Following a menacing robbery at gun point last week, the Black Rock Community Council at the urging of State Rep. Auden Grogins has organized a forum for Wednesday 7 p.m. at the Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue. In addition to Grogins, Mayor Bill Finch, City Council members Sue Brannelly and Marty McCarthy as well as police officials are expected to attend. For details about the robbery see the commentary below by Gabrielle Parisi that precipitated a call to action.
Okay, so we have a pesky little crime problem in Bridgeport. Okay, so we have a treacherous crime problem in Bridgeport. Never has this fact been more apparent to me than at 12:15 AM this morning, September 23, 2012, when I experienced the rudest of awakenings. My young cousin, housemate, and very best friend, woke me up from what was a pretty decent dream, to invite me into the nightmare of her evening. After a fun night out with her besties at Brennan’s Shebeen, she was held up by a thug brandishing a big, shiny, silver semi-automatic weapon.
The thug proceeded to knock one of the women to the ground (a recent cancer survivor, I might add, still limping from the surgery on her bone-cancer stricken knee), and relieve her of her valuables. Cursing and manhandling the three women involved, this sicko conducted himself as if he were entitled to their hard-earned dough, their smart phones and their handbags. After all, this is Bridgeport, right?
Day after day I read about shootings, murders, robberies and other various and sundry sordid and violent Bridgeport events, but now it’s PERSONAL.
How wretched it is that one has to expect to be violated if one chooses to live here, and patronize the small businesses in this city. We pay a ton of taxes, we are active in the community, we care about our neighbors, we keep our yards neat and groomed, and we can’t even use the City that we pay so dearly to live in.
This, for me, as a VERY frustrated citizen, begs the question: What are we going to do about it? And when?
I am of course grateful she was not hurt, but I feel responsible because it’s MY house she lives in, and I chose Bridgeport. I am beginning to think this choice may have been a monumental lapse in judgment. I hope someday someone will convince me otherwise.