Break open the Bombay Sapphire (save some for me), crack a few oysters (lemon and hot sauce too), poise your twisted minds (okay, I’ll speak for myself), time for the annual OIB holiday grab bag because as city pols say … you bag and I’ll grab. (That never happened to me, did it?) My Santa wish list …
For filmaker Michael Moore and Joe Lieberman, two one-way tickets to French Guiana with jumpsuits included. They deserve each other.
Gov. Jodi Rell, an economic development plan for Bridgeport that doesn’t include a prison.
Mayor Bill Finch, a prison to place in Jodi’s hometown Brookfield. And a grand list that rivals Stamford.
State Senator Anthony Musto, the good sense to check with constituents before promoting a prison in his district.
City Councilman Bob Walsh, a Dale Carnegie course in phone etiquette.
City Councilwoman Evette Brantley, a poster pin-up of Walsh in a Speedo (now that’s a scary thought.)
City Councl President Tom McCarthy, a Steel Point development agreement that will actually happen.
City Attorney Mark Anastasi, a refresher on freedom of information laws.
Retired judge Carmen Lopez, a rule book to remind Mark.
Republican Town Chair Marc Delmonico, a media event beyond Ann Coulter.
Bridgeport Republicans, a pulse.
Keith Cougar Rodgerson, a mud-wrestling match with Ann Coulter in Ash Creek. (I’m betting on Ann.)
Chris Dodd, a map to find his way to Bridgeport.
Dodd Dem opponent Merrick Alpert, name recognition.
Guber candidate Ned Lamont, a plan for the state beyond his millions.
Guber candidate Susan Bysiewicz, a voodoo doll of Lamont.
Guber candidate Dan Malloy, pins to stick in the doll.
State Rep. Jack Hennessy, a new video game to play during the legislative session.
Former Democratic Party Chair John Stafstrom, a taste tester next time he eats at Testo’s Restaurant.
Civil Service Commission President Eleanor Guedes, an official city residence certificate.
Civil Service Commission, a better excuse than “breach of city loyalty” when firing the personnel director.
Former Mayor John Fabrizi, a lifetime supply of San Marzano tomatoes and pork fat for his Sunday sauce.
Taxpayers of Bridgeport, a moratorium on paying property taxes, income taxes, car taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, and every other kind of tax.
Okay, your turn. And hey, let’s shop at Bridgeport businesses. That’s what I did today. In fact one of the cool new downtown boutiques is The Backstroke, 181 State Street next to Playhouse on the Green corner of Markle Court, owned and operated by Dr. Jennifer Lynne, a chiropractor. Doc Lynne has created a comfy bath boutique that fronts her chiropractic business. So stop in and buy a bunch of stocking stuffers, and then talk to the good doctor about a body tune up. If you’re like me, the back barks every now and then so it’s a good time to take inventory of all those things going on in and around the spine. I must be in shape for the 2010 gubernatorial tsunami.
News release from Mayor Finch
ACME United Donates Riverfront Parcel to City
December 18, 2009) – ACME United Corporation, a 142-year-old Connecticut-based company, today donated 2.4 acres of land along the Pequonnock River to the City in honor of its employees who worked for many years in the factory across the street.
Formerly a parking lot for Acme’s scissor factory, the property consists of 2.4 acres along the Pequonnock River at 459 Knowlton St. It has the potential to serve as a key anchor for redevelopment of the Pequonnock River/East Side corridor and possible future uses could include waterfront access for the public.
Walter C. Johnsen, Chairman and CEO said, “Acme United has made over 2.6 billion scissors and shears in Bridgeport since 1867. We are proud of the many employees from Bridgeport who contributed to our growth, and it is in their honor that we are now donating this land. We hope that future generations recognize their accomplishments, and that we have made a small contribution to the city that has given us so much.”
“We are hopeful that ACME’s donation will lead to a mixed-use development that will include public access to the riverfront” said Mayor Bill Finch. “This piece of land is a gateway to continued reclamation of waterfront along the river as part of the City’s Master Plan of Development.”
Sunday Suds? And What About Slots?
From Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant
A Sunday beer run — in Connecticut?
Not yet, but on Thursday a key legislative committee reopened the debate over allowing package stores and supermarkets to sell alcohol on the first day of the week.
A new legislative report says the change would mean an extra $7.5 million to $8 million in tax revenue for the state, a finding that might add weight to the argument for Sunday openings — a long-running, heavily lobbied issue at the state Capitol.
The group that would sell most of that alcohol, the Connecticut Package Stores Association, has blocked Sunday sales multiple times in the past five years. The association says the extra day would not mean extra money because it would simply spread existing sales over seven days instead of six.
That argument has carried the day at the Capitol in the past, as legislators have rejected the pleadings of lawmakers representing border towns, such as Enfield, who say liquor stores in their towns now suffer from weak sales.
Connecticut is the only state in New England — and one of only 14 in the nation — that bans Sunday sales in stores and supermarkets.
As part of a broader, 72-page report on economic competitiveness that was released Thursday, the legislature’s program review and investigations committee staff wrote: “Connecticut liquor and grocery stores should be permitted, but not required, to sell alcohol on Sunday under their current licensing provisions.”
The report stated that per-capita sales in the border towns were 35 percent to 43 percent lower than in other Connecticut towns between 2004 and 2008.
Good Grief, Did He Taser The Guy’s Tinkle?
From Noelle Frampton, Connecticut Post
Naked man knocks out teeth fleeing police
BRIDGEPORT — A city man lost his two front teeth and faces criminal charges as a result of standing stark naked on a public street corner Tuesday night and failing to comply with police orders, police said.
City police reported that Luis Torres Jr., 27, of West Liberty Street, was standing at the intersection of Park Avenue and West Liberty at about 11 p.m., “holding his clothes in his hands” and appearing “disoriented, confused and sweating.”
When an officer approached, concerned Torres was having a bad reaction to narcotics, the officer “tried to speak with the suspect in a reserved tone,” but got no response.
Neither did Torres respond to orders for him to get on the ground, the officer reported. Instead, he fled west on West Liberty, his clothes in a ball around his hands.
The officer, worried Torres could have a weapon hidden among the clothes, warned that he’d be Tasered if he didn’t comply, then deployed the Taser to little effect beyond a momentary freeze.
The officer chased Torres on foot, as the wires from the Taser hung from his back, and Tasered him a second time. The naked man’s body “locked up and he fell face-first onto a concrete sidewalk in front of 173 West Liberty,” the officer wrote in a police report.
The officer then wrestled one wrist from under Torres, but had to Taser him a third time, still fearing he had a weapon, to get the other behind his back and in handcuffs.
Satirical Video From Guber Candidate Rudy Marconi