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This Year in Fairfield: Snowstorms, Donnelly Double-Murder Trial, Flatto Resigns

Fairfield Patch looks back on the events of 2011 while looking forward to 2012 with This Year In Fairfield. Each Friday we'll look at the news of 2011, starting with the first quarter: January to March.

This Year in Fairfield: Snowstorms, Donnelly Double-Murder Trial, Flatto Resigns This Year in Fairfield: Snowstorms, Donnelly Double-Murder Trial, Flatto Resigns This Year in Fairfield: Snowstorms, Donnelly Double-Murder Trial, Flatto Resigns This Year in Fairfield: Snowstorms, Donnelly Double-Murder Trial, Flatto Resigns This Year in Fairfield: Snowstorms, Donnelly Double-Murder Trial, Flatto Resigns

 

[Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Dec. 9. It was reset to publish this morning for layout purposes.]

Here we are, mere weeks from 2012. If the first quarter of 2012 is as newsy as it was in 2011, Fairfield is in for another interesting year.

January

The Fairfield Metro train station first made news very early in 2011 when showed on Jan. 3 that residents preferred it be named either “Fairfield Black Rock” or “Black Rock” station. As we know today, Fairfield Metro stuck.

A made news the next day, Jan. 4, when a chef stabbed a dishwasher at the Greenhouse Grill. The dishwasher recovered.

In sports news, Fairfield Warde High School girls’ basketball coach Dave Danko when the Mustangs beat Staples High School 52-47 in Westport.

On Jan. 12, the third significant snowstorm of the winter of snow on Fairfield, wreaking havoc on roadways and causing town buildings and schools to close for the day. One man even lost some of his fingers in

Former First Selectman Kenneth Flatto was not thrilled when new Superintendent of Schools David Title recommended a 2011-2012 school budget that of the 2010-2011 budget.

Opening day of the trial against Christopher DiMeo, the man accused of killing Tim and Kim Donnelly in 2005, begins on Jan. 18, stirring up painful memories in the community.

Winter just wouldn’t let up -- another in late January. This resulted in a fourth snow day for Fairfield schools and added $150,000 to the Department of Public Work’s snow removal deficit. That deficit would in February.

Former Republican legislator and selectman of Fairfield Carl Dickman passed away at the age of 84 on Jan. 30.

February

The road that runs along the Metro Center property is after the flagship tea of Fairfield’s own R.C. Bigelow Tea Co.

The Fairfield Warde High School girls’ basketball team heads to the state tournament after a victory over Bridgeport Central.

A Massachusetts family in the process of moving to North Carolina makes headlines in Fairfield after the minivan they were traveling in was by a tractor-trailer on I-95 south near a Fairfield exit. The van rolled over several times but everyone miraculously escaped the van -- including the family’s standard poodle, which ran away but was found and returned to the family shortly after the accident.

The residents and emergency personnel of Fairfield for their help and support.

A few weeks after the trial began, on Feb. 9 of murdering Fairfield jewelers Tim and Kim Donnelly. The penalty phase of the trial would begin on Feb. 28.

A Southport family escapes when its by a fast-moving fire mid-February.

March

Fairfield commuters got their first taste of on March 1.

The Fairfield Public Library’s 2011 “One Book, One Town” author to his book talk. The book, “Eating Animals,” revealed the not-so-pleasant world of where meat comes from, Upton Sinclair style.

The world watched as Japan was devastated by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11; Patch showed Fairfield .

To the consternation of many a Patch reader, Borders announced in mid-March that its after the company filed for bankruptcy.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced on Tuesday, March 22, that five-term First Selectman Kenneth Flatto of the state’s Division of Special Revenue (i.e. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods). Selectman Sherri Steeneck served as First Selectman until she and Selectman James Walsh later chose former Board of Finance member Michael Tetreau to fill Flatto’s role.

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