Today in Stamford history: Feb. 25
25 years ago
Traffic chief plans boot for scofflaws
Scofflaws beware — there’s a new sheriff in town and soon he may be kicking up his boots.
Metal ones. The kind that clamp onto your tire so your car so your car can’t move.
That’s the warning from Stamford’s new Traffic and Parking director, Jack Petkus, who wants to crack down on drivers who don’t pay their parking tickets.
Scofflaws owe the city about $155,000 in unpaid tickets and late fees, Petkus said, and he’s going after the multiple offenders.
15 years ago
Director of UConn-Stamford plans to leave
The director of the University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus will be leaving next month.
Jacquelyn Joseph-Silverstein announced she will leave her position at the end of March to move with her husband to Cleveland to work as a community college administrator.
“This is a family issue,” she said. “My husband and I are both academics....When it was clear that he was excited about the opportunity, we discussed it and I looked for a job for myself in the same area. When I found one, we decided to go.”
5 years ago
Greenwich attempted murder suspect gets bond reduced
A Greenwich man jailed in the attempted murder of his wife apparently suffered a minor stroke at state Superior Court in Stamford almost a month ago and had his bond reduced Monday so he could be moved to a closer correctional facility that can better care for his medical needs.
During a hearing at the Stamford courthouse for Michael DeMaio, 55, the man accused of beating his wife into a coma with a baseball bat in September had his bail reduced from a $1 million cash to a $490,000 cash bond.
Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney James Bernardi told Judge Richard Comerford that he understood that DeMaio, who is facing an attempted murder charge, suffered a mild stroke while at the courthouse Jan. 30.