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FAIRFIELD 1 Se­lect­men might de­lay meet­ing to await Bate­son

The Fairfield Board of Se­lect­men meet­ing slated for Wed­nes­day might be post­poned in or­der to make for a smooth tran­si­tion back onto the board for Edward Bate­son.

A state Supreme Court opin­ion is­sued last week re­versed a Su­pe­rior Court rul­ing that or­dered a spe­cial elec­tion for the board and voided the re­sults of the spe­cial elec­tion. That elec­tion saw Demo­crat Kevin Ki­ley best Bate­son, a Repub­li­can. Bate­son was ap­pointed to the board in De­cem­ber 2016 to fill the va­cancy that oc­curred when Repub­li­can Se­lect­man Lau­rie McArdle re­signed one year into a four- year term.

First Se­lect­man Mike Te­treau said it is his un­der­stand­ing that the of­fi­cial re­lease date of the Supreme Court de­ci­sion was May 29, and that there is a 10- day au­to­matic stay in place. Asked if they would file a mo­tion to re­con­sider, Demo­cratic Town Com­mit­tee Chair­man Steve Shein­berg, one of the plain­tiffs, said on May 24, “We re­spect the de­ci­sion of the court.”

If they post­pone, Te­treau said, Bate­son’s first meet­ing would be af­ter the stay has ex­pired, and elim­i­nate any ques­tions of whether votes taken were valid. “Every­one seems to be com­fort­able with that ap­proach,” Te­treau said. The ex­act date has not yet been de­ter­mined.

— greilly@ ct­post. com

BRIDGE­PORT 1 Un­der­pass to pay trib­ute to city’s ‘ Soup Lady’

A woman who fed the city’s home­less and hun­gry pop­u­la­tion for 25 years will have a street un­der­pass ded­i­cated in her honor.

City Coun­cil mem­bers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Un­der the Bridge Project will ded­i­cate the un­der­pass at the cor­ner of John Street and West Av­enue to Linda Cervero on Sun­day at 10 a. m.

The un­der­pass will be re­named Linda Cervero Way.

Cervero died at 69 on Dec. 8, 2017. She was born and raised in Bridge­port, an obit­u­ary for her said.

“Linda was ded­i­cated to feed­ing the home­less and needy ev­ery Sun­day dur­ing the win­ter months for 25 years un­der the bridge on John Street, and was very well known as the Soup Lady,” the obit­u­ary said. “Linda had ded­i­cated her life to all who needed a help­ing hand.”

— toneill@ hearst­medi­act. com

WEST­PORT 1 Free Pop Up Show starts Wed­nes­day at town’s Arts Cen­ter

The West­port Artists Col­lec­tive will of­fer a Pop Up Show on Wed­nes­day from 6 to 8 p. m. at the West­port Arts Cen­ter. The show is free, and will be on view through Satur­day. The show can also be pre­viewed dur­ing the day on Wed­nes­day.

The arts cen­ter opens its space to the col­lec­tive three times each year, al­low­ing lo­cal artists to show­case their work and the en­tire com­mu­nity to show its sup- port.

The Pop Up in­cludes a di­verse range of works by 15 artists in the col­lec­tive, se­lected by the par­tic­i­pants in the Novem­ber 2017 Pop Up event.

Se­lected artists in­clude Ginny Awn, Tom Berntsen, Louise Cadoux, Larry Gor­don, Kerry Heft­man, Gail Ingis- Claus, Karen Kalk­stein, Elisa Keogh, Fruma Markowitz, Kathy Nolan, Mar­jorie Poe, Delores San­toliq­uido, Anthony San­tomauro, Guy Sealy and Sherri Wolf­gang.

The West­port Artists Col­lec­tive will host an artists talk at the West­port Arts Cen­ter on June 9 at 3 p. m. The talk is free. At­ten­dees will gain a be­hind- thescenes per­spec­tive from sev­eral of the Pop Up artists, who will dis­cuss their in­flu­ences, tech­niques and works.

Con­tact the West­port Arts Cen­ter at 203- 222- 7070 or visit west­por­tartistscol­lec­tive.org for in­for­ma­tion.

SEY­MOUR 1 Dogs res­cued un­hurt from house fire

Fire­fight­ers res­cued four dogs from a Sey­mour home af­ter a blaze broke out Fri­day night.

Fire of­fi­cials said that no one but the dogs was home at 8 Clifton St. when the fire broke out around 7 p. m.

The blaze re­quired an “ag­gres­sive in­te­rior at­tack” be­fore it could be ex­tin­guished, said Sey­mour Fire Mar­shal Tim Wil­lis. De­spite the fire’s in­ten­sity, Wil­lis said all four dogs were re­moved un­scathed from the home.

Of­fi­cials said the fire ap­pears to have started in the two- story home’s first­floor bath­room. A pre­lim­i­nary re­view has in­di­cated that the fire was ac­ci­den­tal, Wil­lis said.

The fire mar­shal is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

The Ox­ford Fire Depart­ment came to the scene to as­sist, while Bea­con Falls fire­fight­ers pro­vided sta­tion cov­er­age dur­ing the fire.

— ptom­lin­son@ hearst­medi­act. com

Chris­tian Abra­ham / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

So­nia Gabi­ola, of Sa­gaponack, N. Y., strolls past art and crafts tents with hand­crafted items for sale dur­ing Mary Tay­lor Memo­rial United Methodist Church’s an­nual two- day craft fair on the down­town Mil­ford green on Fri­day. The swan on dis­play in the...

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