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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Marin School faces questions of bias

Principal Michele Cerino greets students at the front door for the first day of school at Luis Munoz Marin School in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday, August 28, 2014.



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Bridgeport police seek suspect in teen shooting

Officials say the victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. They say a 14-year-old male was walking with two others on Trumbull Avenue near Terrace Circle at around 2 p.m. Saturday when a silver colored vehicle pulled up and the driver fired several shots.



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Bridgeport convent burglarized

... that has deeply troubled the community including those investigating the crimes. For example, detectives with the Bridgeport Police Department have started a collection at their offices to help the sisters that work there make up some of their ...



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Registration will allow you to post comments on newstimes.com and create a newstimes.com Subscriber Portal account for you to manage subscriptions and email preferences. William Ryczek, author of Connecticut Gridiron, Football Minor Leaguers of the 1960's and 1970's, visits Kennedy Stadium, one time home of the Bridgeport Jets, in Bridgeport, Conn.



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UB men, women, SHU women all post victories

The Bridgeport men's basketball team opened up the second half on a 17-0 run and never looked back to post an 84-65 win over Mercy in a ECC matchup Saturday afternoon. The Purple Knights trailed for most of the first half, but took a 36-34 lead into halftime on Devon Elliott 's 3-pointer one second before the buzzer.



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Crews Put Out Fire Despite Frozen Hydrants

... heavy smoke and flames rising from the back and side of an Enviro Express garbage truck. The company is based in Bridgeport. "The severe cold made extinguishing this fire very challenging as some of the equipment was freezing and the water from the ...



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Yet another snowstorm bears down on Connecticut

... bitterly cold temperatures and strong wind created wind chills below minus-20 degrees Saturday. On Saturday, Bridgeport and Danbury saw wind gusts of up to 49 mph. National Weather Service meteorologist Ricky Castro said the system coming Sunday ...



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Stamford considers virtual attendance at meetings

... either. That city has taken expert testimony from out of state electronically in the past, city officials said. Bridgeport legislators have called in to committee meetings, according to spokesman Brett Broesder , but not to full board meetings, as ...



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Frozen fire hydrants hamper firefighters

... extinguished until the entire load of garbage was off loaded from the truck, owned by Enviro Express in Bridgeport, onto the parking lot, firefighters said. The incident prompted fire officials to remind residents to make sure the fire hydrants ...



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Garbage truck catches fire, three hydrants needed to put it out

... completely extinguished until the entire load of garbage was emptied. The truck was owned by Enviro Express of Bridgeport. The fire department reminds every homeowner that it is critical that you make sure the hydrant nearest your home is clear of ...



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Cooperation on schools a pleasing development

The growing apparent detente between Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and interim Schools Supt. Fran Rabinowitz is a good thing to see.



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After death, Fairfield woman has last laugh

... correct, including Norma Brewer being the daughter of W. Raymond Flicker , former president and publisher of the Bridgeport Post , Telegram and Sunday Post (now known as the Connecticut Post). Funeral services for Norma Brewer, will be held at 10:30 ...



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Hartford Hockey Heritage night with Sound Tigers and a lot Crabb

... Joey Crabb had an incredible game. It was his 2 goals and 2 assists that spearheaded a wild 8-6 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The goal horn last night made the game sound like an NHL All Star game, it was an entertaining game in front of a ...



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DOT chief commits to branch line upgrades

The state Department of Transportation is doing its best to accelerate the design and installation of a signalization system for the Waterbury rail line, DOT Commissioner James Redeker told state lawmakers Thursday. State Sen. Robert Kane questioned Redeker about the status of planned upgrades to the Metro-North branch line running between Bridgeport and Waterbury during Redeker's confirmation hearing.



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Avon Limousine Worldwide - A Full Service Limo Company OperatIng In The Tri-State Area

Avon Limousine Worldwide provides varied kind of services from weddings, proms, special events, corporate travels to airport transportation in the Tri-State Online PR News 31-January-2015 Bridgeport, CT Avon Limousine Worldwide is a full service limo company based in Bridgeport, CT with over 10 years of transportation experience offering: airport service in NJ, NY and CT, corporate service, weddings, special events and more. Avon Limousine is dedicated to offering exceptional services to every client by utilizing the latest technology such as airline flight tracking, real-time weather forecast and updates, and secure online reservation.



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Outdated serving piece fetches more than $3,000

... immigrant from Austria, founded Albert Pick Co. in Chicago in 1857. The company bought E.H.H. Smith Silver Co. of Bridgeport, Conn., in 1919 and incorporated as Albert Pick &Co. Your silver-plated creamer was made after that. In the 1920s, family ...



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New Canaan Man Gets 13 Years In Prison For Running Ponzi Scheme

A 45-year-old former New Canaan man who ran a Ponzi scheme that defrauded victims of hundreds of millions of dollars was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in federal prison. Francisco Illarramendi also was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to three years of supervised release.



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Friday, January 30, 2015

Wolf Pack outlast Sound Tigers

This is one of those head-scratcher nights, a weird game that appears over umpteen times before Hartford finally salts away a Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey game that looks more like a lacrosse score. The Wolf Pack nearly blew a three-goal lead in the third, but an empty-netter secured their 8-6 win over the Sound Tigers on Friday at XL Center in the first game back from the all-star break.



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Grogins approved for Superior Court judgeship

Opposition from gun enthusiasts was muffled and muzzled Friday when the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm former Bridgeport representative Auden Grogins to a Superior Court judgeship. Her nomination sailed through the House 125-18, after a brief debate with no verbal opposition in the chamber where she served six years.



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Superheroes on ice in Bridgeport

Yale student Michael Cohen releases the stone during a college bonspiel curling event at the Nutmeg Curling Club in Bridgeport, Conn. on Friday Jan. 30, 2015.



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Sound Tigers Game day: vs. Portland tonight

... 29th on the power play (11.7 percent) but leading the league on the penalty kill (87.7). ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS: Bridgeport has a four-game losing streak after Friday's chaotic 8-6 loss at Hartford. ... This closes the season series between the ...



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Commission OKs $5M for energy projects

The State Bond Commission on Friday approved more than $5 million for new energy microgrids projects in Milford's government center and the University of Bridgeport cafeteria and student center. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy , who sets the agenda of the 10-member commission, said it's part of a multiyear effort to set up small power plants in downtown areas where they can help critical facilities, from law enforcement to gas stations, recover after major weather-related power outages.



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The State Bond Commission on Friday approved more than $5 million for new energy microgrids projects in Milford's government center and the University of Bridgeport cafeteria and student center. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who sets the agenda of the 10-member commission, said it's part of a multiyear effort to set up small power plants in downtown areas where they can help critical facilities, from law enforcement to gas stations, recover after major weather-related power outages.



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Grogins approved for Superior Court judgeship.

Opposition from gun enthusiasts was muffled and muzzled Friday when the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm former Bridgeport representative Auden Grogins to a Superior Court judgeship. Her nomination sailed through the House 125-18, after a brief debate with no verbal opposition in the chamber where she served six years.



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Former Missile Site May Gain Local Historic Status

... at the time, was used in the 1950s and 1960s as a Nike/Ajax missile site to protect war manufacturing efforts in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com



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Guilty plea in fatal shooting of Bridgeport teen

... pleaded guilty Friday to the fatal shooting of the high school student two years ago. Photo: Contributed Photo A Bridgeport Police K-9 searches the Greene Homes, in Bridgeport, Conn. Aug. 2nd, 2012, where police found a minivan used during the fatal ...



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Guilty plea in fatal shooting of Bridgeport teen

... curfew. His killer pleaded guilty Friday to the fatal shooting of the high school student two years ago. A Bridgeport Police K-9 searches the Greene Homes, in Bridgeport, Conn. Aug. 2nd, 2012, where police found a minivan used during the fatal ...



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Gun Control Opponents Fail To Scuttle Malloy Judicial Appointee

Legislators handily approved a former state representative's appointment as a Superior Court judge Friday, despite strong opposition from the NRA and other gun rights groups. Auden C. Grogins, a Democrat who represented Bridgeport in the General Assembly for six years, was nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.



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Bijou Theatre's 'Opera in Cinema' Series to Present la Forza Del Destino, 2/16

... thing: the force of destiny. Discussion with Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, Chair of the Music Department, University of Bridgeport begins at 5:30pm; Opera begins at 6:00pm. The Bijou Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ...



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Simsbury Receives Locally Shared Equipment Grant

The state bond commission approved the grant under the inter-town capital equipment purchase incentive program Friday afternoon, according to a press release issued by Democratic state Rep. John Hampton of Simsbury. "Sharing resources makes both fiscal and common sense," Hampton said in the release.



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Council Chairman: Glastonbury Should Discuss 'Big Ticket' Projects

Potential plans include renovation of the Williams Wing at the old Academy Building - and present town hall - for auditorium space. Potential plans include renovation of the Williams Wing at the old Academy Building - and present town hall - for auditorium space.



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'Food For Thought' Will Be MCC on Main's 1st Juried Art Show

Jane Rainwater, the curator of MCC on Main's Dehn Gallery, has put out the call for submissions for the gallery's first juried art show. Rainwater is also a professor at Manchester Community College and Eastern Connecticut State University.



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Rose Alfano, 91 of Trumbull: WWII Navy Vet

Rose M. Caracciola Alfano, age 91, of Trumbull, beloved wife of the late Pasquale Alfano, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Jewish Home in Fairfield. Born in Bridgeport on May 28, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Caroline D'Amatta Caracciola.



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Milford Awarded Funding for Microgrid Project

The state Bond Commission approved $5.1 million for the creation of two microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today. In July 2013, nine microgrid projects were awarded $18 million as part of the first round of grants under DEEP's Microgrid Program.



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Bond Commission Approves $5.1M For Microgrids In Bridgeport And Milford

... program that is pushing the use of microgrids throughout the state. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy awarded projects in Bridgeport and Milford a total of $5.1 million to engineer and develop electrical microgrids that would connect critical buildings with ...



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Possible Futures Of The Abandoned Valley Railroad

A photo from The Conway School's Valley Railroad State Park Scenic Corridor Study. The photo shows the current state of the railroad right-of-way and one of its potential futures.



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Simsbury Extends Warming Center Hours

The first warming center is the Simsbury Public Library, located at 725 Hopmeadow St. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monhday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.



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Man Pleasures Himself On Pregnant Woman Because He Wanted To Relieve Stress

... came to her aid. The woman said that she is afraid to ride on trains because it might happen again. A judge in Bridgeport, Connecticut, sentenced Ramos to two years in prison, which was suspended. He was also ordered to register as a s*x offender ...



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Report: Violent crime is down

Violent crime in Connecticut's three big cities fell by nearly 15 percent in 2013 from the year before, according to a new report that also indicates the statewide drop of 10 percent is twice the national average of 5 percent. A report on criminal justice trends finds that anti-crime programs in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford are responsible for half the state's overall cut in violent crime.



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Man, driving home with kids from sledding, charged with DUI

... be fingerprinted. Bond was set at $100,000 bond and he is scheduled to appear Feb. 11 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.



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Dad gets DUI driving kids home from sledding

... be fingerprinted. Bond was set at $100,000 bond and he is scheduled to appear Feb. 11 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.



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Advocates launch video ads for Connecticut charter schools

... efforts, such as an ad campaign against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and organizing parents and rallies in Bridgeport to promote charter schools. Kara Neidhardt , Connecticut state director for Families for Excellent Schools, said expanding access ...



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2 Metro-North derailments raise new concerns from regulators

... for up to 15 minutes. The two derailments were the fourth in two years for Metro-North. A 2013 derailment in Bridgeport injured scores of passengers and four passengers died as a result of a Bronx, New York, derailment. Copyright 2015 The Associated ...



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Sandra Pinney Nolting

... graduated from Winnebago High School, attended Hamline University in Minneapolis and Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Conn. She continued to reside in Connecticut, working as a major account executive at Zerox for many years. In 1988, she made ...



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Thursday, January 29, 2015

At school budget forum, questions of funding

Fran Rabinowitz, Bridgeport Interim Superintendant of Schools, hands out hard copy of the budget before the start of a public forum held at Blackham School in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday Jan. 29, 2015.



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At Bridgeport school budget forum, questions of funding

Fran Rabinowitz, Bridgeport Interim Superintendant of Schools, hands out hard copy of the budget before the start of a public forum held at Blackham School in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday Jan. 29, 2015.



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Former Controller Of Greenwich Hedge Fund Admits Embezzling $9 Million

A 45-year-old Greenwich man pleaded guilty Thursday, Jan. 29, to embezzling more than $9 million from the hedge fund where he was employed as a controller. Lawrence J. Herzing pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in Bridgeport, said Deirdre M. Daly, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut and Patricia M. Ferrick, special agent in charge of the New Haven Division of the FBI.



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Conn. Mayor Threatened After Praising Sharpton on Climate Change

The mayor of Bridgeport, Conn. has received several threats since appearing with the Rev.



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Report shows violent crime down

Violent crime in Connecticut's three big cities fell by nearly 15 percent in 2013 from the year before, according to a new report that also indicates the statewide drop of 10 percent is twice the national average of 5 percent. A report on criminal justice trends finds that anti-crime programs in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford are responsible for half the state's overall cut in violent crime.



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As AHL shifts west, Sound Tigers focus on playoff bid

It's that time of year anyway, but Thursday was a day to look ahead, both for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' short-term future on the ice and the AHL's long-term footprint. Bridgeport reassembled at the Wonderland of Ice after the all-star break to prepare for the second half, perhaps a little closer to getting an all-star defenseman back.



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Greenwich Hedge Fund Controller Pleads Guilty to Bilking $9 Million

Lawrence J. Herzing, 45, of Greenwich, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in Bridgeport to one count of wire fraud stemming from his theft of more than $9 million from the hedge fund where he was employed, according to a statement from Connecticut's U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to court documents and statements made in court, Herzing recently was the controller of Greenwich-based Contrarian Capital Management, L.L.C. On 32 occasions between 2004 and 2013, Herzing used his position to wire $9,202,417.54 from his employer to accounts that he controlled.



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Ex-controller of Connecticut hedge fund pleads guilty over theft

The former controller of Contrarian Capital Management LLC pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of wire fraud stemming from his embezzlement of more than $9 million from the Connecticut hedge fund, federal prosecutors said. Lawrence Herzing, 45, of Greenwich, Connecticut, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in Bridgeport, Connecticut.



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Group Launches 'Smarter' Website On Hartford Schools

Researching schools before the lotteries? The Achieve Hartford! reform advocacy group has launched a new data-driven website with detailed performance profiles of city schools. The site, unveiled Thursday during National School Choice Week, uses state standardized test scores and district data to offer school synopses that include chronic-absenteeism rates, principal turnover and how Hartford residents fare at magnet programs that enroll both city and suburban students.



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Lawsuit claims more abuse at Indian Mountain School

... fellatio, sodomy, voyeurism, fondling and forced masturbation." The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport because Buck lives out of state, alleges that one of Indian Mountain's English teachers, Christopher Simonds , sexually abused, ...



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Venezuelan financier gets 13 years prison in Connecticut fraud

... the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Prosecutors sought at least a 12-year prison term. Illarramendi had requested no more than six months of home ...



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UPDATE 1-Venezuelan financier gets 13 years prison in Connecticut fraud

... the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Prosecutors sought at least a 12-year prison term. Illarramendi had requested no more than six months of home ...



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Greenwich man pleads guilty to wire fraud

... to a wire fraud charge Thursday afternoon during proceedings before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in Bridgeport. Herzing faces anywhere from 70 to 87 months in prison as part of a plea bargain agreement worked out between his lawyer, Andrew ...



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Venezuelan Hedge Fund Manager Gets 13 Years In Prison

... Bernie Madoff," the balding, heavyset 45-year-old Illarramendi said before he was sentenced in federal court in Bridgeport. Despite the apology and Illarramendi's work to help recover investment losses, Judge Stefan Underhill noted the defendant ...



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years for fraud scheme

... Bernie Madoff," the balding, heavyset 45-year-old Illarramendi said before he was sentenced in federal court in Bridgeport. Despite the apology and Illarramendi's work to help recover some of the money, Judge Stefan Underhill noted the defendant ...



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Greenwich man pleads guilty to wire fraud

... to a wire fraud charge Thursday afternoon during proceedings before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in Bridgeport. Herzing faces anywhere from 70 to 87 months in prison as part of a plea bargain agreement worked out between his lawyer, Andrew ...



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Local Connecticut mayor reportedly getting threats after praising Sharpton

The mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., reportedly is getting threats after a television appearance in which he praised Rev. Al Sharpton and thanked him for his efforts on climate change.



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Man Charged With DWI After Crash On I-84 In Southeast

New York State Police charged a Bridgeport, Conn., man with driving while intoxicated after an accident on Interstate 84 in Southeast on Monday, according to officials. Troopers were dispatched to investigate a one-car accident that involved Jack B. Wessells, 32. Upon investigation, authorities suspected Wessells of being drunk, police said.



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

... a proposed civilian police oversight board in St. Louis was cut short after a commotion broke out in the crowd. BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Venezuelan hedge fund manager has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for running a massive Connecticut-based ...



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

... money but prosecutors say losses still exceed $200 million. Prosecutors have urged U.S. Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport to sentence Illarramendi to at least 12 years in prison on Thursday. Illarramendi argues he deserves no more than six months ...



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A Venezuelan hedge fund manager has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for running a massive Connecticut-based investment fraud scheme that involved hundreds of millions of dollars.



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager guilty of fraud

Bridgeport, Conn. a Nearly four years after he confessed to running a massive fraud scheme, a former hedge fund manager is expected to be sentenced in a Connecticut case that had its biggest fallout in Venezuela, where the state oil company had hundreds of millions of dollars invested with the disgraced financier.



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Is hockey coming to San Diego?

Mat Clark, No. 2, of the Norfolk Admirals checks John Persson of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers during an American Hockey League game on Feb. 2, 2013, at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.



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... Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn wished to speak with him. The rabbi said Edelman should leave Brooklyn and to go to Bridgeport, Conn., to open a Jewish school. Edelman agreed, and in 1944, the 19-year-old founded the new yeshiva. Then in 1948, Edelman ...



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Rail worker masturbated over sleeping pregnant passenger because he was stressed

Manny Ramos, 35, said he did it because he was stressed due to engineer training and was going through marital problems. His victim, who was six months pregnant, told Golden Hill Street courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that when she screamed for help, no passengers came to her aid.



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Region digging its way back to normal after the blizzard

... and the police department to punch holes through and we got people to the hospital." Plowing crews from Bridgeport that helped the New London DPW clear roads and parking lots and dig out the city's schools returned to their home city at about noon ...



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Mayor of Bridgeport thanks Al Sharpton for 'fighting the good...

Have you ever been stuck in heavy snow and thought to yourself, "If only Al Sharpton had more power at the federal level!" No sane person ever has, but during an interview about the "snowmageddon" that wasn't, Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor Bill Finch thanked Sharpton for his fight against global warming, and said he's needed in Washington.



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager to be sentenced in huge fraud

By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Nearly four years after he confessed to running a massive fraud scheme, a former hedge fund manager is expected to be sentenced in a Connecticut case that had its biggest fallout in Venezuela, where the state oil company had hundreds of millions of dollars invested with the disgraced financier.



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager to be sentenced in huge fraud

... money but prosecutors say losses still exceed $200 million. Prosecutors have urged U.S. Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport to sentence Illarramendi to at least 12 years in prison on Thursday. Illarramendi argues he deserves no more than six months ...



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager to be sentenced in huge fraud

... ticket presales, trips, advance notice on upcoming 710 KNUS events, movie screening passes, giveaways and more! BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Nearly four years after he confessed to running a massive fraud scheme, a former hedge fund manager is expected ...



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager to be sentenced in huge fraud

... Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday after opponents said the move would... BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Nearly four years after he confessed to running a massive fraud scheme, a former hedge fund manager is ...



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Venezuelan hedge fund manager to be sentenced in huge fraud

California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter... BRIDGEPORT, Conn.



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Bill would institutionalize ad-hoc aid to small businesses hurt by prolonged construction

The terminus of Golden Hill Street at Main Street in Bridgeport, in the north district that's to be redeveloped. Under a Connecticut General Assembly proposal, business owners would have recourse to tap funds in the event of prolonged construction near their premises impacting foot traffic and sales, with a potential impact on downtown Bridgeport developments.



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Bill would institutionalize ad-hoc aid to small businesses hurt...

The terminus of Golden Hill Street at Main Street in Bridgeport, in the north district that's to be redeveloped. Under a Connecticut General Assembly proposal, business owners would have recourse to tap funds in the event of prolonged construction near their premises impacting foot traffic and sales, with a potential impact on downtown Bridgeport developments.



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bridgeport plows return from eastern CT

Bridgeport officials say they sent the crew to help New London with its snow removal. The crew arrived at around 9 p.m. Tuesday and worked through the night.



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Debra Bennet, 57, Of Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. Debra Bennet, 57, died Sunday, Jan. 25, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport following a long illness.



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Twelve years sought for Illarramendi

Francisco Illarramendi leaves Federal Court in Bridgeport, Conn. Monday, March, 7th, 2011, where he plead guilty to five counts involving investment advising and securities fraud.



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Twelve years sought for Illarramendi

Francisco Illarramendi leaves Federal Court in Bridgeport, Conn. Monday, March, 7th, 2011, where he plead guilty to five counts involving investment advising and securities fraud.



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Twelve years sought for Illarramendi

Francisco Illarramendi leaves Federal Court in Bridgeport, Conn. Monday, March, 7th, 2011, where he plead guilty to five counts involving investment advising and securities fraud.



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Friendly ears at the Byram Shubert Library

At right, Michael Morales, 9, of Greenwich, reads a book about BMX biking to Brasil, a Whippet belonging to Don Smith of Darien during the "Read to a Dog" program at the Byram Shubert Library, Greenwich, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The program is part of the national program, R.E.A.D. , that offers children and teens the chance to improve their reading and communication skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog.



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Bridgeport Plows Lend a Hand in New London

Bridgeport plow drivers headed home Wednesday afternoon after lending a hand more than 60 miles to New London, one of the Connecticut communities hit hardest by the Blizzard of 2015 . The drivers of four large plows maneuvered their equipment along a snowy shoreline through whiteout conditions Tuesday evening.



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... week he argued his tax burden, related to a pair of automotive businesses, further qualifies him to represent the Bridgeport in Hartford and to fight for tax reform. On top of the tax and child support controversies, DeJesus remains the subject of a ...



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Proposed bill would set up fund for small businesses hurt by...

The terminus of Golden Hill Street at Main Street in Bridgeport, in the north district that's to be redeveloped. Under a Connecticut General Assembly proposal, business owners would have recourse to tap funds in the event of prolonged construction near their premises impacting foot traffic and sales, with a potential impact on downtown Bridgeport developments.



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Rep. Fox proposes aid for businesses under siege by prolonged construction

The terminus of Golden Hill Street at Main Street in Bridgeport, in the north district that's to be redeveloped. Under a Connecticut General Assembly proposal, business owners would have recourse to tap funds in the event of prolonged construction near their premises impacting foot traffic and sales, with a potential impact on downtown Bridgeport developments.



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Bridgeport Mayor Receives Threats For Speaking On Climate Change On MSNBC

Bridgeport police are investigating threats made against Mayor Bill Finch after he appeared on "Politics Nation," an MSNBC show with Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday night, a Bridgeport spokesman said Wednesday.



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Ex-Mayor Ganim: Return To Scene Of The Crime?

Convicted felon Joseph P. Ganim rang in the new year with a startling admission of guilt and an apology for dragging his city through the mud of a corruption trial a dozen years ago. Many in Bridgeport saw the apology as the ex-mayor's opening shot in a war to retake city hall.



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Almost lost to fire, a life is saved from addiction

Javier Berrios poses next to a boarded up building he used to live in along Main Street in downtown Bridgeport, Conn., on Tuesday Jan. 13, 2015. Berrios, who was homeless and struggled with drug use, was severely burned in a fire inside the building last March.



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Stamford rep. takes up cause of small businesses buried in...

The terminus of Golden Hill Street at Main Street in Bridgeport, in the north district that's to be redeveloped. Under a Connecticut General Assembly proposal, business owners would have recourse to tap funds in the event of prolonged construction near their premises impacting foot traffic and sales, with a potential impact on downtown Bridgeport developments.



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Almost lost to fire, a life is saved from addiction

Javier Berrios poses next to a boarded up building he used to live in along Main Street in downtown Bridgeport, Conn., on Tuesday Jan. 13, 2015. Berrios, who was homeless and struggled with drug use, was severely burned in a fire inside the building last March.



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Stamford rep. takes up cause of small businesses buried in someone else's construction dust

The terminus of Golden Hill Street at Main Street in Bridgeport, in the north district that's to be redeveloped. Under a Connecticut General Assembly proposal, business owners would have recourse to tap funds in the event of prolonged construction near their premises impacting foot traffic and sales, with a potential impact on downtown Bridgeport developments.



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Man charged in Fairfield burglaries

Police say Ernesto Alicea got away with $800 after breaking into the Circle Diner and nearby Village Bagels in June. (January 28, 2015 2:24 PM) Police say Ernesto Alicea, of Bridgeport, got away with $800 plus the safes after breaking into the Circle Diner and nearby Village Bagels in June.



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Carole Sherman, 76, Of Fairfield

... lifetime. Services will take place Friday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2385 Park Ave., Bridgeport, with interment following at the Rodeph Sholom Cemetery, 190 Kings Highway E., Fairfield. Memorial contributions may be made ...



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Man Accused of Multiple Break-Ins to Fairfield Eateries

A Bridgeport man was charged with multiple break-ins of the Circle Diner and Village Bagels in Fairfield last summer, according to the Fairfield Citizen. The Citizen reports that Ernesto Alicea, 49, who has at least 20 prior arrests, was arrested on a warrant after video surveillance linked him to the burglaries.



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Municipalities busy clearing the way for normalcy after storm

... this morning and will be working continuously until about 8 p.m. when we expect to finish." Plowing crews from Bridgeport were scheduled to head back to their home city at noon today after extending their shifts to help the New London public works ...



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Bridgeport sends plows to eastern CT

Bridgeport officials say they sent four trucks and a foreman to help New London with its snow removal.



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Improve Comedy Night @ the Bijou Set for 2/20

... tuition fees & ticket sales fund the Bijou Arts Center, which is located at 275 Fairfield Avenue in Downtown Bridgeport. The Bijou Theatre, one of the oldest buildings in the country used as a movie house, reopened its doors in 2011. In addition to ...



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Milford Police: Resident Spots a Gun, Leads to a Weapons Charge

Milford police say they responded last week to a complaint of someone possibly in possession of a firearm at 345 Old Gate Lane. Investigation led to the arrest of Javier Diaz-Santana, 39, of Hallett Street in Bridgeport is accused of being in possession of a 9 MM handgun with a high capacity magazine, police said.



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Bridgeport's ex-mayor withdraws complaint on property value

The Connecticut Post reports that former Mayor John Fabrizi has withdrawn a Freedom of Information complaint with state officials against the city's tax assessor. Fabrizi had tried using state Freedom of Information laws to try to receive information from a taxpayer-funded revaluation from Mayor Bill Finch's administration.



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Bridgeporta s ex-mayor withdraws complaint on property value

The Connecticut Post reports that former Mayor John Fabrizi has withdrawn a Freedom of Information complaint with state officials against the city's tax assessor. Fabrizi had tried using state Freedom of Information laws to try to receive information from a taxpayer-funded revaluation from Mayor Bill Finch's administration.



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Officials seek 12-year sentence in fraud case

... in the filing Monday. Illarramendi, who ran unregistered hedge funds in Stamford, faces sentencing Thursday in Bridgeport in a scheme that exposed mostly foreign investors to more than $300 million in losses, including more than $100 million from ...



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Snowstorm's price tag packs a wallop

... at Chubby's Pub, open while many other businesses were closed, on the Post Road in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Photo: Brian A. Pounds Carrie Upton, of Fairfield. makes a cocoa run for her sledding family ...



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rick Smith, owner of the Seven Seas restaurant, clears snow from the...

... snow from in front of his business, Executive Corner Deli & Catering at 229 Mill Street in the Byram section of Greenwich, Conn., Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2015, during the winter storm that hit the area. Allmashy, an executive chef, said about ...



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Regional notebook: Trumbull's Vazzano of SHU honored as top...

... second career Goaltender of the Week honor. UB GYMNASTS ON TOP: For the second straight week, two University of Bridgeport women's gymnasts have earned weekly Corvais ECAC Division II Women's Gymnastics Awards for their performances in the team's ...



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... at Chubby's Pub, open while many other businesses were closed, on the Post Road in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Carrie Upton, of Fairfield. makes a cocoa run for her sledding family to the Italian Kitchen ...



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Storm cost plenty, but could have been much worse

... at Chubby's Pub, open while many other businesses were closed, on the Post Road in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Carrie Upton, of Fairfield. makes a cocoa run for her sledding family to the Italian Kitchen ...



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Storm cost plenty, but could have been much worse

... at Chubby's Pub, open while many other businesses were closed, on the Post Road in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Photo: Brian A. Pounds Carrie Upton, of Fairfield. makes a cocoa run for her sledding family ...



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A few brave Greenwich owners open for business despite storm

... at Chubby's Pub, open while many other businesses were closed, on the Post Road in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Photo: Brian A. Pounds Carrie Upton, of Fairfield. makes a cocoa run for her sledding family ...



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Corrine Melvin Of Norwalk

A celebration for Melvin will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at New Vision International Ministries, 130 Gregory St., Bridgeport.



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Twelve years sought for Illarramendi

Francisco Illarramendi leaves Federal Court in Bridgeport, Conn. Monday, March, 7th, 2011, where he plead guilty to five counts involving investment advising and securities fraud.



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Three local students named to honors list at their universities

... Media Works Ltd. located in Baltimore, Maryland. Jade E. Blair of West Deptford, a senior at the University of Bridgeport (UB), Bridgeport, Connecticut, has earned her place on the UB President's List, the highest outstanding academic performance ...



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Victor Fields to Play Valentine's Day Concert at Bijou Theatre

Critically acclaimed jazz vocalist and leading interpreter of classic American music, Victor Fields, will be performing at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT. Victor Fields is bringing his unique brand of "Jazz in the City" for a special Valentine's Day Concert.



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Fabrizi drops FOI request on property revaluation

... "If I were to prevail, the city would no doubt appeal, which would delay the outcome." And, he said, by that then Bridgeport could very well be underway with a new revaluation and those numbers would be publicly available. At issue is whether the ...



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Whiffenpoofs head for Stratford H.S.

Jazz group Big Sackbut, features musicians Marcus Rojas, Luis Bonilla, Joe Fiedler and Ryan Keberle. The group comes to Sacred Heart University for a free event on Monday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. Soon after the world-famous Yale University Whiffenpoofs announced their mid-December stop at Bridgeport's Bijou Theatre, the show sold out, with many would-be patrons turned away.



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Whiffenpoofs head for Stratford H.S.

... Soon after the world-famous Yale University Whiffenpoofs announced their mid-December stop at Bridgeport's Bijou Theatre , the show sold out, with many would-be patrons turned away. Those who went Whiffs-less -- and die-hard fans who would like to ...



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Simsbury Urges Residents To Shelter In Place During Blizzard

"Emergency personnel are in place and town staff are prepared to respond to what is expected to be a significant snowfall," First Selectman Lisa Heavner said in a press release. The town implemented a parking ban on town streets beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday until further notice to ensure that town snow plows are able to prepare roads and remove snow, according to Tom Cooke, director of administrative services.



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Ernesto Alicea, 49, of Bridgeport, was arrested in connection with multiple burglaries.

A Bridgeport man with at least 20 prior arrests has been charged with multiple break-ins last summer at the Circle Diner and Village Bagels. Ernesto Alicea , 49, of Helen Street, Bridgeport, was served with a warrant at state Superior Court in Bridgeport last Friday and charged with six counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of sixth-degree larceny and one count of fifth-degree larceny.



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De Blasio Closes Subways, Streets, For 5 Inches Of Snow

... business are open for business today. But Mr. De Blasio is the expert when it comes to smart, careful decisions. Bridgeport, CT Mayor Bill Finch (D) thanked MSNBC anchor Al Sharpton for "fighting the good fight on climate change" during a report on ...



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Cops: Man had appetite for eatery break-ins

A Bridgeport man with at least 20 prior arrests has been charged with multiple break-ins last summer at the Circle Diner and Village Bagels. Ernesto Alicea, 49, of Helen Street, Bridgeport, was served with a warrant at state Superior Court in Bridgeport last Friday and charged with six counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of sixth-degree larceny and one count of fifth-degree larceny.



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Parking bans are going into effect all across the state.

Bridgeport: Parking prohibited on snow emergency routes. Must park on alternate side of the street on secondary roads.



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Curious Incident's Alex Sharp and Nyc Ballet's Russell Janzen Win 2015 Clive Barnes Awards

... last played "Hally" in Master Harold...and the boys in his fourth year of training. Russell Janzen was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and began his dance training at the age of six at The Rock School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Janzen ...



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Bridgeport officials say they're ready for this storm

"I never saw anybody get so pumped about beatin' mother nature," said Mayor Bill Finch as his public facilities head stepped out of the room. Finch, Public Facilities Director Jorge Garcia and other city emergency personnel had just wrapped up an afternoon briefing Monday on the storm bearing down on Bridgeport.



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Gov. to residents: Go home

... January 26, 2015. Photo: Brian A. Pounds Long lines of cars wait to fill up on gasoline at the Stop & Shop on Bridgeport Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn. on Monday, January 26, 2015. Photo: Brian A. Pounds Long lines of cars wait to fill up on gasoline ...



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Gov. to residents: Go home

... January 26, 2015. Photo: Brian A. Pounds Long lines of cars wait to fill up on gasoline at the Stop & Shop on Bridgeport Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn. on Monday, January 26, 2015. Photo: Brian A. Pounds Long lines of cars wait to fill up on gasoline ...



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Additional Costs For Glastonbury Main Street Signal Project

The town has to pay $380,000 in additional costs for lengthy delays during the Main Street traffic signal improvement project last year. That's the bad news.



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Holiday Inn Express Still Shuttered, But Owner Says It Will Reopen This Year

You can't book a room at the downtown Holiday Inn Express if you're seeking refuge from this week's blizzard: It's still closed nearly five months after water caused millions of dollars in damage. Monday, the owner of the 96-room hotel on Asylum Street said the hotel will open its doors again this year, but, as yet, there is no specific timetable.



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Man charged with stealing bike from Toilsome Hill garage

Alex Saez, 42, of Yale Street, Bridgeport, turned himself in at police headquarters last Thursday on a warrant issued for his arrest in connection with a garage burglary last Sept. 17. Saez was charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree larceny and held on $20,000 bond.



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Rifles on display at a Connecticut gun store (file).

Gun control supporters are urging Connecticut residents to show support for a state judge candidate whose nomination is being opposed by the National Rifle Association. Connecticut Against Gun Violence on Monday called on citizens to ask their state legislators to approve the nomination of attorney Auden Grogins, a former Democratic state representative from Bridgeport.



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Bridgeport officials prepare for storm

Crews at the public works facility in Bridgeport are ready to tackle what the storm brings our way. Communications director with the city of Bridgeport, Brett Broesder said, "we really think we are prepared for the worse, but hoping for the best."



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Hillhouse's John Lewis attempts to drive to the basket between.... photo: 7408950 slideshow 847

Hillhouse's John Lewis attempts to drive to the basket between Central's Fitzroy Henry, left, and Charles Richardson during their Martin Luther King Classic basketball game at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.



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Hillhouse's Troy Walters Jr attempts to drive to the basket around Central's Joaquim Johnson during their Martin Luther King Classic basketball game at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.



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Central's Marcus Blackwell shoots as Hillhouse's Tyler Douglas.... photo: 7408949 slideshow 847

Central's Marcus Blackwell shoots as Hillhouse's Tyler Douglas attempts to draw an offensive fould during their Martin Luther King Classic basketball game at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.



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Sacred Heart head coach Jonathan Carroll talks to his team from the.... photo: 7409437 slideshow 847

Sacred Heart head coach Jonathan Carroll talks to his team from the sidelines during their Martin Luther King Classic basketball game against Notre Dame Fairfield at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.



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A cyclist attempts to keep dry from the rain along the Post Road in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Conn.



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Milford police make gun charge arrest on Old Gate Lane

Milford police arrested a Bridgeport man on weapons charges on Saturday night, Jan. 24 after they received a complaint of a person possibly in possession of a firearm at 345 Old Gate Lane. Police say they arrested Javier Diaz-Santana, 39, of Bridgeport after they found him in possession of a 9 mm handgun and a high capacity magazine.



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Fairfield Artist Relies On 19th-Century Methods For His Photography

"I didn't want to do what everyone else was doing," he said of his days starting out more than 40 years ago. The University of Bridgeport grad said he wanted more control.



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In Context: War Report , Segment 1

The In Context War Report, a monthly one hour analysis of global warfare, is produced by MDR Productions, Inc. and originates at Pacifica affiliate WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT whose signal reaches most of Connecticut and parts of New York. Programs stream live and are archived at wpkn.org.



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Suspended with pay -- a Bridgeport "vacation"

... ruled that document is trumped by state law. There has been an ongoing, but so far unsuccessful, effort by some Bridgeport lawmakers to change state law. A pair of Feb. 24 special elections for vacant state House and Senate seats could make a ...



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

City officials seek update on probe

City Council member Richard Paoletto Jr. at the War Memorials in Bridgeport, Conn. on Wednesday June 22, 2011.Photo: Cathy Zuraw, Connecticut Post Three months after a Bridgeport councilman and employee was sent home with pay over a sexual harassment allegations, two colleagues have demanded a status update on the politically volatile investigation.



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Venezuelan financer faces sentencing in fraud scheme

... pleaded guilty in 2011 but the sentencing has been delayed several times. Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday in Bridgeport. Illarramendi has asked for a sentence of no more than six months' home confinement. He has argued in a sentencing memo that ...



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Pharmacist Kimberly Houser, left administers a flu shot to Richard...

... and geriatrics," said Dr. Doodnauth Hiraman , chairman of emergency services for St. Vincent 's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "Their reserves aren't as good. Their bodies' abilities to maintain (health) when there's any kind of problem is less." ...



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11 flu-related deaths in Connecticut

... and geriatrics," said Dr. Doodnauth Hiraman , chairman of emergency services for St. Vincent 's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "Their reserves aren't as good. Their bodies' abilities to maintain (health) when there's any kind of problem is less." ...



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Frustration setting in as Sound Tigers lose in overtime

Sound Tiger's Scott Mayfield slides into the boards as teammate Johan Sundstrom, left, looks to coral the puck, during hockey game action against Portland at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday Jan. 24, 2015. At right is Portland's Brendan Shinnimin.



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Frustration setting in as Sound Tigers lose in overtime

Sound Tiger's Scott Mayfield slides into the boards as teammate Johan Sundstrom, left, looks to coral the puck, during hockey game action against Portland at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday Jan. 24, 2015. At right is Portland's Brendan Shinnimin.



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Frustration setting in as Sound Tigers lose in overtime

Sound Tiger's Scott Mayfield slides into the boards as teammate Johan Sundstrom, left, looks to coral the puck, during hockey game action against Portland at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday Jan. 24, 2015. At right is Portland's Brendan Shinnimin.



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Trip-and-fall claims on the rise in Bridgeport

The city of Bridgeport has seen an increase in the number of trip and fall cases. "Weather is the basis for a lot of these claims," said Brett Broesder, a spokesman for Mayor Bill Finch's office.



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Trip-and-fall claims on the rise in Bridgeport

The city of Bridgeport has seen an increase in the number of trip and fall cases. "Weather is the basis for a lot of these claims," said Brett Broesder, a spokesman for Mayor Bill Finch's office.



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Historic Remington Arms Factory receives $300,000

Governor Malloy announced Friday that the state is giving $300,000 to the city of Bridgeport to redevelop its historic Remington Arms Factory site. "In Bridgeport, we're investing in the future, making our city a place where our kids and grandkids will choose to live, work, and raise a family.



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Fairfield woman freed from jail after 'missing' son turns up on Burr Street

... of Newtown, reported him missing there in mid-December. Looking relieved, the father left state Superior Court in Bridgeport to be re-united with his son. He declined comment. Perez said about 1 p.m. Friday, police received a call from a Burr Street ...



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Sex trafficking: It can happen here

Many people wouldn't think that human trafficking for sexual exploitation or slavery-like labor happens in Connecticut, but Leonela Cruz-Ahuatl, of the International Institute of Connecticut, gave a possible scenario Friday: A skilled masseuse from Russia hears about a job at a massage parlor in Bridgeport; the woman is forced to have sex, is threatened with death if she leaves - and has no access to her money. The woman is a victim of human trafficking for several reasons, said Cruz-Ahuatl: She was deceived into doing a different job than she was promised, she is being threatened with violence, and she is being deprived of her livelihood.



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A Bridgeport resident has filed a lawsuit seeking to force his way onto the ballot as the Republican candidate in the special election for the 23rd state Senate district. Quentin Dreher is seeking an injunction to allow him to run for the seat vacated when state Sen. Andres Ayala opted to become the state's commissioner of motor vehicles.



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Friday, January 23, 2015

Sound Tigers 'compete hard,' but mistakes prove costly in loss

Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson was fine with his team's effort Friday, two days after a clunker in New Jersey. In Portland, Maine, on Friday, they battled, competed.



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Daly: Be a Democrat; have a say

It seems to defy logic that former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim is gearing up for another run at the office. It's even wilder that he's viewed as a force that could have an impact on the outcome of the Democratic mayoral primary this year that, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, will most certainly take place on Wednesday, Sept.



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Teen found; "crocodile" mom released from jail

... of Newtown, reported him missing in mid-December. Looking relieved, the father left state Superior Court in Bridgeport to be re-united with his son. He declined comment. Perez said about 1 p.m., police received a call from a Burr Street resident ...



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... and geriatrics," said Dr. Doodnauth Hiraman, chairman of emergency services for St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "Their reserves aren't as good. Their bodies' abilities to maintain (health) when there's any kind of problem is less." ...



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Men's Hockey Seeks Revenge against UConn

... with Notre Dame and scrounged a point in league play with a 3-3 draw on Jan. 16 before getting upended, 6-1, in Bridgeport, Conn. Prior to the series against the Irish, UConn was winners in three of four contests, taking down UMass (4-3), Army and ...



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Westport's Toquet Hall Teen Center to Host Retro Arcade Night; Give Teens a Taste of the '80s

PRLog - Jan. 23, 2015 - BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Web Studio, LLP to sponsor "Arcade Night" at Toquet Hall Teen Center in Westport, Conn.



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Mobile tanning firm puts down roots in Bridgeport

When Nikki Medina graduated in 2009 with a business management degree from Manhattanville College, the Great Recession made it difficult to find a job. But her $80,000 student loan bill meant she needed to find a way to obtain an income -- and fast.



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Police: Felon tests cops with gun in Stamford

Stamford police say a Bridgeport felon may have been trying to commit suicide by cop Thursday night after being surprised by police in a Cove neighborhood parking lot while in possession of a loaded semiautomatic pistol. When officers confronted the man with their service weapons and rifles drawn, Michael "Angel" Walsh , 37, of Evergreen Terrace in Bridgeport, defied police orders to get out of his car and instead sat fingering the pistol.



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Fairfield Lady Stags Fight Back To Defeat Rider

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Kelsey Carey and Casey Smith combined for 32 of Fairfield's 43 points as the Fairfield Stags fought back from a double-digit deficit for the second-straight game to defeat Rider, 43-40, at the Webster Bank Arena on Thursday.



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Norwalk Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Cab Driver From Bridgeport

... of Elizabeth, N.J., was arrested on Dec.12 and charged with murder in the death of Jackson Pierre-Louis, 51, a Bridgeport man who worked as a taxi driver for Norwalk Yellow Cab Inc. According to previous Daily Voice reports, Acros-Garcia knew ...



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The Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Going to Federal Court

... Hook massacre. First ... ... Bushmaster and the other defendants moved to "remove" the case from state court in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Federal court in Hartford, Connecticut. For what this means and what will happen next, come below the orange ...



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Police: Felon tests cops with gun in Stamford

Michael T. Walsh, 37, of Evergreen Terrace in Bridgeport, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm Jan. 22, 2015 after allegedly engaging police in a standoff in the Cove section of Stamford, Conn. STAMFORD -- Stamford police say a Bridgeport felon may have been trying to commit suicide by cop Thursday night after being surprised by police in a Cove neighborhood parking lot while in possession of a loaded semiautomatic pistol.



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Man Accused of Stealing from Milford Lowe's on 4 Separate Occasions

Milford police say Avelino Ribeiro, 33, of Burnsford Avenue in Bridgeport is accused of entering a Lowe's Home Improvement store on four separate occasions and taking merchandise without paying for it. Police said on August 11, they received a complaint regarding several past tense thefts that occurred at Lowe's on Old Gate Lane.



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DeJesus officially endorsed for 23rd Senate District

Bridgeport City Councilman Richard DeJesus is officially Bridgeport Democrats' endorsed candidate for the 23rd Senate District special election. Photo: Autumn Driscoll A panel of the state Democratic Party rejected former State Senator Ed Gomes' campaign's allegations that the local endorsement convention was clouded by a conflict-of-interest.



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SATs Postponed, Moved Due To Snowstorm In Fairfield County

Due to the approaching snowstorm, the SAT exams scheduled for Darien and Danbury on Saturday, Jan. 24, have been postponed, and the exams set for Greenwich and Bridgeport have been moved.



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DeJesus officially endorsed for 23rd Senate District

... the borders of his district to help ex-colleague Sen. Anthony Musto win re-election. Gomes is also not close to Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, while Ayala was. And though Finch has not endorsed anyone, some of his allies and key members of his staff ...



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Fairfield Police Charge Man With Using Brother's Driver's License

Two Bridgeport brothers were arrested early Friday after an incident that began with an illegally parked car near a hookah lounge, continued with criminal impersonation and ended with the discovery of marijuana in the car, Fairfield police said. Joey Philson, 22, of Marion Street, Bridgeport, was illegally parked on the side of the road near Sky Hookah Lounge on Kings Highway East, with his turn signal on and another car parked next to his vehicle blocking his signaled turn, police said.



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Joey Philson, 23, of Bridgeport, was taken into custody after an early morning traffic stop Friday.

An officer patroling Kings Highway around 2:30 a.m. noticed a car stopped in the intersection near Berwick Avenue, with several people crowded around. The officer got out of his cruiser and began to walk toward the car, when it made a U-turn and drove away.



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Woman charged with DUI in Southport

... ng under the influence and released on a $100 bond. She is scheduled to appear Feb. 21 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.



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Following a Standoff, Felon with Handgun Is Busted in Stamford

... suspect was finally removed from the car and placed under arrest." Michael T. Walsh, 37, of Evergreen Terrace, Bridgeport, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and interfering with police. His ...



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Judge Blasts Milford Sex Offender at His Sentencing

... e said to the elderly man that took people in the courtroom by surprise. Andreucci hobbled into Superior Court in Bridgeport and Judge Robert Devlin blasted the man, and took no sympathy on him, reports Daniel Tepfer, of the Connecticut Post.



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Fairfield Police Charge Bridgeport Man With Stealing Bike Out Of Garage

A 42-year-old Bridgeport man surrendered at Fairfield Police Headquarters on Wednesday, Jan. 22, on a warrant issued for his arrest last year on charges of stealing a bike worth $1,100, police said. Alex Saez of Yale Street was charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree larceny.



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Police say man cheated when using self-scan register at Lowes

A Bridgeport man was arrested on a warrant Jan. 22 for scanning lesser-priced items at the self-checkout at Lowes and leaving the store with higher-priced items, according to police. Avelino Ribeiro, 33, of Burnsford Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with larceny, and he was released from police custody on his promise to appear in court Feb. 17. Police said they received a complaint Aug. 11 about serveral thefts that had taken place at the store on Old Gate Lane.



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Hartford Firefighter Charged With DUI Again

A firefighter with a history of alcohol-related trouble has again been arrested on drunken driving charges, the fire chief said Friday. Chief Carlos M. Huertas said he learned at 1:30 a.m. Friday that Firefighter Cinque Scott had been charged with driving under the influence, failure to drive right and operating under a suspended license by state police in Montville.



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Sarah Jessica Parker and elite federal arts grant fail to improve performance of Portland's King School

... teaching and the instructional climate at Findley Elementary in Des Moines, Iowa, Roosevelt Elementary in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and four other schools, the researchers found. And reading and math achievement improved or held steady at all six, ...



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Teen still missing as mom jailed for third day

... than a month, his mother was jailed for a third day Thursday after refusing to reveal his whereabouts. Before a Bridgeport courtroom packed with news media and spectators, Kathyrn Sorrentino, her hands secured behind her back, continued to maintain ...



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UB men win, women lose

Bridgeport senior Willie Williams III, of Norwalk, recorded his third straight double-double and eighth of the season by grabbing 19 rebounds and scoring 11 points to help the Purple Knights hold off host Molloy in Rockville Centre, N.Y. UB, which has won three straight and 10 of 11, improved to 12-4 , 8-1 East Coast Conference. Joining Williams in double-figure scoring were juniors Devon Elliott and Eddie Asamoah and Ernest Rouse /.



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Teen still missing as mom jailed for third day

... was jailed for a third day Thursday after refusing to reveal the whereabouts of her 14-year-old son. Before a Bridgeport courtroom packed with news media and other spectators, Kathyrn Sorrentino, her hands secured behind her back, continued to ...



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Ludlowe uses free-throw line to rally past Trumbull

... Abraham Trumbull's Rashard Rodriguez lays up to score, during boys basketball action against Fairfield Ludlowe in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015. Photo: Christian Abraham Fairfield Ludlowe's Matthew Doyle attempts a shot, during boys ...



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ludlowe uses free-throw line to rally past Trumbull

... Trumbull's Rashard Rodriguez lays up to score, during boys basketball action against Fairfield Ludlowe in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015. Fairfield Ludlowe's Matthew Doyle attempts a shot, during boys basketball action against Trumbull ...



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Abbott Tech's Omari Johnson looks to score two as Bullard Havens' Antonio Myers defends, during boys basketball action in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015.



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Deep River Gun Employee Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced today that Richard Cummings of East Haddam pleaded guilty yesterday in Bridgeport federal court to violating federal firearms laws. Cummings was a manager at Tri-Town Plastics, a former federally-licensed firearms manufacturer in Deep River.



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Study indicates arts work for challenged schools

Eighth-grade students and the principal from Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, Conn. traveled to Washington DC to showcase their paintings in the White House lobby before the very first White House talent show.



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Pattison powers the Squirts

... stiff competition from much larger programs. The Hawks started the tournament against the Wonderland Wizards from Bridgeport, Conn. Darek Harvey did all he could to keep the Hawks close throughout the game, with one tough save after another. The ...



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New nursing home designed to make seniors feel at home

The final steel beam for the new $75 million, 372,000 square foot Jewish Senior Services is put into place by steel workers Joe Plourde, left, and Paul Moore III, at the site on Park Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday Jan. 24, 2015.



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New nursing home designed to make seniors feel at home

... is definitely the future," Kooris said. "And to have the first one in the state built here is huge, not just for Bridgeport but for Fairfield County." The facility will be named the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus in appreciation of their ...



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Norwalk man pleads not guilty in cabbie murder

A New Jersey man who confessed to fatally stabbing a Bridgeport cab driver Jackson Pierre-Louis in Norwalk on Dec. 8, pleaded not guilty to murder at a hearing Thursday in state Superior Court in Stamford. Before entering his plea, Ramiro Arcos-Garcia , 32, appeared with his attorney Howard Ehring before Judge Richard Comerford and waived his right to a hearing that would challenge his arrest on grounds that police lacked probable cause to arrest and charge him with murder.



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Norwalk man pleads not guilty in Bridgeport cab murder

A New Jersey man who confessed to fatally stabbing a Bridgeport cab driver Jackson Pierre-Louis in Norwalk on Dec. 8, pleaded not guilty to murder at a hearing Thursday in state Superior Court in Stamford. Before entering his plea, Ramiro Arcos-Garcia, 32, appeared with his attorney Howard Ehring before Judge Richard Comerford and waived his right to a hearing that would challenge his arrest on grounds that police lacked probable cause to arrest and charge him with murder.



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Norwalk man pleads not guilty in cab murder

A New Jersey man who confessed to fatally stabbing a Bridgeport cab driver in Norwalk in early December, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder during a brief hearing in state Superior Court in Stamford courthouse. Before making his plea to the murder charge, Ramiro Arcos-Garcia , 32, a former Norwalk resident appeared with his attorney Howard Ehring before Judge Richard Comerford and waived his right to a hearing that would challenge his arrest on grounds that police did not have probable cause to arrest him and charge him with murder.



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Norwalk man pleads not guilty in Bridgeport cab murder

A New Jersey man who confessed to fatally stabbing a Bridgeport cab driver in Norwalk in early December, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder during a brief hearing in state Superior Court in Stamford courthouse. Before making his plea to the murder charge, Ramiro Arcos-Garcia , 32, a former Norwalk resident appeared with his attorney Howard Ehring before Judge Richard Comerford and waived his right to a hearing that would challenge his arrest on grounds that police did not have probable cause to arrest him and charge him with murder.



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Bridgeport Democrats' endorsed candidate faces back-tax bill

Bridgeport is known for high taxes, and it may wind up with a state Senator who hasn't paid his. Bridgeport Councilman Richard DeJesus , D-136, endorsed by City Democrats to run for the 23rd District seat vacated by Andres Ayala , is struggling with what city records show is an outstanding tax bill of $139,433.



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Snow likely, but how much is anyone's guess

... "Based on the National Weather Service report released today, it is indicting 4 1/2 inches," said Scott Appleby, Bridgeport's emergency operations director. "If it moves to the east, we should get more snow, about 8 inches." Spraying a brine ...



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State auditors are investigating a whistleblower complaint charging that Secretary of the State Denise Merrill confirmed a politically connected Bridgeport man to become a notary public despite his history as a drug dealer. The anonymous complaint, first reported by The Hartford Courant, was confirmed Thursday by Robert M. Ward, one of the two state auditors.



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Charges increased in fatal hit and run

Patricia Daniels, right, stands with her lawyer as she is arraigned on charges of second-degree manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor, and criminal evading responsibility at Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday, January 22, 2015.



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Study indicates arts work for challenged schools

Eighth-grade students and the principal from Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, Conn. traveled to Washington DC to showcase their paintings in the White House lobby before the very first White House talent show.



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Corrections officer arraigned in fatal hit and run

Patricia Daniels, right, stands with her lawyer as she is arraigned on charges of second-degree manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor, and criminal evading responsibility at Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday, January 22, 2015.



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Bridgeport Woman Charged In Fight With Roommate In Fairfield

A 38-year-old Bridgeport woman was arrested in Bridgeport on Wednesday on a warrant out of Fairfield in connection with an altercation with her roommate about 16 months ago, police said. The Fairfield Police Department issued the warrant in September 2013 for Nicole Thompson, of Noble Avenue, who was charged with breach of peace and threatening, police said.



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Julia Cicarelli, 100, Of Stamford

... her daughter, Janet Werner and her husband, John, of Memphis, Tenn.; her son, Ron Cicarelli and his wife, Sue, of Bridgeport; two grandchildren; a sister in Soldier; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of her life is ...



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Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

... weapon was designed to efficiently kill other human beings in combat." The complaint was filed in Superior Court, Bridgeport in December. It alleges negligence and wrongful death under the negligent entrustment theory. The lawsuit also names firearm ...



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Federal Judge Awards Waterbury Company $27.5 Million In Punitive Damages

A federal judge has awarded a division of specialty chemicals company MacDermid Inc. of Waterbury $27.5 million in punitive damages in a trade-secrets case, an amount that comes on top of $20 million in compensatory damages stemming from a jury award last summer. John R. Horvack Jr., an attorney representing MacDermid, said that according to their legal team's research, the punitive damages are the highest in state history.



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Zurich, Oslo and Hartford Among Worlda s Best Cities

... Oslo ($82,040) were first and second on the list. And Hartford's not the only Connecticut city in the Top 10 - Bridgeport ($68,570) ranked 8th among the 300 cities in the report. Analysts point to Hartford's well-known insurance industry as a reason ...



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Fairfield Mother Jailed In Case Of Missing 14-Year-Old Son From Norwalk

A Fairfield woman whose 14-year-old son is missing and is the subject of a nationwide search has been jailed for not telling authorities of the boy's whereabouts, according to the News Times . Kathryn Sorrentino will return to state Superior Court in Bridgeport every day at 2 p.m. until she gives information about her missing son, Storm Sorrentino, the News Times said.



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Sound Tigers coach cites work ethic after team's loss

The season series ends even between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Albany Devils after the Devils' 5-3 win Wednesday. They played 10 games, and each won five , but there were a few one-sided games either way in this series.



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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Isonas, a Colorado-based manufacturer of access-control systems, has been awarded the 2014 Security Innovation Award-Municipal Sector for its work with the city of Bridgeport. The Bridgeport installation involved integrated security systems to protect properties throughout the city, including Pleasure Beach, a recently re-opened public park with close proximity to many high-target security risks, as well as the city's 40 public schools.



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Police: DNA, Fingerprints Result in January 2015 Arrest for September 2013 Burglary

Well, New Canaan police followed up by taking fingerprints and even DNA samples from the van, which had been parked in the Town Hall parking lot, and police say both pointed to a Bridgeport man who is now charged with the crime. Not only did Alvin Polchies, now 38, break into a contractor's van parked in the Locust Avenue and steal $9,700 worth of the man's tools.



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Bassick hands Central 4th straight loss

Bassick's Kiante Smith goes up and over to block Central's Joaquim Johnson as he tries to score under the basket, during boys basketball action in Bridgeport, Conn. on Wednesday Jan. 21, 2015.



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Woman Arrested After She Allegedly Hid Stolen Items on Children in Trumbull

A Bridgeport woman was arrested after she allegedly used two of her children to hide stolen items from Target and other stores. Kishana Laidley, 30, was stopped after a Target loss prevention officer contacted police about a woman who was seen shoplifting items, according to the Trumbull Times.



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Judge tells Fairfield woman: Tell where your son is or stay in jail

... Gerard Adelman told a crying Kathryn Sorrentino as she was led away in handcuffs by judicial marshals from a Bridgeport courtroom. It was the second time in two days that Sorrentino was ordered jailed after refusing to reveal the whereabouts of her ...



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Metro-North on necessary rebuilding path

... that had put on-time performance above safety. The previous year, 2013, was disastrous, with a May derailment in Bridgeport that injured 76 and a December accident on the Hudson Line that killed four passengers and injured 63 after an engineer feel ...



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Sandy Hook suit moved to federal court in Hartford

... Co. , the owner of Bushmaster Firearms International , was granted a move of the case from Superior Court in Bridgeport. The case will now be heard before U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny in Hartford. The families' lawsuit claims that the ...



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Bridgeport Man Arrested After Giving False Name To Fairfield Police

Fairfield police arrested a 47-year-old Bridgeport man on charges of providing a false name during a robbery investigation at Stop & Shop. Richard Byron, of Shell Street, was stopped by police Tuesday outside 170 Post Road as a possible suspect in a robbery at Super Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff, police said.



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Residents react to Patriots a deflategatea scandal

... to be suspended. Most definitely. He needs to be suspended. Quickly, as soon as possible," said Charles Milton of Bridgeport, Connecticut Each team provides 12 balls for use when its own offense is on the field. Those balls are checked by the ...



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Obituary: Howard Michael Ward Sr.

... died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at his home. He was the husband of Frances Ann (Samela) Ward. Mr. Ward was born in Bridgeport on Jan. 3, 1948 a son of Milton F. Ward of New Britain and the late Cora (Bussiere) Ward. He was retired from Pitney Bowes ...



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Gasoline breaks $2 barrier at select pumps

With oil continuing its downward slide, the price of gasoline has broken through a barrier not seen in five years, selling for under $2 a gallon at some Connecticut stations. Gasbuddy.com reported Wednesday that regular gas at City Gas at 289 Huntington Turnpike in Bridgeport is selling for $1.99 a gallon.



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Roledonne Samedi, 75, Of Stamford

... before his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Anne Marie Samedi, of Stamford; a daughter, Kettline Samedi of Bridgeport; a son, Donald Samedi of Stamford; two brothers, Andrelon Samedi, of Stamford and Jean Claude Samedi of Pennsylvania; and ...



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Area Athlete Report: Alexis Govan, W. Kentucky basketball

Western Kentucky guard Alexis Govan has the ball stolen by Duke guard Shay Selby during the first half of a game in 2011. Fairfield's K.J. Rose drives to the basket while being defended by Bucknell's John Azzinaro, a former Brennan standout, during their game at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on December 1, 2014.



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Milford Police Reports: Jan. 22

A Bridgeport man was arrested Jan. 12 for allegedly writing nearly $1,700 in bad checks to Costco in Milford. He was charged with larceny and issuing bad checks, and was released from police custody on his promise to appear in court Feb. 10. A woman who worked at Target might have thought she could get away with activating store gift cards, and even applying her employee discount to the fraudulent purchases, but she was arrested this week and charged with larceny.



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Three-Part Coney Island 'Skeeball' Exhibit At Real Art Ways

The Coney Island satellite exhibit at Real Art Ways in Hartford, a three-part presentation - "Skeeball" - has a poignant feel, lamenting the passage of time at and chronicling the deterioration of the legendary New York playland. Fred Kahl's installation "Luna Park" depicts the central tower in Luna Park, surrounded by fun-seekers.



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Darien Library hosts mentoring program for parents of preemies

The Tiny Miracles Foundation , which provides support, programs and services for premature babies and their parents in Fairfield County, will host a special training program for its mentors in Darien next month. The mentors provide direct support to parents who have preemies in the neonatal intensive care units at Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Danbury hospitals.



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Mandela's inspirational life celebrated in Bridgeport

Joel A. Martin's "Footsteps of Mandela" -- featuring more than 50 musicians, jazz singers, artists, drum groups and choristers -- comes to the Klein Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 8. Above is a drum group that performed at the "FOM" debut in Manhattan last year. In the background, an artist creates a picture of Nelson Mandela during the concert; the same will be done during the Bridgeport event.



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Cops: 'Mute' purse theft suspect not so silent after all

... curly hair. Officers located a man they said matched the suspect's description walking on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. He had a laminated sign stating that he is unable to speak, asking for donations. According to police, the man is known for ...



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Jojo's Coffee To Close At Month's End

Located in Hartford and New Haven, JoJo's boasts that their coffee is so fresh "we slap it!" Roasting their own brews on site, the coffeehouse is a great spot to meet friends, dive into a new read or enjoy their free WiFi. Located in Hartford and New Haven, JoJo's boasts that their coffee is so fresh "we slap it!" Roasting their own brews on site, the coffeehouse is a great spot to meet friends, dive into a new read or enjoy their free WiFi.



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CT: Metro-North Ups Ante on Performance Goals

... each and every employee on the importance of safety as our core value," Giulietti said. Following a May 2013 Bridgeport derailment that injured 76 passengers, and a later Bronx derailment that killed four and injured 63 passengers, the Federal ...



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Neighbors' lawsuit aims to pull the plug on town's solar carports

The town has been sued by neighbors demanding the removal of solar-energy panels installed atop carports in the parking lot of the Postol Recreation Center on Mill Plain Road. The lawsuit was filed last month in state Superior Court in Bridgeport by Joel Green, the lawyer representing the Cinch Gourmet Meal Market and Ludlowe Road resident Jessica Curtis.



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Obituary: Pauline Hilgerink

Pauline Hilgerink, 90, of Seymour, the beloved wife of 29 years of the late Bernard Hilgerink, entered into rest peacefully on Sunday, Jan.18, 2015 at Vitas of St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Bridgeport on May 9, 1924, daughter of the late Stephen and Catherine Kaplavka.



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Police arrest 2 suspected heroin dealers

... ion and selling the drug. (January 21, 2015 6:47 AM) Federal law enforcement officials who were working with a Bridgeport task force say they busted two alleged drug dealers who officials say were helping to feed a growing herion epidemic in Milford.



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Neighbors' lawsuit aims to pull the plug on town's solar carports

... of the Postol Recreation Center on Mill Plain Road. The lawsuit was filed last month in state Superior Court in Bridgeport by Joel Green , the lawyer representing the Cinch Gourmet Meal Market and Ludlowe Road resident Jessica Curtis . The ...



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'Little Red Riding Hood' Dances Onto Stage At Bridgeport's Bijou

The Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport and the New England Ballet Company will present "The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood," part of the Bijou's Children's Series, on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. This is an original children's ballet that combines popular characters from three famous fairy tales: "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Frog Prince."



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Metro-North ups ante on performance goals

... to focus each and every employee on the importance of safety as our core value," Giulietti said. After a May 2013 Bridgeport derailment that injured 76 passengers, and a Dec. 1, 2013 Bronx derailment that killed four and injured 63 passengers, the ...



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Panel weighs Bridgeport Senate seat dispute

Democratic Party members charged with resolving a disputed Bridgeport state Senate nomination were told by one side Tuesday that there is no conflict of interest involved, because no money changed hands. "A conflict is not a relationship," said attorney John King , who represented Bridgeport City Councilman Richard DeJesus , the Democratic nominee for the city's 23rd District Senate seat, before a three-member, dispute-resolution panel consisting of state Democratic Party members.



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Panel weighs Bridgeport Senate seat dispute

Democratic Party members charged with resolving a disputed Bridgeport state Senate nomination were told by one side Tuesday that there is no conflict of interest involved, because no money changed hands. "A conflict is not a relationship," said attorney John King, who represented Bridgeport City Councilman Richard DeJesus, the Democratic nominee for the city's 23rd District Senate seat, before a three-member, dispute-resolution panel consisting of state Democratic Party members.



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Sound Tigers trying to keep potent power play going

Sure, they miss the injured Ryan Pulock and his cannon from the point. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers ' power play is still clicking at over 20 percent since he was hurt.



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Sound Tigers trying to keep potent power play going

Sure, they miss the injured Ryan Pulock and his cannon from the point. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers' power play is still clicking at over 20 percent since he was hurt.



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Game day: Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Albany Devils

ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS: With C Johan Sundstrom day to day, Bridgeport signed C Mario Lamoureux to a PTO. ... RW Scooter Vaughan is also day to day.



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Metro-North ups ante on performance goals

... each and every employee on the importance of safety as our core value," Giulietti said. Following a May 2013 Bridgeport derailment which injured 76 passengers, and a later Bronx derailment which killed four and injured 63 passengers, the Federal ...



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Finch: Felons shouldn't run for office

"I don't think a convicted felon should ever be allowed to run anywhere with a corruption conviction," Bridgeport Mayor Finch said on Channel 3's Face the State talk show, taped Thursday, when asked about speculation that Ex-Mayor-turned-felon Joseph Ganim will challenge him.Photo: Contributed Photo "I don't think a convicted felon should ever be allowed to run anywhere with a corruption conviction," Finch said on Channel 3's "Face the State" last week when asked about speculation Ganim will challenge him. Ganim, who badly tarnished his political star, ran Bridgeport for 12 years before his precipitous downfall.



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