Ducting
2:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

WSHU signal interference

As the weather warms and humidity rises, you may experience problems tuning in some of the WSHU Public Radio Group’s frequencies.  This is due to a phenomenon called ducting.  Ducting occurs when radio waves are trapped below or between layers of the atmosphere having different air temperatures. It is the same phenomenon which can hold layers of smog or humidity close to the earth. It often occurs when there is a sudden weather change such as the arrival of a cold front, or it can be the result of a stagnant hot air mass.

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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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David Bouchier 6/30/14
11:02 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Good Enough to Eat

Millions of visitors flock to the south of France during the summer season. Some head for the sea, some head for the mountains, and everybody heads for the local market.

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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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Union could strike July 20th
6:10 am
Sun June 29, 2014

LIRR commuters prepare for strike

A worker mops the floor in the Long Island Rail Road terminal at New York’s Penn Station, June 17, 1994 in New York. The normally-crowded terminal was clear of morning commuters as the nation’s busiest commuter railroad screeched to halt when workers walked off their jobs at midnight over a pay dispute.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road workers failed to reach a deal last week over a four-year contract standoff. Union representatives can begin a strike in three weeks which has commuters on edge.   

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Newtown victim parent suggests safety improvements
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Sandy Hook parents criticize flow of information to victim families

Two parents of victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School spoke on Friday with members of the state panel set up to make policy recommendations following that tragedy.

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Analysis of Albany in 2014
3:34 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Albany more in agreement... kind of

Lawmakers continued their trend of passing fewer bills than in years past
Credit NYPIRG handout

A good government group issued an analysis of New York's legislative accomplishments this year and reports that Albany moved a little bit closer toward limiting public debate on major issues.

The New York Public Interest Research Group found that the total number of bills passed by state lawmakers stayed at historically low levels, but at the same time the size of the budget document increased.

New York's budget is notoriously brokered in secret by the governor and legislative leaders.

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Development
12:54 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Environmentalists helping Stamford defend itself against BLT lawsuit

Environmentalists have intervened in a lawsuit by Norwalk-based developer Building and Land Technology against the city of Stamford. 

BLT was ordered to stop work on 14 acres of waterfront property after they tore down an existing boatyard there.

That site has been contentious because it’s where BLT and Governor Dannel Malloy wanted to relocate the world's largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates.  

BLT is suing over the city's Board of Appeals decision to uphold a 2012 stop work order. 

  

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Anti-poverty
12:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

NEON files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, new agency may arise

The acting CEO of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, or NEON, says the anti-poverty agency has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The Reverend Tommie Jackson says it filed with the federal bankruptcy court in Bridgeport last week. 

Jackson says it was clear when he took over in late 2013 that the agency's debt of $4,000,000 and assets of less than $500,000 would make a turnaround near impossible. 

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