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Fairfield always has been good in a crisis. I have lived here for nearly 25 years and have seen how the community rallies when people are in need. The same goes for our current crisis – Hurricane Irene (which was downgraded to a tropical storm but felt much stronger) and her aftermath. As of this […] [Read More]
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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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