Fundraiser Wednesday to Help Send State Champion Bridgeport 9-10 To Represent WV

On Wednesday evening, July 23, at Buffalo Wild Wings, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. a fundraiser will be held for the 9-10 year old Bridgeport Little League State Champion team. They are headed to the Tournament of State Champions in Greenville, NC.  Help our State Champions represent our state and print this coupon off or show it to the cashier so they can receive 15 percent of your total bill. So stop by, eat something delicious, and support Bridgeport 9-10 as they head out to represent our State!
You can also head to over to or click here to help them get to NC.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on July 22, 2014 EST

Bridgeport Restaurant to Open “Alfresco” Dining Patio

There’s a new option for outdoor eating and drinking in the neighborhood—the region’s first and only coal-fired pizzeria, trattoria and wine bar, Mia Margherita has announced the grand opening of their “alfresco” dining patio.
The Charles Pointe restaurant, which opened last fall, will open a new 70-seat patio area on Monday, just in time for Bridgeport Restaurant & Jazz Week: July 21-26.
“We're excited to be able to now offer "al fresco" dining. This expanded outdoor option allows diners to enjoy the same great menu and cocktail options offered inside Mia Margherita,” said Scott Duarte, the owner/operating manager at the restaurant.
The Grand Opening of the outdoor patio will feature complimentary appetizers and live music by Nat Fredrick from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
The restaurant will also launch their three course for $30 menu that evening to coincide with Bridgeport Restaurant & Jazz Week. Trattoria and Pizzeria options will be available.
The restaurant was recently named the “New Business of the Year” by the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. To contact them, call 304-808-6400.
Their business hours are as follows:
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on July 19, 2014 EST

Two Vintage Theatre Company to GO Tours Conclude This Weekend

The Vintage Theatre Company’s two newest performance troupes are completing their debut tours this weekend.
The Rustic Mechanicals, VTC’s Shakespeare Troupe (the only one of its kind in West Virginia) will complete their 2014 Shakespeare in the Parks Bottomless Dream Tour with two performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The first performance will be at the International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton on Friday and the second on Saturday at The Ferguson Memorial Park Performance Center in Shinnston.  Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with pre-show festivities starting at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Grafton performance are $5.00, while the Shinnston performance is free admission.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or ‘95. It portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors and their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who's transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites, and elves. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.
Directed by Jason A. Young, VTC’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director, with Production Design by Trina Byard and Production Management by Sarah Young, the Rustic Mechanicals are lead by Celi Oliveto, the production’s Associate Director, and feature the acting talents of Craig Snider (Theseus, Oberon), Gretchen Ross (Hippolyta, Peter Quince, Titania), Kayla Hudimac (Hermia, Starveling, Peaseblossom), Lauren Swann (Helena, Snout, Cobweb), Steve McElroy (Lysander, Flute, Mustardseed), Michael Vozniak (Demetrius, Bottom), and Josh Rocchi (Egeus, Snout, Puck).
“West Virginia didn’t have a Shakespeare Troupe until last weekend,” said Young. “We changed that and have done so in a big way with a fun, energetic, and family friendly production.”
Montani Cantanti, VTC’s Chamber Opera Troupe (the only one if its kind in West Virginia) will complete its inaugural summer tour with two performances of the hysterical one-act soap opera opera, Gallantry, on Sunday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Loar Auditorium on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon and at 7:00 p.m. at The VTC Cabaret in the Uptown Event Center in Clarksburg.
All chamber opera tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door for both performances on Sunday.
In Gallantry, renowned surgeon Dr. Gregg unveils his love for his nurse, Lola. Lola, though flattered, is already engaged to Donald Hopewell who works in the cashier’s office at the same hospital. Will Lola give in to the Doctor’s advances? What will become of her engagement to Donald? Come watch the dramatic battle of good and evil unfold as this suspenseful episode pays homage to the strength and durability of the art form. Complete with commercials and all!
Also directed by Jason A. Young and with Production Design by Trina Byard and Production Management by Sarah Young, Gallantry features Joshua Stubbs as Dr. Gregg; Sarah Nale as Lola Markum, a Nurse; Jeremiah Smallridge as Donald Hopewell; and Gigi Collett as the Announcer.
“I think a general theatre-going audience is a little scared of ‘opera,’” said Young. “But this troupe and this production are changing people’s minds about the genre with a very funny and accessible show.”
The Vintage Theatre Company was founded by Young in the fall of 2012 with the singular goal of uniting the best teaching and performing artists that West Virginia has to offer and then, in turn, providing the best theatrical education and entertainment in the state.  The company now has three performance troupes in their VTC to GO branch, The Fearless Fools (comedy), Montani Cantanti (chamber opera), and The Rustic Mechanicals (Shakespeare), in addition to the VTC Academy and the VTC Cabaret that is the company’s home performance venue.
“We are doing what we set out to do,” said Young. “Thanks to our three performance troupes, we have spent the summer working with 20 wonderful artists and by Labor Day will have performed 20 shows in nine counties.”
For more information about any of Vintage Theatre Company’s activities, call 1-855-VTC-8588, or email

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on July 17, 2014 EST

Police Advise Residents of Phone Scam; Alerting Especially Elderly Residents

Clarksburg Police are warning area residents about a scam which is targeting Eastern U.S. residents, particularly elderly people. Learn more at this WBOY news report.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on July 11, 2014 EST

It's Go Time for "City of Champions" Parade; Seven State Titles; 22 Marching/Riding Units

A week ago, Michelene Sheppard announced to the public that she was organizing a city-wide parade in honor of this year’s seven Bridgeport High School state championships.
Today, it’s go time and she couldn’t be more pleased with how the procession has come together.
“We’ve really had a good response. We have 22 groups and it’s just shaping up lovely,” said Sheppard Wednesday night, as she was putting finishing touches on the lineup.
Groups – some walking and some riding – are meeting at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. parade.
“We have the BHS Alumni Band right in the middle,” Sheppard said.
It’s not too late to be part of the alumni band effort. (See more information HERE.)
The parade will also feature the Bridgeport High School Baseball Team; Benedum Festival royalty, the Bridgeport Bombers youth baseball team; youth football and cheerleaders; Shelby Whiteman, taekwondo champion; Bridgeport Middle School cross country and track teams; BMS girls basketball and soccer teams; BMS dance line; BMS boys soccer team; Bridgeport High School Cheerleaders; BHS girls soccer team; BHS tennis champions, BHS varsity football team and the BHS cross country and track teams, riding on a 40-foot trailer provided by Ron Lane, Inc. Bridgeport fire trucks will also be carrying some parade participants, Sheppard said.
Some units will be tossing candy throughout the parade route – Philadelphia Avenue from Main Street, proceeding across Johnson Avenue and concluding near Bridgeport High School.
To alleviate congestion at the conclusion, units will disperse at pre-designated areas. As some members of the BHS Baseball Team are involved in Legion play, those athletes will go directly to the baseball field.
Trailers hauling middle School teams will pull into the BMS parking lot and high school teams will wind up at BHS. The BHS Alumni Band will disperse at the BHS band room and the BHS Football Team will go on to Wayne Jamison Field.
It is hoped that teens participating in and watching the parade will make Bridgeport City Park their next stop. The annual Benedum Festival kicks off tonight with “Teen Night,” featuring live entertainment and more. That celebration is from 5 p.m. through midnight. See tonight's Teen Night schedule and a full weekend festival schedule HERE
Philadelphia Avenue and Johnson Avenue will be closed to traffic during duration of tonight's parade and just before.
Questions about tonight's parade can be directed to  Sheppard at 304-624-9206.
Tonight will also feature the Benedum Fellows Banquet, honoring 2014 “Fellow” LuAnne Bush and paying tribute to longtime committee members Judi Giffen and Eileen Frank. Watch for coverage of that event on Connect-Bridgeport. 
Editor's Note: Photo of 2013 Bridgeport Homecoming Parade by Ben Queen Photography.

by Julie Perine on July 10, 2014 EST

SBA Offers Government Contracting Workshops; Registration Open

Come spend your lunch with us as we provide free 30 minute intensive webinars on Government Contracting topics.
Selling to the Government
These 30 minute webinars provide an overview of the basic tools needed to sell your goods or services to the government, including the System for Award Management, the Federal Procurement Data System, and the Dynamic Small Business Search database.
Click on the links below to register:
•             July 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST
•             September 11, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST.
Open the Doors to Bonding
The U. S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program can help your small business get bonded! Tuesday, July 15 at 11:30, Tamara E. Murray, SBA Marketing Underwriting Specialist, covers Contract Bonds and the SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program during a webinar. Learn what contract bonds are, why they are required, how to get pre-qualified, and where to find working capital and bank support, SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program, program edibility, required information, and the application process and applicable fees. Please join us if your small business has:
•             Limited Financial Resources
•             No Prior Bonded Work Experience
•             Been in Business Less than Three Years
•             Been Previously Denied Surety Credit
•             Desire to Increase your Current Bonding Capacity
Small Business Certifications
These 30 minute webinars provide a brief eligibility overview of WOSB (Woman Owned Small Business certification), HUBZone certification (for historically underutilized business locations) and the 8a Disadvantaged Business program. 
Click on the links below to register:
•             August 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST
•             October 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST
•             November 6, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST
•             December 11, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on July 09, 2014 EST

Falcons Add Junior College Transfer Will Martinez

Head men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun has announced the addition of Will Martinez, a junior college transfer from Malcolm X College, for the 2014-15 season. Martinez, who averaged 21.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season, will have two years of eligibility at Fairmont State.

Martinez will give the Falcons an experienced scoring threat after shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc last season at Malcolm X. In 28 games last season, Martinez scored 20-points or more 18 times and had five 30-point performances.

Martinez is the seventh member of Fairmont State’s recruiting class that includes three Division I or junior college transfers and four incoming freshman.

The Falcons will open the 2014-15 season on Saturday, November 8 with an exhibition game at the University of Cincinnati. The regular season will begin the following weekend with the second-annual Joe Retton Classic on November 14-15. 
Editor's Note: Photos courtesy of

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on July 09, 2014 EST