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Your chance to speak is coming up

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The town administration is proposing a $287,309,640 municipal budget for 2013-14. That is a 5.5 percent increase from 2012-13, or $15,026,946 more in spending. That carries a 6.38 percent increase in our taxes starting July 1 unless something is done. Cuts need to be made. No doubt about it. Even Board of Finance member James […] [Read More]
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With honey, not vinegar

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Have you noticed how the social discourse has deteriorated? Sometimes, we have a hard being nice to one another or saying something nice. Just look at our elected officials — here, in Hartford or in Washington, D.C. — civil conversation between adults becomes vitriolic debate. What’s the old saying? “You can catch more flies with […] [Read More]
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It could have been worse

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Some people have been complaining that Fairfield has done a lousy job clearing the roads after the weekend’s blizzard. Where have they been? Can’t they see the magnitude of what we just experienced with nearly 3 feet of snow? Maybe those people who are disappointed in Fairfield Department of Public Works crews should take a […] [Read More]
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Your HeART’s in the right place

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A Valentine’s art exhibit and wine tasting to benefit Operation Hope will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art. The event – called HeART of Hope – will feature an exhibit of work by the American realist painter Colleen Browning and wines provided by […] [Read More]
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Women in literature

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Pequot Library is starting a new initiative called “Beyond the Book Club.” According to a release from the library, the club is taking inspiration from Pequot Library’s founder, Virginia Marquand, by focusing on both women and Pequot Library’s mission of “Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science & the Humanities to our Community.” The club will be […] [Read More]
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Don’t get sidelined with the flu

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I was one of the millions who have had the flu. I came down with it three days after Christmas, and it knocked me out for a week and I didn’t feel normal again until three days after that. Even so, I had a residual cough that only recently went away. If you’ve gotten the […] [Read More]
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A chance to get involved

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The town administration is looking for interested residents to fill vacancies on several committees, boards and comissions. Due to political party balance requirements as specified in the Town Charter, some positions have party restrictions. While these groups may not appear to be the most exciting ones, they still serve a valuable purpose in our local […] [Read More]
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Similarities

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My paternal grandfather admired Abraham Lincoln. And that always surprised me because Lincoln is known as the father of the Republican Party and Poppy was a diehard Democrat. But I think what drew Poppy to Lincoln was that they were both self-made men. My grandfather had an eighth-grade education, but he managed to own and […] [Read More]
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Vigils scheduled

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To show our support for the families affected by the tragedy in Newtown, Fairfielders have set up a few vigils and services today and tomorrow. A town-wide community vigil is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. on Sherman Green. Community and spiritual leaders are being invited to help lead this vigil. According to […] [Read More]
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A tree glows on the Merritt

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When the two reporters I work with at the Darien News and New Canaan News told me there was an illuminated Christmas tree in the middle of the Merritt Parkway, I thought they were telling me a tale. They said the tree is small, sits in the middle of the parkway but surrounded on two […] [Read More]
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