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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
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...