Bridgeport

Katie Toth

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, many neighborhoods in Bridgeport, Connecticut are more than half a mile from a major grocery store. One of those neighborhoods is home to the city’s largest affordable housing complex, Trumbull Gardens.

Every summer, the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut employs hundreds of teenagers as part of its summer jobs program. And, this summer, they're adding another 88 teenagers to their ranks. That means, altogether, nearly 750 teenagers have gotten jobs through the city. They're working in hair salons, smoothie restaurants, summer camps, and for the city's conservation program.

Some of these teens will be planting trees, or going door-to-door offering residents free rain barrels. Aside from the environmental benefit, the idea is to give them a sense of community and responsibility.

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The food, music, colors, and dance of Puerto Rico were on full display in Bridgeport's Puerto Rican Day parade Sunday.

There's no shortage of Puerto Rican culture in Bridgeport. It's one of the top ten largest Puerto Rican communities in the United States, along with Hartford. All told, 7 percent of Connecticut's population is Puerto Rican. There's no other state where Puerto Ricans make up such a large part of the population.

And that number is growing. The number of Puerto Ricans in Bridgeport, for example, grew by almost 3,000 between 2007 and 2011.

Davis Dunavin

On a field in Bridgeport's North End, Cal Ripken Jr. tossed out pitches. Dozens of kids lined up for their turn at bat. Nine-year-old T.J. Serrano walked up and took a swing.

He got a nice hit off the Hall-of-Famer.

"Yeah, I'll always remember this," he said.

Davis Dunavin

Trumbull Gardens is Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest housing project, with more than 400 households, and it's the location of two shootings in the past month, including one that killed one person and injured eight others.

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