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The death a year ago of Cindy D’Aiuto, a 48-year-old Westport mother of two, was marked by ribbons and family pictures today on a tree in a Kings Highway North parking lot where she died of hypothermia. One of D’Aiuto’s sisters, Whitney Cusa, posted the remembrances, according to a family friend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Real Estate Report: Area Fares Better in New Report

By Judy Szablak

The latest S&P Case Shiller report shows that while prices are up since their low in March of this year, prices in general for the 20 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) are at 2003 levels.

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This home at 11 West Branch Road is listed for $3,475,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Halstead Property/Westport

The shocking national indices show prices are down an average of 32.1 percent since their mid-2006 peak. 

Although consumer confidence is at its highest level since April, home prices have registered a 3.4 percent decline for the year as of October.

The New York area MSA once again fared better than the majority of cities indexed, showing only a minus 2.0 annual change from last year.

Coleytown Middle Custodian Charged With Larceny

A 31-year-old custodian at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School has been charged with larceny in connection with two separate incidents at the school, police said today.

Cesar Yepes-Escobar of 36 Benson St., Bridgeport was arrested Dec. 22 after he turned himself into police after learning there were warrants out for him, police said.

Police did not disclose details of the incidents other than to say one count of larceny was for theft from a building and the other for shoplifting.

He was released with a promise to appear in court on Jan. 3, police said.

Dorothy Gambaccini, 91

Dorothy Gambaccini, wife of the late Mario Gambaccini and Westport resident for 56 years, died Dec. 27 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 91.

Born in Hartford and educated at Hunter College, she worked as a registered dietitian at Fordham University, where she met her husband.

In Westport, she became president of the League of Women Voters of Westport and president of the PTA Council. She served several terms on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)—from 1969 to 1971 and 1972 to 1977.

She was also an active volunteer with the Westport-Weston chapter of the American Red Cross. She and her husband were avid boaters and had often traveled on the inland waterway to Florida.

Storm Clean Up

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Workers today complete the clean up of Tuesday night’s fallen tree damage in front of 5 Punch Bowl Drive that pulled down primary power lines on the street, reported previously as Gault Park Drive. Following power restoration to the neighborhood after midnight, a tree crew cut and removed the fallen tree from the street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Power Back for Westporters

UPDATE Power was back early today for several hundred Westport homes affected by a four-hour outage Tuesday night caused by fallen trees and power lines, according to Connecticut Light & Power Company.

Most of those affected appeared to be in an area around Punch Bowl Drive—earlier misidentified as Gault Park Drive—in the Coleytown area where a large tree fell at about 8 p.m. as high winds and heavy rain swept through the area.

CL&P crews had power back around midnight. Town workers moved in this morning to remove the tree and debris.

Most of the largest outages in this area occurred to the east. United Illuminating Company at one point reported more than 5,400 customers out in Bridgeport where the National Weather Service said wind gusts of 54 miles an hour occurred at Bridgeport’s Sikorsky Airport.

High Winds Bring Down Power Lines

UPDATE Here we go again. High winds accompanied by heavy rains tonight brought down trees and power lines, leaving scores of Westport customers in the dark.

At 11 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power Company said 216 Westport customers were without power.

At Gault Park Drive in the Coleytown area, firefighters said a large tree brought down primary power lines, plunging the neighborhood into darkness.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the area from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, warning of possible wind gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour. Sikorsky Airport in Bridgeport reported a gust of 54 miles per hour at 9:04 p.m., the Weather Service said.