Bridgeport, CT Government

Fairfield County City Says Goodbye To Historic Bridge

Soon one of Fairfield County's most recognizable bridges will be gone when it's demolished for safety reasons.The historic Pleasure Beach Bridge located in Bridgeport which once connected the city’s East Side of Bridgeport to the small island will be getting demolished within the next few weeks, ci…
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City Faces in Different Places

Tell me about you and your family (and pets!) and how long you've lived in Bridgeport. My name is Marteney Hanson and I am happily married to my college sweetheart, Wes Hanson. Together we have a 4-year-old son, Holton, and a 3-year-old daughter, Montani. We have one cat and three dogs: two harlequin Great Danes, (one you may have recently seen on WDTV!), and a blue heeler named Loki. I’m the oldest of five daughters, two are former BHS grads, Bronlie & Bria Jacobs, and my youngest sister Robbi is a junior at Bridgeport High School. While I personally didn’t attend BHS, we’ve lived in the area all of my life and it’s just always been home to me. Our entire life is here. We didn’t make it “official” until we moved back from Texas in 2019, though.

Monroe officials OK excavation for Route 25 development

MONROE — The town zoning board has approved a plan to start ground-leveling work for a future building and parking area along a section of Route 25, despite a push from a couple of neighbors to postpone a decision. Porco Construction requested a permit to excavate and fill the...

John Breunig (opinion): A log jam of opinions over Eversource tree removal plan in CT

I have a confession: It’s my fault your power bill is going up. Back in July, an Eversource rep knocked on my door to try to persuade me to participate in a pilot program to be more aggressive about removing “risk trees within the fall zone.” They’d cleared some timber in the spring, but were restricted in how deep into property lines they could reach. To sweeten the pot, they offered something in exchange: Smaller trees.

Nine people displaced in Bridgeport fire Thursday, authorities say

BRIDGEPORT — A structure fire displaced nine people Thursday afternoon, according to Bridgeport officials. Scott Appleby, director of emergency management for the city, said the city’s Emergency Operations Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a fire at 2180 Seaview Ave., a three-story multifamily home, at 4:38 p.m. Thursday. Flames had spread to all three stories of the home by the time fire personnel arrived, Appleby said.

Same Day Healthcare Comes to Medically Underserved Bridgeport Neighborhood

Bridgeport, CT - On Thursday, December 8, residents of southwest Bridgeport can cheer at the grand opening of a new community health center right in their own backyard. Southwest Community Health Center will host a ribbon-cutting celebration to unveil its latest location at 1020 Fairfield Avenue. With its newest location...

Some CT school districts seek waiver from state reading program

School districts in Milford and Shelton are seeking waivers to the state's Right to Read Act — and this might be only the beginning of what could be a line of schools planning to opt out of the state legislation. The Right to Read Act, according to state education...

ADUs allow greater flexibility in Westport housing options

WESTPORT — A growing number of local properties, with small outbuildings near a primary dwelling, are adding rental units under a new regulation. Some of the conversions once were garages, pool houses or artist studios, while others are new structures. These are “Accessory Dwelling Units,” which some people think...

Officials Offer Praise to New Contour Daily Jet Service with Inaugural Flight from Bridgeport to Charlotte

The air was cold, the skies were clear, and the inaugural flight of Contour Airlines out of Bridgeport’s North Central West Virginia Airport to Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport was nearly full. It was, for the first day of December, a good start for the airline that will be providing daily jet service to the NCWV Airport for the next several years.

Wilton school board fills vacancy in split vote

WILTON — With a 3-to-2 vote, split along party lines, the Board of Education recently returned former BOE member Laura Schwemm to the vacancy left by outgoing Chair Deborah Low. Schwemm, who served two terms from 2011 to 2019, and then filled a short vacancy on the board in...

Light Up Our City Word Puzzle Contest Open through Sunday Evening; Sleighed It Awards to be Announced Dec. 7, 14 and 21

Light Up Night has come and gone, leaving us with a lit-up city Christmas tree and plenty of memories. A spin-off of that event - Light Up Our City – can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season. Residents who decorated their homes have registered to be on the Light Up Our City tour map, found on the Visit Bridgeport app or on the web HERE. If you prefer a list, see below.

Trout Valley: History submerged but nature preserved

After three of us scrambled this week up a series of rocky ridges leading to a modest summit generously called Popp Mountain, we caught a distant glimpse of a glittering body of water. This was the Saugatuck Reservoir, which spreads out over 880 heavily forested acres straddling the Fairfield County...

Photos: Huge Crowd on Hand at City's Light Up Night

The streets of downtown Bridgeport were once again filled to capacity as the annual Light Up Night by the Associated Businesses of Bridgeport was held. Despite the cold temperatures, there was no precipitation and little wind to help keep the night festive. Photographer Joe LaRocca was on hand to capture...

New Canaan Nixes Controversial Affordable Housing Application, Report Says

A town in Fairfield County has rejected an application for a new housing development that would include 31 affordable housing units, the New Canaan Advertiser reported. The news outlet said in a report on Tuesday, Nov. 29, that the New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to reject the application for the 102-unit development at 751 Weed St. in New Canaan.

Recruitment, retention key to Shelton FD's volunteer success

SHELTON — With many volunteer fire departments in the state struggling to increase or even maintain membership, Shelton continues to buck the trend. The Shelton Fire Department — with four companies — stands at 244 volunteers, more than enough to handle a growing population and more complex developments, particularly downtown, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Plavcan, also the department’s head of retention and recruitment.