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Wanted: City Cheerleader

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Bridgeport needs a cheerleader. That’s what I hear from downtown property owners, merchants, workers etc. The other day the University of Bridgeport hosted a forum featuring Larry Goldman,  chief executive of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center that helped revitalize downtown Newark. His message: the arts can change perception and transform an image. Said UB […] [Read More]

Freedom Of Information Fight

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Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez has become a stick in the eye to the Finch administration. She has filed a complaint with the state claiming the Civil Service Commission violated Freedom Of Information laws when it dumped Ralph Jacobs as personnel director last month. Jacobs is appealing the termination in court. It’s the first […] [Read More]
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A Tight AB Operation?

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Gee, could that really happen? One third of votes that  City Council candidates Lydia Martinez and Manny Ayala received on Tuesday’s Democratic primary came as a result of absentee ballots. That doesn’t happen in Bridgeport, does it? It has me thinking, and that’s never a good thing, about an autumn day in 1991 when a […] [Read More]
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Ramos Rams Home Explanation

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Superintendent of Schools John Ramos says don’t listen to the media, ignore those blogs! Well, since I’m in a good mood today and in the spirit of fairness and goodwill I present for your reading pleasure the school chief’s explanation of how he missed $2 million that could have been spent on the kids. Here ya […] [Read More]
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Finch Steps Up For Nurses

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Mayor Bill Finch and city labor representatives are moving closer to resolving the pay dispute between city school nurses and  Superintendent of Schools John Ramos. (See prior commentary for details.) Nurses had worked out an agreement that called for zero pay increases for four years in exchange for summers off with a 52-week pay period. Ramos rationalized […] [Read More]
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Cuckoo Cuckoo: Nurses Ratchet Up Ramos Pay Diss

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Where’s Nurse Ratchet when you need her? Well, a lot of nurses working for the city wouldn’t mind examining the brain cells of Superintendent of Schools John Ramos. School nurses that come under the umbrella of the Board of Education went payless this summer because Ramos suffers from an I-think-I-don’t-remember moment regarding a deal the nurses […] [Read More]

‘We Want You, We Need You, We Love You’

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Hey, does anyone care that Democratic primaries in four City Council districts will take place in less than one week? Yup, mark your calendars, Sept. 15. Polls open at 6 a.m. What will the turnout be? Probably 10 percent, maybe a little more. Me, I love voting. It’s a great chance to get even, or […] [Read More]
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Where Have You Gone Mr. T? Plus: Pleasure Beach Demo And Hennessy Statement

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My last entry about candidates that may play in a Democratic mayoral primary in 2011 drew some  emails. Lennie, what is the matter with you! No mention of a black candidate or a candidate that appeals to the black community? Bridgeport has a long history of electing white guys, except for Mary Moran, the last Republican to hold the office […] [Read More]