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March 11, 2007 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers scored five third-period goals to beat the Phantoms, 5-4, in the AHL last night. Frans Neilsen scored the fifth goal exactly 17 minutes into the final period on the Tigers' 14th power play of the night. The three final Bridgeport goals all came on power plays. With the Phantoms holding a 2-0 lead, Bridgeport rocked the visitors with three straight goals to open the final period. Steve Regier and Jamie Johnson scored in the first two minutes to tie the score.
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November 16, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers scored the final three goals of the game, including Derek Bekar's game-winner with six minutes remaining, to take a 3-2 victory over the Phantoms in an AHL game last night. John Slaney and Mike Peluso scored 36 seconds apart in the second period to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead. But Bridgeport's three unanswered goals extended the Phantoms' winless streak to four games (0-3-1). Neil Little took the loss, stopping 13 of 16 shots. Rob Collins had a goal and an assist for the Tigers, and Dieter Kochan made 25 saves for the win to keep Bridgeport undefeated in its last eight games (7-0-1)
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June 8, 1991 | By Barbara Demick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daring to go where no other city its size has gone before, this grim city of idle factories and angry taxpayers has filed for bankruptcy. While the state says the petition filed Thursday night is illegal, municipal finance experts say that if Bridgeport is allowed to go bankrupt, an important precedent will have been set for cities such as Philadelphia and New York. Mayor Mary C. Moran argued yesterday that bankruptcy was no disgrace but the only way for Bridgeport to face up to the seriousness of its problems: a projected $12 million deficit in its $304 million budget and the highest tax rate in Connecticut.
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January 17, 2010 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A quirky Bridgeport tradition more than three decades old has moved south to Dixie this winter. As Montgomery County drivers learned in 1979, 1980, and 1993, the bylaws of the borough's geographically isolated University of Alabama Booster Club require the raising of billboards in public praise any time the school wins a national football title. But don't waste gas motoring along Route 23 to look for the latest sign heralding, from 950 miles away, the Crimson Tide's 37-21 victory over Texas on Jan. 7. For the first time, the club spent its money on a sign that perhaps none of its members will see in person: on Route 82 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a few Greg McElroy passes from campus.
NEWS
July 23, 1989 | By Bill Shralow, Special to The Inquirer
Bridgeport officials say there may be a new breed of outlaw victimizing their borough - the midnight dumper. If their hunch is correct, people from outside Bridgeport are secretly dumping trash on borough streets to avoid paying haulers $150 a year or more to cart away their refuse. Officials figure the culprits are striking late at night when residents and police are less likely to see them. Officials in the town of just under 5,000 residents believe the illegal dumping began in early spring shortly after residents there began getting free trash removal as part of a deal for Bridgeport to host a controversial trash- transfer station.
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September 14, 1999 | by Kyle Hardner , For The Daily News
Bob Van Sciver's stay at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway will be more than a one-year fling. Van Sciver announced on Saturday night that he has reached an agreement with track owner Ed Kelley that will allow Van Sciver, in conjunction with the DIRT Motorsports group, to operate the speedway through the end of the 2002 season. "We've entered into a three-year lease arrangement with Ed Kelley,"confirmed Van Sciver in a telephone interview Sunday night. "There's going to be a lot of positive things happening at Bridgeport.
SPORTS
April 20, 1999 | by Kyle Hardner, For the Daily News
The dress rehearsals are over. It's now show time for Bob VanSciver and Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway. VanSciver, who took control of the South Jersey clay oval from past promoter Ed Kelley under a lease-purchase agreement, is set to host his first Saturday-night racing card this weekend after staging two early-season Sunday afternoon events. "I purposely wanted to start the season on Sundays to give some of the drivers from other tracks the chance to compete here," explained the 54-year-old VanSciver.
NEWS
January 24, 1988 | By Diane M. Fiske, Special to The Inquirer
High-stakes development surrounds the little river town of Bridgeport. Two miles down Route 202, shoppers from all over the western suburbs are drawn to the glitzy shops of the Court at King of Prussia and King of Prussia Plaza. To the south, in Swedeland, SmithKline Beckman Corp.'s modern white laboratory dominates the landscape. There is even a hint of the upscale within the borough: a plan for loft- style apartments won zoning approval last week. But many of its longtime residents don't want the borough to change.
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December 9, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chick's is a watering hole as old as the New Deal and cozy like your buddy's semi-finished basement. Lighted beer signs hang on the darkened windows, and its buckets of mussels are a favorite in Bridgeport, a riverside borough tucked between Upper Merion and Norristown. But the regular crowd thinned this year when a few older patrons died. "They were all great guys," said bartender Alexandra Dombroski as she gazed at a bar ringed by empty seats. "You heard great stories. " Right across Fourth Street, the borough's main drag, sits Taphouse 23, a new gastropub that offers 12 local craft beers and an outdoor patio with an artificial waterfall and fire pits.
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December 9, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chick's is a watering hole as old as the New Deal and cozy like your buddy's semi-finished basement. Lighted beer signs hang on the darkened windows, and its buckets of mussels are a favorite in Bridgeport, a riverside borough tucked between Upper Merion and Norristown. But the regular crowd thinned this year when a few older patrons died. "They were all great guys," said bartender Alexandra Dombroski as she gazed at a bar ringed by empty seats. "You heard great stories. " Right across Fourth Street, the borough's main drag, sits Taphouse 23, a new gastropub that offers 12 local craft beers and an outdoor patio with an artificial waterfall and fire pits.
FOOD
December 5, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
New Bridgeport dining spot Something new and dramatic in sleepy little Bridgeport, across the Schuylkill from Norristown: Taphouse 23 (266 E. Fourth St., Bridgeport, 610-277-2323 ), which two weeks ago replaced a series of corner bars, most recently the Point. It's the pet project of local businessman Gary Johnson of Tube Methods, who after buying the joint realized that it needed more than a coat of paint. A top-to-bottom redo yielded dining areas off the two-sided bar as well as the roomy second floor, clad in wood with glass.
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August 14, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
PAUL JOHNSON has been connected to youth and college baseball for the last 25 years. And this past week came quite possibly the crowning achievement of his career. His Philadelphia Area Black Sox, of the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League, captured the Inner City Classic, the MJBL's national championship tournament. It was the team's first national title in its 25-year history. Boasting a 7-0 record at the tournament, the Black Sox beat the Bridgeport (Conn.) RBI team, 11-3, in the championship game.
NEWS
July 3, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
FORMER PHILADELPHIA schools superintendent Paul Vallas was removed Friday from his job as head of Bridgeport, Conn., schools because he lacked the required certification. The individual study course designed by Vallas, 60, to secure the proper credentials was deemed a "sham" by Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, who ruled that Vallas' effort did not meet state requirements, according to the Connecticut Post . Vallas was named Bridgeport superintendent in late 2011 by the state education commissioner, after city officials and school board members asked the state to disband the Board of Education and replace it with appointees, the Post said.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By Stephen Singer, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. - Traffic in southwest Connecticut could be a mess for as much as a week until service is restored to the commuter rail line affected by a derailment that injured scores of passengers, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned Sunday. Malloy used dire language to describe traffic troubles for the workweek ahead in an area that even in normal times is a pain for motorists. And the governor warned that the weather would not cooperate, as the forecast of rain would make driving a bit more treacherous.
SPORTS
April 10, 2013
FLYERS PROSPECT Eric Wellwood was gravely injured Sunday when he was accidentally cut in the lower right leg by his own left skate blade in a minor league game with the Phantoms in Bridgeport, Conn. Wellwood, 23, has played 31 games for the Flyers over the past three seasons. He was transported to a Connecticut hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to stop the bleeding and close the wound. Wellwood was bleeding so profusely that the Phantoms' trainer, Greg Lowden, escorted him across the ice and to the locker room while the puck was still in play.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Bridgeport nanny standing trial in the death of an infant 20 years ago Tuesday waived her right to have the court consider her offense under the lesser legal standard for homicide. With jurors out of hearing, Melissa Haskell, 38, who is charged with third-degree felony murder, told Montgomery County Court Judge Garrett D. Page that she did not wish to have the charge downgraded to involuntary manslaughter. "So you're going with all or nothing," Page said. "Yes," Haskell replied.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The prosecution drilled straight to the heart of its case against former Bridgeport babysitter Melissa Haskell — her own words — during opening arguments Tuesday in Montgomery County Court. "I will never, ever put my hand over the mouth and nose of [our child] so he can't breathe, as I did that baby," Christopher Maloney quoted Haskell as saying in an exchange recorded last year by her ex-husband. But the defense parried with its own opener: "It didn't happen that way; Ryan Baurley wasn't murdered on Aug. 26, 1992," Frank Genovese told a jury of eight men and four women hearing the case in Norristown.
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October 26, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack M. Demetris, 91, of St. Davids, owner of Demetris Uptown Market in Bridgeport, died of heart failure Friday, Oct. 21, at Genesis Healthcare's Wayne Center. Mr. Demetris emigrated from Greece with his mother and father as an infant. In 1932, his parents opened a food market in Bridgeport. The store had two aisles and everything - sugar, flour, rice - was in barrels, said his son, Dennis. During World War II, Mr. Demetris served in the Army in the Pacific. Among his duties was accompanying celebrities entertaining the troops, including the Andrews Sisters and comedian Joe E. Brown.
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July 11, 2011 | By Michael Vitez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carmella Romanelli may have missed a few of the processions in her 84 years, but she can't remember when. In tiny Bridgeport on Sunday, she sat on her rolling walker outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church - where she was baptized and where she and her parents had their wedding ceremonies - and her tears welled in anticipation. Mass was over, and men were carrying the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel down the steps to a crowd in the street, where the 87th annual procession would be held on the last day of the church's Italian festival.
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