Gary MacNamara was unanimously recommended to be the new police chief by the Police Commission on Friday morning. MacNamara, who has been acting chief since May 21, when David Peck retired, will now have to be approved by First Selectman Ken Flatto.

Flatto said he is pleased with the selection and that MacNamara has shown his leadership ability and capability in his past service.

MacNamara has served in Fairfield since January 1988, and was previously a sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He was promoted to deputy chief in May 2008 when the department was reorganized. He

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Extra! Extra!

by Dan Berman06/18/10

Main Street Connect is expanding very fast and we need reporters. In the past five weeks we've launched news sites in Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, and Darien. New Canaan, Wilton, Weston, and Easton are coming in the next few weeks – then Stamford, Greenwich, and the rest of the towns and cities in Fairfield County.

Join us! If you like to write and report about your neighbors and neighborhoods – or if you enjoy taking pictures or videos – send us some samples of your stuff. The guy to talk to here is Thomas Cain, Managing Editor,

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Connecticut Challenge Seeks Riders

by Tom Renner06/18/10

Registration is open for the 2010 Connecticut Challenge and, in its efforts to have participation from every community in the state, organizers are inviting residents to ride. The Connecticut Challenge is a charity bike ride that helps hospitals around the state to create special programs for cancer survivors.

The Connecticut Challenge is also seeking volunteers to help with the sixth annual event on Saturday, July 24 in Fairfield. Over 500 cyclists from across Connecticut are expected to ride in the event and volunteers are needed to help in all areas.

Anyone interested

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Museum Hosts Baseball Exhibit

by Tom Renner06/18/10

Fairfield Museum and History Center will host "It's A Hit", a captivating new exhibition that brings to life the fun and excitement of baseball. An opening day celebration is scheduled Sunday from Noon-3 p.m. Admission is free.

Opening Day of the exhibit will feature a scavenger hunt, baseball clinic, father and child t-ball game with the Fairfield YMCA and a chance to meet the Bridgeport Bluefish mascot. For more information contact the Center at 203-259-1598 or visit its website.

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Heart to Heart

by Carll Tucker06/18/10

My father was a newspaperman. In the plant where they produced his newspaper, linotype machines clattered and hot metal type hissed and steamed. From the fleshy lips of one typesetter a chewed cigar dangled, sometimes lit. The close air pleasantly reeked of tobacco smoke, ink, and newsprint. Nowadays paper smells less; it’s finer. Our dominant communications medium, the Web, while in many ways more wondrous than the newspaper, is less gritty. Computers don’t have a distinctive odor, not one that makes your eyes water, that you can fall in love with.

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It's a Great Weekend for The Irish!

by Tom Cleary06/18/10

The luck o' the Irish has returned to Fairfield after a seven-year absence when the Fairfield County Irish Festival hits the Fairfield University campus this weekend. Last year it was supposed to be in Trumbull, but was canceled when the town balked over the cleanup. This will be the 22nd year of the festival.

After 15 years in Fairfield at Ludlowe High School and Jennings Beach, it was held in Bridgeport at Seaside Park and Indian Ledge Park in Trumbull.

Feile, Inc., a group started by members of the Fairfield Gaelic-American Club to promote and preserve Irish culture,

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Seeing Green During a Recession

by Julie Curtis06/18/10

Jim Cocks, an affable, energetic and knowledgeable general contractor, has spent the past 15 years working in Westport, Wilton, Weston and on “just about every street in southern Connecticut.” Recently he’s noticed a change in homeowners’ priorities.

It seems that green is the new black in home renovating, and Fairfield County residents are taking measures to save money while lowering their environmental impact. “In the past clients wanted all the trappings -- granite countertops, four-car garages and top-of-the-line appliances,” he said. But lately he has seen a surge of interest in “green” construction. Whereas clients used to be more concerned with square

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Mom Worries about Finicky Reader

by Moina Noor06/18/10

It wasn't until the middle of third grade that my son finally got the reading bug. Now finishing fourth grade, he is a voracious reader. I get so much pleasure watching him devour books. (Wish he wouldn't read while walking to the bus stop, though!) I remember that feeling of being completely swept away when I read "The Hobbit" as a kid. I also feel melancholy--as a multi-tasking parent there seems to be so little time to lose myself in a novel.

The only problem is that my son just reads one genre--fantasy-- and nothing else. I suggest other types of books--sports novels, biographies, history--that I think he would really like, but all my selections are swiftly rebuffed.

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May I Buy a Round of Bar Etiquette?

by Wendy Logan06/17/10

I have seen the restaurant business from a range of perspectives. I've owned one, managed several, bartended for some, written about lots, and been a regular and incidental customer at many. As I've noted in previous rants (see "Gridlock on Aisle Five"), I don't claim to be any sort of arbiter of social correctness per se, but some of the behavior I've witnessed by restaurant customers is appalling.

The straight-up fact that seems to have escaped many who venture out is that while restaurants provide a hospitality service, they are, in fact, businesses. So just because you made

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A Little Bird Lands in the News

by Jeffrey L. Craig06/17/10

We're wingin' right along at MainStreetConnect, publisher of this website and seven other new Fairfield County sites, and we have the photos to prove it.

A little feathered visitor flew in an open door to our offices in SoNo today ... and caused quite a flap. 

He buzzed this writer as he was pondering headlines and other editorial matters before heading into the room used by our ad salespeople. Some oohed and aahed and others cowered, fearing an aerial attack.  Yes, they know who you are. Then our little yellow friend flew out the door. All in a day's work in the amazing world of digital media, folks.  

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Golfers Raise Money for CancerCare

by Eric Gendron06/17/10

CancerCare of Connecticut held its third annual Hedge Against Cancer golf tournament at the Country Club of Fairfield.  The 116 golfers raised almost $300,000 for the Norwalk-based institute.

The foursome of Robert Gigetti of Fairfield, Chris Taft of Orange, Mike Dolan of Queens, N.Y., and Allen Swersky of Long Island turned in the net low score of the day with a 55. Len Amato of Fairfield, John Caputo of New York, Steve Gundersen of New Jersey and Herb Williams, assistant coach of the New York Knicks, placed second with a net score of 65.

CancerCare of Connecticut

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