Bridgeport … where the circus never left town.
That gem came from my old pal the late James G. Clark, writer extraordinaire for the Connecticut Post. In case there’s any doubt about Mr. Clark’s declaration you can see Mr. Barnum’s circus up close and personal at the Arena at Harbor Yard next week. (See Mr. Barnum’s release.)
Or maybe just attend a City Council meeting. Or maybe get something shoved down your throat like a juvenile detention center. Ah yes, more tax-exempt property, this one on the Upper East Side. Or maybe file a Freedom of Information request with the city and watch as officials stampede, trip over each other, crack that whip, blow that whistle, to accommodate your request.
Yes, the bright light of transparency is alive and well in city government. Please pass the suntan lotion.
Hey, how much did it cost in legal fees to fire that guy Jacobs?
Duh, I don’t know. It’s only two or three hundred an hour for outside legal services. Who’s counting?
How about the taxpayers?
I can’t hear you.
Well, what about the bids for that building in Black Rock you guys were so hush-hush about?
You know, the bids to do something with the building.
Bids? We didn’t have any. So what’s all the hullabaloo? Now excuse me ’cause I have another $300 lawyer at my door.
Statement from Mayor Bill Finch:
I understand and share the neighborhood’s reluctance regarding the state’s planned development of a short-term residence for young girls. I would not have chosen this site for such a plan.
Democrats prefer to place prisons/detention centers in suburban/rural towns. Republicans prefer cities. No votes there. Paging the Upper East Side.
Sauda Baraka, incumbent member of the Board of Education was dumped by the Republican Party. But that’s not deterring Sauda and Maria Pereira from running on the Connecticut Working Families Party line come Nov. 3. Maria, in fact, decided to run after her daughter was subjected to nine different teachers for the same class in one year.
Some background on Sauda and Maria from Joe Dinkin, communications director of the Connecticut Working Families Party:
Sauda and Maria are both parents of Bridgeport public school children. No one knows better than a parent the types of challenges our school system is facing, and no one will fight harder to make sure our kids are getting the education they deserve.
Maria Pereira is a lifelong resident of Bridgeport and a graduate of Bridgeport’s schools. When her daughter had nine math teachers in a single year–without the school even notifying the parents–she knew she had to get involved to fix our city’s schools. Maria is committed to increasing the graduation rate, getting parents more involved in our children’s education and recruiting and retaining high quality teachers.
Sauda Baraka was elected to the Board of Education in 2005. On the Board, Sauda stands up for giving parents more of a say in our Bridgeport schools. Sauda has been a forceful advocate for parents for over 25 years. Sauda chairs the committee on increasing graduation rates on the Board of Education, and is working hard to make sure our children get the education they deserve.
They’re running to:
– Increase the graduation rate every year
– Make our schools a safe and healthy environment so students can focus on learning
– Include parents in the schools and in our children’s education
– Recruit and retain the best teachers so our kids get the education they deserve
From Mayor Finch:
City of Bridgeport Kicks off 2010 Census Efforts
WHAT: The City of Bridgeport will kick off its 2010 Census effort on Wednesday. Representatives from state and local government, the U.S. Census, and local business and community leaders will discuss Bridgeport ’s important role in gathering census data on hard-to-reach segments of the population.
WHO: Mayor Bill Finch; Stacey Serrano from the Office of Gov. Jodi Rell; Shante Hanks from the Office of Congressman Jim Himes; Merle Berke-Schlessel, President/CAO of United Way of Eastern Fairfield County; Karen DelVecchio, Exec. Vice Pres. of Bridgeport Regional Business Council; U.S. Census Representative Anna Maria Garcia from the Boston Regional Office; Bridgeport business, community, and faith-based leaders will attend.
WHERE: Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall Annex, 999 Broad St .
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon.
The City of Bridgeport census office is forming a Complete Count Committee to combine the strengths of local governments, community organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, media, and others to ensure a complete and accurate 2010 Census. An accurate census is crucial to community planning, distribution of federal funds, and the redistricting of state and city voting districts.
News release from Mr. Barnum
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® IS COMING to Bridgeport October 29 – November 1, 2009
All New Ringling Bros.® Production Takes Families Over The Top!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Over The Top, a wacky and whimsical circus spectacular where audiences will experience maniacal mayhem as Ringmaster Chuck Wagner and clown eccentric Tom Dougherty compete for control of a magical top hat that brings to life their fantastical imaginations. From the silliness evoked by the clown to the stupendous spectacle conjured by the Ringmaster, Over the Top provides excitement for the whole family. Dogs fly, Asian elephants skip, hop and groove and one courageous man stands eye to eye with a pack of powerful tigers, all at the 138th Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® which plays October 29 through November 1, 2009 at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.
From the renowned Cossacks’ unbelievable equestrian stunts to the Flying Caceres high-altitude feats on an enormous double-decker trapeze, the 138th Edition of Ringling Bros. will take daredevil thrills to new extremes. Circus celebrities will help rev-up the motorcycle madness featuring one cycle on a high wire and action packed Globe of Steel full of cycles too. Audiences will flip their lids as this Ringling Bros. circus really goes Over the Top!
Arrive early and meet our incredible animal and human performers. Starting one hour before show time, families can join Ringling Bros. athletic performers in getting CircusFit® and learning circus skills at the All Access Pre-show hosted by Bridgeport ’s own Alex Barney. This event is free for everyone with a ticket to the show.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey performance schedule – Arena at Harbor Yard:
Thursday, October 29 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 30 10:30 a.m. (no pre show event) and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 31 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Halloween)
Sunday, November 1 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are $90 (Circus Celebrity which includes a one-of-a-kind experience), $50 (Front Row), $45 (VIP), $25, $20 and $15. Prices do not include a $.50 per ticket City Tax. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com www.ringling.com. For group rates call 203-345-2307. Tickets are also available at Arena at Harbor Yard Click It or Ticket Box Office, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays and evenings and weekends when an event is scheduled. Call the Click It or Ticket Box Office for more details at 203-345-2400.