Yet another new twist to the ongoing saga: As The Sludge Turns.
Word is that the town of Trumbull is on the verge of issuing a request for proposals for potential construction of its very own sewage treatment plant, as Bridgeport and Monroe continue discussions for creation of a regional waste water authority that would pump effluent from sewerless Monroe through Trumbull and finally into the sewage treatment mothership in Bridgeport.
Trumbull has sewers tied into Bridgeport, but no treatment plant. Trumbull town officials are reluctant to join the regional authority because they do not see a like-wise financial and development benefit that officials in Bridgeport and Monroe envision for their respective communities. For example, Trumbull’s sewers are modern, Bridgeport’s antiquated so Trumbull does not want to be part of a regional authority that would subsidize the cost of modernizing Bridgeport’s system.
Trumbull’s sludge has been processed through the city since creation of the Trumbull shopping park in the 1960s. The pipeline opened up all sorts of new development opportunities and revenue sources for the town, something Monroe wants to enjoy. But some Trumbull officials believe it’s time to look at a sewage treatment system of its own because, in part, it doesn’t want to be at the mercy of the city as it approaches its contractual capacity flow with Bridgeport that would spark a new sludge-for-fee negotiation. A treatment plant in Trumbull would also help the town dictate its own development destiny.
How serious is Trumbull? Will it really go through with it? Sewage treatment systems are not cheap to build so the town is weighing the benefits of building its own treatment system against a continued partnership with the city. In a Pol Pod interview last week, Paul Timpanelli, chief executive of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, who has been trying to broker the regional deal between the towns, said Trumbull would not likely be part of the initial regional authority but could join later.
OIB learned about Trumbull’s interest to build its own plant on Tuesday.
The genesis for the regional authority is Shelton-based developer Robert Scinto’s proposal to build a new Jewish Home for the Elderly (located in Fairfield) on property he owns in Monroe. The property is not large enough to build a stand-alone sewage treatment system. Monroe wants to do the regional deal to open up other development opportunities as well. Bridgeport wants the deal to create a separate authority that would inherit the debt service on the associated treatment plant infrastructure while generating fresh money.
Playhouse On The Green
If you’ve not checked out this jewel of a theater on State Street directly across from McLevy Green, it’s a must see. And you have lots of reasons to enjoy it starting with the upcoming musical The Wiz.
A contemporary version of the Tony Award winning musical eases on down the road to Bridgeport for 10 performances only, April 24-May 10, featuring a cast of 30 singing and dancing to r&b and gospel hits such as “Home” and “Brand New Day.”
Just imagine the cast of Bridgeport political characters you could incorporate into the show. Yeah, baby, let’s hear some names!
The new team managing and coordinating the shows are first rate, including Producing Artistic Director Matt Schicker, the creative voice behind each of the eight shows that have opened since his arrival. Matt was the Executive Director/President of The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn , and Membership Director of National Alliance for Musical Theatre. His directing highlights include: The Full Monty, Side Show, Victor/Victoria, Twelve Angry Jurors, Charlie Brown, The Music of David Kirshenbaum, and Then and Now. His producing highlights include: The Rocky Horror Show, Barnum, Hair, and Yank! A New Musical (winner of the 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical; Nominee, 2008 GLAAD Media Award for Best Off-Off Broadway Musical).
Producing quality community theater using a small budget, Matt has garnered a following of creative, dedicated artists, eager to make theater accessible to the greater Bridgeport community.
The Playhouse is an an absolute gem, cozy, every seat perfect. I guarantee when you walk in you’ll shout holy shit, what have I missed!
The Managing Director Chris Teskey is a talented musician and buddy from my Fairfield County Advocate days 100 years ago.
Check out www.playhouseonthegreen.org and buy a bunch of tix to The Wiz. The Playhouse on the Green … the Best of Bridgeport.
Walk The Walk, news release
CENTER FOR WOMEN & FAMILIES BREAKS THE SILENCE
Sexual Assault Walk Raises Money to Benefit and Prevent Sexual Assault
On Sunday April 19that 2:00 p.m. Sacred Heart University will serve as the site of a fundraising walk coordinated by The Center for Women And Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Jane Doe No More, Inc. and Delta Tau Delta to raise awareness about sexual assault. To participate in the walk, registration begins at 1:00 p.m. or participants are encouraged to pre-register at www.cwfefc.org. Cost to participate is $15 per person, $5 for students with student ID and free for children 12 and under. Corporate teams are also invited to join at $250 per group.
Donna Palomba, founder of Jane Doe No More, Inc. and sexual assault survivor, will be the featured guest speaker. The JDNM team is comprised of law enforcement, medical, legal and business executives as well as victims’ service professionals dedicated to ensure the proper treatment of victims, which will shorten the time to their healing and allow for the best possible chance of recovery. To learn more about the organization and its mission, please visit: www.janedoenomore.org.
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women. CWF started the first WRC in Connecticut in December 2008 in order to engage men in our community about ending violence against women. CWF is collaborating with SHU Delta Tau Delta fraternity whose mission is to prevent sexual assault against women. Members will volunteer their efforts at the walk to raise awareness about the campaign.