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Student organizing Bridgeport vigil for Pakistani victims

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Anmol Tabassum, a Pakistani immigrant and Bridgeport resident studying business at Fairfield University, is organizing a vigil Thursday, 6 p.m., at the city’s Seaside Park, in memory of the victims of the school massacre in her homeland. The Connecticut Post profiled Tabassum in June. Below is an unedited email Tabassum sent The Post Wednesday about […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport nonprofits split $1.1 million

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From Fairfield County’s Community Foundation: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation awards more than $1.2 million in grants and scholarships in Bridgeport   NORWALK, December 1, 2014 — Sixty-three nonprofits in Bridgeport received 133 grants totaling more than $1.1 million from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and its donors in the last fiscal year. Bridgeport students received 82 scholarships […] [Read More]
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Testa: Include Bridgeport in gaming talks

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If state lawmakers are willing to consider expanding gaming/gambling in Connecticut, “Bridgeport should be a part of it.” So said Mario Testa, the city’s veteran Democratic Party Chairman, today in response to a published report in The Connecticut Mirror that the tribe that owns the Mohegan Sun casino is interested in developing other gaming sites […] [Read More]
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Mayor John Fabrizi (left) and Mayor Bill Finch in 2011.

Fabrizi ‘probably’ will not take on Finch

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When in June he announced he was exploring challenging successor and fellow Democrat Mayor B ill Finch next year, John Fabrizi, Bridgeport’s chief executive from 2003 to 2007, said, “I have a real tremendous passion for not only working for this city but for trying to turn this city around.” Since then Fabrizi’s discovered a […] [Read More]
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Bpt. Council Prez on complaint against member

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Bridgeport City Councilman Tom McCarthy, D-133, has written to 18 colleagues addressing a recent report about sexual harassment allegations leveled against their fellow member and city employee, Councilman Richard Paoletto, D-138. In the email McCarthy, who is the deputy director of labor relations, said he will not be involved in the internal investigation of Paoletto. […] [Read More]
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Councilman Richard Paoletto, left, promotes a proposed chicken-raising ordinance with Mayor Bill Finch in March.

Bridgeport Councilman accused of sexual harassment

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Bridgeport City Councilman Richard Paoletto, D-138, has been placed on administrative leave from his job as acting deputy director of Housing and Commercial Code Enforcement over sexual harassment allegations. He has a hearing with city labor relations officials scheduled for Tuesday. “He’s innocent,” said Dwayne Harrison, president of the National Association of Government Employees, Paoletto’s […] [Read More]
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New director for Bridgeport Housing Authority

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Lee Byers started work Tuesday as the new executive director of the embattled Bridgeport Housing Authority just days after an offer to another candidate was rescinded. Details of the hiring, made late last week by the appointed Housing Authority Commission, were kept quiet, though employees had learned over the weekend that the new boss would […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport taps out-of-state companies for ad blitz

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In a bid to better promote the city, Mayor Bill Finch’s administration is looking to hire a pair of companies – Mandate Media, Inc. of Portland, Oregon and Gum Spirits Productions of Portland, Maine – to mount a media blitz. The proposed contracts, which are heading to a City Council subcommittee for consideration, would give […] [Read More]
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GOP’s Lumaj wants Santa Ayala out as Registrar

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Peter Lumaj, the Republican candidate for Secretary of the State, says enough-is-enough when it comes to Santa Ayala, Bridgeport’s Democratic Registrar of Voters: Lumaj Calls For Immediate Resignation of Santa Ayala Southington, CT, September 30th, 2014 –Peter Lumaj, the Republican and Independent Party Nominee for Connecticut Secretary of the State is calling on Secretary Denise […] [Read More]
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Testa hosting meal and a smoke for Finch

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Bridgeport Democratic Chairman Mario Testa will pull out all of the stops Tuesday night when his North End Italian restaurant, Testo’s, hosts the latest fundraiser for Mayor Bill Finch’s 2015 re-election bid.   The minimum $500-per-head evening, with appearances by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, will likely draw some of the […] [Read More]
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