He took the annual Columbus Day Parade away from Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. So does Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, a Republican, want Democrat Ganim’s job as well? It sounds unlikely, but Lauretti, a seasoned politician, was happy to keep people speculating Thursday. “I have a good base in Bridgeport,” Lauretti said, responding to a sudden spurt of...

Salvatore D. Rotondo, 78, of Bridgeport, a much-loved teacher and principal who made a difference in the lives of thousands of area schoolchildren, died Sunday, Sept. 16, of cardiac arrest at his home. A Bridgeport native, Mr. Rotondo graduated from Bridgeport High School. He graduated with honors from West Chester State College in 1962 with a bach...

One summer afternoon when she was young, Anna Capuano strolled along the Seaside Park boardwalk in Bridgeport with two friends. One friend had a pack of cigarettes, so the two others lit up and puffed away. They invited Capuano to do the same, but she refused. “All I had to do was smell that smoke, and I said, No thanks,” said Capuano. A lifelong d...

The Rev. Matthew Bernelli was like a kid with a train set as he showed off his famous Nativity scene, now set up at St. Andrew Church in the North End after numerous Christmases on the East Side. “It came out good,” said the Catholic priest. “I love the little details.” There is no engine chugging along on tracks, desecrating the holy scene depicti...

It’ll take place in the Park City but the 109th Columbus Day parade on Oct. 8 will be led by longtime Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti. This is not the first time Lauretti, destined for a 14th term as Shelton’s mayor come November since no one is running against him, has head events here. In 2008 he served as the Barnum Festival Ringmaster and marches i...

By Linda Conner Lambeck First it was Columbus Day, then it was Indigenous People's Day, now the city school board has renamed the holiday that falls on the second Monday in October Italian Heritage Day.    Kate Rivera, the board member who proposed taking "Columbus" out of Columbus Day, said she is satisfied with the name change becaus...

By Erin Beck The restaurant at North Central West Virginia Airport has undergone extensive renovations to prepare for Roberto's Restaurant. The Italian restaurant previously was located at the Johnson Center in Bridgeport, but suffered smoke and water damage after a fire in April.   Read more   Source: http://www.exponent-teleg...

Strike up the bands, tune up the instruments, unfurl the flags — the Columbus Day Parade, the oldest continuous parade in the state, is preparing to step off Sunday, Oct. 12, in Bridgeport's North End.   The 106th Columbus Day Parade & Celebration, sponsored by the Council of Italian-American Societies of Greater Bridgeport, will begin a...

Time Bomb is back. Bridgeport boxer Frankie Scalise will soon open a brand-new boxing gym and training center at 3411 S. Halsted St. The 35-year-old fighter says he'll open the gym, called the Bridgeport Boxing Club, on May 1. During a quick tour of the building, Scalise was all motion and energy, bounding around the empty 3,000-square-foot space...

The 105th Columbus Day Parade, one of the longest continuous parades in the state, will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, and will celebrate the Italian-American culture in the greater Bridgeport area. The parade begins at 1 p.m., starting at the corner of Wayne and Jewett avenues, rolling south down Wayne Street to Madison Avenue and finishing at Micalizz...