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Meredith Guinness

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Meredith Guinness is a reporter covering breaking news and community features in Fairfield County.

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  1. Police K-9s Converge On Westport For First-Ever National Training Program

    Police K-9s Converge On Westport For First-Ever National Training Program

    WESTPORT, Conn. — Hamden Police Officer Kelley Groleau let out a whoop Thursday and tossed a well-loved toy to her K-9 partner, Sar, who waved his tail with excitement.He had correctly detected the odor of an explosive along the cafeteria lunch line at Staples High School.Thankfully for students — and town lunch ladies — Groleau and Sar were taking part in a Regional Explosives ...

  2. Stamford's Layla Plans Fourth Location In Westport

    Stamford's Layla Plans Fourth Location In Westport

    WESTPORT, Conn. -- Get ready for another Layla's to love.Layla's Falafel, known for its authentic Middle Eastern fare, is opening in Westport in late April at 1537 Post Road E.Layla’s Falafel has three other locations, open for lunch and dinner:2088 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, 203-384-0100936 High Ridge Road, Stamford, 203-461-9538245 Main St., Stamford, 203-316-9041

  3. Stratford Woman Seeks Serendipity In Indie Bookstore

    Stratford Woman Seeks Serendipity In Indie Bookstore

    STRATFORD, Conn. — A Stratford woman is inching closer to her dream of opening an independent bookstore in town, thanks to crowdsourcing and a pop-up shop she’ll open at the end of the month.Nikkya Hargrove, a freelance writer for The Washington Post who works in the nonprofit sector, said she she’s always wanted to connect with her community through the love of reading.“I want to run a ...

  4. Here, Kitty, Kitty: Rare Big Cat Finds Home At Beardsley Zoo

    Here, Kitty, Kitty: Rare Big Cat Finds Home At Beardsley Zoo

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Feline fans have something to roar about this month — the new Amur tiger at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.Ten-year-old Changhai arrived from the Philadelphia Zoo in January. She recently completed her quarantine and is ready to greet big cat lovers from her new home in the predator area near the café.Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are very rare, with fewer ...

  5. CT DOT: Bridge Maintenance Spells I-95 Lane Closures In Stratford

    CT DOT: Bridge Maintenance Spells I-95 Lane Closures In Stratford

    STRATFORD, Conn. — Motorists driving on I-95 through Stratford should be prepared to see some brake lights in the coming months.The state Department of Transportation on Monday announced a nighttime bridge maintenance project that will include lane closures both northbound and southbound through Jue 30.Work hours will be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday evenings, weather ...

  6. Police: Twelve Women Face Off In Early Morning Brawl At Fairfield Diner

    Police: Twelve Women Face Off In Early Morning Brawl At Fairfield Diner

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — About a dozen women got into an early morning melee at Andros Diner on Saturday, upending tables, throwing things and punching a waitress in the face, Fairfield police said.No one was sure what started the ruckus among the women, who hail from Norwalk to New Haven, as witnesses gave many conflicting statements, police said.Police were called to the Villa Avenue diner ...

  7. Fairfield Police Chief Slips On Stilettos For A Good Cause

    Fairfield Police Chief Slips On Stilettos For A Good Cause

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — For the fifth consecutive year, Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara will step out in a pair of towering, ruby-red heels to lead Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a community-wide rally and walk in support of victims of sexual violence and abuse. The popular event, which drew more than 1,000 walkers last year, kicks off at 8 a.m., April 29, with a one-mile trek through ...

  8. Norwalk's Connecticut Theater Ballet Expanding Into Westport

    Norwalk's Connecticut Theater Ballet Expanding Into Westport

    WESTPORT, Conn. — Attention, budding ballerinas!Connecticut Theatre Ballet (CTB), which already has a Main Street studio in Norwalk, is expanding to a new space on Westport’s Ketchum Street.The new Westport Dance Studios features three separate studios, a dressing room with lockers, a student lounge, study area, full kitchen, ample parking and more on a quiet street with a gated ...

  9. Your Keys, Please: Customers Enjoy Curbside Service In Westport

    Your Keys, Please: Customers Enjoy Curbside Service In Westport

    WESTPORT, Conn. — Shoppers were sure happy to see the valets at Bedford Square, the new downtown shopping complex, during Thursday’s rainstorm.With the municipal lot several puddles from the development project’s front doors, those visiting newly opened Anthropologie & Co. and Amis Trattoria — the complex’s first businesses — ditched the downpour in favor of the complimentary ...

  10. Westport Cops: Man Shoots Self In Leg, Faces Charges

    Westport Cops: Man Shoots Self In Leg, Faces Charges

    WESTPORT, Conn. — A Westport man was arrested Thursday after he shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun, police said.Domenic Demace, 47, of Oak Street, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm and risk of injury to a child in the 6 a.m. incident, police said.Westport detectives were called to Norwalk Hospital, where Demace was being ...

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