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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

Arnold Gold / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

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.

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