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School Board Eruption Between Pereira And Taylor–Charges, Counter Charges

June 14th, 2018 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

A battle over school finances and board policies has erupted into a hostile exchange between Board of Education members Maria Pereira and Chris Taylor. School board conflicts are not new among members, some in open session and some private but the private tone between Pereira and Taylor has become intensely personal that they’re willing to […]

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Once Again, School Board Battle Erupts, This Time Over Cancelled Meeting

May 30th, 2018 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events, State Politics

A Board of Education meeting that was cancelled has three board members w–o showed up Tuesday anyway–crying foul on a night the district was to consider an “update on budget gap” as well as naming of a new high school to replace Harding with community support at the called-off meeting speaking to maintain the name. Agenda […]

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Turner, Vermont Push Primary Against Bradley In Open State Senate Seat

May 29th, 2018 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Lots of pols scouring various districts to secure sufficient petition signatures to forge an August 14 primary, among them Democrats Aaron Turner and Carolyn Vermont seeking a challenge of party endorsed Dennis Bradley for the 23rd Senate District seat of a retiring Ed Gomes. Turner and Vermont can start that process Tuesday (today), according to […]

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City Council Approves Budget With No Tax Increase–Education Advocates Cry Schools Shortchanged

May 8th, 2018 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: see council budget changes here. The City Council by a 16-3 vote Monday night approved a city budget with no tax increase for the spending year that begins July 1. Councilors Kyle Langan, Pete Spain and Eneida Martinez voted against the budget urging more support for city schools.

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Great Scott! A Switch For Mitch In The 131st District–Party Officer Selection Thursday

March 13th, 2018 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

On Thursday, 5:30 p.m. the 90-member Democratic Town Committee will select party officers at the Madison Avenue restaurant of Mario Testa who will seek another two-year term as party leader. On Monday recounts took place in three districts following last week’s primaries. A change occurred in the 131st District where a slate led by former […]

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‘Building A Bench In Bridgeport’–Constance Vickers Honored As Connecticut Young Dem Of Year

January 15th, 2018 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Building a Bridgeport bench. That’s a battle cry of Constance Vickers, president of the Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats, to galvanize a new generation of city activists and leaders. The work of Vickers and her young allies enjoys some early results on the City Council. On Saturday the Connecticut Young Democrats recognized Vickers the Female Young Democrat […]

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Reflections: A Look Back At 2017

December 24th, 2017 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Time for a little OIB 2017 reflection, starting with January. But more importantly, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to our entire OIB family, readers, posters. You’re the berries. Cheers! At McLevy Green protesters rallied against President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban that they argue appeals to ignorance and fear. The plain-speaking State Senator Ed Gomes […]

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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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