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Past articles by Genevieve:

Hwang appears set for another term in state Senate

FAIRFIELD - Republican state Sen. Tony Hwang appeared to hold onto his seat representing the 28th District, holding off Democratic challenger Michelle Lapine McCabe. Hwang will serve his third term in the Senate. He previously served three terms as a state representative from the 134th district. After getting his start on the Representative Town Meeting, Hwang ran for state office in 2008,… → Read More

Maxham elected as Fairfield probate judge

FAIRFIELD - Longtime Probate Court staff attorney Kate Neary Maxham was elected to fill the judgeship left vacant when her boss, Judge Daniel Caruso, died suddenly. Maxham, a Democrat, easily beat Republican Bryan LeClerc. According to unofficial results Tuesday night, Maxham received 13,993 votes compared to LeClerc's 9,198 votes. A 20-year staff attorney for Caruso, Maxham received the backing… → Read More

Fairfield attorney’s texts shed light on Kavanaugh case

FAIRFIELD - A new face on the town's political scene has found herself thrust onto the national stage, claiming to have incriminating texts regarding Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kerry Berchem was a classmate at Yale of both Kavanaugh and Deborah Ramirez, who has since accused the federal judge of sexually assaulting her at a college party during the academic year of… → Read More

Calf Pasture Beach increasingly popular after Westport raises prices

NORWALK - Calf Pasture Beach is more popular than ever. Just take the Fourth of July. "It was the biggest we've had," said parks Acting Superintendent Ken Hughes. The number of people from out of town who flocked to East Norwalk's shore over July 3, 4 and 5 increased by 28 percent - 1,918 nonresidents, as opposed to 1,503 the year before. "And we actually had the fireworks canceled this year… → Read More

Former cop, busted for drug theft, sues Fairfield

FAIRFIELD - A former detective who was accused of stealing thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin, is now suing the town, looking for lost wages and back pay, among other things. Stephen Rilling, son of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, pleaded guilty in March to reduced charges and received a five-year suspended sentence, and three years probation. Rilling's lawsuit, filed in May, claims the… → Read More

Fairfield police: Daughter threatened to kill mom

FAIRFIELD - A Ronald Drive resident was arrested Thursday after she allegedly threatened to kill her mother, according to police. Melissa McMillan, 46, was charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening. Police received a call from McMillan's brother, who said his sister was intoxicated, yelling and refusing to leave the house. He said when he got there, she was yelling… → Read More

Fairfield American set to ban out-of-town players

FAIRFIELD - A long overlooked rule could create a hectic season for the powerhouse Little League division Fairfield American, and will eventually lead to a ban on out-of-town players. Fairfield American struck out in an attempt to secure a waiver from the Parks and Recreation Commission that would let it have a blanket field permit for the spring season, despite having out-of-town players on its… → Read More

Police: Stolen car crashes in Norwalk following pursuit on I-95

NORWALK - A stolen vehicle pursuit that began in Fairfield and involved multiple departments ended in a crash and the arrest of four people early Tuesday morning. Norwalk Police were notified of the pursuit on Interstate 95 southbound at 12:19 a.m. The vehicle was being chased by Westport, Fairfield and state troopers when the driver got off the highway at Exit 16 in Norwalk. Police said the car… → Read More

Trumbull man falls asleep at drive-thru, charged with DUI

FAIRFIELD - A man who police said nodded off behind the wheel of his car while at the McDonald's drive-thru window early Saturday morning was arrested for drunk driving. Franklyn M. Gaines, 24, of Garland Circle, Trumbull, was slumped over the wheel of his car when officers arrived at the Post Road restaurant around 2:15 a.m. When they knocked on the car window, he took his foot off the brake,… → Read More

Former employee allegedly stole over $50k from medical practice

FAIRFIELD - A Shelton woman was arrested on a warrant Tuesday, charged with embezzling over $50,000 from a local medical practice. Eileen Johnson, 50, of Kimberly Drive, was charged with second-degree larceny, first-degree identity theft, and first-degree computer crimes. Johnson had been hired in 2008 by Beach Road Orthopedic Specialists, as a practice manager, providing billing and consulting… → Read More

Shelton woman charged with DUI

FAIRFIELD - A Shelton woman is facing a charge of driving under the influence after an incident Monday night. A sergeant on patrol around 9:30 p.m. saw a car on Kings Highway East, near Bed, Bath & Beyond, repeatedly drive forward a few inches and then reverse. When Barbara Ciancio, of Kyles Way, was stopped, police said her speech was slurred and there was an odor of alcohol. The 58-year-old… → Read More

Goodwill gets great reception at new Fairfield store

FAIRFIELD - Ashley Noonan took a look in the mirror, checking out the red and black jacket she had tried on for size at the new Goodwill Store, 500 Kings Highway East. "I like to support recycling efforts," the local resident said, adding that she thinks Goodwill's newest retail location is great. "It's vast and very well organized," Noonan said. "It's almost overwhelming." The store, which… → Read More

Shots fired at house on Candlewood Road

FAIRFIELD - Police are searching for clues to why someone shot at a Candlewood Road home Wednesday night. Two different neighbors called to report hearing gunshots at 9:18 p.m., and one saw a car, believed to be a sedan, speed away from the scene. The residents of the house that was targeted were not even aware of the incident, police said, despite one of the bullets piercing the home's siding.… → Read More

The “fire hydrant lady” remembered for her love of life, family, and town

FAIRFIELD - There may have been some local residents who didn't know her name, but they knew what Jeanne Harrison did - painted the town's fire hydrants to look like British Redcoats. They may have even spotted her crouched next to a fire hydrant, paintbrush in hand. Of course, Harrison, who died Saturday at age 85, did more than that for the town, and her volunteer spirit earned her the… → Read More

Petitioners don’t want holiday light display to end

FAIRFIELD - The "Wonderland on Roseville" Christmas light display is drawing even more attention these days. After a story about a petition seeking the town's help in controlling traffic and parking created by visitors to the Halliwell family's 18-year tradition, and the Halliwells' conclusion that the petition could mean an end to the display, the story has drawn attention from all over, on… → Read More

Wonderland on Roseville: Fairfield Christmas tradition could end this year

FAIRFIELD - For 18 years, the Halliwell family has put on "Wonderland on Roseville," a dazzling Christmas display featuring over 300,000 lights. This year, however, could be the last, according to Gene Halliwell, a prospect that has him upset because it will mean the end of what he calls a "significant" annual donation to the Shriners Children's Hospital in Springfield, MA. "We're not happy… → Read More

Eagle Hill Southport now has a new name and brand: The Southport School

FAIRFIELD - When they went to school Monday morning, they were students at Eagle Hill Southport, but by the time class was dismissed that afternoon, they were students at The Southport School. First begun in 1984, the school serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade with language-based learning differences and ADHD. The school, located on Main Street in the Southport section of town,… → Read More

Fairfield special election court case heads to state Supreme Court

FAIRFIELD - Six months after the special election that sent Democrat Kevin Kiley to the Board of Selectmen, a court case over that election is still ongoing. There was some movement this week, however, when the case was moved from the Appellate Court to the state Supreme Court. Of the transfer, attorney James Baldwin said the case is "where, as I've said from the beginning, it belongs." After… → Read More

Erratic driving leads to drug charge

FAIRFIELD - After he drove up onto the curb on Commerce Drive Monday afternoon, Miguel Watson, 34, found himself under arrest. Witnesses told police Watson appeared "out of it" and an evaluation by the department's drug recognition officer, Scott Sudora, indicated Watson may have been under the influence of PCP. A subsequent search found some tobacco that tested positive for PCP. Watson, of St.… → Read More

Police looking for suspect who swiped wallet at SHU rec center

FAIRFIELD - Police are looking for a man wearing a New York Giants cap they suspect stole a wallet from the Pitt Center at Sacred Heart University Tuesday. A student said he went to the recreation center to work out, put his wallet in his backpack, and put his backpack on the counter. When he went to leave, he discovered his wallet was missing. The wallet contained his driver's license, credit… → Read More