Connecticut Post

The Connecticut Post is a daily newspaper located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It serves Fairfield County and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Municipalities in the Post's circulation area include Ansonia, Bridgeport, Darien, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, New Canaan, Orange, Oxford, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton. The newspaper is owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation, a multinational corporate media conglomerate with $4 billion in revenues. The Connecticut Post also gains revenue by offering classified advertising for job hunters with minimal regulations and separate listings for products and services.

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Connecticut Post
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Hearst Communications
PublisherPaul Barbetta
EditorJohn Alcott
Founded1883
LanguageEnglish
Headquarters410 State Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604 USA
Circulation53,866 Weekdays, 41,768 Saturdays, 80,840 Sundays
Sister newspapersBridgeport telegram
Bridgeport evening post[1]
Websitehttp://www.ctpost.com/

The Post

The paper has a weekday circulation of 53,866, a Saturday circulation of 41,768, and a Sunday circulation of 80,840, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, behind the Hartford Courant (264,539) and the New Haven Register (89,022). It is southwestern Connecticut's largest circulation daily newspaper.[2] The paper competes directly with the Register in Stratford, Milford, and portions of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Since June 2017, the Post and the Register have been under common ownership, with management led by Hearst Connecticut Media Group president Paul Barbetta.[3]

The publisher is Paul Barbetta [4]who is also the president of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. The most recent editor, James H. Smith, departed abruptly on June 26, 2008. No reason was given to staff, but Smith later attributed his departure to "mutual agreement."[5] Smith had attempted to take the newspaper in a different direction, stressing slice-of-life style features and enterprise and investigative work while downplaying court/police coverage. In recent years he has avoided layoffs despite economic pressures, opting instead to offer buyouts and drastically cut the freelance budget. His replacement is managing editor John Alcott who holds the same position within Hearst Connecticut Media Group.[6]

The Post employs seven editors within their departments including a digital news editor, sports editor, arts & entertainment editor, business editor, features editor, editorial page editor and photo editor. These editors work along with the managing editor and two assistant managing editors to build the newspaper daily.[7]

The Post's coverage area presents problems as Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, is a poor and mostly minority area, while the surrounding eastern Fairfield County and western New Haven County area is affluent and mostly white. Consequently, while the Post does provide solid coverage of Bridgeport, most of the paper is composed of local stories regarding the surrounding towns.

History

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The newspaper was formerly the morning Bridgeport Telegram and evening Bridgeport Post before consolidating into a morning publication. The Bridgeport Telegram[8] ran from at least 1908 to 1929 and again from 1938 to 1990.[9] Until the mid-1980s the Post was published as an afternoon paper and the Telegram was the morning paper. [10]

In 1981, a Post wire service editor died at his desk while a girl scout troop was touring the newsroom. [11]

In 1986, a young staffer at the Post office dropped his coat with a handgun in it, and accidentally shot a bullet into the ceiling. The man had become a drug dealer on the side and was arrested in the lobby for selling cocaine by an undercover police officer working as a janitor at the building.

In 2017, the Post's offices moved from 410 State St. to 1057 Broad St. The Post had been operating at the State Street location since 1928. The change in office space was made after deciding to downsize after most of the staff had moved to Hearst Connecticut Media's headquarters in Norwalk, CT. Only 20 employees made up of local reporters, editors and photographers work at the new location. [12]

The Post was formerly owned by Thomson Corporation, a national newspaper chain. In 2000, Thomson agreed to sell the Post for $205 million to MediaNews Group, based in Denver, Colorado, which also owns newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.[13]

On August 8, 2008 the Hearst Corporation acquired the Connecticut Post (Bridgeport) and www.ConnPost.com, including seven non-daily newspapers, from MediaNews Group, Inc., and assumed management control of three additional daily newspapers in Fairfield County, including The Advocate (Stamford), Greenwich Time (Greenwich), and The News-Times (Danbury), which had been managed for Hearst by MediaNews under a management agreement that began in April 2007.[14] Overall, the company publishes 24 dailies and 56 weeklies across the country. [15]

The Hearst Corporation also has ownership in global financial services, cable channels A&E, History, Lifetime and ESPN, television stations, including WCVB-TV in Boston, and over 300 magazines.[16]

In 2010, the Connecticut Post launched a complete re-design which included a new font and re-designed Connecticut Post header.

Some significant stories the Post has broken include former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim's bribery scandal and former Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi's admission of using cocaine.

In 2008, under Smith's leadership, the Connecticut Post received its first Newspaper of the Year Award from the New England Newspaper Association.[17]

Comedian and actor Richard Belzer, a Bridgeport native, was a paperboy and later a staff reporter for the Post, before pursuing his career as an entertainer.[18]

References

  1. ^ "The Bridgeport post". Retrieved 11 April 2018 – via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
  2. ^ "Connecticut Post | Hearst". www.hearst.com. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  3. ^ "Paul Barbetta - Hearst". www.hearst.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Contact Us". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  5. ^ "Long Island News Stories on Sports, Politics & More". Newsday. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "John Alcott | Connecticut Post Journalist | Muck Rack". muckrack.com. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  7. ^ "Contact Us". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  8. ^ "Bridgeport Papers Sold. Flicker and Whitman Get Telegram and Evening and Sunday Post". The New York Times. December 20, 1918.
  9. ^ "Bridgeport Telegram". Bridgeport Library. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  10. ^ "Connecticut Post says goodbye to 410 State St. — and moves blocks away". Connecticut Post. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  11. ^ "Connecticut Post says goodbye to 410 State St. — and moves blocks away". Connecticut Post. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  12. ^ "Connecticut Post says goodbye to 410 State St. — and moves blocks away". Connecticut Post. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  13. ^ Gatlin, Greg. "MediaNews Drops Bid." Boston Herald, August 9, 2000.
  14. ^ "HEARST CORPORATION ACQUIRES THE CONNECTICUT POST FROM MEDIANEWS GROUP, INC". Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  15. ^ "Newspapers | Hearst". www.hearst.com. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  16. ^ "About Us | Hearst". www.hearst.com. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  17. ^ Post wins Newspaper of the Year Archived 2008-03-19 at the Wayback Machine, Connecticut Post, March 16, 2008
  18. ^ "'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Bios". NBC Television. 2006. Archived from the original on November 28, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2006.

External links

2010 Connecticut gubernatorial election

The 2010 Connecticut gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 2010 to elect the 88th Governor of Connecticut. Incumbent Governor Jodi Rell had announced in a press conference in Hartford on November 9, 2009, that she would not seek re-election in 2010. The sites Cook Political Report and CQ Politics both rated the election as a toss up.Gubernatorial primaries for the Republican and Democratic parties took place on August 10, 2010.

Thomas C. Foley conceded the race on November 8, 2010.

2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut

The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Connecticut were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, to elect the five congressional representatives from the state, one from each of the state's five congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election, a U.S. Senate election, and state legislature races.

Primaries to select Republican and Democratic candidates in some districts were held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.The Democratic Party candidate won in each of the five districts on Election Day.

2016 United States Senate election in Connecticut

The 2016 United States Senate election in Connecticut was held November 8, 2016, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Connecticut, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal won re-election to a second term in office. Blumenthal's final vote total of 1,008,714 is a new record and makes him the largest vote-getter in the history of statewide elections in the state (the previous record was the 997,773 votes that Barack Obama received in the 2008 U.S. presidential election). He also became the first person ever to exceed 1 million votes in the history of statewide elections in Connecticut.

2018 Connecticut gubernatorial election

The 2018 Connecticut gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the next governor and lieutenant governor of Connecticut, concurrently with the election of Connecticut's Class I U.S. Senate seat, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

As Connecticut does not have gubernatorial term limits, incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy was eligible to run for a third term, but declined to do so. After the resignation of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback in January 2018, Malloy became the most unpopular governor in the United States. The general election was between 2006 Democratic Senate nominee and businessman Ned Lamont, and Republican businessman Bob Stefanowski.

Barnum station

The Barnum station is a planned regional rail station to be located on the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line in East Bridgeport, Connecticut. The station will be named after the circus showman and one-time Bridgeport mayor P. T. Barnum, and will be located on the south side of Barnum Avenue between Seaview Avenue and Pembroke Street. A feasibility study was released in July 2013, followed by preliminary planning funding in July 2014 and an application for planning funding in June 2015. By January 2017, the station was planned to open in 2021. However, the project was indefinitely postponed in January 2019.

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport is a historic seaport city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. The largest city in the state, it is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound. As of 2017, Bridgeport had an estimated population of 151,267, making it also the 5th-most populous in New England Located 60 miles from Manhattan and 40 miles from the Bronx, it is bordered by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east. The Greater Bridgeport area is the 48th-largest urban area in the United States.

The showman P. T. Barnum was a resident of the city and served as the town's mayor in the late 19th century. Barnum built four houses in Bridgeport, and housed his circus in town during winter. The first Subway restaurant opened in the North End section of the city in 1965. The Frisbie Pie Company was located here, and Bridgeport is credited as the birthplace of the Frisbee.After World War II, industrial restructuring and suburbanization caused the loss of many jobs and affluent residents, leaving Bridgeport struggling with problems of poverty and crime. In the 21st century, with the city being gentrified and other redevelopment, the city is attracting new residents and widespread interest. Bridgeport has become a destination for cultural and sporting events.

Connecticut Post Mall

The Connecticut Post Mall (previously named the Connecticut Post Shopping Center and Westfield Connecticut Post) is a three-story shopping mall, located on the Boston Post Road (Route 1) in Milford, Connecticut. It is currently the largest mall in the state of Connecticut and is partially owned and operated by Centennial Properties. The mall currently houses over 215 retail stores. The anchor stores are Boscov's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's, Sears, Dave & Busters and Target. The mall also features a 14 screen Cinemark (formerly Rave Cinemas), including an IMAX theater.

Connecticut Transit New Haven

Connecticut Transit New Haven is the second largest division of Connecticut Transit, providing service on 24 routes in 19 towns within the Greater New Haven and Lower Naugatuck River Valley areas, with connections to other CT Transit routes in Waterbury and Meriden, as well as connections to systems in Milford and Bridgeport at the Connecticut Post Mall.

Since 1979, the Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford divisions of CT Transit have been operated by First Transit. Service is operated seven days a week on 24 routes.

Connecticut–Rutgers women's basketball rivalry

The Connecticut–Rutgers women's basketball rivalry is a rivalry between the Connecticut Huskies and Rutgers Scarlet Knights women's basketball programs.

Fancy cancel

A fancy cancel is a postal cancellation that includes an artistic design. Although the term may be used of modern machine cancellations that include artwork, it primarily refers to the designs carved in cork and used in 19th century post offices of the United States.

When postage stamps were introduced in the US in 1847, postmasters were required to deface them to prevent reuse, but it was left up to them to decide exactly how to do this, and not infrequently clerks would use whatever was at hand, including pens and "PAID" handstamps left over from the pre-stamp era.

A number of offices began to use cork bottle stoppers dipped in ink. These worked well, but would tend to blot out the entire stamp making it difficult to check the denomination, and so clerks began to carve a groove across the middle of the cork, making two semicircles. Further enhancements included two grooves cut crosswise (the four-piece "country pie"), and then two more, for the eight-segment "city pie", and notches cut out of the outer edge to lighten the cancel further.

The carving process seems to have sparked the creativity of clerks across the country, and soon thousands of designs appeared, ranging from shields to skulls to stars, geometrical shapes, animals, plants, and devils with pitchforks. Among the most common fancy cancel designs are stars and crosses of varying designs. The Waterbury, Connecticut post office was the master of the practice, and turned out new cancels for every holiday and special occasion. Their "Waterbury Running Chicken" cancel, perhaps a turkey since it appeared close to Thanksgiving of 1869, was in use for only a few days and is now the most prized of all 19th century cancels, with covers fetching very high prices.

The era of fancy cancels came to an end in the 1890s, when the Post Office Department issued new regulations standardizing the form of cancellations.

The fancy cancels have since been studied and categorized by specialists. Many types are quite common, and command only a small premium, while others are rare. Not all have been discovered yet; previously unknown cancels continue to surface regularly.

Fancy cancels exist for many other countries besides the US. Outside the US they are normally termed cork cancellations. Canadian cork cancellations are famous for their fancy designs. Cork cancellations can be found on stamps issued by British Colonies including the Cape of Good Hope.

Gladys the Swiss Dairy Cow

Gladys the Swiss Dairy Cow, also known simply as "Gladys", is a work of public art in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Gladys was created and is maintained by artist/owner James Lebinski since August 2002. The underlying sculpture is a fiberglass Swiss dairy cow, and is the same shape and size as the famous CowParade cows.

Lebinski has created more than 50 pieces of art using the sculpture by decorating it with paint, cloth, and various other materials for each holiday. Gladys was displayed in Fairfield, Connecticut, from October 2002 until April 2006, and can currently be found in Monroe, Connecticut.

Gold Coast (Connecticut)

The Gold Coast, also known as Lower Fairfield County or Southwestern Connecticut not limited to the Connecticut Panhandle, is a part of Western Connecticut that includes the entire southern portion of Fairfield County as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, Super-Public Use Microdata Area (Super-PUMA) Region 09600. The area is about 50 miles northeast of New York City, and is home to many wealthy NYC-based business people. Parts of the region are served by the Western Connecticut Council of Governments.

This area is often portrayed in culture as a bastion of wealth. Since the mid-20th century, a number of novels and films have been set here, including Gentleman's Agreement, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Swimmer, The Stepford Wives, and The Ice Storm.

Despite not being on the coast, New Canaan, Wilton, Ridgefield, Brookfield, Easton, Newtown, Monroe, Redding, New Fairfield, Trumbull and Weston are still generally included in the region, due to them being similar to coastline towns.

Greenwich Time (newspaper)

Greenwich Time is a daily newspaper based in Greenwich, Connecticut, United States. The paper shares an editor and publisher with The Advocate of nearby Stamford, Connecticut. Both papers are owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation.

In 1977, Southern Connecticut Newspapers, which owned the Time and the Stamford Advocate, was acquired by Times Mirror. Times Mirror was acquired by Tribune in 2000.In March 2007, Tribune announced it would sell the two papers to Gannett for US$73 million, but the deal fell through when Gannett refused to honor 35 Advocate newsroom workers' union contract with Local 2110 of United Auto Workers.The Time and its sister paper, The Advocate, were sold to Hearst for US$62.4 million by Tribune Company in a deal that closed November 1, 2007. The sale did not include Tribune-owned land in Stamford and Greenwich, including the papers' printing presses. Hearst prints both The Advocate and the Time at the Connecticut Post plant in Bridgeport.

Following the Tribune sale, the Post was owned by MediaNews, which managed The Advocate and Greenwich Time for Hearst until Hearst bought out MediaNews in 2008.On August 8, 2008 the Hearst Corporation acquired the Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.) and www.ConnPost.com, including seven non-daily newspapers, from MediaNews Group, Inc. and assumed management control of three additional daily newspapers in Fairfield County, Conn., including The Advocate (Stamford), Greenwich Time (Greenwich), and The News-Times (Danbury), which had been managed for Hearst by MediaNews under a management agreement that began in April 2007.

Inside Soap

Inside Soap is a weekly UK magazine, released every Tuesday. It covers current and future storylines in soap operas shown in the United Kingdom.

Joe Ganim

Joseph Peter Ganim (born October 21, 1959) is an American politician and the mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and was a Candidate for Governor of the State of Connecticut. He was elected mayor of the city six times serving from 1991 to 2003, when he resigned as after being convicted on federal felony corruption charges. Ganim was released after serving six years in a Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix. In 2015, Ganim mounted a successful political comeback after being elected Bridgeport mayor again. Ganim was sworn in as mayor on December 1, 2015. Ganim has twice unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor of Connecticut, running in 1994 and 2018.

Philo Cramer

Philo Cramer is the lead guitarist for the Los Angeles punk band FEAR (Slash Records), from 1978 to 1987. He was also in the art punk band The Cigarettes (Carlysle Records) from 1978-1979. He is known for his Gibson SG and making odd noises with his whammy bar, and for being one of the only punk rockers in the 1980s LA scene holding a bachelor's degree in Physics.

FEAR performed "Beef Bologna", "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones", and "Let's Have A War" on Saturday Night Live 1981-10-31 with Cramer wearing a green dress; he also gave dollar bills to people in the crowd saying "I'll give you a dollar if you be my friend". FEAR was cut short to commercial on "Let's Have A War" because people in the crowd starting yelling "New York Sucks". Minor Threat's Ian Mackaye can be heard screaming the phrase shortly after the song "New York's Alright if You Like Saxophones". Lee Ving is the only original member of FEAR today; Cramer left in 1987.

Cramer also appeared in the movie Get Crazy as a band member. Briefly, in 1985, he formed a band with Agression drummer Mark Aber called King M'butu, also notable for containing Danny Dorman of Wasted Youth and Circle One. Cramer resides in Connecticut and plays in a band called The Fighting Cocks and occasionally plays FEAR cover songs with Connecticut post-punk group Red Temples.

Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University (SHU) is a private Roman Catholic university located in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. Sacred Heart was founded in 1963 by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Sacred Heart was the first Catholic university in the United States to be staffed by the laity. Dr. John J. Petillo is the current president.Sacred Heart is the second-largest Catholic university in New England, behind Boston College, and offers more than 80 degree programs to over 8,500 students at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.Undergraduate students study at Sacred Heart's international campuses in Dingle, Ireland and Luxembourg, including freshmen participating in pre-fall and Freshman Fall Abroad programs. On the main campus, state-of-the-art academic facilities include the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center and the Center for Healthcare Education.The University continues to experience dramatic growth in campus facilities and enrollment and has garnered recognition such as The Princeton Review's Best 381 Colleges 2017, the Best 294 Business Schools 2017, as well as #41 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Colleges in the North and #92 on Bloomberg's Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016.

The News-Times

The News-Times is a daily newspaper based in Danbury, Connecticut, United States. It is owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation.

The paper covers greater Danbury, a city in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. Other towns covered include Brookfield, New Fairfield, Newtown, Bethel, Ridgefield, Redding, Roxbury, New Milford, Sherman and Kent, Connecticut; and Brewster, New York.

In addition to its Danbury headquarters, The News-Times maintains a news bureau in New Milford.

The News-Times also owns and operates The Greater New Milford Spectrum, a weekly newspaper that covers Roxbury, New Milford, Sherman, Kent, Washington and Bridgewater, Connecticut.

Webster Bank Arena

The Webster Bank Arena (formerly The Arena at Harbor Yard) is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena at 600 Main Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut, built alongside The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The Arena opened on October 10, 2001 and is managed by Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment. Webster Bank entered into a 10-year $3.5 million agreement with the City of Bridgeport for naming rights of the Arena on January 6, 2011.The Arena houses 33 executive suites, 1,300 club seats, 3 hospitality suites and a Sony Jumbotron serving as a scoreboard. The Arena offers luxury boxes to corporate sponsors.The Arena is home to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. Starting in 2013, the Arena hosted regular season Connecticut Huskies Men's and Women's Basketball games. The UConn Men's Hockey team, a new member of Hockey East, were also scheduled to play five regular season games in Bridgeport during the 2014–15 season.

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