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What a mess

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The thing about being holed up in one’s house for two days is that you never really have a clue what’s going on outside. Sure – being one of the luckier ones to have power during Hurricane Irene, except for about four hours on Sunday – I watched the reports on television and read online […] [Read More]
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Goodnight, Irene

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OK, so I have been waiting all day to post that headline. It is just before 3 p.m. and power has been restored. During the outage’s duration, I finished reading a true-crime novel, now I can get back to some semblance of daily living – like showering. Let’s hope the power stays. I honestly think […] [Read More]
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Eye on Irene – Part III

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Lost power at about 11:30 a.m. Lost Internet connection too. I am able to communicate with outside world temporarily because of an AT&T connect card gizmo (costs me a small fortune too). Limbs, branches and leaves dropping on the house as the wind gusts. It became a little brighter a short time ago – Irene’s […] [Read More]
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Eye on Irene – Part II

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Ssshh, it’s just past 10 a.m. and I still have power. Who knows how long that will last. The wind is kicking up again and the rain essentially has stopped. I took the opportunity of having power to make myself a real breakfast – eggs, bacon and toast – that hopefully will sustain me for […] [Read More]
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Eye on Irene – Part I

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It is just past 8 a.m. and I have power. And I don’t know why. The wind has been fierce and frightening. But something odd occurred around midnight. As I was watching “The Shipping News” on TV, the power went out. That was strange considering Irene had barely arrived. Seconds before the power died, I […] [Read More]
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Hey, Irene, I’m ready for you

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In late September 1985, I had planned a party at my apartment in Bridgeport, but a few days before I had gone to Weston to visit my parents and ended up having to stay there when Hurricane Gloria hit. After being holed up for a day or two with Mom and Dad, we survived, although […] [Read More]
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Ruger joins the force

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I feel doggone good. Ruger, the newly installed police dog, has received his badge. After months of fundraising and searching for a handler, the Fairfield Police Department added Ruger, a German shepherd, to the ranks of the officers. At a special ceremony Monday morning, Ruger and his handled, Officer Kevin Wells, greeted their constituency. The […] [Read More]
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Help is right here at home

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Since 2009, the Fairfield Public Library has been assisting the unemployed and those seeking new careers. The Jobs program originally began with a handful of speakers but quickly developed into a job-seekers’ employment resource stop. After the economy tanked in 2008, library officials started seeing a number of people, mostly out-of-work commuters to New York […] [Read More]
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Get in touch with the early years

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The Fairfield Museum and History Center is hosting one of its walking tours on Saturday at 2 p.m. A representative from the museum will lead the tour of the Town Hall Green area and enlighten participants to the colonial history of Fairfield, including the establishment of the town’s original “four squares” in 1639, the British […] [Read More]
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Get on board at train forum

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Customers of the Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line will get a chance to air their gripes about the handling of the July 22 disruption of service when they were stuck on sweltering train cars in 100-degree summer heat. The state Department of Transportation and Metro-North Railroad will host a public forum from 6 to 8:30 […] [Read More]
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