Urban Transit Project in Stamford, Connecticut Loses Federal Money to Complete Final Portion

There are 88 comments on the WCBS Newsradio 880 story from Feb 24, 2010, titled Urban Transit Project in Stamford, Connecticut Loses Federal Money to Complete Final Portion. In it, WCBS Newsradio 880 reports that:

The City of Stamford has learned it has lost out on federal money for completion of the huge urban transitway project.

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Vox Pop

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#82 Aug 19, 2010
Really wrote:
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Yes, I was one of those foolish kids that swam across once or twice on a dare. If my parents know about it, I would probably still be grounded to this day.
The swim wasn't particularly challenging for someone who knew how to swim, but the dangers associated with boats and with a fairly strong current when the tides were changing could pose a challenge for the less experienced.
The fishing is the part I miss the most. The snappers were always in abundance this time of year.
You were one of those? There's still a strong current in that channel when the tide is changing. The whole secret was to swim with, not against it.(Still is.)
Do you rememner the big barge that was tied up between Muzzio's boatyard and the current launching ramp. How about
Richie Charette's houseboat in there?
Then there was a certain ice vending machine owner whose station wagon couldn't float, but it sure sank very well. All that was recovered years later - the next time the channel was dredged - were a couple of rims and tires.
Sounds like you lived on Rippowam or Iriquois...
Do you remember any of the Altomare brothers, Al Blois, Nick Grimaldi, Joe Nuro, Joe Scarella, or any of those guys from the '60's?
Really

Stamford, CT

#83 Aug 20, 2010
Vox Pop wrote:
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You were one of those? There's still a strong current in that channel when the tide is changing. The whole secret was to swim with, not against it.(Still is.)
Do you rememner the big barge that was tied up between Muzzio's boatyard and the current launching ramp. How about
Richie Charette's houseboat in there?
Then there was a certain ice vending machine owner whose station wagon couldn't float, but it sure sank very well. All that was recovered years later - the next time the channel was dredged - were a couple of rims and tires.
Sounds like you lived on Rippowam or Iriquois...
Do you remember any of the Altomare brothers, Al Blois, Nick Grimaldi, Joe Nuro, Joe Scarella, or any of those guys from the '60's?
I still get out there every now and then on a kayak, so I'm still familiar with the currents. Not too bad if you ask me. Some spots off of Cove and Cummings seem far worse to me.

My childhood memories are mostly from the 70's, so I don't recognize any of those names.

I do remember when they dredged the channel and built a big mound with it over by where the current boat trailer parking exists now. It smelled really bad, but didn't stop me from going dirt biking on it.

I also remember the winter back in the early 70's that was so cold, the channel froze and you could walk across to Cummings (not that I was stupid enough to do it myself).
Vox Pop

United States

#84 Aug 20, 2010
Really wrote:
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I still get out there every now and then on a kayak, so I'm still familiar with the currents. Not too bad if you ask me. Some spots off of Cove and Cummings seem far worse to me.
My childhood memories are mostly from the 70's, so I don't recognize any of those names.
I do remember when they dredged the channel and built a big mound with it over by where the current boat trailer parking exists now. It smelled really bad, but didn't stop me from going dirt biking on it.
I also remember the winter back in the early 70's that was so cold, the channel froze and you could walk across to Cummings (not that I was stupid enough to do it myself).
Did you see Angela Carella's article on West Beach? Can't believe she focused on Bobby Altomare, the black sheep of that family. It should have been on Peter. Tony has not been with us for a few years.
If you were there in the seventies, you should remember Al Blois,
Jim Connolly, Joe Scarella, Bobby O'Brien, Marshall Schlafer,
Guy and/or Jamie Bullen. No?
Really

Stamford, CT

#85 Aug 21, 2010
Vox Pop wrote:
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Did you see Angela Carella's article on West Beach? Can't believe she focused on Bobby Altomare, the black sheep of that family. It should have been on Peter. Tony has not been with us for a few years.
If you were there in the seventies, you should remember Al Blois,
Jim Connolly, Joe Scarella, Bobby O'Brien, Marshall Schlafer,
Guy and/or Jamie Bullen. No?
Man you sure do know a lot of people. No, none of those names ring a bell. The only people I remember were those from my neighborhood in my age group.
Really

Stamford, CT

#86 Aug 21, 2010
Vox Pop wrote:
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Did you see Angela Carella's article on West Beach? Can't believe she focused on Bobby Altomare, the black sheep of that family. It should have been on Peter. Tony has not been with us for a few years.
If you were there in the seventies, you should remember Al Blois,
Jim Connolly, Joe Scarella, Bobby O'Brien, Marshall Schlafer,
Guy and/or Jamie Bullen. No?
Do you have a link to Angel's article? I can't find it.
Publius

Morristown, NJ

#87 Aug 21, 2010
Vox Pop wrote:
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Did you see Angela Carella's article on West Beach? Can't believe she focused on Bobby Altomare, the black sheep of that family. It should have been on Peter. Tony has not been with us for a few years.
If you were there in the seventies, you should remember Al Blois,
Jim Connolly, Joe Scarella, Bobby O'Brien, Marshall Schlafer,
Guy and/or Jamie Bullen. No?
for the record, it's Marshal Shlafer. One L, no C
Vox Pop

United States

#88 Aug 22, 2010
Publius wrote:
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for the record, it's Marshal Shlafer. One L, no C
Thanks. Never said I could remember everything.

Jay Melfi and Jay Magalnick were also in there,
Quonset curious

New York, NY

#89 Jan 24, 2013
Does anyone living in the Quonset huts post-WWII remember surprise visits from Santa Claus on Christmas Eves? He was my father, who lived on Shippan Point and sympathized with the Quanset hut families and wanted to do them a kindness. I would love to hear from anyone with remembrances of the visits and if they affected your life in any way. Thanks!

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