5:50pm–#Bridgeport CT–Report of a car crash with injuries on North Avenue at Island Brook Avenue.
Bridgeport, Conn. (October 31, 2014) – In preparation for President Barack Obama and Gov. Dan Malloy visiting the state’s largest city for an event at Central High School on Sunday, Bridgeport officials are announcing street and parking restrictions while they’re in town.
“We’re thrilled to have President Obama and Governor Malloy visiting our city,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “Bridgeport is getting better every day. That’s in part because of help from our friends President Obama and Governor Malloy. Working together, we are we’re creating jobs, growing businesses, increasing access to pre-k for kids, and building new parks. With that said, I’m asking all of my fellow Bridgeporters to make accommodations to ensure the safety and security of President Obama and Governor Malloy.”
As the U. S. Secret Service takes the lead on establishing parking restrictions before and during a visit by President Obama – which is their established protocol for any presidential event – the following street and parking restrictions will be in place:
On-street parking ban: On Sunday, a mandatory on-street parking ban will be in effect for all vehicles on the following streets: Capitol Avenue (between Lindley Street and Park Avenue); Lincoln Boulevard (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue); and Taft Avenue (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue).
Towing: For streets within the parking ban, vehicles will be towed starting at 8:00AM – 8:00PM on Sunday, November 2.
Driving restrictions and recommendations: All streets within the parking ban area will be closed. And, motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid Main Street and Madison Avenue.
Route recommendations: Traffic will likely be heavy across the city due to street closures. But if you’re driving on Sunday, the best route to travel through in this area is Park Avenue.
Parking for ticketholders: Ticket holders should park in the lots at Harbor Yard. Shuttle buses will be available to transport people to Central High School. People with questions should contact203-576-7671.
Tickets: Nobody will be admitted into the event without a ticket, and even for ticketholders, there will be no parking at Central High School.
“The safety and security of President Obama, kids, and families in our city is our top priority,” said City Council President Tom McCarthy and Councilman Howard Austin Sr. “So please follow the rules laid out by the Secret Service and Bridgeport Police Department. Thanks for your cooperation.”
4:45am–#Fairfield CT– The alarm at the Inn at Fairfield Beach sounded first at 4:45am and the Seagrape’s alarm sounded two minutes later at 4:47am on Reef Road. Fairfield firefighters were quick on scene and reported smoke in the back of the Seagrape. They quickly called for more firefighters and called for mutual aid from Westport and Bridgeport to cover their empty firehouses. It was hard to determine the extent of the damage but the Seagrape was filled with smoke and firefighters were seen in the back of the cafe as first reported. Firefighters were o scene for about an hour before recalling the alarm of fire. Firefighters were not sure what caused the fire and the Fire Marshal was on the scene around 5:45 to investigate the cause. I’ll bet the flags at Fairfield University will be at half staff in the morning……..
4:12am–#ctfire–#Bridgeport CT–Firefighters were very quick on the scene of a porch fire at 458 East Avenue preventing the fire from extending into the home. Firefighters found on arrival heavy fire on the first floor porch. Firefighters were able to quickly hook a fire hose to their trucks to quickly knock down the fire. Additional hoses were hooked to the hydrants on the road but their quick actions kept the fire confined to the porch. The fire did not appear to extend into the home. However the Red Cross was called to the scene to help 3 adults and 6 children with housing.
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1:30am–#Stratford CT–Police were dispatched to investigate 4-5 suspicious people at the Walgreen’s on Barnum Avenue. As police approached them they took off in a foot pursuit. Police are looking for them near Van Rensselaer Avenue.
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