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Tax break passed for spouses of the fallen | CTPost Tax break passed for spouses of the fallen
MILFORD — Families that have had first responders fall in the line of duty will be getting a break in their property taxes. At the urging of Karen Fortunati, who represents District 5, the Board of Aldermen recently passed the tax-reduction package that will benefit spouses of police officers, firefighters and EMS workers who have died in the line of duty. Fortunati, who’s in her first term, said that she got the idea for the measure while campaigning door-to-door last fall. “There was a very positive feeling on the board about this,” she said. “All of them wanted to do this for
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Metro-North fare increase hearings begin this week | CTPost Metro-North fare increase hearings begin this week
HARTFORD — Public hearings are scheduled to begin this week on a controversial 10 percent fare increase for Metro-North riders this year, cut backs on branch service and higher bus fees. The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold seven public hearings to gather input on proposed bus and rail fare increases and service reductions, the first of which begin in New Haven on Tuesday. The Metro-North fare increase would take effect in three phases — 10 percent on July 1, 2018, 5 percent on July 1, 2020, and 5 percent on July 1, 2021, for a cumulative total of 21.28 percent. A 14
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Bridgeport News: Garage Break In | Doing it Local Bridgeport News: Garage Break In
4:44pm–#Bridgeport CT– A power washer and snowblower was stolen out of a garage on Beech Street according to radio reports.   This news report is made possible by:   The post Bridgeport News: Garage Break In appeared first on DoingItLocal.
Doing it Local | February 19, 2018
Bridgeport News: Cable Worker Shot | Doing it Local Bridgeport News: Cable Worker Shot
3: 34pm–#Bridgeport CT– A cable worker was shot in the leg after shots fired at Wood and Hazelwood Avenue. The post Bridgeport News: Cable Worker Shot appeared first on DoingItLocal.
Doing it Local | February 19, 2018
Computer Users Group to meet | The Bridgeport News Computer Users Group to meet
The Trumbull Computer Users Group will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22, at...
The Bridgeport News | February 19, 2018
Court clears way for conversion of Derby nursing home | CTPost Court clears way for conversion of Derby nursing home
A state lawsuit accusing the Derby Planning and Zoning Commission of over-stepping their authority when they approved the conversion of a nursing home into a dormitory for students from China attending private high schools here has been withdrawn. Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens approved the withdrawal of the suit filed back in November on behalf of Marlene Ann Dziekan and Michael Burke, two local residents. “This is obviously good news for us,” said David Guerrera, co-owner of APEX International Education Partners of Watertown, which purchased Marshall Lane Manor in January. “We ar
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Grief group meets in Stratford | CTPost Grief group meets in Stratford
VITAS Healthcare is offering a six-week bereavement support group. The group will meet at the VITAS office at St. Vincent’s Stratford Health and Wellness Center, 3272 Main St., and will be co-facilitated by two VITAS psychosocial staff members. The Journey Through Grief group explores the grief process through a variety of techniques while supporting each member individually. The group will be led by a clinician from the bereavement team of Vitas Healthcare. Snacks will be provided. Dates for this six-week group: March 8, March 15, March 22, April 5, April 12 and April 19. To register
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Teen charged with vandalizing Catholic school | CTPost Teen charged with vandalizing Catholic school
SHELTON - A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after police said he burglarized Holy Trinity Catholic School. Police said the boy, who is not being identified because of his age, caused damaged to the school in excess of $4,000. He was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief. The youth was given a court date at Bridgeport Juvenile Superior Court and released to his parents. On Feb. 2, police said they received a complaint of a break in at the Holy Trinity Catholic School, at 503 Shelton Ave. Detectives responded to the school and
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Shotgun seller charged with drug possession | CTPost Shotgun seller charged with drug possession
BRIDGEPORT - A Shelton man was arrested on drug charges after police received complaints he was trying to sell a shotgun outside a discount store. Rudolph Frolish, 37, of Wakelee Avenue, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and failure to keep drugs in a container. He was released on a promise to appear in court. Police said they received complaints that a man was trying to sell a shotgun outside the Save A-Lot store on Park Avenue. When officers got to the scene police said they saw Frolish with a Remington 12-gauge shotgun. They said Frolish admitted he was trying to se
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Accused killer also charged in alleged child rape | CTPost Accused killer also charged in alleged child rape
BRIDGEPORT — A man awaiting trial on accusations he beat his 10-month-old son to death last April has been charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl two years ago. Derrick Siberon, 31, was arrested on Friday and charged with first-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond. Although members of the Police Department’s youth bureau began their investigation of the alleged sexual assault in April 2015, they didn’t send the rape kit to the state lab for DNA processing until April 2017 when Siberon w
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Candidates call for stricter absentee ballot oversight | CTPost Candidates call for stricter absentee ballot oversight
BRIDGEPORT — A slate of anti-establishment candidates running in the March 6 primaries for the Democratic Town Committee want stricter oversight of absentee ballots, citing a now infamous — and seemingly never-ending — North End City Council race. The four-person council primary in the North End is heading for its second do-over April 10 with tougher requirements for collecting and accepting absentee ballots imposed by Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis. The nine town committee contenders running in the Black Rock neighborhood want similar scrutiny applied to the town committee races
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Spring-like weather to continue all week | CTPost Spring-like weather to continue all week
This week’s weather will seem more like April. The forecast calls for rain, drizzle, very mild temperatires and periods of fog. Every day this week has a chance of rain. Any remaining snow on the ground will be gone by Tuesday. The National Weather Service says “a warm front will slowly approach from the south today, with rain expected this afternoon and evening. A southerly flow will shift to the southwest tonight as the front lifts into the area. This will result in warmer temperatures. “Highs today will range from the mid 40s to lower 50s. The southwesterly flow continues on Tue
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Groups demand recovery money for Puerto Rico | CTPost Groups demand recovery money for Puerto Rico
Activists pushing for federal funding to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria are planning protests Tuesday in Bridgeport and Hartford. The Center for Popular Democracy and Make the Road CT plan to deliver postcards at the Bridgeport office of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, demanding Congress "have a heart" and send an aid package to Puerto Rico with no additional oversight or austerity measures. "The efforts also preview a larger mobilization on the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria, when hundreds of activists from across the country will travel to Washington, D.
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Fire breaks out at Ansonia pharmacy drive-thru | CTPost Fire breaks out at Ansonia pharmacy drive-thru
ANSONIA - A small fire broke out in the overhang of the Rite Aid Pharmacy drive thru Monday afternoon. The one alarm fire was reported about 12:45 p.m. at Ansonia Shopping Center on Main Street that includes Big Y, Marshall’s and Bob’s Store. By 1 p.m. power was shut off the the drive-thru. Power was briefly shut off to the entire standalone Rite Aid building. Utility crews are on the scene checking out the building.
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Consumer safety commission files complaint against stroller company | CTPost Consumer safety commission files complaint against stroller company
Late last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint against Britax Child Safety, Inc., alleging that certain models of their B.O.B. jogging stroller contain dangerous defects. Namely, the complaint charges the strollers’ wheels can detach, resulting in injuries to children and adults. According to the CPSC, children have suffered injuries including a concussion, injuries to the head and face requiring stitches, dental injuries, contusions and abrasions. Adults have been hurt, too, sustaining such injuries as bone fractures, torn ligaments, cuts and
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Fire damages interior of Bridgeport building | CTPost Fire damages interior of Bridgeport building
BRIDGEPORT — The interior structure of a vacant building suffered heavy structural damage after a fire broke out Monday morning. Bridgeport Fire received the call about a structure fire at 9 Armstrong Place at 10:17 a.m., and crews arrived on the scene to find heavy fire coming from the second and third floors of the building, according to Assistant Chief William Hathaway. Crews fought the fire inside the building, which was difficult because of the burned out stairway and floors, Hathaway said. There was damage to the interior of the three-story woodframe structure, but the exterior appea
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Senate Democrats: revamp sex-harassment laws | CTPost Senate Democrats: revamp sex-harassment laws
Senate Democrats on Tuesday will introduce the “Times Up Act” bill they hope will create an unprecedented overhaul of Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws. “We’re committed to strengthtening our current laws and making Connecticut the best place for all people to work,” said Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, who will join Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney and other members of the Democratic caucus, including Sen. Marilyn Moore of Bridgeport. A news conference has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in Room 1-A of the Legislative Office Building
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Auto repo firm buys land in Milford | CTPost Auto repo firm buys land in Milford
MILFORD-An auto repossession firm purchased nearly two acres of land on Shelland Street for the purpose of building a facility there. Skyline Recovery Service which has offices in East Hartford, Waterbury and Plainfield paid $455,000 for the property owned by Jordan Realty, according to Barbara L. Pearce, president and chief executive officer of Pearce Real Estate headquartered in North Haven. John Bergin and Frosty Smith of Pearce/George J. Smith Commercial represented the seller. Smith also represented the buyer. . Pearce said Frank Fournier III of Skyline has received approval from the Mi
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Man arrested on suspicion of third-degree larceny | CTPost Man arrested on suspicion of third-degree larceny
MILFORD — An East Haven man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree larceny after police say he told a woman he would sell her vehicle at an auction and then never contacted her again. Anthony Dagostino, 31, knew the woman and allegedly told her he would give her the money made from the vehicle’s sale at an auction, but never contacted her again after taking it, according to police documents. It’s unknown if he ever sold the vehicle, Milford Police Officer Mike DeVito said. Dagostino also had a warrant out for his arrest from East Haven after he allegedly failed to appear in court in
CTPost | February 19, 2018
ICE nabs immigrants outside court | CTPost ICE nabs immigrants outside court
BRIDGEPORT - Edwin Silva should probably consider trying out for an Olympic track team - but not for the U.S. Confronted outside the Golden Hill Street courthouse last week by an ICE team, the undocumented immigrant dove over a chest-high retaining wall and fled down the street leaving his sneakers behind. The immigration enforcement officers and local police finally caught up with Silva about a half mile away at the ramp of the 25/8 Connector. The 22-year-old Silva was one of several men nabbed by ICE agents outside the courthouse recently. Local lawyer Dennis Bradley represented Silva an
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Red Cross offers emergency training for businesses | CTPost Red Cross offers emergency training for businesses
On Thursday, March 15, small to medium-sized businesses and organizations across Connecticut will participate in the American Red Cross’ Ready Rating Business Continuity and Resilience Workshop. This workshop is a free two-and-a-half-hour training, conducted by members of the American Red Cross National Young Professionals Council, that is designed for key personnel from businesses and organizations to learn about and utilize tools that will allow them to reopen - and stay open - in the face of any emergency. The workshop will provide participants with valuable insight to creating an “al
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Connecticut BBB: Be smarter about smartphone security | CTPost Connecticut BBB: Be smarter about smartphone security
These days, many people use their smartphone as, at least, an extension of their computers and, at most, a replacement. So it makes sense for the Connnecticut Better Business Bureau to advise that phone users dedicate as much time, energy and money to protect mobile devices as they do with personal computers. According to the BBB, a number of aggressive malware developers are working diligently to discover ways to get malicious software inside mobile devices and smartphone owner need to take stronger precautions. “We have a tendency to consider our mobile devices primarily as telephones,
CTPost | February 19, 2018
Norwalk receives $7 million state grant for Glover Ave | CTPost Norwalk receives $7 million state grant for Glover Ave
HARTFORD — The city of Norwalk has received $7 million in state funding for infrastructure upgrades and safety improvements at the Glover Ave and Main Avenue intersection. State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said the the section of Norwalk benefiting from the funds features a diverse collection of businesses including, Diageo, Factset Research Systems, Datto, Frontier Communications, and General Electric. “This investment will greatly improve public safety,” Duff said. “With its proximity to Route 7, the Merritt Parkway and a stop on the Danbury Branch line, this projec
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Massachusetts lab pays $656,912 in enforcement action | CTPost Massachusetts lab pays $656,912 in enforcement action
HARTFORD — A Massachusetts-based clinical laboratory will forfeit $656,912 and be excluded from the Connecticut's Medicaid program for 10 years as part of a settlement agreement with the state. Attorney General George Jepsen said Precision Testing Laboratories, Inc., based in Southbridge, Mass., was enrolled as a licensed clinical laboratory in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program, which includes Connecticut's Medicaid program. PTL promoted itself as a laboratory that was committed to providing urine drug testing services to those in recovery from substance abuse. David Fromm of Hull
CTPost | February 18, 2018
New Haven accident jams up 95 | CTPost New Haven accident jams up 95
An accident on Interstate 95 Northbound in New Haven backed up traffic into West Haven Sunday afternoon. According to the state Department of Transportation,a three-car accident around 2:30 p.m. between 44 and 46 closed the right lane of traffic on the highway, and led to congestion back up to exit 42 in West Haven.
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Ansonia nature center hosts maple sugaring event | CTPost Ansonia nature center hosts maple sugaring event
The Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Lane, will host “Maple Sugaring for Families” at 11 a.m. March 3. Nature center staff will present an introduction to making maple syrup the old-fashioned way. Help them to choose just the right tree for tapping into this sweet treat. The cost is $6 per person. Call 203-736-1053 in advance to register. The event is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Connecticut mayors join push for clean air | CTPost Connecticut mayors join push for clean air
The mayors of Norwalk, Milford, Middletown and Derby have joined other Connecticut mayors in sending a letter to the state’s U.S. senators urging their support for strong federal vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. "Sustainability of our planet depends upon our commitment for reducing pollution. This work has to start with individuals, communities, towns and states," said South Windsor Mayor Saud Anwar. Norwalk Mayor Harry Riling, Derby Mayor Richard Dziekan Mayor Benjamin Blake, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew and Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake also signed the letter.
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Connecticut’s U.S. senators support Durham as U.S. Attorney | CTPost Connecticut’s U.S. senators support Durham as U.S. Attorney
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both Connecticut Democrats, on Friday applauded the Senate’s unanimous approval of John Durham to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. “John Durham is a fierce, fair prosecutor,” the senators said. “As a career prosecutor, John has dedicated his life to public service and the pursuit of justice. He knows how to try tough cases, having taken on organized crime and government corruption. He will be an outstanding U.S. Attorney.
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Griffin to host talk on feet | CTPost Griffin to host talk on feet
Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a talk on foot health and the benefits of seeing a podiatrist on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m. Podiatrist John D. Schwerdt of Yale Podiatry Group in Shelton, will present “The Community Podiatrist: The Extraordinary Benefits of our Ordinary Services.” The talk will cover who podiatrist are and their training, routine foot care, diabetes and foot health, age-related foot problems, and other common foot issues such as plantar fasciitis, plantar warts, and neuromas.
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Bridgeport News: Pedestrian Hit | Doing it Local Bridgeport News: Pedestrian Hit
9:59pm–#Bridgeport CT– A man was hit at the intersection of Fairfield and Norman Street.  The man was alert an talking to first responders.  The driver did stop and was cooperating with authorities (none of the cars in this picture was the striking vehicle).   The post Bridgeport News: Pedestrian Hit appeared first on DoingItLocal.
Doing it Local | February 18, 2018
Bridgeport News: Food Burning On The Stove No Fire | Doing it Local Bridgeport News: Food Burning On The Stove No Fire
5:20pm–#Bridgeport CT– It’s food burning on the stove on the 10th floor at 26000 Park Avenue, no fire.  But now you know what all the noise was about!   Made possible by our delicious sponsor:   The post Bridgeport News: Food Burning On The Stove No Fire appeared first on DoingItLocal.
Doing it Local | February 18, 2018
Legal marijuana will receive public hearing | CTPost Legal marijuana will receive public hearing
HARTFORD — A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana and reap the tax benefits will at least get a public hearing. Whether the bill receives a vote in the House in Senate remains to be seen. The general law committee last week voted to hold a public hearing on a weed bill and a date will be set shortly. It’s imperative that we have robust conversations about cannabis, as more states around us consider legalization," said State Rep. Melissa Ziobron, R-East Haddam. "Let’s examine all the potential regulatory models and get the feedback from our communities we represent." State Rep.
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Gas plant’s $2M to city in limbo | CTPost Gas plant’s $2M to city in limbo
BRIDGEPORT — It would seem this city, with its tight budget and high taxes, would rapidly claim $2 million offered by a local company. But Bridgeport has been unable to find a way to accept and deposit a $2 million contribution that was a condition for construction of a new natural gas-fired power plant in the South End. As part of a 2016 deal ensuring city leaders and community groups would not oppose PSEG’s controversial facility, the New Jersey-based company made several commitments. One was a $2 million payment to be divvied up as grants among municipal departments and other entities
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Advocates seek change in state law for some veterans’ benefits | CTPost Advocates seek change in state law for some veterans’ benefits
It is called “bad paper” and it has come back to haunt some of Connecticut’s most-committed, battle-hardened and, now, badly bruised military veterans. For Juliet Taylor, 44, of Bridgeport, it was PTSD and a traumatic brain injury she sustained during a tour of Iraq with the United States Army’s 118th Medical Battalion. Back home with the Connecticut National Guard, which she joined after eight years of active duty, the effects piled up. The death of a sister exacerbated undiagnosed effects of her overseas experiences: a serious fall, witnessing of the rape of a fellow soldier, as we
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Route 8 Southbound in Bridgeport reopened after crash | CTPost Route 8 Southbound in Bridgeport reopened after crash
BRIDGEPORT — Route 8 Southbound has been reopened after a car crash Sunday morning. One car crashed between exits 3 and 2 just before 7 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation. The left lane was closed for about a quarter mile for less for about 45 minutes.
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Derby man accused of inappropriate touching at adult store | CTPost Derby man accused of inappropriate touching at adult store
ORANGE — A Derby man was accused of fourth-degree sexual assault against two employees at an adult retail store earlier this month. According to the Orange Police Department, on Feb. 9 at 10:43 a.m., officers received a complaint of sexual assault from two employees at what the police blotter calls a “local adult oriented retail establishment.” The store wasn’t identified. Police reports said that officers learned that Ryan O’Leary, 27, of Derby entered the store and engaged two different employees at different times. Allegedly, he acted inappropriately with both of the workers. Po
CTPost | February 18, 2018
Bridgeport Library receives $1 million grant | CTPost Bridgeport Library receives $1 million grant
BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Library has received a $1 million grant for construction of a new and larger Newfield branch. The State Bond Commission on Friday approved funds for the estimated $6 million projects. The remainder is being raised locally. “The Bridgeport Public Library’s Newfield branch is slated to become a flagship facility in our community, serving as a resource for our children, families, students and seniors,” said state Rep. Andre Baker, D-Bridgeport. “This funding paves the way for the continued enrichment of our residents and will have a lasting, positive impac
CTPost | February 18, 2018
At some colleges, international enrollments down | CTPost At some colleges, international enrollments down
Anand Mahant, an accounting major from India, has spent nearly four years living his dream in America. By August, the 21-year-old will have completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Bridgeport. “It was a tremendous journey, filled with joy,” sad Mahant, who hopes to continue his education as a graduate student. Whether UB can replace Mahant and hundreds of other international students on its campus remains uncertain. After years of enrollment growth, particularly among those coming to UB from around the world, the university has experienced a drop in its intern
CTPost | February 17, 2018
5-9 inches of wet snow expected Saturday night into Sunday morning | CTPost 5-9 inches of wet snow expected Saturday night into Sunday morning
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all of Connecticut, with 5 to 9 inches of wet snow expected to fall between 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday. The storm is expected to a “significant impact” on travel because not only will there be rapidly accumulating snow, but visibility will drop to near zero as well. The snow will pile up at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour at times between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. There may be some melting on contact at first, but accumulation will soon begin in earnest after that. This storm will affect the entire state. This is expected t
CTPost | February 17, 2018
Off-duty state trooper nabs shoplifting suspect | CTPost Off-duty state trooper nabs shoplifting suspect
ENFIELD — An off-duty state trooper may have stopped at an Enfield convenience store to grab a Gatorade, but left with a shoplifting suspect in hand instead. On Thursday evening, an unnamed trooper was on his way to play basketball when he stopped at a convenience store in Enfield to buy Gatorade. As he was parking, police said he heard a police radio broadcast from Enfield Police describing a shoplifting suspect in a black-hooded sweatshirt. As fate would have it, the off-duty trooper spotted a man who fit the description of the suspect heading toward him as he went to enter the store.
CTPost | February 17, 2018
Milford parking ban in effect Saturday night into Sunday | CTPost Milford parking ban in effect Saturday night into Sunday
MILFORD — Because of the winter storm warning in effect, Mayor Benjamin Blake has instituted a parking ban for Saturday night into Sunday. Vehicles parked on city roads should be parked on the odd number side of the street on Saturday night, beginning at 6 p.m. On Sunday, vehicles should be moved to the even number side of the street. This alternate side of the street parking ban will be lifted at noon on Sunday. “This ban will allow plows to keep roads passable and accessible to emergency vehicles,” the mayor said. City officials are asking that off-street parking should be used whe
CTPost | February 17, 2018
After cop’s arrest, questions about what being at work means | CTPost After cop’s arrest, questions about what being at work means
BRIDGEPORT — Just because Lt. Stephen Shuck was allegedly spending more time at home than in the Bridgeport Police Department does not mean he was not earning his paycheck. “That’s our position,” Police Union President Sgt. Charles Paris said of Schuck, a 34-year-veteran of the force arrested Tuesday and charged with scamming the department’s payroll and overtime system. “He showed up every morning, went to crime scenes. He just so happened to do much of his work while either at home or out of the office.” The union head said there is nothing in Shuck’s contract that says he
CTPost | February 17, 2018
Bridgeport News: Stolen Packages | Doing it Local Bridgeport News: Stolen Packages
11:50am–#Bridgeport CT– A homeowner in 3100 block of Madison Avenue has called police to report packages were stolen off their porch.   This news report is made possible by: The post Bridgeport News: Stolen Packages appeared first on DoingItLocal.
Doing it Local | February 17, 2018
Video: Can you ID this Fairfield bank robber? | CTPost Video: Can you ID this Fairfield bank robber?
FAIRFIELD - A man who robbed the Key Bank on the Post Road last week has been captured ... on video. Now, Fairfield police are asking the public to help identify the suspect so they can take him in custody. The robbery happened at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 7. The suspect entered the store and passed the clerk a note that indicated that he was committing a robbery. The suspect left out the back door of the business with an undisclosed amount of cash and the clerk called police immediately after the incident occurred. Nobody at the scene was injured. The incident was captured on surveillance ca
CTPost | February 16, 2018
Ganim goes podium shopping | CTPost Ganim goes podium shopping
BRIDGEPORT — If clothes make the man, does the right speaking podium make for a better politician? Joe Ganim is already a successful one, but his office apparently feels his press conferences could use a little more oomph and is on the market for a new podium. One staffer derided the custom-made wooden one Ganim inherited in 2015 when voters returned the then ex-mayor to office as the “coffin.” Ganim tried out a see-through podium earlier this week — think Wonder Woman’s invisible jet — while addressing reporters about the city budget. Hizzoner joked that the clear podium was a
CTPost | February 16, 2018
Teen gets 35 years for killing young mother | CTPost Teen gets 35 years for killing young mother
BRIDGEPORT -Sentenced to 35 years in prison on Friday for the senseless murder of a young Stamford mother, 17-year-old Sebastian “Bash” Serrano showed emotion for the first time. “I’m sorry for what happened to your daughter,” Sebastian told the victim’s family in the courtroom, tears rolling down his face. “I just hope that someday you can forgive me and look at me different than you do today.” For the mother of the murdered 26-year-old Elianna Cruz it was something. “When I saw those tears I believed he was showing some remorse,” said Cruz’s mother, Elaine Legato-Mar
CTPost | February 16, 2018
Truck fire closes I-84 in Danbury | CTPost Truck fire closes I-84 in Danbury
Westbound I-84 is closed between Exits 5 and 4 because of a vehicle fire in Danbury. The accident, reported at 10:41 a.m., involves the cab of a tractor-trailer truck. Fire crews are on the scene attempting to put out the blaze. The fire is causing heavy westbound delays. At 10:58 a.m., the fire had been put out. The cab of the truck has been separated from the trailer.
CTPost | February 16, 2018
Stratford: Parking ban begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. | CTPost Stratford: Parking ban begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.
STRATFORD — In anticipation of substantial snow on Saturday, officials in Stratford have announced that there will be a parking ban in effect. The parking ban will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Parking permitted on the even numbered side of the street only. jburgeson@ctpost.com
CTPost | February 16, 2018
More money needed for drug death autopsies, med examiner says | CTPost More money needed for drug death autopsies, med examiner says
HARTFORD — The number of drug intoxication deaths in Connecticut broke through the 1,000 barrier in 2017, and so many people are dying from drug overdoses, the state medical examiner is pleading in Hartford for more money to handle all of the autopsies. At a legislative appropriations hearing on Friday in Hartford, the state medical examiner’s office reported the preliminary total accidental drug intoxication death numbers for 2017 is 1,040 deaths owing to accidental drug intoxications. This compares with 917 such deaths in 2016. The 1,040 number included 675 deaths involving fentanyl,
CTPost | February 16, 2018
NWS ups snowfall totals; winter storm watch posted | CTPost NWS ups snowfall totals; winter storm watch posted
A winter storm watch has been posted for Connecticut from Saturday night into Sunday morning with the potential of up to 9 inches of snow. The National Weather Service increased the snowfall accumulation because it expects a quick shift of the wind from southeast to northeast will bring in colder temperatures. On Thursday it expected some rain mixing with snow that would low accumulation totals. In its forecast discussion, the NWS says, “there is the potential for a significant impact across most of the Tri-State. There is the potential for a quick hit of heavy precipitation in banding to
CTPost | February 16, 2018