DARIEN: "If it was Ms. Rague's intention was to draw undue media attention, create a nuisance to neighbors trying to get to work by necessitating efforts to circumvent roadblocks during morning rush hour, all while costing her fellow Darien taxpayers thousands of wasted dollars in police presence and signage, then yes, I believe her Occupy movement could be deemed successful. I also believe that Ms. Rague should be billed for the cost of that little charade. If I decided to host a large gathering of people in a public park, or anywhere else that required police presence for crowd and traffic control, I would be required to pony up the cash to pay for it. So why should the Darien taxpayers have to absorb the cost of her nonsense? Margaret Rague needs to 'occupy' a job somewhere." This is one Darien Patch reader's response to a statement that released about the event's success.
FAIRFIELD: "Ms. Salvioli, look on the bright side — at least you'll be getting that 3% raise to help offset some of your legal fees!" This is one Fairfield Patch reader's response to the news that Krista Salvioli, a 27-year-old psychologist at was by Stratford police.
RIDGEFIELD: "I’ve never believed in God. But the way Ben describes his encounters rings of truth and sincerity... My Mom was dying ... For the last six weeks of her life she lived in a hospice. I'd visit everyday. I'd bring my little dog ... My dog would jump up on her bed and cuddle with her ... On the final evening... She was napping with my dog by her side. Suddenly my dog jumped off the bed. He started growling and snarling while staring at the ceiling ... A moment later Mom opened her eyes. She squinted up towards the ceiling and said, "Is that you Paul?" ... Paul was my father's name. He had died a number of years earlier ... Then Mom closed her eyes and died... God, the after-life, all that was hocus pocus to me. But my dog’s reaction to whatever he saw was real. And Ben's words seem so genuine. Maybe the eternal skeptic in me has to do a little soul searching. Maybe there is something more out there after all. Thank you, Ben." This is one Ridgefield Patch reader's response to a "Patch In" column by Heather Borden Hervé about Ben Breedlove, a teenager that posted a just days before his death on Christmas Day.