Suspect Captured In Fairfield Car Break-Ins

Shortly after 9:30 Thursday night Fairfield Police discovered a number of cars with broken windows at the Dogwood Green Condos on Fairfield Woods Road, near Stratfield Road. An investigation lead to a foot pursuit and police chased the suspect for about a block, tackling and handcuffing him at the doorstep of the Mobil Gas Station at 1271 Stratfield Road. This area has been plagued with a number of car break ins in recent weeks. Police have just begun their investigation and do not know if the suspect is solely responsible. Residents town wide have been warned not to leave valuables in plain site, especially electronics and GPS devices.

Bridgeport to Take Back the Streets

Mayor Bill Finch and Police Chief Joseph Gaudett will discuss the City’s public safety initiatives, and kickoff of the return of “Take Back the Neighborhood” walks promoting community engagement, during a press conference
“Our ‘Take Back the Neighborhood’ walks have proven to be a successful approach to building better relationships between our residents and police officers,” said Mayor Finch. “It is but one way that the Bridgeport police department has made community engagement and involvement a priority in order to help reduce crime.”

The first of several “Take Back the Neighborhood” walks is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in the Hollow neighborhood of the City. Participants should meet at the corner of Highland and Washington Avenues.

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Shake Shack Westport Grand Opening

Black Angus beef burgersw Portobello Mushroom Veggie Burger.

The grand opening of the Westport Shake Shack at 1849 Post Road East in Westport. The chain also have outlets in New York City, as well as restaurants in Washington, D.C., Miami, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

 

Budget cuts hit DDS hard

Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) – The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will have to shut down 18 residential sites, 10 respite centers and lay off hundreds of workers as part of the Malloy’s budget following the failed concession deal with the unions……The state agency has been providing services for people with disabilities since 1917. But with sweeping cuts from the state capital, DDS’s workforce is being reduced by more than 670 employees. Read more….

Budget cuts hit DDS hard: wtnh.com

Kingsway Motors Fire – Fairfield

A fire that appears to have started inside a van parked in front of Kingsway Motors on Kings Highway in Fairfield extended outside the building causing damage to the building’s siding and lighting fixture. The blaze was quickly contained by the fire department.

Brophy Fired From Fairfield Patch

Brophy fired from Fairfield Patch

We have confirmed from various sources that America Online’s Fairfield Patch has fired Editor Andrew Brophy via e-mail Thursday night.  We did briefly speak to Brophy , he confirmed his termination but he would not elaborate or go into detail.  A few of our sources who did not want to be identified told me it was a conflict over content and that Brophy felt the Patch was getting too generic,

American Online’s  Patch site has changed quite a few times over the year.  Initially they were emphasizing online “hyper local” news specific to each town.  A year ago the regional editor directed Patch editors to have at least 2 videos on the site and to emphasize breaking news.   All this came to a halt after AOL purchased The Huffington Post for $315 million, apparently tying up much of the AOL’s cash flow.    Today the Patch’s intro is: “Hi there, we’re Patch, your source for local knowledge you can’t live without.”    In an internal memo titled “Platform for Growth” acquired by the website All Things D (click here to see the memo) shows big changes in store for the Patch, Huffington Post and AOL.

We did contact Michael Dinan, a regional manager now the temporary editor for the Fairfield Patch to confirm or elaborate on Brophy’s termination and he said “We can’t comment on personnel matters”.   Andrew Brophy has been a reporter at the Connecticut Post, Fairfield Minuteman and the Norwalk Hour.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in  Journalism from Ohio University.  All of the sources agreed that Brophy is a talented writer and will quickly land on his feet.  We wish him well.