Saturday, March 02, 2024


Cynthia ‘Cindy’ D’Aiuto, 48

Cindy D’Aiuto, a lifelong resident of Westport, passed away Dec. 28. She was Image
Cindy D’Aiuto: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Cindy was born in Norwalk, March 17, 1962, daughter of Suzy (Kline) Fiore of Westport and the late John Watson Jr. She is a 1980 graduate of Staples High School. Cindy also loved her dog “Bear.”

Survivors in addition to her mother and stepfather Tony Fiore, include two daughters, Lynsay D’Aiuto and Jennie D’Aiuto. Two sisters, Tracy Fuchs and Whitney Cusa, five brothers, John E. Watson, Robert Watson, Craig Watson, Michael Fiore and Paul Fiore; three grandchildren, Aleigh, Jacob and Tate and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, she was also predeceased by her stepmother Babs Watson

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road.

Woman’s Parking Lot Death Ruled Accidental

Westport police said today that a 48-year-old woman whose body was found early Tuesday in a Kings Highway North parking lot died accidentally and there was no evidence of foul play. (See obituary here) Image
Cindy D’Aiuto: “underlying medical issues” may be factor. Contributed photo

A police statement said an autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office found that Cindy D’Aiuto, who lived nearby on Canal Street, died of hypothermia in the cold when temperatures fell into the 20s. 

“An autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office of Cindy D’Auito this morning has classified her death as following: cause of death is hypothermia; manner of death as being accidental; the toxicology results are pending,” said Captain Sam Arciola.

Her body was found by a newspaper carrier who notified police at about 6:30 a.m.

Family, Friends Mourn Sharon Broecking Image
Family and friends gathered at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan today for services for Sharon Seaver Broecking, the 62-year-old Westport woman who was struck and killed while crossing Post Road East in Westport on Dec. 21. Several mourners brought dogs to the church. Broecking, who grew up in New Canaan, was fond of animals and walked dogs of residents of the Lansdowne condominium complex where she also was a caretaker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Canine Presence Image
UPDATE Several mourners at today’s New Canaan service for Sharon Seaver Broecking, the Westport woman killed while crossing Post Road East in Westport on Dec 21, brought dogs. Elizabeth Heatter brought Broecking’s dog, Reggie, (above). Her parents, Craig and Patti Heatter, have taken in Reggie. Broecking was fond of animals and often walked those belonging to residents of the Lansdowne condominium complex where she worked. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

CL&P Rate Reduction Approved Image
Kevin M. DelGobbo: customers migrating to competitive suppliers. File photo
Connecticut’s Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) has approved a 7.8 percent reduction in electric rates for Connecticut Light and Power Company residential customers, it was announced today

Effective Jan. 1, the 7.8 percent decline for CL&P customers will represent a savings of approximately $10.41 a month for a residential customer with monthly consumption of 700 kWhs, an announcement said.

Rates have declined consistently since January of 2009, the DPUC said. 

A CL&P residential customer with monthly consumption of 700 kWhs in 2009 paid approximately $141.89 per month.  That cost per month decreased to approximately $134.27 in January of 2010, the DPUC said.

Act Today to Lock In Metro-North Ticket Validity Dates

If you want to save on Metro-North train fares between New York State stations, you need to hurry. Today is the last day to purchase tickets before a fare increase and ticket validity rules change. And you can buy them online. Image

Metro-North said effective Thursday, the following changes will take effect—with the changes in fares and discounts not applying to tickets for travel to/from Connecticut stations. However, changes in ticket validity/refund policies, including the refund processing fee, will apply:

• Full fare one-way, full fare 10-trip, weekly, and monthly fares to/from Manhattan to New York State stations will increase by up to 11.1 percent.

• Intermediate full fares to New York State stations will increase by up to 10.6 percent. (The increases for some child/senior/disabled person/Medicare recipient fares may vary slightly from these percentages.)

Still Time to Buy First Night Buttons Image
Buttons for Friday’s New Year’s Eve First Night Westport are on sale for $15 at various locations in Westport and Weston. The alcohol-free events range from fireworks to a performance by Blues pianist Mark Naftalin at the Westport Historical Society. The celebration will also include a world premier film presentation of “The Legend of Silk Boy,” a 90-minute movie about an ambitious youngster who stumbles into a magical world. For detailed description of events, locations and times, visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for