I’m excited. Mark April 25 on your calendar. That’s when the Rev. Al Sharpton comes to town as guest speaker for the 21st annual awards banquet dinner for the Bridgeport Guardians, an organization that fights for the rights of minority police officers.
(Why do I get the feeling Wondering is rolling his eyes?) That begs a question, what’s a minority these days anyway? Barack is a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Shoot, my father’s a Sicilian immigrant when Sicilians were considered the blacks of Europe. That’s what I love about Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa. He doesn’t care if you’re white, black, brown … if you want to book an event at Mario’s restaurant, he’ll take you.
Rev. Al at Testo’s Restaurant? Will the North End ever be the same? I might have to attend this event. I enjoy listening to Rev. Al speak. So what if he has an IRS problem; he was blowtorching George Bush, the worst president of my lifetime, when most everyone was gooey for him following 9/11.
If you want to order tix, just $50 per head, contact OIB friend Sgt. Ron Bailey at 203-543-5522.
New Downtown Chief
I’m sorry that OIB friends Bill Murphy, Nancy Hadley and Local Eyes didn’t get the DSSD managing director’s job that oversees activities in the central business district. The good news is the Gods Downtown (that would be board members) decided to select someone with likewise experience with some history in Bridgeport.
So welcome back Rick Myers, who formerly headed the Neighborhood Housing Services in Bridgeport, an organization that Mayor Bill Finch worked for 30 years ago. Myers will be leaving an organization in Wallingford similar to the DSSD.
Even in this crappy economy, we’ve got some some slammin’ stuff going on, particularly on Fairfield Avenue’s restaurant district. New housing including Citytrust and The Lofts on Lafayette Boulevard, (and when Phil Kuchma’s project at Bijou Square is completed) is adding a boatload of active folk downtown.
So, welcome Rick. But can you do something about the old Poli and Majestic theaters?
By the way, kudos to Local Eyes for sharing the following link to read about the state’s shovel-ready stimulus projects:
OIB had its 10,000 comment today, according to WordPress, the software that runs our blog. It also shows that more than 99.5 percent of all comments were approved. So much for censorship! The 10,000th comment? The legendary Joel “Speedy” Gonzalez came in at 9,999, but Black Rockin is 10 grand.