Bridgeport

Mayor Finch, Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek to join riders on new bus route to Monroe

WHAT:On Thursday, February 27, Mayor Bill Finch and Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek will join riders on the new bus service between Bridgeport and Monroe along Route 25. Mayor Finch and First Selectman Vavrek will board the Route 20 bus at Westfield Trumbull Mall and join riders for the trip to Monroe along Route 25.

The service is designed to provide morning and afternoon employment-related
transportation to the area, according to Doug Holcomb, CEO for Greater Bridgeport Transit. The service is similar to GBT’s Route 19 Express which already serves Trumbull and Monroe along Route 111.

“The creation of Route 20 is an excellent example of what can be accomplished with regional cooperation. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of GBT, the City of Bridgeport, the Town of Monroe and the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council, we’re able to get Bridgeport residents to and from Monroe while also cutting down on the amount of vehicular traffic along that corridor – a priority of Bridgeport’s BGreen2020 sustainability initiative,” said Mayor Finch.

First Selectman Vavrek also lauded the new bus line as “another example of the benefits of regional cooperation in municipal government, and the synergies generated by cooperation among Monroe, Bridgeport and Trumbull” inside the framework of the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council.

Assignment Editors Please Note: Mayor Finch and First Selectman Vavrek will be on hand at 7:30 a.m. at the Westfield Trumbull Mall bus stop (accessed via the Madison Avenue, Trumbull entrance to the mall) for interviews. They will be boarding the 8:09 a.m. bus to Monroe. Reporters are welcome to join them on the bus to interview riders as the bus makes its way to Monroe.

WHERE: Westfield Trumbull Mall Bus Stop, access from the Madison Avenue, Trumbull entrance to the Mall
WHEN: 7:30 a.m., Thursday, February 27

Beardsley Zoo Update

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 21, 2014 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its updated calendar for March, April, and May 2014. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please check the website for updated Winter Hours and admission rates.

Children under 3 and Zoo members are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.

 

March 2014

 

little girl with baby alligatorMarch 11 & 12, Zoo Tots, 10:30 am

This program, which is for children 18 months to three years who are accompanied by an adult, may include activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled “Animal March,” will explore how animals move. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child; $15 for non-members and one child. Participants may sign up for either day. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo’s Education Department at 203-394-6563.

 

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March 17, St. Patrick’s Day

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Time to shake your shamrock, groove your green, and ease on down the road to the Zoo! Kids in the Irish spirit wearing anything green today will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. One free child admission per adult. Don’t miss our educational “Green Animal” scavenger hunt while you’re here!

 

 

 

April 2014

 

April 8 & 9, Zoo Tots, 10:30 am

This monthly 45-minute program for children 18 months to three years, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled “Fur, Feathers, and Scales” will explore the differences between mammals, reptiles and birds. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child; $15 for non-members and one child. Participants may sign up for either day. To make a reservation, pre-register by calling the Zoo’s Education Department at 203-394-6563.

 

April 16, Evening Lecture Series, 7:00 pm

The zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. Topic: TBA. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: Hanson Exploration Station. Sponsored by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

 

Party for the PlanetApril 26 & 27, Party for the Planet, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day! Our Earth Day event is about encouraging local, organic, earth-friendly choices as a way of promoting better health for our planet and ourselves. Environmentally friendly vendors will be on hand with everything from green cleaning products and recycled fashion accessories to better lawn care for you and wildlife! We’ll have a special citizen science corner to learn about online science projects you and your family can participate in. Come learn what you can do to make the planet a healthier place for you and your family.

 

 

May 2014

 

Mother's DayMay 11: Mother’s Day

Connecticut’s only zoo wants to thank all moms working so hard throughout the year. Bring your mom to the Zoo on Mother’s Day and her ticket is on us! Enjoy this special day together by visiting our animals or having lunch in our Peacock Pavilion.

 

May 13 & 14: Zoo Tots, 10:30 am

This monthly 45-minute program, for children 22 months to four years who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, crafts, and a live animal presentation. This session, “Garden Critters” will focus on animals that like gardens. $10 for Zoo members and one child; $15 for non-members and one child. Participants may sign up for either day. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo’s Education Department at 203-394-6563.

 

ocelotMay 16 – 18: Endangered Species Weekend, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Endangered species awareness events encourage people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered animals and plants and what actions can be taken to help preserve their future. Participate in a scavenger hunt featuring exotic and domestic endangered animals! Sponsored by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo AAZK Chapter.

 

May 17: Pet Awareness and Adoption Day, Noon – 3:00 pm

Join the Zoo for Pet Awareness and Adoption Day. Together with regional animal adoption and rescue organizations, you’ll learn about the wonderful animals we live with every day – our pets! We’ll host experts on pet care and safety, present crafts for the kids and other surprises. Take part and learn about caring for your family’s best friend.

 

May 17: Armed Forces Day

Veterans and active service people are free and their family (up to 6 individuals) receives a 15% discount on admission.

 

May 21: Evening Lecture Series, 7:00 pm

The zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. Topic: TBA. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: Hanson Exploration Station. Sponsored by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

 

WEEKEND: GOV. MALLOY ATTENDS NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

(HARTFORD, CT) – On Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Governor Dannel P. Malloy will join a bipartisan group of the nation’s governors at the National Governors Association’s 2014 Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.  The meeting is an opportunity for governors to discuss issues affecting states, share innovative solutions, and look for ways to strengthen the state-federal partnership.  Topics being discussed will include job creation, education reform, improvement of infrastructure, restructuring of health care, and the development of energy resources.  Governor Malloy serves as vice chair of the organization’s Natural Resources Committee.

Governor Malloy will also be attending events at the White House and a meeting of the Council of Governors, which President Obama appointed him

to last year.

WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy and a group of Democratic governors will hold a news conference at the White House following a meeting with President Obama

WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2014; 12:20 p.m.

WHERE: White House, North Lawn (Pebble Beach); 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy attends NGA Winter Meeting Opening Session, “America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs

WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014; 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: JW Marriott, Salon III; 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

**NOTE: This event will air live on C-SPAN and on C-SPAN.org

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy attends NGA Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee Meeting, “Homeland Security and Defense in the States: A Future Outlook

WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014; 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: JW Marriott, Salon III; 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

**NOTE: This event will air live on C-SPAN and on C-SPAN.org

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy attends NGA Education & Workforce Committee Meeting, “Supporting Governors’ Innovation in Early Childhood

WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2014; 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: JW Marriott, Salon III; 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy attends NGA Special Session, “Growth and Jobs in America

WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2014; 10:45 a.m.

WHERE: JW Marriott, Salon III; 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

**NOTE: This event will air live on C-SPAN and on C-SPAN.org

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy attends and serves as vice chair at NGA Natural Resources Committee Meeting, “Accelerating Economic Growth: The Energy Sector

WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2014; 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: JW Marriott, Salon II; 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy and a bipartisan group of governors hold a news conference at the White House following a meeting with President Obama

WHEN: Monday, February 24, 2014; 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: White House, North Lawn (Pebble Beach); 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy attends Council of Governors Meeting

WHEN: Monday, February 24, 2014; 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters; 2701 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE, Washington, DC

 

The Barnum Museum presents: The Greely Expedition: A Tale of Triumph and Tragedy in the Arctic

Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m.The Greely Expedition: A Tale of Triumph and Tragedy in the Arctic presented by Professor Michael Robinson, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Hartford and an expert on 19th century scientific expeditions. $5 Donation. Snow date March 2.

In 1881, Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely commanded the largest polar expedition ever fielded by the United States.  It would be the most successful — and the most tragic — Arctic expedition in American history. Professor Robinson will give a tantalizing overview of the dangerous and ambitious “Greely Expedition,” in his illustrated presentation.

Robinson is the author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2006), which won the 2008 book award from the Forum for the History of Science in America. Robinson’s outstanding blog, Time to Eat the Dogs: On Science, History, and Exploration, was named a finalist in 2010 for Research Blogging.

WHERE: The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport in the People’s United Bank Gallery, entry located at the back of the historic building

COST:  See above, however Barnum Museum members are always free

Call for more information 203-331-1104 ext.100, M-F from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The back exhibition hall of the museum, featuring artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb and others, is open for viewing and exploration on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., except January 16. To learn more about The Barnum Museum’s current programs visit barnum-museum.org

. You can also visit the museum on Facebook, view past programs at www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org or communicate on Twitter @BarnumMuseum.

The original Barnum Institute building is owned by the City of Bridgeport and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.