Bridgeport

Culture
5:38 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Tens of thousands gather for vibes in Bridgeport

Credit Cooper McKim

Organizers for the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut this weekend say about 20,000 people per day have been attending. Some festival goers describe the event as a throwback to the 1960's with lots of tie die and a "hippy" mentality. There has also been an effort to make the event family friendly.

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Government
7:18 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Conn. cities look to national initiative to increase collaboration between non-profits

Christine Bianchi, chair of the community council for Waterbury's Bridge to Success.

The national initiative Strive Together is gaining some attention in the region. Strive Together is a non-profit that comes into cities and creates collaborations between municipalities and community organizations to help children.

The city of Norwalk recently joined Waterbury and 47 other cities around the country who have signed on to the initiative. Each city has a main objective whether it's educational or health related.  In Waterbury,  the focus is on literacy.

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State bond commission likely to approve
6:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Second Bridgeport train station gets state support

Governor Dannel Malloy and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (left) at the announcement Wednesday
Credit Craig LeMoult

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced  Wednesday that nearly 3 million dollars will be included in the next State Bond Commission agenda, for the engineering and design of a new train station in Bridgeport.  That funding will almost certainly be approved.

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2 killed in Bridgeport over the weekend
6:35 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Bridgeport mayor asks for community cooperation, following weekend violence

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch was joined by law enforcement, state government and community representatives on Tuesday
Credit Craig LeMoult

The mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut is asking his community to work together to prevent violence, following two killings and a number of other shootings over the weekend. A 23-year old man was shot and killed on a city street early Sunday. On the same night, a 24-year old woman was killed in a domestic violence incident. Violent crimes and robberies in Bridgeport are reportedly down so far this year, after a double digit reduction last year. But as the summer weather heats up, there’s generally a spike in violent crime.

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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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