Housatonic Community College $17.8 Million Grant

The Housatonic Community College (HCC) has been awarded a share of a $17.8 million grant, which will use to create Regional Advanced Manufacturing Center for Southwestern Connecticut at the college. The center will expand the college’s manufacturing education capability to give students the 21st century knowledge and skills needed by today’s manufacturers. It will feature a manufacturing lab, an engineering/design studio, and a welding lab to be used to support the college’s credit and non-credit manufacturing courses.

Connecticut Against Violence

Friday night was the first meeting of a series for Connecticut Against Violence and youths across the city of Bridgeport. Founded by Lt. David Daniels and DJ Kingsley Osei, Connecticut Against Violence will use hip-hop music combined with many and their message to inspire youths against violence.

Bridgeport Kicks Off Black History Month

Bridgeport Launches Black History Month

City Hall Annex was the kick off for Black History Month for the City of Bridgeport.  Deborah Caviness kicked off the event and Natalie Pryce was master ceremonies.  Mayor Bill Finch brought his insight and introduced the hit of the event Muhammad Drammeh, 12, is an eighth grade honor student who recited  President Barack Obama’s historic inaugural speech from memory.   Chef Pierre of the Metric Restaurant and Grill on Cannon Street was the big hit with a history and sampling of soul food.  The food was so good it will be a future restaurant review for DoingItLocal.com!

Taco Loco Super Bowl Special IS Super!

We found the Super Bowl Package To Feed More Than 8 People!

Last week Taco Loco Tweeted a Super Bowl Special I had to try.  The special claims to feed 8 people, I found this claim to be false.  I had six people to help polish this off, we weren’t even close.  The leftovers fed all six of us again the next day and we still had food left over.!  The price is $49.95, if you take the original claim it feeds 8 that’s only $6.24 a person!  We are talking a meal for the Super Bowl not snacks!  The variety will have something for everyone, my father in law and son loved the buffalo wings and my daughter loved the quesadillas.  My favorite was tied with the nacho supreme and mini burritos.  Everyone loved the tacos!

Taco Loco is located at 3170 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport.   This Super Special if for take out only.   Call 30 minutes ahead at (203) 335-8228   For just $49.95 to feeds 8 here is what you get:

Nachos Superior
Chips loaded with ground beef, Jack and cheddar cheese, black beans, jalapenos, tomatoes and salsa cruda.

Burrito and Quesadilla Platter
Ten delicious mini burritos with sauteed onions and peppers – 5 grilled chicken and 5 grilled steak – along with four quesadillas packed with Jack and cheddar cheese, sauteed onions and peppers – 2 grilled chicken and 2 chorizo (Spanish sausage).

Family Pack Tacos
Everything you need to make your own tacos; 12 soft tortillas or crispy corn taco shells, spiced ground beef or chicken, shredded lettuce, grated Jack and cheddar, chopped tomatoes, sliced jalapenos and olives.

Fairfield PD Nab 3 Redding Road Break In

Break in on Redding Road

Fairfield Patrol Officers responded to a burglary in progress at 1301 Redding Road. The homeowner/ victim witnessed a suspect attempting to break a rear window and gain entry into her home. She called “911” describing the suspect as a white male, approximately twenty two years of age, with a thin build fleeing on foot through the front yard. He continued southbound on Redding Road to an awaiting small silver vehicle, parked approximately 100 yards away.

Patrol Officers set up a perimeter of the surrounding streets and quickly located a motor vehicle traveling southbound on Bronson Road matching the description. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop without incident and detained three subjects. The one suspect attempting to force entry into the window was positively identified by the victim and all three were taken into custody.

A DMV check of the suspect vehicle revealed it was stolen from Stratford, CT. It was processed by
Detectives and towed from the scene. Various items of evidence were recovered from the vehicle and are being examined.

Arrested: Joseph Johnson DOB 8/4/86 of 891 Oldfield Road Fairfield, CT
Charges: Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary 2nd Degree (53a-49/53a-102), Possession of Burglary
Tools (53a-106), Larceny 3rd Degree (53a-124), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (21a-267(a))
Court date: 2/9/12
Bond: $20,000

Arrested: Shawn Kelly DOB 11/2/86 of Lexington Avenue S. Norwalk, CT
Charges: Larceny 3rd (53a-124)
Court date: 2/9/12
Bond: $1,000

Arrested: Anthony Kelly DOB 5/28/85 of 26 Burritt St. Norwalk, CT
Charges: Larceny 3rd (53a-124)
Court date: 2/9/12
Bond: $1000

Happenings NOW 2-1 thru 2–4-2012

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‎1:12am–#New Haven–Multiple reports of a police chase ending after suspect car crashes into a house on Winchester Street and that the resident of the home is trapped under the car. All hands working. Updates as we get them. UPDATE–Homeowner freed around 2:45am.

11:41pm–#West Haven–Armed robbery- person was shot at Campbell and Spring Street. Police are looking for a male blue coat black mask.

12:12am–#Bridgeport–Car rear ended at Orange and Central Ave. striking vehicle flees. Fire department reporting four injured, EMTs on the way. UPDATE–4 to the hospital.

11:36pm–#Bridgeport–Report of several shots fired near River Street/ North Washington Ave. Police on the way.

10:20pm–#Bridgeport–#cttraffic I-95 southbound exit 27 exit ramp State Police pursuit ends in a crash and tasering. One in custody.

3:20pm–Report of kids fighting on a school bus at Seaview and Barnum Ave.

12:01pm–#Norwalk–Pedestrian struck by car on the lower level parking at Home Depot. The woman was transported to Norwalk Hospital via EMS.

9:21am–Bridgeport–Police are investigating the untimely death of a 3 month old Grove Street infant.

Open Mic Night At Two Boots

Wednesday night is Open Mic Night at Two Boots! Music, poetry, comedy, readings, all talents are all encouraged attend! Sign up starts at 7pm and performances start at 8pm and runs until 11pm. Two Boots is located at 281 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, their website it http://www.twobootsbridgeport.com/

Kids Injured In Bridgeport School Bus Accident

Just before 3:30pm Monday afternoon a school bus traveling down Chopsey Hill Road near the intersection of Trumbull Avenue when a car reportedly swerved into the buses lane of travel. The bus swerved to miss the car but hit a utility pole. About 6-10 children were injured when they hit their heads either on the bus seat in front of them or on the windows. The children were checked as a precaution. No one was seriously injured. The uninjured children were transferred on to another bus and continued home.