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Entries Tagged as 'Lenny Paoletta'

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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Wild Ride Shaping Up For City Council Election Season

April 6th, 2017 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

If your favorite sports are politics and primaries (me too), strap in for a slew of Democratic battles for City Council.

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Find Your Favorite Parade Spot

March 16th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

What began in 1983 under Italian-American Mayor Lenny Paoletta has flourished into a rite of passage for city supporters, an event to plan an entire day of good cheer, camaraderie, rumor mongering and a libation or two or three (call Uber please.) Bridgeport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade commences at noon Friday. Marchers will start at Harbor […]

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Ganim Hopes Gill Breathes New Life Into Economic Development

July 19th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

For Tom Gill, it’s déjà vu all over again. Needing consistency in a key revenue-generating department, Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday brought back Gill to once again lead the Office of Planning and Economic Development, a position Gill had for about six years during the tenure of Democratic Mayor John Mandanici, 1975-81. Gill returns to the role in […]

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