Bridgeport Businesses Nominated for Best of WV Weddings

WV Wedding Magazine has nominated Bridgeport businesses for the best of WV Weddings, from Blooms to the Bridgeport Conference Center. So click the link and vote for your favorite wedding services in Bridgeport! Voting ends tomorrow, Aug 22.
Bridgeport businesses noted are as follows: Blooms, Bridgeport Conference Center, Riversong Spa, Rebecca Devono Photography, Best Western Plus, Oliverio's Bridal, and House of Fashion

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 21, 2014 EST

Waste Management Operating on a Delayed Schedule this Week

Waste Management will be operating on a delayed schedule this week due to equipment issues. Starting today, Aug 19, the new schedule is as follows:
Tuesday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s route will be picked up on Thursday.
Thursday’s route will be picked up on Friday.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 19, 2014 EST

WVU President Gordon Gee Welcomes Students Back with 'Gee Mail'

A new academic year is here.
Morgantown is back to experiencing the daily hustle and bustle of a robust college town. Fall weather and football are just around the corner. And a new freshman class will be taking those important first steps toward achieving the American dream of a college education. 
West Virginia University President Gordon Gee is here to welcome everyone back – or to welcome you for the first time – to this beautiful campus we call home.
In his welcome back message, Gee tells you about his summer – and takes questions from students -- a la David Letterman-style -- in a light-hearted segment called 'Gee Mail."
Doesn't he know that Letterman already found a replacement?
More importantly, Gee shares a heartfelt message with the Mountaineer community as we all enter a new academic year:  Work hard, study hard, and don't forget to have a little fun along the way.
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by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 18, 2014 EST

Stonewall Resort to Host Labor Day Weekend Concert, Fireworks, Aug. 31

Celebrate the last weekend of summer by bringing the whole family to a special concert and fireworks show Sunday, August 31, at Stonewall Resort.
Samantha Norris, community outreach director at Stonewall Resort, said, “Summer is almost over, and we’ve lined up a special concert featuring The Marshall Lowry Band. The group will perform under the stars on the Roanoke Activity Plaza lawn and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over Stonewall Jackson Lake.”
Norris said the band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and play to 8:30 p.m.  According to the band’s website, “The Marshall Lowry Band is a trio from Fairmont that has been playing together since 2009. They offer a great mix of country, rock, southern rock and blues. Their heritage and extensive knowledge of music combines to create a unique experience.”
There is a $5 per car admission fee to enter the park on August 31st. Once inside the park grounds, there is no cost to attend the concert. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Barbecue and other food items will be available for purchase at the event.  The fireworks will begin around 9:00 p.m.
Guests wishing to spend the weekend at the resort can take advantage of a three-night special Labor Day rate (based on availability).
“This will be a special way to cap off the summer season by enjoying great music and an exciting fireworks show under the stars at Stonewall Resort,” Norris said.
For additional information, call the resort at (304) 269-7400 or visit the website at

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 18, 2014 EST

Fairmont State University Invites You to FSU Football Fan Appreciation Day

On Sunday, August 17 Fairmont State University invites you to come celebrate Fairmont State Football Fan Appreciation day. Come to the Duvall-Rosier Field at 3 p.m. and watch a scrimmage! Immediately following the scrimmage, fans have the opportunity to meet the players and take home autographs. Support the Fighting Falcons and come out.
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by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 15, 2014 EST

Attorney General Morrisey Warns Parents and Students about Various Scams and Identity Theft

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today warns students and their parents on various scams circulating throughout the area and to urges for precautionary measures to be taken again identity theft.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today warned students and their parents to be cautious of potential scams when applying for scholarships.
The warning is part of a week-long effort by the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office to provide back-to-school-related consumer protection tips and warnings. With the 2014-15 academic year already underway in some counties, and more counties starting school in the next few weeks, the Office decided it was a good time to remind citizens that scams can come in a variety of different ways.
One scam the Office has heard about revolves around fraudulent scholarship websites and offers. Morrisey said in this scam, a person will set up a website that offers to match students with potential scholarships he or she may be eligible for. However, before the student can see the list of scholarships, he or she is asked to either pay an upfront fee or provide personal, private information.
“While there are several reputable websites that provide students with information on how to apply and receive valuable scholarships, some sites exist only to scam applicants,” Morrisey said. “Receiving a scholarship is not only an honor, it also is a great benefit for your future education. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who try to take advantage of hardworking students or their parents.”
When applying for and researching scholarships, here a few tips to follow:
•Avoid scholarship websites that require personal information such as the applicant’s Social Security number.
•Be wary of websites that require users to pay a fee in order to search for and learn about scholarships, or charge a fee to help a student receive a scholarship. Stick to free scholarship search sites and applications.
•Research scholarships before applying. Talk to a guidance counselor, academic advisor, or the group that offers the scholarship before applying to verify that the scholarship offer is legitimate. Determine whether there are any specific terms or conditions that have to be met if you accept the scholarship.
“Our office encourages students to apply for as many scholarships as possible.” Morrisey said “We just want to ensure the students do their research before applying.”
If you believe you have been a victim of a scholarship scam, please call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or go online to
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today urged West Virginia high school and college students to be cautious when using services like iTunes and Netflix to download music and movies because of a scam that targets these users.
The specific scam preys on students who spend a lot of time on their computer and phone. The scammers send a letter notifying the student they have been accused of illegally downloading movies or music on the Internet. The letter will appear to be from an Internet service provider or downloading service, and it typically offers to settle the dispute and not pursue the crime if you send a check for a certain amount.
“A lot of young consumers use reputable services like Netflix or iTunes to stream movies or download music onto their electronic devices,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Scammers are trying to take advantage of these consumers by scaring them into believing they have somehow committed a crime, and strong-arming them into sending a check to avoid trouble.”
Consumers who receive these types of letters should always check the validity of the claim. Research the name of the company that is making the accusations, and if the scammers are using a well-known company or provider, always call that company directly to verify.
“It is critical to do your research before blindly complying when you get a random notice pressuring you to send a check,” Morrisey said.
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam like this one, please call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or go online to
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning students who are heading back to the classroom to take the necessary steps to protect their personal, identifiable information from scammers.
Unfortunately, identity theft can cause lasting problems for a victim. Students should always be wary if a website, person online, or salesperson asks for their personal information. Scammers know that the best way to reach new victims is through social media, so be wary of any private messages you receive from people you don’t know, or messages and posts that offer things that sound too good to be true. Additionally, if you live in a dorm or apartment with a commons area, always make sure you secure your private information.
“Protecting your identity and information from scammers is a constant problem,” Attorney General Morrisey. “Fortunately for students and consumers there are some good ways to prevent their information from falling in the wrong hands.”
Students should remember the following tips to protect their identity:
•Shred any and all documents that have your personal information on it.
•Keep your Social Security number safe. Never carry your Social Security card with you and only give out your Social Security number when absolutely necessary.
•Never click on links in unsolicited emails.
•Your computer is an easy way to lose your identity so use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your computer, especially if using public, unrestricted wi-fi.
If you believe you may have been the victim of identity theft, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or visit
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today warned students to be careful when responding to unsolicited text messages from unknown telephone numbers.
The scam, which is similar to the “one-ring” scam our Office alerted consumers to earlier this year, targets young adults by misleading them to respond to text messages from an unknown phone number. The text messages may include a link that prompts the consumer to open a web site that asks for personal and financial information, or the message may simply prompt the consumer to call the number listed. By calling the unknown phone number, consumers may receive a hidden fee for placing the call, or they may end up connecting with a person who uses high-pressure  tactics to gather their banking information.
“This is another example of a scam that not only targets young adults who are always around their phone, but also targets curious consumers wondering who is contacting them,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “While students are getting adjusted to a new school year, they may think a message they have received is from a new classmate, only to find a scammer on the other end of the line.”
Scammers appear to be targeting numbers at random, and are typically able to reach millions of customers with computer programs that send bulk messages using a few simple keystrokes.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you receive an unsolicited text message:
•Delete it immediately, especially if the message asks you to reply with a code or with personal information. A legitimate company will never send you a text message or an e-mail to ask you for your credit card numbers, bank account information, or Social Security number.
•Don’t be tempted to click on any links in the text message. These links can take you to spoof sites that can look authentic, but are designed to steal your personal information.
•Review your cell phone bill for any suspicious, unauthorized charges and immediately report them to your carrier.
“Our Office wants students to be able to focus on their education during the start of the school year and not be worried about falling victim to a scam,” Morrisey said.
If you believe you have been the victim of one of a text message scam, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or visit the Office online at

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 15, 2014 EST

WVU Men’s Basketball to Hold Charity Softball Game

Mountaineer fans are invited to Hawley Field on Saturday, Aug. 23 for the first annual WVU men’s basketball charity slow pitch softball game. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The game will feature the WVU men’s basketball staff (coaches, support staff and managers) versus the current WVU men’s basketball team. Fans who attend will be asked to give a small donation to benefit the Conquer Chiari Research Foundation (
“This is a great opportunity for our basketball program to have a little fun to kick off the school year while also raising money for a good cause,” said WVU coach Bob Huggins. “With some new faces on this year’s team, it is also a good opportunity for Mountaineer fans to come out to see our team in person for the first time.”

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 14, 2014 EST

Shinnston Prepared to Install New Filters at Water Plant; Residents Asked to Reduce Water Usage

Shinnston water customers are being asked to curtail excess water usage over the next three weeks as the City installs new filters at their Water Treatment Plant. 
Earlier this year the City was approved for financing on a lease/purchase agreement allowing for the purchase and installation of new filters.  These will replace the existing filters which have been in place since the plant was constructed in 1978.
The new filters are expected to greatly increase efficiency in plant operations, both in terms of monetary operations as well as capacity to produce water. 
The city had to make additional preparations at the plant to begin the physical installation of the filters.  They are now ready to begin that phase of the project. The process will take 20 days to complete. 
During the duration of the project, the water plant will be operating at levels below normal production capacity.  Although this is not expected to affect everyday usage, water customers are being asked to curtail any excess use of water, such as washing of vehicles, filling swimming pools, etc. 
The installation of these new filters is a major component of the City’s plan to maximize efficiency and reduce unnecessary costs associated with operation of the utilities, while also allowing for increased capacity and quality of product.  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 13, 2014 EST

Friends Old & New Meet on Sesame Street in Morgantown

No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! The all-new Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” visits the WVU Creative Arts Center from Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23. Tickets for all five performances are on sale Wednesday, August 6.
Chamki is from far away and she’s visiting Sesame Street for just one day! Grover has a long to-do list for his friend, from kayaking to hot yoga, but Chamki is busy enjoying cookies with Cookie Monster, singing with Abby Cadabby, and doing ‘The Elmo Slide.’ Will an appearance from Super Grover get Chamki’s attention? Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family!
Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor! Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written script, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “Count Me In,” and fun new parodies of “Hot and Cold,” and “Moves Like Jagger.”
What:Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend"

When: Friday, November 21                 6:30 p.m. (*Opening Night Offer)
           Saturday, November 22             10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
           Sunday, November 23               1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Tickets:$15 and $20. A limited number of $28 Gold Circle seats and $52 Sunny Seats** are also available. *Opening Night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) are $12. A facility fee of $3 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and special offers may apply. **The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo! 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 12, 2014 EST

Philippi Police Looking for Missing Teen

Philippi Police are looking for 15-year-old Chase M. Boni, who has been missing for nearly two weeks. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Boni are asked to contact Philippi Police at 304-457-2892. For additional information, visit this WDTV news report
UPDATE: As of Aug. 13, Chase M. Boni is still missing. His mother, Amanda Jo Boni, has been arrested for removing and concealing her infant daughter from her parents, who are the child's legal guardian. Read more HERE

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 12, 2014 EST

Save-the-Date: It's Time to Get Shredding

Back by popular demand, the City of Bridgeport will be conducting another Community Shred Day on Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. until noon at the City of Bridgeport, 515 W. Main Street. This FREE event is an opportunity for residents to rid their homes and/or businesses of unwanted papers. All shredding will be done on-site by Shred-It of Pittsburgh. Shred-It specializes in providing tailored document destruction services that comply with legislation and ensure that confidential information is kept secure at all times. Contact City Clerk Andrea Kerr at 304-842-8233 for more information. Documents can be shredded with paper clips and staples. There is no limit to the amount of paper you can bring to shred. If the truck reaches capacity prior to noon, the event will end.

by Andrea Kerr on August 12, 2014 EST

Oklahoma Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for West Virginia’s Sept. 20 matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners will go on sale to the public through the Mountaineer Ticket Office on Monday, Aug. 11, at 9 a.m.
Tickets are $80 each and will be available online at or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.
The WVU – OU game, presented by the West Virginia Lottery, is the Mountaineers’ Big 12 Conference opener and the ‘Stripe the Stadium’ game.
Fans sitting in even-numbered sections (Sec. 102, 104, 202, 204 etc.), Touchdown Terrace, and WVU students seated in the upper level student sections are encouraged to wear GOLD to the game.
Conversely, fans sitting in odd-numbered sections (Sec. 101, 103, 201, 203, etc.) and WVU students seated in the lower level student sections are encouraged to wear BLUE to the game.
To see a ‘Stripe the Stadium’ map, visit:
“The ‘Stripe the Stadium’ promotion has been a great way to show how much pride Mountaineer fans have in our football program,” says Matt Wells, Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. “This promotion has shown true Mountaineer spirit on national television each of the last two seasons.”

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 11, 2014 EST

National Gospel Artist, Jonas Woods, Headed to Harrison County

Nationally known gospel artist Jonas Woods will be performing in Shinnston. Woods is currently on a national tour in support of his album "Tales of the Bittersweet." He'll be performing a free show at the Ferguson Park Performance Center Wednesday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 10, 2014 EST

Grammy Winning Guitar Rocker Rick Springfield to Bring Hits, New Favorites to WVU Creative Arts Center

Grammy Award-winning rocker Rick Springfield brings his remarkable catalog of old favorites and new hits to the WVU Creative Arts Center Friday, September 19. Showtime for is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, and by phone at 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
With 25 million records sold, a Grammy Award for his No. 1 smash-hit “Jessie’s Girl,” and 17 Top 40 hits including “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch,” Springfield is a musical force that shows no signs of slowing down. Springfield has toured for over 30 years, performing more than 100 concerts each year and hand-delivering the hits to millions of fans worldwide during his legendary, high-energy live shows.
His latest album, “Songs for the End of the World,” introduced a darker, edgier tone that is still unmistakably Springfield. All Music raves, “song by song this is one of Springfield's strongest latter-day records.”

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 08, 2014 EST

Long-Time Bridgeport Doctor, Surgeon Mark Hrko Leaving Local Practice

Long-time Bridgeport doctor, Mark Hrko DO, FACOS, is relocating to another state and will be leaving Clarksburg Surgical Specialists Inc. as of August 19, 2014. 
Dr. Jeffery W. Madden and Dr. Marc L. Costa will provide the surgical needs of Hrko’s patients wishing to remain with Clarksburg Surgical Specialists, Inc. 

“I am pleased that you will have the opportunity to have them as your surgeon,” said Hrko.
Any patient wishing to seek surgical care from another surgeon can obtain their medical records from the offices of Clarksburg Surgical Specialists, which is located in Bridgeport.  A copy of an individual’s medical records can be transferred to another surgeon or released to you or another person only through your permission.  If you choose to seek surgical care from a different surgeon, you must sign an authorization form to release your records.  To obtain this release, please call 304-933-3850 or download the authorization form from the Web site 
“It has been my honor to serve this community.  Best wishes for your future health,” the doctor added.
His wife Donna, who is also actively involved in the community, also had kind words to say about her time in Bridgeport.
“We have enjoyed living and raising our family here,” said Donna Hrko. “We have made lifelong friendships that we will cherish.” 
Editor’s Note: Pictured is Dr. Hrko,left, with Dr. Jeff Madden, also of Bridgeport.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 07, 2014 EST

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