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Entries Tagged as 'John Gilmore'

25 Years Ago, Dems Mario Testa And Mike Rizzitelli Duked It Out At Party Convention

May 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

It’s been 25 years and this video is more priceless than ever. This weekend and into next week a series of political conventions will take place to endorse candidates for an assortment of local, state and federal offices. Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa’s restaurant on Madison Avenue will host candidate conventions on Monday and Wednesday […]

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Frank McGee And The Streetlights Of Irish Politics

March 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment

There’s something special about old-time political scribes from 35 years ago who remember the days kissing the keys of Underwood typewriters and editors screaming for copy under threat of cutting off your cashews. Editors those days were benevolent compared to political leaders who had the ultimate weapon if you dared cross them: they’d stop talking […]

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Former Mayor Tom Bucci’s Kiddie Korps Gang Rides Again

January 2nd, 2014 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

It’s hard to believe nearly 25 years after Tom Bucci served his last day as mayor, a dozen friends and members from his mayoral staff gather each December between Christmas and the New Year to reminisce, needle, pontificate, argue, compare crow’s feet, laugh lines, hairlines and waistlines. This is a crew with a sense of […]

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Remembering The Mighty Social Irritant Cesar Batalla, More Than A School

October 13th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment

We’ve heard a lot lately about Cesar Batalla School along State Street in the West End. It became the epicenter of parental concern following public disclosure of a proposed shooting range inside an adjacent police precinct. Days after a noisy meeting with parents and community activists last week, Mayor Bill Finch shot down the firing […]

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Roll The Fight Tape! The Night Dems Mario Testa And Mike Rizzitelli Duked It Out At Party Convention

July 2nd, 2013 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Do we have a special video for you. We’re a few weeks away from a Democratic Town Committee convention to endorse school board candidates. Channeling back 24 years, it certainly was a wild and crazy Thursday night July 27, 1989 inside the Days Hotel on Lafayette Boulevard, jammed with 500 pols, for the Democratic Town […]

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Gilmore Recalls The Legend of Judge Sarsfield Ford

May 22nd, 2013 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment

OIB correspondent John J. Gilmore, former political reporter for the Bridgeport Post, predecessor of the Connecticut Post, shares a story about the power and personality of Sarsfield Ford who passed away a few days ago. You couldn’t know Judge Sarsfield Ford with having a story or two tucked away in your pocket about the man. […]

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Gilmore Remembers L’Ambiance Collapse

April 23rd, 2013 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Media, News and Events

On April 23, 1987, one of the worst construction accidents occurred on Washington Avenue just off the Route 25-8 Connector Downtown. OIB correspondent John Gilmore reflects on that day when he was a scribe for the Bridgeport Post, predecessor of the Connecticut Post. On April 23, 1987 I was in Boston attending an awards ceremony […]

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