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This Year in Fairfield: Donut Dump, October Snow, Metro Station Opens

Fairfield Patch looks back on the events of 2011 while looking forward to 2012 with This Year In Fairfield. This Friday marks final installment of this four-part series.

 

We continue this week with a look at the news that made headlines during the fourth and final quarter of 2011:

October

The Fairfield Police department makes headlines in early October with the acquisition of a .

On Oct. 3, interim First Selectman Michael Tetreau announces the regarding the Metro Center contracts between the town, the state, and BlackRock Realty signed by former First Selectman Ken Flatto in 2010. It turns out Flatto had violated the town charter when he signed the contracts on behalf of the town -- .

Readers tell of their favorite Apple product in memory of the company’s founder, , who died on Oct. 5 after a long battle with cancer.    

A prankster makes the top of the police blotter one October day after on a resident’s porch.

As makes its way through Connecticut, Fairfield residents and Patch readers share their thoughts on the movement against the 1 percent.

Fairfield police arrest two in what they call the in the department’s history after the police, in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, intercept 14 pounds of pot -- a $60,000 street value.

The campaign trail heats up for the with the first forum between Democratic candidate Michael Tetreau, Republican candidate Rob Bellitto Jr., and Independent candidate Hugh Dolan.

Former Town Attorney Richard Saxl, who resigned following Tetreau’s release of the independent counsel’s findings on the Metro Center, . 

A hits Fairfield the weekend before Halloween, causing widespread power outage and tree damage. Unlike some other towns, however, the storm on All Hallows Eve.

November

Patch debuts its “People Worth Knowing” column with a popular profile on the even more popular dean of students at , .

The beginning of November brings about a shock for students: thanks to the October snowstorm and Tropical Storm Irene, before days must be taken from April break.

The highly anticipated Bookstore opens in the downtown space once occupied by Borders, .

Election Day comes to a close with the following results for Fairfield: fill the other selectmen slots; ; the people vote in to the Board of Finance; and Philip Dwyer, Paul Fattibene, Jessica Gerber, John Convertito, and Jennifer Maxon Kennelly to the .

All eyes are on Fairfield on Nov. 9 as leads police on a high-speed car chase that turns into a foot pursuit into Westport.  

Patch readers weighed in on the sexual molestation allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and the

Columnist Don Harrison captures the spirit of Fairfield high school football in a piece that celebrated Roger Ludlowe High School’s – just in time for the surviving members to .

December

The Fairfield Public Library announces its choice for 2012’s ”: “The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic” by Allan Wolf.

The Fairfield Metro train station opens -- just a little more than a month behind schedules -- on Monday, Dec. 5. the Friday before.  

The glory of the Metro Center’s opening is short-lived, however, once commuters realized that there are .

On Dec. 12, 1971, six Fairfield teenagers were killed in a tragic car accident. Ledyard Patch editor Bill Thorndike, a childhood friend of the teens, 40 years to the day of the crash.  

The from the 2012-2013 school calendar -- the move solicits a wide array of responses.

Just a week before Christmas, , due to fires. The community responds .

Tragedy sends shockwaves through all of Fairfield County when a leaves three children and their grandparents dead.  

Here’s hoping for a brighter start to 2012.

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