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‘Let The Guy Who Put The Snow There Take It Away’

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It’s one of Bridgeport’s legendary lines: “God put the snow there…let Him take it away.” Bridgeport’s penny-pinching Socialist Mayor Jasper McLevy, 1933-57, received credit for the declaration following a snow storm in 1938. Jasper was cheap. Voters loved his frugality. Except during storms. McLevy never uttered those words, but what’s the sense of having a […] [Read More]
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Didn’t Family Guy Know Bridgeport Is Camelot?

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 I prefer this quote about Bridgeport: So I gave up the idea of a circus, and concluded he was from an asylum. But we never came to an asylum—so I was up a stump, as you may say. I asked him how far we were from Hartford. He said he had never heard of the […] [Read More]
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Only In Bridgeport, 25 Years Young

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In 1986 Bridgeport celebrated its 150th birthday. I had to come up with a title of a book to commemorate the city’s history. It seemed to me that with all the odd stuff that happens in the state’s largest city the title Only In Bridgeport was a fit. I mean the city had actually built […] [Read More]
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Caruso Feels The Delegation Love

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Get a load of the love State Rep. Chris Caruso is receiving from members of the city’s legislative delegation that elected him leader for the General Assembly session that begins in January. Who says Caruso cannot get along with fellow pols? Caruso is seriously considering a mayoral run in 2011. Check out this news release: REP. […] [Read More]
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Testa Takes It On Chin From Zoners

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What, zoners voted against Mario! How could that be? The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting nearly hit the stroke of midnight, but when the vote came Monday night dozens of North End residents were stunned and pleased that an application by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa to change the designation of his Madison Avenue restaurant […] [Read More]
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Ballot Recount: Depends On The Meaning Of “If Appropriate”

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The Connecticut Post wants a recounting of Election Day ballots. City Attorney Mark Anastasi says that will occur “if appropriate.” I can’t wait to hear Mark’s legal version of “if appropriate.” From Post staffer Tim Loh: BRIDGEPORT — The Connecticut Post announced Friday its intention to conduct a full and open recount of all of […] [Read More]
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Modern Plastics, City Institution, Leaving

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We’ve seen this movie many times. A Bridgeport company leaves the city lured by Shelton developer Robert Scinto. Add Modern Plastics to the list. Modern Plastics has been a fixture in the city’s West End for 65 years. Bing Carbone, president of the company, says Bridgeport development officials must do a better job communicating with city-based businesses […] [Read More]
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Do You Have An Election Beef?

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Election Day was a mess. Ballot shortages, chaos at voting places, long lines, electors walking away in disgust. Kudos to voters that waited in line for an hour or more. For those that walked away who could blame them. Mayor Bill Finch has formed a committee to assess the election process and make recommendations for […] [Read More]
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The Barack Factor Worked

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On a surreal Election Day that may take weeks to settle (in court) the gubernatorial race, city voters responded in far greater numbers that anyone had projected. The turnout unofficially is near 40 percent, large for a mid-term race. Bridgeport’s chief registrars Sandi Ayala and Joe Borges have a lot of explaining to do about […] [Read More]
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Want To See The President? Read This…

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From the Democratic National Commitee: Public Logistics Information for Bridgeport “Moving America Forward” Rally with President Obama Bridgeport rally is one of four events happening around the country as part of final get-out-the-vote push this weekend Bridgeport – With a “Moving America Forward” rally with President Obama set for this Saturday in Bridgeport, the following […] [Read More]
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