridgeport political establishment’s chief lapdog Anthony Musto is at it again. The Democratic state senator so terrified of the political payroll serving on the City Council in defiance of the City Charter whines Bridgeport voters should decide whether city employees should serve on the council. It obviously has escaped Musto, a lawyer, city voters have already decided this question long ago. The reason the City Charter bars city employees from serving on the City Council is because voters approved it. Voters oppose the conflict-of-interest gravy train of city employees approving their own wages and benefits.
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Sale Of Boys & Girls Club, Firefighters Agreement, Capital Improvements On City Council Agenda

April 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council, Education, Firefighters, News and Events

Citation for the UB women’s gymnastics team winning the national championship, sale of the Boys & Girls Club, collective bargaining agreement with the firefighters union, capital improvement projects and five-year capital plan are among the items on the City Council agenda for tonight (Monday) at 7 in City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace. Full council agenda:
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University Of Bridgeport And Bridgeport Hospital Integrate Nursing Program

April 21st, 2014 · 3 Comments · Education, News and Events

News release from UB:

The University of Bridgeport and Bridgeport Hospital announced today that they are developing plans to integrate the nursing program at the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN) into the University.

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Trattoria ‘A Vucchella, ‘A Sweet Mouth’ Kisses Downtown

April 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Development and Zoning, News and Events

'A Vucchella

Trattoria ‘A Vucchella, a new Italian restaurant on Fairfield Avenue. From left to right is owner Jennifer Galletti, chef/owner Pasquale De Martino, and principal Thomas Bepko. CT Post Photo: Christian Abraham.

A new Italian restaurant has joined Downtown’s Bijou Square, filling the space formerly occupied by the French bistro Épernay on Fairfield Avenue. ‘A Vucchella (“a sweet mouth” in Neapolitan dialect) features southern Italian dishes. Makayla Silva of the CT Post has more:

Bijou Square can now add authentic Italian cuisine to its menu.

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Public Hearings Set For Mayor’s Proposed Budget

April 18th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

What will the City Council do with Mayor Bill Finch’s budget plan? The mayor has submitted a $522,966,587 spending document to the City Council that calls for a modest hike of just under one mil representing a roughly $120 tax increase on the average city homeowner if approved by the city’s budget-making body. The budget year begins July 1. The council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee led by Sue Brannelly and Mike Marella has set up a series of meetings with various departments to review the mayor’s budget.
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Judge Radcliffe Questions Legal Settlement For Road To Manny’s Mansion

April 18th, 2014 · 20 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:

Make that a $500,000 driveway the city has built for millionaire developer Manuel “Manny” Moutinho by Sikorsky Memorial Airport. A legal settlement to end one of the more bizarre events in Bridgeport history nearly fell apart Thursday. A judge refused to sign it after learning the city will pay $30,000 to Moutinho’s lawyers and an as yet undisclosed amount to map out where the driveway–that the city last year paid Moutinho $400,000 to build–actually is.

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