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Funding for rail infrastructure uncertain
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill; renews call for infrastructure bank

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the Metro-North station in West Haven, Conn. on Tuesday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he's introducing a bill that would increase federal oversight of the U.S. rail system and require railroads to make safety improvements.  It’s not yet clear how some of that would be funded.

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State's oldest housing project to be redeveloped
12:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Norwalk, Bridgeport receiving $40 million in federal grants to become more storm resilient

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Director Harriet Tregoning speaking alongside the state's two U.S. Senators and other local, state, and federal officials.
Credit Tarice L.S. Gray

Federal officials announced on Monday they're giving tens of million of dollars to two cities in Connecticut to make them more storm resilient. Bridgeport is receiving $10 million and Norwalk is getting  $10 million of a $30 million commitment. Norwalk's funding will go toward the redevelopment of the oldest housing project in the state.

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Author Interview
3:31 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Refeathering the Empty Nest: Life After the Children Leave

Greenwich author Wendy Aronsson at WSHU's studios in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Some 25 million American parents are classified as "empty nesters".  They're free from the daily obligations of raising children after those children have left home for the next stage in their lives.

 Wendy Aronsson is a psychotherapist from Greenwich and author of Refeathering the Nest:Life after the Children leave. She says you can not only survive this change but you can thrive, as well.
 

She also likes to avoid the term "empty nest". Fairfield County Public Radio Host Bill Buchner asked her why...

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Economic Development
11:09 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Stamford boatyard activists celebrate Bridgewater Associates' decision

Stamford activist group Save Our Boatyard celebrated this past weekend Bridgewater Associates' decision to back out of a state economic development incentive package to relocate to a 14-acre waterfront parcel in the city's South End. That property, formerly known as Brewer's Yacht Haven had served as the city's boatyard for 100 years until its owner, developer Building and Land Technology, decided to tear down the boatyard in late 2011 and not renew the operator's lease. Maureen Boylan of the activist group says they're now focused on getting a boatyard rebuilt at the site.

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Culture
12:18 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Bridgeport's Pleasure Beach reopens

The new boardwalk at Pleasure Beach.
Credit Tarice L.S. Gray

A recreational peninsula off the coast of Bridgeport that has been closed to the public for nearly 20 years has reopened.

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