What a slammin’ party at Two Boots Wednesday night, by far our largest turnout. Must be the good cheer of the season. Johnny Fabs stopped in as well as another former Mayor, Mary Moran. OIB friends from Bridgeport, Westport, Monroe, Trumbull and Shelton munched on gourmet apizz’ at the downtown night spot.
Nice to see friends Billy Carroll and wife Sharon, Managing Editor of the Connecticut Post Michael Daly and his wisecracking daughter Julia, Fabs’ documentarian Larry Locke, former Public Facilities Director George Estrada now performing the same duties for UB, State Senator Rob Russo and his brother Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. Almost everyone was talking about the sewage deal with the suburbs. Or maybe it was me talking about it to anyone who’d listen, including Bruce Hubler, Jeff Kohut, Phil Kuchma and City Councilman Bob Walsh. I mean I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Kuchma and The Troll agreeing on a subject. I searched for a photographer for blackmail photos.
By the way, I received a friendly call from Monroe First Selectman Tom Buzi on Wednesday who explained that my postings about the sewage deal haven’t been fair. He said when all the details are worked out–he couldn’t discuss right now–he’d sit down to do a Pol Pod with OIB. I’m looking forward to that.
Don Carlson, Congressman-elect Jim Himes’ transition team point guard, joined the party and shared some news: Kathleen Warner has accepted the position of district director working out of Bridgeport. Warner is a lawyer who formerly practiced at Day, Berry & Howard. She also worked in-house at Bear Stearns before joining Team Himes during the campaign full time on the finance committee and other functions. Kudos to Don for stopping in.
A number of Bridgeport pols are ticked that Himes did not name a district director familiar with the city that produced the difference in his win. There are other congressional slots to fill yet. We’ll see. If you want to catch up to Himes today, he’ll be visiting with constituents at the Bridgeport Public Library, Fine Arts Room on the second floor, from 6 to 7:30. Himes is pushing Chris Shays, the man he defeated in November, to lead the Peace Corps where Shays was affiliated 40 years ago. It’s a nice gesture by Himes. Someone cracked at the party: “Yeah, it gets Shays out of the country.”
Thanks to Travis, Doug, Chris and the entire staff at Two Boots. After the OIB party Ms. Mo and I checked out Épernay Bistro, across the street from Two Boots, for a glass of wine. This is one sweet spot, opened six weeks ago by chef/owner Peter Wroe. You must visit Épernay, whether for dinner or just to kick back in the comfy bar/lounge area and enjoy a selection from its uncommon wine list. This is an area of the downtown that provides lots of dining opportunities within a two-block area. Tell your friends.
A lot going on: condo trash pick up by the city, assessment notices. Did you nearly take out the razor blades what you opened your letter? What are you hearing?
News release from Mayor Finch:
City Prepares for Friday’s Expected Winter Storm
Alternate Side of the Street Parking in Effect Tomorrow
BRIDGEPORT, CT (Dec. 18, 2008) – Due to tomorrow’s anticipated snowstorm, alternate side of the street parking will be in effect as of 7 a.m. Friday morning throughout the city.
Mayor Bill Finch urged city residents to heed all emergency warnings and to drive safely during the storm, which is expected to drop from 5-7 inches of snow in the area.
“We would like Bridgeport residents to stay safe tomorrow, and follow all advisories and warnings that may be issued by the city or state. Your assistance with preparing for and adhering to our emergency instructions will assist us tremendously with our emergency operations efforts,” Mayor Finch said.
Following is information from the city’s Office of Emergency Management regarding alternate side of the street parking, snow emergency streets and safety tips.
Important emergency numbers include:
Call 911 for immediate life-threatening emergencies
Call 576-7751 or 576-7124 for Snow Removal concerns, or, call 211
News release from Mayor Finch:
Holiday Trash Pickup and Transfer Station Schedule
BRIDGEPORT, CT (Dec. 17, 2008) – The City’s Public Works department announces the following schedule for the week of December 21 and Dec. 28.
For week of December 21: Trash and recycling pickups for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 22, 23 and 24 will occur as scheduled.
Due to the Christmas holiday, trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Dec. 25 will occur on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday’s trash pickup will occur on Saturday, Dec. 27.
For week of Dec. 28: Trash and recycling pickups for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29, 30 and 31 will occur as scheduled.
Due to the New Year’s holiday, trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Jan. 1 will occur on Friday, Jan. 2 and Friday’s trash pickup will occur on Saturday, Jan. 3.
The city’s Transfer Station located at 475 Asylum St., will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 25, and will reopen on Friday, Dec. 26. It also will close on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 and will reopen on Friday, Jan. 2 at 7 a.m. The Transfer Station also will be open on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 and January 3, 2009 from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.
The Transfer Station winter hours are as follows: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 noon.