Archive for January, 2010

Bridgeport hired Winterbottom — who could get paid up to $24,000, plus reimbursement for “expenses,” by the March 31 deadline set by the city — one day before he abruptly left his job as Stratford’s human resources director with a $42,446 payout of unused vacation and sick pay after 18 months in the post.


BREAKING NEWS: Town wants to recoup ‘cash-outs’ Written by John Kovach Wednesday, 27 January 2010 11:19 Mayor John A. Harkins announced Wednesday that the Town of Stratford will seek reimbursement for $56,100 in “overpayments for allegedly unused leave benefits paid to five members of the previous mayoral administration.” “After a thorough and conservative review of […]

Not To Be


New mayor, council examine Shakespeare Theater options By Richard Weizel, STAFF WRITER Published: 11:32 p.m., Sunday, January 24, 2010 STRATFORD — It appears to be curtains for yet another developer in a long line who have tried and failed to renovate the Shakespeare Festival Theater, which has been shuttered for more than 20 years. That […]

Long Beach West sale to feds in jeopardy despite voter approval By Richard Weizel, STAFF WRITER Published: 10:58 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2010 * Stratford mayor to meet with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on cottage removal12.22.2009 10:45 p.m. STRATFORD — The sale of Long Beach West to the federal government — an issue that […]

Shining Stars


Stratford Senior Services are an invaluable resource, especially to families struggling to maintain their loved ones at home. A quick phone call can release all sorts of programs provided by the State and Federal government that will really help. There are programs for nursing, home health aides, ambulatory care, meals, assistance with rent and utility bills and transportation. All you have to do is ask (203-385-4050). Sometimes only minor assistance is required to make an independent life possible.

These two were not offered a hearing, and not offered representation during their “meeting”. Ms. Best violated her own policy by failing to notify them in a timely manner. The policy says 10 days from the date of any infraction. Furthermore there are underlying issues that forced this crew to have to goto Bridgeport. Mainly that their ambulance was left in such disarray that they could not legally place themselves in service without this equipment. Due to management vehicles are left with no fuel and no supplies on a regular basis and there is no enforcement by management to ensure the vehicles are left in a state of readiness.

MEMORANDUM TO: Department Heads/Supervisors FROM: John A. Harkins, Mayor DATE: December 28, 2009 RE: FY 10- Hiring and Spending Freeze Effective immediately, a hiring freeze shall be in effect for all General Fund and Enterprise Fund positions that are vacant or that become vacant until June 30, 2010. Exceptions to this directive shall include those […]

Nearly two years ago (CONNECTICUT STATE OF v. LAKEVIEW MONUMENT CO ET AL File Date: 04/14/2008) AG Blumenthal finally filed a civil case against Richard Miron. Although civil cases require only “a preponderance of evidence” as opposed to “beyond a reasonable doubt” Mr. Blumenthal decided to let the criminal case against Richard Miron (the Democratic Registrar of Voters and Stratford Democratic Town Committee member) take precedence. Neither case has been to trial. We do not think it was a “procedural” decision.

Among the many difficult tasks facing John Harkins (or any mayor) is cleaning up the mess left by the previous mayor. Obviously, in Stratford this job is monumental considering that it was Miron. Nonetheless, one of the first things that require attention is the state of our Emergency Services. Others may argue that the budget […]