Archive for November, 2012
The power is going off in Bridgeport again on Sunday.
Relax, don’t panic because it’s a planned power outage that should affect about 900 customers in a small area of Bridgeport.
It can be a problem if you’re one of those 900 customers who won’t have electricity for up to four hours on Sunday.
Here’s what UI is telling us:
“The United Illuminating Company will temporarily cut electric service to a small area of Bridgeport on Sunday morning, Dec. 2, as it upgrades and improves its electric system.
UI has notified approximately 900 customers who will be affected by the outage, which is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday.
The planned service outage will affect portions of the following streets: Arlington Street, Capitol Avenue, Cleveland Avenue, Garfield Avenue, Jackson Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln Boulevard, Madison Avenue, Madison Terrace, Main Street, Park Avenue, Salem Street and Turner Street.
The outage is necessary as UI converts its Jackson Avenue Substation from 4.16 to 13.8 kilovolts, part of a series of upgrades UI is undertaking to provide safe, reliable electric service to all customers.”
Over half of Bridgeport’s 20-person City Council was either in Boston today or en route for a National League of Cities’ conference.
“There are a number of us on committees. I’m on the Economic Development Committee and we determine at this meeting what is going to be the priority lobbying for the next year,” Council President Thomas McCarthy, D-133, said by phone Wednesday night. “The other thing is it provides a lot of training for council members. It gives you best practices … And part of it is making sure the city of Bridgeport’s concerns are being lobbied for on a national level.”
Their bills are paid with the $9,000 stipend each council member receives annually for work-related expenses.
I asked whether council members really have to head to these conferences. Can’t a lot of the same stuff get accomplished back home on a computer?
“They’re trying to do some online stuff, but never underestimate the power of sitting in a room of people that are in a similar type of situation, throwing out a problem, and having a similar discussion going to lunch later with those people and saying, ‘How do you guys solve this?’” McCarthy said.
For example he noted one subgroup is composed of elected officials from cities that host universities. Bridgeport has a handful.
“So, say, how do you deal with college students living in neighborhoods?” McCarthy said.
The Bridgeport delegation should ask how their peers deal with a mayor who has 20-year feud with a local university.
Here’s the list of city council members McCarthy said are also attending the NLC event, which runs into the weekend:
Susan Brannelly, D-130, Denese Taylor-Moye, D-131, John Olson, D-132, M. Evette Brantley, D-132, Michelle Lyons, D-134, Amy Marie Vizzo-Paniccia, D-134, Carlos Silva, D-136, Lydia Martinez, D-137, Robert Curwen, D-138, Richard Paoletto, D-138, and James Holloway, D-139.
- Operating budget of $165 million, up almost 9.3 percent over its $151 million budget this year.
- More than 80 percent of ISO-NE’s budget goes to staff and outside professional services.
- The number of full-time employees also has increased from 180 in 1997 to 563 proposed for 2013.
- If approved, ISO-NE will have added 100 full-time positions just in the past five years.
- In 2012, 275 of the 524 ISO-NE’s employees were paid more than $100,000 annually as base pay.
- Employees last year received an average yearly merit bonus of 9 percent per employee.
The Hartford Courant questioned whether the policy fits in with Segarra’s promises to bring transparency to the office.
I had to smile a bit at the hubbub, considering a similar rule is already in place here in Bridgeport.
I got a gentle reminder of it today when I approached the Human Resources Department with a pretty simple question and was instructed by HR Manager Janet Finch in an email to reach out to the mayor’s spokesman:
All media questions need to be addressed to Elaine Ficarra. I’m copying her on this for her review and response. Thanks.
We recently recieved this press release from the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall school in Milford:
MILFORD — Lauralton Hall’s highly anticipated annual Christmas concert, Christmas in Song, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Parsons Complex Auditorium, 70 West River Street, Milford. The public is invited to this free event which will feature Lauralton Hall’s Concert Choir, Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Freshman Choir and Instrumental Ensemble.
The students will perform songs from Handel, Ives and Rutter, as well as traditional carols and popular holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,”
Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at the door to be given to local residents in need.
Hot embers from a chimney landing on wooden shingles ignited a house fire Sunday morning in Westport.
A neighbor who spotted the fire dancing on the Washington Avenue roof at 9:30 called the fire department and alerted the home’s occupants, who had smelled smoke but were not aware of the fire. The fire department said smoke detectors in the home were not activated because the fire occurred in an unfinished attic area that did not have a smoke alarm.
The home sustained roof damage and minor smoke and water damage to the second floor. The 24 firefighters who responded to the blaze were off the scene by 11:15.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Shelton police department, 85 Wheeler St., or at the Outback Steakhouse at 698 Bridgeport Ave.
The police department has teamed up with the restaurant for its annual toy drive, which runs until Dec. 19. The items collected will be distributed to local families in need.
Outback Steakhouse is giving away a free appetizer or dessert to any customer who brings in a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive. Any questions related to the toy drive should be directed to Officer John Petrillo at (203) 924-1544 ext. 349.