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Medical Examiner: Woman Died of Hypothermia

The state Medical Examiner’s office said today that an 84-year-old Westport woman whose body was found in her driveway last week died of hypothermia to the cold weather complicated by other health issues.WestportNow.com Image
Police converged on High Point Road after the body was found. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A trash collector came upon Ada Eads in her High Point Road driveway on Thursday. (See WestportNow Feb. 17, 2011) Police said they did not suspect foul play and an autopsy revealed she died of exposure which aggravated other pre-existing health conditions.

Initially, police said she appeared to have suffered injuries, but this was later attributed to dirt and debris from the driveway where she fell. The front door of her house was open when police arrived. No one was in the house, and a neighbor said her husband was thought to be confined to a convalescent home.

A ruling of death by hypothermia was also made in Westport two months ago after the body of Cindy D’Aiuto, 48, was discovered in a parking lot on Kings Highway North in December. Police said she died after apparently becoming disoriented in the frigid weather. (See WestportNow Dec. 29, 2010)

 

Nicholas J. DeMaria, 86

Nicholas Joseph DeMaria, 86, of Forrest Hills, N.Y. and formerly of Westport, passed away on Feb. 20 at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.

Mr. DeMaria was born in Westport on March 18, 1924, son of the late Frank and Carrie (Zelembo) DeMaria. He attended Westport schools and later moved to New York and worked as a insurance underwriter until his retirement. He is a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include one brother, Samuel DeMaria, three sisters, Angie Macaluso, Jane Doucette and Gloria Licari, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by three brothers, Frank, Joseph and Jack DeMaria and one sister, Nette Reitano.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Kings Highway, Westport. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Church.

New Safeguards Due in State’s Deregulated Energy Market

Connecticut consumers will soon have new safeguards in the state’s deregulated energy market.WestportNow.com Image
Jeffrey Mayer: “Order is the product of careful effort.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo

The Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC), after months of research, discussion and input from utilities and suppliers, has released its Draft Decision on Marketing Practices.

The order lays out guidelines for suppliers and aggregators who offer electricity consumers alternate energy supply. 

Since 2007, Connecticut homeowners and businesses have been free to purchase their electricity supply from independent marketers. The regulated utilities continue to maintain the wires and provide emergency services.