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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: Westport Woman Forges $21,607 In Stolen Checks For Drug Habit

    Police: Westport Woman Forges $21,607 In Stolen Checks For Drug Habit

    WESTPORT, Conn. — A Westport woman stole $21,607 from a town man, forging and cashing 35 of his checks to fuel her drug habit, police said.Jennifer Madrid, 32, of Riverside Avenue, faces 35 counts each of first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary and first-degree forgery in the case, police said. She is being held on $25,000 and is scheduled to appear in court on May 23.The victim ...

  2. Java Junkies Count Days 'Til New Coffee Cafe In Fairfield

    Java Junkies Count Days 'Til New Coffee Cafe In Fairfield

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Jason Varga knows the exact moment he decided to make coffee his life’s work.“The moment I decided coffee was going to be my career path was when I tasted an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe,” Varga said. “The blueberry flavor that was present changed my entire perception of what coffee could be.”And now you can have such an a-ha moment, too, at Shearwater Coffee Bar, a new java ...

  3. #MeetUp Proves Perfect Match For Stratford Library

    #MeetUp Proves Perfect Match For Stratford Library

    STRATFORD, Conn. — A vintage video game showdown? Coloring to “Rogue One?” A book club…in a pub?Two Stratford Library staffers just won a state award for a dusting off the stuffy misperceptions of libraries and attracting a whole new breed of patrons.Adult Services Librarian Beth Grimes and Christopher Bacchiocchi, digital literacy associate, won the Connecticut Library Association’s ...

  4. Reason To Howl: Wolves Brave Root Canals At Bridgeport Zoo

    Reason To Howl: Wolves Brave Root Canals At Bridgeport Zoo

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — They didn’t go back to their den with a bag full of floss and new toothbrushes, but two Mexican wolves at the Beardsley Zoo did brave root canals and tooth extractions recently.It’s all part of the zoo’s regular medical and dental care regime, said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho.“Good veterinary care is vital to the wellbeing of our animals,” Dancho said. “We spend a ...

  5. The Sky's The Limit At New Aerial Fitness Studio In Fairfield

    The Sky's The Limit At New Aerial Fitness Studio In Fairfield

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Vertical Addiction, an aerial fitness staple of Stamford, plans to bring women to new heights in Fairfield soon.The studio, named 2013 top small studio in New England only to be named top large studio in New England in 2014, will welcome clients to its new 83 Mill Plain Road digs on May 20.The new site will be open from 9 a.m. to noon with First Selectman Mike Tetreau ...

  6. Fairfield Police Scoop For Scholarships At Saugatuck Sweets

    Fairfield Police Scoop For Scholarships At Saugatuck Sweets

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Looking for a way to beat this week's expected heat and support a good cause?From May 18 through May 21, celebrity scoopers from the Fairfield Police Department will be behind the counter at Saugatuck Sweets, collecting tips and donations for the Police Union Scholarship Fund.The team’s goal is to raise more than $5,000 during the four-day event. The scholarship fund ...

  7. IRS: Five Tell-Tale Signs You're Being Scammed

    IRS: Five Tell-Tale Signs You're Being Scammed

    FAIRFIELD County, Conn. — You know the drill: You pick up the phone and someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service informs you you’ll be arrested or face fines and lawsuits if you don’t pay back taxes you supposedly owe.Sound familiar?Well, don’t fall for it, says Westport Police Department, which is warning residents about ongoing phone scams involving the IRS.“The IRS ...

  8. Scoop Up Some Sweet Treats At New Stratford Ice Cream Parlor

    Scoop Up Some Sweet Treats At New Stratford Ice Cream Parlor

    STRATFORD, Conn. — They may not be opening until later this month, but Paradice Cream, a new sweet shop on Main Street, is already creating a buzz on social media. The shop, which officially opens at noon on May 25, recently announced Nancy Baird Russo won a contest to name one of its new signature treats — the Paradise Blast. Located at 3600 Main Street on busy Paradise Green, the shop ...

  9. Shelton's Soupstock VIII Unveils Stellar Musical Lineup

    Shelton's Soupstock VIII Unveils Stellar Musical Lineup

    SHELTON, Conn. — It’s official: A full slate of bands has been announced for Soupstock VIII, a two-day festival of art, music, food and crafts on the spacious green at Veteran Memorial Park in downtown Shelton.The fundraiser’s headliners for the June 10-11 event include Particle and The Skatalites, as well as Bella’s Bartok and Sophistafunk. You can also jam along to Yes, Darling with ...

  10. Fairfield Police: Bridgeport Woman Shoved $300 In Stolen Clothes In Handbag

    Fairfield Police: Bridgeport Woman Shoved $300 In Stolen Clothes In Handbag

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Bridgeport woman was arrested Friday, when she was found with more than $300 in Kohl’s merchandise stuffed in her handbag, police said.Loss prevention officers at the Tunxis Hill Road store said they watched Brandi Soares, 20, of Madison Avenue, bring her handbag and several items into a fitting room, only to come out a few minutes later with just the bag, police ...

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