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Entries Tagged as 'Lenny Paoletta'

Public Facilities Chief John Ricci Has Change Of Heart After Packing It In

April 23rd, 2018 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Update: Late last week Public Facilities Director John Ricci submitted his retirement papers. Monday morning he called OIB to share that he had a change of heart after what he describes as an outpouring of support urging him to stay. “I am humbled by the encouraging words of people who have asked me to stay,” […]

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Scholarship Tribute For Charlie Tisdale, Historic City Figure

March 18th, 2018 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Charlie Tisdale is a significant figure in Bridgeport, both in and out of city politics. He was a Harding High School quarterback. As a candidate for mayor he was a one-man turnout machine who inspired voters to the polls, both for and against him. As a social service leader, he has led for decades Action […]

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Here Come Pols And Parade–Free Parking!

March 14th, 2018 · 10 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

It was started by Italian-American Mayor Lenny Paoletta in 1983 and all these decades later it has served as a tasty-toasty treat Downtown. The Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will take place Friday highlighted by the parade starting noon. Parade route here. Dress warm! Or find a bar/restaurant with a view. Forecast does not look […]

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Step Right Up–Daly, Paoletta Book Signing At Barnum Museum

January 7th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

It was a dizzying five days in December, 1982 after an arsonist torched the Police Activities League’s Christmas Village, the site of a celebration for the city’s impoverished children. The indomitable will of then-Mayor Leonard Paoletta resurrected the village from the ashes in an astonishing restoration mission. The events are now chronicled in a book by […]

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Daly, Paoletta Chronicle ‘The Miracle Of Christmas Village’

December 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

On December 7, 1982 an arsonist slipped into Beardsley Park and set fire to the Police Activities League’s Christmas Village, that for more than 25 years had been the site of a Christmas celebration for the city’s impoverished children. Reaction to the shocking fire sparked a massive five-day restoration mission that raised the village from […]

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The Real D’Elia–Globe-Trotting Journalist Chronicles Maestro Pappano’s Bridgeport Roots

October 7th, 2017 · 6 Comments · News and Events

Travel journalist Valarie D’Elia, who worked at WICC and News 12, has roots in Bridgeport. And so too the subject of her upcoming PBS feature on renowned conductor Antonio Pappano who lived in Bridgeport during his youth and musical training years. Pappano is the music director of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden in London as well […]

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Tangible Economics Of Steelpointe Harbor “Enlivening The Waterfront”

July 17th, 2017 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

What’s the economic impact of Steelpointe Harbor, the redevelopment of the East Side with Bass Pro Shops as the anchor tenant? It’s been a long elusive question that has never been fully rolled out publicly by city officials, perhaps because city-controlled parcels were acquired by the developer in stages. As progress continues OIB reached out […]

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The Quest To Make Steelpointe Harbor Vertical–Marina, Restaurant, Waterfront Walkway On Horizon

May 16th, 2017 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

Surrounded by elected officials and neighborhood and business leaders, developer Robert Christoph Sr. and Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday broke ground for the 35,000 square foot waterfront dockmaster’s building that will house a raw bar restaurant, retail and an engineering company on Steelpointe Harbor accompanied by a harbor walk platform, marina and docks that Christoph […]

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