The late James G. Clark wrote “Bridgeport … where the circus never left town.” When it comes to the circus of politics, Bridgeport’s ultimate miniature couple Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren bicker often about such things including their benefactor Mr. Phineas Taylor Barnum who served one term as mayor. With the assistance of a Ouija […]
Entries Tagged as 'John Mandanici'
December 31st, 2014 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics
October 8th, 2014 · 35 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events
The city will launch a $250,000 marketing campaign “aimed at ensuring that people and businesses across the region know about the progress being made in our state’s largest city,” according to city Communications Director Brett Broesder. Mayor Bill Finch, poised for reelection in 2015, will not appear in any taxpayer-paid advertisements for this media campaign, […]
August 2nd, 2014 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events
Twenty-five years ago, the city celebrated the grand opening of Bridgeport Center, the new corporate headquarters for People’s Bank, today called People’s United Bank. The tallest building in the city, it was an $80 million construction project led by then-Chief Executive Officer David Ellis Adams Carson who turned 80 years old on August 2. When […]
May 28th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education, State Politics
There’s something about funeral home directors that can be a bit disarming, maybe because of the nature of the profession. Stay calm when everyone else is cracking up. Board of Education member Andre Baker who wants to challenge Democratic-endorsed Ernie Newton in an August primary for the State House, has a bit of that touch. […]
February 25th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events
Hector Diaz Sr. had an easy authority about him. When you talk about decency, a quiet leader, he’s at the top of the list of distinguished city officials. Hector served as town clerk from 1983 to 2007 (when he retired) with a break from 1989-91. He passed away over the weekend in Florida.
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 […]
November 5th, 2013 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
OIB rewind: Voters today will decide the makeup of the Board of Education as well as all 20 seats on the City Council. Will the citywide turnout reach the teens? Let us know what you’re hearing. There was a day turnouts for municipal elections were huge, including 30 years ago when Charlie Tisdale became the […]