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11:32 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Pleasure Beach Rekindles Memories In Bridgeport

Sarah Vena Masso at Bridgeport's Pleasure Beach.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

 

Last weekend, for the first Memorial Day weekend in nearly 20 years, Pleasure Beach was open for business in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On Saturday, sightseers started taking the city-operated ferry boats to the peninsula. Some had their own memories of Pleasure Beach.

“It was the Disneyland in our days," said 85-year-old Sarah Vena Masso, who rode on one of the first ferries Saturday morning. She remembers buying peanuts at the penny arcade and riding the roller coaster at the amusement park as a girl.

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Education
3:53 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

'Opt Out' Supporters Win L.I. School Board Seats

A school bus passes a sign encouraging parents to refuse that their children take state tests on Monday, April 13, 2015, in Rotterdam, N.Y.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Supporters of the opt out movement won 52 seats in Tuesday's school board elections on Long Island. More than half of school districts on Long Island now have at least some board members emphatically against Common Core-aligned standardized tests and how they are weighted in teacher evaluations.

This  could allow them to influence whether entire school districts administer the tests.

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News
3:50 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Obama: Coast Guard Grads Will See Effects Of Climate Change

President Barack Obama arrives at the Coast Guard Academy's 2015 graduation ceremony.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

Delivering the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, Wednesday, President Barack Obama said cadets will have to deal with the effects of climate change in their careers.

"You know the beauty of the sea, but you also know its unforgiving power," Obama said. "Here at the Academy, climate change- understanding the science and the consequences- is part of the curriculum, and rightly so, because it will affect everything that you do in your careers."

And some graduates say they'll be dealing with climate change as soon as this summer.

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Government
2:57 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Hartford Police Earn White House Praise For Community Policing

Hartford, Connecticut is one of ten cities being praised by the White House this week for their progress in community policing.

Police departments that use community policing are trying to connect their officers more closely to the neighborhoods they serve. The White House said on Monday that Hartford is doing that, through a program that gives local high school students paid internships and mentors in the city police department.

Maribel Laluz is the spokesperson for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. She says that the program is promoting public trust.

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Government
11:52 am
Mon May 18, 2015

A Look Behind The 3 Men In A Room Style Of Governing in New York State

In January 2013, the three Men in a Room were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (left), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, (center), and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (right). Now, both Silver and Skelos have stepped down from their leadership roles because of corruption charges.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

New York State Government is famous for its “three men in a room” way of doing business.  The three men are the Governor, the Assembly Speaker, and the Leader of the State Senate. 

This week there’s a new incarnation of the three men in a room.   

That’s because Republican Dean Skelos of Long Island resigned as leader of the state senate on Monday after being brought up on federal corruption charges.   He was replaced by a fellow Long Islander, Republican John Flanagan. 

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