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Let’s Make Friends, The Top 100 Wage Earners For 2017

January 18th, 2018 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

It’s a rite of passage on OIB serenading the list of top 100 municipal wage earners. In 2017 the narrative is essentially the same as decades prior with city police officers dominating the list via overtime. Leading the pack in 2017 is an outlier, Jimmy Honis who retired as deputy chief after 47 years of […]

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City Service Update

January 4th, 2018 · 1 Comment · News and Events

From Mayor Joe Ganim: Due to the snow fall and inclement conditions, Mayor Ganim has announced snow cancellations that will affect city services on Friday, January 5, 2018.

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2017: Trefz Dies, Honis Retires, Lopez Clocks Parking Meters, Judge Radlciffe Shuts Down Stockpiling Plant

December 26th, 2017 · No Comments · City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

OIB highlights some top stories from February and March. Ernie Trefz, a Bridgeport business community titan for decades whose Downtown-based Trefz Corporation owned dozens of McDonalds franchises, commercial real estate and apartment buildings, passed away Saturday morning. He was a major benefactor of the University of Bridgeport including a business school named for him. He […]

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Weldon New School Board Chair, Lopez: Don’t Mess With The Super

December 12th, 2017 · 48 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

Republican John Weldon Monday night by a 5 to 3 vote was elected chairman of the Board of Education becoming the sixth leader in as many years. The organizational meeting at the Aquaculture School was chaired by Mayor Joe Ganim who appointed Weldon to the school board in November 2016 to fill a vacancy. Ben […]

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As Puerto Rico Suffers, Bridgeport Prepares For Children

October 2nd, 2017 · 9 Comments · Education, News and Events

Bridgeport is home to the largest Puerto Rican population in Connecticut. Under federal law, as CT Post scribe Linda Conner Lambeck reports, “displaced students who move to the city must be accepted by the district, and automatically qualify for free school meals, health care, special education and other services.” Superintendent of Schools Aresta Johnson says […]

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City School Leaders Sweat Out State Budget Fiasco

September 27th, 2017 · 15 Comments · City Budget, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The state that funds most city school expenses has no budget. Meanwhile, school officials have operated on city-budgeted cash to stay afloat. But that dough runs out next week. What to do? Contact state budget chief Ben Barnes who had served as finance director of city schools before his appointment as director of the Office […]

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Lopez To School Board: Don’t Micromanage Superintendent’s Work

August 30th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Monday night’s Board of Education agenda, the first of the new school year, included this item: “Possible action on superintendent and all other appropriate Bridgeport Public School District employees to execute all grant application documents and all other paperwork and correspondence necessary for the District to partner with the City of Bridgeport’s Lighthouse Program in its […]

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Proposed Charter School Expansion Could Swell Ed Budget Deficit

July 17th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Education, News and Events

A special meeting of the Board of Education will take place today (Monday) 5:30pm in Room 305 of City Hall in response to Capital Preparatory Harbor Charter School’s application with the state to expand in size and locations, a move local school officials assert will cost it an extra $200,000 in busing and other expenses.

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