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18 Injured in Norwalk Oyster Fest Ride Accident

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UPDATE A ride at the Norwalk Oyster Festival today malfunctioned, injuring 18 persons, most of them children, police said. Norwalk Police Lt. Paul Resnick said most were believed to be minor injuries. He said ambulances from Norwalk Hospital EMS and mutual-aid ambulances from Westport EMS, New Canaan EMS and Darien EMS transported 13 patients (12 children and 1 adult) to three area hospitals for further evaluation and treatment. Norwalk Hospital received a total eight patients, seven of whom were treated and released. One patient was admitted with non- life threatening injuries. Stamford Hospital received two patients, both of whom were treated and released. Bridgeport Hospital received three patients, all of whom were treated and released. Five people refused treatment at the scene, Resnick said. Children were thrown to the ground as the swing ride came to an abrupt halt at about 2:15 p.m. Parents rushed to the ride, knocking down barriers to get to their injured children. Witnesses said there were two bangs before the ride came to a stop. The Norwalk Seaport Association and Stewart Amusement closed all amusement rides immediately following the incident. The rides reopened at approximately 4:30 p.m. after receiving approval of the Fire and Explosion Investigative Unit, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Twitter.com photo

22 Months After Fire, Shovel Ready at Saugatuck Church

By James Lomuscio

The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton, pastor of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church, today read a passage about Moses encountering the burning bush.

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The Rev. Alison Buttrick Patton addresses her congregation at today’s groundbreaking ceremony outside the Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

“And yet it was not consumed,” she quoted scripture, her words resonating among the more than 100 who had assembled under a bright September sky and in front the the 180- year-old church on Post Road East.

For the congregants, who have not worshiped there since a fire ravaged the historic structure the night of Nov. 20, 2011, and who since have been holding Sunday services at Westport’s Temple Israel, the pastor’s words could not have been more metaphorically apt. Today’s assembly for a symbolic groundbreaking marked a new beginning.

According to John Walsh, chairman of the church’s building committee, new construction, specifically on the rear of the building that had suffered the most fire damage, will begin the end of September, with the restored church opening late fall of 2014.

Ronald G. Uccellini, 74

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Ronald G. Uccellini: an owner of Allen’s Clam House Contributed photo

Ronald G. Uccellini of Westport, who owned and operated Allen’s Clam House in Westport with his family, died Sept. 6. He was 74.

The husband of of Hilde Stang Uccellini , he was born in Norwalk on Sept. 26, 1938, son of the late Bert and Elizabeth (Kaiser) Uccellini.

A lifelong resident of Westport and graduate of Staples High School, he was a U.S. Army veteran.

He owned and operated Allen’s Clam House in Westport and Allen’s East in Stratford with his family.