2:05am–#Bridgeport CT– Police on patrol were flagged down by two people at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Madison Avenue. The two people were allegedly drinking and a man was stabbed. There is no word on where the stabbing occurred. EMS transported the two to St. Vincent’s Hospital.
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#Norwalk CT– Today was Tom Appleby’s last newscast as he retires and all future newscast will originate in New Jersey. Since 1984 Appleby has been anchor, news director and general manager at News12 on Cross Street in Norwalk. Altice purchased Cablevision in June of 2016 from founder Charles Dolan and his son James. In August of 2016 Altice consolidated it’s call center in Shelton, laying off 600 people.
Today was the last day for all anchors at News12. There was no mention of it on their newscast or social media. The local reporters and photographers will remain according to Altice. The weekend newscasts were originating for a couple months now. All newscasts from this point will originate in New Jersey. I’m told the sports team will also remain in Norwalk.
8:33pm–#Fairfield CT– A man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks while dining at Tazza Osteria and Bar at 116 Post Road. Police said the man reached for his wallet when weapon that was in waistband at his back accidentally fired off a round from the firearm. The man was registered to carry but now warrants are pending for the unlawful discharge of a firearm. The 65 year old man was not seriously injured and was walking around in the parking lot when police arrived. No word if he said Tazza after his feat.
4:00pm–#Fairfield Connecticut– Firefighters on scene of a crash on I-95 northbound AND southbound between exits 23 and 24. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the driver of a white sedan who was traveling southbound fled the scene after his wheel came off the car and smashing the windshield of a car traveling in the northbound lane. K-9 was called in as fresh tracks in the snow was located on Sunset Avenue but the track was lost a short time later.
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HARTFORD, CT– Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Colt’s Manufacturing Company is purchasing its West Hartford headquarters and manufacturing facility and making new investments to expand operations and grow jobs in Connecticut. The acquisition of this property is a key part of the company’s growth strategy and is part of a $23 million project by Colt that targets the retention of its current workforce of 600 employees and will lead to the creation of an additional 100 jobs at the location over the next five years.
Colt has designed and manufactured firearms in Connecticut since 1847. Today, the company serves military, law enforcement and civilian customers and spends tens of millions of dollars annually on suppliers, service providers and other businesses throughout Connecticut. Last year, Colt emerged from Chapter 11 reorganization and is now positioning itself for growth. Acquiring the headquarters and manufacturing facility will enable the company to control its destiny and make the necessary further investments in its future.
“This means hundreds of good paying manufacturing jobs for the people of our state,” Governor Malloy said. “Colt is an industry leader whose brand is recognized worldwide. The company was founded nearly two centuries ago here in Connecticut, and this planned expansion will ensure that they remain headquartered here.”
“Colt is a proud part of Connecticut history and we are committed to our employees and the community,” Colt CEO Dennis Veilleux said. “We are working hard to transform our business to better serve our customers and carry on Colt’s tradition of quality and excellence. Acquiring our headquarters and facility is a key part of this strategy.”
In its ongoing support of firearms safety education, the company is initiating the following measures:
- Financial support for Project ChildSafe;
- Sponsorship of seminars in support of Connecticut law enforcement firearms safety initiatives;
- The inclusion of safety messaging in key marketing initiatives; and
- The addition of a safety section on the Colt website that will include a series of safety videos; a focus on safe firearms handling, safety at the range, and safe storage in the home; and links to key sources of additional safety information published by National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association and other reputable sources.
“These new measures underscore that fact that Colt is committed to safe and responsible use of its products,” Veilleux added.
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is supporting the expansion project through a $10 million loan, with up to $2 million forgiven if certain job milestones are met. State funds will be used to help in the acquisition of the manufacturing facility and the land, which has a total price of $13 million.
“Colt, one of America’s most iconic brands, has deep roots in Connecticut,” DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith said. “This project protects 600 manufacturing jobs and ensures that the next chapter of the company’s storied history is written right here in Connecticut.”
“UAW Local 376 has represented the men and women at Colt’s for more than 70 years,” Julie Kushner, Director of UAW Region 9A, said. “Our members have seen the company through good times and bad. The one constant has been our members’ dedication to quality workmanship. Our union’s commitment has been to ensure the survival and growth of good jobs with good benefits. We believe that the purchase of the Colt property with the state’s assistance will help to secure the future of manufacturing in Connecticut.”
“Our members have provided the skills necessary to produce quality Colt products in this region for many years,” Mike Holmes, Shop Chairman at UAW Local 376, said. “This transaction is an important step toward securing numerous skilled manufacturing jobs in our state. It is heartening to know the results that can be achieved by the dedication of parties around the table and we applaud the efforts of everyone involved.”
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#Bridgeport, Connecticut– The Bridgeport Bluefish announced dates and starting times for their 2017 Spring Training schedule. The Bluefish will hold Spring Training in Bridgeport at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
“Spring is finally here and that means the official start to our 20th Anniversary Season of Bluefish baseball at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard,” says Bluefish General Manager Paul Herrmann. “These spring training games we have scheduled will give all our fans a preview of what to expect this season.”
The Bluefish Spring Training schedule will include four exhibition games, with two contests against the cross-sound Atlantic League rival Long Island Ducks and two against the Milford Hunters. Three of those games will be held at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
The first exhibition will take place at home on Thursday, April 13 against the Long Island Ducks at 10:30 am. The team will travel to Long Island on Saturday, April 15. On Monday, April 17, the ‘Fish will play the Milford Hunters at 10:00am. Bridgeport will finish their Spring Training schedule with a game against the Milford Hunters at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 18, before heading to Texas to begin the 2017 regular season against the Sugar Land Skeeters on Thursday, April 20.
Any Bluefish fan who would like to get a sneak peek of their hometown team before the regular season begins is welcome to attend. General admission tickets will be issued for any home Spring Training games for just $5. Centerplate, the new food and beverage service of The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, will be operating concessions during these games. No outside food or beverage will be allowed inside the ballpark.
(Bridgeport Bluefish Press Release)
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1:01pm–#Bridgeport Connecticut- Firefighters were called to 171 Whitney Avenue for a structure fire. The 2nd and 3rd floor was on fire and heavy smoke showing when firefighters arrived. Firefighters had all fire and hot spots extinguished within the hour. There were no reported injuries.
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