Bridgeport, CT Real Estate News

By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Latest Update 4/30/10:  An article in the Connecticut Post states that the construction of the Black Rock train station is moving forward.  $19.4 million has been bonded by the state, the developers are contributing $5.2 milliion, and the Town of Fairfield has committed $5 million.  This will cover the costs of creating a 1,500 space parking lot, access road, drainage plan, wetlands and shoreline remediation, site regrading, soil capping, utilities, and retaining walls.  This is great news for Black Rock!  The train station should be up and running next year. For more information about the Black Rock train station visit www.blackrockonline.org
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Burroughs Cornhole Tournament You may know the game as Cornhole or Bag-O. You may have seen it played in stadium parking lots before a football game. It is huge in many parts of the country and has become a very popular game in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport where Burroughs is located. Now it is time to play Cornhole for a Cause - to support the Burroughs Youth & Family Programs! Join in the fun on Saturday May 22nd. Sign-in & practice at 10:30am. First toss at 11:30am. There is a 44 team limit. Teams of 2 with an optional player number 3. $70 for 2 person team. $105 for 3 person team. You MUST REGISTER ONLINE at http://www.burroughscc.org/ - Register by MAY 13TH to get a free tournament t-shirt! Call 203-334-0293 if you have any questions. We supply the burgers, you supply the co...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
The Bridgeport Community Historical Society will sponsor a walking tour of the Black Rock Harbor area on Sunday, May 2 at 1 pm.  Participants should meet Charles Brilvitch, former city historian, in front of Fayerweather Yacht Club, 51 Brewster St. They will be able to view, and learn about, many of Bridgeport's earliest homes and landmarks.  Suggested donation is $5 for non-society members and $3 for members. Call Janet at 203-335-2806 for details.
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
The gallery is lucky to have Robin Gilmore Jopp attending the gallery in Black Rock for the next 3 Saturdays.Robin will be in from 11 until 5:30 and available to answer questions and talk about her stunning work on display in the gallery.It is also the last day to come see the Industrial Strength show on 51 Crescent Avenue in Bridgeport's East Side. The Crescent Avenue space is open from 12 until 4 pmThe City is about to loose one of our most beloved old factories, the GE building on Boston Avenue.Come see E Fitz's Ode to GE on display in the show.If you haven't had a chance to see either show make it a double feature tomorrow. *April 3rd we will be hosting a jewelry making Demonstration with Robin at 2:30 pm The Gallery at Black Rock2861 Fairfield AvenueBridgeport CT 06605203.814.6856 ...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Framemakers Picture Framing and Art Gallery 3142 Fairfield Ave. Black Rock, Bridgeport, CT  06605 203-338-0332 will open a new show on April 9th Art Reception for Ms. Karen Kent Oils inspired by her love of Nature from the soul Please join us from 6-8 pm and meet the artist Show will run through May 4th. For more information please call 203-338-0332 gallery hours Tues - Sat 8:30-5:00
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Fifth Annual Garden Fest on Sunday, March 28 at 3 PM at Harborview Market, 216 Harborview Avenue, Black Rock.  Sponsored by the Black Rock Garden Club.  Speakers include:  Lisa Miro , Conservation Coordinator for City of Bridgeport, Steve Aladun, Special Project Coordinator "Bridgeport's Conservation Initiative", Patti Popp, owner/grower Sport Hill Organic Farm "Operating as a CSA", Kate Jamison, Gilberties Herb Farm "Sustainable Commercial Growing and Herb Cultivation", Charles Brilvitch, Bridgeport Historian "Opportunities for Conservation in Bridgeport", and Stuart Sachs, Landscape Architect, "Making Bridgeport a ‘Tree City'".  Moderated by Tim O'Connor. Vendors include:  Mayan Imports - ceramics for the garden; Happy Tails - wild bird supplies, Peter Konserlie - sandcasting - art f...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
We will be conducting our Annual Spring Ash Creek Clean Up at 9 AM on Saturday, April 3, which is low tide.  We'll meet at the driveway at 19 Eames Boulevard (19 Grovers Avenue).  Please wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and gloves because of the poison ivy along the banks of Ash Creek.    Another group, Community Boating, will be holding clean ups at all beaches across Bridgeport, including Ash Creek, the Saturday before on March 27 at 9:30 AM.  There will still be a lot for us to clean up as their clean up is being held at high tide.  For a clean up to be effective, we've found that it is best to hold it at low tide.  If you are unable to attend ACCA's clean up on April 9, this provides an alternative date to participate in a clean up.  If you know of any school children needing ...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
The Gallery at Black Rock invites you to:Enlightenment Featuring the assemblage and sculptural works of Robin Gilmore Jopp and Ralph LevesqueOpening reception Friday March 19th from 6 until 9 pmThe Gallery at Black Rock2861 Fairfield Ave.Bridgeport CT 06605203.814.6856Show runs from Friday March 19th until April 19th 2010Normal Gallery Hours from 11 am until 5:30 pm Thursday through Saturday  Photo, Mixed media assemblage by Robin Gilmore Jopp-- The Gallery at Black Rock2861 Fairfield AvenueBridgeport CT 06605203.814.6856www.thegalleryatblackrock.com
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
State Rep. Auden Grogins (D-Bridgeport) joined with House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) at a press conference to unveil the First Phase Recommendations of the Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission on Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) at a press conference Wednesday in the Legislative Office Building. "As Vice-Chair of the State Grant and Mandate Relief Sub-Committee, I believe we have done an excellent job finding efficiencies and cost-cutting measures which will benefit cities and towns in reducing their overhead," Rep. Grogins stated.  "We must continue this important work to ensure the future viability of our cities and to embark on effectuating property tax reform." Some of the recommendations the MORE Commission outlined in its preliminary report incl...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Acoustic Cafe - 2926 Fairfield Avenue, 203-335-FOLK  Bluegrass and Beer with Hoe on Thursday; Zela Zowa on Friday, The Darian Cunning Band on Saturday, Open Mic on Tuesday at 8 pm. Black Rock Tavern - 2926 Fairfield Avenue, 203-336-9255  Graylight Campfire on Saturday at 10 PM. Ray Kelly's Pub - 2720 Fairfield Avenue, 203-333-6278  Top Dead Center on Friday.  Source: www.blackrockonline.org  Black Rock's Community Blog
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
A former Black Rocker, Paula Butturini has written a book called Keeping the Feast, about her family's life that includes growing up in Black Rock.  Her dad still lives in Black Rock.  The writer will be speaking on Sunday, February 28 at 2 PM at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield.  Please contact the library to register for a seat, either online at www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or by phone 203-256-3155.
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Don't miss this very special event. Mr. Walker has recently purchased a home in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport and will be discussing his new book at his neighborhood library.  David M. Walker is President and CEO of The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 1998 to 2008. Signed copies of Mr. Walker's book will be available for purchase. Monday, March 8th at 7:00 PM at the Black Rock Branch Library, 2705 Fairfield Avenue  A Gathering Place for the Entire Community For David Walker bio and more book information to www.blackrockonline.org and download the press packet attached to the blog post. John Soltis, (203) 337-9676 Source:  www.blackrockonline.org  Black Rock's Community Blog
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
GIRLS ONLY!  HANDS ON PROGRAM!!!!   Girls in Grades 2-5 are invited to Operation Smart! (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) at 3:30 p.m. starting on Thursdays, February 25-April 2. , This six week program from Girls, Inc. offers each girl:   *     The opportunity to dismantle machines, care for and study insects and small animals, and solve logic puzzles. *     A place to learn to embrace her curiosity, face her fears, and trust her own judgement in Science Math and Technology. *     A time to put concerns about her "femininitiy" aside and get good and grubby digging in a river bed of exploring a car engine!     Black Rock Branch 2705 Fairfield Ave TO REGISTER: call 203-337-9676 or call Jen Kannengeiser at Girls, Inc. 203-536-3322 or email her at JKannengeiser@girlsincswct.org   (Li...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Watercolor landscape paintings by Kaz Oda.  Exhibition runs from February 22 - March 31, 2010.  Opening reception on Friday, March 5 at 5 PM at Harborview Market, 218 Harborview Avenue in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. For more details visit Black Rock's Community Blog at: http://www.blackrockonline.org  
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Acoustic Cafe - 2926 Fairfield Avenue, 203-335-FOLK  Tokyo Rosenthal, Dusty and the Know, Katie Wilson on Thursday; Dave Ross, Like Trains and Taxis on Friday, Open Mic on Tuesday at 8 pm. Ray Kelly's Pub - 2720 Fairfield Avenue, 203-333-6278  Spiral City at 10 pm on Friday.  Graylight Campfire at 10 pm on Saturday. Source: www.blackrockonline.org  Black Rock's Community Blog Black Rock is a coastal community in Fairfield County, Connecticut
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Qigong Tai Chi Easy Class is offered every Friday "Noon Qi & Tea" at the Center for Green Building on Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock  Walk-in $12,   5 classes $50,  10 classes $90.   12-1PM. Your sandwich, our tea.  Julie Moffat & Lamont Thomas.  Come or phone ahead, 203-843-1595. -- Darryl C. ManningThe Flowing Motionwww.theflowingmotion.com   Source:  www.blackrockonline.org  Black Rock's Community Blog
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
  Thank you to everyone who came out to support Black Rock School last night!  Last night, the Board Education voted to add Black Rock School as a K-8 school to their master plan.  The meeting was contentious at times, but ultimately the board found a compromise and voted unanimously.  The compromise included adding all three high school renovations, as well as Black Rock School, to Tier 2 priority level, .  Last night was a huge victory, but the fight is far from over.  Getting onto the Board of Educaton's master plan is just the first step.  We will need to get city council approval as well as state approval.   Thanks again for your wonderful support! Black Rock Families for Excellence Source:  www.blackrockonline.org
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
The Black Rock Community Council is sponsoring Black Rock Day on Sunday, June 13.  There will be a Road Race at 9 AM followed by a Parade at noon and a Festival right after the noon parade.  More details will be announced later.  For more information contact the Black Rock Community Council at www.brcc.org Source: www.blackrockonline.org  Black Rock's Community Blog Black Rock is a coastal community in Fairfield County Connecticut
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Stop & Shop donates money to local public and private schools based on dollars spent by shoppers and schools registered under its A+ plan. Families For Excellence, Black Rock Home School coordinators, neighbors, and I are advocating for Black Rock School (public, ID# 06755) and St. Ann's (private, ID# 07518).  You can choose up to three schools. You do not need to have children in school to participate. Two ways to register:1) for the less computer agile, e-mail me back the number on your Stop and Shop card, all 13 numbers [front, below, and after barcode] and the first 3 letters of the last name you may have used to sign up for your card and I will enter it for you. 2) register yourself, go to www.stopandshop.com, click on Our Stores, three panels will appear, go to the far right, top ...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Following four successful years, BlackRock Rocks will present their biggest Mardi Gras event to date, featuring, from New Orleans, Delfeayo Marsalis.  BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras will take place from 2:30 pm until last call on Saturday, February 13 at three venues in the heart of Black Rock: Acoustic Café, Black Rock Tavern and Lady Luck. The event will benefit Marsalis' Uptown Music Theatre & Swinging with the Cool School, a New Orleans children's program whose mission is to "promote community unity through the tradition of fine storytelling in musical theatre".  Delfeayo Marsalis is the Founder, Executive Director and Composer for this organization, which is only his latest accomplishment in a stellar jazz career including multiple Grammy's and a myriad of other awards, spanning over t...
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