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Mayor Finch Begins Budget Hearings; What Say You?

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Mayor Bill Finch submitted his proposed budget Monday night that spanks city homeowners several hundred dollars more a year in taxes, most of it to cover additional education and pension spending. Tonight (Tuesday) at 6 at City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace, the mayor begins the first in a series of public meetings to sell […] [Read More]
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Is the school board issue about democracy or sanity?

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Last week the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled the state takeover of schools illegal and ordered a special election for four school board seats. Governor Dannel Malloy and legislative leaders at the urging of Mayor Bill Finch are examining a legislative fix to thwart a special election and keep schools under state control. State control opponents […] [Read More]
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Chief Gaudett: A Curfew Cannot Work Without Community Support

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Bridgeport Police Chief Joe Gaudett told City Council members Monday night that police cannot enforce an 11 p.m. youth curfew unless the entire community — from residents to educators to social service agencies — is involved. The city’s legislative body is considering a proposal to enforce a curfew following the shooting death of 14-year-old Justin […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport Pay Hike Question: Essential Or Excessive?

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Mayor Bill Finch says pay increases to roughly 80 non-classified city positions are necessary to attract quality job applicants. Opponents claim the city ordinance pushing salary hikes is being rushed through the City Council. A public hearing on this issue will take place Tuesday, 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers before the full council meets at […] [Read More]
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Vallas, New School Chief, Gutsy Reformer

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Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Paul Vallas has seen it all when it comes to struggling school districts. He’s been hired, on an interim basis, to tackle Bridgeport’s struggling “system of schools.” Brash, decisive, results are all associated with his work in those school districts. Vallas has big ones and understands the political nature of school […] [Read More]
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This Police Brawl Could Cost You Money

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The Stratford woman pulled to the floor, as shown in this video, in the Bridgeport Police Department booking area last year has filed a federal lawsuit against city police. For more on this and what it could mean www.onlyinbridgeport.com [Read More]
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Would You Vote For Ernie Newton?

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The municipal election cycle is over. The page has turned to the 2012 presidential election season and a boatload of races for state and federal office. One high-profile pol who has made his intentions known is former State Senator Ernie Newton who wants his old job back after resigning it in 2005 as a result of federal corruption charges. The […] [Read More]
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Paul Leka, Songwriter, RIP

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Paul Leka, as a young man from Bridgeport, wrote one of the greatest anthems in Rock & Roll history. He passed away a few days ago. (Check out my daily webzine at www.onlyinbridgeport.com) [Read More]
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