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BRIDGEPORT 1 Police have their eyes on Columbus statue
Since the Christopher Columbus statue in Seaside Park in Bridgeport was vandalized around Columbus Day last year, police are expecting to keep a close eye on the area this year.
“We’re definitely going to bump up patrols, especially at night,” said Police Chief Armando Perez on Friday. “We’re preparing.”
Blood- red paint was thrown over the Columbus statue in the park in 2017 and the message “Kill The Colonizer” was written at the base of the statue.
“That didn’t just happen in Bridgeport,” Perez said about the vandalism last year.
Middletown, New Haven and Norwalk also saw forms of protest leading up to Columbus Day in 2017.
— toneill@ hearstmediact
FAIRFIELD 1 Official: Fill- pile project also saved money
While the cost to remediate a contaminated area at Fairfield’s fill pile and construct a landscaped berm totaled almost $ 800,000, Public Works Director Joseph Michelangelo said the work also saved the town money.
In fact, Michelangelo told the Board of Selectmen Wednesday, building the berm not only addressed neighbor complaints, but it also used about 40,000 cubic yards from the fill pile. The value of the material that was used, he said, is about $ 800,000, based on a figure of $ 20 per cubic yard.
That use reduced the estimated 100,000 cubic yards that made up the pile to 60,000 cubic yards. Of the material remaining, Michelangelo said, 16,500 cubic yards will be used as part of the town’s hardening project around the wastewater treatment plant, to prevent it from being flooded.
— greilly@ ctpost. com
WESTPORT 1 $ 400K going toward Coleytown mold fix
The Board of Finance wrote its first check for the latest episode in Coleytown Middle School’s battle with mold.
The board voted unanimously to approve
$ 400,000 from the general fund for mold remediation at Coleytown on at its meeting on Wednesday. Elio Longo, finance director for Westport Public Schools, said mold remediation costs have reached over $ 800,000 this year, while the district has received $ 562,367 in insurance claim proceeds for Coleytown.
The school’s sixth- and seventh- graders were relocated to Bedford Middle School and eighth- graders to Staples High School two weeks ago, after air quality and mold concerns prompted an evacuation.
Meanwhile, at a Monday night Board of Education meeting, parents were not as agreeable as the finance board, instead chiding the BOE for its lack of a more permanent solution.
“Your timeline is incomprehensible,” Coleytown Parent Teacher Association Co- President Lee Goldstein said. “We thought you would be talking about how you’re moving forward tonight. We didn’t think this was going to be another discussion about how in four weeks you’ll start talking about it.” — svaughan@ hearstmediact. com
DERBY/ SHELTON 1 Streets closed Sunday to make way for events
The Derby- Shelton Bridge, which crosses over the Housatonic River and connects Route 34 in downtown Derby and Route 110 in downtown Shelton, will be closed Sunday from 11 a. m. to 2 p. m. to accommodate the Shelton Day and the Columbus Day parade.
Shelton police said Shelton Day will cause the closure of the riverwalk on Canal Street. Canal Street between Cornell Street and Wharf Street will be closed starting at 7: 30 a. m.
The Columbus Day parade will start the intersection of Howe Avenue and Brook Street and end at the intersection of Canal and Cornell streets.
At 10 a. m., Howe Avenue between Brook and White streets will be closed. By 11: 15 p. m., the entire parade route will be shut down to traffic. There will be a parking ban along the entire route starting at 9 a. m.
Police will have detours set up and officers will be on scene to help with the flow of traffic. Motorists in the area should expect delays.
— toneill@ hearstmediact. com
SEYMOUR 1 Words of caution as Halloween approaches
As October pushes forward and Halloween approaches, Seymour’s emergency medical services issued some tips and advice for families to keep safe during this spooky season.
“Small children should never be allowed to carve their own pumpkin,” the agency said. “If they want to do independent work, encourage them to draw their design.”
Seymour EMS also encourages families to use a glow stick or flashlight to illuminate their pumpkin instead of a candle.
When it comes to dressing up, parents should ensure their children have a safe costume — which means avoiding dark colors if possible.
“These can be difficult for drivers to see in the dark and result in unwanted injuries from motor vehicles,” Seymour EMS said. “If your child insists on having a dark costume, add some reflective tape or striping to increase visibility.”
— toneill@ hearstmediact. com
Carolyn Auger, right, of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Milford, wears a pumpkin outfit at the annual Pumpkins on the Pier event at Walnut Beach in Milford on Saturday. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Milford.